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  1. amirite 1

    We need at least 2000 new state houses built every year to catch up with the rise in homelessness, the Salvation Army says

    Meanwhile the existing social housing stock is in a dismal state, mushrooms are growing on walls, slugs are crawling in through holes

    • savenz 1.1

      Essential reading as a warning about what happens when the state decides to sell off a countries state houses because they are too lazy and incompetent to fix them up…

      • popexplosion 1.1.1

        Tories are assumed to be competent on the economy, management, but they are not, they believe that the market will deliver and so have no capacity for governance as none needed, the market will solve all problems duh. Historically the only reason they have been re-elected is they lived in a time of lowering energy prices that naturally grows the economy, and then entered a period of financial smoke and mirrors that hides the real economy.

        Take Auckland, in any major city globally there would be a integrated public transport system that also networks with regional centers. Not so Auckland, to get to Hamilton you need to walk up to the casino! or down to the foreshore! oh don’t goto the rail station it runs once a week! This is indicative of Tory management style of leaving growth to markets.

        • Nick

          Narratives are the core of perception.

          Insight for people who haven’t the time or inclination to look at actual people, actual events or actual problems.

          Nats are great managers. They are because they are.

          Establishing a positive epithet is essential. New, enthusiastic, young and full of dreams and ideas for a better New Zealand.

          We have to endlessly reinforce the Jacinda story.

    • Nick 1.2

      If only we had 90,000 young people not in work and not in training, we might just be able to do something about the deteriorating social housing stock and so much more..

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Excellent article on the Just World “Theory”.

    Some readers may recognise themselves:

    “…the sight of an innocent person suffering without possibility of reward or compensation motivated people to devalue the attractiveness of the victim in order to bring about a more appropriate fit between her fate and her character.” [M. Lerner]

    …people who have a strong tendency to believe in a just world also tend to be more religious, more authoritarian, more conservative, more likely to admire political leaders and existing social institutions, and more likely to have negative attitudes toward underprivileged groups…

    …the result may be the abdication of personal responsibility, acquiescence in the face of suffering and misfortune, and indifference towards injustice.

    Although why they call the National Party’s core values a “theory” is beyond me.

    • DH 2.1

      “Some readers may recognise themselves:”

      I bet you have no idea how ironic that statement is….

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        …the research suggests that humans have a need to bring their beliefs about what is right into conformity with the objective reality they encounter–and that they will work to achieve consistency either by modifying their beliefs or attempting to modify that reality. By becoming more conscious of our own tendencies, we may be more inclined to take the latter approach.

        I’m more inclined to take the latter approach, thanks.

    • Eco maori 2.2

      I would just like to apologise to any one I have offended by stereotyping all rich people as discriminator there are a lot of nice people whom have worked hard and managed there money well my spelling is limited and the spell check is not that good so I use basic words its the same as Maori not all of us are BAD

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1

        Don’t mean to rain on your confession, it’s just that working hard isn’t the way people become rich, or we’d see a lot more rich nurses and less golf.

        I don’t really think that anyone is “bad” in that sense: one of the conclusions of the Lerner and Milgram experiments is that everyone has the capacity to do evil things.

        There was certainly protest by the subjects with threats to walk away, and pleas to check on the health of the learner, but the researcher, with his stoic demeanor, wearing the magic lab coat that resembles that of a respected doctor (or a teenager working behind the photos counter at your local CVS or Walgreens), simply said “please continue” or “the experiment requires that you continue.” These words in this situation are apparently all it takes.

        • AB

          “working hard isn’t the way people become rich”
          Owning income-producing assets, extracting rents, capital gain, inheritance, ticket-clipping transactions between 3rd-parties, using market power to implement extortionate pricing, externalising business costs onto the public (corporate welfare), belonging to an elite class of managers who are able to extract salaries completely disproportionate to any empirically-discernible value they add.

          These are much more common ways to become rich than working hard. Broadly they are non-labour income that doesn’t come from actual ‘work’ at all (hard or otherwise).
          Though I’d be inclined to say that people have to work reasonably hard to get themselves into a position to take some of these ‘opportunities’. But no harder than a nurse as you say.

          People know all this in their bones. But it’s striking how often they reflexively bow the knee and pay homage to the “hard work” myth.

