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Open mike 17/12/2011

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  1. Now that the dust has settled and the Election result concluded it is time to start a new campaign.

    When publicly owned assets are under attack,

    STAND UP FIGHT BACK!

    • That’s the same old campaigning Greg, and it hasn’t been very successful.

      Maybe you should find out what Labour’s main priorities will be. A good place to start:
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10773745

      I could easily agree with much of that. But I suspect there will be bigger – new – things to focus on. Rebuilding New Labour?

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Pete George of 0.6% UF giving Labour campaigning tips. How cute.

      • Puddleglum 1.1.2

        Good to see Shearer’s positions outlined on the social liberalism/social conservatism scale.

        Now it would be good to see where he stands on the economy, public sector, welfare, etc..

        Specifically, I’d like to hear where he stands on ‘capitalism by stealth’ in the public sector; the economic structures required to eliminate child poverty, welfare ‘reform’, workplace regulation, global trade, democratisation of society and the workplace, etc., etc..

  2. Keeshy 2

    Not true…fight and success can be had. Shonkey had his facebook bombarded and a petition went ballistic. Nek minute…

    Incredible news. Moments ago John Key’s government got directly in touch with the Auckland Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre, committing to “continued funding for the next 6 months” and pledging to work with them to ensure “a sustainable service for the future”.

    It’s an extraordinary victory — for you and everyone else who has been part of the explosion of support for Kirsty McCully’s Change.org petition to save the centre.

    Just a few short days ago things weren’t looking good. Funding was running desperately low, staff were about to be laid off and almost no one in the public or media was paying attention to the plight of the centre. No one in government was admitting they had responsibility — in fact no one would even return the centre’s desperate calls…..

    see more:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/new-zealand-government-stop-the-closure-of-aucklands-247-sexual-violence-crisis-service

    • A great result, albeit interim.

      Yes, campaigning can lead to success – if you pick the right fights. It’s hard to argue against this one.

    • yeshe 2.2

      Can this method be used somehow to gather support for a binding referendum on asset sales ? Jeanette Fitzsimons has offered her support .. 300K signatures needed and will delay any sales by at least one term … ideas anyone ?

    • A lot of people won’t see that as light hearted, it comes across as heavy nastiness whether that’s the intention or not.

      Zetetic just posted on the ‘nasty party’ meme – I’m sure this on FB is being done by an individual or individuals but it won’t help Labour’s aims of reconnecting at all.

      • rosy 3.1.1

        It maybe says more about you, Pete, that you would automatically think that this has anything to do with how people think about Labour, than it does about Labour.

      • millsy 3.1.2

        Do you think Cameron Slater and Cathy Odgers are ‘nasty’?

        • Pete George 3.1.2.1

          Whale can be at times, sometimes he can be over the top or goes too far or for too long on issues, sometimes he just gets up people’s noses for taking them to task.

          Haven’t really seen it from Cactus but I don’t read much of what she posts.

          • McFlock 3.1.2.1.1

            sometimes he just gets up people’s noses for taking them to task.

             
            Really? Example, please – I’d just had him pegged as a propogandistic lying – well, to be blunt – cunt.
             

            • Pete George 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Really? Example please.

              At what you accuse him of I don’t think he’s any worse than some of those who post here.
              Except some of his hit job attempts are provided with actual facts, often from informants.

              I’d rate Whale about 50/50, some of what he does is worthwhile examination and some harmless ranting, while some is overblown, over persistent and over the top.

              • Colonial Viper

                I’d rate Whale about 50/50, some of what he does is worthwhile examination and some harmless ranting, while some is overblown, over persistent and over the top.

                But not often “nasty” then?

              • McFlock

                lol.
                  
                Him claiming credit for wandering around the labour party website a while back was a case in point. Not only did he scaremonger about credit card details, his youtube how-i-did-it style clip was unconvincing regarding his supposed ability to find it out for himself. But the stalking vibe was all him.

