Reviving

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 8th, 2017 - 45 comments
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There are little points of light and heat detectable among social democratic movements at the moment. Chuck Schumer from the U.S. Democratic Party starts out some messaging today by setting it out in good old social contractarian terms:

There used to be a basic bargain in this country that if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could own a home, afford a car, put your kids through college and take a modest vacation every year while putting enough away for a comfortable retirement. In the second half of the 20th century, millions of Americans achieved this solid middle-class lifestyle. I should know — I grew up in that America.

But things have changed.

Today’s working Americans and the young are justified in having greater doubts about the future than any generation since the Depression. Americans believe they’re getting a raw deal from both the economic and political systems in our country. And they are right. The wealthiest special interests can spend an unlimited, undisclosed amount of money to influence elections and protect their special deals in Washington. As a result, our system favors short-term gains for shareholders instead of long-term benefits for workers.”

A complete breakdown of anything resembling a social contract. This is pretty much identical to the New Zealand Labour messaging:

The Kiwi dream depends on New Zealanders owning our own future. But the government is asset stripping the country. Homes bought by speculators. Land sold offshore. Public assets being stripped. They’re selling us out with their backroom deals, like SkyCity and the Saudi sheep deal.

We’re losing control of our future. We’re being treated like we don’t matter any more. People are telling us Bill English’s National Government is arrogant, and it’s out of touch.”

 

Is this approach enough to rescue social democrat movements worldwide? Oliver Hartwich the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Initiative, doesn’t think so. He doesn’t think there’s any room left for them, because despite the left introducing Clinton, Lange, Hawke and Schroder, who introduced comprehensive market reforms, “the Left’s grassroots have not made peace with such market oriented and yet often highly successful reforms.”

Hartwich is clear about what works and what does not.

Large-scale subsidies, for example, are firmly in the dustbin of history – and rightly so. High tariff walls have met the same fate. There is a broad consensus that tax systems work best when they have broad bases and low rates.”

So he recommends that Labour’s Jacinda Ardern occupy “the radical centre” and simply do what leftie politicians do and just talk about it to shape the debate.

 

Chuck Schumer is seeking to precisely shift the debate, but it’s not to the “radical centre”  centre of U.S. politics:

(F)or far too long, government has gone along, tilting the economic playing field in favor of the wealthy and powerful while putting new burdens on the backs of hard-working Americans.

Democrats have too often hesitated from taking on those misguided policies directly and unflinchingly — so much so that many Americans don’t know what we stand for. Not after today. Democrats will show the country that we’re the party on the side of working people — and that we stand for three simple things.

I have this sneaking feeling we would have heard this kind of language if Joe Biden had been the candidate for President, not Hillary Clinton. So how do the Democrats propose to do that?

First, we’re going to increase people’s pay. Second, we’re going to reduce their everyday expenses. And third, we’re going to provide workers with the tools they need for the 21st-century economy.

This is not exactly the fire-breathing rhetoric of Huey Long. Hell, it’s not even getting to where LBJ was. But it is about the pay of workers. And their costs of living. With detailed policies to come, apparently.

 

Very slowly, the Democrats are beginning to learn the lessons of the Trump victory and to rebuild and clarify their messaging (they had to learn some time right?). I hope that they get as good as Trump at messaging on the campaign trails towards Senate majority, at least. Having said that, the Democrats got pretty close to the White House last time, without disgracing themselves by mirroring the Trump vileness.

New Zealand Labour are in a similar position to lots of Labour and social democrat parties worldwide. They are so low that they have nowhere to go but up. They will all find different ways out of it. They will all take a while to get there. They all start from different countries, different contexts of what is possible.

But what we do know, is that New Zealand Labour will not be occupying a “radical centre”. Jacinda Ardern shows all signs that she is part of a revival of the entire social democrat movement across many countries. And when you go through them, New Zealand Labour policies seek to do exactly that, and they express them in summary here:

Labour’s backed Kiwis for 100 years. When Kiwis need work, we create jobs. When Kiwis need homes, we build them. When Kiwis look for security, we help them save. When Kiwis take a stand, we stand with them. We revived the Treaty together. We went nuclear free together. We have a history to be proud of, and a vision for the future.

We’ll build thousands of affordable homes and crack down on foreign speculators.

We’ll back our businesses to build a stronger economy that delivers decent work and higher wages.

