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Radicals, Reformists or Revolutionaries? Ideologies of the Left.

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My name is James Gluck, and I am currently doing a Masters degree at Victoria University. I’m doing a project entitled Radicals, Reformists or Revolutionaries? Studying Ideologies of the Left and I have been kindly allowed some space here on The Standard to inform people on the Left about my research, and more widely distribute a survey that takes up part of the project.

The Left is harshly contested ground. In Aotearoa, as well as overseas, political parties such as Labour – the ‘Left’, has been accused of being no better than their counterparts and political opponents. This is hardly a new phenomenon, and one of the commonly held tasks of the radical left has been to ‘expose’ the ‘true’ ideology of the social democrats. It is clear that defining what it means to be on the Left is a key political task that activists and those engaged in the political process attempt to carry out almost day-to-day. Sue Bradford’s recent work is making an attempt to help the Left (or rather a specific section of the Left as she admits) bind together and work in more cohesion. This is an important goal. In my view, a difficulty in creating a cohesive Left lies in separating out debate over policy and debate over ideology.

We use the term ‘ideology’ in a huge variety of ways, ranging from being a short hand for political theory, to an essentially derogatory ‘slur’ for those whose ideas we don’t like. Continually calling the National Government’s policies “Neoliberal Ideology” is a useful political statement; for one, it states continuity and complicity with similar governments internationally, as well as working against the concept of policy as a kind of commonsense ‘working out’ by National. What this tactic also does, however, is make it difficult for us to try to gain a deep understanding of how National, and National supporters believe the world works. In a similar vein, when we use the word ‘Ideology’ derogatively towards others on the Left, it often leaves us without a way to understand, and potentially critique, the policies and ideas we disagree with. When I talk about ideology, I am referring to something more complex – an individual’s view of how the world works, changed and shaped by our social interactions.

What I wish to do is to try and build a deep, nuanced, and multi-layered understanding of the ideologies that exist on the Left. Without starting out from preconceived definitions, and without forcing people into boxes that they do not identify with (in short, without using ideological labels as a substitute for more detailed information) I aim to allow participants to explain their views.

This research is in two parts: an online survey aimed at a large sample, which involves a set of statements on political and social concepts; and a set of focus group interviews aimed at more deeply exploring any complexities or contradictions that build a more detailed picture of ideology. At the current time, I am running the survey, which is available online and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey link is here

All of the entries are anonymous and no personal information will be identified from it. IP addresses are recorded in order to prevent multiple entries: this information is password protected and will be accessed only by me and my supervisor. All individual responses will be destroyed at the conclusion of the project.

If there are any questions about this project I would be more than happy to talk.

Thank you,

James Gluck

62 comments on “Radicals, Reformists or Revolutionaries? Ideologies of the Left.”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Is evidence-based policy an ideology?

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Yes. The First Labour Government implemented many many policies which were not backed by scientific evidence, but backed instead by the Christian and socialist thought of the day.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      Ideology

      1. the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.
      2. such a body of doctrine, myth, etc., with reference to some political and social plan, as that of fascism, along with the devices for putting it into operation.
      3. Philosophy.

      a. the study of the nature and origin of ideas.
      b. a system that derives ideas exclusively from sensation.

      4. theorizing of a visionary or impractical nature.

      Short answer: Yes.

      • Colonial Rawshark 1.2.1

        That’s what I said to OAB and he replied with something utterly unrelated.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1

          Actually, you didn’t. You went on about the First Labour Government not using evidence to make policy whereas OAB had specifically asked if evidence based policy making was an ideology.

  2. The old left and right paradigm eh? Well it is really very simple. There is no left in this country. There is the 99% and the 1% who rule. They are divided into two groups which we call National and Labour and they are financed by the 0.01% in one form or another.

    The only real ” for the people” party would probably be Mana but the ruling two headed dragon made sure they lost in the election.

