Open Mike 14/08/2017

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  1. swordfish 1

    Indications from UMR’s Stephen Mills & Politik’s Richard Harman (via”National Party sources”), that both Labour’s & National’s Internal polling (post-Graham / Clendon / Turei resignations) suggest – Greens polling around or sub-5%

    • James 1.1

      That would be an awesome result. They have earned it.

      Still 5ish weeks to go. I’m sure they will get over 5% by then.

    • Ad 1.2

      !

      Sure hope the centre and left can do more than eat itself.

  2. swordfish 2

    The English-Ardern match-up in the Preferred PMs is looking very 1999.

    (English 28 / Ardern 26 – Numbers rounded 2–8 August 2017 Newshub Reid Research)

    In both cases – 1999 & 2017 – both Main Party Leaders were / are scoring in the 20s, with the Tory PM ever so slightly ahead.

    Wild Bill English = almost exactly mirroring the contours of Shipley’s leadership ratings during the first half of the 99 Election campaign.

    Cindy Ardern = actually around 7 points up on Helen Clark at the same point in the campaign.

    Just over a Month out from the 1999 Election, Clark was on 19% / Shipley on 27% in the New Zealand Election Study’s 5-day Preferred PM rolling average. Despite a bit of movement over the next few weeks, Shipley generally maintained her lead (albeit varying in size), before slumping a little during the final 2 weeks of the campaign after the first head-to-head debate, with Clark briefly eclipsing Shipley. But the effects were short-lived – by the final Poll just before Election Day. the two were neck-and-neck, each on 24%.

    Over the whole campaign, Clark fluctuated between 19 and 26, averaging about 23 / Shipley remained largely in the 20s, averaging around 25.

    The One News Colmar Brunton Polls suggested a very similar pattern of support for the two – Shipley maintaining her lead for most of the campaign

    Just goes to show – winning the Preferred PM isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for a Left victory – (although Ardern may well end on top)

    • Timbeau 2.1

      Anyone know when the next Roy Morgan poll comes out? Must be due soon.

    • North 2.2

      The preferred PM thing was always a fat old stroke-fest. Sure it shows ‘something’ but what exactly ? Probably nothing more than the power of incumbency and the power of political marketing. And an opportunity for the loathsome Gower to flatulate, gnash, and eject spittle.

    • Nic the NZer 2.3

      Comparing Shipley and English poll histories seems a bit foolish. Shipley was a rightwing tack on the tail of a government which had already issued the ‘mother of all budgets’. English take over from Key (and Keys history) has been rather more subtle than in the publics face.

      Arderne seems very popular but it doesn’t look like history repeating at all.

      • swordfish 2.3.1

        On Party support, this Election’s more like 2005 (with a slight hint of 2008) – but strictly in terms of Preferred PM stats = looking very 1999 (wouldn’t read any more into my comment than that)

  3. NZ Herald misleading headlines:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11903486

    “Treaty Warning over Labour’s Water Tax”…. said by National. Maori say no issue, I am sure we can sort it out.

    Some of this is getting quite ridiculous, can they try for balanced headline? Even the writing (by a Ms Audrey Young) was biased… first half all about how it would be the biggest issue ever, and it is not until the very end of the article that we get a view from the someone representing Maori views, which was that there was no issue and the whole article was misleading (almost actual quote)

    • Muttonbird 3.1

      Not to mention it’s not a tax. The Nats and their adoring media have framed it as a tax yet this is actually a charge for a commodity – water.

      • You_Fool 3.1.1

        The funny thing is, when you frame it the way Labour and The Greens actually state it, most people agree with it: That corporations shouldn’t be able to sell “Pure NZ water” with out paying something for it. At the least they should be made to pay for leveraging off the “pure NZ” image, let alone big users paying for what they take and pollute

      • Fairly typical lying from the RWNJs then.

    • can they try for balanced headline?

      Of course not – that would give the Left an advantage over the right-wing.

      Biased writing in favour of National is pretty much normal for our MSM.

  4. Tautoko Mangō Mata 4

    The latest Jonathan Pie SHOWDOWN: North Korea vs Donald Trump.

