Pharmac underfunded and education cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 6th, 2016 - 30 comments
Categories: accountability, class war, education, health - Tags: , , , ,

A pre-budget announcement of a bump in Pharmac funding is good news of course, especially for those in desperate need of medication that can now be supported. But, as Labour points out (based on Treasury figures), the funding increase doesn’t even come close to catching up the cuts of the last few years. Pharmac is short $53M from 2011 / 2012 levels.

And then we have the education cuts. Government funding for state schools decreased by nearly $150 per student last year (based on Ministry of Education figures), or by over $190 when adjusted for inflation and other costs. Whittling away at state education while pouring money into charter schools.

Civil society, it’s a steady attrition, the death of a thousand cuts. But what the hell, Auckland property owners are raking it in, so it’s all good, right?

pharmac cuts

30 comments on “Pharmac underfunded and education cuts”

  1. Rosemary McDonald 1

    And while Uncle Jonathon was being coy about the upcoming Budget ” only 21 more sleeps..” while at the same time chucking lollies around for those begging for funding for new generation cancer drugs there was a not so subtle warning that there is some serious shit happening with the funding from the Miserly of Health for Disability Supports.

    “She should stop promising everything to everyone…”

    (sub text here…’cripples can just take a fucking number…as usual’.)

    Miserable sod.

  2. Keith 2

    Add cut and frozen budgets for the police, justice department, RNZ and probably any other public service you can think of. Also factor in massaged stats to mask the reality of those cuts.

    There’s a price to pay for tax cuts for those better off, loss of revenue from those assets sold off and ultimately for voting National.

    • Rosemary McDonald 2.1

      “cut and frozen budgets for the police, justice department, RNZ ”

      add to that, unsurprisingly, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Human Rights Proceedings.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      There’s a price to pay for tax cuts for those better off, loss of revenue from those assets sold off and ultimately for voting National.

      Yep and that price is the destruction of our society.

      Tories and rich people: Destroying civilisation since forever.

    • Macro 2.3

      But but but ….the Prime Ministers Department has increased its staffing levels year on year! So what are you worried about??

  3. save NZ 3

    Don’t blame Auckland property owners, the policy comes from Wellington.

    One of the reasons we need more money for medicine and schools is the artificial and deliberate increase in population.

    Seriously, the silence from the opposition about record government migration figures and a real debate about the pros and cos of this open immigration policy under National (a tactic that is keeping them in power with more votes and an appearance that they are keeping the economy going) is deafening.

    • TC 3.1

      Yes the opposition seem incapable of basic maths at a macro level.

      If they just went through the past cuts and these lolly scrambles in real terms cross referenced to population numbers it would stand out like dogs bollocks.

      Marty g was superb at this.

      • seeker 3.1.1

        Both King and Hipkins made blistering attacks on coleman and parata yesterday apparently using basic maths.
        What one needs is a bus to drive through this self described ‘roBUSt government so the actual reality of the situation can be seen.

        • TC 3.1.1.1

          Swinging and non voters dont care about what goes on in the chamber.

          It needs to be in the msm and parroted by every labour MP at every chance.

          Its called building a narrative and something the opposition suck at.

      • greywarshark 3.1.2

        Marty G. Now that was a welcome name to see on the list. But long time no see.

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      “Seriously, the silence from the opposition about record government migration figures and a real debate about the pros and cos of this open immigration policy under National (a tactic that is keeping them in power with more votes and an appearance that they are keeping the economy going) is deafening.”

      If current migration policy is keeping the current government in power, why would the opposition want to overturn it? The opposition want to get into government, and themselves benefit from the immigration policy.

      Or to put it in really blunt terms: if the government was giving everyone $1,000 a week free money and that was keeping them elected, how does it make sense for the opposition to campaign against that law and repeal it once they’re in office – it will only make them unpopular, and set them up for being defeated at the next election, where the new government would just re-instate the previous policy.

  4. ianmac 4

    The strategy is cut the funding before so that surprise surprise, funding shall be grandly increased just in time for the next election. The people will be so grateful for such a kind generous government. We of course will not notice the deprivation in the before.

  5. greywarshark 5

    I’m interested in the hospitals. People here have commented that Tony Ryall managed to keep things ticking over without many shocks and I think he has now stepped down, resigned whatever and got a nice job in the top management of a health related company.

    Here is an 88 page report covering 2014-2017 on integration of five South Island DHBs for ‘better alignment’. Lots of management talk and jargon. This is the sort of managementspeak you wade through.

