Open Mike 22/08/2017

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106 comments on “Open Mike 22/08/2017”

  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    “You have a higher chance of being crushed to death by a vending machine.”

    Speaking of terrorism, Simon Black points out that we don’t demand governments spend millions protecting us from vending machines

  2. ScottGN 2

    Bill English is DRONING away on Morning Report.

    • Yep righties always try to upset the applecart – yawn. Must be scary seeing all the pervert ponytailpuller created falling away. Bill fluffing as usual – gnats heading to their worse election ever. panic abounding from horrible hooton on down. The red election is here and the bodies piled up along the route prove it.

    • Muttonbird 3.2

      You might think with such a big change in policy around charging and exclusive rights, the owner of the market and National Party voter, Paul de Jonge might have announced the changes to all political parties at the time rather than when they came to book.

      I suspect he did let the National Party know, just no-one else.

      Anyway, a nothing story now promoted by DP Farrar which illustrates how desperate National are becoming.

  3. Eco maori 4

    I have filed for my personal information request through the Privacy commission x2 to the justice department.And 1 to MPI when they send my information I will sue for breaches to my Human rights and privacy rights here hopping

  4. ScottGN 5

    And then there was Jacinda on the AM Show…

    • Bill 5.1

      And the beginnings of a rudimentary sketch for a technocratic nightmare.

      There is no reason whatsoever as to why NZ Labour cannot lay out its values or goals with regards tax before us in the same way Jacinda Ardern stated they intend to do for the unelected and unaccountable “group of experts” whose advice they will be acting on.

      • weka 5.1.1

        Alternatively, she’s pacing a roll back from Little/Labour’s avowed position that there will be no tax increases.

        I don’t understand what’s wrong with them doing the tax review they’ve been talking about for a couple of years, and not committing to things before then. And why having people from various areas be involved in that would be a bad thing. I also seem to remember that when they invited NZers generally to help develop direction and policy last year they got a lot of ridicule and bashing.

        By values and goals do you mean things like ‘we believe that tax is a good for society and we will use it to distribute wealth fairly including via govt services to all the people’ kind of thing?

        • Bill

          She pulled that piece of the tax regime behind the wizard’s curtain.

          There was nothing about what parameters and/or goals would be set out for the “group of experts” and no reason for those things not to be made available to us now.

          So a group of hand-picked “experts” will go away and come back with policy that NZ Labour can then claim to be implementing from “arms length” on the grounds that it’s “good for New Zealand” and “what the experts” say.

          That’s technocracy – the removal of public policy from public scrutiny. And that, under a liberal regime, tends to come back to the public as “unfortunate but necessary” legislation.

          • adam

            And we all know we seen TINA before.

          • weka

            “So a group of hand-picked “experts” will go away and come back with policy that NZ Labour can then claim to be implementing from “arms length” on the grounds that it’s “good for New Zealand” and “what the experts” say.”

            It’s a risk, but she didn’t actually say that’s how they would do it (on Morning Report at least). And as I said, Labour asked NZ to get involved last year and the response here was to bash them.

          • weka

            “There was nothing about what parameters and/or goals would be set out for the “group of experts” and no reason for those things not to be made available to us now.”

            Have you looked to see what they said when they announced the tax review?

            • Bill

              I listened to the radio interview that was being sign-posted by the original comment and commented on the content of the interview.

              If you’re suggesting that NZ Labour are actually being more forth-coming than what was evinced by that interview, then by all means throw the evidence out here.

              edit – In answer to your other comment at above. First up, there’s no way on earth that any politician would front up with an intention to cynically foist something on society. And second up, I used the word “can” not “will” – ie, I signalled a possibility or probability, not a definite fact.

              • weka

                Actually you used the word ‘will’,

                So a group of hand-picked “experts” will go away and come back with policy that NZ Labour can then claim to be implementing from “arms length” on the grounds that it’s “good for New Zealand” and “what the experts” say.


                If you’re suggesting that NZ Labour are actually being more forth-coming than what was evinced by that interview, then by all means throw the evidence out here.

                What I heard in the interview was JA saying, we’re having a tax review, we want to get some expert advice, apart from a couple of things I’m not going to commit anything until we’ve seen the books and gotten some advice. I actually prefer that to Labour going Oh, we’re going to do this x, y, z. Especially if they open up again to engaging with the public like they did last year.

