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Should Right-wing newspapers just shut up?

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, November 2nd, 2014 - 75 comments
Categories: blogs, journalism, newspapers, Satire - Tags: ,

A dirty election victory hasn’t led to any soul-searching among New Zealand’s Right-wing newspapers and media. Where to from here? M.Y. KEYBOARD (In the spirit of Philip Matthews) reports.

In a parallel universe, David Cunliffe is the prime minister of New Zealand presiding over a Labour-NZ First minority government in a happy arrangement with the Green Party. Internet Mana, backed by German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has a few MPs in Parliament, including veteran activist Hone Harawira.

Thank goodness we avoided that nightmare! The Left was soundly defeated in the 2014 election.

“Politics is a dirty, filthy, despicable game, played by dirty, filthy, despicable people” says Right-wing activist and blogger Cameron Slater. “Yay – we won!”.

“Right across the Right we are desperate to avoid conversations” says Ben Dover, co-founder of the newly-launched blog Full Spectrum Dominance. “We won the election despite the public revelations of dirty, filthy, despicable tactics leading right up to the PM’s Office, what does that mean?. Can we, like, do anything now?”.

Apparently the old rules of ethical behaviour and accountability no longer apply. Is it even possible that newspapers are part of the problem?

After all, media by definition is owned by the rich and exists to serve their interests. A raft of journalists and media players are deeply implicated in dirty politics, including many at my own organ, The Herald. By duly accepting and repeating the lamest excuses and spin of the Prime Minister (and or his office or his hats) as if they were plausible, are we not part of the problem?

Ordinary blogs are fringe forums largely preaching to the already converted, their influence is minimal at best. Blogs such as Whaleoil and Kiwiblog, however, which are backed by the government, the manipulation of official information, significant funding, and a very cosy relationship with journalists, created a very successful and powerful dirty politics machine. But of course nothing matches the impact of newspapers and other “mainstream media” – in effect we tell the public what to think.

Do we not owe it to the people of New Zealand, the workers who are being stripped of their rights, the young who graduate in debt and will never own their own homes, the demonised beneficiaries, the neglected poor, do we not owe it to them to speak the truth to power instead of repeating its lies?

Is it even possible that newspapers are part of the problem?

Nah – I guess not.

75 comments on “Should Right-wing newspapers just shut up?”

  1. RedBaronCV 1

    The content wasn’t totally bad but once again the heading and framing could of course be different.

    How about a headline ” should right wing bloggers be more ethical’ and a lot more focus on underhand attacks by those who disagree with the Right? Nope we didn’t get that.

    Nor was it particularly deep, the left is no doubt lots of small people wanting to build a better society in a myriad of different ways. Note how this is presented as disarray not crowd sourcing.
    A similar framing could call the Right autocratic with no tolerance of dissidence and a top down obedience to the rules of the rich ( and zero technical skills) – no we don’t see that.

    Step away from the keyboard – ignores the issue that many also do plenty in the real world.
    Call a win – well no political party is going to say they are losing are they?
    Also the steady and multiple use of blogs should be telling the MSM that there is a world out there that they are not serving.

    The real point is how well the left did. In the face of almost zero positive framing from the MSM, fighting off attacks from the Right with the MSM which continue ( see greens/ petition in the last few days) with limited money (sourced onshore) almost half the voting electorate still managed to stagger down and vote to the left of the Nacts.

    So from me the article gets 10/10 for negative left wing framing, avoidance of deeper issues and continuing the RW media attack based on trivialities.

    • Keir 1.1

      Philip Matthews is not in the pocket of the vast right-wing conspiracy, to put it mildly.

      • r0b 1.1.1

        I haven’t noticed him previously, so wouldn’t know. I thought it was quite a good piece in some respects, and felt a bit mean satirising it. But this was the obvious response to the unexamined assumptions underlying Matthews’ piece, and I think it needed saying.

        • Keir 1.1.1.1

          Nah, he’s a pretty solid journalist. He’s done a lot of good work as a features writer covering Christchurch politics, and he hates dirty politics & Cameron Slater.

          I thought the spoof was pretty funny! But some of the reaction below the line seemed to assume he was some right winger – he definitely isn’t.

        • karol 1.1.1.2

          Yes, it is quite a good piece. I wonder who wrote the online headline. In yesterday’s Dom Post the title was “Step away from the keyboard”.