  5. lprent 5

    Snuffling with a head cold. Bit of a pain. I had to give up adding a fan to the server after sneezing on the inside of the box (who knows what that will do to the circuitry?)

    People might like to look at this rather spiky graph of the page views for the last 30 days, and contemplate what this week will bring.

    Notice that this weekend was larger than most of the first two weeks of the 30 days 🙂

    • weka 5.1

      There has to be a joke in there about something going viral.

      Do page views normally bounce around like that pre-election?

      • DoublePlusGood 5.1.1

        Well, they probably do if we have as much drama as the last fortnight!

      • greywarshark 5.1.2

        Page views bouncing – It’s the sneeze effect.

        Watch for bugs in your system lprent. You seem to have proofed it against surges pre-election. Touch wood.

      • lprent 5.1.3

        Yep. Whenever there is a political ‘event’. We find people coming here to argue about it.

        It is why I have to do the capacities based on peak loads rather than normal loads because it isn’t uncommon to have loads up to 4x ‘normal’.

    • Eco maori 5.2

      That’s awesome to see people looking for real people’s opinion and information and not just read and be conned by the big MSN that’s why I found this site

  6. Maui 6

    Boot Camps ? Nah, send them to Botany Bay where they will have the fear of Malcolm put into them.

  7. Paaparakauta 7

    Hey Kelvin, go easy with the peroxide.You look like something out out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    I don’t think most Northern Maori voters think of themselves that way ..

  8. Ad 8

    On the one hand, neither Labour nor the Greens have much skin in the game in any of our regions.

    On the other hand, if they are really going to “wade” into the broad water argument, here’s how hard any nitrogen-lowering policy is going to be.

    Horizons Regional Council were taken to court over their One Plan that would have really restricted farmers’ application of different minerals and chemicals. The Council lost, and now they have to eat it:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1708/S00191/intensive-farming-decision-results-in-one-plan-change.htm

    Horizons Regional Councillors moved a recommendation for Council to investigate partial One Plan change options.

    Horizons chair Bruce Gordon says the decision was made today because the committee was clearly informed that, following an Environment Court’s ruling, if farmers had to meet the current nitrogen leaching numbers in the One Plan a significant number of businesses would no longer be viable.

    “Council is responsible to its community and I want to reassure farmers that while our intention is to improve water quality, we are unified in not wanting to bankrupt multiple businesses. As a result, the Strategy and Policy committee have recommended Council instructs officers to prepare options for a change to the One Plan’s policies and rules around intensive agriculture,” says Mr Gordon.

    “In the meantime, new application forms and guidance material for applicants seeking intensive land use consents under the One Plan have been produced as required by the Court’s decision.”

    The Environment Court’s decision followed declaratory proceedings by Environmental Defence Society (EDS) and Wellington Fish and Game. Council officers will be meeting with EDS and Fish and Game representatives later this month to clarify their expectations.”

    I have a feeling that Jacinda will resile from irrigated water charges, and just stick to bottled raw water for export. It’s a fight she doesn’t need, in a constituency with no political upside whatsoever.

    • This is what happens when you allow large numbers of people to create businesses that are only viable if they’re given free reign to pollute lakes and waterways. By the time people start kicking back against having polluted waterways, there’s a sizable constituency dependent on continuing the pollution. As usual, the parties of the left will get stuck with the responsibility for cleaning up the Tories’ mess and copping the flak for it.

      • Ad 8.1.1

        “The parties of the left” would actually have to win an election first.

        I think Labour’s water policy would be improved if it focused more on the “polluter pays” principle for agriculture, not just on the price of water as input.

        That way the political heat would fall on the regional councils and not the government.

      • greywarshark 8.1.2

        PM Too true.

    • if farmers had to meet the current nitrogen leaching numbers in the One Plan a significant number of businesses would no longer be viable.

      Exactly as it should be as they’re obviously not viable businesses.

      Council is responsible to its community and I want to reassure farmers that while our intention is to improve water quality, we are unified in not wanting to bankrupt multiple businesses.

      Translation: Some of us want the rate payers and future generations to continue subsidising the farmers.

    • Gabby 8.3

      Had the Council been trying to get farmers to clean up pre-existing messes as well as their own?