    • aerobubble 2.1

      Housing is more unaffordable than for generations, home ownership has been slidding for the past thirty years, this did not stop a neo-lib ideologue Stephen Franks on the Moro nr program stating quite catagorically that wealth disparities have not changed in the past thirty years. Not being able to afford a mortgage, let alone find a house near infrastruture taxes are propping up, and needing two incomes just to get above water, is obvious. But no this neolib thinks the fact that a report which shows less citizens engaged in mortgage debt shows, as it would, more peoplebeing wealthier which it does not, would mean there is no change in wealth is more indictative than anything. Tossing around lefty potential ideologies is moronic when obvious blantent lying is allowed to be passed off as comment and analysis.
      Wtf, is that the solution a lot of piss ant lefty ideologue lying the facts around to make them look false.

      More seriously though, ecology recycles everything, our world is finite. Our politics of left and right view the world as unlimited and hold to the myth of human invincibility that will save the day. Only when we measure every aspect of our proccesses and their pollution, and then start rewarding the refuse entrepuerers above all others, only then will politics matter, and this is not a essentially right or left wing ideology.
      Its a human first rather than profit first ideology, you know the wwii, the human first countries us, uk, france, ussr, china beat out the light shining out of thir arses countries of hitler, the emporer, faith base mass delusion. Like neoliberalism profit at any cost.

  3. Xanthe 3

    Not impressed a series of questions based on inflamitory button push statements, this survey will not yeold meaningful data in my view

  4. Sabine 4

    Will there be a survey about the “Real Right” and “what is the real right”.

    Maybe it is not the left that needs defining, but the Right?
    Is the National Party and its supporters what it was in the 50/60/70 or is it an altogether different beast that resembles more the Robber Barons of the 1860?

    Or do we have to constantly re-define the Left so as to break them into bits and pieces?

  5. ianmac 5

    Completed the survey. Tried to guess what James could do with the data collected. Dunno.
    Some statements poorly worded/ambiguous. I doubt that my particular philosophy would register.
    Wondered how Helen Clark would fill it in.

  6. Found the questions quite thought-provoking … and I’m glad there was practically unlimited space for adding my own comments!

  7. save NZ 7

    One of the best surveys I have ever been in. I like the way you can clarify your position by giving the right to make a comment beside it. I just wish our political parties were as intelligent in their Political party surveys which are generally stupid and meaningless for the most part as they seem to be looking to get the answer they believe in.

    The election results speak for themselves our ‘left’ parties are not listening and do not understand what the people want. That is why we have this crazy government in charge – AGAIN.

    Even their own are trying to desperately change them like Bryan Gould. Who correctly predicted the decline in the UK Labour in 2009.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/feb/20/labour-foreign-policy

    If I was a Labour or Green party MP I would be clamouring to get the outcome of this survey. If it is not compromised by trolls it will be very interesting reading.

    • tracey 7.1

      I agree that the clarification opportunity is crucial and absolutely separates this from a “poll”.

  8. tracey 8

    Good for you.

    Did you spell/grammar check

    third question

    “Society needs some form of ‘market’ in order to effective way to match what is produced to what is needed”

  9. save NZ 9

    I noticed that interviews are taking place in wellington to further contribute to this work.

    In the interests of having a clearer survey – have you thought about doing interviews regionally – like small towns and other cities in New Zealand.

    The ‘left’ might well think about issues differently depending on location etc – so if you could do telephone of Skype interviews that would remove this issue of a regional focus and also make it easier to knock out trolls and deception.

    You could also look at Maraes, social organisations etc, in order to get more of a different range of people’s views if you are not already doing so.

  10. Simon 10

    Many of these questions contain vaguely defined concepts or ideas and many are intentionally emotive. I really don’t think you could garner much in the way of political leanings let alone ideologies.

  11. Heyegg 11

    I’ve wondered aloud here a few times why ideology is used as a derogatory slur, and only seem to get dogmatic responses like the one from one anonymous bloke.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      Seriously? After the history of the 20thC you can’t figure out why people regard ideologues with suspicion?

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        If you don’t commit to an ideology then you don’t have a value system and you won’t stand by any values. “Idealogues” are another thing altogether.

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          “If you don’t commit to an ideology then you don’t have a value system”

          I disagree.
          To some degree there’s definitional wriggle-room, but using James’ “an individual’s view of how the world works, changed and shaped by our social interactions” then really there’s more than enough room for someone to have an instinctive, knee-jerk values system while not creating a conscious and coherent view of how the world works. A large chunk of National voters, for example, who just vote for dunnokeyo without actually examining what he says or does.

