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  1. Carol 1

    Just turned off TV 3’s The Nation’s party political broadcast. What a come down for Sean Plunkett to roll over and not push the people being questioned with any kind of a critical approach. So, according to the Nation, National will win the vote or the momentum in Mana. Kiwis need to save more…. but not indivually – ie we need to cut back on public services, and take the pain so the “tradeable” sector can get productive… The people won’t like it, say The Nation’s white, middleclass smug suits, it’ll be a hard sell for the government, but it’s what Kiwis need

    ie: more top-down, we-know-what’s-best-for-you, right wing rorts.

    • Olwyn 1.1

      How many times do people have to hear that mantra before taking up their pitchforks? It has been said so often, over so many years, that everyone must have noticed by now that the second step (higher productivity) has so far failed to follow from the first (public service cuts). Perhaps we could try thinking it the other way round; that we need to build up the tradeable sector if we are to adequately maintain our public services.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    $7000 meal a ‘steal’ – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10687466

    The open decadence of our latifunda elite disgusts me. What this meal needs is a raid from the poor and the unemployed, to trash their night and let a bit of rude reality intrude into their sealed bubble of unearned privilege.

    • ianmac 2.1

      “Well now I mean, some people are just a bit ah um envious of those of us who have shown a lot of cunning er no um clever manipulation, oh clever hard work to get where we are and justly deserve a place at the table but the moaners and jealous ones do not,” said a smug fellow with a fixed grin. “Let them eat cake!”

      • prism 2.1.1

        A seat at the table will set each couple back at least $7000 – which includes a three-night stay at the five-star resort near Napier. – NZ Herald.

        A degustation (disgusting) meal by Michelin chefs. One planned piece de resistance is to be conch shells containing mini ipods playing sea sounds. The cost only $3500 per head.

        At this moment a discussion on Nat radio as to how old people’s homes can supply better care to their charges. Also the mention of low wages for the carers coupled with understaffing. The word ‘warehousing’ wasn’t used but needs to enter the discussion. One old lady of 103 had an unpleasant demise brought about by advanced itchy then painful scabies which led to further sickness. She was seen by a doctor who diagnosed something else and refused to allow a second opinion from a gerentologist or laboratory tests on skin samples which would confirm the problem.. The rest home denied that it had any scabies. Enjoy your dosh and spend it all in your youth because if you squeak through all the pitfalls of strokes etc. there is the long twilight of the modern world. Good opportunities and funding for business though.

        One suggestion for a new model for funding old people’s care is individualised funding as in the disabled sector. This could amount to $42,000 per person a year for a growing number of ageing people. There is no fun in living long to achieve some world-recognised statistic when one is just a shambling wreck. Also getting enough staff, why they get paid $12.50 an hour, and how to get training (when one business chain – provider – is opposed to the ITO and won’t use). Someone called Dwayne Crombie speaking for ‘providers’ sounds just like John Key to me, were there cloning experiments when the thought of these guys was being conceived.

        • joe90 2.1.1.1

          Did you note that the mention of taxpayer capital investment in private provider facilities drew a dismissive ‘conspiracy theory’ response from Crombie, with Laidlaw letting the smarmy prick side step the issue, and then he proceeded to say that money wasn’t the issue. And yes, they’re clones Prism, surprise surprise, Crombie has an MBA.

          • prism 2.1.1.1.1

            MBA Meretricious Business Administrator? – MBAs were regarded as top notch degrees I thought. Seeing the way that the finance industry have fouled up the whole business and private transaction world maybe my form is the right version.