  9. Trump is a nazzi white supremist loving arsehole imo.

    • McFlock 9.1

      It’s fascinating watching his speech about the ramming attack – the bits where he’s reading the prepared statement like a 7year old giving a class presentation, and the bits where he goes off script and speaks directly to the camera.

      Pretty clear which side he’s on, the shit.

  10. Eco maori 10

    Now that everyone in the world is figuring out that margarine is a processed food and worst for one’s health than butter .I predict the price of milk solids to hit 8 NZ dollars kg ie shortage of butter in Europe so the farmer could afford to pay abit more for the environment

  11. Macro 11

    Action on Karangahake Mountain today.


    This is a protest against mining on DOC land. A grandmother is being arrested.
    These people need your support.

    • NewsFlash 12.1

      Nationals only method of creating economic growth, and where’s the infrastructure to support it?

      • AB 12.1.1

        Immigration, dairy, tourism. The Nat’s 3-card trick. Creating a chaotic, unsustainable mess to get a sugar-high of top-line growth from a which a few are doing very well.

  12. greywarshark 13

    Warm news from often cold Dunedin. Rah – support locally owned successful businesses, set up local investment bonds.

    CHOCOLATE – doh!

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201854622/new-plans-for-chocolate-company-in-dunedin
    New plans for chocolate company in Dunedin
    From Morning Report, 8:20 am today
    Listen duration 3′ :56″

    Jim O’Malley unveilled his plans for a new publicly-owned chocolate company in Dunedin. He says when the lights go out at Cadbury on March 31, he wants the new company to hit the ground running.

    • McFlock 13.1

      What’s wrong with chocolate?

      We have the skillsets, might as well try to keep them here and do something with them.

      • greywarshark 13.1.1

        What’s your point McFlock. Are you trying for an argument where there isn’t one. Go down to the gym if that’s what you want. Here we are exercising our brains.

  13. adam 14

    It’s a few days old now, but I thought this site would have been all over this fine piece by Frank Macskasy .

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/09/msm-catches-up-on-unemployment-stats-rort/

    As you know, looking after the interests of working people and all that.

    I would ave thought, that 11% underemployment was a conservative figure as well, and quite a frightening one for a Government.

    The other thing I would have thought was maybe the party who uses the name for working people and their endeavours, would have been jumping up and down about this.

    Except it’s all personality politics. Same crap, different packaging, and the consumers are lapping it up.

    • NewsFlash 14.1

      The stats from the bureau of stats are completely distorted and are of little value, Nats have manipulated the criteria involved to produce positive outcomes, to make THEM look good, but it’s all catching up with them now, you can’t help not seeing the homeless, no matter where you live, something you didn’t see less than 10 years ago.

    • Hardly ever go over to the TDB – can’t comment effectively because of the over-ambitious moderation and spam trap so I simply don’t bother.

      • Macro 14.2.1

        Same – but over the past couple of days there have been some particularly good articles well worth the read.
        I do find some of the comments a little OTT – but each to their own.

  14. AsleepWhileWalking 15

    Just read Nats new investments in childre mental health. School based – yea…what about housing based? Basic needs met? That kind of shit.

    • garibaldi 15.1

      Can someone please tell the Nats it would be better to eliminate poverty (if they are serious about mental health) than to superficially tinker with mental health targeting?

  15. Penny Bright 16

    Serious question.

    WHICH PARTS OF THE RADIO NZ CHARTER ARE BEING BREACHED (in your opinion)BY USING PAID PR SHILL$ AS ‘POLITICAL COMMENTATORS’
    ON RNZ NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/about/charter

    The Radio New Zealand CharterThe Radio New Zealand Charter Te Tūtohinga o Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa

    English

    The Radio New Zealand Amendment Act received Royal assent from 1 April 2016.

    The legislation makes some amendments to the Radio New Zealand Charter.

    The updated Radio New Zealand Charter is below.

    The Charter is an important document which sets out our operating principles.

    It defines what we do so that everyone – staff, listeners and other stake-holders – can easily understand our objectives and what we are expected to provide for the New Zealand taxpayer.

    The Charter is reviewed every five years. Radio New Zealand Amendment Act 2016.

    Charter and Principles of Radio New Zealand

    Purpose

    (1) As an independent public service broadcaster, the public radio company’s purpose is to serve the public interest.

