Open Mike 12/08/2017

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  1. Maui 1

    Where is the United Nations in this Korean crisis ?

    Shouldn’t the secretary-general call in Trump and Kim for a face-to-face meeting
    and bang a few heads together ?

    • garibaldi 1.1

      Since when has the USA taken any notice of the UN? They only tolerate them in the guise of pretending they care.

    • Ad 1.2

      The U.N. did its job last week with the unanimous resolution applying tonnes more sections.

    • One Two 1.3

      It’s pantomime. They’re reading from a script

      At the appropriate time, there will be de-escalation of ‘tensions’, and the focus will shift to the next, or previously highlighted ‘hot-spot’

      Nothing new, it’s the same strategy played out by the puppeteers, for an age

      ‘The USA’ ‘created’ North Korea
      ‘The USA ‘created’ The UN

  2. Ad 2

    If anyone wants to really join in to this election and they are in Auckland, Phil Twyford is holding a public meeting this Monday the 14th at 6pm to talk about our plans for light rail in the west.

    It was not until Phil and Jacinda announced this policy last weekend that it was ever in the realms of possibility. Now for the first time, we have a chance to really transform Auckland for good.

    The meeting is being held at Henderson Intermediate School, 70 Lincoln Rd, Henderson. Come along to support Phil, and find out more about the plans, so that you are well informed when you are talking to voters.

    All we have to do is get them in to power. Just like that 🙂

  3. Eco maori 3

    It’s a joke punish the poor in Korea so
    Two big egos dance on the world stage we all no China view on this and American ain’t going to fuck with China the rich in America will lose to much money

  4. weka 5

    The Greens have rejected Kennedy Graham’s request to be put back on the party list.

    • dukeofurl 5.1

      While hes still an MP , he would make a good catch for TOP ?

      • weka 5.1.1

        how would that work? He’d have to resign as a GP MP first.

      • james 5.1.2

        That would be fantastic – keep it in the news for a few more weeks.

        Poor guy kicked out by the greens for standing up for what he believed in – Showing that the party is still sympathetic to their recently resigned leader as opposed to members who reflect the publics view (according to poll results)

        This can only hurt the greens more – Winston will be loving this.

    • Who knew that helping your party’s opponents smear it during an election campaign might have consequences? Not Kennedy Graham, apparently. I don’t think politics is the right field for him to work in.

    • Chess Player 5.3

      Now, if Gareth Morgan offered Kennedy Graham the No.1 list spot for TOP, that might be interesting….
      It would reinforce the growing perception that TOP is something of an alternative to the Greens for those who want to ensure the environment is front and centre irrespective of who leads the government.
      It would give TOP voters confidence that in the currently unlikely, but certainly possible, prospect that they get over 5% that the first person in has parliamentary experience.
      It would save GM from having to go into parliament, which, let’s face it, would be bad for everyone.
      It would also get attention for the TOP party like nothing else.

  5. ianmac 6

    Newsroom has some good items. Such as surgical mesh saga and the ineffectual response from Minister of Health Jonathon Coleman. by Teuila Fuatai
    “Most recently on July 28, Korte and Sullivan met with the Health Minister in Dunedin….

    First, the pair was told Coleman would only have 15 minutes to meet.

    During that time, only two concerns about surgical mesh were discussed – and even that was rushed.

    “He wanted to leave after the first concern was raised,” Sullivan said.

    “His responses to our questions about the lack of progress in implementing Select Committee recommendations was completely unsatisfactory….

    “Looking back, it seemed like a PR exercise to show he was meeting with an advocacy group. His attitude towards us and ongoing problems with surgical mesh has been extremely tough to understand and endure – especially since he is a GP,” Sullivan said.”
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/06/41379/surgical-mesh-a-decade-of-debilitation

    • Molly 6.1

      A good friend has been through a decade of surgeries, and fighting against ACC and surgeons to have the damage from the mesh implant recognised – and if possible – remedied.

      Hard to get something remedied when the surgeon won’t acknowledge that there is a problem.

      Along with other NZ casualties from this implant, she had to raise her own funding to get to the US, where surgeons are fully employed with removing this mesh from where it has embedded.

      I posted a few years ago about how one of our advisors for the surgical community, was also a paid advocate for the mesh companies.

      National Women’s quietly removed the mesh implant surgery from their recommendations a couple of years ago, but this is not yet true nationally. The Independent has a good article a couple of weeks ago referring to the mesh scandal being the new thalidomide in the UK.

      • ianmac 6.1.1

        Here it is the bland arrogance of Coleman that defeats proper remedy. He did the same re the Southern DHB under funding under resourcing in spite of the evidence presented by John Campbell.
        (The surgeon recently used mesh in my hernia operation but it has been very successful.)

        • Molly 6.1.1.1

          Glad that you have had no complications. Reality is, one out of the four acknowledged fatalities in NZ, relates to mesh used in a hernia operation. I suspect that there may have been other deaths, but they may not have been identified as originating from mesh.

