Open mike 19/06/2011

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  1. Carol 1

    So while some economists & the government are more inclined to talk positively about where NZ is heading, a significant proportion of Kiwis seem to be more pessimeistic;

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5163237/Financial-woes-keep-growing

    People’s confidence in their financial prospects has plummeted just five months out from the general election, with a new poll showing people are worried they will lose their jobs and that things will get worse in the next year.

    The Research New Zealand poll is bad news for the government because despite recent surveys showing high levels of business confidence, it appears many New Zealanders do not feel the same way about their own prospects.
    […]

    The poll of 503 people aged 18 and over found that the number of people who felt their financial situation had improved in the past year had dropped to just 14%, down from 27% last year. Just under half said their situation had worsened.

    Only 23% of people thought their finances would improve in the next 12 months, down from 56% last year.

    Workers were worried about their jobs. Last year 76% of respondents felt confident their jobs were secure – this year that had dropped to 65%, described by the researchers as significant.
    […]

    The poll was conducted by telephone between May 20 and 27 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 %.

    I’m puzzled by this statement, reported in the above article, by Bryce Edwards:

    Edwards said while there was a significant drop of confidence in National as an economic manager, there seemed to be even less confidence in the ability of the Labour Party, leader Phil Goff and finance spokesman David Cunliffe, to do a better job.

    Especially the bit about Cunliffe, as he comes across as more able to me than Blinglish, Joyce, Shonkey et al.

    • ianmac 1.1

      All about perception I guess in regard to confidence in Labour/Cunliffe. My guess is that over the next few weeks Labour will launch their assault on the NAct neglect with strategies on how Labour will manage the economy. This will have to be stamped and published before the end of July and if the MSM get on board, the perceptions will change. My guess is that National will be geared up to retalliate, perhaps with the connivance of MSM.

      • Anne 1.1.1

        Yet it is not planning to start releasing major policy until around the middle of next month

        The above according to John Armstrong: Labour isn’t going to even start releasing policy for another 4 weeks? Okay, normally that would be plenty soon enough but this isn’t a normal election year. By the beginning of August most minds (not mine 🙁 )will be anticipating the start of the RWC and party policy rhetoric will be a very distant second place.

        Who are the faceless people making Labour’s strategic decisions? I despair sometimes.

        Btw, it’s not the first time Bryce Edwards has come to rather curious conclusions – nearly always to the detriment of Labour. I have little confidence in his non-partisan ability.

        • ianmac 1.1.1.1

          Yes. I did read John Armstrong’s piece yesterday Anne. But a while ago there was a strong call for Labour to release policy and a fair amount of criticism for not doing so. I wrote at the time that it was too soon to say too much. (And I thought that the NActs were seeding the demand for action and they were helped by many on the left.)
          I think that you wait until the disillusion of Government rises, and it is, and the demands for Labour/Green answers also rise. Then you say, “You want to know what we would do? Well here it is….. Bang!”
          A matter of timing but who can be sure of that in an Election year and a popular (?) RWC?

          • Anne 1.1.1.1.1

            (And I thought that the NActs were seeding the demand for action and they were helped by many on the left.)

            Indeed they were Ianmac. To wait for the disillusionment to well and truly set in then hit the punters with Labour’s alternative answers is normally a good strategy. But I wonder if that strategy is taking a big risk this time round. Will said punters be listening once the RWC is almost upon us? I suspect not but hopefully I will be proven wrong.

            • Herodotus 1.1.1.1.1.1

              A view from an economist
              http://www.bnz.co.nz/static/www/docs/weekly-overview/w2011-06-16.pdf
              There was one bank economist commenting re Mystery Creek that we in NZ had a perfect storm brewing – Every rural sector was booming, increased production and increased world demand, improving prices.
              Also note the forcast for improving employment. Pity those responsable for this will not get the kudos that will go to the next govt !!! (Same was for the improving economy in 99- Just right place right time for the govt of the time)
              We are entering boom times. Pity that, macro wise for NZ there will be distortions with those with and those without widening. Sure the commodity prices may go even higher so we will be able to feed the worlds rich – yet some in NZ may be living a near “2nd” world standard, so to prosper we MUST have policies that maintain the wealthys wealth worldwide so they can afford what we produce. No good having great pinot’s when no one can afford to drink them !!!;-)

    • prism 1.2

      Carol – You and those interested in your comments here may be interested (actually don’t miss hearing this on replay radio from your internet site) in the lively and informative discussion noted below about today’s economics, why and how they are and what hope of changing them. There is also mention of the new World Economics Association that wants to break the hold that USA and its dingy Britain, have on economics thinking and decision-making.

