Open Mike 04/08/2017

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  1. Andre 1

    The similarities between Trump’s nonstop repetition of utter horseshit and Putin’s propaganda techniques.

    Personally I’m still of the opinion those similarities are coincidental. Trump simply doesn’t have the attention span or thought processes to actually carry out a sustained strategy. Seems to me the correct view of whatever “communication” comes from Trump is that blurting out whatever is simply scratching an itch he’s got at that moment.

  2. Gristle 2

    In 2009 Bill English was found to have rorted taxpayers by claiming $900 a week accommodation allowance for his Wellington home. The Auditor General came down with a finding that the Wellington home is his primary residence and the Dipton home was effectively a holiday home. Yes, I know that this is old news.

    The twist is, where did Bill English register to vote for this period? Southland = electoral fraud: Wellington = allowance fraud. Check the historical electoral roles for Simon William English, Born 30 December 2016.

  3. riffer 3

    What’s the difference between Meteria Turei enrolling to vote in an electorate she didn’t live in (Mt Albert), and John and Bronagh Key enrolling in the Epsom electorate when they lived in Helensville?

  4. Greg 4

    I worry for the future of this country if you think we need a Green Government.
    I have no problem with a Green Party, a proper Green Party.
    The one we have though is a Communist Party masquerading as a Green Party.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • Dear Deeply Concerned


      • RedLogix 4.1.1

        That’s unseemly Robert.

        A lot of people like Greg have considerable sympathy with the Greens stated aims, a fairer society and much better protection of the environment etc.

        Where they fall over is they aren’t compelled by the means by which the Greens expect to achieve these ends.

        And that’s a legitimate discussion for another thread sometime.

        • weka

          If they were interested in genuine conversation, sure. But their use of the word communist is both inaccurate and a blatant derail.

        • marty mars

          “The one we have though is a Communist Party masquerading as a Green Party.”

          you’re defending that statement red – which is patently untrue, over the top and idiotic. really pffft is a mellow response to that imo.

          • RedLogix

            And the perception Greg is expressing, albeit crudely, is exactly why after all these years the Greens still cannot crack 15%.

            pfffffft yourself.

            • Robert Guyton

              I thought it was 10% The Greens couldn’t crack; they must be making strong gains. In any case, calling them “communists”? That’s no way to engage in a meaningful discussion with Green supporters, imo. I notice you, RedLogix, don’t resort to inappropriate inflammatory lables, though I duid think your pffffffft was a bit unseemly.

              • RedLogix

                How long has this Party been about for? How many conferences, how much money, how much effort and life energy has been poured into it? Look at all the lovely detailed policy and wonderful intentions … and still 15%. If you think that’s a ‘strong gain’ I’ve a bridge for sale.

                An honest person at this point would ask themselves, just what are we doing wrong here? What’s holding us back?

                Well in my experience it’s precisely this perception … right or wrong … that Greg expressed. Not so much the Green Party is a hotbed of closet Marxist loonies, but that your economic narrative doesn’t hold much appeal.

                Yes we need to shut down industries that spew carbon, pollute the groundwater and fuck the planet over. But where do we go from there? That 85% who won’t vote for you still want to know where next weeks pay packet is coming from.

                • time ticking – hits us all – let it go – young persons game and gain – reconcile this for happiness

                • alwyn

                  “and still 15%”
                  I sure they would be absolutely delirious to get to 15%.
                  They did once get 11% in an election but that was a couple of elections ago and was the absolute peak of their popularity.
                  Can’t see it this time though. Arden is a great deal more likeable that Little and will suck back quite a bit of the Green Party vote I should think.

                  • Union city greens

                    Except I don’t believe labour lost votes to the greens because of the leader (unless it was Shearer). In my own case, and those I’ve read of here, it’s the too centrist policy, career politicians hanging in there for dear life and Robertson and his gang.

                    If Ardern’s labour moves left and chases the green vote, then sure, some old reds may switch back, but I doubt that will happen.
                    I expect labour will aim it’s campaign at the center, and whilst paying lip service to the underclass, will mostly hope to sway soft blue swing voters, NZ1st defectors and the bizarrely misguided voting Top.

                    • alwyn

                      Shearer losing votes to the Greens?

                      When Labour dumped Shearer they were on about 34%. They dumped him and have been going downhill ever since. Meanwhile the Green Party and Winston’s mob have been picking up votes. I really don’t think, based on the polls of the time, that Shearer lost the Labour Party any significant number of votes.
                      I would have voted for a Shearer led Labour Party in this election. Not in 2014 but this year. They would have been a viable Government.

                      Who were the idiots who got rid of Shearer in order to get the hapless Cunliffe and the hopeless Little?

                    • lprent []

                      Because there was no way that Shearer got the labour party. No point in helping him win with the dumbarse attitudes he had. In the end even John Key looked better.

                    • Union city greens

                      I know a few people who swore off labour because of captain snapper.

            • marty mars

              cos they is commies lol

              you’ve jumped ship to the opps and some of us have come back home to the Greens – I’m happy, are you?