    • Bill 3.2

      Unfortunately, that kind of shit sets the bar too high in regards to what should rightfully be preceived as fishist. Nutzism was a particularily nasty strain of fishism. But it isn’t definitive, although it keeps getting presented as such. Meaning a lot of fishy stuff swims under the radar of people’s perceptions and understandings.

      • Colonial Viper 3.2.1

        And in a representative demogoguey like we have at the moment, all we end up with is yet another right wink dicktator.

  3. The Voice of Reason 4

    The Guardian has a selection of some of the late Christopher Hitchen’s TV appearances. His thoughts on the afterlife are particularly good!

  4. Jimmie 5

    bit of light hearted fun on FB

    more like completely weird – whoever started this diary needs to see a shrink. Is closer to obsession and stalking than anything else.

    kriswgtn get some help – please

  5. Wayne91 6

    kriswgtn 3
    17 December 2011 at 7:40 am
    bit of light hearted fun on FB

    Not fun or even funny – dont some people get it – this turns people off

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Hopefully Bennett can turn them on again by releasing more beneficiaries’ files.

    • seeker 6.2

      No Wayne91, what turns genuine people off is cutting the taxes of the wealthy by 5% there by causing this country to be run into the ground and allowing 200,000 children to live hungry and diseased in dire poverty with no hope apart from that given selflessly by over stretched charities and the Salvation Army.

      And what turns these genuine people off even further is a sneering, really nasty nactuf governmental mindset which blames the vulnerable for the economic situation, says they are just envious n’er do wells in order to ignorantly undermine them and dismissively assign them to the trash bin thereby legitimising the opinion of the right wing dismissers, and allowing said dismissers the comfort of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ , no guilt, no conscience narrative they so crave.
      The moral universe says otherwise.

    • Vicky32 6.3

      Not fun or even funny – dont some people get it – this turns people off

      Not me, I am really enjoying it! 🙂

  6. That’s why it’s hard to do satire in this country. Save the humourless.

    • kriswgtn 7.1

      totally

      i find it hypocritical that the right say wtf they want

      Bennett is nasty
      forgotten the confidential breach of solo moms tia details???

      cos they stood up to her?????
      wot she did,,that goes way beyond the post i was sent on FB

      people are hurting in NZ- they’re not nasty they’re angry
      deal with it

      • seeker 7.1.1

        @ Kriswgtn
        Had only been thinking today that it was about time we had a some really good political satire on the box. It is so needed in NZ. I had hoped for some intelligent satire from 7days as the original version of this in the UK, Have I Got News For You was brilliant on the light polit.satire front and helped to keep news and political events in perspective as well as inform and illuminate truths and lies. No such luck with 7days ,which is mainly comedy,funny tho it is.

        However, that’s why I was pleased to view your link Kris ,thankyou. It reminded me of the ‘big puppety’ scenarios they used in the UK in Spitting Image to depict Thatcher and her male harem/schoolboy followers. Her “are they one of us” group.
        The writers depicted Thatcher as a bullying cross dressing ,cigar smoking tyrant having a fine ol’ time with some of her ‘gang’; one of whom, her right hand man, NormanTebbit, was dressed as a leatherclad ‘skinhead’.

        It would be great to comment on what type of character could best represent some of our politicians.

        My one for Key would be a great big whirly eyed snake head, reminiscent of the snake in Jungle Book, singing in Key mangled speak but with parsel tongue type lisp…… trutht in me, trutht only in me……. buy the athets, they will thtay in new thilland we will make lawth, trutht in me……no GethT, trutht in me…. or Paula Bennett as Miss Benette or Hekia Parata as Edwina Currie from Thatcher’s government who was satirised as a vampire.- very glam and gothic….now about Stuart Nash………wily coyote?

