Open Mike 21/06/2017

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  1. Tamati Tautuhi 1

    Any odds on Todd Barclay’s demise today ?

    Obviously the PM’s Office knew about this Issue and did they get directly involved ?

    The plot thickens ?

    • Ed 1.1

      Low odds,
      The press gallery are not impressed with English.
      These are not the headlines he’d be wanting to read.

      Tape saga shows lack of leadership
      By:Barry Soper

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11879788

      English inflicts damage to own leadership
      By: Audrey Young

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11879785

      National owes the taxpayer for Todd Barclay’s hush money
      By Patrick Gower

      http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/06/patrick-gower-national-owes-the-taxpayer-for-todd-barclay-s-hush-money.html

      • Red 1.1.1

        upcoming Rugby test and Americas cup is more interesting, this borefest will be fish n chip paper next week, beltway issue at best now zzzzzzz

    • Cinny 1.2

      It’s headline news on both networks this morning, I don’t think this will be going away anytime soon. Kiwi’s don’t like arrogance or liars.

      When you do a runner from the press without answering any questions, then they will be all over you like white on rice, it makes it look like he has more to hide.

      • Tamati Tautuhi 1.2.1

        If it smells like a rat it probably is a rat ?

        • Cinny 1.2.1.1

          For sures, just had a peak at the Herald, seven out of the nine political stories are about Barclay

      • tc 1.2.2

        Unlike the past 8+ years where not answering questions and lying has seen our owned MSM whimper away while assisting with dirty politics memes.

        The NZ electorate seems to not mind the arrogance, see what happens when a bit of journalism occurs.

        IMO Blinglish will act sometime soon and all the media puppets will fawn over his strong leadership allowing this distraction from housing, health, education etc to play out.

        • bwaghorn 1.2.2.1

          yes if scum key was still around the nats would have sailed through this , twas an odd 8 years to witness

          • Tamati Tautuhi 1.2.2.1.1

            Key would have tidied this issue up quick smart, unfortunately Bill doesn’t have Key’s skills in this department.

            • garibaldi 1.2.2.1.1.1

              Things were running out for Key’s smarminess so he buggered off. More like a dishonestly flawed 8 years than odd.

              • ianmac

                This Barclay episode started with Key and his smelly fingers leave the mess for English to clean up.

      • Red 1.2.3

        No they don’t but full well understand most politicians are, Darren Hugh’s episode comes to mind

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      We’re probably going to see the same thing as we did with Philip Field. He’s going to wait to be found guilty before being removed from office.

      We have no other legal paths to remove this scum from office.

      • Anne 1.3.1

        It looks like the police are going to pick up the cudgels again:

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11879975

        If the police prosecute – and surely they will – then English has an excuse to stand him down.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.1

          Apparently he’s just a backbench MP that doesn’t actually do anything so Blinglish is limited there. He could tell him not to turn up at parliament but he can ignore that. The only other thing he might be able to do is remove him from any committees he’s on.

          The only thing that Blinglish can do is the same as Helen Clark did when Philip Field was on the rocks and going down – kick him out of the party.

          No one can get him out of the electoral office until and unless he’s actually convicted of a crime that carries a maximum sentence of two years jail or more or he doesn’t get voted back in – whichever comes first.

        • gsays 1.3.1.2

          again what, for the police, is new information?
          apart from the public being privvy to the police statement by the prime minister.

          something isn’t right here.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.2.1

            True. Either the police stopped the investigation for political reasons before or they really are incompetent.

            • Anne 1.3.1.2.1.1

              There’s a third option. They were instructed to stop the investigation.

  2. Ad 2

    An awful lot of massive corporations signing up to a carbon tax, in the USA. Not adequate, but a really interesting broadcast to President Trump:

    https://www.clcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Climate_Leadership_Council_WSJ_Ad.pdf

  3. In remembrance.

    Last video of Otto Warmbier before imprisonment in North … – YouTube
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    • Sabine 3.1

      last day of that black fella that was killed while driving a car in the us. the cop was found not guilty of anything, not even of being not suited to being a cop.

      authoritarian governments do as authoritarian governments do. And for what its worth, that US American kid could have not gone to North Korea as everyone knows they are not a democracy, not a great and friendly tourist destination. Whereas the black fellow in the car, well he was in his home country, in his home city, with his missus and the child on the way home.