              • RedLogix

                I’ve jumped nowhere. I’ll be voting in this election for a Green electorate candidate and my preferred outcome would be a quite interesting coalition of Lab/Grn/TOP/MP (in that order).

                • I apologise – with all of your opp postings and defense i thought you had jumped to gareth’s baby.

                  • RedLogix

                    Fair enough … peace. All I’m attempting is to make the case that gareth’s baby isn’t necessarily ‘opposition’.

                • alwyn

                  That would probably be, as you say, quite interesting. It would however be only about 45 seats in the house in my view.
                  Hardly the makings of a stable Government is it?

                • Union city greens

                  Why would you do that and vote green electorate candidate?
                  Unless they’re a dead cert to win, which I don’t think any candidate is, if you want to change the government you have to tactical vote and vote labour, who will be in either first or second position.

                  You sure you want to get rid of English? I’m dubious about your methodology.

                  • RedLogix

                    If you really want a dead cert methodology you’d ditch MMP and go back to FPP.

                    • Union city greens

                      Ditching mmp has nothing to do with voting for someone who will likely lose over someone who could hold or take a seat off the nats. That’s undeniably sound methodology if you want them out.
                      So again, why would you not vote tactically if your aim is to change the government?

        • Robert Guyton

          I didn’t mean to be unseemly, RedLogics – I just found the comment unconvincing. I’ll aim for 100% seemliness from here on in.

        • OncewasTim

          It is… but they’d better come with a set of pearls to clutch. Fran O’S could set herself up in bizz as their advisor

    • Jeremy 4.2

      Bollocks. Can you back up that statement with facts?

    • I have no problem with a Green Party, a proper Green Party.

      the Green Party we have is a proper Green Party. You don’t like it because National can’t throw them in to a nice little box and ignore them.

      And it’s coming clearer by the day that neither Labour nor National can address the biggest problem we have – capitalism.

    • Chess Player 4.4

      I don’t agree with you about the communist bit Greg, as I’d call the current Greens left wing but not communist, but I do agree about the need for a distinctly Green party.
      I’m interested in a party that can gain power to ensure that environmental issues are always sensibly represented irrespective of whether National or Labour lead the government.
      That way something good is always being achieved (not just when a particular lead party is in power) and, over time, most people start to understand that supporting the environmental does not mean bad stuff happens to them.
      Hence, I find myself somewhat drawn towards TOP, but as yet undecided.

      • lprent 4.4.1

        Clearly you need a blue-green party. Please find one and vote for them – spare us your teenaged angst.

        • Chess Player

          Nope – not blue-green.
          Just green alone would be good.
          But yes, I’ll look out for one and let you know if I find it.

        • RedLogix

          So with the proper Green Party still not cracking 15% (and that’s being generous) after what is it now … 7 elections … just when do you expect them to ever have any effective influence?

          I’ve given them my full card vote the past four elections; and I’m running short on justifications to ‘waste’ it a fifth time.

  5. notice davis siding with bennett here – just saying…

    “The Greens have made their bed and now they have to lie in it,” said Labour Deputy leader Kelvin Davis…

    “It’s pretty ugly and I just think if you’re going to open up about yourself like that, then you’ve got to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.

    On the same AM Show panel, Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett said it was a “serious” matter.

    “Is she someone you can sit down at a Cabinet table with, and have her running portfolios?”

    Davis acknowledged that was a good question, and Labour would be assessing how much Turei’s electoral revelation could damage their own party, which has just switched leadership teams due to languishing polls seven weeks from the General Election.–labour

    you have made a BIG mistake promoting davis labour – and you’ll find out soon enough.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      Agreed. Not a promising start. This is what I meant when I used the “one hand in my pocket and the other doing a high five” line. Optimistic but waiting to see how things turned out.

    • DoublePlusGood 5.2

      It seems to me that everyone in politics has just discovered they have some feet they haven’t shot to pieces yet.
      Davis’ correct play here is to dead bat it by saying that concerns about appropriate electoral activities from 20 years ago, well before someone was involved in politics, are a matter for the person concerned and not anything that the Labour party needs to comment on.
      And then make a vague allusion to there being a lot of hypocrisy going around about Metiria’s actions. Make Bennett squirm a bit.

      • RedLogix 5.2.1

        Exactly. And Davis is far too experienced to have made such a mistake innocently. He must have known precisely what message he’s sending.

        • marty mars

          he isn’t experienced at all – that is his problem – he is well outside his pay grade and yet here he is deputy – THIS is how I know I’m getting old – when this shit happens.

        • weka

          +1 My hope here is that because Labour MPs routinely speak out without consensus that he might just have been speaking from his own views not that of Ardern’s or the caucus. Probably a slim hope though.

          The juxtaposition of a professional class white woman getting lots of ups vs a brown working class woman being pilloried is quite something, and something that NZ is going to have to come to terms with at some point.

          • RedLogix

            Again I’m with you on that. Philip Field’s bloody story has the same ugly element buried in too.

