The anti-democrats NZ tea party

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, October 30th, 2013 - 82 comments
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So, the same people who were so incensed by the democratic capabilities of MMP, that they launched an (entirely unsuccessful) campaign against it, are now launching a “union” for the greedy and self interested taxpayers.  Such people who most usually are anti-trade union, must surely be taking the piss to call their dodgy initiative a “union”

Remember when David Farrar and Jordan Williams were part of this effort in 2011, along with Simon Lusk and the oily one that wallows in “dirty, disgusting, and despicable” politics?

Jordan Williams and Simon Lusk

Jordan Williams and Simon Lusk

A group of National and Act Party activists is preparing to launch a campaign against MMP.

Details of the campaign, to be launched soon in the lead-up to the referendum on MMP on election day in November, have been leaked to the Sunday Star-Times.

Among the campaign’s key players is Simon Lusk, who played a major role in Don Brash’s leadership coup against Act leader Rodney Hide.

Jordan Williams, the young Wellington lawyer who accompanied Brash on the day he deposed Hide, is being considered for the role of frontman of the campaign.

David Farrar, National’s pollster and a well-known right-wing blogger and columnist, is providing strategic advice.

An NBR article by Farrar now announces a union for the selfish and greedy “taxpayers” to try to stop government providing things necessary for all Kiwis to live a reasonable, secure, useful, satisfying and healthy life.

Today is the launch day for the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

[…]

Setting up a union for hardworking New Zealand taxpayers has been an aim of mine for over seven years. There are thousands of lobby groups out there who demand more spending by taxpayers on their pet causes, and there hasn’t been a voice dedicated to representing the interests of those who have to fund all the spending – taxpayers and ratepayers. It has been my belief that the political environment in New Zealand will be better by having a lobby group that can contribute to the debate on what should and should not be funded by taxpayers.

We are ambitious for the Taxpayers’ Union. Our aim is to become the largest union in New Zealand, achieving over 50,000 members and supporters.

And speaking of “lobby groups”, which Farrar claims are dominated by those seeking to spend taxpayer money, let’s not forget who the really powerful political lobbyists are.  Last year, these lobbyists were named in 2012:

THE LIST

Nicholas Albrecht – government relations manager for infrastructure company Vector.

Tim Clarke – law firm Russell McVeagh

Peter Conway – Council of Trade Unions

Helen Kelly – CTU

Daniel Fielding – law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Charles Finny – lobbyists Saunders Unsworth

Barrie Saunders – Saunders Unsworth

Mark Unsworth – Saunders Unsworth

Tony O’Brien – Sky TV

Phil O’Reilly – BusinessNZ

Leigh Pearson – former TVNZ journalist turned lobbyist

Jordan Williams – law firm Franks & Ogilvie

Rasik Ranchord – Parliamentary Breakfast Group

Philippa Falloon – former MP’s widow

Lady Jane Kidd – former MP’s spouse

And here Holly Walker lists those added in June 2013:

Additions in 2013:

  • Scott Campbell (SenateSHJ)
  • John Collyns (Retirement Villages Association)
  • Phil de Joux (Air New Zealand)
  • Connor English (Federated Farmers)
  • Anita Ferguson (Anadarko)
  • James McDonald (Japanz Consulting Services)
  • Ryan Malone (Dart Government Relations)
  • Alice Patrick (Arahia Associates)
  • Andy Rigg (Dart Government Relations)
  • James Sleep (Food and Service Workers’ Union)
  • Mike Smith (Independent contractor)
  • Martin Taylor (NZ Aged Care Association)
  • Nicola Willis (Fonterra)

Yep, there’s some trad unionists, but those representing corporate interests dominate.

But, given the track record of the this tea party piss take of a “union”, I’m not expecting them to get a big membership, but just to add to the ranks and PR of lobbyists for the already wealthy and powerful.

This piss-take “union”, is as much about spin and propaganda, as it is about “lobbying”.  It’s brought to us by people at the forefront of right wing spin, smears and anti-democratic diversions.

