Someone please give Patrick Gower a hug

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, May 18th, 2017 - 62 comments
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Poor wee chap is obviously desperate for some attention, if this latest incoherent thrashing on the dead TPP is anything to go by – Bill English has saved TPP.

The TPP is on again – and it is thanks to Bill English.

They are not lines that opponents of the trade deal want to hear, but it is the reality they must now deal with.

And that is a foreign policy win for English – and a loss for the opponents of TPP.

In my view, it is not really TPP without the United States. It is the “TPP in name only” or “TPP-lite”. It may soon end up on its deathbed again.

But for now at least, TPP has been saved.

So the TPP that isn’t the TPP has been saved but it hasn’t been saved. OK. Of course the main point of the piece is that the Nat PM is a shiny golden god, but that is always the main point of Gower’s rants.

62 comments on “Someone please give Patrick Gower a hug”

  1. Muttonbird 1

    He’s still upset he didn’t score a hit on Willie Jackson.

  2. And while some have said Labour hasn’t made a noise about opposing the TTP, they actually have opposed it when Key was busy trying to slam that one through .

    ( I wonder how much the conference in Auckland , the policing and the Ministers travel fees and related expenditures cost us for all that …) .

    The reality is that both NZ First and the Greens have been stridently vocal against the TTPA. Both future coalition partners of the coming Labour led govt.

    I think Bill English should stop wasting the taxpayers money on these dead in the water TTPA negotiations.

    We don’t want it.

    We’ve spoken.

    • mordecai 2.1

      1. It is the TPP not the TTP.
      2. Whose ‘we’?
      3. Labour is traditionally a pro-trade party. The TPP discussions actually began on their watch. Their recent opposition to the TPP is cynical and, frankly, idiotic.
      4. The TPP will go ahead, with or without the US. I suspect eventually it will be with.

  3. Bill 3

    I read somewhere (the Herald? Stuff?) that concessions like those made around pharmac are now locked in and ‘open’ to the US whether or not it becomes a signatory.

    So the TTP may well be dead, but some of the things the negotiations spawned will continue to live and kick.

    • Indeed , and this latest attempt at a USA -less TTPA is being conducted with the notion that the USA will eventually come back into the fold at a later date.

      I would say there are some pretty powerful self interest groups that are funding , planning and waiting in the wings for the fall of Donald J Trump.

      Such as the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry group that was charged with drawing up much of the terms to be ratified before Congress for one.

      Kim Dotcom could tell us all about that I’m sure…

      • Bill 3.1.1

        My understanding from the snippet I read was that it doesn’t matter whether the US come to the party or not now. They get to enjoy the benefits flowing off the back of the pharmac compromises (and possibly others too) because they (the pharmac ones) were to apply to both signatories and non-signatories alike.

        I guess the way is open for the US to engage in a 21C version of gunboat trade diplomacy now – no compromise.

        Actually, that’s not right, is it? The NZ government has done the gunboat bit all on its own!

        • WILD KATIPO 3.1.1.1

          Hehe… I didn’t want to say it but…

          Lil’ ole New Zealand was the ‘ test case’ for the free market experiment… what better country than ours to launch and then push the envelope from…

          Squeaky clean , ‘ nobody’s ever heard of ‘ New Zealand….

          And no I wont include Hugh Prices sterling historical account of the Mont Pelerin Society..

          Bugger it ,… I will. Its relevant .

          100 %.

          If only to educate and inform our fellow New Zealanders born as millennials. And that’s why I always include it. For the education of those born post 1984.

          New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
          http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

        • Stunned Mullet 3.1.1.2

          There was an extraordinary amount of uninformed scaremongering about medicine cost and supply in NZ during the TPPA fracas.

          • WILD KATIPO 3.1.1.2.1

            And there was an extraordinary amount of undisclosed skulduggery going on during the negotiations of the TTPA that deliberately kept the public out of the loop as well.

            And one of them was the Investor States Disputes Settlement.

            Democracy has taken 500 hundred blood soaked years to come about.

            It wont be given away that easily.

            • Stunned Mullet 3.1.1.2.1.1

              That’s some fine hyperbolic bombast WK.

              • Bombast?

                No more than I find so many of those who support National in their dogmatic parroted statements. The difference being, is empirical evidence aside , – National and its duplicitous policy’s are now being laid bare .

