Open Mike 11/05/2017

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  1. Ed 1

    A house built on sand……

    Property – NZ’s biggest industry: report

    Property has directly contributed $29.8b to the economy in the 2015-2016 financial year, employed 160,800 people and in the past 10 years has overtaken manufacturing to become the country’s largest industry.

    The industry’s direct contribution accounted for 13 per cent of New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) – ahead of manufacturing’s $25.2b (11 per cent).

    Property – NZ’s biggest industry

    • Ed 1.1

      So if we leave out the property boom, National’s 3% increase in GDP is only 2.6%?

      It appears that to get that figure the construction work associated with earthquakes may have been included, but much actual construction will have been from Christchurch and other quakes. So much for a vibrant economy or property industry – relying on inwards reinsurance from overseas is not sustainable long term.

      And that increase in GDP? I own a house, but it doesn’t feel any larger, warmer or useful – but I know that my children will struggle to afford anything similar in their time.

      I had to search a bit for the link – try this:
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11853126
      (Sorry I don’t know how to put that in shortened form)

  2. gsays 2

    Does anyone else smell a rat in regard to the myrtle rust in Keri Keri?

    We were told emphatically that the rust was blown here and landed in a nursery in Keri Keri.
    Blown here, for the first time.
    Just happened to land in a business where they or people they trade with could have imported the rust.

    • Wyndham 2.1

      You’re right gsays.
      It seems amazing that wind blown spores can selectively land on one row of plants in a Northland nursery. One would expect the large array of myrtle species, both native and also those introduced to this country, to be affected on a grand scale.
      Is it not more likely that the spores were transported by some other means?
      ?

    • saveNZ 2.2

      Exactly, suddenly in a time of poor bio security, poor regulation of imports, record tourists and overseas investors, we suddenly start having diseases that have ‘blown in’ having never done so before.

      Yep right!

      But hey, will be a good opportunity for some to buy land cheap as growers go out of business!

      Anyone know the outcome of the PSA court case against the government?

      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kiwifruit-claim-documents-highly-critical-of-government-6226403

  3. gsays 3

    the first report i heard on rnz, asured us that the spores were wind blown.
    says who?

    what would a garden centre/nursery import from oz?

  4. If someone had brought plant material into the country through ‘alternative’ channels, they’d have simply burned the infected plants, rather than alerting the authorities, I’d have thought. A row of myrtles amongst non-myrtles would fit the pattern described by the report. Who’s to know that there isn’t widespread sign now. We will see. The rust is wind-dispersed. Raoul Island caught it that way, I believe. In any case, we are experiencing a tsumani of infestations from foreign organisms now, as predicted: marmorated stink bug, giant willow aphid, guava moth, myrtle rust… what’s next, I wonder.

    • gsays 4.1

      I had been boasting the other day, the feijoa were bullet proof, bird proof, long lasting and tasty.

      Now aphids and stink bugs with marmalade are heading this way.

      Seriously though, do you believe the infestation was wind blown, Robert?

      • gsays – I have up until now, but will take a closer look. It certainly happened fast. Only last week I learned about the Raoul Island case. Two days later, this Northland one. Of course, the spores would have to have arrived earlier, but winds have been pretty varied and vigorous around the globe of late, due to the increasingly energised climate. I’m expecting much more of this sort of thing. Invasive species will be the norm. Our approach to them has to change drastically. We won’t be able/can’t stop what’s coming (or is already here, incubating.) In my opinion.

        • marty mars 4.1.1.1

          So true – we have to rethink the whole thing and improve just about everything. This is perhaps another subtle yet devastating effect of cc. big worry cos we have shitloads to lose.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2

          We won’t be able/can’t stop what’s coming (or is already here, incubating.)

          I’ve come to the conclusion that we shouldn’t even try to stop it. Evolution will fix things – we just need to get out of the way.

          That said, I do believe we should be doing something about all the bloody possums but to my mind the best option there is to introduce an arboreal predator that can and will see them as food.

          • Robert Guyton 4.1.1.2.1

            The Papua New Guinean harpogornis eagle. Perfect for the job.

            • weka 4.1.1.2.1.1

              I now an old lady who swallowed a fly…

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.1.2

              I did consider the Haast Eagle – needs some serious technology though to bring it back from the dead.

