Right tastelessly tries to deify Parker

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, September 6th, 2010 - 70 comments
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There’s no tragedy so bad that some scumbag won’t try to exploit it. No, I’m not talking about mythical ‘looters’ that had the media in hysterics. It’s the stomach-churning way that some on the Right have decided to try to use the earthquake for political advantage by deifying Bob Parker.

The Herald doesn’t try for subtly with a headline screaming: “Mayor compared to Giuliani post 9/11”. Quite who has compared Parker to Giuliani isn’t explained.

David Farrar’s two substantive posts on the earthquake have both been on the implications for the mayoral campaign. One looking at Parker’s rising ipredict stock. The other darkly musing that if Jim Anderton was mayor everything would be going to hell in a handbasket because he might not have been in Christchurch (not sure where Farrar thinks Anderton spends most Friday nights).

Excuse me while I gag. Honestly, do they have no sense of decorum? What is wrong with people whose first thought after a major disaster is the implications for local politics?

Indeed, Parker himself looked almost physically ill when Paul Henry (who had just spent five minutes trying to convince a business leader that Christchurch was about to experience an economic boom) asked him about the Giuliani comparison on Breakfast this morning. Parker replied that he found that talk tasteless ‘I’m just doing the job I’m paid for and anyone else in this position would do the same. It’s not about me. There are 400,000 heroes in this city’. To which Henry replied ‘that sounds very like Giuliani’.

Some have asked what Anderton is up to. He, like Parker, is acting responsibly: “I haven’t been into the central city because the last thing the authorities there want is politicians hanging around hoping to get noticed.”

As far as I can see, everyone is behaving as they should given their roles and responsibilities as a city copes with a huge disaster. Trying to score political points off that is sick.

Update: Farrar, Whaleoil, Henry, and Matthew Hooton are trying to spread a lie that Anderton said only an earthquake could stop him winning the election. Danyl has the truth.

They really are terrified they’ll lose Auckland and Christchurch eh?

70 comments on “Right tastelessly tries to deify Parker”

  1. Graham 1

    “There’s no tragedy so bad that some scumbag won’t try to exploit it.”

    And of course, one of your other posts where you state, “I ask why he (John Key) was there at all. It’s not like he can make more informed decisions as a result. It was just a sight-seeing tour/photo-op that tied up emergency resources.” doesn’t fall into this category at all.

    If he hadn’t gone, people on this website would be screaming, “John Key doesn’t care!!! He should have dropped what he was doing immediately and rushed there!!! He DOESN’T CARE!!!”

    Oh wait, they already have – on the post “Broken principles and broken windows”

    Captcha “turning” – as in I\’m turning away from this website. I have never seen such a negative website in my life. This entire website is just one gigantic whinge session and bitch fest. Who needs it? Not me. Don’t bother banning me, I\’m going to ban myself.

    • bbfloyd 1.1

      graham…nice try, but if you had the wit to read what both the mayor and anderton said, then you’d realise that key did exactly what they wouldn’t do, which was to make political capital out of a disaster. we all know how much you love him for reflecting your own jaundiced and childish worldview, but this is the real world happening now.

      • joe bloggs 1.1.1

        There’s no tragedy so bad that some scumbag won’t try to exploit it.

        No, I’m not talking about mythical ‘looters’ that had the media in hysterics.

        It’s the stomach-churning way that some on the Far Left have decided to try to use the earthquake for political advantage by demonising John Key for doing his job and fronting up to the residents of Christchurch.

        • Bored

          Pray tell me Joe, who are the Far Left you mention? Cant say I have met any here for 30 years or more, since their reputation became almost as tarnished as anybody on the right. I think you may be having delusions again, keep taking the pills in the interest of public safety..

    • bbfloyd 1.2

      and, by the way. i hope you enjoy wallowing in the irrelevant and obsequious praising of any and all inane utterances coming out of the national party’s pr machine nowadays. kiwiblog sounds like your natural home. they’r thinking of renaming it “the crawl space”.