    This South Island Health Services Plan (SIHSP) progresses the activities of the South Island Alliance and draws from national strategies and key priorities, including the National Health Targets, the Minister’s Expectations, and the Operational Policy Framework. The SIHSP actions are interwoven into each of the South Island DHB Annual Plans with a clear ‘Line of Sight’ across plans.
    The plans provide direction and guidance in terms of how the South Island Health System will operate and prioritise its resources and effort.
    This Plan has been developed taking all of these plans into account, as well as the Minister’s Letter of Expectation which is appended to this plan (Appendix 1).

    The most effort goes into preparing reports I think. Similar to that shown in Red Dwarf looking at Rimmer’s study habits. He could revise solidly for three months but still not pass the exam, even on his 13th try.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5mqbKs1PoI

    One fact that Ryall states in his letter as Minister that major trauma..is a leading cause of disability and death for under 45s and improving services is an important Government initiative. (Preventative action for workers, and less cars travelling on the road and into rail or bus would help with much of that.)

    A report comparing five DHBs in different areas of the country gives some insight into Southern’s problems, (that’s south of Christchurch, Otago and further.)
    Whereas Counties Manukau had population of 501,000 in an area 552 km/2 with budget of $1300m and was classed Urban, Southern had population of 305,000, area of 62,000 km/s, budget of $844m and classed Mixed Urban/Rural (both for 2012/13).
    It seems at a glance, that the urban DHBs are better off, and Southern appears to be weighted more to Urban costings, without consideration for the huge size of its watershed, up to x62 times that of Upper Hutt at 916 km/2 the largest urban area in the study.
    http://www.wpro.who.int/asia_pacific_observatory/country_comparative_studies/ccs_public_hospital_3_nez.pdf

    Towards the end of this report this statement is I think an indication of what government’s concern about hospitals is. The 2013 report, for example, noted that eight DHBs performed poorly but collectively the DHBs’ financial performances improved against financial targets and they continued to reduce their deficits.

    And the author of the report makes this telling comment that gives insight into why we cannot access much detailed factual, and understandable information about our hospital system.
    Many of the data are placed in comparative international contexts, such as New Zealand being in the “best third” of OECD countries on an indicator (see Table 2, for example).
    However, the 260-page report means that gaining an overall picture of performance is an involved and challenging process.

    As I remarked before, more time and money spent on managing and preparing reports on activity, and not enough spent on planning how to manage down the costs of extending old age care to people past their use-by date and not just helping and smoothing the problems of old age and near death (I am in my 70s so can speak honestly about such matters.) And the problems of poor nutrition, disease from high density occupation, depression etc. Unfortunately the kings are in their counting houses counting out the money, and don’t care to find out what people need and help them to get it it where possible.

    • TC 5.1

      Ryall has a cushy gig at a large law practice now.

      He knew how to keep the lid on his slash n burn with compliant DHB boards and top managers who rule via fear and intimidation.

      I have had a few chats with top specialists agahst at the bullying and tactics.

    • Rosemary McDonald 5.2

      @Greywarshark

      http://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/longterm/externalpanel/pdfs/ltfep-s4-02.pdf

      When anything comes up about health, disability and aged care…I dig this out of my hard drive.

      I will warn you though…it appears to me that the Miserly of Health will increase it’s per capita funding for aged care…at the expense of younger people living with disability. Not fair…but hopefully we will all not allow them to practice their wedge politics and divide and hence conquer.

      What worried me a wee bit at a public consultation meeting about the disability strategy the other day was that there is a person on the reference group representing the interests of the elderly.

      Not elderly disabled….the elderly in general. There were a couple of polite murmurs about this (and oh! is the disability community polite…).

      Disability under the Misery of Health is really, really shit for those with high care needs…pity they are not a significant voting bloc like the older demographic.

  6. adam 6

    This national government are dishonest.

    This national government lies.

    This national government attack the weakest.

    And what do people do?

    Well we don’t act like the Iraqi people that for sure, and maybe we should.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/05/05/the-peoples-wrath-iraqi-protesters-demonstrate-a-new-way-of-petitioning-parliament/

    • Chuck 6.1

      Violence will not help you in your crusade against National.

      Its a slippery slope once you embark down that path adam…

      As for Pharmac, NZ could spend 100% of its GDP every year on funding Pharmac, and still not cover all the different drugs that could save lives.

      • adam 6.1.1

        Who said anything about violence, apart from you Chuck?

        • Chuck 6.1.1.1

          Hmm you need to re read your post adam…and to help, here is the headline you linked to…

          “ON SATURDAY, 30 April 2016, thousands of supporters of the Iraqi religious leader, Moqtadr al-Sadr, stormed Baghdad’s “Green Zone” and forced their way into the Iraqi Parliament.”

          And your last comment was – “Well we don’t act like the Iraqi people that for sure, and maybe we should.”