82 comments on “The anti-democrats NZ tea party”

  1. Sable 1

    Hang on, haven’t we already had a referendum on MMP. Sorry if I’m missing something here….

    • karol 1.1

      Yes, that article about campaigning against MMP was from 2011. It was related to the MMP review. The reason for mentioning it is that it was the same people involved in the anti-MMP campaign as in this “Union of taxpayers” announced today. I’ll add the 2011 date to that part of the post to avoid confusion.

  2. wyndham 2

    I thought we currently have the Association of Consumers and TAXPAYERS. Have they now become a “Union”?

  3. vto 3

    It’s just Act again isn’t it? Wasn’t that political party also called similar “Association of Consumers and Taxpayers”?

    What a bunch of silly billys

  4. Tat Loo (CV) 4

    I think we might be going about this the wrong way, Karol. Let’s all join up and take over the bloody thing.

    Let’s get 10,000 CTU affiliate members onboard.

    If its a union then its got a democratic constitution, right?

    So let’s see it! 🙂

    • Chris 4.1

      I would imagine the fees set to belong to this unholy union will be exorbitant, shutting out 95% of taxpayers and ratepayers.

    • karol 4.2

      Heh. Good point, Tat. Looking at their website “about” pages – looks more like a corporate entity which is governed by a “Board”., with executive director etc. Nothing about them having been democratically elected to these positions – very top down. Modeled on the UK taxpayers alliance and that is modeled on campaign in the US and elsewhere.

      Basically they are more lobbyists than a “union”.

    • SpaceMonkey 4.3

      Ah!… ye olde culture hack… nice idea CV! I reckon this “union” is going to get quite a bit of MSM coverage as though it is talking for the people… we can see it’s the ACT party on steroids. They fooled me once… never again!

  5. FYI

    The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union (and any other group / organisation / political party) is welcome to help help themselves to any of the following:

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ANTI-CORRUPTION-WHITE-COLLAR-CRIME-CORPORATE-WELFARE-ACTION-PLAN-Ak-Mayoral-campaign-19-July-2013-2.pdf

    Some of us have been ‘blowing the whistle’ long and hard for some time on these issues.

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz
    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com
    http://www.stopthesupercity.org.nz

    I guess that the Auckland Council Mayoral result has proved that increasing numbers of the voting public are ‘getting it’, regarding the lack of transparency and democratic accountability, particularly in the Auckland region?

    In my considered opinion, in some cases the legislation is already there, but it is simply not being implemented.

    eg: the Public Records Act 2005

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345729.html

    Part 2
    Recordkeeping requirements
    Subpart 1—Key duties

    17 Requirement to create and maintain records

    (1) Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.

    (2) Every public office must maintain in an accessible form, so as to be able to be used for subsequent reference, all public records that are in its control, until their disposal is authorised by or under this Act or required by or under another Act.

    (3) Every local authority must maintain in an accessible form, so as to be able to be used for subsequent reference, all protected records that are in its control, until their disposal is authorised by or under this Act.

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345536.html

    3 Purposes of Act
    The purposes of this Act are—

    (a) to provide for the continuation of the repository of public archives called the National Archives with the name Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga); and

    (b) to provide for the role of the Chief Archivist in developing and supporting government recordkeeping, including making independent determinations on the disposal of public records and certain local authority archives; and

    (c) to enable the Government to be held accountable by—

    (i)ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government are created
    and maintained; and
    (ii)providing for the preservation of, and public access to, records of long-term value; and

    (d) to enhance public confidence in the integrity of public records and local authority records; and

    (e) to provide an appropriate framework within which public offices and local authorities create and maintain public records and local authority records, as the case may be; and

    (f) through the systematic creation and preservation of public archives and local authority archives, to enhance the accessibility of records that are relevant to the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand and to New Zealanders’ sense of their national identity; and

    (g) to encourage the spirit of partnership and goodwill envisaged by the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi), as provided for by section 7; and

    (h)to support the safekeeping of private records.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345537.html

    public office—

    (a) means the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Government of New Zealand; and
    (b) means the agencies or instruments of those branches of government; and
    (c) includes (without limiting the agencies or instruments)—