    • Does that mean Graham that you are no longer going to vote Labour or Greens?

    • Bright Red 1.4

      just be serious for a moment – you’ve got Zet saying that it’s unjust for the government to help SCf investors and not people who lost stuf in the erathquake on one hand. On the other you’ve got people trying to increase parker’s support by comapring him to Giuliani.

      Criticising government policy is a hell of a lot different than trying to use a disaster to give someone’s mayoral campaign a boost.

      and the other post was actually supportive of Key not going as early as the media wanted him there.

    • Murray 1.5

      “This entire website is just one gigantic whinge session and bitch fest.”
      Shame on you Graham for expecting anything better, you should know by now that’s all your going to get from the left

      • Bright Red 1.5.1

        yeah, that brighter future key has brought us through cycleways and magic bean investment is much better than sobre analysis.

      • Bored 1.5.2

        Murray and Graham, yes it is a giant bitch fest, your beloved twerp government makes anything less highly unlikely. For the record I had very little good to say about the recently deceased Labour admin either, its just that Jonkey and his intellectually challenged crew have made what was bad into a farce. That takes some doing, cant say they failed to fail, which might be their only positive.

      • Rharn 1.5.3

        Those that believe that tis site is nothing but a bitch fest can vote Labour at the next election. Just watch the change.
        Go on do ya bit or stop bitching about the very thing you are bitching about.

    • jbanks 1.6

      Yes. The valid points get lost amongst the idiotic hysteria.

  2. gp 2

    Graham, does have a point here.
    Can I offer some constructive criticsm in that while I enjoy the informed opinions on here, too often this blog’s humorlessness, joylessness and negativity are a major turnoff.

    I often feel the posters here that sometimes they argue for arguements sake rather than actually offering credible, viable alternatives to whatever the topic of discussion is.

    • Bill 2.1

      So you’ll be submitting a humorous, joyful and upbeat post then?

    • How about this for an uplifting post?

      McCarten not going down without a fight

      Or this for humour?

      Youz iz racists. Nah, only jokez!

      Or this for a credible viable alternative?

      On the edge of a second recession, Greens have a plan, Nats don’t

      All within the last couple of days during which time the second largest city in the country has been devastated.

    • NickS 2.3

      Sorry, what world are you in? Because presently there’s a ton of crap and bullshit going around, and ignoring it in favour of the “up-beat” seems some what pointless to me, especially when the bullshit isn’t being exposed in the media. As for humour, you’re more then welcome to inject some, but please be aware that writing good humour is not as easy as it seems.

      I often feel the posters here that sometimes they argue for arguements sake rather than actually offering credible, viable alternatives to whatever the topic of discussion is.

      For fuck’s sake, there is nothing fallacious with pointing out the flaws in claims without providing alternatives, particularly when one may not have the motivation, time and/or background to offer a “credible” one.

    • Rex Widerstrom 2.4

      too often this blog’s humorlessness, joylessness and negativity are a major turnoff

      The left can be a tad dour at times, gp, but did you not find yourself LOLing at this bit in this very post?:

      Parker himself looked almost physically ill when Paul Henry … asked him about the Giuliani comparison on Breakfast this morning. Parker replied that he found that talk tasteless ‘I’m just doing the job I’m paid for and anyone else in this position would do the same. It’s not about me. There are 400,000 heroes in this city’. To which Henry replied ‘that sounds very like Giuliani’.

      Poor Paul. If only a few thousand people had had the decency to damn well die, he might have made it onto the wires and become famous outside of his own breakfast time. I love the smell of relevance deprivation in the morning.

      I mean just think. If Parker = Giuliani then Henry =… ummm… Rosie O’Donnell, maybe?

