Open Mike 30/08/2017

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  1. Sanctuary 1

    Are we in a state of denial about the politicisation of our civil service?

    – The cold hearted cruelty of HNZ evictions that further Bill English’s mad idea of privatising the provision of public (<—- Bill, the clue is in the name!) housing.

    – The ideological fanaticism of Treasury, the place where we all know pure market orthodoxy will make it’s last stand.

    – Top civil servants colluding with the National party to try and take out government opponents (Natasha Fuller, and now Winston Peters).

    – The viciousness of WINZ, an organisation that nowadays seems to be run by sociopaths and sadists in the image of their various National ministers.

    – Organisations like DOC with senior leadership supporting market driven solutions that undermine the very reason the department exists.

    – A state TV channel that runs a thirty minute pro-National advertorial during prime time.

    I think we are in complete denial.

    I think our democracy nowadays would be better served adopting the US system, where the top half-dozen or so senior civil servants offer their resignation automatically on the election of a new government.

    I’d also sideline treasury – strip it of any ability to offer policy advise, or forecasting or briefing – turn it into a bunch of book keepers. Replace it with a new finance ministry that is less ideologically driven.

    Thoughts? Reform or replace?

    • CoroDale 1.1

      “I’d also sideline treasury – strip it of any ability to offer policy advise, or forecasting or briefing – turn it into a bunch of book keepers. Replace it with a new finance ministry that is less ideologically driven. ” (San)

      Spot on! Just add Reserve Bank to that list.
      Probably both reform, and partially replace.

      I believe the Greens would develop an Investment Bank. Could this not receive some of Treasuries funding and be developed as an alternative source of advice to Minister of Finance. Plus cherry picked Commissioners for Commissions, independent of Treasury, Commissions on Tax, UBI, Sovereign Money, etc.

    • tc 1.2

      Gut the upper levels of nat cronies for professionals who will realign each area.

      They are full of good people under the jackboot doing as told so once the boots removed normality will flow back under competant managers.

    • tracey 1.3

      I bet the public serbice are pissed off. If they dont tell Mi isters stufff they get into trouble. If they do they get into trouble. If they are particularly annoying their names get slipped to the media attracting death threats.

      Has Wayne been interviewed? He was implicated in stuff whenhe worked for Key?

    • tracey 1.4

      I bet the public service are pissed off. If they dont tell Ministers stufff they get into trouble. If they do they get into trouble. If they are particularly annoying their names get slipped to the media attracting death threats.

      Has Wayne been interviewed? He was implicated in stuff when he worked for Key?

    • Ad 1.5

      I think you’re confusing the public sector privacy stories for your simple impatience for a change of government.

      If there is a change of government in September, the public service and the public sector more broadly will go through some capacity pains.

      But that just reflects the scale of difference of the proposed policies from the current administration – who haven’t asked them to do much for many years.

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    I think Labour went a step too far with one year free tertiary Ed. It’s brought back memories of shoddy free courses where students sat around smoking and whilst some kind of certificate was obtained nothing was really learnt.

    • Cinny 2.1

      Parents and kids at the local decile one school are over the moon about the announcement, all of a sudden there is hope for them and their families to have better lives by being educated.

      Both of my kids want to be teachers, and I’m happy to live in poverty to fund their education if that’s what it takes, kids come first, now all of a sudden I won’t have to go hungry or sell the house to make it happen for them.

      Jacinda is coming to Nelson to speak to the grey power on 13th sept in the morning, my girls have asked if I can take them out of school that morning so they can meet her and say thank you to her for the education opportunities that labour is offering. Sure darlings, we can go and meet the Red Princess.

    • tracey 2.2

      I am for it. Undrr the current system we are held hostage by student and parent claims they are not getting what they paid for.

      Students being encourage to repeat papers 3 times they will not pass to attract funding.

      So many students getting degrees who arent even at Diploma level. Tertiary standards have slipped in the name of a business model

      • AsleepWhileWalking 2.2.1

        Mmm. I look at tertiary Ed with a high degree of suspicion because of such things.

