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Some thoughts on ACT

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, September 18th, 2010 - 79 comments
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Now Garrett has resigned from the party things are really going to get interesting. As far as I can see there are a few ways this can play out.

1) Garrett stays as an independent and Hide stays leader of ACT – I’m picking this is unlikely

2) Garrett stays as an independent and Boscawen rolls Hide (This seems to be the way John Armstrong thinks it may go, I’m not so sure.)

3) Garrett resigns from parliament and Hide stays on (highly unlikely).

4) Garrett resigns from parliament, Hillary Calvert comes in and Hide is rolled (this would be my pick and it would effectively make Douglas the power behind the throne)

I note that DPF has tried to claim Calvert would support Hide but I find that highly unlikely. I recall having a conversation with her in the 1990’s and being struck by just how much of a Douglas disciple she was. More recently, she’s also spoken well of Roy and just yesterday told the Herald:

I think it is important, particularly in a small party like Act, that the leader has everyone’s total support.

A comment that has been interpreted by the Herald as support for Hide but is notable for the total absence of the words “I support Rodney Hide”. She is a lawyer after all.

Then there’s Epsom. A few months ago I saw a little bit of polling that had been conducted there that showed Hide’s support was collapsing and I doubt that recent events have done much to help that. If Hide is rolled as leader, however, that will be beside the point as he would be unlikely to gain candidacy for the seat and it is even more unlikely that John Key would ease the way for a Douglas-backed ACT candidate.

If Hide struggles on as leader I doubt very much he’d win Epsom regardless of the signals sent by Key and his party.

Which leaves ACT with one opportunity for survival – the 5% threshold. It’s an open secret that a substantial number of ACT supporters believe that there’s 5% of voters who would tick the ACT box if they saw the party returning to its strictly neoliberal roots (i.e. ditch Hide for Roy). And, although I’d like to think that the voodoo economics of the 80’s and 90’s was as dead as Stalinism, there is a chance that they’re right. In fact right now it’s looking like that’s the only shot they’ve got.

Of course there’s also the bigger picture to think about as well. An ACT-less parliament would have significant ramifications for National’s plans for pushing further right in a second term (the privatisation agenda, for example, would have to be shelved) and that would piss off a lot of their backers (but possibly not as much as “centrist” John Key cuddling up to a Douglas-run ACT would piss off a lot of voters)

And if National is looking like it would be hamstrung in government Labour may find it harder to instil a sense of urgency in its activist base (who right now are most motivated by the fear of the irreparable harm a second term of National/ACT would cause).

The Maori Party would gain more power in a National-led government if ACT disappeared but would also have to take more responsibility for policies their base didn’t like.

And then there’s the 800lb gorilla in the room nobody wants to talk about – Winston Peters.

As I said, this is going to be very interesting.

On a more personal note I’ve taken an interest in Garrett ever since I announced his candidacy for him in 2008. Like an old comrade of mine says about the political game: “I’ve seen ’em come and I’ve seen ’em go”.

79 comments on “Some thoughts on ACT”

  1. john 1

    Sooner Parliament is sterilised of Garrett’s Presence the better.

    • comedy 1.1

      “Sooner Parliament is sterilised the better.”

      There fixed it for you

      “Winston Peters an 800lb Gorilla”, don’t you mean a 180lb chimp ?

      • bbfloyd 1.1.1

        comedy… where does an 800lb gorilla sit at the dinner table?………… anywhere he f****n wants to! you get the analagy? chimps are what you see in the mirror…
        (sorry, can’t do smiley face)

        • Comedy 1.1.1.1

          Didn’t know they had mirrors in your enclosure.

          Anyhoo to see a truly simian lineup I just got my Supercity forms in the post …………. since when have Banks and Brown been independents ?

          .. and as for the rest FFS WHAT A JOKE.

          • kbr 1.1.1.1.1

            This is an insult to he noble hominidae, Pan troglodytes, to whom I assume you refer – as opposed to Pan paniscus, or bonobo, which uses love-making as a form of conflict resolution.