We’ll invest in our regions, so there are jobs and opportunities.

We’ll care for the environment so we can all enjoy it, now and in the future.

We’ll fix the health system by turning National’s years of underfunding around.

We’ll rebuild world-class schools that help every Kiwi kid dream big and succeed.”

 

That’s a long, long way from any radical centre.

It’s something different.

You’re watching the great rebuild.

45 comments on “Reviving”

  1. Gabby 1

    How’s that any different? Jobs, housing, education, health. Sort those out and a lot of other problems go away.

  2. adam 2

    Window dressing is just that, window dressing. The core economics of the labour party is still heavily embedded in liberalism.

    So yeah, nah. Not even close to social democracy. Just bunch of people who want to do nice things, whilst the underlying economics carries on hurting working people.

    • tc 2.1

      Agreed but whatever it takes to get rid of nact is what I’m all about this election which means lab/greens.

      It’s the best option we’ve got till a proper socialist party comes along.

      • Although I agree with the sentiment do we really just want to stay in the 20th century or should we try to move on?

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          Has the 21st century registered a party we can vote for, and that has a decent shot of getting rid of the nats in september?

          • adam 2.1.1.1.1

            I can think of three. Two of which were killed off, in part, by the party you saying people should vote for.

            Endearing, not really.

            • McFlock 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Which is the remaining 21st century socialist party that has a decent shot at getting rid of the nats in september?

              And if I were giving specific voting advice, I’d say labour or greens. I don’t care which. Just vote for change, not onanism.

    • Gabby 2.2

      Social democracy is Jobs, housing, education, health.

      • No, social democracy is still just capitalism but with a small social aspect to it. It leaves the power in the hands of the rich which is why it failed last time.

        • McFlock 2.2.1.1

          Personally, I think every system will fail at some point. Even the utopian ones.

          But this is all moot until we get rid of the current lot.

          • adam 2.2.1.1.1

            Real vote grabber there.

            Vote labour, because were not national, much…

            • McFlock 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Better than “awww, they’re all shit, let’s whinge until the imaginary becomes real, that’ll work”.

              Although that has been the slogan of innumerable religions for the last 50,000 years or so. Why not use it in politics, I guess.

              • adam

                Better yet, the labour party, kicking to death anyone who critiques them, since, well, forever.

                Basically using a big tar brush or a small knife. The knife is best used in coup d’état to tell the membership to bugger right off.

                • McFlock

                  I guess those are some of them irregular verbs:

                  person A “critiques”,
                  person B sees “deranged hyperbolic rant”,
                  Person B suggests Person A “get a sense of proportion”,
                  Person A feels that person B is “kicking them to death”.

                  Maybe it’s all a matter of perspective. Meanwhile, Hooten masturbates on the sidelines.

                  • adam

                    From the guy who got hyper and had angry rant at me about ad hominems.

                    I’ll leave you to your angry little ways poppet.

                    Have a nice day.

                    🙂

                    • McFlock

                      Riiiiiiiiight.

                      “kicking to death anyone who critiques them, since, well, forever.” is in no way hyperbole. /sarc

                • Have you forgotten Adam Nationals ‘Dirty Tricks Brigade”responsible for ruining a lot of decent left wing politicians Have you forgotten how they destroyed Labour’s
                  President Gerald O’ Brian how Muldoon Hounded Bill Rowling

        • Tricledrown 2.2.1.2

          So DTB which system is going to replace it in your utopian world.
          Is everybody going to stop competing ,nature is that everything on the planet competes and those who adapt survive.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.2.1

            Is everybody going to stop competing ,nature is that everything on the planet competes and those who adapt survive.

            Wrong.

            All such departures from a broadly egalitarian society, economy and culture are quintessentially radical if only because for the vast stretch of human existence, egalitarianism and equality were not only the norm but also the active and deliberate goal of social organisation.

            As recent anthropological research has pointed out:

            Keeping the playing field level was a matter of survival. These small-scale, nomadic foraging groups didn’t stock up much surplus food, and given the high-risk nature of hunting – the fact that on any given day or week you may come back empty-handed – sharing and cooperation were required to ensure everyone got enough to eat. Anyone who made a bid for higher status or attempted to take more than their share would be ridiculed or ostracised for their audacity. Suppressing our primate ancestors’ dominance hierarchies by enforcing these egalitarian norms was a central adaptation of human evolution, argues social anthropologist Christopher Boehm. It enhanced cooperation and lowered risk as small, isolated bands of humans spread into new habitats and regions across the world, and was likely crucial to our survival and success.