                Lets take it a step further , National and its globalist neo liberalism.

                Its falling apart. It aint what people signed up for when they voted.

                ‘ hyperbolic bombast ‘ ?

                Nah.

                You haven’t been paying attention to worldwide trends. Brexit. Trump. Do you really think you can carry on rubbing peoples noses in shit before they finally turn on you?

                Here’s a wee story to illustrate.

                Our family always had dogs. Lots of them. One of them was a German shepherd. He was loyal and would give his life for you. But my father used to beat him with a 3 foot long inch thick alkathene pipe. When he had a few too many beers. I heard that dog yelping and screaming under the house for a full five minutes.

                Then I heard a low deep chested snarling growl.

                That dog had had enough . And he was fighting back for what he perceived was for his life against the natural pack loyalty’s he had for his pack leader…

                The beatings stopped from then on after. It never happened again.

                That dog was my faithful companion and I never felt afraid when he was with me deep in the bush in the Waitakere’s / Huia where I grew up. We were a team.

                And the same goes for trying to push the people of NZ. You fuck with them bad enough they’ll round on you.

                ‘ hyperbolic bombast’ ?

                Nah. Its called survival , mate.

                • Stunned Mullet

                  Now you’re just being a flibbertigibbet.

                  • And your an idiot.

                    Anything more you’d like to add?

                    • Stunned Mullet

                      “And your an idiot.”

                      Oh the irony

                    • Only in your own mind. You set yourself up for it. It was a simple illustration of authoritarian abuse that sailed completely over your head. Therefore you remain , … simply an idiot and a dullard.

                    • McFlock

                      WK, I think the irony might have been in your choice of “your”.

                      A variation of muphry’s law 🙂

                    • Aye that might be a point,… but the analogy is clear – that the TTPA WOULD NOT be good for the majority of NZ workers.

                      1) We would have to accept cheap produce that would threaten our industry’s / future industry’s and workers.

                      2) We would have to accept exorbitant prices with little recourse for cheaper products – and without the ability to include trade tariffs to regulate that industry and the TTPA selected importers.

                      3) We would have to bow to a globalist panel of corporate lawyers having the audacity to take our democratically elected govt to their ‘pseudo court ‘ because of the ‘ Investor State Dispute Settlement’.

                      4) And in view of the above points , – negating the full context of having a true ‘sovereign ‘ nation state and elected govt by the people . Which is of course , – anti democratic by its very definition .

                      * I might add, that trade tariffs were abolished quite awhile back. If anything , – they need to be reestablished. One of the reasons NZ’S manufacturing base was decimated was a direct result of trade tariffs being abandoned. Yet they persist in the USA , England and many other so called ‘ neo liberal economy’s’ in various forms , – so why should WE be any different???

                • garibaldi

                  Wild Katipo, quite frankly I wouldn’t include stories like how your father treated your dog. Shame on him. People like that really piss me off. No excuse for it.

                  • That’s right .

                    And exactly the point.

                    And if even a dog can rear up and demonstrate when its had enough – how much moreso can a people of a democratic country ?

                    And that was EXACTLY the point.

                    Its called an analogy or ‘ parable’.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.2.2

            No, really the wasn’t. There was a lot of BS from the right-wing about how great it would be though.

            • Stunned Mullet 3.1.1.2.2.1

              I can’t recall anyone saying how great the TPPA would be for medicine supply and prices in NZ … perhaps you could paste a link or two ?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Why?

                I was talking about overall. You’re the one trying to limit it to just medicines and all of the research showed that we would be worse off there.

              • @ Stunned sprat

                Perhaps you should say why the TTPA would be so great for NZ and specifically , – what YOU would gain from it.

                Then juxtapose that with the harm it would do to other NZ’ers – such as the unemployed, and low waged workers and those reliant on expensive drug therapy ….

              • Tautoko Mangō Mata

                Here’s a link on ISDS- Investor State Dispute Settlement-

                In recent years, ISDS provisions of investment treaties, free trade and other agreements have increasingly provided an investment opportunity to make money by speculating on lawsuits, winning huge awards and forcing foreign governments, and taxpayers, to pay. Financial speculators have increasingly purchased corporations deemed capable of profitably bringing winnable ISDS claims, sometimes using ‘shell companies’.
                Some hedge funds and private equity firms even finance ISDS cases as third parties, with ISDS itself the raison d’etre for such investments. Such ‘third-party funding’ of ISDS claims has been expanding quickly as financing such claims has proven to be very lucrative.

                http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/04/dispute-settlement-becomes-speculative-financial-asset/

              • Johan

                Do your own bloody homework.