    • karol 1.2

      I also think the idea (from Cosgrove and Matthews), talking about left wing blogs as needing to be more disciplined, is way off target.

      TS and other Left-wing blogs are not organs of or for any political parties. Parties, and especially their caucuses do need to show some discipline. Political blogs, IMO, are more for discussions and debates. Sometimes we questions the actions and statements of left wing MPs. That is good for democracy.

  2. chris73 2

    The jealousy and envy is so thick you can almost touch it

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Don’t suppose you want to address the merits of the post? Or is winning at all costs all important?

      • chris73 2.1.1

        1. National did nothing that Labour doesn’t all ready do or has tried to do
        2. The general public aren’t at all surprised by what politicians do hence why politicians rank among the lowest of respectable careers
        3. The real kicker for the left is that National weren’t re-elected due to dirty politics but because the economy is going well and Labour (as the biggest party of the left) aren’t fit to govern yet
        4. (Nearly forgot) The majority of people don’t care about Hagers allegations, they see it (correctly) as a belt way issue

        As Mike Moore put it: The voters are always right

        • Tom Jackson 2.1.1.1

          As Mike Moore put it: The voters are always right

          Typical of Moore to say something trivially and obviously incorrect.

        • mickysavage 2.1.1.2

          1. National did nothing that Labour doesn’t all ready do or has tried to do

          Absolute BS. The left blogs do not go near to the smearing and attacking that Slater has made an art form of. You are right that Key kept saying “the left does it too” even though he knew it was a lie.

          2. The general public aren’t at all surprised by what politicians do hence why politicians rank among the lowest of respectable careers

          And in many instances they are correct. But not all. National made people believe that both sides are untrustworthy whereas the reality is that National deserves the least amount of trust.

          3. The real kicker for the left is that National weren’t re-elected due to dirty politics but because the economy is going well and Labour (as the biggest party of the left) aren’t fit to govern yet

          I agree with you that there as the perception that the economy is doing well. Borrow and spend, a luxury the country has because of Michael Cullen, is working as is rebuilding the second biggest city after it was trashed.

          4. (Nearly forgot) The majority of people don’t care about Hagers allegations, they see it (correctly) as a belt way issue

          The left were incensed, the right thought it was business as usual and they managed to persuade others this was the case

        • newsense 2.1.1.3

          But the voting ballot isn’t a comprehensive survey about feelings, beliefs and intentions.

          So beyond that the voters wanted National returned we know little about why that is so, or what they think on an issue by issue basis.

    • Care to address any of the serious problems in NZ democracy identified in the post, or do you prefer to screech and fling poo?

      Envy and greed are a right-wing speciality, I would think… ask Gordon Gekko

      • chris73 2.2.1

        There are no serious problems in NZ democracy because the left aren’t in power

        • Colonial Rawshark 2.2.1.1

          There is no sense to your utterings, merely randomly strung together words.

          Personally, I believe that the use of the police to harrass and disrupt the work of journalists like Nicky Hager, the well documented “two track” dirty politics system Key continues to have contact with, as well as the crony capitalism practiced by this government, are serious problems in NZ democracy.

          • chris73 2.2.1.1.1

            I disagree, I don’t think Hager was harassed and “two track” is something thats always been done so nothings changed…except Labour, Labour hasn’t changed which is why its going downhill

            • Dialey 2.2.1.1.1.1

              I don’t think you stand what two track is, otherwise you would not make such a claim

              • chris73

                I do but I don’t really care because the party I voted for is in power and can make the decisions on how this country is run…which is what I wanted

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  I just mentioned several major problems with NZ democracy. You’re short sighted to think that you can let our collective democratic protections erode now and all will be fine for you. Until a different government gets in.

                • You don’t have the mental capacity to understand the problems. Neither do most NZers. That in itself is a problem.

                  • chris73

                    “Neither do most NZers”

                    – That there is part of the reason why the left has been rejected

                    • locus

                      More voters in nz voted for alternatives rather than for key.

                      Of those that voted for national there are many decent people who would have been disgusted by the pm and other nat party behaviour if they had read Dirty Politics

                      The facts uncovered by the emails will gradually work their way into the publics awareness.

                      Rejection of key and his brand will undoubtedly follow. Its just a matter of time.

            • The Other Mike 2.2.1.1.1.2

              “I don’t think Hager was harassed” – well what would you say if the cops came and turned your place over for 10 hours.