    • Molly 5.3

      Davis has a experience of being in opposition, and his technique seems to suggest that he aims to pick up the “other” votes by voicing the reactionary concerns to issues.

      ie. If Metiria has gained votes from people who see the untenable reality of welfare support – then there is no use going after those votes, collect the ones from those who still have a unresolved sense of disquiet.

      His determination to get Mana out of Parliament last election, was noticeable in the collusion with National. Mana somehow was the enemy, because that was a button he could push – and National was not.

      • Muttonbird 5.3.1

        How did Kelvin Davis collude with National?

        Ironic that it’s now Hone Harawira doing deals with the National led Maori Party.

        • Molly

          Collusion is the wrong word choice (by me). National hated Mana, and made that apparent. They made it obvious that they would prefer a government without any Mana Party representation.

          Instead of focusing on getting rid of National, Davis took that sentiment by National and ran with it, doing their work for them without even being asked.

          The failure of Labour to support those on the left of politics is what I am constantly disappointed by.

          In that case, Davis didn’t even have to support Mana, he only had to run a parallel campaign. But he couldn’t resist putting the boot in.

          He is appears to be doing the same with Metiria.

    • mac1 5.4

      I have some trouble with ‘guilt by association’, Marty Mars. Your ‘just saying’ is plain wrong btw.

      Just because I agree with someone over an issue does not mean that I agree with that person over other important issues. That involves a serious problem of logic.

      Secondly it detracts from the issue as being the important thing.

      The issue is one of probity. Should a person register in another electorate in order to vote for a friend?

      It raises another issue- that of wisdom. This case involves breaking the law in order to achieve something which was not then achievable- the election of a Green candidate in Mt Albert. An illegal act to achieve the unlikely.

      Shades of Oscar Wilde’s quote about fox-hunting – in this case “the illegal in pursuit of the unelectable.”

      • marty mars 5.4.1

        He agreed with her on this issue – I have been portending these events for weeks – I am quoting and then commenting on the quotes based upon my view – I don’t like or trust either davis or bennett.

        • mac1

          I gather you don’t trust Davis. I share your distrust of Bennett, but if Paula Bennett was to concur with Davis that Bill English was also for example a rorter that would not make her a Labour supporter.

          You can’t in logic use a guilt by association argument without a large amount of proof. Your throwaway “just saying'” indicates that you know that you are stretching the bow of logic to its breaking point. Your dislike of Davis colours your thinking and thereby discounts your credibility.

          Your ‘just saying’ comment indicates to me that you were being at least mischievous………… It doesn’t excuse faulty logic.

          • marty mars

            fair cop – I was stretching it slightly and legitimately I think – and borne out with the actual quotes

            my point was davis sliding with bennett not the other way around – he didn’t need to say what he did – all he did is sow distrust against the left and legitimates bennett’s false and misleading statements – and HE is wrong too – look at all of the others who have done this from the PM down, and also look at what anyone did as a 23 year old and hold that standard up now – no, davis sided with bennett against a potential coalition partner – why? you tell me – I’ve said what I think.

            • mac1

              Thanks for replying.

              First I’d say that I was just arguing for logic in argument- otherwise, we on the left could be accused of being just as bad as the right in the use of denigratory tactics.

              I’d then say that Turei was wrong in her 23 year old action. Another commentator argues this was ‘de minimis’ which though it be a legal tenet that the law does nor bother itself with trifles, especially those twenty years old- otherwise they’d be after me for that undetected speeding offence last century- ordinary people have to consider issues of judgment, wisdom, and innate honesty.

              The voters and the media will excuse her or they’ll have a mistrust of her judgement.

              The Greens and Labour have an agreement. They are seen to be on the same side. That same guilt by association argument might well be used against Labour who are seen to be consorting with politicians with two admitted illegalities.

              These admissions of Turei then give oxygen to the opponents of the left. They can say, as they are, that Labour as the major partner is harmed by its association with the Greens. Should Davis have pronounced as he did? He is faced with a situation which required a response. He responded. Otherwise, he can be tainted with collusion, or woolly soft thinking, or have people saying of him exactly what we say of the Right when they perform illegal or unwise actions a la Barclay, et al.

              These have been, in my opinion, unwise events. A wise person should have seen that the argument and the issues would be diverted by admissions of illegality away from the issue of the plight of the impoverished.

              Now we have the added electoral burden of our opponents scratching through the debris looking for other misjudgments. Consider what arrived in Australia out of the politician who had dual citizenship!

              The point is- here we are, being diverted.

              When recently a man died in the cold sleeping rough in God’s Own Country.

        • David Mac

          I rate Davis, I think he is naturally a man of action. Politicians typically have ripped jaw muscles, expert talkers. A common put-down towards politicians is their lack of experience in the ‘real world’. Headmaster Kelvin turned a crappy criminal prep school in the Far North right around. Made a big difference. Some of his methods were a little unorthodox but highly effective.