            More intriguingly – the same authors argue – is that more recent radical departures from the dominant egalitarian form of human social organisation have always been inherently unstable. And it is that instability, paradoxically, that has propelled such radical and hierarchical social arrangements to conquer and eliminate less radical, more stable, more egalitarian societies.

            Humans evolved to cooperate with each other. Capitalism is unstable and destructive of our societies.

          • adam 2.2.1.2.2

            Game theory tricledrown, really, you going for that failed chestnut.

  3. Brokenback 3

    I once read this sheet as a welcome relief from the orchestrated spin that prevailed elsewhere.
    Fluffery like this is increasingly why I seldom venture here these days.

    and
    “Window dressing is just that, window dressing. The core economics of the labour party is still heavily embedded in neo-liberalism. ”

    nails it.

  4. patricia bremner 4

    Change the government. That is democracy at work.

    Ideology doesn’t feed a family … neo lib or other!!

    It is the people the people and a healthy life with all that means.

  5. Tom Pained 5

    Hooton mentioned big polling swings from Turei’s Greens to Jacinta’s Labour on RNZ this morning.

    When will Paula make her move ?

    • JanM 5.1

      As long as they swing to Labour and not elsewhere I’m over caring, but if all this uproar results in another 3 years of National I will be beside myself!!!

    • McFlock 5.2

      Hooten mention how the nats are doing?

  6. A complete breakdown of anything resembling a social contract.

    Which is inevitable in a capitalist system.

    Is this approach enough to rescue social democrat movements worldwide? Oliver Hartwich the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Initiative, doesn’t think so. He doesn’t think there’s any room left for them, because despite the left introducing Clinton, Lange, Hawke and Schroder, who introduced comprehensive market reforms, “the Left’s grassroots have not made peace with such market oriented and yet often highly successful reforms.”

    If Labour did what was necessary to support their words there then they’d probably get a huge jump in support. Unfortunately, they’re not.

    And those ‘successful’ reforms have increased poverty and started the destruction of our society all so that a few greedy schmucks can be rich. That’s a not a sustainable system and thus cannot be successful.

    Large-scale subsidies, for example, are firmly in the dustbin of history – and rightly so. High tariff walls have met the same fate. There is a broad consensus that tax systems work best when they have broad bases and low rates.

    the people paying through their government for things that they want as a community is, by definition, not a subsidy. now, if they were paying a private company to provide it via their government then it would be a subsidy – to the private owners of that company.

    High tariff walls haven’t met the same fate at all. They’re still there but in different forms such as lower worker protections, exchange rates that are purposefully held down, manipulated interest rates and speculation.

    And that consensus he talks about is only amongst the rich who are quite happy that the poor are picking their tab through regressive taxes like GST.

    (F)or far too long, government has gone along, tilting the economic playing field in favor of the wealthy and powerful while putting new burdens on the backs of hard-working Americans.

    And that’s exactly what our governments have been doing to us since the 4th Labour government in the 1980s.

    But what we do know, is that New Zealand Labour will not be occupying a “radical centre”. Jacinda Ardern shows all signs that she is part of a revival of the entire social democrat movement across many countries.

    By maintaining the same failed paradigm of the last 500 years, a paradigm that has failed every-time it’s been tried over the last 5000.

    It’s time for something new, something that actually fits within reality.

  7. Stuart Munro 7

    Our parliament has bought off the media and lived in its own echo chamber for too long. The happy consenus is a lie, and the incumbents have altogether ceased to govern. Following the old fools who allowed this to happen would be like taking advice from Peter Dunne, whose centrism shrank a promising new party into a single flaccid member. If Jacinta means to lead she’s going to have to do it herself. And that won’t look like what failed so many times before – fluffy PR and complacent autocracy.

  8. McFlock 8

    In the next few days or early next week the register of donations>30k will be online, so we’ll see how many of the Ardern-related $400k in donations were from particularly rich folks vs a few hundred or thousand here and there…

    • Stuart Munro 8.1

      I’ve no doubt that she will have a block of genuine popular support. It’s more a question of “Whom do you serve?” If she has paid attention to Corbyn she’ll make a point of steering somewhat in his direction, if she remains firmly Blairite the answer is, not us.