    (2) Freedom of thought and expression are foundations of democratic society and the public radio company as a public service broadcaster plays an essential role in exercising these freedoms.

    (3) The public radio company fosters a sense of national identity by contributing to tolerance and understanding, reflecting and promoting ethnic, cultural, and artistic diversity and expression.

    (4) The public radio company provides reliable, independent, and freely accessible news and information.

    Delivery

    (5) In achieving its purpose, the public radio company must endeavour to provide services of the highest quality, which—

    (a) are predominantly and distinctively of New Zealand:

    (b) inform, entertain, and enlighten the people of New Zealand:

    (c) are challenging, innovative, and engaging:

    (d) foster critical thought, and informed and wide-ranging debate:

    (e) stimulate, support, and reflect the diversity of cultural expression, including drama, comedy, literature, and the performing arts:

    (f) stimulate, support, and reflect a wide range of music, including New Zealand composition and performance:

    (g) reflect New Zealand’s cultural identity, including Māori language and culture:

    (h) provide awareness of the world and of New Zealand’s place in it:

    (i) provide comprehensive, independent, accurate, impartial, and balanced regional, national, and international news and current affairs:

    (j) provide programmes which balance special interest with those of wide appeal, recognising the interests of all age groups:

    (k) contribute towards intellectual and spiritual development:

    (l) include an international service to the South Pacific in both English and Pacific languages:

    (m) take account of services provided by other broadcasters:

    (n) take advantage of the most effective means of delivery:

    (o) preserve and archive broadcasting material of historical interest.

    8A Principles of operation

    (1) The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, exhibit a sense of social responsibility by—

    (a) having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates; and

    (b) endeavouring to accommodate or encourage those interests when able to do so.

    (2) The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, ensure that it is not influenced by the commercial interests of other parties.

    (3) The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, ensure that it operates in a financially responsible manner and, for this purpose, that it—

    (a) prudently manages its assets and liabilities; and

    (b) endeavours to ensure—

    (i) its long-term financial viability; and

    (ii) that it acts as a successful going concern.

    8B Commercial-free broadcasting

    (1) The public radio company must, in fulfilling its Charter, provide its services in a commercial-free manner.

    (2) Subsection (1) is subject to subsection (3).

    (3) The public radio company may provide 1 or more of the services specified in subsection

    (4), if the provision of the service or services—

    (a) is consistent with its role as a public broadcaster; and

    (b) does not impact adversely on the provision of its services under its Charter; and

    (c) is a fair and appropriate use of public funds.

    (4) Subsection (3) applies to the following:

    (a) providing media services to countries outside New Zealand, other than Radio New Zealand International or any radio services that might replace, in whole or in part, Radio New Zealand International:

    (b) authorising other providers of media services (whether by sale or licensing) to broadcast or publish content that has already been broadcast or published in a commercial-free manner by the public radio company:

    (c) arranging for providers of delivery platforms to provide access to live broadcasts of the content of the public radio company, but only if—

    (i) the content is free to access on the public radio company’s services; and

    (ii) the content is commercial-free, whether or not the delivery platforms are free to access; and

    (iii) any advertising or sponsorship on the delivery platforms is not expressly or impliedly presented as advertising or sponsorship carried or endorsed by the public radio company (other than announcements of the public radio company’s own services).

    (5) In this section,—

    commercial-free

    (a) means—

    (i) free to access; and
    (ii) without advertising and sponsorship; but
    (b) to avoid doubt, does not include announcements by the public radio company of its own services

    delivery platform—

    (a) means any method of transmitting audio, visual, or audiovisual content; and
    (b) includes (but is not limited to) Internet sites, applications, and software.
    ……”
    #SackThePRHacks

    • In Vino 16.1

      And I thought I was a conversation-killer..

      Sorry Penny. I actually agree, but my eyes are dim and I cannot see. I have not brought my specs with me.

  16. Nic the NZer 17

    Have seen many comments repeating that Jim Boldger has disavowed neo-liberalism. Somehow despite saying that on radio he seems less keen to consider turning over a new leaf however.

    http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=36568
    Write up of a few week old discussion involving Mr Boldger.

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    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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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.
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  • 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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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