        We can learn a lot about what not to do from the US. Horror stories abound like one of the first ever student loan applicants still in debt in her 80s and forced to make repayments she couldn’t afford.

        • tracey 2.2.1.1

          Joyce has cut a swathe through academic integrity in return for mobey from International students BUT the drop in standards applies to locals too. Those of us who speak up, get bullied, isolated and then forced out. Problem solved.

    • millsy 2.3

      These ‘shoddy free courses’ are a symptom of the wider issues in place in our universities and polytechs since the sector was reformed 3 decades ago. The National Qualifications Framework, Unit Standards, forcing polytechs to compete with each other, allowing any provider to offer a degree, deregulating teacher training, allowing the private sector to enter the market have all played a part of this mess.

      • tracey 2.3.1

        The private providers shonky practices, imo, have “forced” public tertiaries to drop to the gutter to compete. Remove the private providers. I read Clare Bradley bemoaning Labour policy because her company had made a 100m investment. I used to work with Bradley and do not doubt her integrity BUT you dive into education as a business and your model will need to be robust enough to withstand political change.

        Education and Health need to be run well and not waste money but you do not privatise them because ethics are lacking in parts of the private sector and education stanss or falls on academic integrity

      • tracey 2.3.2

        The privatising allowed some providers to “sell” degrees whoch entitled overseas students to 2 year work visas and which got them enough points to get PR. Many of the jobs lasted only the two years and thy paid minimum wage, or less. Once PR obtained the job was offered to another graduate. Completing Diplomas and Degrees in “business” which were low skill and empty.

  3. Ed 3

    We keep hearing about National’s brighter future and Bill English’s sound management of the economy.
    So how come New Zealand has stories and stats like this?

    Housing NZ orders eviction after grandmother’s death
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/338294/housing-nz-orders-eviction-after-grandmother-s-death

    Auckland teen couple face sleeping in car
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11913229

    Damp, overcrowded homes bigger threat to kids than car crashes
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913397

    Beneficiaries feeling bite of Palmerston North rental scarcity
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337874/beneficiaries-feel-bite-of-palmerston-north-rental-scarcity

    Study calls for improved renters’ rights
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337872/walls-so-moist-they-crumble-like-feta-cheese

    ‘I had spores and fungi in my system’ – Wellington renter
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337423/i-had-spores-and-fungi-in-my-system-wellington-renter

  4. Adrian 4

    This must be serious for the Nats, Fairfax/Stuff leads with dog finding a old mortar shell and greatest mystery of all time..why Lorde can’t dance.
    When it looked like Winstons was dog tucker they were all over it now it’s like
    ” nothing to see here, move on. Oh , look, over there, Lorde! “.
    Murphy has said this is the sibling of the MoaS, and it would be a Royal Flush and
    ” collateral damage “.
    All one party ,A,K,Q, J and Joker.

  5. tracey 5

    Paula Bennett just said on TVNZ that all she can do is keep “telling the truth”. I didn’t know she had started?

    Tolley seems to be being kept away from the media. Does she need 2 days of media training before she fronts?

  6. Pete 7

    Dear Mike Hosking,

    I see on the Herald today you feel ‘used’. The recent election stuff has got to you. Oh dear, I’m saddened. And shocked of course.

    But Mike, if you felt a thousand times worse, you wouldn’t be feeling half as bad many of us do, not just for this a couple of weeks before they election, but perpetually.

    I know your delicate sensibilities are special and different than ours, but we have feelings too.

    You continually use us to make yourself feel great. You abuse the position you are in by insulting our intelligence, sneering at common sense, and flaunting your lack of humanity and intellect by throwing it in our faces and ears. You use us to exercise and build your superiority complex.

    I’m not sure I can suggest medication or therapy for your ailment Mike. Maybe if you’d spent more time in the sun in years gone by rather than up John Key’s arse, you’d be more at one with the real world. (You know that world you are wont to mention.)