    • bbfloyd 2.5

      G.P..i disagree

  3. Bored 3

    Watching TV with Parker performing like a trained seal was bad enough, then there was Jonkey sitting in a 4WD going past the fire fighters looking out the window. Fat lot of good that did, some other leaders of recent memory would need to have been restrained from attempting to give hands on help to the men on the ground.

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.1

      Come on Bored, credit where it’s due.

      Key did react with the gravitas appropriate to a moment of national tragedy.

      And I’m sure the rumours that it took 500ml of botox and a half dozen cable ties to stop him smiling and waving, respectively, as he drove by the devastation are entirely untrue.

      • Bored 3.1.1

        Gravitas Rex, how does that put out fires (he asked slightly cynically)? A little bit of soot and rolled up sleeves might have been far better for the photo op, you know, the “action man peoples hero” type.

    • Vicky32 3.2

      “then there was Jonkey sitting in a 4WD going past the fire fighters looking out the window. ”
      Er, I am sure I am not the first to ask, “what for?”

      • Bored 3.2.1

        Deb, I could not help but note the detached bemused look on John boys face….I had just been watching that old rogue Churchill on docco TV and got this mental image of him in boiler suite, bowler hat and cigar from side of mouth demanding to be given the hose..”we will never let it burn down”….Jonkey brings out the worst in me, but hey I can laugh.

  4. bobo 4

    Last thing Christchurch needs is political rubberneckers, but big ups to the decision to earthquake proof the historic buildings 10 years back.

  5. For those politically inclined people who are not directly affected by the disaster, or preoccupied in some other way, it is not surprising at all that the mind may well have drifted towards thoughts of the implications for the local body elections.

    In fact, Guliani was the point of reference I came up with as well, as the incumbent, to compare with Bob Parker.

    But to so publically muse about electibility following the quake does smack of indifference. The more the right try to help Parker, the worse they will make it for him. Even he knows that.

    As for the discussion in point, yes, Bob may get an initial fillip from undecideds by demonstrating compassion. But in some ways, this disaster is worse than the 9/11 attacks, because the damage is much more widespread, and directly affects more people. The damage will also take longer to clean up, and the repair and cost bill may even be higher (this is obviously not including the human life cost of the NY disaster).

    However, such voters are fickle and if the council is not perceived as acting within a timely fashion to restore some normalcy in the worst areas then they may decide to reject incumbents.

  6. Zaphod Beeblebrox 6

    Lucky we’ve got well organised Regional Government in Canterbury to take charge. Pity they are not accountable to any voters though.

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    What is wrong with people whose first thought after a major disaster is the implications for local politics?

    They’re psychopathic. They really only ever see the main chance – the chance to appropriate more power and wealth to themselves.

  8. This presents Jim Anderton the perfect reason to now say that he will resign as an MP if elected as Mayor. The job is now entirely different.

    Just saying …

    • fot 8.1

      Yeah right!

      A lefty never removes his nose from the trough voluntarily.

      [lprent: I think the expression you are after is “the self-righteous and self-appointed blowhard trolls of the right never bother to use their brains”. Far more accurate – especially for you. ]

      • the sprout 8.1.1

        When in comes to snouts in the trough, I think the names you’re looking for are:

        Rodney Hide (taxpayer funded trips to Disneyland for his girlfriend) and

        Roger Douglas (massive taxpayer funded first class travel for him and his wife’s regular personal holidays)

        • Armchair Critic

          Don’t forget the book that the Douglasaurus wrote and got the taxpayer to publish because no real publisher thought it would make them any money.

        • joe bloggs

          oh give it a break Chris Carter

        • KJT

          Don’t forget Roger Douglas. Massive transfer of tax payers assets to his mates.

          Rodney Hide. Massive attempt to do the same thing in Auckland.

          J Key and co strip mining NZ and its people.

  9. fot 9


    So you guys are happy to attack the “right” (I love the way you include Farrar in the “right”, he is centre left at best) yet you once again overlook the disgusting way that Andrew Campbell used the disaster to attack the government on National radio this morning.

