Routine incompetence

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, March 8th, 2016 - 45 comments
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From the party that brought you the Novopay debacle, the Auckland IT costing blowout, the unachievable Christchurch rebuild plan, the MBIE cost extravagances, the bungled charter schools mess, the embarrassing Auckland housing nonsense, the SERCO prison failures, the abolition of democracy in Canterbury, the Solid Energy fiasco, the negotiating disasters (with Sky City, Hollywood, Rio Tinto and Saudi millionaires), and so very much much more, comes the latest in this parade of National government cock-ups:

Government facing cost error at Health Ministry, and payroll woes at Mbie

The Government is facing dual crises in two of its biggest departments, with an office a refurb and payroll issue both turning sour.

A two-for-the-price-of-one bad news dump!

A multimillion-dollar miscalculation on the $24 million refit of the Health Ministry’s head office in 2014 has bought a strong rebuke from Treasury, accusing the ministry of “serious financial mismanagement”. … Independent auditors were called in to investigate how the ministry “miscalculated” the levels of its cash reserves, and came up short of funds for the refit.

And at Joyce’s MBIE:

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is facing a major problem in its payroll system that may affect up to 3000 employees. MBIE Minister Steven Joyce said the issue involved how holiday entitlements and shift pay were calculated. It could potentially involve millions of dollars …

See Labour’s press release on MBIE:

“Mr Joyce’s MBIE lurches from one debacle to the next. The common link in all of these things is a man not on top of his portfolios,” says David Clark.

Seriously, is this the least competent NZ government ever?

45 comments on “Routine incompetence”

  1. Sabine 1

    it’s only imcompetence if ya did not mean it 🙂

  2. Ad 2

    Would have been a better look to upgrade Dunedin hospital before the Ministry headquarters. Hope their b/c included health outcomes. Yeah nah.

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    Obviously the solution is to defund MBIE and the MoH then sell them. No, wait, we already tried that.

  4. Dr. Curiosity 4

    Grey’s Law: “Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.”

  5. BM 5

    More public service incompetence.

    I agree with this comment

    Some big savings could be made from downsizing the Ministry of Health as they have 1,200 staff. Why do they need so many staff I ask. From their website – “The Ministry of Health is the government’s principal advisor on health and disability policy”. I can’t believe they need 1,200 staff to provide advice to the Minister. Again from their website in a vacancy listing for a recruitment person, the description includes the following “The Ministry of Health is going through an exciting period of transformational change as we reset the New Zealand Health Strategy and our own internal direction and priorities.” Perhaps the transformation they need is a new CEO and a big downsizing!

    Hopeless, out source the lot.

    • dv 5.1

      Worked well with Dick Smith BM

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2

      National’s solution to National’s incompetence. The problem is National. This is what I mean by electoral amnesia: it only takes a certain amount of time for people to remember what the National Party is: incompetent and corrupt, utterly devoid of insight or ethics.

  6. Lucy 6

    Notice that the only people to lose jobs are the finance people. Forecasting was wrong according to DG said finance thought it was $4 million but was $20 million. DG sacked most of finance but won’t offer resignation.

  7. Lucy 7

    Damn misheard the interview with DG finance budgeted $24M thought it was available then found they needed $18M so they had $6M not $24M. Surely if the budget was that far out the DG should at least ask questions especially as he is an accountant. He also could not say how much he had spent on PwC surely if you are going on radio you would prepare!

  8. BLiP 8

    Seriously, is this the least competent NZ government ever?

    No, not in terms of transferring wealth from the public purse to the private sector. How much do we all owe the Bank of America now? You have to also bear in mind the standard neoliberal process for privatisation.

    1 – underfund existing services and appoint fellow travellers into key positions so that services become so poor everyone starts moaning

    2 – blame the public servants

    3 – bring in private sector “partners” because TINA.

    So far as competently running that ruse, National Ltd™ is doing exceedingly well.

    • saveNZ 8.1

      +100 Blip.

      They are exceedingly competent if their agenda is to run everything down, put ‘yes’ cronies or neoliberal zombies into every position they can, from Mayor to University Chancellors, fire everyone else and outsource it to cronies and then sell off the assets to their other cronies, while writing glowing reports on how efficient this all is. Not to collect or manipulate statistics so that nobody can get firm data on the issues.

      In addition having MSM print government spin and press releases and news stories run through intermediaries going on how incompetent the opposition is.