          • Eco maori

            Yes I agree O N B and AD .I just did not want to be a bigot as for the definition of rich to me if I owned my own home had a electric car and solar power and a veggie garden I’d be rich I was trying to say in one of my blogs that everyone has a different view on reality

    • Carolyn_nth 3.1

      Actually, it sounds like Trotter thinks the GP is retreating back to the margins, where they can be acceptable to a small group of those living in comfort in the leafy suburbs.

      Trotter is putting the boot into the GP social justice section and announcing the demise of their campaign against poverty, and the shunting of Marama Davidson into oblivion.

      And your comment supports commentary that kicks the GP into the margins of the election campaign, and marginalises the related campaign against poverty and for substantial changes to our social security system.

      • Ad 3.1.1

        May or may not be the right lesson, but they’re learning.

        • Carolyn_nth

          Trotter’s version of what they are said to be learning is not getting a very positive response so far in the comments under the same post on The Daily Blog.

          • KJT

            Trotter. like a lot of the New Zealand political establishment, is comfortable with the Labour/National duopoly and resent upstart challengers like the Greens.

            “How dare they take Labours votes”, is not an uncommon sentiment.

            No perception that votes are earned, not an entitlement.

            • greywarshark

              How does that musing of yours relate to Trotter’s surprise and dismay at the apparent downplaying of Metiria’s move against structural poverty?

          • Bill

            That Trotter piece is definitely and quite unnecessarily putting the boot in.

            But I did get the impression that Shaw was “bottling it” during that re-launch speech.

            We’ll see…

            • tc

              Trotter is a tamed establishment ‘leftie’ like pagani and williamson doing a job.

              Positioned to give the appearance of balance whilst undermining, saw straight through that media poodle years ago.

              • Bill

                I see him more as a drunk man with a hammer – misses often. But when he hits he ‘wellies’ it. 😉

              • Nick

                Not equivalent. Pagani gets on talk shows as a “former Labour candidate” but in reality she has been neo-lib for at least a decade.

                Chris in person can give underwhelming opinions, but his writing is often both elegant and persuasive.

                If not always consistent.

            • WILD KATIPO

              I don’t the Greens are putting aside social justice issues, more like a temporary tactical withdrawal to detooth a toxic media. And I don’t think you could ever sideline Marama Davidson from this , either.

            • dukeofurl

              Trotter has ‘critical view’ in his commentary. he doesnt do these things with rose tinted glasses.
              The poll shocks means they have grab back as many well off left leaning voters as they can who live in leafy urban enclaves.

            • Nick

              It wasn’t the time for a two barrels on benefit poverty.

              Allow the dust to settle or the Greens will be able to talk of nothing else.

      • patricia bremner 3.1.2

        Trotter appears to now support TOP.

    • weka 3.2

      Looks to me like being narked that no-one got behind the rallying cry to avenge Metiria. Of course we didn’t, because avenging Metiria is macho politics and the Greens don’t do that. For very good reasons.

      I also think Trotter is clueless about Shaw’s position on poverty and he simply can’t allow that Shaw is genuine because the strategy is invisible to Trotter. In other words, just clueless still about what green politics is.

      I knew exactly what Shaw was apologising for, and I know why he did it. Why doesn’t Trotter? Or more to the point, why doesn’t Trotter take the time to talk to people who do know instead of grandstanding his own ignorance? That’s not a rhetorical question.

      • Nick 3.2.1

        Chris is a bit trigger-happy. But that comes with passion.

        And as a columnist he can be “publish or die”, sometimes, which can put him on more than one side of an issue.

        However, I defy you to name a commentator as consistantly interesting.

  3. Sanctuary 4

    When are Labour replacing the old signs?

    • mac1 4.1

      You mean the ones with the new Prime Minister and Minister of Labour on them? 😉

      To me the signs are a reminder that political change within a party can be achieved without evisceration; that when your time comes to step down, then you stand alongside the new leader, to help manage the transition; and possibly most importantly, the party is greater than the leader; that ideas, ideals, fundamental beliefs are crucial.

      • patricia bremner 4.1.1

        I agree Mac1. People don’t want to accept that Andrew Little acted in the best interests of his party.

        We have become so accepting of selfish motives in government, we find it hard to believe that.