          • The lost sheep 11.1.1.1.1

            A large chunk of National voters, for example, who just vote for dunnokeyo without actually examining what he says or does.

            Can you give me a link to the research you got that fact from please McFlock?

            • McFlock 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Only a moron would argure that every single voter casts their ballot purely on the basis of thorough, rational research to inform a coherent and considered worldview. So then we start quibbling over the definition of “large” and why I specifically chose national as an example (and you would of course pretend that national ran a campaign based on rationalism rather than personalities and frippery). Which is all rather irrelevant to the point.

              I’m actually interested in the conversation about ideology, value systems and suchlike, rather than just arguing with a self-entitled tory shithead. So, no.

              • The lost sheep

                Only a moron would argure that every single voter casts their ballot purely on the basis of thorough, rational research to inform a coherent and considered worldview.

                Absolutely.

                So then we start quibbling over the definition of “large” and why I specifically chose national as an example

                Only a moron would swallow your contention that you used National purely as an ‘example’ Mcflock, and that what you actually meant was that Leftish voters are just as prone to vote with their brains dis-engaged.
                But I understand now that you accept that is actually the case.

                • McFlock

                  yeah, nah, that was never my contention. I just don’t want to derail the thread as to why, when the argument would be with a fucking tory cock who attributes “contentions” to me that I never made.

                  A concern you demonstrated (at the first opportunity) as being valid. So: fuck off, dickwad. You’re a waste of my time, the space you take up, and the chemical elements that give you structure.

                  • The lost sheep

                    Gee McFlock.
                    You stated something as a fact without evidence to substantiate it, so I asked you to do so.
                    That was I believe a. in line with TS policy, and b. something i have seen you ask of other commenters many times.
                    So why the violently abusive reaction?

                    But if you were studying the characteristics of the modern left it is a wonderful example of the violent intolerance to differing ideological values that seems to be a major characteristic of modern Left Wing politics.
                    If comments on TS are anything to go by, it’s no wonder the Left can’t get it’s shit together and convince the people to let them govern. Too busy arguing with each other to present a cohesive, unified and compelling platform to the electorate.

                    • McFlock

                      As far as I can see, your “absolutely” suggests that your only quibble with my precise definition of “large chunk” and my singling out of the national party.

                      Come back to me when their campaign ads contain more policy content than “brand key” and stolen music.

                      Until then, fuck off.

          • Heyegg 11.1.1.1.2

            I guess I still consider that an ideology, conscious or not.

            • McFlock 11.1.1.1.2.1

              Yeah – “ideology” is a pretty fuzzy term, meaning different things to different people. But if we’re talking a reflex response, then every action is “ideological”, which means the word ends up adding nothing at all to the sentence.

              it’s a bit like the definition of “pain”. Every so often there’s an article about how plants “feel” or “communicate” pain, when really what they’re talking about is basic biochemical responses to plant stress. Personally, I think pain needs sentience to register it, and that differentiates “pain” from things like “forming a scab over a cut” and “seeing the bruise”. Otherwise “pain” is a meaningless word that simply refers to any reaction to injury or breakage.
              If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around to hear it, it logically produces air pressure variations. But whether or not it makes a scream is another matter entirely 🙂

              • Heyegg

                Okay, I think even if the voter is unconscious of their own ideological leanings while voting, the fact that they are voting for an ideological position makes the voter ideological.
                So the person “hurting” the plant makes that pain sentient.

                • McFlock

                  Well they might have a systematic bias without being aware of it, but I reckon that one would be hard-pressed to call that an “ideological position”. For the reason of redundancy I outlined above.

              • weka

                but then you’d have to define sentience.

        • Tracey 11.1.1.2

          what?

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Ideology has, IMO, become a slur because people have a tendency to follow through on their beliefs rather than on the evidence. This is especially true of the Right-wing where they will actively denounce the evidence when it goes against their beliefs. Think of John Key’s Hard Talk interview when, confronted with evidence of our farmers shitting in our waterways, said that he could easily find someone with a different view. Sure, he could find someone with a different view but there’s no way that he would have been able to find different evidence.

  12. Heyegg 12

    Sure, particular ideologies should be viewed with suspicion. But calling people out on being ideological seems silly. Especially from the left.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Correct. “Ideological” has become a sneer word that the Right uses against people who believe in societal and community values.