          Folklore has it….If he suspected a kid was having a tough time at home, he’d put off calling the relevant government agencies and at the end of the school day throw the kid in the seat beside him and drive them home, walk up past the empties at the back door, knock and have a chat with Mum and/or Dad. Someone with Kelvin’s mana only needs to do something like that half a dozen times and the grapevines would be abuzz.

          Nobody else was over at those tropical island bullshit jails the Aussies have Kiwis tucked up in and trying to make a difference. Kelvin doesn’t have his secretary flick out a press release about domestic violence, he buys 3 pairs of Nikes and joins the Hikoi.

          I believe Kelvin is a bit green, finding his way, but I also see a guy that is at the front of the line when it comes to rolling up sleeves. He is not paying lip service to lowering prisoner return visits, he’s going to give it his best shot. I see lots to admire in the guy.

          • marty mars

            are you a left voter David?

            plus this mythology around davis is not necessarily correct.

            • David Mac

              Ha, yes I’ll be voting left Marty. If I was on the TTT roll I’d vote for Kelvin. Stronger than my left inclination is my admiration of people of action. People that get things done, make a tangible difference. I may well be wrong…again…but at this stage I don’t feel my faith in Kelvin is misplaced.

          • tc

            I see Shane Jones V2.0

          • alwyn

            “I believe Kelvin is a bit green, finding his way”.
            He must be a very slow learner then.
            He originally got into Parliament in 2008. That was the same year as Jacinda Arden and Stephen Joyce.
            He should have been able to “find his way” by now.

    • David Mac 5.5

      Yes, I think Davis faltered.

      The answer to any “What do you think of what the Greens are doing?” questions is as simple as Jacinda made it at her press conference.

      “They have their campaign, we have ours, (insert Labour policy favourable outcome here)”

      It doesn’t matter what the question is re: the Greens, that can be the answer, varied by the insertion of the Labour bumper sticker soundbite.

      • marty mars 5.5.1

        yep, exactly, anything else is either malicious or inexperience and totally UNNECESSARY – this is the big point – he’ll try to fuck the Greens up because he hasn’t a clue of the bigger ‘left’ picture – he is just interested in his own little wee sandpit.

  6. Muttonbird 6

    This sort of non-transparency from David Carter and the National Party government just adds to the perception they are corrupt and it adds to the perception that New Zealand is becoming more corrupt under them.

    What better way to clean up fraud and the intimidation of whistle-blowers than to be absolutely transparent on this issue. But no, not David Carter, and not the National Party.

    • alwyn 6.1

      You are aware, I hope, that the decision not to complete the committee report and not to release the preliminary version was a UNANIMOUS one by the committee members.
      That was members representing the Labour, Green, and New Zealand First as well as the National and Maori parties. The only parties not represented were ACT and United Future.
      Still, I suppose you never let a few facts get in the way of your prejudices.

  7. Anne 7

    Beware Greens!

    I think the Nats are going to try and bring you down. They will use Metiria Turei’s current situation to the hilt, and may even start trying to denigrates other Green MPs. Their DP team will be sifting through files and trawling social media for tid-buts they can blow up into supposed scandals. Not unlike what they did to Labour in 2014. Remember the nonsense over a letter Cunliffe’s office received 11 years earlier which he had no recall of seeing because his staff handled the matter for him? That is what they were employed to do. At the time you would have thought it was the crime of the century.

    It will depend on the amount of traction gained by Labour which looks to me like it is now on track to deliver a final result that might even surpass their expectations. So, the next best thing will be to attempt to destroy their potential partner, the Greens.

    Be prepared!

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      I expect the GCSB will be looking into things.

    • RedLogix 7.2

      Sighs. And after that shameful saga over Cunliffe’s letter John Armstrong admitted far too late that he was completely in the wrong. But no accountability and no consequences, so they keep doing it.

    • BM 7.3

      Nonsense, this will all be Labour driven.

      Labours got Jacinda now who needs the Greens? Jacinda is going to romp in with at least 90% of the vote.

      • marty mars 7.3.1

        winnie to the rescue ( the irony will be thick) – the white night with the texts of truth and the billshitter dealt a blow, a dragon down, a reputation in tatters, a dip in the dipton gnat vote – and that is just next weeks shenanigans.

        • BM

          That was always Labours preference

          A Labour/NZ First coalition.

          • marty mars

            I mean he will rescue Metiria – you must admit the content of those billshitter tapes is shaping up to be a real game breaker – this will be like lomu (winnie) pushing though those hapless english (the gnats) for the try – so good to watch.

    • weka 7.4

      Looks very similar to 2014 to me too Anne. Hooton’s getting his ducks lined up, the right in the MSM are going hard, and the privileged classes are entrenching into their rules and money are more important than people position.

      The main thing I am thinking of today is that lefties need to be good to each other. If Labour throw beneficiaries under a bus over this, it’s going to get much uglier.

    • Molly 7.5

      Agree Anne. They will most likely have compiled a list of minor issues that they will continue to drop at regular intervals in the lead up to the election, giving the public an impression of a huge scandal.