          • Dwayne crombie 2.1.1.1.2

            I have spent my life working in the public health system and now latterly in aged care in the private sector (given there isn’t any public provision anymore). Almost all of us who Work in aged care believe in doing as good a job as we can given what society is prepared to pay. Seems easy for people like you to make cheap shots, what have you ever done for caring for older people? if you think providing 24 hour care for rest home level older people for $95/day is a free lunch why don’t you get off your backside and see if you can do it any better. Dwayne

        • Vicky32 2.1.1.2

          Oh yes, I heard that… and got mightily depressed! (My son, my friend and I have all worked at rest homes temporarily) and have all noticed that they are horribly understaffed, and all try to force staff to use unsafe practices.) My son who was a student nurse at the time, got into trouble for his refusal to for example, lift residents albeit using a hoist, while on his own. (I can’t say ‘I hope I die before I get old’ – that ship has already sailed – but I do say ‘I hope I die before I get old enough to need residential care!)
          That guy Dwayne Crombie was a complete jerk.
          Deb

          • prism 2.1.1.2.1

            Deb
            It makes the option of having some decision-making look rational. Exit International, Death with Dignity etc.

          • Dwayne crombie 2.1.1.2.2

            Try visiting some more nursing homes before making such overwhelming generalizations, there is a lot of good care going on by staff who do their best in difficult circumstances. most care is funded by government so we get exactly the care that we deserve by giving aged care such a low political priority.

            • BLiP 2.1.1.2.2.1

              Pity the private operators prefer to focus on profit rather than actually feeding those in their “care”. You’re right, though. The staff do their best on minimum wage and despite a lack of training. My fear is their lack of training and any incentive to go the extra mile could end up causing early deaths and it will be the staff who get it in the neck, not the operators.

              • joe90

                Try visiting some more nursing homes before making such overwhelming generalizations,

                First off I’ll agree that aged care is the poor cousin and both financial and policy wise, the elephant in the room.
                And getting my father a bed in a rest home after caring for him myself at home for two years is another story but yeah, I’ve tried visiting aged care facilities, four.

                The first was a church run self care facility and then an attached rest home that I couldn’t fault but when the old man’s dementia took off at a gallop and his care needs were beyond them, the nightmare started.
                Over the next eighteen months the old boy was in two privately owned and operated dementia units that used medication to manage him, the food was awful, he spent all day in his pyjamas, the staff were surly and poorly trained, the nursing care was poor and the constant stench of piss and shit was absolutely disgraceful.

                But Hallelujah!, finally we managed to get Dad a bed in the secure unit at Ranfurly where the medical staff managed the acquired fungal growth on his feet and legs properly and his medical straight jacket was removed. And contrasting the half arsed sit in the corner treatment that the other two providers had passed off as diversional therapy Ranfurly manages to keep my Dad diverted and relatively contented.
                As expected his dementia has advanced but he’s comfortable, fed properly and very well cared for in their hospital .
                So my experience Dwayne is that the for profit facilities were both shockers and the others, both trusts, were wonderful.

                btw Dwayne, thanks for fronting, appreciated.

  3. The more I think about it the Pansy Wong debacle must have generated a large scale headache for the National Party.

    Their ethnic list candidates in 2008 were obviously part of a campaign to make their list look like Labour’s and increase their appeal to the various ethnic communities. And it worked.

    But they suddenly have a major problem with both of their Asian MPs.

    It has long been thought that Melissa Lee’s future was terminal and she would not be back in Parliament. But with Wong’s difficulties and the apparent imminent demise of her political career perhaps they are going to have to think about retaining Lee?

    • Jim Nald 3.1

      In terms of a South Asian MP, there is Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi.

      captcha: worse (!!)

      • mickysavage 3.1.1

        Agreed although I always hesitated before grouping the first, second, fourth, sixth, eighth, tenth, twelfth, thirteenth, twentieth … most populous nations into the same ethnic grouping.

  4. Logie97 4

    You saw and heard it on Q+A

    So Fran O’Sullivan believes that the majority of beneficiaries in New Zealand are 19 year old male slob stay-at-home layabouts…

    I think we have a real problem when a serious commentator shows such insight….

    Incidentally, what part of the “Public Purse” is paying the likes of Rebstock and how much does she get?

    • trademark 4.1

      Yes, there were many cringeworthy comments said on welfare by Fran, but I think the wrinkle-making prize goes to Rebstock. Ex chair of the Commerce Commission, Treasury economist in the late ’80s – she’s certainly got the credentials to decide what’s best for beneficiaries. It’s all about getting up in the morning, showing up somewhere and doing something. Nothing like it to keep people in line. Even when there are no jobs. And the youth are such an easy target.