            Chimps are adept at coalition building to achieve objectives such as territory, foraging, or hunting – and could teach us a thing or two.

            I sometimes see them observing Phoenix training sessions over the back fence of Wgtn zoo. They don’t seem to think it has much point ..

          • bbfloyd 1.1.1.1.2

            C..so you didn’t get it…. why am i disappointed , but not surprised? the explanation would confuse you..

    • Rharn 1.2

      Ditto for ACT too.

    • paula 1.3

      [deleted]

      [lprent: As much as I personally dislike the SST. Your repeated comments are defamatory. You’ve been warned before. You are now permanently banned. ]

  2. Rharn 2

    Anyone thinking like me that Winstone ‘will’ return?

    Most pundits are still writing him off on the basis of his alledged skullduggery. Remember no charges were ever laid and it was Hide and that wannabe Monaco diplomat that did most of the damage. Key put the knife in by stating that he would not have Winstone as a coalition partner. Now Key has changed his mind and could w.ork with him. What has changed? Key has fewer options.

    Second question. Anyone think Winstone ‘will’ work with Key? Not a chance.

    I’m almost tempted to vote for Peters not only as a thank you for my gold card but also to allow him to settle some scores. He will not sign up with any one for that reason.

    • blacksand 2.1

      Second question. Anyone think Winstone ‘will’ work with Key? Not a chance.

      Every chance. Who thought he’d work with Bolger, Birch and Shipley after ’96? Actually, quite a few people, just not the 2/3 of his supporters who expected him to back Labour just because he’d absolutely ruled out anything to do with those three.

      • Rharn 2.1.1

        Lot of water’s gone under the bridge between ’96 and now. But knowing Winstone you may well be right. The big if or several big ifs will he get the chance? The other thing is that Clark held on to Winstone for as long as possible. He’ll go with Labour should the chance arise. No he’ll turn down Key ’cause he can.

      • Rex Widerstrom 2.1.2

        work with Bolger, Birch and Shipley after ’96

        And didn’t that emd well?! And that was when he had one or two reasonably capable, energetic and personable MPs behind him. Not so now.

    • Im picking that Peters will promise to improve the Gold Card and all the
      well-of blue rinses will flock to vote for him. What will happen if he stands for Epsom.? I have no doubt he will come back ,but who would he support.? Thats the trouble ,and remember he’s an exNat.

  3. Red Rosa 3

    Nice one, here

    http://gonzofreakpower.blogspot.com/

    AS word – plot – how do they do this?

  4. the sprout 4

    Winston most certainly WILL be back.

    Anyone find it a bit odd that Calvert can’t rmember if she has any convictions?

    From the Herald article linked to above…

    “I’m not going to say I don’t. I can’t remember a speeding ticket,” [Calvert] said. “I will have to have a proper think about it.”

    I’m not sure how you could possible come up with a less convincing answer than that.

    • Rich 4.1

      I had to list mine for citizenship, and I couldn’t remember my motoring offences (from being a young and stoopid driver in the 80s). I tried DVLA and police in the UK, and they delete them after 7 or so years. so I just put that I had several from before 1995, and that seemed to suffice.

    • Red Rosa 4.2

      Calvert is a lawyer, so she knows a few speeding tickets aren’t going to bother anyone. Should this set a few alarm bells ringing? Or maybe the skeletons in the closet have been rattling loudly enough!

      • joe bloggs 4.2.1

        I see that Phil Goff has made no announcements whatsoever about past convictions. This surely sets a few alarm bells ringing…

        • rod 4.2.1.1

          Ditto, Auckland mayoral cadidates, now is the time to speak up guys.

          • Mrhappy 4.2.1.1.1

            So in 1984, Garrett as a “prank” decided he had a need to obtain a new identity, and even possibly “prankishly” leave the country under said identity, for presumably “prankish” purposes.

            Now a normal person wouldn’t put that much effort into a simple “prank”, unless they thought they might have to utilise it for comedic effect.