      Unfortunately, the attack dogs of National are our own journalists who are so used to playing ‘gotcha’ they enjoy the experience, and have forgotten how to critique and process revelations before playing them to an audience.

      I hope the access to alternative views and media is being to take hold in NZ, which will reduce the influence of MSM.

  8. Molly 8

    Cheerleading article in The Independent for the practice of microchipping employees.

    Benefits are trivial at best, and more usefully achieved by improved face-to-face communication. But that doesn’t stop the author from promoting the use of such technology. It comes as no surprise that he is a CEO of a productivity research company.

  9. Muttonbird 9

    The dropped pie wants Ardern to rule out Turei from government now because, wait for it, John Key did it!

    • Anne 9.1

      It’s started. Some of the current journo upstarts are a perfect example of the Johnnie Come Lately syndrome. They are politically ignorant beyond the narrow bounds of current political developments and they have bugger-all knowledge or experience of past political eras. You see it all the time – brash, stupid memes that are continuously shown up to be gobbledygook. Yet their arrogance is such they just carry on doing it time after time after time.

      A journo version of the Dunning-Kruger effect?

    • Sabine 9.2

      so effectively Patrick Gower is the leader of the labour party then and Jacinda is the ‘pretty face’ to hide the fact that Patrick Gower is leader of the labour party who can / will tell her what to do? I mean the Media / he wanted Jacinda, bingo got that and now kill Turei?


      oh fucking dear.

  10. Molly 10

    Good article on the costs to the British taxpayer of the Private Finance Initiative, from the Guardian.

    (Good short video on the economic benefit of flying to Berlin in order to get from Sheffield to Essex – rather than catching the train.)

  11. esoteric pineapples 11

    Anyone wanting to know what is going on in Venezuela needs to check out Abby Martin’s documentaries that she did after she returned from a three week trip there.

    The opposition are the ones doing most of the violence and murder

    There is an economic war against the government by those corporations that control key commodities such as toilet paper and wheat. Supermarkets are full of other food stuffs

    Here’s the perspective of the government on what is going on from the Economy Minister

    • Union city greens 11.1

      A tv clip I saw yesterday showed a man and his protruding rib cage bemoaning the hyper inflation that causes him to miss meals so his children can eat once a day.
      By contrast, the pics of Maduro, show he isn’t short of a few good dinners.

      That’s the real problem with Venezuela right now. Starving people, fat el presidente.

  12. srylands 12

    What is a ‘RWNJ’?

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    [you’re on a progressive political blog with a left wing bent, stop trolling (yes, I saw the rest of this the other day). If you want to retain your privilege of commenting here, then stop trying to wind people up, and definitely don’t do it off-topic on posts. Two week ban to have a think about that. – weka]

    • Stuart Munro 12.1

      I think example might be more useful than explanation in this instance.

      Your request for clarification probably belongs on Open Mike however.

    • KJT 12.2

      Look in the mirror.

    • mac1 12.3

      First choose a four figure number consisting of the numbers 1,2,or 3.

      Then consult the table below.
      1. right woolly nincompoop joker
      2. really witless nutter job
      3. rabid woo-woo ninny jejune

      For example a 3123 is a ”right woolly nutter jejune” person.

      I’m sure you can have similar fun with LWNJ.

      I hope that the political debate 2017 descends no lower than this.

  13. Stuart Munro 13

    I was mulling over TOP’s offer to Labour – and it makes a kind of sense. Since the great leap to the right under Douglas, Labour has been managerialist, and in many ways like the current government, a faux technocracy. It’s faux because it isn’t working at all. Take out the migration capital inflows and the ideologically driven sacrifices of the last three decades have achieved nothing whatsoever.

    A good example of the failure is the fisheries quota management system – touted as a groundbreaking resource management tool, it is in fact an economist’s charade that pretends to monetize natural resources, and thus lends itself to economic controls. What it doesn’t do is respond to variations in fish populations from either environmental or fishery inputs, and thus its impacts exaggerate negative effects – overfishing when a resource is struggling is self-defeating. So fisheries have not produced any part of a rising tide that would lift all boats because the technocratic expertise was lacking.

    Morgan has an interesting menu of reforms, and some are quite promising. But his variation of the CGT would tend to push low income single home owners out of their dwellings, which is probably undesirable. His tax reform is interesting, but the focus is apparently on achieving a flat tax outcome rather than prosperity for all New Zealanders.

    I doubt Labour will take up a significant proportion of his policies, but in some respects they should. The only tenable position for a managerialist government is as a successful technocracy. Of course it would be preferable if they learned the lessons of the US and UK and adopted a popular left position. But I have a feeling that hell would freeze over first.

  14. Muttonbird 14

    Let’s do this.

    Now official!

    • marty mars 14.1

      I hope they’ve considered this carefully, I really do.

      • Muttonbird 14.1.1

        What are your reservations? That it’s open to some attack from National by association with other uses of the phrase?