              Oh, and you obviously don’t “care” for anyone but yourself. Go back to DPF and the party of me.

              • chris73

                Depends, had I profited from hacked emails? If I had then its something I would have expected to have happen

                • NZJester

                  Why did the Police also not do the same kind of raid on Cameron Slater can you answer me that chris73?
                  Cameron actually had a physical stolen hard drive and documents in his possession that he used to smear someone in his blogs with information that was not really in the public interest.
                  There are also allegations that he was paid to run that smear campaign just like some of the other business related smear campaigns mentioned in the book Dirty Politics.
                  Are you not also worried about the smear campaigns he also ran against people within the National Party itself in order to force out the old guard of National and get his extreme right-wing mates hands on as many top National Party positions and safe seats as possible.
                  If you think Cameron and his mates only attacked those on the left you are in for a nasty shock. They have also been attacking those on the right that are not part of their group in order to take all the power they can.

            • minarch 2.2.1.1.1.3

              chris, you know girls only like guys with SKILLS

              you know nun-chick skills

              bow-hunting skills

              trolling skills…..

        • peterlepaysan 2.2.1.2

          There are serious problems in NZ democracy.

          There are a hell of of a lot of people not voting.

          There has been and continues to be selling off of tax payers assets to capitalists.

          JK and the Nats continue to woo Wall street (which is currently reviving “sub prime” mortgages.

          US democracy and NZ democracy are not identical.

          Democracy is based on freedom and equality.

          America does not value equality.

          NZ ,once valued equality.

          Our Hawaiian PM prefers Wall street and Hollywood values to new zealand values.

          What planet are you on?

      • Binders full of women 2.2.2

        there are no serious issues regarding democracy raised in the post… the most serious worry at the moment is that we have slipped a whopping 1 place in global transparency & anti corruption rankings and are no longer 1st. We are 2nd behind Denmark. Ahead of the other 3 socialist utopias in Scandinavia and about 175 other countries..

        • A decent democracy has a fourth estate that exposes corruption, not participates in it. No wonder we are slipping.

          Does it not concern you that 2/3rds of New Zealanders are NOT represented in Parliament?

  3. hoom 3

    At this point I’m pretty much resigned to NZ officially joining the ranks of 3rd world banana republics.

    Fundamentally though, Nat coalition is still only a 64 seat bloc compared with 64 seats last time and 69 in ’08.
    It really hasn’t been the rout the media makes it out to be.

    • b waghorn 3.1

      Since health issue’s could take a man of Dunne’s age out at any moment and something dont seem right about Seymour I’d say it’s a pretty precarious lead they have.

    • chris73 3.2

      National Party 1,131,501 47.04

      Labour Party 604,535 25.13
      Green Party 257,359 10.70

      No you’re right definitely not a rout…you know trying to minimize what happened doesn’t help the left in the long term

      http://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2014/partystatus.html

      • hoom 3.2.1

        64 seats this time vs 64 seats last time does not make a rout.

        2014
        Labour Party 604,535
        Green Party 257,359
        total = 861,894

        2011
        Labour Party 614,937
        Green Party 247,372
        total = 862,309

        Actually barely any difference in number of votes for Lab/Greens overall.

        The rout is in the fact that the Right actually got away with their bullshit despite their methods being completely publically ousted for the 2nd time

        • chris73 3.2.1.1

          Yeah you keep telling yourself it wasn’t a rout

          • hoom 3.2.1.1.1

            Faith based maths?

            • chris73 3.2.1.1.1.1

              For the left to govern they would have needed:

              Lab/Grn/NZF/MP/Act/UF combined and even then it would have only been a one seat majority

              If you can’t see that then you’re probably one of the left who thought Cunliffe was Labours best shot against John Key (sad thing is he probably is)

              • hoom

                And that differs from 2011 by the one seat of Act, Mana or UF, so is a rout?

                • chris73

                  You’re right it wasn’t a rout so theres nothing that Labour need to worry about

                  All good

                  • hoom

                    On the contrary there is plenty to worry about, just its not as bad as the Right are trying to make it out as being.

              • mickysavage

                For the left to govern they would have needed:

                Lab/Grn/NZF/MP/Act/UF combined and even then it would have only been a one seat majority

                And on the right we have NAT/ACT/UF/MP so what is the problem?

                • hoom

                  Well there is no way that Act could ever be part of a Left coalition.