  4. Phil 4

    In my view, it is not really TPP without the United States. It is the “TPP in name only” or “TPP-lite”. It may soon end up on its deathbed again.

    The original TPP negotiations between NZ, Singapore, and Chile (and later Brunei) began in 2002. It was supposed to be an agreement between small open economies.

    A TPP without the US is not ‘in name only’. It’s exactly what the intent of original agreement was supposed to be.

    • Interesting,… so why on earth did the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry become the body in the US to draw up so much of the terms to be submitted to Congress … were the USA always the Johnny come lately’s ?

      Or was the USA always involved but kept in the shadows , – so they knew they had to tread carefully and do things by increments because they anticipated there would be mass protest against corporate domination over governments and workers?

      Or was it a deal brokered behind closed doors like the TTPA seemed to be for most of its natural born lifespan,… and just when did they think it was such a smart idea to include such things as the ‘Investor-state dispute settlement ‘ mechanism ?

      Was that on the minds of just NZ, Singapore, and Chile ?… or was it actually – in keeping with TTPA negotiations with its media black outs and non disclosure, – a forewarning to its real extent of anti sovereignty legislation ?

  5. Dorothy Bulling 5

    Blinglish gives me the impression that he would like to turn to Key and say, “am I doing it right John?” He is no more a PM than I am a man!

    • Whispering Kate 5.1

      Don’t think so Dorothy – Blinglish is much more dangerous than Key. Why do you think Key endorsed him as PM. He is a globalist through to his bones, has been in the game for so long he has skin on it. He is also a policy wonk and totally dedicated to globalization. He is in it for the end game unlike Key who was just in it for the bells and whistles. That is why he is pressing on with it – against the country’s wishes. The sooner he is out of government the better off we will be.

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.1

        Well said Whispering Kate .

        You are utterly onto the Bill English trail.

        It has been Bill English all along. That man. Not Key. Key was the front man , English was the motivator. English is an ideologue , and his particular brand is of the Mont Pelerin Society vintage.

        Bill English is a left over from the latter days of Rogernomic’s.

        Like a dogged wolf , this man has persevered. He has done the Rodney Hide act and the Cameron Slater act in getting in the boxing ring .

        BOTH OF THEM DID IT.

        And they did it to appeal to the common folk and advance a particular agenda.

        Globalism using neo liberalism as the delivery mechanism.

        Whether it was done under the direction of international Jesuits aka Catholicism or Jacob Frank Zionism , –

        Jacob Frank – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Frank

        The end game remains the same . To advance the cause of globalist one world governance using economics and ‘ free trade deals’ which cripples the autonomy of the democratically elected govt’s of sovereign nations.

        And THAT’S the end game they are playing to.

        Anyone in denial of that fact denies the reality of George Bush Seniors words ” No one shall stand against our new world order and against the thousand points of light ”… said over and over again in his speeches.

        President George H.W. Bush – Points of Light – YouTube
        Video for geaorge bush senior thousand points of light you tube▶ 0:50

        And that ‘ thousand points of light ‘ are a direct Masonic occultist reference to outright bloody Luciferarian worship.

        Alex Jones Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove Satanic Ritual …
        Video for satanic bohemian grove▶ 2:56

        Regarding English as opposed to Key … ‘ He is a globalist through to his bones, has been in the game for so long he has skin on it. He is also a policy wonk and totally dedicated to globalization. He is in it for the end game unlike Key who was just in it for the bells and whistles. ‘… there could be no more truthful statement than this.

        Well done , Whispering Kate.

        You have this odious little man well pegged and exposed for what and who he actually is.

        Further proof :

        New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
        http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

        Thule Society – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

        Young Hitler – Excerpts Appendix | The Thule Society
        http://www.younghitler.com/thule_society.htm

        • Whispering Kate 5.1.1.1

          Thank you Wild Katipo – its nice to know there is someone else out there who is on to the case with our Billie. Why other folks can’t see through him I find surprising. He is a secular Jesuit with all the harshness and judgmental traits they had back in the dark ages. Maybe he is a reincarnation of one of Jesuits during the heresy era who frightened the bejesus out of non-believers – I hope that gives you a chuckle.