            Or if they’d done something REALLY dodgy that meant it might be better to quietly leave the country.

            Now, let me think, 1984 and major unsolved crimes … hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

            So, ummm, did they ever catch [too close to defamation]

        • bbfloyd 4.2.1.2

          get a life joe.

  5. Rich 5

    Also, as a summary of facts:
    – If Garrett stays an MP, even he never comes to parliament, then Hide will continue to have the numbers to stay ACT leader, unless Boscawen dumps him.
    – If Garrett resigns, then apparently next-in-line Hilary Calvert is no fan of Hide and would probably vote to roll him.
    – Key has said that he won’t accept Roger Douglas a a cabinet minister, so that would point to Roy becoming leader.
    – Unless, that is, Douglas becomes leader but not a minister, and Roy gets her Chief Toy Soldier job back.
    – Also, Roy/Douglas may not want Boscawen as a minister, but that would leave them with no acceptable candidate for their second ministerial slot.
    – And if Garrett stays, then Heather may need to release the next little bombshell.
    – Or Hide could persuade an existing National or UF MP to join the ACT caucus to shore up his majority, possibly with the connivance of Key.

  6. freedom 6

    the unfunny thing is all this bs of Garrett and co has succeeded in taking focus away from the only truely important topic of the week, the removal of democracy from New Zealand’s Parliament

    The MSM is blathering about responsibilty of truth in Parliament whilst they refuse to exercise any expression of honesty in their own media.

    Despite the belated and disingenuous statements from the shadows of what was once the left, our elected representatives have unanimously collaboratively, willingly, fucked us, and we didnt even get a nice dinner first

  7. gobsmacked 7

    ACT’s problems are only going to get worse. The enemy within is very, very smart.

    The leaker(s) clearly know how to play the game. If they’d put these stories out there in the previous ten days or so, they wouldn’t have had half as much impact. The quake eliminated all other news. There was no appetite for “politics”.

    So they waited until the media were ready. Then they got the lesser story out first (Tonga assault), and got some momentum. Plus they got Garrett on the record, saying he had no more “strikes” against his name. And Hide on the record, telling everyone how wonderful Garrett really is. Oops.

    Then they delivered the knockout punch – Jackal. Job done.

    They’ve leaked separate ‘Exclusives’ to both TV One and TV3, they’ve played them perfectly, an object lesson in how to use the media. Funnily enough, this doesn’t involve just issuing a bland press release and hoping somebody notices.

    Any chance they could lend their instruction manual to the Labour Party?

  8. and it is even more unlikely that John Key would ease the way for a Douglas-backed ACT candidate.

    I think this is true to a certain extent, but only a certain extent. Didn’t Richard Worth have Brash’s ‘full suppport’ for Epson? I think National and ACT supporters have embraced strategic voting in a way that the left haven’t – I even recall Helen Clark pointedly saying that doing deals on seats was not how Labour was going to operate. As a Green voter, I’m a bit sad that the Green voters of Ohariu-Belmont didn’t see that voting for Hugh Chavel could have got rid of Peter Dunne, but maybe that was just a surprise all around.

    I don’t think it will make much difference whether Key makes any public comment on any particular seat; I’d expect that there are a number of National safe seats with a clever & right wing enough electorate for ACT to find a winning candidate. I really don’t believe that any of the scandals that have befallen ACT would make much difference to their support – whatever disagreements there are within the party, they are still pretty consistent as to what their main goals in parliament are. The ACT voters of Epson were clever enough to know which side to butter their bread. It is only this last scandal that actually goes beyond the pale – I doubt Rodney could hold Epson now.