    So at this stage all I can suggest is, get fucked.

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 8

    Didn’t know about the credit…or couldn’t afford to save (much note likely IMHO)?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/338300/nz-s-unclaimed-kiwisaver-300m

    • Dirk Meatwhistle 8.1

      I’d suggest its more likely that parents started it up for kids to get the government kick in and have then forgotten about the rest of it

      Shame really as its a pretty good scheme (well done Labour)

  8. Dirk Meatwhistle 9

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913751

    I’m glad our politicians don’t face the same scrutiny as those overseas

    • Ed 9.1

      Why?
      Because people might question Bennett and Tolley more directly?

      • Dirk Meatwhistle 9.1.1

        Why well because I didn’t know she was married to a transgender person and I follow politics reasonably well and if I don’t know then I’d suggest most people don’t know and that’s good because I, and others, don’t need to know but the media probably would have tried to make something of it or he more strident critics would have tried something as well

      • mary_a 9.1.2

        @ Ed (9.1) …. if Bennett is questioned more directly about the leaking of the Winston superannuation overpayment issue, some bright, objective journalist (are there any left?), just might push a little bit further, taking her back to her life on the DPB!

        For instance, a few subtle questions such as having been a “struggling” beneficiary herself, how does she feel about Winston’s pension overpayment being exposed in the public domain, wouldn’t go amiss! Might cause her to slip up maybe …

  9. The Chairman 10

    Insurance costs to soar in what brokers are calling a ‘perfect storm’. Which will drive up private and commercial rents, thus inflation as costs are passed on.

    Recent earthquakes, the growing illegal use of methamphetamine and rises in the fire service levy and EQC cover are being blamed.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/96256505/eqc-fire-levies-industry-cover-due-to-rise-by-half

    We often see the finger pointed at the rising cost of houses for the increasing cost of rents, tending to forget about the role of increasing insurance costs.

    Moreover, the increase in insurance cover will also impact upon council premisses/assets, thus ratepayers.

    Rates (with their disproportionally larger than inflation increases) being another factor at play when it comes to the increasing cost of rents.

    So as businesses and landlords struggle to maintain margins, consumers and tenants will face higher costs. Which will no doubt drive more below the poverty line.

    Any suggestions on how we can address this?

    • The Chairman 10.1

      Soaring insurance costs will challenge Labour’s ability to lift more kids out of poverty.

      In hindsight, Labour may want to reconsider dropping KiwiAssure. 

    • Pat 10.3

      there is no redress….risks (and therefore costs ) are increasing and the model is unsustainable whether administered publicly or privately

    • tracey 10.4

      I cut my young legal teeth on insurance work. I learned many things at that time including that insurance companies win even when they lose. Despite being underwritten, the underwriters will be upping their premiums and the insured up theres and so we all pay, again…

      This is why we MUST hang on to ACC at all costs.

  10. Ed 11

    ‘The cost of National: third-world diseases and dead kids’

    ‘…….this is National’s fault. The graph of hospitalisations for bronchiectasis makes that clear. As for the why, its because they’ve reduced access to both social housing and benefits, effectively grinding the poor even deeper into poverty. And they’re paying a serious price for it.

    It is utterly obscene that this is allowed to happen. These diseases and this death toll are perfectly preventable. We know what is needed to prevent them: a warrant of fitness and mandatory insulation and heating standards for rental homes, more and better social housing, easier access to primary health care. National opposes all that, preferring instead to support the interests of landlords (which many National MPs happen to be). Its a perfect example of the moral bankruptcy of the government – and why we need to throw them out.’

    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/the-cost-of-national-third-world.html

    • These diseases and this death toll are perfectly preventable.

      Which is why all the MPs in this government and their coalition partners need to be held accountable and jailed. There are several possible charges:

      1. Terrorism
      2. Mass murder
      3. Recklessness causing death
      4. Carelessness causing death

      It is not ok to say that they shouldn’t be so held accountable for their actions just because they’re the government.