      Authoritarian governments kill, and they will always say that the killed was breaking some law, the one ‘stole’ a poster, the other ‘driving while black’.

      • WILD KATIPO 3.1.1

        You may not like the nationalist movement , Brexit , Trump or Alex Jones.

        But it was telling that there was a clip of a late night TV show host mocking Otto Warmbier crying and pleading before N. Korea’s courts , and accusing him of being a privileged ‘ white’ ‘ frat- boy’ as well as several times even mocking his name ‘ Warmbier’.

        What an inverted racist piece of shit.

        And that particular late night host was not only ‘ African American’ , – but a known and prominent anti Trump personality and supporter of Hillary Clinton.

        That was BEFORE news of 22 year old Otto Warmbeirs death hit the headlines.

        And if that isn’t politically motivated inverse racism ,… then what is.

        I notice they’ve taken that clip down from you tube.

        And rightly so.

        • Sabine 3.1.1.1

          i shall cry about inverse racism when white people stop killing non white people by the dozen.

          that seventeen year old muslima who got bashed after leaving a food joint with her friends. Beaten to death, dumped in a pond. They call it “road rage”.

          the black women, pregnant and with kids at home, calls some cops and is killed in front of her children. by the cops. Ooops, they call that ‘ a series of unfortunate events’.

          the bullshit generally speaking that goes on and on in the states, and other places that we call ‘white working class economic anxiety’.

          this kid should have never been where he was, but it was his choice to go there. He could have finished his holiday in China, gone home to his family with nothing but good memories. But alas, he went to North Korea, a beacon of human rights.
          So while i have pity with his family, even have pity with him, i have more pity for those that get killed in their homes, their cities, on their streets but fuckwits who know they will get away with it casue ‘white working class economic anxiety’ and a severe case of ‘negrophobia’.

          I don’t give a flying fuck about white people whinging about discrimination. We, us white people, our ‘culture’ wrote the fucking book on discrimination and racism.

          This killing of the boy here was by a totalitarian state, and the killings that i listed where by a totalitarian state.
          Pot, kettle all fucking black.

  4. esoteric pineapples 4

    Here’s the first part of the Oliver Stone four hour interview with Putin – very interesting

    Here’s Stone being interviewed on Democracy Now! about the interview – also very interesting

  5. esoteric pineapples 5

    No-one is paying much attention to what is happening in Venezuela but it is hugely important within the context of what is happening with the United States and many other parts of the world right now. There is a conscious attempt to undermine the socialist government through economic means.

    Here is Abby Martin interviewing Venezuela’s Economy Minister which is very interesting

    Here Abby Martin is interviewed about her recent trip to Venezuela where she was in great danger from opposition “protestors” who are groups of agitators who go about doing things like blocking highways with petrol tankers they hijack, and burning people alive. The majority of people being killed in protests in Venezuela are being killed by this opposition agitators, not government forces.

  6. Yep – its happening all over from all quarters… And John Key was a mate of Obama and passed some of the most invasive surveillance laws this country has ever seen.

    And a few years before called Glen Greenwald a ‘screaming lefty’ – then was found to be lying about the XKEYSCORE program…. remember?

    Globalists. Good for nothing.

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  7. Kevin 7

    Now, if only our SFO could grow a pair…

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/20/sfo-charges-barclays-bank-executives-ceo-2008-qatar-fundraising

    “Taking on Barclays, one of the largest banks in the world, and its most senior officials who literally were at the very top, sends a very strong message that the SFO is now fearless in terms of the companies and individuals it pursues.”

    • adam 7.1

      The SFO was set up to terrorize small to medium business, not corporations. Gotta keep the club protected.

  8. Andre 8

    Can we look forward to extremist vegans running around dumping boxes of ticks all over the place now?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oh-lovely-the-tick-that-gives-people-meat-allergies_us_59496743e4b0579a1f392748

    Come to think of it, could be a useful weapon against climate change…

  9. Andre 9

    Ooooh, meee-ow. McCain getting a wee bit tetchy about how his own team is carrying on…

    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/338633-mccain-no-american-has-seen-healthcare-bill-but-im-sure-russia-has

    edit: He’s not the only one, but the others aren’t as entertaining.