              BTW, the Papuan Eagle is Harpyopsis

              • Thanks, Draco, Harpyopsis. That whole, Harpagornis moorei, pouakai, “bird-snatches-frail-grandparent-in-front-of-family” thing is going to make selling the Haast Eagle a tough task. Still, there always have to be sacrifices for the sake of the environment, don’t there.

                (devilish emoticon)

                • Draco T Bastard

                  That whole, Harpagornis moorei, pouakai, “bird-snatches-frail-grandparent-in-front-of-family” thing is going to make selling the Haast Eagle a tough task.

                  But it is an iconic native bird found nowhere else 😈

                  • That settles it then, we’ll have a flock. Frail oldies are a dime a dozen and there seem to be hordes of grandchildren out there. All for the sake of conservation, mind.

          • weka 4.1.1.2.2

            Those two paragraphs contradict each other. Either we step back and let nature do it, or we intervene. And if we intervene, then the debate becomes about where and how we intervene. There are some pretty compelling reasons in NZ not to give up intervening, in particular because of the uniqueness of much of the fauna and flora here. But also in terms of paradigms and world views, nature does better when humans understand themselves as part of the landscape.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.2.1

              The possums (and rabbits really) are a problem caused by intervention and need intervention to ‘fix’.

              But it is a a serious concern as to what type of intervention should be used.

            • Robert Guyton 4.1.1.2.2.2

              ” nature does better when humans understand themselves as part of the landscape.”
              Hmmmm…
              Perhaps, Non-human life maintains its integrity when humans understand themselves as part of the landscape.
              Parsing can lead to greater (or lesser) clarity of thought 🙂

      • Cricklewood 4.1.2

        Its the most likely scenario, Cyclone debbies track then arrival in NZ was perfect in terms of a storm system that would spread the fungus.
        Its highly unlikely to have come as a result of imported plants from aus at a basic level there is no financial gain to be had importing plant material from aus. If its something new you can sell it and if its something we already have a complete waste of time.

        Given that its a propagation nursery conditions for fungus to establish are perfect with 2 twice daily water. Id imagine it will take much longer to become apperent in the wild.

      • David Mac 4.1.3

        With my bush science hat on I think the spores being carried on the wind is a viable story. The prevailing winds and currents seem to favour the Eastcoast of the Far North. It’s where the early adventurers found themselves encountering NZ, the winds brought waka and sailing ships to this region. Kupe, Tasman, Cook the wind carried them to the Far North.

      • Cricklewood 4.1.4

        You are really going to dislike guava moth it renders the fruit damn near unusable.

        • Sabine 4.1.4.1

          i was lucky, my feijoa is good. But i know a lot of growers who have not been so lucky and literally all their fruit is invested an can only be tossed.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.5

        Fun facts about fungi

        Spores of a wheat rust have been reported to have been dispersed 1,243 miles (2000 km) by the wind.

        So, yeah, most definitely possible.

    • John up North 4.2

      I hear you there Robert. Globalisation hard at work = privatise profit + socialise costs.

      Can’t remember off the top of my head but the percentage of containers checked by customs or bio-security compared to the numbers pouring in is very, very small. So just like our immigration policies, the door is WIDE OPEN for a simple bug or spore to (remember Psa?) cause huge financial damage whilst trashing our environment. And like our rivers etc…. this govt awaits at the cliff bottom while scratching it’s arse.

    • The decrypter 4.3

      Asian flu is next.

    • keepcalmcarryon 4.4

      “marmorated stink bug, giant willow aphid, guava moth, myrtle rust” I thought you were reciting the National front bench for a second there, had to do a double take.

      • I think I see what you mean, calm: “constipated thick thug”, “Gerry behemoth”, that sort of thing?

        • keepcalmcarryon 4.4.1.1

          Thats it! Name the front bench after your favourite introduced pest species to celebrate Nationals border control cutbacks. 🙂

  5. Every native organism we have here, or the ancestors of, must have ‘blown in’ or washed up on our shores at some point. That process has never stopped and now with the addition of human industry as described by John up North, it’s all on for a more intense round of ‘re-wilding’. In my view, the gates have opened and we have to be adroit in our thinking to ride this wave.There are benefits to be reaped, but building “walls” is going to be a waste of time and money, in all but a few cases.

    • Its natural as in humans are part of nature.

      I don’t think embracing the change and trying to make the best of it has too much wrong with it except I’m not doing that. I’m going to fight and work to protect the biodiversity that is here and unique. I don’t accept acceptance.