    The irony of the whole ‘bbq at Phil’s place’ meme is that the right have a much more corporate loyalty to the CEO ethos than the left – witness poor old Brian Connell’s fate in National’s caucus for daring to question Don Brashes suitability to lead. I’m guessing that the ‘PC Eradicator’ and all of the other strategic loud mouths in the caucus of the time knew when to keep quiet. They also know when and how to ‘move forward’ when they’re in the shit – John Key’s first reshuffle and Brash’s quiet exit. Don ‘family values’ Brash even managed to be painted as a victim of dirty tricks in the whole affair…

    back to the topic at hand;

    ACT served (and will continue to serve) very little use with National polling low. It wasn’t until Brash became leader of the National Party and ACT’s support hemorrhaged in behind him that the right had any show of gaining Government; this gave him the momentum which Orewa capitalised on. It will always be in the interests of the right for National to appear relatively centerist, and the largest party in parliament, with sufficient support for ACT for them to remain as a stalking horse – be it 5-6%, or a safe seat. Ideally the latter particularly when it’s close between National and Labour.

    The reason that it is in ACT’s interests for National to remain the largest party, is that in the eyes of some (enough), this gives them more legitimacy to form a government. There are well educated, intelligent people across the political spectrum, and there are poorly educated (and frequently stupid) people across the political spectrum. I personally believe that the right (globally…) are better at harnessing the power of stupid. There were points before the last two elections where it looked as though National would gain the largest share of the votes, but still be unable to form a government. This (wrongly) was painted by some as unfair. Following ’05 National managed to consolidate and keep the momentum of this sense of unfairness by painting the election as ‘stolen’, bizarrely enough because Labour did things that National had also done. The left on the other hand, deal with diversity of opinion in quite a different way – we place more value in strong arguments than in strong leaders. Nice principle, we just need the soundbites.

    • Red Rosa 8.1

      Rebrand this government as ‘The Key/Hide One-Term Government’ and Labour are onto a winner.

      • Tanz 8.1.1

        Red Rosa, you wish. Oh the glee of all these posters, kick the man while he is down, why don’t you. Key will survive this, easily, the media and the polls are smitten with him.

  9. Tanz 9

    Oh the glee of all these posters. The glee, the rubbing of hands, the chortles.Are you all squeaky clean? Are you happy now that there is finally some mud to fling? Of course they are all politicians, not demi-gods. Blame that on the media.

    • Armchair Critic 9.1

      It’s the media’s fault that Garrett assaulted someone? It’s the media’s fault that David Garrett stole the identity of a dead child? The media made him lie to a sentencing judge? Fuck right off out of here. David Garrett is responsible for his own sordid actions, it’s not anything to do with the media.
      Am I pleased about the fact that he’s on his way? Damn straight! David Garrett personifies everything I despise about ACT and to see his hypocrisy exposed and (hopefully) on his way out of parliament, so he can implement less of his warped and weird agenda, brings me true joy.
      Am I squeaky clean? I’ve been out in the mud digging in fence posts all day, so no. The worst I have to hide is one speeding ticket, in over 20 years of driving. I guess the pope won’t be making me a saint any time soon.

      • joe bloggs 9.1.1

        After 9 years of having this sort of shit rain upon the electors, you Left Wing Nut Jobs should know better by now. I defer to RedBaiter on another site – an incisive observation that cuts to the core of what’s so out of balance with the Leftists:

        Good god, you really cannot see the difference between Garret’s passport offence 26 years ago that hurt nobody and the wave of rape and violence and theft that is sweeping NZ today and that Garret was fighting against?

        What a nation of clueless easily manipulated morons. The left media just have to press your buttons and you’re off jerking away like a population of mindless left wing robots.

        • RedLogix 9.1.1.1

          In a sense yes. Garrett’s offense is certainly not the ‘crime of the century’. The problem is this:

          1. Garrett is openly Parliament’s spokesperson for the Sensible Sentencing Trust who has repeatedly called for zero tolerance of crime.

          2. Garrett voted against the clean slate legislation that would have allowed relatively minor, non-violent crimes in the past, just like the one he committed, to be parked off the public record.

          3. And Garrett above all, is responsible for the the odious three strikes legislation that more than anything else, removes discretion from the hands of Judges… a discretion he personally has benefitted from.

          If he had made his position clear before the election, had authentically built the case that this offence comitted in a hubris of youthful stupidity had been an important point of learning and insight … then he could have made it work.