    (i) departments as defined in section 2 of the State Sector Act 1988; and
    (ii) Offices of Parliament as defined in section 2(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989; and
    (iii) State enterprises as defined in section 2 of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986; and
    (iv) Crown entities as defined in section 7(1) of the Crown Entities Act 2004; and
    (v ) the Parliamentary Counsel Office; and
    (vi) the Parliamentary Service; and
    (vii) the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives; and
    (viii) the New Zealand Police; and
    (ix) the New Zealand Defence Force; and
    (x) the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service; and
    (xi) any person or class of persons declared by an Order in Council made under section 5(1)(a)(i) to
    be a public office for the purposes of this Act

    public record—

    (a) means a record or a class of records, in any form, in whole or in part, created or received (whether before or after the commencement of this Act) by a public office in the conduct of its affairs; and

    (b) includes—

    (i) a record or a class of records declared under section 5(1)(a)(ii) to be a public record for the
    purposes of this Act; and
    (ii)estray records; but

    (c)does not include—
    (i) a special collection; or
    (ii) records created by the academic staff or students of a tertiary education institution, unless the
    records have become part of the records of that institution

    record means information, whether in its original form or otherwise, including (without limitation) a document, a signature, a seal, text, images, sound, speech, or data compiled, recorded, or stored, as the case may be,—

    (a)in written form on any material; or
    (b)on film, negative, tape, or other medium so as to be capable of being reproduced; or
    (c)by means of any recording device or process, computer, or other electronic device or process

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    How can you have transparency without proper written records?

    Why aren’t citizens and ratepayers, and taxpayers being given the ‘devilish detail’ and been shown EXACTLY where public monies are being spent on consultants and private contractors?

    ie: The NAMES of the consultants/contractors; the SCOPE; TERM and VALUE of these private contracts?

    (The next issue is the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of the privatisation of public services which were once provided ‘in-house’ at central and local government….. )

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption /anti-privatisation campaigner’

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    • karol 5.1

      Why aren’t citizens and ratepayers, and taxpayers being given the ‘devilish detail’ and been shown EXACTLY where public monies are being spent on consultants and private contractors?

      Penny, I think you are doing good work providing relevant details. But for “citizens and ratepayers” to be informed about it, it needs to be in a more accessible format.

  6. Sosoo 6

    Looks like the Village Idiots’ Union to me.

  7. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7

    “An NBR article by Farrar now announces a union for the selfish and greedy ”taxpayers” …”

    Careful, these are the people providing all the free stuff you are demanding. I know it is not within you to be grateful, but perhaps being openly hostile is not in your best interests.

    • karol 7.1

      these are the people providing all the free stuff you are demanding.

      Say what? Citations needed.

    • Sosoo 7.2

      This country gave them the opportunities they have in return for paying tax if they made it good. If they don’t like that, they are free to leave, but they never do.

      Farrar is nothing more than a buffoon and a shill.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.3

      ACT, the margin of error party? What worth have they ever added to anything with their ideology addled bullshit? The Anti-Midas couldn’t destroy more wealth.

    • miravox 7.4

      “Careful, these are the people providing all the free stuff you are demanding”
      Some big assumptions in there, Gormless:

      1. that Lusk, Farrar and co pay any tax at all
      2. that Karol doesn’t pay tax
      3. that taxpayers, in a sort of group think, prefer people to be ‘grateful’ rather than civic-minded.

      Of course you wouldn’t be using any of this ‘free stuff’ at all, would you?

    • Sosoo 7.5

      Farrar earns much more than someone who wipes old people’s bums for a living, but guess who creates more social utility…

      Go on, guess…

    • captain hook 7.6

      tripe.
      we are all in this together.
      no one group or cabal has any greater claim to everything than anyone else.
      get over yourself.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.6.1

        If we are all in this together, maybe we shouldn’t go around calling the people who provide all the largesse “selfish and greedy”.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.6.1.1

          But that’s just it, they don’t provide anything – just take from the rest of us.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.7

      Careful, these are the people providing all the free stuff you are demanding.