        • marty mars

          double entendre springs to mind – probably just my devious mind

          • Muttonbird

            Oh, I see what you mean. Not sure it’s a route of attack for the National Party though.

            • marty mars

              I may have a jaundiced view of our sexist culture and the way women are treated – I am constantly appalled by how bad it is, how unfair and how sick it is – the right will use anything and everything to ensure they win – that is the lesson from dirty politics for me.

          • BM

            You weren’t the only one.

    • Macro 14.2

      Good Grief!

      • BM 14.2.1

        According to my partner who’s involved in marketing, it’s highly the double entendre is intentional.

        One meaning for the guys as a play on Jacinda’s “hotness” and the other at women with the “yay we’re all strong women lets all get in behind Jacinda and win!”

        • Muttonbird

          Your partner is an idiot. There’s no deliberate marketing behind it, just a tag line she’s used previously which developed on its own to be a strong and memorable line.

      • Muttonbird 14.2.2

        I think it’s good. Direct yet broad, memorable, potential to be a cult meme, and t’s energising.

        Delivering for New Zealand is boring just like Bingles. What are they delivering? Tens of thousands of cheap immigrants to keep wages down and house prices high?

        TOP’s is “Care. Think. Vote.” I just laugh when I picture someone actually doing this.

        UF’s is ‘Vote Peter Dunne’. Amaaaaazing!

        • RedLogix

          Caring is laughable.

          Thinking is laughable.

          Voting is laughable.

          Attempting all three at once must be a complete riot I guess …

        • Incognito

          I agree.

          It reminds me of Nike’s “Just Do It”.

          It’s quite possibly what went through Jacinda Ardern’s mind when she had to decide to become the Leader of the Opposition.

          “Vote Peter Dunne” just wants me to get some of his hair and make a Voodoo doll …

  15. popexplosion 15

    Cycling again on the footpath, slowed to walking pace as I passed by a pedestrian walker, we kept the same distance any two pedestrians would. Police don’t enforce this bylaw, they rightly enforce a lacked of a helmet on my head. Reason people believe that kids cycling with their parents on the footpath while walking, should that be cycling, the dog. Coz that’s what I saw later on cycling home. Bad law criminalizes good people who cause no harm. Sure cyclists are hurt when a fellow cyclist weaponizes themselves and intention crashes into a old person, but the majority act like pedestrians on the footpath and avoid contact with older people because of their frail and notable argumentative natures. Except of course older bikers who are lovely and not at all grumpy.

    • Stuart Munro 15.1

      Police are selective in their enforcement of cycling.

      Helmets have caused a drop in cycling that renders their effectiveness moot.

      • popexplosion 15.1.1

        You obviously are blind. A person wanted by police obviously, was on a bike with a loud speaker on the front. Maybe they had being using said loud speaker to get around previous noisy irrational acts of selfish disregard… …anyway said police officer rightly saw an opportunity to separate said person from the bike and have them fall safely onto the grass. Rather than a much more harmful arresting style of a metal bike between his legs. Was it reasonable,yeah. I pointed out how using a taser on a person poised to fall into the Waikato would have been a mistake, similarly using a taser on a person on a bike compared to just pushing them to the grass. And hey good vid almost like it was intention setup.

        • Stuart Munro

          Tasers are for use against armed assailants. The cyclist wasn’t armed.

          • popexplosion

            Police I believe have a duty to protect citizens from their citizens own potential self harming. A bike is very unstable, without a helmet,causing trouble with a loudspeaker, and liable to self harm if they were to usbike in desperate attempt to flee… …no, sorry like to help but that bike could harm him, separating them was quite reasonable. Bikes are weapons,loud speakers are… …many years ago I saw a boy racer reving his very very loud car in front of young kids, his own as it was in his driveway,now we know noise causes deafness even more so in kids. Was this child abuse, I.e did it abuse children causing them harm,sure. Now you seem to think wasting police time,causing nuisance, videoing entrapment, etc are qualifications for higher ethical standing. I do not. Police should be helped, so they move onto the child molestors murderers etc rather than waste time with nick-picking obviously poorly parented youth seeking attention.

            • Stuart Munro

              Police need to be conspicuously scrupulous in their use of violence.

              You have tried and convicted the cyclist without being fully apprised of the facts – a judge might well reach a very different conclusion.

              • Molly

                “Police need to be conspicuously scrupulous in their use of violence. “
                Therein is the crux of the matter.

                Irritation with the victim, does not excuse the police to act in this manner.

                I’ve seen a few of these cycling teens in and around Otara, Manurewa and Mangere. There is actually quite a skill in how they ride their bikes, and if they do it on the roads or in carparks – then you should ask, why? Is it because that is their only option?

                Also, have seen (and heard) a couple of them with the megaphone. A brief glimpse and soundbite of immaturity and bravado and usually they are on their way.

                If the outcome is to change behaviours, the police actions in the video are unlikely to do so.

    • McFlock 15.2

      Nothing to do with intentionality, any more than car drivers intentionally hit cyclists on the road.