  11. Treetop 12

    I think Dunne left because he knew about Peters, knew about the NZ Super over payment, and did not act on it, (for IRD to advise Peters).

    Dunne may of not wanted a repeat of the Andrea Vance emails.

    IRD pays the NZ Super.

    Does SSC pay MPs?

    If the above is the case, does IRD and SSC share information?

    • Treetop 12.1

      It was Peters who tried to get to the bottom of Dunne leaking a GCSB report to Andrea Vance.

      Is Dunne a serial leaker?

  12. patricia bremner 13

    Rachael Smalley pouring venom at the education policy, and lying about how the health situation came about.

    You’ve got it “Blamed Helen and Labour” (Herald)

    What happened in the last 9 years???? Austerity budget cuts and lies. Piss off!!!

  13. Ed 14

    Rachel Smalley shows her true Tory colours.
    These media puppets are the lowest.
    What they would write and do for lucre….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913703

  14. Eco maori 15

    Well the Muppets are pouring on the intimidation while I’m mowing my lawns in Paramus Tauranga .Because of what’s happening to me about 3 months ago I tried to get 100 k life insurance so if anything happened to me my family would get something but the bank declined my application you can guess whom interfered in that the Muppets

  15. Ed 16

    Looking at Simon Bridges in this clip , I am concerned for his health…

    • joe90 16.1

      Over at the sewer they’re experts in this concern trolling shit, so you’d fit right in.
      /

      • Ed 16.1.1

        Was that necessary?

        • joe90 16.1.1.1

          As part of life processes and as he becomes more and more like his father a bloke grows a little around the jowls, you took the opportunity to weigh in with the stuff of the sewer – innuendo and faux concern about his appearance. So yes, it was.

          • Ed 16.1.1.1.1

            Innuendo?
            None intended.

            And false concern.
            If he’s unwell, then I am concerned.
            Genuinely.
            You can disagree with someone politically and still care for them as a human being.

  16. Eco maori 17

    The Muppets are using there what do you call them confidant witness or contracted lyers even one of my clients told me about a van going slowly past me with tinted Windows I told him not to worry about it I didn’t want to stress him out there are using them so that no one can track there GPS on there vehicle .
    They will do any thing to stop me holding them accountable FOR THERE breaches to my privacy rights

  17. Stephen Doyle 18

    If a Labour/Green coalition is only 1 or 2 seats away from a majority, what chance of splitting off a Shane Jones/Tracey Martin from NZ first?

  18. Penny Bright 19

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    Radio Waatea – Titewhai Harawira 30 August 2017
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    (Correction – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd have built 213 new houses – NOT 2130.)

    “Kia ora Penny thanks for speaking on Titewhai’s show this morning. Here is the link:

    http://www.waateanews.com/play_podcast?podlink=NTcxOTk=

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  19. patricia bremner 20

    I see TDB is putting forward some provocative ideas re Winston.

    Thought you might have some of these same ideas Bill. Never know with these characters!!

    Timing and purpose and possible outcomes.

    A distraction from Jacinda?? A diversion from Barclay/ English lies??

  20. Ed 21

    Yuk.
    Stephen Franks on the Panel.
    Why does RNZ give so much airtime to a spokesperson for the ACT Party which only gets 0.4 % of the vote?
    0.4 = 4 out of a thousand. So Franks should be invited by Mora once every 3 years to be proportional. And if he is, no other ACToids on.

  21. Ed 22

    Now Tim Murphy on the Panel.
    And as usual Mora is incapable and unwilling to use the forum to ask Murphy any difficult questions. Indeed he allows Franks to take over.

    Mora is such a tragic Tory.

    RNZ has become a puppet station and Mora quite insipid and pathetic.

    We deserve a better media.

    • Ed 22.1

      4.30 pm – Mora still not challenging the extreme right wing views of Franks.
      Such a cowardly man.

  22. adam 23

    It would appear it was not an attack by the Russians, but a leak by an inside in the DNC. Who would have guessed. The pesky MSM and their lies.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

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    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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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