                • Bill

                  jeesus wept Weka.

                  Is it not obvious the possibility/probability refers to that part of my comment concerned with future NZ Labour actions around the area of CGT? (I think it’s really obvious) ie – how they will play out the recommendations around CGT (that may not be a CGT) that will come back from their hand picked panel of experts who will have received guidelines (that NZ Labour are being coy to the NZ public about) as stated by Ardern in that interview?

                  The personal tax rate is something else again and I consciously didn’t include anything about that in my comments until now. As said in the interview, the books are open tomorrow and some statements will be made afterwards. So there’s nothing to say atm.

                  • weka

                    tbh, I read your original comment 3 times to understand it and still wasn’t sure so went with what I though. It’s a conversation 🙂

                    I guess I don’t understand some things. One would be what the problem is with using experts. The other would be what is the problem with using experts that can work within Labour’s values and framework?

                    I don’t think Labour are being that coy, unless Ardern is moving significantly away from what Labour have been saying in the past 2 years. I think they’re being cautious about imposing something without the books open to them and without taking time to think it through and seeing what can be done.

                    • Bill

                      Nothing is wrong with using “experts”
                      Nothing is wrong with providing them with guidelines.

                      Everything is wrong with pulling that away from the public domain to the extent we aren’t even being told what those guidelines will be.

                      That’s the mark of a technocracy. And that’s not a good space for a society to occupy.

                      The books you refer to only have a possible impact on personal tax rates (given proposed expenditures and undertakings around so-called “fiscal responsibility”) but have next to nothing to do with the formulation of a tax framework around property.

                    • They are formulating their ideas to release to the public – why would they go early before they have sorted them. A new leader gets the ability to do that surely. And with all the naysayers going off at her I think it is a sound strategy. You are a green voter arent you – why do you even care what labour does.

                    • Bill

                      No marty. Listen to the interview. On property tax, they are not “formulating ideas to release to the public”. When Andrew Little was leader, that was the plan. But Jacinda is quite explicit that the ideas will be formulated out of sight by a panel of “experts” and then implemented – not presented.

                      You think I shouldn’t “care” what any party other than the Green Party does? You implying that any comment or opinion I have on anything political other than Green Party related stuff is illegitimate on the basis that I’ll probably throw a vote at the Greens?

                      You think I should apply that same arbitrary nonsense to any comment or opinion you throw up here (Mana, wasn’t it?) and – oh, I dunno – maybe remove any comments you make that I can’t connect back to Mana?

                    • Sorry angry bill I’ll not bother you again sheesh ffs some of the agro is well unwarranted imo.

                    • Bill

                      Well marty, keep your passive aggressive ‘shut people down’ nonsense to yourself in future, aye? 😉

                      edit – I take it you think it would be a bad idea to follow your suggestion? I’ll take it that you think that.

                    • How about you get (delete abuse cos you aren’t worth it ya git) eh bill

          • Stuart Munro

            Maybe – but the media plague rats would like nothing better than to beat up a tax story right now. Espiner’s choice of emphasis or Labour’s – of the two I’m leaning away from Espiner.

        • McFlock

          Alternatively, she’s pacing a roll back from Little/Labour’s avowed position that there will be no tax increases.

          From what I recall, Little’s position was that they weren’t planning on any tax increases because their sums added up, contingent on the budget and the pre-election fiscal thingee.

          A promise of no tax increases was all media spin.

          • weka

            interesting. In which case I guess she could be doing a paced roll back of the MSM’s spin 😉

            • One Two

              Weka – there was not an obvious opening to post to..this response is not aimed at you..

              Until the conversation about money and debt is spoken about freely and openly…

              Obfuscation and outright lies are what will continue to lead the ‘official narratives’..

              Talking about tax policy is the quentessential definition of ‘trite’…

              Without the core subject of money/debt ‘what is it’ being a pre-requisite dependency of any discussion..

              How much longer will the lie continue to destroy all in its path..people, the environment etc…for what…


  5. OncewasTim 6

    I wonder if Guyon Espiner has considered the fact that many of RNZ listeners might be interested in hearing the answers to questions rather than his constant interruptions.
    Ditto Lisa Owen.