    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/338643-trio-of-conservative-republicans-rip-senate-healthcare-process

  10. greywarshark 10

    The health boil is bursting. Pus coming out, and there is a deep well of bad news and bad government management. Bad because the government is bad and is trying to demonise the systems that the DHBs have to govern themselves by appointing government people over their heads who are not accountable to the DHBs for what they do, but are drawing on their money.

    And that is bad government management because of its lack of effectiveness, lack of oversight which has been taken from the DHBs, and bloody arrogance by government which seems set on a titanic course directly targeted in an effort to bring our health and hospital system to a state of crisis. And then, obviously, they will replace many direct government-provided services with contracted out to some private entity. Milking the (public) cow is what they know, it works for them, so refine the systems and adapt and keep forging ahead while the public stands gawping. ‘You wanted to say something? Sorry, too slow. Bye’ ……

    I’ll just add this last little sentence from Bradbury’s recent summation of National.
    it creates a false illusion of middle class wealth that keeps them voting National.
    It’s the key to everything now.

    • greywarshark 10.1

      Health interviews from Radionz.

      business health
      9:05 am today
      Mounting anger from DHBs towards Health Ministry
      From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am today
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201848288/mounting-anger-from-dhbs-towards-health-ministry

      Listen duration 20′ :58″
      There’s widespread anger from District Health Boards over the Health Ministry’s performance and the budget funds blunder.

      (Note that this has been catalogued under business health, not government health. Not a good look I think.)

      • In Vino 10.1.1

        Well said, gws. Serious issue, but I guess that the lions and america’s cup (non-capitalisation deliberate) will take prominence. Frustrating.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 10.2

      Always a lot of money $$$’s to be made in change especially for the people involved in effecting the change.

      There is an old saying “If is isn’t broken don’t try and fix it, neoliberalism tried to change an effective Health System here in NZ”.

  11. heman 11

    nick smith latest on point england.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201848280/govt-accused-of-micro-managing-pt-england-housing-development

    he is retaining the playing fields but in order to do that he is taking them away.
    And banning farm animals on a public reserve. Surely a step too far?

    • joe90 12.1

      Buy it for a dollar, we’ll give you 82 cents worth of tax relief and you get to wring a 3% return on your dollar.

      Following Trump’s election, markets rose as investors predicted that Trump would increase infrastructure spending and provide a tailwind to the economy. But rather than directly borrowing cash and paying for infrastructure projects, Trump’s infrastructure plan actually offers some $137 billion in tax cuts to private investors who are willing to back and own transportation projects.

      As a result, Trump’s plan doesn’t guarantee additional spending in the economy, Krugman said. The Nobel Prize winner added that private investors may simply choose to privatize infrastructure projects that would have happened with or without Trump’s plan—only the private company would pay just 18 cents on the dollar, while taxpayers would cover the rest.

      http://fortune.com/2016/11/21/paul-krugman-trump-infrastructure/

  12. mac1 13

    Wow! Today’s editorial in Fairfax media. It catalogues the lying and misinformation, and weighs into English, Key, the Police and Barclay.

    It begins-” The spat over an obscure National backbencher has caused serious damage to the reputation of Prime Minister Bill English. It has also raised disturbing questions about the political independence of the police. Finally, it has dealt a fatal blow to the credibility of Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay.

    And ends

    “This is a squalid shambles.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/93898739/editorial-a-bad-day-for-the-national-party

    It is also interesting that the only supporters in the background for Barclay when he made his so-called apology and then scarpered were other lowly-placed National back-benchers. They may also have issues about how they got in through stacking their own selection processes, as Barclay is alleged to have done.

    Senior MPs were noticeably absent.

    • mac1 13.1

      One of the backbenchers supporting Barclay at his media apology outing was Paul Foster-Bell, who in three years as an MP by 2016 had lost twelve staff. Lest we forget.

      https://yournz.org/2016/06/26/foster-bells-staff-problems/

      Another back-bencher attending was Stuart Smith who rolled the sitting Kaikoura MP, Colin King, in 2014. That little saga involved some shenanigans as well.

  13. weka 14

    John Hart‏ @farmgeek

    James Shaw receiving a warm welcome at the @FedFarmers AGM.

    and this reply from FedFarmers Diary Chair,

    Chris Waikato Farmer‏ @Lewisridge_Farm 27m

    James spoke really well. Everyone impressed with how he delivered his message! Won some respect!