        Jacinda said “Andrew will be on the front bench of any government I lead, we need him.”

        That spoke volumes to me of a “new start”.

        No dirty politics and no skeletons.

    • The Fairy Godmother 4.2

      This Saturday.

  4. Carolyn_nth 5

    Jane Kelsey on The Daily Blog today, saying the TPP is not dead.

    She publishes her notes on the latest responses of several NZ political parties on the TPP (Nats didn’t give a view). David Parker for Labour seems to avoid directly saying whether Labour is for or against a revamped TPP.

    kelsey concludes:

    We know where the Greens and Maori Party stand. But would they make the TPPA a coalition deal breaker?

    New Zealand First has been an uncompromising critic of the TPPA – but would Winston repeat what he did when, as Foreign Minister in coalition with Labour, he became best friends with Condee Rice and called for a US-NZ FTA? What about potential leader in waiting Shane Jones, who is pro-TPPA and PACER-plus?

    And what about Labour? David Parker confirmed Labour’s pragmatism. Its narrow grounds for opposing the TPPA may not survive into government, unless Labour voters force the Party to take a strong public position of rejecting the zombie TPPA.

    • Craig H 5.1

      I don’t want to see what the TPPA became, but if a proper free trade agreement can be made without all the extraneous BS, that’s fine with me.

      • dukeofurl 5.1.1

        They are never about free trade anymore. Even to use the provisions means you are well resourced large company.

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.2

        You mean …’ Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) or investment court system (ICS) is a system through which individual companies can sue countries for alleged discriminatory practices ‘ ?

        Investor-state dispute settlement – Wikipedia

        There’s no way I will ever see some company overruling our sovereign elected government.

        The hell with that notion.

      • To get free-trade we actually need to get rid of the FTAs as they’re more about protecting big business than trade.

        Much better for each individual country to set standards that other countries have to meet before will trade with them. Such standards as similar minimum wage, similar minimum working conditions and similar environmental protections. In other words, making sure that all costs are properly accounted for.

        The result of this should be the minimisation of trade as each country develops it’s own economy.

  5. Craig H 6

    A long but interesting read about unconscious bias in policy-making, particularly around the bias toward Pakeha heterosexual nuclear families where one of the parents (probably the male) is the primary earner.

  6. KJT 7

    “Free trade agreements” haven’t been about free trade for decades now.

    They have been charters for corporate and monopoly rights.

    Extending corporate power to extract “rents” for patents and copyright and to take Governments to kangaroo courts for loss of monopoly profits are the antithesis of “free markets” and “free trade”.

    A large part of the quick rise in US prosperity, after the revolution, was because they told British rentiers, land owners and lenders to “take a hike”. And then they protected and subsidised their own industry.

    Now they are ensuring other countries cannot do the same.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 7.1

      Free Trade Agreements these days appear to be anything but Free Trade Agreements?

    • Craig H 7.2

      It’s entirely possible that no FTAs will be up to snuff for all the reasons you’ve outlined – can’t rule that out.

    • Stuart Munro 7.4

      Chang Ha Joon has an interesting snippet on the US in Bad Samaritans – for over a century the US was the largest copyright breaker, chiefly of British manufactured items. Enforcing other country’s copyrights is a mug’s game.

  7. Muttonbird 8

    CEO of KidsCan, Julie Chapman, is not referring to the National Party and their supporters when she says more people are speaking up of the poor.

    On 23 September remember the National Party and their supporters only care about themselves. They will continue to turn a blind eye to struggling communities and must go.

  8. Sanctuary 9

    Goodness, National has gone fully bananas of late. A panic-stricken knee jerk bit of law and order they’ve dredged from the past – a boot camp scheme everyone agrees is tried and fail, and hysterical attacks on the water levy which just confirms to the general public that National run the country in the interest of corporate farming.

    Long may their Jacinda-induced panic last!

    PS – their polling must be telling them they are hemorrhaging votes, the panic is palpable.

  9. greywarshark 10

    Just thinking of the steps to having authority and agency from a low position.
    Supplicant>Applicant>Entry>Achievement>Leadership>Philosophy parameters>Executive Opportunity.