  7. Olwyn 8

    I have to say that, even allowing for Fran O’Sullivan’s political leanings, I find this article disconcerting:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10773689

    “But much of the real strategising started several months back when Shearer and close caucus allies such as former Labour list MP Stuart Nash seriously began talking about a post-election leadership tilt. Influential members of the “commentariat” – particularly those of the right-of-centre persuasion – were informally briefed. Shearer was promoted as having a modern international outlook; pro-business, pro-science and innovation, and not prone to the phony cloth-cap ideology that Goff had to dip into to retain the confidence of the Labour unionists who have for too long dominated the party.”

    and

    “But Nash will have urged Shearer not to offer Cunliffe a high ranking on the front-bench…Nash has made no secret of the fact that he would prefer that Cunliffe exits politics altogether.”

    If anyone who is in the know reads this I ask you, (1) Am I now deludedly giving my little monthly donation to a right-wing party? (2) Are the people whose lives have been made wretched in this tin-pot neoliberal heaven to be further abandoned? (3) Why (if it is true) are you trying to hound your most talented politician out of parliament when you only have 34 seats in it?

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      OMG.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      I have to say that, even allowing for Fran O’Sullivan’s political leanings, I find this article disconcerting:

      It’s supposed to be – it’s an attack on Labour designed to drop their support even more and possibly increase the number of non-voters next election.

      • Olwyn 8.2.1

        OK. But they are reasonably precise claims. If they are false, then Labour must be able to deny them, and if they are true but misleading explain them. Which was the point of my three questions.

        • Tigger 8.2.1.1

          Why hasn’t she written about the meeting where Key asked to step down rather than this wet dream conspiracy shit? Marie Quinn was there Fran. Ask her and put that in your column.

        • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2

          In fact, many of her claims are stated as facts, and not opinion. Fran O’Sullivan has been around the block and would not make that rookie error of judgement unless she was certain that she couldn’t be instantly refuted by the players in question.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.3

          But they are reasonably precise claims.

          Well, if they’re true then all I can say is that Labour are fucked. They would no longer be the party for working people. Although, they haven’t really been that for awhile.

          It was this bit that really got me:-

          In other words, the right politician to drag Labour into the 21st century and out of its ideological cul-de-sac.

          As it seems to show that Labour are going to go even more right-wing than they are now and that would mean that they’re going to become NAct light. All the same delusional economic policies (the ones that just saw the financial system collapse) with a few more identity politics polices thrown in.

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.3.1

            Economic and corporatist right wing, (a few) more crumbs thrown to the poor and to workers than National would, socially liberal.

        • seeker 8.2.1.4

          Thanks for commenting on this article Olwyn. Saw it just recently and felt as disconcerted as yourself, and am now totally off Nash as well as a few others. Labour needs to come clean to clear up any misunderstandings or we really will need a NEW Labour.

          I hope someone posts about this on Red Alert

      • oftenpuzzled 8.2.2

        does she know all this stuff anyway?

        • oftenpuzzled 8.2.2.1

          the ‘How’ at the beginning of the question dropped off! How does she know this stuff?

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.2.1.1

            She said right wing commentators were briefed early on; she was probably one of them.

            It fraks me off royally to think all the leadership BS the right wing media were printing to undermine Goff, may actually have been based on facts verified from within caucus itself.

    • Blue 8.3

      Fran may be a Tory, but she is very well-connected in the political world. And what she is saying here is pretty much what has been guessed at already.

      There is a poisonous little faction in Labour who undermined Phil Goff’s leadership at every turn and forced him out, and then blocked David Cunliffe’s bid in order to seize power for themselves.

      I don’t want any part of that disloyal, malicious and toxic little club.

      What they did to Phil was appalling, and now they are trying to force David C out too.

      • Salsy 8.3.1

        I tend to agree, if Shearer doesnt give Cunliffe a significant role, it will be a crucial mistake. Fran is 100% correct when she describes Cunliffe:

        But he was also one of the few stellar performers in Goff’s team.. If Shearer is not captive to his supporters he will put some undeserving long-servers to the sword first

    • Anne 8.4

      (1) Am I now deludedly giving my little monthly donation to a right-wing party?
      I think so Olwyn.

      (2) Are the people whose lives have been made wretched in this tin-pot neoliberal heaven to be further abandoned?
      In the short to medium term yes. Hopefully not the long term.