      • Marty – I understand your passion for unique organisms and feel that too, at my deepest level. The balance between what you are saying and what I’m saying is difficult to maintain, even describe. That though, is the challenge. I’m keen on the conversation.

    • Wyndham 5.2

      Robert,
      The scale of the current introduction of ‘pests’ is massive. Every container, every jumbo-jet plane carries the potential to deliver fresh incursions. The very speed of transition from one country to another ensures that even fragile organisms are given an extra chance of survival and re-establishment in our country. Mother Nature has never had to cope with an onslaught on such a scale. Whilst adaptation to occasional arrivals over a long time period is possible (and probable), dealing with our present situation is another matter. I suggest that the beautiful system of balance that has existed in natural ecosystems for millenia is gravely threatened.
      Tourism, worldwide, is a two-edged sword. What to do ?
      By the way Robert, am a keen follower of your excellent contributions.

      • Thanks, Wyndham. Your suggestion about the grave threat to the natural ecosystem is challenging to reply to, especially when I want to say that this situation we find ourselves in as as natural as any other in time and space. It looks degraded and debased, but only because of our anthropocentric point of view. What we humans can do with this situation, is shape it, as we have shaped the world in recent millennia, but do so mindfully, with a different goal in mind. That’s our opportunity. I believe we can do it, and will do it am and am well aware that we have made the job extremely difficult by our behaviour. We are now having to face the consequences of our choice to treat the world this way but we are not bound to continue along that path, I believe. There are many signs of understanding evident now. Masanobu Fukuoka called for a “new Genesis”, Fred Pearce’s book, “A New Wild” details where we sit with regard invasive organisms and has some enlightened suggestions around how we can accommodate the inevitable.

    • weka 5.3

      Ticks that carry Lyme disease is the one I’m keeping an eye on. It’s spreading through Europe now and the US is having a bumper year of ticks. That one alone is good enough for me to want much tighter controls on our borders, Lyme destroys lives without actually killing people. I’m good with working with the mix of introduced and native ecosystems we have already, but I can’t see any good reason to have a free for all, so where it the line?

    • weka 5.4

      sent you an email 🙂

    • oops! wrong spot

  6. The best thing we can do, as a country, is diversify, make more complex, fill every niche with a wide a range of organisms as possible – if we continue to develop the simplistic environment we have now: grass and browsing animals, pinus radiata, we will be screwed. The best way to defend against incoming threats from nature, is to grow a thicket.

    • Cricklewood 6.1

      Exactly let the grass turn to meadows filled with all manor of species, plant forest with great variation from all over the world and let nature do its thing. Vast biodiversity will take hold us in good stead as the climate changes and pressue comes on our exisiting flora and fauna.

      • And have people living amongst all that, making a living from the bounty. There’s a farmer near Wanaka who has “opened” his farm to innovative thinkers who have established themselves there, planting his creek sides, for example, with hazel and other useful species, set up their beehives and are harvesting what they’ve established, in return for managing the riparian planting to the benefit of the farmer and the environment. That sort of integrated industry is our future, imo. A benefit to all; humans and non-humans alike.

        • greywarshark 6.1.1.1

          Robert G
          People like you talking and writing about systems, practices being, or already set up and working for everyone’s good, spark us all up with hope and a desire to see more around us. So keep supplying examples that we can follow or encourage. You cheer us and inspire us. Kia ora e hoa.

          • Robert Guyton 6.1.1.1.1

            That’s kind of you, Grey and thanks for being part of the conversation. They’re not as good if they just occur inside of just one head.

          • greywarshark 6.1.1.1.2

            Further to above to Robert Guyton do you know anyone raising pigeons so that we can have some means of communicating when our old and known ones go belly-up?

            The reliance on cellphones and computers is dangerous and makes us vulnerable in my view. Wonderful tech, but the problems of invisible information requiring machinery and applications to reveal it are going to accumulate. The tech, the complexity, the price, the need for renewal of energy, of apps, the hidden pathways through the devices filing system, the need to protect info against hacking or instant destruction or malicious malfunction, It just about drives me mad, and I am distressed that companies and government are wanting to send/do everything on line.

            The loss of the old tech copper telephone wire is being forced on us, the destruction of the postal system is proceeding, gradually chipped away. Everything we had organised and paid or our country to do for us is to be dismantled or sol and put in the hands of private corporations who will charge us to breathe eventually. And it is happening literally I understand, in smog-laden places like China and anywhere you have to buy breathing gear. Like everyone having asthma, a distressing affliction.