      Thankfully, Jon Johansson pointed out that beneficiaries were not just dope smoking kids bludging off the state and their parents, and that welfare should not be isolated from the broader macroeconomic framework.

      And then we had Paul Holmes suggest that the Public Service Association was more frightening than the kiwifruit disease. Someone really needs to look into the rampant left wing propaganda being spouted on Q+A(!)

      • Anne 4.1.1

        Did anyone notice the deference Espinor showed Murray McCully? Didn’t interrupt him once. I recall the interview he did with Phil Goff about six weeks ago. The man wasn’t allowed to complete an answer and no… he wasn’t waffling either. In fact, Goff appears to have had some training at last. He hasn’t done a waffle job for quite a while. Fingers crossed!

        • Logie97 4.1.1.1

          Agree with you about Espiner and his style. He appears to be the creeping whisperer even more now.

          As for Goff I wasn’t sure what he was trying to say on Nat.Radio regarding Pansy Wong on Friday night. Sounded waffly to me.

  5. jcuknz 5

    If there are no rewards then where is the incentive to be other than a “19yo male slob stay-at-home layabout” ?
    Think how that $7000 trickles down the food chain rewarding those who are working hard. Stealing from the rich to feed the poor. Robin Hood would love the situation.
    Note the $7000 is for a three day weekend, not just a meal, if you check the article, and that is Kiwi$ not real money. ‘Steal’ is just advertising hype to lure the suckers..

    • Joachim's 5.1

      If the National Govt could produce 100,000 $15/hr jobs tomorrow, our unemployment would halve tomorrow.

      Fact of the matter is you are covering up for National’s lack of an economic plan and the fact that its been two years of wasted opportunities under them.

      “Think how that $7000 trickles down the food chain rewarding those who are working hard. ”

      Sorry mate thats not reward as you say it is moral theft: no CEO or consultant type deserves to earn more in a weekend than a labourer or machine operator does in two months. Defend income inequality all you like but it marks you as an agent against the people, not for the people.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      In this particular case, a lot of that $7,000 will be going to the international chefs, and therefore heading out of the country pretty quickly.

      Also, swanky hotels don’t really employ huge numbers of staff, and I would bet that they’re not being paid particularly much more than other hospitality workers. So in this case I don’t think he trickle-down effect is going to go very far.

      This is in stark contrast to The Hobbit movies, where a lot of the money being spent would go directly into the pockets of workers as wages, and a lot more would be spent on accommodation, food and other services.

    • Logie97 5.3

      Robin Hood did not steal from rich. He simply returned to the poor what was rightly theirs and had been stolen from them by the tyrants
      .

  6. Zorr 6

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4343437/Key-chats-with-Obama

    Can we get rid of him already? This man is a walking embarrassment. If it isn’t the fact that there aren’t enough cameras around him to capture his cringeworthy grins in all their “glory” then it is that he “sat “pretty much next to” President Obama at a Kabuki show”.

    I think this is where their lives diverge though. If history is to be believed, Obama is highly likely to be a two-term president. We can only hope National and Jonkey only have the one.

    • Joachim's 6.1

      “If history is to be believed, Obama is highly likely to be a two-term president.”

      Odds are low for Obama on this one. Not sure how he is going to get in again after 2 more years of congressional deadlock and an economic model which is still sliding down the tubes.

      • Zorr 6.1.1

        There are a lot of reasons for the bet being good for Obama.

        1) Poor potential candidates on the Batshit Crazy side of the spectrum
        2) Americans voted for Republicans/Teabaggers more out of malcontent with the whole system than specifically with Democrats
        3) Give the Republicans 2 years in charge of the purse strings – hopefully Obama lets them hang themselves with those strings because if they gridlock the system then it should be easy to use that against them

        • ianmac 6.1.1.1

          Zorr, I read one commentator point out that “so far the Republicans have opposed everything that the Democrats put up. Now however they have the casting vote so will have to show the electorate that they are responsible and they must compromise, or face the perception that they are the problem.” Thus Obama might make more progress.
          Perverse if that is what happens?