    • Ad 8.2

      Would be good if there were a mix of donors from all walks of life.

      Labour is going to need votes from all across the spectrum to have a tiny chance of the miracle.

  9. Michael 9

    I see no evidence, whatsoever, that Labour has abandoned its fetish with neoliberalism (much less apologised to its victims). I feel frustrated that its powerbrokers have actively discouraged any fresh thinking, or policy development, on progressive alternatives to neoliberalism during the Party’s last decade in opposition. If Labour forms a government after 23 September, which is now a possibility, although slight, it will govern according to neoliberal dogma and fail the people again. OTOH, if Labour (and the Greens) obtain a decent bloc of Party Votes (and seats in the next Parliament), they can form a strong opposition to a tired and dysfunctional Nat-Winston government and be in a good position to form a new government in 2020. But lots of hard work remains to be done between now and then.

    • McFlock 9.1

      You know the definition of a strong enough opposition?
      The parties that don’t have enough votes to stop a damned thing from happening.

      If Labour form a government in September, they’ll almost certainly need the help of the Greens. The Greens might not be “left”, but they sure ain’t neoliberal.

      So screw the 2020 plan. Do it now.

    • red-blooded 9.2

      Well, Michael, you might be ready to throw in the towel and abandon people to another 3 years of this lot, who’ve attacked our public education system, our health system, tried to privatise prisons while imprisoning more and more people for longer and longer, rolled back collective bargaining rights, sold off state assets and state houses, attacked the RMA and let our waterways and land become more and more polluted and walked away from any meaningful action on climate change , but not all of us are so defeatist. As far as I’m concerned, there’s everything to fight for right now.

      • Michael 9.2.1

        Do you really believe an Ardern-Winston government will make substantive progress on any of the above and, if so, what evidence do you possess to justify that belief? The politics of the neoliberal status quo (Labour) and Muldoonism (Winston) do not even attempt to solve your own list of problems that you say are the most significant (I agree with your list but I’d probably put welfare and prepcarious employment at the top of my mine).

        • McFlock 9.2.1.1

          1: wouldn’t lab-nz1 cause less harm than nat-nz1?
          2: why are you chopping the greens out of the picture so soon?
          3: What will a 2020 Lab-? govt do that a 2017 lab-? govt won’t?

          You’ve made an impressive rush to capture the opportunity to surrender, but I think the left can actually do okay this election. Not a revolution, maybe, but better than the “brighter future” ever would be.

  10. Well , the debate rages back and forth ,… but I cant see Aderns Labour wanting to emulate the obvious negative social consequences of the current National party.

    I think they will be wanting to put some distance between them so they cant be compared with them. That is , if they know whats good for them. And to do that , it only means we are looking at some substantial changes , though perhaps not comprehensive enough for some , perhaps. It just seems we have some pretty serious issues in the country now, as a direct result of National. Its gotten that bad.

    Now we can criticize the Greens and Labour for this and for that or not going enough in this direction or that ,… but a change to both party’s is whats needed, – indeed, – it MUST happen.

    If there’s to be any chance at all of achieving the first tentative steps towards even a modicum of social democratic initiatives, these are the party’s to facilitate them. I find all this recent argy bargy quite distasteful , – whipped up by a media that has far too many far right wing shills who are only too willing to tear down what must happen to bring about a fairer society.

    These media talking heads must be marginalized somehow. Easier said than done.

    But leaving it up to them to mass influence voters… using emotive and inflammatory statements such as ‘ the Greens being in turmoil ‘… what a load of old poppycock.

    There are a few temporary issues and adjustments that can , – and will , – be made peacefully and without all these media egger’s on’ers and sensationalists. They should be respectful and act as journalists and do their jobs , – not like embedded ACT /National party demagogues.

    Quite frankly I’m sick of them , sick of their Dirty Politics tactics and sick of their irresponsibility and their devious trying to influence the public towards their own political bias. They need to learn their place and stop acting out like cheap European paparazzi tabloid writers.

    • Michael 10.1

      All Labour wants is office. The best way to guage its current intentions, though, is to look at its policies. Take health, for instance: earlier this year it promised to “restore” money not allocated to the health budget (variously reported as $1.7b or $1.07b – note the difference) “over time” and “as conditions allow”. Does anyone really think this commitment is rock solid?

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    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
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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