    Where are the Greens on this line? You could say that they are only back at entry as they haven’t been a major party in Parliament, but they have had achievement with some useful, helpful, environmental policies rolled out. They have provided leadership and affected other Parties’ thinking and actions. Now they are up to philosophy parameters. Metiria thought it was time to widen their interests beyond the bounds of the middle class greenies wanting to protect birds, trees, rivers , eels and penguins.

    They are hoping they will get the executive opportunity if they just stick to their environmental knitting. But by including vulnerable people in their purview the Greens should be able to build their support, get more votes, and bring others on board who in their thousands could be working to protect the environment if Task Force Green systems could be set up, with training.

    Many Maori would enjoy going back to their marae as a temporary base while they worked on some local project. Not all would want to go back permanently, but once Maori unemployed had jobs and a bit of spare cash, they would visit more often and the whole fabric of whanau interaction would be strengthened.

    What a lot of good in just this one aspect of NZ life could happen if the Greens could stand mixing with the poorer classes. They are in fear of reverting to the dowager duchess type of charity where you distribute your spare potato peelings to the needy – organically grown of course.

    • Nick 10.1

      The number one thing is to believe we can make a difference as a community.

      If we believe that, we will start to look for solutions and opportunities.

      If you take a neo-lib approach and imagine that all you can do is deregulate greed, that is all you will get, to the massive disadvantage of the people as a whole.

  10. Ad 11

    Taylor Swift vindicated.

    I think Taylor Swift’s win in the groping case is going to be something of a benchmark for harassment outside the workplace. She only sought $1 in damages, and a jury awarded her the win:

  11. greywarshark 12

    Spoiler alert.
    For those with Game of Thrones magnetism, here is the latest cover of the upcoming series.
    I’m afraid that, predictably, seeing the title had ‘sex’ in it I automatically was magnetised to it. I do like chocolate too!

  12. savenz 13

    Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being killed at the rate of almost four a week across the world.

    Two hundred environmental activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders trying to protect their land were killed in 2016, according to the watchdog group Global Witness – more than double the number killed five years ago.

    And the frequency of killings is only increasing as 2017 ticks by, according to data provided exclusively to the Guardian, with 98 killings identified in the first five months of this year.

    The defenders: recording the deaths of environmental defenders around the world
    Read more
    John Knox, UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said: “Human rights are being jettisoned as a culture of impunity is developing.

    “There is now an overwhelming incentive to wreck the environment for economic reasons. The people most at risk are people who are already marginalised and excluded from politics and judicial redress, and are dependent on the environment. The countries do not respect the rule of law. Everywhere in the world, defenders are facing threats.

    “There is an epidemic now, a culture of impunity, a sense that anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions, eliminate anyone who stands in the way. It [comes from] mining, agribusiness, illegal logging and dam building.”

    • greywarshark 13.1

      The magnetism of excess money brings power and luxuries and the luxury of choosing when, what, how to do things or not. And in such few hands in the world, the intoxication of their power permeates their whole lives and that’s where the trickle down theory actually works. The power moves down through the chain, each one fed from the same source which will seem very distant, so they never know the connections. At the bottom it is not money and necessities that the trickle down brings, it is the laser beam of power with strong effect.

      Those neolib stitchers-up and their acolytes have opened a Pandora’s box and we can never close it again. And trying to find ways to alleviate its effects can cost you everything, and continue to consume your village, your family, your memory.
      Perhaps we can make a difference though, and try to do something principled to assist these heroes and sacrifices and achieve some goals to be proud of. It gives us something meaningful to do while we live out our lives anyway.

      Here are the two plotters who managed to divorce the ideas of the mind and the reality of life and treat the reality as something to objectify and the theory as something to deify.

      Hayek and Friedman and Monetary Policy
      Hayek on Politics, Gold and Milton Friedman

      Milton Friedman on Greed
      Milton Friedman on Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom

  13. mosa 14

    Good to see Gareth Morgan calling Horrible Hosking out , it’s about time !!

    • 😈

      That was good.

    • tc 14.2

      Excellent and lets hope the hosk responds. Id like to see this one run a bit.

    • mary_a 14.3

      mosa (14) … Excellent response from Gareth Morgan, which demonstrates how ignorant Hosking really is. Every time he opens his drivelling Natz gob, his lack of intellect comes through loud and clear.

      I look forward to see how Morgan goes with Hosking moderating the combined minor parties’ debates.