    • Johan 5.2

      To DB,
      Poor Bill has great difficulty formulating a coherent sentence when telling porkies. John Key never had that problem. I believe it has something to do with being raised as a Catholic choir boy.

      • The decrypter 5.2.1

        Bill is a slow liar, jonky was a speedy liar, bill is under speed liar training in preparation for looming leaders debates.

  6. McFlock 6

    I suppose the major risk is that they keep it twitching long enough that Trump gets impeached and president pence reactivates US involvement. The US demands were the really damaging ones.

    When these 11 trade ministers meet, how many will be wanting to ease back on some of the US conditions? It might be a slightly different beast.

    The other observation I’ll make is that is Trump’s trade, diplomatic and military isolationism is giving Abe the opportunity to expand Japan’s regional influence. It’s no coincidence that Abe is (practically) unilaterally taking the electric paddles to the tpp’s chest at the same time as proposing constitutional amendments for recognition of the defense forces.

    • weka 6.1

      Isn’t it the whole governments can be sued thing that’s the main problem? And without that bit the agreement won’t exist?

      • McFlock 6.1.1

        The investor-state dispute settlement bits were bad, definitely. But also the intellectual property sections were so strong as to stifle innovation, there were serious concerns about how pharmac could be affected, and istr some issues around the use of foreign labour under foreign labour laws in NZ, could be mistaken on that, though.

        There were some good things around CITES and general international cooperation, good governance/anti corruption, and some human rights sections, though. And then there’s the actual tarriff thing, which some people agree with and others don’t.

        So that’s why Labour were “we’ll renegotiate the bits we don’t like”. There were some good bits in the agreement, but they were buried in some great piles of shit.

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          Thanks for the reminder round up (haven’t thought about it in a while). I think the temptation to horse trade e.g. re pharmac, while understandable is hugely problematic because of the ISDS. If it were an actual trade agreement instead of a surrendering of sovereignty, it would make sense to try for those things.

          Bill just poked the resistance. Just in time for the election 🙂 Sometimes I think he is a plant for the forces that want the govt changed, lol.

          • McFlock 6.1.1.1.1

            I think the ISDS might have been one of the things Labour wanted to revisit.

            • Bill 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Well whatever it was, it doesn’t matter. Any changes have to be ratified by (I think) every other signatory. It was and is essentially a “lock-down”.

              • McFlock

                Yeah, but the main signatory behind the worst bits of it has pulled out 🙂

          • Bill 6.1.1.1.2

            You know I consistently want a change to the way of government 😉

        • WILD KATIPO 6.1.1.2

          @ McFlock

          ‘ There were some good things around CITES and general international cooperation, good governance/anti corruption, and some human rights sections, though.’

          Possibly yes,… but don’t we already have a UN ? – and don’t we already have International bodies set up for CITES? – and isn’t it a burden on each govt of each state to ensure ‘ good governance/anti corruption’ measures ?

          Why do we need a panel of global corporate’s to decide what a democratically elected govt of a sovereign nation state deems ‘good governance ‘ ? I’m referring of course to the Investor state dispute settlement section.

          The fuck with corporate’s !!! – they do what WE bloody tell them to do – not the other way round !!! And if WE want to slap on a tariff because their cheap imported shit is hurting our industry’s and our workers – they can go shaft themselves. I find that aspect incredibly offensive.

          Anyways . That’s my rant and my main objections.

          And I’m happy to be described a moderate social democrat nationalist and totally unapologetic for being so .

          • McFlock 6.1.1.2.1

            well, I seem to recall that the CITES and other obligations required the tpp members to take specific steps to meet the broader UN issues. Which is good because consistent regulation limits the ability to exploit gaps, like corporates do with different tax codes to create dutch sandwiches etc.

            Reinforcing obligations with multiple agreements isn’t a problem, and increases the motive to stick with them. I reckon you might be running up the wrong alley there.

            • WILD KATIPO 6.1.1.2.1.1

              ‘ I reckon you might be running up the wrong alley there.’