      (3) Why (if it is true) are you trying to hound your most talented politician out of parliament when you only have 34 seats in it?

      It’s a combination of jeolousy, tall poppy syndrome and an unseemly scramble for personal political power at the expense of the Party as a whole. The plotting to undermine Cunliffe and eventually destroy him began in 2008. The leadership meetings were a farce. I have been horrified by the lies and the scuttlebutt, and it looks like a number of Labour MPs fell for it. My sincere hope is that the culprits and their various motivations will eventually be publicly outed.

      Full credit to Fran O’Sullivan for writing the article.

      • Olwyn 8.4.1

        Thanks Anne, you have gone some way toward confirming my fears (sigh).

        • RobM 8.4.1.1

          So I’m not the only one that feels like they’ve been had.

          And what a good look it is to have Nash low down the list but returning as chief of staff.
          Nice comfy salary for everybody.

          2011 was never to be seriously contested.

          I’m afraid I fell for the last minute “Oh fuck we’re losing our base, let’s get out the friendly faces and empty rhetoric” campaign.

          The wretched have been sacrificed for the ambition of Alas Robertson & Jones.

          The right are going to crucify the naive chumps.

  8. randal 9

    fran sullivan and her crew are just mouthpieces for the nashil gubmint. their stuff is hardly serious journalism.
    that is why new Zealand needs an alternative to corporate propoganda dissemination disguised as news.
    or. I cant stop laughing over this oxymoron, “think pieces”.
    more like glad handed payouts from the “interests”.

  9. Wayne91 10

    CV agree – she shoudln’t have released those details but they should not have been decietful either.

    • Fotran 10.1

      Wayne91
      You are possibly right but the MSM are above and beyond what is right and ethical. They make news to sell media for a price.
      Look at the way the MSM took over and controlled the recent Election. Disgraceful.

    • weka 10.2

      How were they deceitful?

  10. chris73 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6154368/Former-MP-Georgina-Beyer-unemployed

    She seems a little deluded IF this is accurate (journalists picking and choosing what they want to print and all)

    • kriswgtn 11.1

      Georgina will pick herself up
      Remember Carmen died 2 days ago
      have some compassion instead of trolling wanker

  11. Lanthanide 12

    Maybe this was discussed yesterday, but:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/6154354/Government-to-take-over-quake-claims

    The $1.8 billion of earthquake claims of troubled Canterbury insurer AMI Insurance are to be taken over by the Government which might eventually be left with a bill of $120 million or more.

    This would have been mostly fleshed out before the election. Certainly these deals don’t take just 3 weeks to plan from start to finish. Yet we didn’t hear anything about it until now. How strange.

    • Redbaron77 12.1

      It immediatedly appeared to be a grubby “socialism is ok for corporates” deal. On closer inspection its a solution to reduce the Government’s exposure to a liability of a $500 million guarantee to cover AMI’s re-insurance shortfall for the Christchurch earthquakes down to $120 million. Plus it preserves AMI as a going concern as it had no future in its present state – with the takeover by IAG less the earthquake liabilities a way forward. However at the cost of the taxpayer (everyday people) having to pick up the shortfall.

      The deal firstly demonstrates once again the folly of poor regulation in markets and secondly exposes the mindset of the Government. Perhaps I am being naive here, but at looking at this deal IAG is the winner here. However if the Government was prepared to put up a $500 million guarantee to AMI, why did it not consider a version of the same deal that involves gaining control of AMI or going into partnership with a better insurance manager such IAG . The ROI would at least over the medium term help defray the $120 million that the taxpayer will have to stump up, partially retain profits in New Zealand and build up a valuable for asset over the long term.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.2

      Yet we didn’t hear anything about it until now. How strange.

      Not strange – this government wouldn’t tell us a thing if they thought that they could get away with it.

  12. millsy 13

    David Shearer needs to think about a way to gain the inititave in 2012.