      “Most” cyclists are fine, but the thing is that a few bad apples do indeed ruin the barrel for everyone. You can’t just identify or exclude bad cyclists – it’s unenforcable. Cars have registration plates, but one lycra arse looks like another. So ban the lot of ’em, and try to ping the ones that draw attention to themselves.

      Pedestrians should not be put at risk just because cyclists choose to cycle.

      • popexplosion 15.2.1

        Making stuff illegal because you can imagine it harmful is not a standard for anyone but a moron since we’d have to make everything illegal. Police do not enforce bad bylaws where nobody is harmed, or better laws exist that regard harms that eventuate. People giveaway on the footpath, whether walking, cycling, skateboarding, jogging, laughing, etc, it ain’t a problem bad bylaws are a waste of ratepayers money.

        • McFlock

          But I’m not imagining harm. I know harm has occurred. To people I know.

          Not all people give way. Sometimes people bump into each other. Why should your choice of transport or recreation endanger me?

  16. popexplosion 16

    No harm no foul. Cyclists and Pedestrians have no trouble passing one another and giving way to each other. Only authoritarians like yourself can imagine the evilness of all cycling. Just because old people who are not used to it should not be reason to make illegal what is harmless. I’ve pointed this out many times to you, that the state is not in the business, should not be in the business of listening to cretians.

    • McFlock 16.1

      lol “cretian” has to be a variation of Muphry’s law 🙂

      Thing is, “no harm no foul” only works in the absence of harm. The fact is that people are actually hit by cyclists, just as cyclists are actually hit by cars.

      What you’ve failed to point out is why I should be put at risk on the footpath just because you want to ride a bike. At least have the integrity to assume the risks of your recreational choices, rather than offloading those risks onto me.

      • RedLogix 16.1.1

        He may have meant “all Cretians lie”. 🙂

      • KJT 16.1.2

        The slight risk that a cyclist will hit you on the footpath, as against the high risk that the cyclist will be killed on the road. On balance the cyclist should be allowed on the footpath along with pedestrians, skateboards and mobility scooters.

        Noting that fast cyclists prefer the road, anyway.

        • McFlock

          Even if your “slight” vs “high” risk estimate were based on actuarial data, it doesn’t say why pedestrians should bear the risks of a cyclist’s choice of transport.

          • RedLogix

            And doesn’t explain why cyclists should bear the risks of motorist’s choice of transport either. And given we had one close family member killed on her cycle by a grossly irresponsible motorist just a few years ago … I’m not being all that flippant.

            Overall I’m with KJT. A cyclist on the footpath, albeit moving at a modest speed, is highly unlikely to kill or seriously injure a pedestrian. There is a risk I admit, and it’s not ideal for both to have to share the same space.

            But the risks to cyclists being forced to always share space with motor vehicles (small trucks are the worst offenders in my experience) are much higher. I cycle about 7km to work most days, and rarely a week goes by without some close call. I’ve just gotten good at being really defensive.

            In the absence of dedicated cycle lanes cyclists are constantly forced into risky spaces. We learn all sorts of mitigating strategies that aren’t in the road code.

            • McFlock

              Same with me on a motor scooter, but at least I can make a decent wicket keeping up in traffic. And I fully accept the risks of being the littlest, squishiest guy on the road – I don’t expect other people to take those risks for me.

              Someone driving to work on roads designed for vehicles is the same as someone walking to work on a footpath. Movement is a necessary part of society, and we’ve designed around that. But cycling is a personal choice, too uncontrolled and fast for footpaths and too slow and fragile for road safety.

              I’m in favour of decent cycle lanes, having worked near a stretch of road that’s killed several cyclists in my time here (deaths since the lanes were redesigned: zero). At the same time, I know people who have been minding their own business walking along the footpath and then been hit by cyclists.

              From what I can see, if anyone tried putting cyclists through OSH or workplace safety assessments, the department of labour would press charges, regardless of whether they were on the road with cars or on the footpath with old people or kids in prams. It’s insane. And making other people assume the risks of what is essentially a selfish choice – that’s just even more selfish.

              • Driving and thus pushing climate change is the selfish choice.

                • McFlock

                  Well, that’s arguable.
                  How efficient is a meat-engine running on food grown largely with fossil-fertilisers vs an internal combustion engine?

                  • Food doesn’t have to be grown with fossil fuels.

                    And the efficiency’s good:

                    For forward motion, we need energy. Regardless of the mode of transportation. Even on foot, a person weighing 70 kg has an energy consumption of around 0.075 kWh per kilometre. This makes walking the second-most efficient form of transport. Only cycling is a more energy-saving form of transport, with a peak value of 0.025 kWh. At the other end of the scale is the car (0.56 kWh), according to the Federal Environment Agency. According to the French energy and environmental agency ADEME, aeroplanes (0.52 kWh) and motorbikes (0.51 kWh) are similarly inefficient. The most energy-saving form of public transport is the tram or underground train, at just 0.05 and 0.08 kWh per kilometre travelled. Using the ADEME calculator, energy and CO2 consumption can also be calculated for the selected form of mobility.