          But he didn’t. Garrett and Hide both lied and covered it up. Both have failed the hypocrisy test comprehensively. That is the issue at stake here.

        • Puddleglum 9.1.1.2

          “Garret’s passport offence 26 years ago that hurt nobody”

          Hurt nobody? Ask the family of the child – they sounded pretty hurt on radio. Even Garrett claimed to be overwhelmed by sadness for the harm he had done to the family (though that grief hadn’t caused him to come clean about it.)

          Or are you unconcerned about the victims of crime all of a sudden when the crime is done by one of your – and Redbaiter’s – heroes?

        • bbfloyd 9.1.1.3

          kinda scary ain’t it joe? to think that there are still people like that around. the ones that still havn’t figured out which planet their on yet. get a life joe…

      • Vicky32 9.1.2

        I for one am squeakier than that! (The advantage of being a lifelong non-driver!) 😀
        So, Ms Calvert, it can be done…
        Deb

    • bonobo 9.2

      Tanz, so you find Garret’s behaviour trivial, especially as ACT spokesperson for Law and Order, and his notion of sterilising the poor ?

      Where do YOU draw the line for acceptable behaviour in politics ?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      It’s the media’s fault that John Key lied? That Richard Worth is a sexist scoundrel? That Bill English claims that he lives in Dipton while living in Wellington and costing us~ $40K/year?

      I’d say “Get real” to you but you’re just another delusional RWNJ trying hard to deny reality.

    • Max Factor 9.4

      Hmmmmm, I thought that parties such as ACT, National, Republicans, Conservatives, etc, all promote personal responsibility?

      Can you explain to us what that entails, Tanz?

  10. What I am astounded at is Rodney Hide’s brazen lies. He has stated that when Garrett told him about this he didn’t ask any questions / get any details. WHAT? So, let me see, Garrett says “Rodney, I’ve had a conviction for passport fraud”. What DID Rodney say next if he didn’t say something like “Tell me about it..” …”What happened..”

    Sheer and utter lies that defy belief.

  11. gobsmacked 11

    So the next on the ACT list, Hilary Calvert, revealed today that she’s the owner of a brothel.

    Personally I don’t think that should disqualify anyone from being an MP.

    But what would Rodney Hide have said, if that was a Labour MP, any time between 1999 and 2008?

  12. aj 12

    What will be interesting will be the distance Key will want to keep from Hide between now and the next election. Rodney will be trying to get into every photo op with the PM he can, and Jonkey will be trying to keep him out of every one….

  13. Max Factor 13

    Hide’s claims that he didn’t know the full story and that he’d heard only that a “cemetary head stone was involved” simply defies belief. Rodney Hide was lying and I think most folk realised it instantly when those words came out of his dishonest mouth.

    In some ways, Rodney Hide’s behaviour in all this has been even worse than Garrett’s. Hide should NEVER have allowed Garrett to be put on the Party List, in the first place. It was irresponsible and it was downright stupid.

    What on Earth was he thinking?

    It occurs to me that Hide thought he and his cronies could get away with keeping this quiet. In a way, this event speaks volumes about how ACT and Hide view the public – that we are easily-duped fools.

    • mcflock 13.1

      ACT seems to define “Good character” as “you did it, but you didn’t get caught; you got caught, but you didn’t get prosecuted; you got prosecuted, but you weren’t found guilty; and you were found guilty, but you got name suppression”. Failure to meet up to those exalted standards and you’re not fit to be in parliament.

      Unless you’re in Labour or worse: in that case the merest allegation is enough to show you as a despicable human being.

    • Lazy Susan 13.2

      This event speaks volumes how ACT and Hide view the Public – that we are easily duped fools.

      Why restrict this to Act and Hide? I believe many politicians think that way and if you look at the big wad of centerist swing voters they’d be right. The current National government got elected by duping these voters.

      They campaigned on a “Labour-lite” policy platform with the concept that Labour was “Nanny State” and that government should get out of peoples lives.