    • Yep rude but JA easily dealt with it.

    • Carolyn_nth 6.2

      I just watched the video. I wasn’t bothered with Espiner’s questions. He was trying to get some definite answers on some points. I am OK with that if Espiner is equally tough with leaders from all parties.

      In the end, it did result in clarifying some points: eg. that Ardern is not going to be taking exactly the same line as Little on some aspects as taxation. though, I’d have thought if Ardern had been involved in developing such policies over a few years, she’d be ready to make her own decision on it, and not put it up for further investigation.

      It was interesting seeing the video, because Espiner was clearly listening very attentively to everything Ardern said.

      Ardern answered very assuredly. I was getting irritated by her repeating that she wanted to be “very clear”…

      • patricia bremner 6.2.1

        I think Jacinda wants to be certain her statements are not twisted or subverted.

        Hence the “very clear” openers.

        • Carolyn_nth

          I’m sure that was the intention. But signalling multiple times with the words I want to be “very clear”, starts to get counter-productive.

          On a visual presentation note, after watching the vid: Ardern with her hair up gives her more of the appearance of gravitas, than when her hair is down – maybe aided by the camera at side angles to her.

          Media appearances with her hair flowing free all the time may give the impression of being carefree, and hence the incorrect assumption she is light weight. Although, it can be a good thing to break the stereotype of dark suited masculine-style politicians – at least some of the time.

      • Ad 6.2.2

        Labour are getting weaker and less clear on tax every time I hear from them.

        National will mince them on this in the debates unless they can do better than “we’re going to form a committee.”

      • weka 6.2.3

        People on twitter are saying he asked tough questions. I didn’t think they were tough, they sounded normal to me, and she answered them well. Like you, I learned some useful stuff about where Labour are at (sounded promising).

        The way he asked the questions was a bit annoying though. I agree with Tim, and if you ask a question why not let the person actually answer it. I know they’ve got limited time, but he was literally talking over the top of her before she even finished her first sentence.

      • Oncewas... 6.2.4

        wasn’t aware there was a video of Morning Report.
        Point being, if one were to run a stop watch over the time Guyon asked questions and interrupted compared with the time Jacinder was given to actually answer, the times would almost go against her.
        I hope to Christ he actually goes back and listens to himself at times.
        Next up was Suzy and Mr Choice. Compare the two interviews timewise and re interruptions.
        Actually I don’t like Suzy’s chances with a used car salesman, but Guyon wouldn’t let him get a word in edgwise.

      • rod 6.2.5

        Espiner certainly likes the sound of his own voice. His questions at times sound like a party political broadcast on behalf of the National Party.

    • Sans Cle 6.3

      I was amused Espinor brushed off talking about Gareth Morgan in his “serious” questioning of Jacinda around taxation, saying something to the effect of “let’s not go there, or talk about GM”…..(and I thought “great”: a substantive interview)….but less than a minute later, at the close of interview, Espinor couldn’t stop himself asking her about Gareth Morgan, as a cheap parting shot. So much for getting away from sensationalism.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 6.4

      The guy has no ears and an empty space between them ?

  6. Eco maori 7

    The Rock is a down to earth Kiwi radio station just like Gareth Morgan is a down to earth straight shooting KIWI

  7. Bearded Git 8

    The Nats have just lost the election-listen to the RNZ discussion here:

    Thank you Peter Dunne-you left your greatest impact till the end.

  8. patricia bremner 9

    I think Jacinda wants to be certain her statements are not twisted or subverted.

    Hence the “very clear” openers.

    • Bearded Git 9.1

      She does say it a bit too much…

      • mac1 9.1.1

        Commenting on Jacinda Ardern’s delivery, how refreshing to hear a politician with a free-flowing expression of ideas, clearly enunciated and virtually free of ‘ums’, ‘aahs’, ‘so’s’, ‘going forwards’, ‘like’s’and ‘ekshully’s’.

        I can forgive her the odd extra call for clarity. God help us, we need more of that in our political discourse.

        Her insisting on “let’s be clear about this” might also be a verbal ploy to arrest Espiner’s interruptions, as such a request is calling for more than an incomplete first sentence before the interviewer’s repeated badgering begins.

        Maybe with experience these interviewers might just realise that Ardern will give them fulsome answers which are not always fudged, deflective and obfuscatory, and allow her more room to elaborate.