      Has worked pretty well now, so far. But I suspect the wheels are starting to spin off…. because the country stops working after 8 years of pretending it’s working…

      • BLiP 8.1.1

        Sure, things are getting worse and worst but I don’t think the wheels have come off just yet, Its only the most vulnerable and marginalised in society who are really bearing the brunt at this stage. And, lets face it, does “mainstream New Zealand” really care about the marginalised? I guess it might but it won’t go out of its way to hear their stories and the MSM is colluding by not telling the stories. So, rather than the wheels falling off National Ltd™’s economic mayhem, I speculate that the government is actually about to change into third gear and bring in its major “private sector partners”. That’s what all this “social investment” neoliberal-speak is about.

        • saveNZ 8.1.1.1

          @Blip I agree with you but feel a bit more optimistic.

          Mainstream does care. That is why Campbell Live was canned. Too much real world information about what was going on. His donation campaigns were always successful. People do care. They just don’t know what is going on.

          Also traditional right wingers might be getting worried, 93% did not approve of Sky City convention centre and the farmers might be starting to notice they can’t pay their bills after being painted a rosy future by government and given wads of cash by the banks. Northland is a pretty good example of sending the government a message. Sounds like junior Nats are imploding.

          The IT council disaster will continue to haemorrhage Auckland ratepayers money forever. The unity plan is a disaster for Auckland and the democratic process a shambles. If a high rise NAT INC goes up next to the good people of Remuera, Epsom and Herne Bay we are going to hear a deep rumble and even legal action.

          I’m very optimistic that National will continue to haemorrhage support. What I am a bit less optimistic about is whether the opposition will seize the moment NOW and by diligent and hard work gain voters trust again and work together without slagging each other off to create a credible future government that does not pit Kiwis against each other in a Neoliberal Austerity soup policy that does not gain support and easily ridiculed by the Natz. If you rolled together the most popular policies from NZ First, Labour and Greens then you would have a much more palatable voting offer than the current Nat LITE + Unknown.

          • BLiP 8.1.1.1.1

            I admire your optimism and wish I could share in it. But, yeah, what is the opposition to do? The MSM is blocking news of the reality of National Ltd™’s policies so its very hard to get that message out. Instead, the temptation is to start releasing some policy but that’s exactly what National Ltd™ wants.

            John Key and his crew are so bereft of any ideas other than “leaving it up to the market” any policy whatsoever the Opposition puts up will be, first, ridiculed, and, should any portion of it resonate with the focus groups, stolen and watered down. Labour is being useless, as usual. Its cuddling up to National Ltd™’s proposed labour laws and looks like its going to fall over on the new SIS/GCSB increase in powers.

            The Greens are the only ones talking any sense.

            • saveNZ 8.1.1.1.1.1

              @Blip – agree with your analysis but how you beat bullies is to unite and stand up for what you believe in.
              Winston has admirers because of that. Maybe Labour and Greens are trying to stand up but not publicly enough in the sense that 95% of people do not listen to political speeches in Wellington! Needs a more mainstream way to publicise their ideas. And before you publicise them you should iron out all the potential issues…

              Also the opposition need to engage with social media!!! Just looked at Andrew Little’s Facebook page, personally didn’t know any of that stuff he’s been doing which sounds great although not much policy – but when people post, nothing from Andrew -at least a nice message would work and some sort of engagement. Also a bit of action on the hecklers would be amusing. Nearly 25k Likes

              Social media is how busy people, families with kids and young people engage now. You don’t win support by doing it all 6 months before an election – they need to start now! Social media is free and sustainable.

              Ps checked out James Shaw fb – he has managed to engage but not much policy or support – come on folks – like him – even if you are a labour supporter. 4k likes

              Metiria Turei – has zero engagement at all! No posts. Maybe it is a fake site coming up or she has it private. (not very transparent). zero likes I can make out. This is the party that is supposed to be trying to get the youth votes…. hmmm

              Winston peters has better FB talking about TPP, land sales and where he has been… No engagement I can see, but his looks the best so far in terms of policy with his personal movements. Nearly 25k likes

              Just some suggestions for the opposition!

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.2

          So, rather than the wheels falling off National Ltd™’s economic mayhem, I speculate that the government is actually about to change into third gear and bring in its major “private sector partners”. That’s what all this “social investment” neoliberal-speak is about.

          More social-engineering as they create the most poverty this country has seen in nearly a century just so a few people can cater to their greed.