      • The lost sheep 12.1.1

        Just like “Ideological” has become a sneer word that the Left uses against people who believe in free market and personal responsibility values?

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1

          That’s a great example, thank you.

          The RWNJs go on about a ‘free-market’ and personal responsibility and then ensure that the free-market doesn’t exist as all the laws passed by them empower the rich and corporations above anybody else and declaim responsibility for their actions.

          Yep, definitely great examples of why ideology has become a slur word. The RWNJs proving that their ideology is less than skin deep.

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 12.1.1.1.1

            Every comment of yours can be reduced to: “something, something RWNJs….something, something RWNJs”.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Verb, noun, adjective, pronoun, conjunction, verb, noun, adjective.

              Sounds all the same to me.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.1.2

              And every comment you produce can be reduced to the hot air coming out of your arse.

              Really, if you’re going to say something then at least address what I said rather than just revert to ad hominems as per typical RWNJ response when confronted with facts…

              Oh, wait, you can’t because facts.

              • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                At least we have you constantly raising the level of discourse above ad hominem, ay Draco.

        • Tricledrown 12.1.1.2

          Lost creep their is no such thing as your mythical free market.
          And when has any right wing political leader taken personal responsibility.
          Dogmatic Ideology.
          Aye sheep shager.

  13. Smilin 13

    Centre right national is, resting in the middle ground to bs the masses and then shifting warp factor ten to extreme right
    Centre left is where the real democratic work is done to formulate the next parliament. MMP I believe is the MO of NZ political structure ,
    I forgot its presently suspended by DIrty Politics in favour of totalitarianism .
    Crazy eh this govt is saying, THEY are here to promote less govt in in people’s lives so the have more democratic freedom
    BS less govt and more control shifting to the free market and the multinational corporate takeover of our democracy so that our SOVEREIGNTY goes the way of the sovereign coin a beautiful valuable thing but
    too expensive to use

  14. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 14

    I answered in the character of an amalgam of Standaristas. It allowed to me use the phrase “eat the rich”. I enjoyed it.

  15. Filled in the survey – found the format annoying and so wrote screeds to explain / contextualise.

  16. Clemgeopin 16

    @James Gluck,
    Good questions. Have completed the survey. Hope you will publish the result here.

  17. Ian 17

    Hope you post a summary of your findings

    • Wonderpup 17.1

      I’m sure he will release his thesis under a creative commons licence. Victoria are good about offering students this option, where others seem to want to hide their student’s theses!

  18. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 18

    You couldn’t make this shit up.

    Guy does a survey on the state of the left.

    Half of the respondents complain about the questions.

    State of the left right there.

  19. ropata 19

    James I am dismayed at your misuse of English and have lost interest in your survey.
    There is a difference between a structured political or religious ideology and the worldview of any particular individual. Why did it take you 1000 words to state the obvious? Verbosity is a sign of an imprecise mind.

  20. Adele 20

    Teenaa koe, Ropata

    If James is on a PhD pathway then verbosity would be a requisite skill.

    However, I did find the survey annoying on another level – referring to its underlying assumptions underpinned by western ideology.

  21. Interesting article here.. i am strongly interested in ideologies. I would like to delve on what exactly ideologies are.. would we say its something created in the past, an accumulation of knowledge that gives a method on how to tackle the problems of living?

    By this view, ideologies are not limited to political systems.. every -ism is another ideology.. religions, marxism, froydism, communism, anarchism, pacifism.. everything..

    it is like a belief that many people accept as right.

    Would we agree on that?

    And how do ideologies affect society? Once i am a communist and you are a capitalist isn’t there division among us? Is division something innocent? Or it necessary separates people? Once people are divided in groups, isn’t it necessary that their best interest differs? Which means the reasons for conflict are quite strong. Isn’t it conflict which leads to sorrow, pain, war and death?

    Having started from zero, from non preconceived opinions, we examine the nature of ideologies.. and it seems every ideology, from the noblest (activism) to the most brutal (nazism) breeds division/separation/conflict

    Would you agree?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    4 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    4 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    6 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    6 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    7 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    7 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 weeks ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago

  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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