    I’m thinking he could make an Orewa style speech, like Don Brash (no, not slag off Maori, DPB ladies, etc), but the tactic itself was a good one, he essentially set the agenda. That is what Shearer needs to do. Labour have nothing to lose.

  13. joe90 14

    A Sunlight Foundation article on the influence of The One Percent Of The One Percent on US electoral spending.

    In the 2010 election cycle, 26,783 individuals (or slightly less than one in ten thousand Americans) each contributed more than $10,000 to federal political campaigns. Combined, these donors spent $774 million. That’s 24.3% of the total from individuals to politicians, parties, PACs, and independent expenditure groups. Together, they would fill only two-thirds of the 41,222 seats at Nationals Park the baseball field two miles from the U.S. Capitol. When it comes to politics, they are The One Percent of the One Percent.

    But WTF, money talks with Americans Elect, backed by millionaires with ties to the FBI, CIA and military, creating a third place on the 2012 presidential ballot for an unnamed candidate.

  14. I have no doubt that the Nats are already campaigning for the next election. Crosby /Trextor will being setting the way now. Already we are seeing Key every night on the TV and the Right-Wing columists like Sullivan ansd Co will now also start on Shearer.However having said that the article on Shearer in todays Herald is excellent.Its up,to every Labour member to get this out to the public.Before we allow Garner and Holmes a chance to run down Shearer, perhaps now is the time to ask them what happened to their claims that the LP leadsip election will be a blood bath. They must be cringing .

    • seeker 15.1

      Which article on Shearer pp.? can you link please?

      • Carol 15.1.1

        This one, from the top of the NZH website?

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10773745

        New Labour leader David Shearer is a republican who supports a new national flag, and a social liberal on gay issues – though he is less liberal on drug and alcohol issues.

        Mr Shearer, who took over the leadership on Tuesday, is a strong advocate for an independent foreign policy, and personally believes New Zealand’s flag should be changed.

        • just saying 15.1.1.1

          Well he’s certainly got the meaningsless waffle down pat.
          Wonder what “detail” he wants to see in the gay adoption issue. Surely he’s not proposing different adoption laws for gay people?
          He’s looking very much like the new Phil Goff – just like the old one with better OE.

      • it was was in Saturdays on line Herald and was on his background and work with STC and the United Nations,It was hard to believe it was the Herald but one is surprised sometimes.

    • That article is just a right wing trick, it’s the Herald, don’t get duped by that.

  15. seeker 16

    Thanks Carol. Forgot that one as I was so miffed by Fran O’s one.

  16. AnnaLiviaPlurabella 17

    Shearer’s failure so far to offer Cunliffe a credible role indicates that he actually is Trevor’s poodle. The party won’t accept a right wing group taking it over and white-anting lefties. We removed them before and we will do it again.

    The open approach of the “primary” process is now gone. It is back to the smart ass stuff of Trevor &co that lost us the election. Have a word with your local MP. Ask him or her to tell you what is going on.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Oh lets all just go over to the dark side. Like the US democrats have. Much easier.

      On second thoughts, nah. To the frakin barricades.

    • Carol 17.2

      My local MP is David Cunliffe. Would he know everything, and is he likely to tell me what he knows?

      • Ianupnorth 17.2.1

        Am I the only one who is pissed off by said Mallard?

        • Blue 17.2.1.1

          Nope. I think I will have to make it a condition – no voting for Labour until Mallard is gone.

      • Colonial Viper 17.2.2

        Carol – its your right as a consituent in his electorate to be able to meet with your MP. As for whether he “knows everything” I am sure he will have a better idea than most of us.

  17. neoleftie 18

    well the only people who know what really is going on is the insiders within the party elite.
    Ive watched trev mallard over the years – extremely hard working in the house till late at night and on red alert.
    Now how about lets show some unity, dignity and accept that the cuacus, one hopes, have it right and move on and start the campaign for 2014.
    We need to the tories gone so more unity, activity and reconnection i think

    • lprent 18.1

      At this point I’m getting far more interested in the organisational review. I’ve been waiting for that for about 20 years

    • Neolefite it is all very good to talk about unity and dignity but you also mentioned Mallard.  To be honest he is Labour’s version of Stephen Joyce and Murray McCully rolled into one.