      Since being elected they have rolled back democracy in ECAN, the Super City and the Brownlee Enabling Act and their social and economic policies can in now way be described as Labour-lite.

      Of course, if National campaigned on their real agenda they would be unelectable.

  14. jcuknz 14

    This thread like others here speak volumes about the mentality of those in the political field with notable exceptions …they do not gain much credence from me … though I’m not currently up with the play I prefer argument to mud. The events of the last government in its final days suggest the comment “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”

    • RedLogix 14.1

      The events of the last government in its final days suggest the comment “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”

      Are you comparing Winston’s non-crimes to this debacle?

      And are you forgetting that it is the now discredited, proven liar, Rodney Hide who was among the chief players in that affair?

      • Rex Widerstrom 14.1.1

        Oh come on RL, you know Winston was hanged for being economical with the truth about topics on which democracy requires absolute honesty if it is to function properly. So was Garrett.

        And you also know that the media went after them both with such gusto because of their hypocrisy in having spent a long period telling everyone else what scumbags they were, only to turn out to have size 14 feet of clay.

        History is littered with the careers of those brought down by hubris. Both Winston’s and Garrett’s can be found in the same shallow grave.

        • RedLogix 14.1.1.1

          you know Winston was hanged for being economical with the truth about topics on which democracy requires absolute honesty if it is to function properly.

          Winston made a dreadful blunder when he held up that infamous ‘No’ sign. All he had to do was to say ‘None of your business’ and stick to the line that ‘I’ll open up my Party funding to public scruntiny when National opens the books on it’s massive trusts’. Trusts worth millions of dollars that to this day the real donors remain secret.

          If NZ1 was to be hounded from Parliament for being ‘economical with the truth’ about some of it’s funding… then so should have National.

          • Rex Widerstrom 14.1.1.1.1

            But National does run the “none of your business” line… just like a really smart crook when fingered by the cops. Winston is more like the mouthy amateur who thinks he can outsmart the system by running off at the mouth with constantly changing permutations of his alibi.

            I just had a lengthy conversation with a client this afternoon, someone I’d call a “career criminal”, and had to explain to her that while it’s not a good idea to lie, there’s no onus on you to run off at the mouth trying to be a smartarse and thus give the opposition enough evidence with which to hang you. She thought she could expect the court to parse the information exactly the way she demanded they do. It was precisely her status as a “real” crim that made her arrogant enough to think she could get away with it.

            Thankfully, she shut up. I doubt that, even I had been round to advise him, Winston would have done the same. He’s just too arrogant, pugilistic and mouthy. And too in love with the spotlight, even when he’s writhing in its gaze. So he got what was coming.

            OTOH the rules need to be changed so that National, retrospectively, loses the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate itself. Then if it lies, then yes, out with it too.

            • RedLogix 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Agree totally that Winston’s ego was the abundant rope with which his enemies hung him. An element of hypocrisy yes, but it was mostly driven by a media and opponents maliciously delighting in the opportunity to stick it to a man who’d outplayed them once too often.

              Still not in Garrett’s league though.

  15. RedLogix 15

    Anecodote I know, but I’m hearing unhappy rumblings in Nat heartland. More than a few of them saying that ‘they’re not going to vote next election’.

    Which I read as ‘I’m very dissapointed in Key’s govt, but there’s still no way in hell I’d ever vote Labour’.

  16. Adrian 16

    RedLogix… that’s what the the Nats rural vote said and did in 1999.

  17. Anne 17

    Not surprised RedLogix.

    Your 10:30am comment has prompted me to dig out my copy of “The Hollow Men” which you will recall came into being in the first place because of dissatisfaction and concern by some National Party members. There was a lot of stuff in that book that the media ignored at the time. Maybe it’s the right time to resurrect some of it, because there is a correlation between those pre-2005 political scandals (some of which was being practiced by Act before Brash came on the political scene) and the latest scandals.