  9. Jenny Kirk 9

    and meanwhile the online media (Stuff and NZ Herald) pay very little attention to the Govt’s economic incompetence. And it appears the PM’s burglaries are of more importance at his press conference. Disgraceful.

    • DTH 9.1

      Yes, although to be fair, I found it quite interesting. When reading about our ridiculous prime minister screaming at the sight of an intruder I immediately thought,
      GET SOME GUTS!
      I guess this only applies to sending some one else to do it for you. Really gutsy.

  10. dv 10

    AND the 1m by Defence!!!

  11. roy cartland 11

    To be incompetent you actually have to give a shit in the first place. I agree with BLiP here – they simply don’t work for us, as they continually and openly prove.

    • TC 11.1

      Staged distraction ……business as usual. Opposition seem completely incapable of using what minimal exposure they get to hammer the theme of incompetance.

      This allows the msm to peddle the bs spin about what great managers they are as the feckless opposition allow it.

  12. Dot 12

    YES
    and history will show this.

  13. Ssor 13

    I’m not sure I understand how it is Nationals fault for the Auckland Council IT issues?
    I’m not sure why you think the Charter Schools have been a “bungled mess” -sure one failed but have you ever visited the other successful charter schools to see the fantastic work they do were the public schools were unable to – and “no” they do not receive more funding per student.
    Is SERCO a real failure?? The Corrections department run prisons have similar issues.
    Some commenters here should try focusing on “what’s going right” -its a much better way to live than waiting for the sky to fall.

    • saveNZ 13.1

      @Ssor

      “The Auckland Transitional Authority did not conduct a public tender. Instead, as acting local government minister John Carter confirmed later that year in response to a question from Labour’s Phil Twyford, the contract was awarded to a group of four companies led by SAP after a “discussion”. The minister said he had “every faith that the Auckland Transition Agency, and particularly the new council, will deliver a grand service for the people of Auckland.”

      In a commentary accompanying his report, O’Neill noted the opacity of the ATA’s way of working and the difficulty in getting officicial information. He wrote:

      There are signs building of a serious backlash against the way the Auckland Supercity is being implemented. Whether it’s the way executives are being recruited or the way the Council-controlled organisations are being reorganised, it looks increasingly as if the entire effort is being driven out of Wellington — and that’s making Aucklanders uncomfortable.”

      He concluded that hope that Aucklanders would have to hope their shiny new council “is not hamstrung by decisions now being made by unelected officials.”

      http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/the-unstable-supercity/

    • joe90 13.2

      ever visited the other successful charter schools

      Only in wingnut land would one of four meeting their obligations be successful.
      /

      Four charter schools were awarded $60,000 in performance payments last year, despite only one of them fully meeting the terms of their contracts.</i?

      /charter-schools-paid-ideology-bonuses/

  14. Steve Withers 14

    Looking further back we have INCIS, abolishing apprenticeships and the horrendous electricity reforms of the previous National government……

    National are clearly unfit to be considered as a serious governing alternative……but the BELIEF of their voters is the opposite….and never mind all the evidence.

    • TC 14.1

      IMO people vote on selfish grounds like no CGT, buying gilt edged utility shares etc

      Most know how shonky this mob are but self interest buys votes, nact work on that basis and the apathy that is the non voting third.

  15. Draco T Bastard 15

    Seriously, is this the least competent NZ government ever?

    Considering that their job of to destroy government and privatise everything so as to return us to feudalism. Yes it is as they’re succeeding without people realising it.

  16. slumbergod 16

    Absolutely incompetent. Also the most selfish, narrow-sighted, and least caring govt in the history of New Zealand.

  17. Gangnam Style 17

    No no no no, it’s all Labours fault http://www.nzcpr.com/progressive-education-a-failure/

  18. Lanthanide 18

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/77652198/state-payroll-blunder-may-be-widespread-hitting-private-workers-too

    Still no details on what the actual problem is.

    My guess is that it relates to the payment of bonuses (and other payments earned) in the previous 12 months being calculated as part of holiday pay. This part of the law has always seemed a bit peculiar to me – when I worked at The Warehouse and took some annual leave, the rate paid was something like 20c / hour more than my regular pay, because of bonuses I’d received in the previous 12 months.

    It makes sense for people who are primarily paid on commission or have very irregular working hours, but for someone with regular hours it’s a bit of a weird rule.

    Anyway, if that is the cause of this problem, you can bet that National will blame Labour for passing the 2004 legislation. And I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with National on that point.