    • Bright Red 9.1

      what exactly did campbell say that you have a problem with?

      quote and explanation of why it is wrong, please.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2


      Political Views

      I self identify as a classical liberal, which the Institute for Liberal Values of New Zealand succinctly summarises as a belief in individual rights, limited government, private property, free markets, tolerance, and reason.

      On the political compass test I score +10 (right) on economic issues and -6.15 (libertarian) on authoritarian/libertarian issues.

      So, that would probably put him in the hard right/anarchist basket which is normally called libertarian which is different from the hard left/anarchist which tends to be called liberal (I think, I get confused with where the terms are used as they seem to get conflated).

      Actually, I’m amazed that he’s in the National Party which tends to the hard right/authoritarian clique otherwise known as dictators and/or fascists.

      • mcflock 9.2.1

        let’s see, most people tend to describe themselves as “centre”, “centre left” or “centre right”.

        Fot thinks Farrar is “Centre left”. Assuming that he is following the classic line that Farrar is centre left so fot can judge himself centre right, by most people’s estimate (including Farrar, who thinks himself right wing) fot must be slightly to the right of Genghiz Khan. Without too much exagerration.

    • I love the way you include Farrar in the “right”, he is centre left at best

      Yeah right … I see him all the time as chardonnay sipping, hand wringing nanny state fermenting gatherings of progressives and socialists all the time.

      And he is a member of the National Party which is dedicated at taxing the wealthy and distributing the state’s ill gotten goods amongst the poor.

      Are you being serious?

    • bbfloyd 9.4

      fot… it was shocking….. SHOCKING!!!!!!…. there should be a law against that sort of thing!!!

      don’t worry brother, there will be soon..

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    Update: Farrar, Whaleoil, Henry, and Matthew Hooton are trying to spread a lie that Anderton said only an earthquake could stop him winning the election. Danyl has the truth.

    I hope Anderton is in contact with his lawyers because that is outright defamation.

  11. roger nome 11

    fot – farrar put his political compass results up a few years ago. He was the most far right of NZ’s 30 or so most well-read blog Authors. You’re an absolute Muppet.

  12. Unfortunately it was Bob Harvey on Q+A that first started the Parker as Giuliani fantasy.

    Not that being compared to Giuliani is anything to be proud of. Like the song says, “he’s such a fcuking jerk“.

  13. Jim Nald 13

    People are not that stupid and can see through a media whore taking advantage of the circumstances, so politicians: beware!

  14. marco 14

    When I first read the Guiliani fantasy talk, I almost threw up in my mouth. To be fair to Parker he has not really played up to it and just got on with the job, like any half decent Mayor or Politician should. I’m confident Anderton would have done the same.

    On the other hand did anyone catch a smiling John Key at the netball yesterday afternoon…..talk about lead from the front.

  15. Apart from Draco the rest of us are missing the point. Excuse me while I shout but …


    Farrar, Hooten and Slater have been suckered and are spreading a falsehood. That is of course unless they knew.

    • Carol 15.1

      Idiot/Savant got suckered by it, and apologised today:


      On Sunday morning, in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, the Herlad reported that

      Christchurch mayoral aspirant Jim Anderton told CTV on Friday that it would take an earthquake for him to lose the election race against incumbent mayor Bob Parker.

      Like many people, I spread the news over twitter, amused at the cosmic irony. But it turns out it was a fabrication. According to the actual interview [video, 54s in], Anderton actually said:

      There was a long history with the Labour Party. It would have taken a pretty earthquake, seismic shift to get me to move. And the seismic shift was Rogernomics…

      So, I apologise for spreading the misquote or misleading anyone. Meanwhile, I’m wondering: what sort of person edits together a video like this in an effort to make someone “say” something they clearly didn’t? Its dishonest, not to mention just a bit weird. But that seems to be par for the course down there in the sewer.