                    To find out which mode of transportation is the fastest in urban environments, the German Traffic Club (VCD) carried out a test in Berlin. The test involved the route from Schlesisches Tor to Humboldt University. The winner? The bicycle.

                    So, yeah, the twits are still the ones in cars.

                    • McFlock

                      Food doesn’t have to be grown with fossil fuels, but it is.

                      So what’s the efficiency of a meat engine compared to internal combustion? And then compared to an electric motor? I don’t know, but as far as I’m concerned it’s up to the cycle missionaries to demonstrate it before I believe their preference is anything other than decorative.

              • RedLogix

                And making other people assume the risks of what is essentially a selfish choice – that’s just even more selfish.

                Sorry but I can equally apply that logic to motorists. They’re the ones who kill and main with their tonnes of useless, carbon-spewing metal. They’re the one’s who need the community carving motorways, that generate endless animal kill, that keep people poor, obese and unfit.

                By contrast the cycle is the only form of transport humans have ever invented that’s capable of routinely carrying a payload 10 times it’s own weight. It’s quiet, clean, uses modest paths and almost never kills other beings. If you’re a little too old or need to travel further, get an electric motor. They’re bloody amazing.

                • McFlock

                  If cars were all one person and barely carried the night’s dinner, I might agree.

                  But cars can do so much more than that, can pool and do the school run in one go, and that’s before the fact that we’d still need buses and trucks on the roads even if we had no cars.

                  Cycles… not so much.

                  • RedLogix

                    For example:


                    The fastest growing category in Europe.

                    Lots of incredibly talented people coming up with a hugely diverse range of designs the past few years. Your grandfathers’ ten speed is history.

                    • McFlock

                      1: bwahahahaha

                      2: and yet the ten speed or mountain bike is the one always seen on the streets. Oh, and one guy rides one of those stupid recliner cycles. That’s about it.

                    • I doubt if there’s many ten speed around now. And just because NZ retail hasn’t been bringing in the cargo bikes and others doesn’t mean that they’re not available. What that shows is NZ managers failure to adjust to the situation, to keep thinking along the failed lines of last century.

                    • McFlock

                      Dunno much about styles, but 99.9% of the ones I see still seem to have two wheels and one rider (albeit in various stages of arse-presentation).

                      Talk all you want about management failures, the fact is that the cycles of the past are apparently still cycles of the present, even if the cycle of the future is actually a trike with a little trailer.

                      You’d still be slower than cars, and you’d fill up even more of the footpath, too. And still look like a bit of a twat.

        • popexplosion

          Fast cycling on a footpath is very dangerous as cars coming out of driveways… ..look flock is a fool he won’t understand that people don’t as a rule break their social conditioning, I.e avoiding trouble, conflict, collision, and feels older people fear should rule all law making.

  17. the pigman 17

    So it seems Labour’s fresh new slogan was already used by the People’s National Movement in Trinidad and Tobago last year. Here is their campaign ad:

    “Let’s do this! /
    Rrrrolling with de Rrred Army /
    Let’s do this! /
    For de love of your country!”

    I think Labour should lift the campaign ad in full and just superimpose Labour over the PNM logo. It really is catchy and on-message with the relentless positivity thing.

    On the plus side, the PNM seem less likely to sue than Eminem.

  18. Sumsuch 18

    Too late , but do any of you supposed Labourites support Stephen Mills as the voice of the Left on RNZ’s Monday morning ‘Left v. Right’ ?

    • lprent 18.1

      Firstly, read the about. It will help prevent you from looking like a moronic troll.

      We come from a variety of backgrounds and our political views don’t always match up but it’d be fair to say that all of us share a commitment to the values and principles that underpin the broad labour movement and we hope that perspective will come through strongly as you read the blog.

      Broad labour movement does not equal Labourite. If you are too ignorant to understand the difference, then don’t hesitate to ask. We like educate the political illiterates

      Secondly, as far as I am aware I’ve never heard Stephen Mills. That probably because I’m working hard on Monday mornings. Clearly you are not. I leave the implications about what kind of audience is being targeted at that timeslot and for your simpleton mind.

      If you want to try any other implied “when did you last beat your child?” types of ‘questions’, then I will be happy to continue discussing your intellectual and moral deficiencies. Otherwise if you don’t want to be labelled as just another fuckwit troll then learn to engage in robust debate.

      { but what I expect the sounds of a troll whining about how I am so nasty 😈 despite answering the question fulsomely }

  19. Sumsuch 19

    I enjoyed the virulently rich, snarling sarcasm. In amongst the sort of nonsense you normally only have to take from your boss, having read through my recent posts, I have repeated myself on this topic. And ‘broad Labour Movement’ was a point.

    You know, almost everything I could be doing at this moment is more important than this, and — unlike yourself –I lead an exquisitely trivial existence.

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    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
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  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
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  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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