                  …Unless they did something utterly outrageous & unlikely such as subvert Labour I guess.

                  Again…

                  But then, that wouldn’t really be a Left coalition.

                • chris73

                  Really Mickey?

                  Ok then National could govern with only one other party if it really wanted to but it chose to bring in three parties

                  The difference is Labour needs every other party to lead whereas National only needs one party to lead

                  Quite a big difference I’d have thought

            • minarch 3.2.1.1.1.2

              “Faith based maths?”

              FAN based maths

              FIFY 🙂

  4. dale 4

    The msm is no friend of the right. There is so much left wing bias. This post is the biggest pile of crap I’ve read in a long time.

    • Mark 4.1

      You are either a one man comedy act or just an absolute fucking wanker Dale. Its a tough call but option two looks more likely.

      • halfcrown 4.1.1

        “You are either a one man comedy act or just an absolute fucking wanker Dale. Its a tough call but option two looks more likely.”

        Well fucking said

  5. r0b 5

    Goodness – quite a reaction to a bit of harmless Sunday satire. Too close to the bone?

    For those leaping in with both boots – please first read the Matthews piece that this was a take-off of.

    • chris73 5.1

      The left wing of NZ need to be constantly reminded that they are the natural party of opposition

      • r0b 5.1.1

        Thank goodness we have you here c73, to take care of that for us.

        • chris73 5.1.1.1

          Well the Greens know their role which is to be in opposition but Labour still have pesky thoughts about leading…

      • politikiwi 5.1.2

        LOL yeah, because human society has always operated on an “every (wo)man for himself” type basis. Neo-liberalism is the natural order of things. Market economies have evolved to work so well in nature. There is no such thing as society. Etc etc.

    • felix 5.2

      “Goodness – quite a reaction to a bit of harmless Sunday satire. Too close to the bone?”

      Methinks the PR hack doth etc etc

  6. RedBaronCV 6

    Please feel free to shift my 1.00pm post off open mike.

  7. The rightwing media won’t shut up until we shut them up.
    In the lead up to the Russian revolution workers occupied the printing works of the ruling newspapers and put out their own papers until cleared out by cops.
    The workers then moved on to the next printshop. The revolution happened.
    The internet is the equivalent of the printing press today.
    Class war becomes cyberwar.
    The spies and cops are everywhere, but they need the social media to make money off us so we just move from one print shop to the next.
    A bit like the Bolsheviks who were penetrated by the Tsars spies, but overcame the problem by putting them to work under close supervision.
    Even with total censorship like in the 1951 lockout, workers are much more ingenious than the censors in finding ways of communicating.
    We should make the best of the time available to us before we face an internet blackout to build a left media firmly rooted in working class culture.
    What is that? you ask.
    Quite. After all, what is the working class?
    The main task of the left media is to ‘rediscover’ the working class under its noses, unite its various factions and help organise it collectively to fight for its class interests.

  8. Ad 8

    Consider it a compliment that they feel so obviously threatened. The proliferation of leftie political blogs underlines the loss of newspapers as relevant only to those European and over 55.

    Right here – in The Standard, Whaleoil, and others – is where most political debate in NZ occurs, precisely because newspapers now lead and break so little and are determined to control content.

    It is also a matter of necessity. With unions shrinking pretty rapidly now, blogs are the last and best hope for leftie resistance. Until the Greens and Labour sort out their relationships, and Labour actually functions as a caucus, it’s pretty much all we have. And speak out we must.

    If political blogs are to be more than contests of ideas, however, they also need to organize people to do things. To letter-bomb, text-bomb, flash-protest, disrupt bureaucratic and official meetings, and find further means to ensure their dominance of newspapers is completed. They don’t do that well at all yet.

    I doubt blogs will topple television’s mass-communicative supremacy, but blogs that can orchestrate twitter and text will most certainly be more powerful than knocking on doors ever will be now.

    Within just a couple of years, all the Baby Boomers will have reached retirement age. The Boomers within Labour, by and large, are what is holding the left back. Let’s assist in pushing them out the door, and use these digital instruments to welcome in this new generation of resistance and renewal.

  9. Hami Shearlie 9

    Personally, the parallel universe is looking pretty good to me right now!! David Cunliffe made politics exciting for me – now it’s just a bit meh!!

  10. blue leopard 10

    I don’t think the right-wing newspapers should shut up.