  9. ianmac 10

    Key was an expert in not answering questions and interviewers have to be pretty persistent in getting politicians to actually stick to the question. If the politician is one of “ours” we say he/she did well. If one of “theirs” we say he/she is Dodgy Dodger.

    • Sans Cle 10.1

      I agree. Key got away with not answering policy questions in any detail. He was a master at that. I think the country is ready for change, and Ardern as contender for PM, needs to have a clear and simple message about what that change will look like. I think a combined Labour and Green government would take NZ to a better future. I am liking their combined policies, and think there is substance underneath their policies. However, not every one reads policy, and it is Ardern’s job to have clear and simple sound bites ready, that support a change of government.

  10. Ad 11

    If the Australian Federal courts decide that the current Australian government must fall, will this rehabilitate Hipkins?

    • McFlock 11.1


      He’s not in Siberia…

      • alwyn 11.1.1

        “He’s not in Siberia”.
        He is if he is campaigning in his electorate.
        It might be sunny in Wellington today but there is a bloody cold Southerly.
        I felt really sorry for the people going through the formal dissolution of Parliament out on the steps this morning. The spectators could be well wrapped up but the officials were all in their formal outfits.

  11. Cinny 12

    Re Camera’s on fishing boats and the following article on RNZ

    Claim…”We don’t have anything to hide … and we’re quite happy to take observers out from MPI to show them this.”

    Reality…. Fishermen go out of their way to get the observers seasick, as it keeps them in their cabins and out of the way.

    Claim… ”It’s just an invasion of privacy. We don’t think it’s acceptable that we should be videoed for 24 hours a day and then MPI tell us it’s going to cost you $20,000 to roll all of this stuff onto your boat.”

    Reality… Wouldn’t they just film when the net was shot and hauled, as well as in the factory? Did you know that many factories onboard have cameras in them already, so those in the wheelhouse can check on the progress before hauling in more fish. It’s not like they will be filming in the cabins or the ships mess, engine room maybe not even in the wheel house. For reals $20k a boat, MPI should be part funding the cost of equipment, especially for those with smaller inshore vessels.

    Claim… “Mr Black said he was worried this would threaten his livelihood because of the risk MPI might accidentally reveal his secret fishing spots.”

    Reality… this is a real LMFAO because with the current carbon copy system of recording fish, one has to write down the latitude and longitude of any hauls for MPI anyway, so they already know where the so called secret fishing spots are. Unless the fishers are already illegally misreporting/recording their fishing locations.

  12. weka 13

    Gareth Morgan triples down, but I think it’s pretty clear now that while yes Labour were the pig, Jacinda Ardern is meant to be merely the lipstick. They made a handy chart about it,

    I don’t know how long it takes to print billboards, but these went up yesterday so it’s reasonable to assume the tweet on Sunday was deliberate.

    • marty mars 13.1

      Lol shows what a self absorbed knob he is. Back to your other vanity projects Gareth politics is over for you now.

      • weka 13.1.1

        It’s an odd billboard. For people that didn’t follow the news yesterday it won’t make much sense.

        • marty mars

          True – but a nice big photo of Gareth to look at whilst reading the words lol

          He reminds me of dim trump looking up at the eclipse – the rules don’t apply cos I’ve got money type.

      • Tamati Tautuhi 13.1.2

        He should stick to killing cats ?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2

      I think it’s a digital billboard. With a knob on it 🙂

      • weka 13.2.1

        lol. So the ticks and crosses flash on and off or something? Or is there another screen that explains things?

        edit, oh right, the printing thing, heh. /oldschool.

        • Dspare

          If it is a digital billboard, then hopefully it gets hacked. Transposing the words; “policy” and “pig”, would fix it.

          Seriously though, TOP’s policy is not their strong suit. They have some interesting notions (13 so far with a few more blank spaces to be filled “soon”), but otherwise just a lot of gaps with no overarching framework. Admittedly, they are a minor party whose influence would be limited to what they can negotiate with a coalition partner (in the increasingly unlikely situation that they get any MPs in the next parliament), so it good that their ideas are easily extractable. But even MANA is doing a better job at presenting a cohesive policy platform, and that is very much a work in progress (not having Dotcom money, or even an MPs salary to support them, it is a bit of a shoestring operation these days).