    Recently there was some discussion from the government that they were looking to simplify that particular aspect of the law, since it’s overly complex and hard to administer at the moment.

    • Roflcopter 18.1

      Yup, looking like it’s related to The Holidays Act…. could affect both public and private sector, and if true then Labour are wholly to blame for their incompetence.

      • Lanthanide 18.1.1

        “and if true then Labour are wholly to blame for their incompetence.”

        Er, no. The government creates the laws, and people follow them. If people fail to follow them, they are at fault for failing to follow the law.

        Labour will cop some blame for passing legislation that is too complex and therefore not fit-for-purpose, but they are far from “wholly to blame”.

        I was more making the point that National should be taking very little blame in this case as it wasn’t their legislation, and expecting a new government to come in and review all existing procedures, policies and software used by government departments is simply laughable.

    • Lucy 18.2

      I agree with the no details bit – incredible sloppy journalism does no one know what the problem is? Actually Lanthanide once legislation – especially employment legislation is passed it is up to payroll experts to get their head around it and make sure it is in the payroll system.
      The fact that this was not done for 12 years and so people have gone without entitlements shows how poor the protection for workers has become. There is an agreement about poorly constructed legislation but it does point to the gutting of the public service and the unions over the last 35 years.
      If the law is so bad it can not be implemented then it makes you wonder what other laws have bits that have been overlooked and what affect these will have on our rights and obligations

      • Lanthanide 18.2.1

        My comment at 18.1.1 should make my position clearer and address your comment.

    • Craig H 18.3

      “The problem came to light after police and more recently staff at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) were underpaid because of an error calculating their holiday pay and shift entitlements.”

      Based on that, I would guess that they haven’t included shift entitlements and allowances in the relevant daily pay calculations, or have calculated them wrong. That would also explain the police’s issue.

  19. ScottGN 19

    What with Todd Barclay, MBIE payroll debacle, Ministry of Health coverup and we learn today the backdown by Michael Woodhouse over Zero Hours contracts Mr Key could really do with a photo-op like this
    http://i.cbc.ca/1.3480107.1457389432!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/toronto-justin-trudeau-pandas.jpg

  20. Smilin 20

    Its Natcorps continual bias against a social democracy that is the problem ,they will not concede that much of what Labour did in office was sound principled and frugal
    Key and his constant reference to the excuse of the so called financial crash of 2008 being the cause of the need for change in the actions of the govt was just BS
    Take the bailout legislation. Key could have called it for what it was, a rort of the taxpayers money but instead to save his political voters face he blamed Labour for its inception ,you cant have it both ways
    He could of pulled it under the emergency powers of the type he used in Canterbury but instead let ride for the favour of his vote for the next election ,unadulterated party politics being used as a lever to create further financial loss, pushed under the carpet and instilling the blame on Labour
    The constant process of the market regulating itself more BS nothing but .Natcorps failure to govern in the interest of the nation is all too clear, beni bashing, selling state housing to the never fail get out of doing anything to stop the growing national debt ,selling the country in so called free trade which is in the case of China is just a take over by them of us.
    And failure to force the corporation’s to take responsibility for their pollution and carbon emissions
    Derision of the rights of Unions, running down of the service section of what is govt responsibility to maintain that is core of govt responsibility, not a license to privatise by whatever means you can hide from the public, Dirty Politics
    Selling the research and educational institutions to private enterprise to balance the books and tax breaks to the rich to gain overall control of the country so that agreements like TPPA can control our future
    Just like GALLIPOLI we become canon fodder for the rest of the world to run our country
    Up yours Key you oughtta be ashamed of yourself but you don’t have a conscience that’s for real or integrity so is it any wonder you do what you do u FAH

  21. Thankfully there is video of Parliament. Jonathan Coleman can get a copy of his performance from today. He is to be congratulated on the quality and competence of his effort to prove his incompetence. He succeeded brilliantly.

    Remember the old World War 2 cry of ‘this was their finest hour’? He can archive the clip and on watching it repeat to himself, “This was my finest 15 minutes.”

  22. Stuart Munro 22

    Future generations will know who they have to thank that NZ is a bankrupt wilderness with walled corporate cities. Our government have betrayed us – their rule of law no longer binds – Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, / The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned.

  23. gnomic 23

    Shurely other contenders for worst PM of all time must be Holyoake for doing sod all when action was urgently required, and traitor to the nation ‘Sir’ Robert Cackle Cackle Dulmoon?

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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    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
  • 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

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