              Possibly , but why do we need TTPA signatory’s to endorse this?

              Seems to me to be more of a ‘sanitizing ‘ bit of lolly to mask the real intent.

              • McFlock

                Well, it depends how much of it was in before the yanks jumped in and started waving their dicks around.

                If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, then conversely it’s quite possible that the current turdgarden we call the TPP will grow some nice veges if we water it regularly and let the smell disappear. The seeds are already in it 😉

                • And that’s the problem , due to the non disclosure to the media and the public, we cannot gauge it. And if its that cloaked in secrecy ,… even that bodes evil tidings for those who wish transparency in democracy.

                  Hardly a recipe for public input.

                  Which is probably why there was such general mobilization against it.

                  All that aside,.. as it was , there was more than enough shady deals being mooted to warrant those widespread protests in the first place. That aint how we do democracy.

    • @ McFlock

      ‘ I suppose the major risk is that they keep it twitching long enough that Trump gets impeached and president pence reactivates US involvement.’

      I think you’re onto it.

      And as Bill said ,… ‘ it doesn’t matter whether the US come to the party or not now. They get to enjoy the benefits flowing off the back of the pharmac compromises (and possibly others too) because they (the pharmac ones) were to apply to both signatories and non-signatories alike.’

      They will not stop trying or ever give it up. And if it doesn’t succeed in this name or form ,- it will eventually in another. So we cant rest on the laurels at all. Rust never sleeps and neither to these bastards. And if they get a temporary set back they will settle for an abridged version until such times as they can lock it in in all its fullness.

      We are dealing with free market globalists who view national sovereignty as an anathema and impediment to their version of a centralized power and economic structure – yet one which is flexible enough and multi national to deny the obvious label of being an obvious centralized ‘ totalitarian state’.

      Those grey people busily working away in the ‘City of London’ square mile have a lot to answer for…

      • Bill 6.2.1

        This is a bit tangential, but you’re touching on why I get so pissed off at the sheer idiocy of just jumping on anything that feeds an anti-Trump thing. The fuckers stoking it up are the very same ones that people in the US and elsewhere have sent a clear message of “anything but you” to.

        I commented in the run-up to the US election that if Trump won, the opportunity would be there for the left to organise and mobilise, and that the danger to that would be coming from the wound licking democrats and their fellow travelers seeking to rehabilitate themselves.

        Seems that danger’s risen up now – eg, vacuous ‘Russia meddling’ reports, bullshit CW reports, endless stream of baseless accusations feeding into general jagged finger pointing…and no-one’s calling it.

        Which is potentially going to leave us with a ‘nice’ situation in the US whereby the forces of “anything but Trump” (the ‘establishment’ as personified by Cain/Clinton et al) are aligned against the “anything but the status quo” (swathes of the electorate) and “the left” will be nowhere to be seen.

        Oh. And we all get fucked in the ensuing bullshit of onerous trade deals coming into being – whether pushed by the finance friendly liberals or the weird authoritarians

  7. Gabby 7

    So the yankers get what they wanted and give up nothing? Bingles you’re a fricking genius.

  8. weka 8

    Paddy being a try hard.

  9. Incognito 9

    Here’s the parliamentary history of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill in all its gory: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/00DBHOH_BILL68998_1/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-amendment-bill

    MP in charge: McClay, Todd; Minister of Free Trade; Minister for State Part-Owned Enterprises

    Why anybody would like to revive this Frankensteinian creation is beyond me but you have to be absolutely braindead to be cheering for it. RIP NZ journalism.

    • McFlock 9.1

      Well, it’s blinglish. After their conference tanked, this might be his only achievement as pm.

      Still, boosts the stakes in the election.

      • Incognito 9.1.1

        Surely, posting a ‘surplus’ again next week would suffice as an ‘achievement’ …

  10. rhinocrates 10

    I wouldn’t want to give him a hug. He has the permanent expression of a rodent that’s realised that it’s just sharted.

  11. Logicgerman 12

    Oh what would I give to have 5 minutes of fame. I guess that is a desire.

    How about the person who reads this? In short what this blog shows. We can talk endlessly. But to change needs another character.

    Patrick is a person who wants to go up the ladder. In this world, you kill your mother to achieve this.

    Real world and fantasay world

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    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    5 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    6 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    6 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    7 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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