    • mac1 13.3

      Gareth’s obsession reminds me of Organ Morgan in Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood.”

      “Organ Morgan goes to chapel to play the organ. He plays alone at night to anyone who will listen; lovers, revellers, the silent dead, tramps and sheep.”


    • Carolyn_nth 13.4

      So, Morgan wants a focus on policy not personalities, while putting photos of himself looking down on everyone in his billboards (those that I’ve seen in Auckland), like some big brother.

      They have a very Minority Report feel to me.

      • weka 13.4.1

        I know, weird right? Like his ability to self-reflect is impaired.

        I did kind of feel sorry for him at the start of the press conference. Yeah, I know, but I would say this about him, his need to improve things seems pretty genuine. Unlike say National who just don’t give a shit. It’s a shame he chose politics because he could have set up something outside and used that to push policy.

        My compassion waned as the interview went on though, esp the bit about how TOP have consulted the policy experts in NZ and thus have not just the best policy but the right policy, so everyone else should be listening to him now. How he expects to work with others is beyond me.

      • OncewasTim 13.4.2

        Has he had his mid-life crisis yet?
        Maybe this is it

    • Craig H 13.5

      TOP mostly use digital billboards so they just have to be updated.

  13. indiana 14

    Don’t be surprised if rents rise before the rates increase get officially announced – and here I though Aucklander’s elected Goff to reduce inequality!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      What did you base that think on?

      Does the mayor of Auckland have the power to compel collective bargaining?

      • indiana 14.1.1

        I based that thinking of the natural behavior of people – if you know you costs are going to rise, you need to think about where you will get the money from to pay for those increased costs. Landlords pay rates, funded by the rent they charge. If their rates increase, then naturally they raise their rent to cover it – fact of life.

        If the mayor has any consideration for reducing inequality, they would think very carefully about where they increase costs to rate payers.

        • McFlock

          So would that be more based on your contempt for humanity, or merely the tory habit of applying supply and demand theory only when convenient to your ideology?

        • Carolyn_nth

          My rent goes up each year by more than the amount the rates on the property rise. Basically, my landlord, who doesn’t increase the rent by as much as the rampant price gougers, is profiting from the escalation of the housing bubble.

          The rises in my rent is pretty modest compared to what is happening elsewhere with rental properties in Auckland.

          You are ignoring the greed of some, who will look for every way to enrich themselves, if the system allows it, even though their behaviour results in a negative impact on the lives of others.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          I though [sic] Aucklander’s [sic] elected Goff to reduce inequality!

          That was the reckon I was referring to.

          McFlock and Carolyn_nth covered the other one, so we’re done here.

        • ropata

          If it becomes uneconomic to be a fucken housing speculating bastard or rent seeking parasite,
          then sell the damn place!

        • Draco T Bastard

          Thank you for your clear explanation as to why private rentals are bad and need to be legislated out of existence.

          The people who own them are just ripping other people off.

          • Stuart Munro

            I’ve seen systems where they work. In Korea, though there are taxation rules that make multiple apartment ownership expensive, there is some kind of carve out that lets folk build small apartment buildings and let them – typically they live on the top floor. These provide one of the main forms of student housing – because they’re cheap. Where private rentals go wrong is when governments fail to regulate – as NZ’s have for the last thirty years.

  14. Cinny 15

    Al Jazeera reports on NZ Election.. Article is about the rise of Jacinda, worried Bill, Gareths lipstick stunt, Dunne exiting and a brief mention about Meti


  15. Ad 16

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    • tracey 16.1

      Laughing @ trump couldnt write a book

    • Macro 16.2

      I’m not a fan of the new pound coin either! They don’t work in the parking meters – or any other coin machine for that matter! Gezz you would have thought they would have don’t some research on that one! Was at Lindesfarne one Sunday afternoon and in the parking lot – there were about 5 of us looking for someone who had some old coins so we could legally park.

  16. joe90 18

    Bombing the eclipse.

    2017 Total Solar Eclipse - ISS Transit (NHQ201708210305)

    • ianmac 19.1

      Audrey Young looks sour at Jacinda’s enthusiasm and fluency. She wants to bring Jacinda down for her friends in the National team.