          Along with the physical damage caused by mesh travelling, and embessed in tissue, bones and organs, there is a high incidence of infection that is unable to be managed with the current stock of antibiotics.

          As an implant, I would prefer the use of sutures, rather than mesh. But I have witnessed what happens when it goes wrong. The son of the woman had also had mesh implant for his hernia, and has had no issues.

          It has been an uphill battle, trying to get surgeons to acknowledge the harm that some women reported post surgery. And unfortunately, while that reporting was being ignored, more mesh has been used in operations.

  6. Ad 7

    My wife’s got a t-shirt with big text:

    “Liberable and miserable”

    I prefer Left Melancholy. Stops me getting excited.

    [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.]

    • adam 7.1

      Yeah that why I bag liberalism, because it’s depressing in spades.

      Socialism, not only does it cure the worlds ills, it has all the best dancers as well.

      Edit: And the heaviest rockers.

      • Ad 7.1.1

        http://cloggie.org/wissewords2/2011/01/20/rammstein/

        Rammstein’s political leanings aren’t necessarily settled left or right.

        The left would get more votes if they avoided persuasion less through Rammsein, and started more welcoming them to their world ……….

        ……via Jim Reeves

        • adam 7.1.1.1

          Still clinging to liberalism and your depression with Jim Reeves I see Ad 🙂

          Edit: A link predating the song I linked, which answered the question.

  7. savenz 8

    Chlorinated chicken? Yes, we really can have too much trade
    George Monbiot

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/25/chlorinated-chicken-trade-britain-us-food-standards-globalisation

    “To trade fundamentalists, rainforests and ancient woodlands, coral reefs and wild rivers, local markets and lively communities, civic life and public space are nothing but unrealised opportunities for development. Where we see the presence of beauty, tranquillity and wonder, they see the absence of palm oil plantations and soybean deserts, container ports and mega-dams, shopping malls and 12-lane highways. For them, there is no point of arrival, just an endless escalation of transit.

    Brussels attacks Liam Fox’s ‘ignorant’ remarks on chlorinated chicken
    Read more
    Nowhere is a place in its own right; everywhere is a resource waiting to be exploited. No one is a person in their own right; everyone is a worker, consumer or debtor whose potential for profit generation has yet to be realised. Satiety, wellbeing, peace: these are antithetical to globalised growth, which demands constant erasure and replacement. If you are happy, you are an impediment to trade. Your self-possession must be extinguished.”

    • Incognito 8.1

      The vicious circle of Want-Lack-Need-Have.

    • So the existential question the chicken issue raises is this: why do we want more trade? What is it for? The old promise was that trade led to prosperity. But what if we have enough already? What if enhanced global trade, far from promoting wellbeing, now undermines it?

      Some good questions and I’m pretty sure that your average, run of the mill economist and politician couldn’t answer any of them.

      Trade cannot lead to prosperity. It’s economic development that does that but trade, in it’s present capitalist format, actually prevents that. If it was cooperative rather than competitive then trade may help with that economic development.

  8. Rob Stock: The nightmare of negative equity
    Translation: The Housing Bubble burst

    Barfoot and Thompson’s July sales report showed the average sale price for an Auckland Eastern suburbs home was $1.117 million in July, compared to $1.193m in July last year.

    In the North Shore the average price was down from $1.3m to $1.06m. In South Auckland, it was down from $824,069 to $708,069.

    What exactly this all means is up for debate.

    No, it means that he’s too shit scared to tell everyone that the fun’s over and the economy is now on its way to hell now that it’s artificial life support has been removed.

    National’s ‘Rock Star’ economy is doing what many real rock stars have done – crash and burn.

    But unless banks get uppity and demand extra repayments (which they didn’t do when prices fell in 2009 after the Global Financial Crisis), a homeowner in negative equity can just get on with life, hoping the property market will quickly revert to rising as the tide of migration to Auckland, and the failure to build enough homes in the city, continue.

    Ah, so the home-owners only hope is that excess immigration continues which none of us can afford.

    It traps them, and is a rankling symbol of how they are a victim of failed markets, failed government policies, and other people’s profiteering.

    That’s the way that the system is set up. A few people get rich while everyone else gets poor.

    • Sabine 9.1

      its winter. Sales are always slower in winter and prices are always down in winter.

      IF the same is still true come spring/summer you might have a point. Until then, i would say it is a seasonal dip. But i can see how the undertaker of Barfoot and Thompson don’t like the fact that they loose a wee bit of money.

      • its winter. Sales are always slower in winter and prices are always down in winter.

        Did you read it? Especially the bit that said that they were looking from July last year to July this year?

        I’m pretty sure that that accounts for winter.

        • Sabine 9.1.1.1

          i did.
          but generally winter sales are lower and slower.

          so i would really just wait.

          no when prices go back to what they used to wear, and suddenly property prices are back to 300.000 and less in south Akl you have reason to dance in the streets.