          The “maybe we should” hangs you out to dry.

          • adam 6.1.1.1.1

            OK, have read anything else around this? Obviously not. It was a non-violent protest, no one was hurt. They took over the parliament.

            Yes the language is strong, So what. Strong language is just that, strong language.

            It was an action by people to remind parliament that we pay the taxes, and we do the voting.

            If it had been violent it would have been splashed across every paper and TV in the world. It hardly made a blip, because it was non-violent.

            I’m all for non-violent protest, I think in this day and age it is the only option left.

  7. greywarshark 7

    By the way r0b you have a very clever symbolic image there.

  8. srylands 8

    Only you people would measure performance by how much something costs. Back in the real world, delivering results at reduced costs is a good thing.

    Between 1999 and 2007, the costs of delivering secondary education rose inexorably. And student achievement tanked. Well done.

    See page 14 of the attached briefing for an example.

    http://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Ministry/Publications/Briefings-to-Incoming-Ministers/AspirationAndAchievementEducationSystem.pdf

    Nowhere in this briefing does it say we need more money.

    Oh and I love the “stop the cuts” moniker. By the same people who demand that the Government reduce debt faster.

    • AB 8.1

      ” Back in the real world, delivering results at reduced costs is a good thing.”
      The whole purpose of Pharmac is to do just that – by using its bargaining power with the pharma industry. But that bargaining power is finite – if they don’t have enough money they will not be able to fund some beneficial drugs.

      If you are suggesting that Pharmac should be able to make up any shortfall by somehow being more efficient you are deluded. They are not like a large manufacturing enterprise with a myriad of processes that can be analysed, measured, automated, etc. to gain efficiency.
      And even if they were like a manufacturer, finding genuine efficiencies that don’t impact product or service quality is devilishly hard and usually requires creativity, analysis, and investment. I have seen business managers demand efficiency many times. Usually the real agenda is just to take cost out to meet short-term financial targets. And usually the product or service quality declines.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      Except National are deliberately increasing Pharmac’s budget by $50m, so that they can buy the new melanoma drug.

      Just imagine if they had been funded properly for the last 5 years – they may already have spent that money on the drug months or years ago, and people who died from melanoma might not have.

      Since the job of Pharmac is to improve people’s health and keep them alive, we very much can say that measuring performance based on costs is a sensible thing to do, in some cases.

      • geoff lye 8.2.1

        That’s not counting new biologic drugs diabetics need that they are paying top dollar for because pharmac haven’t got the money to subsidize them.

  9. Bob 9

    Who makes these numbers up?
    Lets go back to when National took office:
    Pharmac funding 2007/2008: $653M
    Pharmac funding 2016/2017: $850M
    That means Pharmac’s budgets have increased by an average of 3.4% annually, the annual rate of inflation in that time has been 1.5%, so in ‘real terms’ as Labour keep quoting, Pharmac’s budgets are up $122.42M or 14.4%!
    http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monetary-policy/inflation-calculator

    Even if we start at Labour’s own arbitrary date of 2011/12, funding that year was $777.4M
    In ‘real terms’ the budget this year should only be $806.3M!!!

    Of course, its okay, cos Labour has linked to where they got their figures from…oh, wait

    That’s okay though, I’m sure Anthony isn’t just churning Labour releases without actually thinking about it first…

    • joe90 9.1

      Well, they had to make good on election promises.

      • Bob 9.1.1

        Joe, that links shows 40M extra funding, even if you add that to the $50M extra this year and remove those from the equation, Pharmac’s funding would still be up $32.42M in real terms.

        With Labour Press releases like this, in addition to the mindless repeating by people like Anthony it is no wonder Labour’s reputation is shot!

        I want Labour to be attacking the Government and holding them to account, but don’t just release some figures cos they spent a bit of time pulling them together, use that energy to work together and get traction on real issues, like the mental health funding in Christchurch!

    • Lanthanide 9.2

      It says “Treasury figures”. Hard to say if that’s what the projected figure was or not, though, or just the actual.

  10. Bob 10

    Okay, I just looked at the education figures, ffs! Give us some context!

    Let’s say it costs $500k to set up a restaurant and run it for a year.
    How much does it cost per person to set up a restaurant for 10 people? $50,000
    How much does it cost to set up that same restaurant for 100 people? $5,000

    That’s a 90% funding reduction, you bastards!!!

    Just a thought, aren’t there less schools now? (after Christchurch school merges)
    If there are less schools, would overheads go up or down?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    21 mins ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 hour ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 hours ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    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
    5 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
    7 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
    24 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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 admin@averagekiwi.com
    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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    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

No feed items found.