      No it’s not. The people who provide these things are the underpaid workers. What this group represents is the greedy, overpaid, bludging rich.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.7.1

        By definition, all of the benefits are paid out of money received from taxpayers. Yet you rarely thank them, Draco.

        • Pascal's bookie 7.7.1.1

          Nonsense.

          Some of it is paid from dividends from SOE’s, just by way of example.

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.7.1.1.1

            You advocating more indirect revenue gathering, PB? Colour me surprised.

            • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.7.1.1.1.1

              But you are right of course. Only 91.2% of Crown income comes from taxation. I looked it up.

              I’ll take 91.2% gratitude.

              • chris73

                “Gratitude”

                – You won’t get gratitude from here, you might get told to pay more though

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Or on the other hand you might get told to stop being such a minging cry-baby, quit complaining about having to pay your taxes and drop the idiotic notion that doing so is the exclusive preserve of wingnut fuckwits like you.

                  But whatever you get told, you won’t be able to muster a substantive argument in response, and will simply regurgitate more feeble shite.

            • Pascal's bookie 7.7.1.1.1.2

              Nope, just saying it’s not ‘by definition’.

    • You_Fool 7.8

      Gormless I am grateful to myself for all the taxes I pay to ensure that NZ society has what it needs to function.

      Now Since I am a taxpayer, and thus this new “union” represents me and since it is a union I don’t need to join to get the benefit then I demand that certain spending by the government gets stopped.

      1) Spending money on selling assets (esp those which provide a high rate of return)
      2) Less spending on spying on NZ citizens and residents
      3) Less spending on sending armed forces overseas for pointless “wars”
      4) increase upper tax rate (my tax rate) to ensure revenue is increased – less borrowing -> less costs

      • Francis 7.8.1

        Add to that stop paying the top management in the public sector ridiculously large amounts of money. I find it incredibly wasteful that management in the public sector are being paid in excess of $200,000 a year, when that money could be going into more useful areas.

    • Rogue Trooper 7.9

      well, it’s a challenge to imagine that the suspects likely to join this union have the interests of those receiving income support in mind.

  8. Rosie 8

    Dear oh dear!

    Just saw the article on Scoop earlier and thought oh wow, a NZ Tea Party, that is some crazy craze, then popped over here to see if anyone was talking about it. So thanks for the additional info karol, as always. You’ve truly exposed the nutbars for who they are.

    Someone needs to remind these er, people, that they are in fact citizens and benefit everyday from the taxes they pay, the taxes they feel so deeply attached too. So deeply attached and misguided about the purpose of tax that it’s verging on the pathological. Ugh!

    Seriously for a moment though, their use of the term union is hugely offensive and an insult to the history of the Trade Union movement in NZ, and to the ongoing struggles for Union members now. And yes, although the term union broadly refers to a collective of people with a common goal, I reckon they’ve used the term to take the piss and steal the evocative image of what a Union can represent, at the same time.

  9. Pete 9

    I had a look on the societies register. The society was incorporated on 11 March, so it’s been in the works for a while, which is interesting in itself. Its address for service is Stephen Franks’ law firm.

  10. Magnus McManus 10

    Karol, you can’t be serious?
    Williams is a buffoon with the behavioral characteristics of Peter Griffins brain damaged Horse. No one, takes this moron seriously, least of all his own side.
    James Sleep? Please, the kid hasn’t has an original thought since the age of four

  11. phil 11

    What about a union for the non, or very, low almost non existant taxpayers? Oh forgot that’s Fed Farmers, and Big Business. It’s the low paid and salaried that get walloped by tax. It’s paradoxical that bizness always bleats for lower wages and taxes. Never fear, latest report rates NZ as third easiest to start a bizness. What’s the problem then JK?

  12. emergency mike 12

    This reminds me of the Koch brother’s “Citizens United”. Same kind of spin.

    • Murray Olsen 12.1

      That’s the thing about the right in Aotearoa – they never have an original idea. It’s all a pile of imported festering crap. With Key, the leader is imported as well.