          • Zorr 6.1.1.1.1

            That is pretty much enough to give Obama odds on to win in 2012.

            The only issue with the picture is Obama himself. The man is turning in to the spineless wonder whenever it comes to actually fronting policies that he was voted in to, hopefully, represent.

            • Joachim's 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah well your rationale so far is that Obama will get back in because despite being spineless, everyone else will be worse and the Republican majority will be a fail.

              I can see the sense in that but I’m not feeling much more optimistic about the future of the USA because of it.

              • Zorr

                Me? Being optimistic about the future of the US? LOL

                I am optimistic of Obama’s future career chances. US is fucked. Short and simple. The issues with their system are deeply institutionalized and, short of a dictator coming to the throne, will not be changed.

      • Jim Nald 6.1.2

        A friend sent me this piece saying Obama should declare himself a one-term Pres:

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/12/AR2010111202846.html?nav=hcmodule

    • RedLogix 6.2

      My Best Link for the Weekend

      My own answer to the question of how things got this bad has less to do with whether Obama should have been more liberal or more centrist than with his and his party’s apparent inability, or perhaps refusal, to offer broad and convincing arguments about their central beliefs that counter those of the Republicans. This problem goes back to the Reagan years. It is a failure that many Democrats and liberals hoped Obama could change—something he seemed capable of changing during the campaign but has addressed rather poorly once in office.

      In American politics, Republicans routinely speak in broad themes and tend to blur the details, while Democrats typically ignore broad themes and focus on details. Republicans, for example, speak constantly of “liberty” and “freedom” and couch practically all their initiatives—tax cuts, deregulation, and so forth—within these large categories. Democrats, on the other hand, talk more about specific programs and policies and steer clear of big themes. There is a reason for this: Republican themes, like “liberty,” are popular, while Republican policies often are not; and Democratic themes (“community,” “compassion,” “justice”) are less popular, while many specific Democratic programs—Social Security, Medicare, even (in many polls) putting a price on carbon emissions—have majority support. This is why, when all else fails, Democrats try to scare people about the threat to Social Security if the GOP takes over, as indeed they are doing right now.

      What Democrats have typically not done well since Reagan’s time is connect their policies to their larger beliefs. In fact they have usually tried to hide those beliefs, or change the conversation when the subject arose. The result has been that for many years Republicans have been able to present their philosophy as somehow truly “American,” while attacking the Democratic belief system as contrary to American values. “Putting us on the road to European-style socialism,” for example, is a rhetorical line of attack that long predates Obama’s ascendance—it was employed against the Clintons’ health care plan as well.

  7. NickS 7

    And just when you thought Dunne couldn’t get any less cynical, he’s now embraced the anti-1080 movement, claiming that 1080 poisoning is “indiscriminate”.

    I guess that’s why DoC hasn’t done any research in what baits need to be used to minimise native birds and other fauna eating it, while maximising impacts on introduced pests, like possums, rabbits, deer and pigs. Of course, I somehow doubt this will provide his ego-mobile with any more than 1.5% of the party vote, and it will likely slide into the background during coalition talks. Although given NACT’s short term thinking, they may see this as a means of “saving money” by cutting 1080 and control measures back.

    Despite the fact it more than likely cost more in the long term to bring pest population levels back down. Along with drops in endangered and threaten native fauna and flora populations.

    • RedLogix 7.1

      What’s boof-boy proposing as the alternative? Given that doing nothing is not an option, how the hell does the ‘anti-1080’ lobby propose controlling pest numbers without a dramatic increase in funding?

      Because arguing to ban 1080 (which is not by itself wholly unreasonably) but failing to support funding it’s alternatives is simply a position with no credibility.

  8. Descendant Of Smith 8

    Nice link in the cricket reminding us of what happens when it all goes wrong.

    This issue and the lack of effort to help those affected by the companies concerned was nicely highlighted in the recent yes-men doco as well.

    Bhopal

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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