      Radionz Sunday 19 June 2011 – 11.05 Ideas: A New Economics
      Last month 141 economists from around the globe launched the World Economics Association. In its first three weeks of existence more 4500 people from 120 countries joined its ranks. The association’s manifesto says it stands for a plurality of thought, method and philosophy, and a commitment to global democracy which will prevent one country or continent from dominating economic debate. Ideas talks to three of the association’s founding members: Ha Joon Chang, the author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism; former World Bank economist and professor of economics at the London School of Economics, expatriate New Zealander Robert Wade; and Steve Keen, the author of Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences.
      Presented by Chris Laidlaw Produced by Jeremy Rose

      • ianmac 1.2.1

        Prism. Thanks for the heads up. Very interesting. They say you don’t have to be an economist to have an opinion. Good. (Beware of Economists who throw jargon in order to block we mortals.)

        Mr Chang says that one of the things that Governments should not do, is dismantle the Welfare state as it not only affects people’s livelihood, but also distorts the economy of the country. Know any Govt who are doing that?

        I guess that the power of the Lobby groups, Globalisation and the power of the Finance system is far greater than power of politicians , even if there is a political will to upgrade the system.
        Perhaps the Greens talk economic sense?
        [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ideas/ideas-20110619-1106-ideas_for_19_june_2011_a_new_economics-048.mp3" /]
        Oops. posted the link but it doesn’t show.

        • prism 1.2.1.1

          Thanks ianmac – I have to listen again as I was busy at the time and just caught part of it. You have made that easier. I noticed that one speaker did not hope for changes to a more workable and realistic system for quite a time. We may have to take our medicine for such chronic addictions leading to our present financial slather again and ….

      • Carol 1.2.2

        Thanks, prism for the tip. I’ll catch up on that RNZ item when I have some time. Been working today.

  2. Tigger 2

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.php?c_id=1&objectid=10733166

    Who thought this was a good idea? Harawira is no friend to gay rights or tolerance.

    • Lindsey 2.1

      Jevon Goulter thought it was a good idea.
      Hone should be careful there, when young Jevon did not get what he wanted from the Labour Party he hopped off to Investigate Mgazine with a load of twaddle which no other part of the MSM would touch with a bargepole.

    • ianmac 2.2

      It was Hone wasn’t it who insisted on taking a gay friend with him to mingle in the upper floor of the Destiny Church leaders at the “meet the four MPs” show a couple of weeks ago. The destiny Church folk were very polite to him it was reported.

      • Tigger 2.2.1

        That’s just provocative bs. I know Destiny church members with gay family members who’ve accepted them. Fuck off Hone, this gay man doesn’t need you pretending now to be gay friendly.

  3. Tangled up in blue 3

    I know it’s whaleoil & he can’t be trusted, but he has produced a couple of damning letters from NZEI and Labour which strongly indicate that Sue Moroney has been using peoples private information (email address) without permission. Not a good look at all.

  4. jackal 4

    You mean Labour sent a few emails to people who had signed and put their email addresses on petitions? How does that compare with Paula Bennett releasing personal details of beneficiaries that made complaints about WINZ to the media? Does it even come close to WINZ giving full contact details of thousands of DPB Mother’s to a private research firm who rang them up at their homes to ask very personal questions? How does it compare to Slater publishing a private email of mine that was sent to David Farrar? Damn hypocrites!

    • Tangled up in blue 4.1

      The point is that it’s not clear that Labour had permission to use this information.

      The fact that National and the right-bloggers are hypocrites doesn’t make this kind of behaviour ok.

      • chris73 4.1.1

        Are you new here? Thats exactly what it means.

        • jackal 4.1.1.1

          Two wrongs don’t make a right chris73. The issue is not clear, that is why it’s stupid of Slater to say Labour is in breach of that law. The other problem he has is that he’s obtained private information that he’s gone and published. I wonder how much money Catcus Kate is willing to spend on the bumbling fools legal bills?

    • Blue 4.2

      I imagine Farrar provided him with your email, so your beef is with him, not Slater. The point is it was an NZEI petition therefore how did Labour get hold of the email addresses, unless, 1. NZEI provided them without permission (Privacy breach) or 2. Labour stole them (usually illegal) or 3. NZEI are in fact the Labour Party by another name. Interesting and hilariously ironic.

      • jackal 4.2.1

        “My beef” is with whoever publishes my private emails. Such a thing is against New Zealand laws, which Slater believes he does not have to abide by because his site is hosted in America.

        Read my post below Blue. It appears that National would not accept the petition. National is therefore in breach of Parliamentary procedures:

        A petition is a document addressed to the House of Representatives and signed by at least one person. It asks the House to act on a matter of public policy or law, or to put right a local or private concern. When a petition has been presented to the House, it is referred to a select committee for consideration and report.