    What they need to do is state their bias and interests transparently

    This could be a achieved by having a page dedicated to listing who owns the paper and what other business/financial interests they are connected with.

    Any complaints of the content, or requests to influence the content, by the advertisers should also be included on this page.

    The authors of all articles should be clearly stated.

    Papers and articles that present themselves as an objective news medium when that is not what they are, is what is particularly damaging about the way ‘information’ is being presented to us.

  11. Grantoc 11

    The problem with this post is that the writer, like many on the left, is still in denial about why the Left lost the election.

    The self evident fact is that a significant percentage of electors did not buy into the hysteria created around Hager’s dirty politics, Slater’s blog, or Dotcom’s circus, which, by the way, was breathlessly promoted every day and night in the MSM – the so called right wing media mentioned above.

    For better or worse the electorate was motivated by other factors than those relating to dirty politics. However having said this Its probable many of them voted for the Nats et al BECAUSE of the hysteria created around dirty politics etc. In the this way the MSM were actually a problem for Labour and the Left because they focused on dirty politics so much.

    • You_Fool 11.1

      “In the this way the MSM were actually a problem for Labour and the Left because they focused on dirty politics so much.”

      Citation needed

    • Nothing to do with fabricatons about bottles of wine and a weird obsession with Cunliffe’s attire?

      Were there any questions asked of John Key for the whole campaign or was it just an exercise in “Shooting Labour down”?

    • framu 11.3

      shame you didnt spot that you just proved the post right

      one of the points made is that the MSM is the main, and often only, conduit for the electorate when it comes to politics, and that by colluding with the govt they are manipulating the message

      so your self evident fact is describing a result that is the exact outcome the post indicates.

      and unlike the weird moral bankrupts you and your ilk seem to want to sign up with, the issue is about a much larger time period than the single month before the election

      Just like the “hager has stolen emails” argument this line of reasoning cant get past first base. Theres nothing to discuss because you havent even bothered to take the subject into account.

      Clue – its not the result, its how we got there

  12. Orthodoxia 12

    Its interesting to note that whaleoil is just as convinced that MSM is totally biased to the left. My problem is not whether MSM are left or right but that most ‘news’ is regurgitated media releases from PR without any filtering and opinion pieces. Basically journelisim is dying quickly because their is no longer any money in it. Blogs do not provide it nor do books like Hagers or Wisharts are not true journalism. I miss being able to read an article that is well researched, considers both sides of the debate and let’s the reader come to their own conclusions.

    • lprent 12.1

      It is still around. That is why I tend to read much of the NZ Herald for non-news.

      I read the Economist and a few other mags for when I want to read something of the type you describe.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Attempted sting in the tail Nat triumphalism from Matthews.

    This is a familiar thread from the right. These people shout at you! Cunliffe must go! For the tradie tory mob their bigoted opinion is as good as your researched evidence based presentation. Add this to the transmission methods of the msm and partly tax payer funded Kiwi blog (partly means indirectly as LPRENT usefully draws readers attention to) and you can figure out how it all works.

    The torys don’t like nuanced debate or discussion–it is “my way or the highway” standover style on the right blogs and when some of them try their luck on left blogs they hit quicksand. Think fishyanus, King kong, or ’73 above.

    Keep on blogging everyone!

  14. Al 14

    Chris73 can’t read – must of ‘graduated’ from one of Donkeys’ shonky educational facilities – blind faith in a failing market paradigm. He can probably just buy his way out – like the PM

  15. Sable 15

    I have stated my feelings about this again and again. Its only be holding the sleazy biased mainstream media to account legally that we can have moderately honest political outcomes.

  16. dale 16

    Sorry I couldn’t reply earlier but the reaction to my comment just proves why left wing blogs fail. They are full of hate and mindless insults. Take the blinkers off for just a bit and you will see. I would vote Labour if they would just get back to what serves the core principles of the working man.

    • People made fun of you because your comment showed all the signs of a kneejerk response with zero reasoning. Try backing up your opinions with facts, logic, or links. Show a glimmer of intelligence and engage the conversation. People can be rude but just take it with a grain of salt and give it back. We can take it. It’s actually fun after a while..

    • lprent 16.2

      Why would we fail. This site has been running for more than 7 years with a nice steady growth showing up after every election.

      And we haven’t had to puff the numbers like Whaleoil does.

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    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    1 hour ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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