      • ropata 19.1.1

        cynical old MSM shills looking for the next payday from their corp. masters

      • NewsFlash 19.1.2

        Only problem for Audrey is that Jacinda is a whole smarter than she is, she shut her down very quickly on the TAX issues and gently reminded her how the Nats had introduced GST increases by stealth.

    • NewsFlash 19.2

      ianmac, thanks for the link.

      Great interview, we haven’t seen a politico with this level of skill, enthusiasm and knowledge for some time, I felt that she dominated, roll on September

  17. tracey 20

    Nats begin the attack Ads. See latest Ads attacking Labour. Odd when they dont do this cos they focus on their plans for NZ!!!!. I guess they have to do more of their own attacking with their attack dogs silence after 2014 election

  18. ropata 21

    An event for political tragics + comic book geeks 🙂

    I'm talking about Captain America, fascism and Trump on Thursday. Everyone is welcome.— Neal Curtis (@NealCurtis) August 22, 2017

    4:15 pm Thurs 24 August
    Room 201, Arts 1 building
    University of Auckland

  19. esoteric pineapples 22

    Federated Farmers policy on global warming is that it is only the second biggest contributor (after CO2) that we should ignore it.

    “Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should understand that not all greenhouse gases are created equal. Carbon dioxide is the dominant greenhouse gas from human activity, and is persistent in the atmosphere. Efforts to reduce emissions should continue to focus on reducing carbon dioxide over methane and nitrous oxide.”

    However, “Methane contributes to ozone depletion, plus acts as a greenhouse gas. It lasts about 10 years in the atmosphere before being converted mainly to carbon dioxide and water. The global warming potential of methane is rated at 72 over a 20 year time frame. It does not last as long as carbon dioxide, but has a greater impact while its active. The methane cycle is not completely understood, but the concentration of methane in the atmosphere appears to have increased 150% since 1750.”

  20. esoteric pineapples 23

    Federated Farmers asking for financial contributions to fight the “water tax.”

    I wonder if they will start running attack adverts which are now allowed in New Zealand. While there are limits to how much political parties can spend on election campaigns, their supporters can spend as much as they like.

  21. Ad 24

    Labour is promising to reverse the Kiwirail decision, and make them buy electric trains again:

    • Eco maori 24.1

      Yes thats a start electric rail we need to go hard on renewable energy projects those Muppets that have been in power for 9 years had there heads stuck up there own ass they could not see reality

  22. Eco maori 25

    If my wife heard we talking like this she would kick my ass

  23. MJH 26

    Resubmitting here, working on the assumption Weka will censor my earlier comment [if you don’t, Weka, I apologise!]
    This is from the Lefties only post:
    And who decides who the “lefties” are?? Weka, weka, weka dear! As if your censoring of this site isn’t strong enough! [All those you’ve removed over the past year…and why is the pre-election debate so anemic?? Surely a coincidence??] Oh great arbiter of all that is, how do we approach you? Having been on the left for over 30 years, I’m not intimidated by you, nor do I care what what you’ll say…
    I know , you all think, I’m a troll, but I’m not… I want to change the government! Absolutely! Oops, but sorry, Weka, the party you’ll need is NZ First. NZ First is the only party that says absolutely no more NeoLiberal policy! Oh, but I must be right wing and racist for supporting NZ First…No I am not! Please others write in and support me!

    [lprent: Stop whining, you pathetic gutless and stupid excuse for a idiotic wimp.

    The trick is that you have to be able to argue, and that appears to be something that you are completely incompetent or just incapable of doing with any kind of intelligence. I can see about 9 comments from you. None have carried any kind of argument apart from ones whining about the way we choose to run our site or whining that other disagree with you. The remainder look like advertisements for media, without either a link to the media or an rational editorial comment about why others should go and look at them.

    I can’t see any contribution are you bringing to this site. Perhaps you should learn to project any good attributes you have rather than displaying your worst ones.

    I had a look at it last week. I actually ban more people for longer than weka does. Just like I will right now. So you can fuck off for 2 months on the basis that you are trying to tell us what to do – read the policy. ]

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    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 hours ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 hours ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    22 hours ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • 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
    1 day 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 ...
    1 day 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
    1 day 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    3 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 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
    4 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
    5 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
    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
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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