        This is why National doesn’t like petitions:

        The Petitioner approaches a member of Parliament with their petition. In this case a National MP who did not accept it. Whoever that person was is in breach of Parliamentary procedure. Only an MP can deliver the petition to the Clerk of the House of Representatives who then decides if everything is in order.

        Every select committee report that contains recommendations to the Government is referred to the Government. The Government must report on what action, if any, it has taken to implement the recommendations. That report must be made within 90 days of the select committee’s report being presented. The Government’s report on a petition is presented to the House as a parliamentary paper. It is printed and available on the parliamentary website.

        Strangely I couldn’t find any of the Governments reports on previous petitions online.

        There are clear rules as to why a petition cannot be accepted. I would suggest that somebody needs to make a formal complaint to the Ombudsman concerning this matter.

        For his part, Slater is just playing with smoke and mirrors again and I’m frankly sick and tired of giving him attention.

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    “Cycleway the only way”: Desperation pushing of John Key’s cycleway

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10733061

    lol another 250 cycleway-like projects and we might see an appreciable drop in unemployment!

    • Carol 5.1

      And why aren’t they building these cycleways in places that many can use for commuting, and everyday cycling? Around Auckland there seems to be bits of cycleways, lanes and routes in various places that don’t really connect up. And many suggested routes for cyclists seem to be the scenic route, rather than enabling cyclists to get from A to B via the shortest distance.

  6. jackal 6

    The “email harvesting” crap is entirely Slater speculating again. He says it’s a breach of law but provides none. What is more concerning is that National will not accept the petition

    Tens of thou­sand of the post­cards you signed were pre­sented to Labour’s spokesper­son on early child­hood edu­ca­tion Sue Moroney late last year, for her to present to the Prime Min­is­ter as no Gov­ern­ment MP was pre­pared to receive them. Unfor­tu­nately despite a num­ber of attempts by Sue Moroney, the Prime Min­is­ter has not yet shown a will­ing­ness to receive them.

    Shouldn’t the person given responsibility contact the signers to perhaps inform them that their petition is not being received by the Government? Unsolicited emails are a problem, if you put your email on a petition, you should expect to be contacted.

    The thing with Slater is that he’s an idiot. Labour contacting signatories is not email harvesting.

    The other fact of the matter is that their has been zero replies to the emails indicating that nobody who was contacted by Labour made a complaint. 19 people requested to be unsubscribed, which is only 0.31%. This indicates that Labour is acting within the law in allowing the unsubscribe feature within the emails sent. I wonder who’s rights Slater is trying to protect exactly?

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      At a guess I’d say that he’s trying to distract from his own private information harvesting that was, prima facie, illegal.

      • mickysavage 6.1.1

        I wonder if we are handling the phenomenon known as Slater well.  Right now in blogland we essentially have the Standard, home of light and sense, on the left, Slater in the Fox news part of the spectrum and Farrar being all centrist in the middle.  There are some other very good blogs, handmirror, NRT, tumeke but the first three are the biggies.

        Two possibilities:

        1.  We need the left wing version of Cameron, sort of an insane Bomber without the reasonableness.
        2.  We just ignore him.  He really thrives on the exposure and if we consign him to the sideline on the basis that he is not that pleasant and often wrong then we may be doing ourselves a favour.

        • r0b 6.1.1.1

          I think it’s a big mistake to classify Farrar as “centrist”! He’s as true blue a Tory as ever drew breath.

          You’re right on Slater though. Best off ignored, unless there is something significant (like the leak / credit card nonsense) to be countered.

  7. Anne 7

    The slug known as Slater is indulging in factual distortion in an attempt to establish a non-existent ‘breach of law’ by the Labour Party. When signing petitions or similar Labour material, it is made clear to people that if they would like further information from the Labour Party they can include their email address. If they don’t wish to do so they just leave the column blank. It’s possible some people will change their minds, and they get an opportunity to ‘unsubscribe’ each time something is emailed to them.

  8. prism 8

    I’ve just been LOL at AA Gill on radionz. He will be repeated on Tuesday after the 9pm news when Bryan Crump is on.. Very droll, dry etc. I feel that he is what Oscar Wilde must have been like. He is a food critic, tv critic etc.

    • Carol 8.1

      Yes, I heard some of that on the car radio, and some bits of the Helen Clark interview a little later. I must listen to the full Clark interview someime.

  9. jackal 9

    Bursting the Housing Bubble

    The Sunday Star Times had an article by Gregg Ninness with the header “House buyers in the box seat,” in today’s addition. Ninness cherry picked some “evidence” to support his claims that “there has never been a better time to buy a house.” However the only figures he provides are those showing that the median house price fell in some areas between April and May, totally ignoring many other factors that make his egregious lead in to the story completely ridiculous!

  10. Jim Nald 10

    A special flight for John Key .. and how many security, etc are in his entourage?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5164763/John-Key-arrives-in-Australia

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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