            Making what was once a simple one off bank transaction now requires a useable cellphone so the bank can confirm the transaction through repeating a code, as in 0900 donation lines.. Soon technology will be requiring not only to look into our eyes, it will want to check our dna, read our minds as we imagine a special code…………………..

            So trained pigeons will help us to keep our lines of communication open when the dead hand of big business and unlimited greed of thieves, Big Brother and oppressors close round us and squeeze us unbearably.

            • One Two 6.1.1.1.2.1

              That is an observant comment, greywarshark

              Constant consuming of technology is feeding the technological dictatorship, while simultaneously devouring vast quantities of resources..

              Ultimately it will fail, and when it does, most will not have the basic skills/tools required for human existence…

              • greywarshark

                Yeah One Two I’m afraid for myself along with others. Have you seen the survivalist sites online. I thought that the USA was always a bit OTT but seeing their democracy machine malfunctioning, to the extent that switched on it just gives loud farts, I am not so sanguine about things.

            • Robert Guyton 6.1.1.1.2.2

              That’s right, Greywarshark, communicating is and will be vital. Keep your options open as long as possible, meanwhile locate and secure older technologies and familiarize yourself with their use. Same for other functions: measuring, counting (nothing beats an abacus) and so on. It’s fun to gather useful things, rather than ornaments and trying them aligns your thinking with the original users and even the inventors; that’s got to be good for the brain.

            • Rosemary McDonald 6.1.1.1.2.3

              “…do you know anyone raising pigeons so that we can have some means of communicating when our old and known ones go belly-up?”

              Not so long ago a small truck stopped at our place to buy eggs (of the free range variety). On the truck were dozens of cages of racing/homing pigeons being driven from their home cotes to be released to make the return journey under their own steam.

              So the basic infrastructure is, fortunately, still in existence.

    • David Mac 6.2

      One of the problem areas I suspect many of us have noticed in our own gardens is the wide variety of wasp type insects that have appeared over recent years. When I was a boy, there were the yellow and black ones and soldier flies. Now there seem to be all sorts of critters with stings sticking out of their abdomens.

      For the last few years I haven’t been able to do the Swan plant/Monarch butterfly thing without protecting the caterpillars and chrysalises with netting. The new wasps on the block kill them all dead.

      • They might be ichneumon wasps, David, purposely introduced by the agricultural industry to control white butterfly but attacking native caterpillars as well – our Yellow and Red Admirals have suffered hugely from their predation, and other species too, I’ll bet, including the exotic Monarch.

        • In Vino 6.2.1.1

          If you mean Asian paper wasps, I am amazed to hear that they were deliberately introduced.
          Because they feed on milkweed, Monarch Butterfly caterpillars are poisonous to most predators (or so I read in a School Journal..)
          But they are definitely not poisonous to Asian paper wasps, which gobble everything up, until they stop foraging late in autumn. The South African praying mantis also gobbles up the Monarch. Was it also deliberately introduced?
          Our NZ mantis disappears from areas where the South African variety appears. The South African mantises out-breed and probably gobble up the NZ ones.
          Evolution can be quite destructive!
          Some 20 years ago I read that NZ could expect swarms of pesky insects because winters were no longer cold enough. The Asian paper wasp and South African praying mantis seem between them to have put the kybosh on swarms of most species of insects.

          • Robert Guyton 6.2.1.1.1

            Ichneumon’s, the wasps Pteromalus puparum and Apanteles glomeratus aren’t stingers, they are ovipositor-bearers, that is, their stingy-looking-thing is n fact an egg-laying tube that they use to deposit eggs into the soft bodies of caterpillars, especially but not exclusively, white butterfly. They are small wasps and quite beautiful if you like waisted-insects.
            I’ve only ever seen one African mantis here in Southland. It arrived on the clothing of a girl who had flown in from the North Island. So odd was this sight that we called a photographer from the regional newspaper to record the event. As she was preparing to take the photo, of the mantis sitting on the girl’s collar, it ran, straight up her nostril. Good times!

            • In Vino 6.2.1.1.1.1

              Beware, The South African praying mantis will eventually get there by itself. The female especially has a curvier shape.. After a year or two, there are no NZ mantises left. Apparently the NZ male gets attracted to the South African female, cannot impregnate her, but tends to get eaten by her anyway. Added to the outnumbering thing, the invasive species soon wipes out the native one.
              Glad to hear that the Asian paper wasp was not deliberately introduced. Maybe that species has not yet reached you in the South?