      I/S links to the actual comment here:

    • The Voice of Reason 15.2

      The C slug has fessed up:

      “I doc­tored the tape idiot, and I did it crap on purpose…If I wanted to it could have been seamless.”

      ‘Could have been seamless’ Even when he is caught lying bang to rights, he can’t help lying just a little bit more.

    • felix 15.3

      Slater hasn’t been suckered, Slater made the video and uploaded it. He says so in the comments here: http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz/2010/09/05/god-has-spoken-jim/comment-page-1/#comment-36017

      It’s a fair bet that his mates Farrar & Hooten knew that too, but Slater would be the place to start with the defamation proceedings.

      edit: snap

  16. RobertM 16

    A crisis can always move the political support to you, if your a skilled incumbent and have luck.
    Think Thatcher over the Falklands. Or possibly more apt re Christchurchs earthquake- the Handling in about l963 of the Hamburg floods by the chief executive or mayor of Hamburg, Helmut Schmidt. Before his brilliant handling of this natural disaster, Schmidt was a discredited failure. A less than glorious 3 years on the Russian front as an artillery lieutenant. A better forgotten backbench career as one of the most leftwing SPD German MP’s. Afterwards a long tenure as Leader of the FRG.

  17. M 17

    ‘Indeed, Parker himself looked almost physically ill when Paul Henry (who had just spent five minutes trying to convince a business leader that Christchurch was about to experience an economic boom) asked him about the Giuliani comparison on Breakfast this morning. Parker replied that he found that talk tasteless ‘I’m just doing the job I’m paid for and anyone else in this position would do the same. It’s not about me. There are 400,000 heroes in this city’. To which Henry replied ‘that sounds very like Giuliani’.”

    No wonder Bob looked ill -wouldn’t the comparison be very much damning with faint praise?

  18. felix 18

    What struck me most about the Parker interview was not the meaningless Giuliani shtick, but rather the way Parker had to explain to Henry the concept of compassion.

    Not just the need for compassion at this time, but the very concept of compassion.

    Henry truly is a sad, shallow, nasty little prick of a man.

    Video here: http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/bob-parker-talks-tough-days-ahead-7-05-video-3761350

    • Isn’t compassion something that will help to get you elected?

      • felix 18.1.1

        Even the appearance of it, I suppose, but I wasn’t really addressing Parker’s sincerity or otherwise. Just noting that Henry looked like a chimp who had just had quantum physics explained to him.

      • Marty G 18.1.2

        Henry wouldn’t know. he lost Wairarapa to Georgina Beyer despite (because of) making bigoted comments about her

    • Rex Widerstrom 18.2

      And Parker’s still in one piece?! I’d have blown my head off right after I said “people other than yourself matter, Paul” and been told “Of course they do. Some are there for me to interview and the rest have to watch or I woudn’t be famous”.

    • Loota 18.3

      Sociopath. Except sociopaths generally pretend real well that they get societal norms.

      • bbfloyd 18.3.1

        loota… have to disagree, sorry. i think he’s a narcissist….

        • mcflock

          The trouble with the debasement of the English language is that there is no f-word, even in compound form, that completely expresses my visceral loathing for PH. Even in light product placement moments (when he’s not pretending he’s a competent interviewer) he makes my skin crawl. I never watch Breakfast, but now I almost never click on TVNZ streamed video links in case the evil little weasel is in them.

          And I apologise to weasels for the analogy, even the evil ones.

  19. Rharn 19

    For those that are bitching about this site as a bitch fest can always vote Labour at the next election. Just watch the site change when Labour get back. Go on do ya bit or stop bitching about the very thing you’re ‘bitching’ about

  20. Swampy 20

    Does anyone on the left have a sense of humour?

    Whaleoil posts obviously black humour:

    Now, is there something I missed? The whole thing is a big joke.

    Maybe the Herald and all the others were taken for a ride, LOL

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

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