    This is why the GP have James Shaw in a suit as co-leader. It’s about change.

  14. joe90 15

    A reign of error…… and, I’ll get me coat..

    In 151 days, President Trump has made 669 false and misleading claims

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/?

  15. Penny Bright 16

    Subject: URGENT! Request for Minister Simon Bridges as Leader of the House to ensure the Pt England Development Enabling Bill is NOT progressed through the House.

    21 June 2017

    ‘Open Letter’

    Minister Simon Bridges,
    I have just contacted the Speaker’s Office, regarding the progressing of the Point England Development Enabling Bill, when information upon which this Bill is based is factually inaccurate.

    I call on you as Leader of the House to ensure this fundamentally flawed legislation is NOT progressed through the House.

    Kind regards

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-privatisation/ anti-Corruption campaigner’

    2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki.

    Exposing the $1.6 billion Tamaki ‘Regeneration’ – GENTRIFICATION $CAM.

  16. Pete 17

    After the last few days in particular I’d thought Todd Barclay was an idiot.

    That Hekia Parata was one of his heroes shows the sort of cretin he is.

  17. Draco T Bastard 18

    “How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature” by George Monbiot

    The article marked a new form of employment: the nursery consultant.3 These people, who charge £290 an hour, must find a nursery that will put their clients’ toddlers on the right track to an elite university. They spoke of parents who have already decided that their six-month-old son will go to Cambridge then Deutsche Bank, or whose two-year-old daughter ‘had a tutor for two afternoons a week (to keep on top of maths and literacy) as well as weekly phonics and reading classes, drama, piano, beginner French and swimming’. They were considering adding Mandarin and Spanish. ‘The little girl was so exhausted and on edge she was terrified of opening her mouth.’

    From infancy to employment, this is a life-denying, love-denying mindset, informed not by joy or contentment, but by an ambition that is both desperate and pointless, for it cannot compensate for what it displaces: childhood, family life, the joys of summer, meaningful and productive work, a sense of arrival, living in the moment. For the sake of this toxic culture, the economy is repurposed; the social contract is rewritten; the elite is released from tax, regulation and the other restraints imposed by democracy.

    Capitalism: destroying life from infancy.

    • greywarshark 18.1

      Reminds me of helicopter mums and dads –
      5 Signs You Were Raised By Helicopter Parents | HuffPost
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/5-ways-to-tell-you-were-raised-by-helicopter-parents_us...
      Sep 30, 2015 – The parenting style, characterized by a helicopter-like tendency to hover over children and swoop in to rescue them at the first sign of trouble, …

      And the beauty queen moulded from babyhood JonBenet Ramsay.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_JonBen%C3%A9t_Ramsey

      Being trained to be a financial star, a maths star, a rugby star, a tennis star, is very limiting to the soul. Social policy research has found that some families who build their lives around their child star do not love the child. If that child wants to reject their sport, music etc. the family can turn away and ostracise him or her, they like the social standing the gifted child gives.

      Also the book Affluenza talks about the destroying effect of living up to unreal goals.

  18. AB 19

    Getting in before James.
    Fantastic Lions display last night – All Blacks clearly in big trouble. 2-1 to the Lions likely series outcome. Also Oracle are sure to come out faster than Team NZ after the 5 day break. Very little feel-good factor going into September.

  19. Ad 20

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  20. Penny Bright 21

    Here’s how MPs were misled, in my opinion, and given inaccurate advice regarding the Point England Development Enabling Bill.

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/all/files/Point%20England%20Development%20Enabling%20Bill.pdf

    “The development land adjoins housing owned by the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company that is due for redevelopment as part of the regeneration of the Tāmaki area.

    A new housing development on the development land will result in new homes being made available that could rehouse existing Tāmaki Redevelopment Company tenants and therefore assist the regeneration.

    ….”

    The Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd owns NO houses and has NO tenants.

    This ‘Tamaki Regeneration’ has been, in my opinion, a massive $1.6 billion $CAM.

    The real aim has been gentrification of Tamaki.

    Don’t you think that MPs would be given correct information before they passed legislation?

    Penny Bright

    2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki.

    Exposing the $1.6 billion Tamaki ‘Regeneration’ – GENTRIFICATION $CAM.

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  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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