  18. Zaphod Beeblebrox 18

    You forgot to mention option 5)

    -Garrett leaves, Hide stays propped up by Key. Then ACT disntegrates and takes National and Key down with them in a big fiery mess. If Key makes a hash of the Epsom situation and is seen as propping up Hide for political expediency National’s female vote share will plummet. Then he will be relying on the Maori Party and possibly Winston to stay in power. And I doubt he will get any takers for a coalition with ACT after this fiasco.

    The question is- wouild Key be stupid enough to let Hide take him down? or better still- who in National does Hide have some dirt on? Given the strong ACT sympathetic rump in National you’d have to think it would be possible.

    • IrishBill 18.1

      Key won’t even back his own ministers when they do something that upsets the focus groups. There’s no way he’ll back Hide if it looks like any of the stink will rub off on him.

  19. Gotham 19

    So, what are the chances that the Nats will help Don Brash set up the new ultra-right party to replace ACT and give him support to take the Epsom seat??

    National NEED a far-right party to pass legistlation that is too unpalatable for their new ‘centrist’ followers. It would be unacceptable for their supporters to have to rely solely on the Maori Party after the next election, as (I hope, I desperately hope) the Greens would never go into a formal coalition with them. Dunne is likely gone after the next election – Chauvel will have a very, very good chance of taking his seat in Ohariu.

    And MMP being what it is, it is far more important for National to have a small lapdog party win a seat (and possibly bring in several MPs, like ACT managed to do) than just pick up one extra MP by winning it themselves.

    So, Brash for Epsom??

    • The Voice of Reason 19.1

      Brash for Epsom? What could be more agreeable? The sooner the better I say and I hope that Hide emulates the pompous windbag Roark from Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead and blows the whole Act party to smithereens by resigning from Parliament and forcing a by-election.

      C’mon Rodders, you know you want to go down in a blaze of glory! Call Sir Roger’s bluff and hit the self destruct button one more time.

  20. ianmac 20

    John on Campbell Live did an excellent job of pinning down Hide re Garrett Friday night at about 2:40 into the program. (That woman Cone however is really weird!)
    http://ondemand.tv3.co.nz/Friday-September-17-2010/tabid/59/articleID/1137/MCat/73/Default.aspx

  21. gobsmacked 21

    Most of the media are still focusing on Garrett. That’s like blaming a burglar for Watergate.

    The real story is much bigger …

    Speaking to TV ONE’s Q and A show Hide revealed that the whole ACT caucus and some of the senior party management knew about the passport, but not about the affidavit.

    Putting aside the affidavit, basically Hide is saying that everyone that matters in ACT is morally bankrupt. Sure, we knew that, but it’s good to have it confirmed by their leader.

    Apart from the ethical emptiness demonstrated by ACT here, there’s a whole bunch of political questions too.

    Like, why the hell did Hide think it was so important to dump Roy and start a civil war, when he knew what they had on him? Did he think they loved him too much to use the weapons they had?

    And when will Key start backing away from these suicide bombers? Tomorrow morning, probably.

    • Puddleglum 21.1

      “Speaking to TV ONE’s Q and A show Hide revealed that the whole ACT caucus and some of the senior party management knew about the passport, but not about the affidavit.

      Sounds like Rodney telling his caucus and party bosses they’re coming down with him.

  22. felix 22

    “…when he knew what they had on him…”

    The truly awful possibility is that sociopaths like Hide and the rest of ACT really just don’t see the problem with it.

    After all, Garrett was probably just acting in his own rational self-interest.

  23. Drakula 24

    I think most of you said it all for me, Toad said give it heaps of thumbs up and if ACT falls and brings the NATS with it I would say as I did in the last post; Bottoms up!!!

    Get the Chateau Plonk bottle in the cooler ready and a few glasses, no sorry you will need thousands even millions of glasses.
    CHEERS!!!!!!

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    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 hour ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    2 hours ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 hours ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    4 hours ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    12 hours ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    14 hours ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    19 hours ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    23 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    1 day ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    2 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    6 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    6 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    27 mins ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
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