  14. Cinny 15

    Coleman has failed once again, alcohol lobbyists reign supreme in the national party. It appears the profits of the booze companies are more important than the health of our nation.
    National are the ones who placed booze in the supermarkets and lowered the drinking age, they are told the damage re alcohol/depression/suicide/domestic violence/child abuse etc etc and advised to do something about it, but they do nothing, nada.

    “Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser.

    While much of the focus of the new initiatives is on improving resilience and decision-making, none of the 17 new initiatives specifically address the role of alcohol in suicide and depression.

    That is despite Gluckman’s advice that a re-evaluation of alcohol in society is urgently needed.”

    Personally I’m not anti booze, but I am anti the devastation that it does to many lives.

  15. Whispering Kate 16

    I have just read a marvellous piece by Julie Chapman CEO of KidsCan in today’s Herald, about the measure of child poverty in NZ and how society is starting to understand that having a job and a home doesn’t mean that you are not in poverty. That we have this new poor of employed people with two kids who still are not earning enough to pay rent, clothe their kids and feed them adequately.

    It really is a must to read.

  16. greywarshark 17

    The Conservative Party coming out with the same authoritarian, preachy crud about parents and families. Where would our society be if parents smartened up their act, who would be handy to put the boot into?

    They are talking about Boot Farms, which might have a place, though not a panacea.

    We need dependable parents, not dependent parents, and the government can’t raise our kids. It can, however, and should, support local community groups who have a track record of effectively assisting parents who are struggling, and struggling parents should be given every encouragement to avail themselves of that assistance.

    Research is clear that strong loving families with a mum and a dad provide the best outcomes for kids and the best outcomes for society. Conservative Party’s Policies are focused on strengthening this natural family unit for the good of the nation.
    See on Scoop

  17. Anne 18

    Listen to and look at this first class bitch from across the Tasman! Makes Paula Bennett seem like a pussy cat. Jacinda Ardern has called her out for making a false claim. She has called the Australian Ambassador into her office for an urgent meeting. A major diplomatic incident in the making?

    Jacinda has got to do more. She must stand up to Julie Bishop and demand an apology. Nothing less will suffice.

    • mary_a 18.1

      @ ANNE (17) … and watch our rabid attack msm make a meal of this one! Larry Williams got the ball rolling, when I accidentally tuned into his afternoon programme. His opening shots were at Labour and Jacinda Ardern, making a bit thing out of nothing, to appease his Natz master Herr Joyce!

    • mosa 18.2

      Anne i have watched Bishop in action before she is a vicious woman and is trying with her comments to affect our domestic election campaign by making ridiculous statements.

      As for interfering in another countries politics ……………what about their right wing campaigning in Aussie for ex pat kiwis to vote for John Key at the time of our General election campaigns.

      F.F.S. !!!!!

  18. Whispering Kate 19

    Julie Bishop is getting bitten on the bum, they treat kiwis over there like shit and deny them everything that their taxes pay for so if it means this guy has to step down and bring down their Government – well its poetic justice. Their immigration laws concerning us, their neighbours is appalling. I hope Adhern tells her to piss off. Why do we have to put up with this crap coming from them. They are well past being our friends and neighbours, we need them like a hole in the head. Their treatment of boat people is as bad as the very worst of despotic countries. The ANZAC pact is a farce.

  19. Nick 20

    So sorry to Bishop you can’t work with the incoming NZ Government.

    It would have been so much better to do the “Jump how high” Nat thing and allow you to go on lying to your people and kicking ours in the guts at every opportunity.

    Australia has always hated New Zealand on the world stage. We are the little cousin who reminds the great powers that we are (and they are, by extension) inconsequential in world terms, just as they thought they’d cracked into the highest levels.

    Looks like another reality check on the way.

    In the meanwhile, a bit more from the ALP would seem in order. And the only way it will happen is by a top level call.

    There is too much stupid prejudice against Kiwis in Aussie already to wait for a change of heart at grass roots level, even if we bring down an unpopular government.

  20. Sumsuch 21

    I disagree with your disaffection with Chrs Trotter. Unless you can suggest another voice? For us? No, no replacements.

    Despite his pragmatism in the moment.

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    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    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
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
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    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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    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 ...
    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
    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
  • 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

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