      Someone has been slurring Cunliffe for the past three years and it has Mallard’s fingerprints all over it.  If he is now insisting on unity and dignity he should have thought about this three years ago.

      • RedLogix 18.2.1

        I’ve got a letter on my desk right now asking for a renewed committment to my current Labour party donations. And on my desk it will sit unanswered…. because I’m not getting any reassuring smoke-signals about this election of Shearer as Leader. Either it’s too soon and I should wait, or my instincts are telling me something that isn’t clear yet.

        Unity and dignity are essential…. but they are not code-words for blind loyalty either.

  18. lprent 19

    Darn, been either socialising with a family today, debugging some code, or having a nice afternoon snooze (the sheer pleasure of that).

    But now I have two posts in the editor and absolutely no will to finish them… Time for a w(h)ine. Maybe some TV would drive me back to anything less moronic.

  19. Jum 20

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10773695

    private equity battle over Media Works? Didn’t taxpayers just loan them money thanks to Joyce?

  20. AnnaLiviaPlurabella 21

    In a short two week “primary season” Cunliffe went from being dismissed to being endorsed by Chris Trotter, Brian Edwards, Matt McCartan, Paul Holmes, Guyon Espiner and many more. The membership went into the Debates generally pro Shearer and came out pro Cunliffe.
    Many will now be wondering why the negative briefing by Labour managers to undermine the top performer Cunliffe happened. And who was doing it. Shearer’s credibility in his new role will be measured by how well he handles this issue. The members will be watching: they know that a successful inclusion of Cunliffe will bode well for 2014.

  21. The leadership debate is over .It was wellrub and without “Garners” bloodbath. Now we need to get behind Shearer and get Labour Back in 2012. Tell all the Nat cruitics to go to hell.Im rapidly beginning to believe the correct choice was made and I think the Tories know this and are quite worried. Shearer’s background is nothing less than super and is all Social Demicratic practice and labour can really be proud of such a leader.And

  22. The leadership debate is over .It was well run and without “Garners” bloodbath. Now we need to get behind Shearer and get Labour Back in 2012. Tell all the Nat critics to go to hell.Im rapidly beginning to believe the correct choice was made and I think the Tories know this and are quite worried. Shearer’s background is nothing less than super and is all Social Demicratic ideals Labour can really be proud of such a leader.And corny or not the fact that Key made $i50m against Shearer saving 150 lives is true and let us tell the public .

    • Colonial Viper 23.1

      I’m waiting to see how smart the front bench line up chosen by Shearer is, and I’m waiting to see if Labour continue down a strong and active social democratic stance towards 2014.

      Can we remind ourselves for a second that Michael Joseph Savage was a labourer, miner and unionist (thanks Wikipedia). He did not come from a heroic famous backstory. And Savage became the greatest NZ Prime Minister of all time through what he accomplished for the people in office, not what he did before office.

  23. joe90 24

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    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    4 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    4 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    4 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    5 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
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    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    5 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    5 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    5 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    5 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    6 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    7 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    7 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
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    7 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Another bus lockout
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand will continue to showcase ambitious climate action
    With the global climate change talks closing overnight, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said New Zealand will continue to show the world what meaningful, ambitious and lasting climate action looks like. “Lasting action on climate change demands that we keep working every single day. This is the only ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • More progress in delivering te reo Māori in schools
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Maori voice to help shape tertiary education
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the members of Te Taumata Aronui, a group to work with Government on tertiary education policy from a Māori community and employer perspective. “Te Taumata Aronui is an opportunity for Māori and the Crown to work more closely on changes to the tertiary education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Courthouse redesign a model for the future
    The Government will invest $100 million on a new courthouse in Tauranga which will be a model for future courthouse design for New Zealand, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. The courthouse will be designed in partnership with iwi, the local community, the judiciary, the legal profession, court staff and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government enables early access to 5G spectrum
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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