              • In Vino

                Also – the German wasp is much less noticeable up here in the Waikato. I wonder if it is because the Asian paper wasp has got in first and removed most of the protein diet that the German wasp used to thrive on.

    • No I disagree.

      If you have competing plants and animals within a niche they work it out by one coming out on top. Think marram grass. Lovely sand holder, very strong, robust and successful. Now endemic species are not as successful when competing against marram – the spinifex and pingao goes and marram is what you get.

      The biosphere worked here for many more reasons than the introduced thinking could even concieve of.

      • weka 6.3.1

        The invasives are our friends approach has its merits, but it does guarantee extinction of many native species esp when applied to animals. It also means the end of native ecosystems. I think there is a middle ground though. Protect native spaces where possible and the spaces that are in dire need of biodiversity, let nature lead the way. No reason why humans can’t be part of the food chain and make way more intelligent choices around land use than we already do, apart from the fact that none of us can agree on anything 😉

        I do support much strong nation borders though, in part for this reason. We pay a very high price for globalisation.

      • It did, Marty, but it wasn’t prepared for one particular invader – Agricultural Man, Civilized Man, Homo Monoculturalist. Our ecosystem here had a serious flaw and has suffered the consequences of its specialization. Much is lost/has changed. There’s no going back but all is not lost. We can, if we wish, manage this new situation differently. I’d like to see it done mindfully and have it result in vibrancy, complexity and abundance. Why was marram deployed? Agriculture. Who wants to, or needs to, stabilize dunes?

  7. The decrypter 7

    They try to diversify up north ,but every thicket of dope this bloody govt find they tear out. Next they’ll blame lay about pretty bloody hope less nz youth for bringing it in on aussie dope seed. Mark my words.

  8. esoteric pineapples 8

    Here’s a few American progressive commentators that keep me up-to-date with what is happening for anyone interested

    Comedian/political commentator Jimmy Dore
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3M7l8ved_rYQ45AVzS0RGA

    The Young Turks (TYT)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ

    Plus Tom Hartmann on The Big Picture

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY8x1K2FMBw-jm-WCPbcHEg

    Ring of Fire

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWIEbibRcZav6xMLo9qWWw

    Mike Malloy

    http://www.mikemalloy.com/

    Keith Olbermann

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsEukrAd64fqA7FjwkmZ_Dw

  9. Ad 9

    From Peter Malcolm at Closing the Gap:

    “The bottom line is that better public services alone aren’t enough because what poorer families really need are higher incomes — and that can only be achieved through much bolder policies than the government is talking about,” he said

    “For starters, we need a steeply progressive tax regime that targets the wealthiest, plus significant increases in the minimum wage and living-wage level benefits,” he said. “It’s hard to see how $321 million and some tax tweaks can accomplish that.”

    He’s off base.
    Increasing incomes is not necessarily mitigated by taxing the wealthy.
    It’s most quickly mitigated by paying people more.

    As with the Australian budget presented Tuesday, with this budget Labour will find that they have very few areas with which to oppose Prime Minister English or Minister Joyce.

    • adam 9.1

      Is that not the trap myself and Bill have been talking about? When the only game in town is liberalism, then the liberal parties not only look the same, they can’t do very much different from each other. If the labour party was actually a social democratic party then gloves would be off. This race to the center, is the death of ideas with an ever increasing conservatism, which does nothing but hurt the poor.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1

        +111

      • tc 9.1.2

        +++++ the middle is awash with the same shit that sees us where we are today.

        An actual left party is required to level the playing field, remove the ticket clippers and rebuild nz into a self sufficient economy that looks after its citizens health, education and wellbeing.

        Not hard just requires bollocks.

      • Ad 9.1.3

        If the current New Zealand parliamentary spectrum doesn’t appeal because it’s all a “race to the centre”, then your ideas are not registering in this country in any politically meaningful sense. So your ideas really are dead.

        Alternatively, you might want to have a look at which policies from which parties currently in parliament will help the poor, since that’s the criteria you list.

        • gsays 9.1.3.1

          Or some parties outside parliament, who wants to, say,
          feed children in schools,
          bring troops back from Afghanistan,
          put a teacher aid in all classes…..