          • Herodotus 9.1.1.1.1

            This has nothing to do with our trading banks placing stricter requirements on developers (same happened during thebGFC) when much of the reduction of development was due to banks restricting credit in many cases “forcing” builders and developers to pay back debt and leaving them with no working capital to continue producing land and houses.

          • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.1.2

            but generally winter sales are lower and slower.

            Yes, they are which is why comparing prices from last winter to prices this winter generally works.

            • Incognito 9.1.1.1.2.1

              The drop is sales volumes is possibly even more telling than the drop in average sales prices. July this year is down 29% cf. last year. With small(er) volumes the average price will start to become more ‘jumpy’.

  9. Molly 10

    My partner’s company has been informed that freight charges for rail transport will be going up by 63% over the next two years. Making the option of transitioning to rail for transport companies that much harder.

    The knock-on effect of having utilities that have private shareholders to compensate.

  10. joe90 11

    I guess this is threaten war week at the Whitehouse.

    President Trump just said he wouldn't rule out a "military option" in Venezuela. "A military..option is certainly something we could pursue" pic.twitter.com/bdfDg5oPZs— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 11, 2017

  11. Dspare 12

    An object lesson in the need for strong Labour laws which are rigourously inspected and enforced:

    The 11 gang members in the Lincolnshire case, convicted of fraud and slavery charges, used the money they made from their workers to pay for holidays to Barbados, cosmetic surgery and coaching at a Manchester United football school…

    “He was asked to sign a contract by John Rooney – a contract would have been out of his understanding,” she said. “And John Rooney said to him: ‘You’re going to work for me for the rest of your life.’

    “My brother replied: ‘Oh, I don’t know about that.’ Prior to that conversation, John Rooney had actually made him dig a hole. And my brother said to him: ‘How much further do you want me to dig down?’ And he [Rooney] said ‘keep digging’ and at the end of the conversation said to him: ‘If you don’t sign this contract, that’s where you’re going, in that hole.’

    “We think he was captured for up to 26 years.”

    Reflecting on the Rooneys’ manipulation of their victims, Janine Smith of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “These members of the Rooney family lived lives of luxury at the expense of their victims, condemning them to live in fear, misery and squalor. For them, exploitation, violence and extortion were a way of life. The defendants have caused serious harm to the people they exploited, some of whom have now passed away.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/11/uk-family-found-guilty-of-enslaving-homeless-and-disabled-people

    There may have been no publicized cases with such sensational details as this in New Zealand. But make no mistake that unmonitored employment conditions of contracters in this country have led to similar episodes of vile abuse. Greed is never satiated.

    When some people people are abandoned to be treated as slaves, others will act as whipcrackers.

  12. Cinny 13

    Bill English came to Motueka yesterday, it was what I’d call a private visit, as the public weren’t notified.

    Bill English went to Talleys HQ where he was mobbed for selfies by the immigrant workers there, the kiwis just sat around, not interested or impressed at all by the PM.

    Bill was heard saying to the immigrant workers ‘i wish you guys could vote’.

    His next stop was an orchard, this too would have been filled with workers unable to vote.

    Funny as

    Newspaper didn’t tell the whole story, lucky the locals filled me in. Crack up

    See for yourselves… those lovely Indonesians made him feel very special

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/95686477/pm-mobbed-in-motueka-as-local-economys-success-stories-revealed

    PM Bill English kissing up to the large corporations that hire and exploit foreign workers.

    • tc 13.1

      Ticking off a few commitments to nationals funding partners. Talleys don’t like the media on their premises also.

      Like 2002 methinks Blinglish is in for, in his own words, ‘a test of character’, with similar outcomes.

    • JC 13.2

      Tnks Cinny. wonder if He’ll make an appearance on the Coast… now that Talley’s are part of Bathurst/Talleys, (Coal) mining group there, and (in southland it seems)…

      Perhaps he’ll call at Pike on the way down South…

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/85911498/bathurst-resources-and-talleys-buys-three-solid-energy-mines

    • swordfish 13.3

      Motueka = relatively evenly-divided town in 2014 – though tending slightly Left & fairly strongly Oppo (Left+NZF)

      Left 45%
      Right 42%
      NZF 11%

      That makes Motters even more Left & Oppo-leaning than most large & provincial Cities – let alone most comparable small towns

      *West Coast-Tasman + Te Tai Tonga Motueka Booths

      • Cinny 13.3.1

        Thanks for the stats Swordy, much appreciated.

        Many Nats around here are party voting NZ1st this year, so I’ve been hearing. But that was before Jacinda.

        When the announcement was made about the Red Princess last week, people were literally cheering and dancing in the main street.

  13. Eco maori 14

    Any one no what happened to that law student law suite against National .
    It was about climate change

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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    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
  • 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

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