  10. kea 10

    “This is the first British general election in decades in which there is anything approaching a real political choice. For that reason, even the most liberal elements within the corporate media are jettisoning the pretence of neutrality and objectivity. The stakes are simply too high.

    In fact, their bias has become so overt that even a veteran BBC and Channel 4 reporter like Michael Crick is becoming exasperated and letting vent on Twitter.

    Crick’s outrage has been triggered by the media’s complicity in allowing British prime minister Theresa May to stage-manage her election campaign. The media are submitting questions for vetting (without admitting the fact to viewers), and failing to report that in most cases only hardcore Tory party supporters, not members of the public, are being allowed near her.

    One should not be surprised that the Conservatives want to rig the campaign trail to make their candidate look good. The problem is that the corporate media are conspiring to help them do it.

    Why would the media be so willing to mollycoddle May and keep her from embarrassing herself? Doesn’t the media feed off the high and mighty being brought low by gaffes and pratfalls?

    That might be true if nothing was really at stake, as has been the case in the last few decades of elections. But if May loses, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be in power instead. The elites are so sure they are firmly in control of everything that they are determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    May, it is clear, is a weak public performer. That is why she has refused to debate Corbyn, and why BBC interviewers are giving her softball questions. She is even pampered with an interview on the BBC with her banker husband, Philip, posing as though they are royalty.”
    .. snip..
    http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2017-05-10/media-cant-hide-that-theyre-in-bed-with-may/

    • Bill 10.1

      I wonder what kind of a boost will be recorded in the polls after Sanders endorses Corbyn during his upcoming visit to the UK? 😉

      On the May front – there was a public meeting in Aberdeenshire that was booked as a child’s birthday party by the Tory MEP landowner that the estate’s tenants were then ‘encouraged’ to attend.

      • McFlock 10.1.1

        I hope corbyn gets a boost – it looks like the Labour average is beginning to plateau after the local body elections.

  11. Glenn 12

    The latest YouGov/Evening Standard poll of London voters shows that Labour continue to lead in the capital by 41% to the Conservatives’ 36%.

    Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats are on 14%, UKIP are 6%

    https://yougov.co.uk/news/2017/05/10/voting-intention-london-conservatives-36-labour-41/

    • McFlock 12.1

      Well, yeah, Labour do well in urban seats. But it’s FPP, not proportional representation.

    • Ad 12.2

      The most likely outcome of the UK election will be a landslide victory to the Conservatives and a very significant increase from their current 17 majority in the House of Commons. After that point who really cares who is in the Opposition?

  12. McFlock 13

    Another in stuff’s list of “honest, you can buy property today” articles.

    They do the usual “five years ago” thing, but here’s a line I don’t understand at all:

    He found a $190,000 home in Masterton that had a sleepout with no resource consent, and negotiated with the vendor to take $20,000 off the asking price. He was able to use the difference as the effective deposit for the loan.

    He was earning less than $30,000 at the time.

    How is a lower price an “effective deposit”?

    • gsays 13.1

      Perhaps the ‘article’ would be more accurately described as an advertorial, considering who owns the paper.

  13. Draco T Bastard 14

    Bryan Gould: What I would Have Said in the Herald

    The paper’s conclusions are accepted by almost all leading economists, including Lord Adair Turner (former Chair of the Financial Services Authority in London­­­) and Professor Richard Werner of Southampton University, and were foreshadowed (in a 2008 paper) by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand itself.

    Brash, however, seems unable to understand the process described by the Bank of England. I had earlier thought that his denial that commercial banks were responsible for creating most of the money in circulation had to be either a deliberate attempt to mislead or the consequence of simple ignorance. But, since he states that he “is aware” of the Bank of England paper (and has therefore presumably read it), I can only assume that his continued denial of what that paper tells us is the consequence of intellectual limitations.

    It is very frustrating that what is now a virtually undisputed truth has been continually confused by palpable errors in Brash’s contributions and that they have been lent some unjustified credibility by their publication in the Herald.

    • ianmac 14.1

      As I am a non-economist what Bryan writes makes sense and is validated by some very learned people.
      Perhaps Don is fading intellectually.
      Thanks for the link Draco.

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    . . Just when you thought Simon Bridges couldn’t sink any lower – he has. After the March 15th  Christchurch terror attack, the (current) Leader of the National Party issued strong committments to support urgently needed gun law reform; “We will be ready and prepared to be constructive and to ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Only the least intelligent students, with bad parents, will attend the nonsense climate strike
    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    7 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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