  13. captain hook 13

    the tea party is just a whole lot of creeps who have an overwhelming need to control others and are using the sexual instinct to shame people and confuse them.
    open brethren, seventh day adventists, bar-hi’s.
    I would hate to see what some of them get up to when no one is looking.
    Golden showers anyone?
    The so-called christains have a bad record wehn it comes to personal behaviour.
    they have two sets of rules.
    one for themselves and another for the people who they enlist by spurious promise to reform the world.
    they should start with themselves.

  14. RRM 14

    “Someone needs to remind these er, people, that they are in fact citizens and benefit everyday from the taxes they pay, the taxes they feel so deeply attached too. So deeply attached and misguided about the purpose of tax that it’s verging on the pathological. Ugh!”

    If their attachment to their own money is so “misguided” as you say, how about a poll tax?

    Take the cost of running the government for one year, divide it by the number of New Zealanders aged 18 and over, and send everyone a bill for that amount. Your own tax burden may well increase as a result, but hey, remember you benefit from it every day.

    Surely those on lower incomes equally need to be “reminded that they are in fact citizens and benefit everyday from the taxes they pay, the taxes they feel so deeply attached too.”… whaddya reckon?

    Or are you “pathologically attached to” the taxes YOU pay too, Rosie?

    • Rosie 14.1

      No, not a poll tax silly, that won’t do anything to educate these NZ Tea Party folks(or as has been pointed out, ACT on steroids) about their responsibilities in an equitable and fair society.

      What makes you think I’d be attached to the taxes I pay, after what I’ve just said? I see paying income tax as part of life, and don’t give it a thought. Unlike these Tea baggers that fret and whinge about “their” money. It’s just so brat like. I think they think they’re living in feudal England or something, they’re that far off the mark.

  15. Draco T Bastard 15

    union for the selfish and greedy ”taxpayers”

    IMO, One thing that will come out of such a “union” will be lobbying for only “net taxpayers” to be able to vote.

  16. Mary 16

    Well, that’s a formidable team of “frontman” Jordan Williams with “strategist” David Farrar. I think we all need to start seriously thinking about filling our pants.

  17. Mary 17

    Jordie Boy is on The Panel this afternoon. Perhaps we could get Hardball Jim to ask him what it’s all about?

    • karol 17.1

      I’m sure he will tell people anyway – can’t be a coincidence that he’s on the panel the day this initiative is launched.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 17.1.1

        Probably not. So what?

      • Paul 17.1.2

        Doesn’t Mora invite the nicest people to his show?
        Doesn’t Williams work for that ACT lawyer Stephen Franks, who also gets invited regularly onto that awful show the Panel?

        • Mary 17.1.2.1

          Yes. Williams really is quite a git. I love the way he tries to use standard phrases that a lot of lawyers like to use that’ve come out of court decisions, phrases like “I’ve never turned my mind to it” and “there’s no bright line”. He just ain’t got the credibility or sincerity to be able to pull talking like this off. It’s really funny. He’s so obviously full of ideology and bereft of analysis. I always make sure I tune in when he’s on. He’s fantastic to listen to.

        • Mary 17.1.2.2

          I really like the photo above, too, with Lusk. It says to me that Williams feels he needs to be into hunting and killing animals because doing that is embracing the law of the jungle that it’s all about survival of the fittest, like the economy and society, “that’s me, too, just like those guys I love so much like Cam and Si!”. Just a pity he’s wearing black and blue coloured clothing – probably the most visible colours in the bush you can wear. And it’s not about safety, just look at what Lusk’s wearing. Williams strikes me as someone who’s easily led, doesn’t really know himself, a bit lost, a bit empty, craves fame but has never had an original thought in his life. Poor bugger.

  18. richard 18

    And so the misinformation begins…
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1310/S00286/taxi-chits-probably-cheaper-than-marlborough-council-website.htm

    For a microsoft based site, it isn’t too bad – as is usual for a microsoft site, it fails WCAG (accessibility guidelines) but it they have done a nice responsive layout (should work in phones, tablets). It is on the high side for a website but I’ve no idea what they started with and what is included in the price – and I’d reckon that would be the same case for the idiots who wrote the press release.

  19. mickysavage 19

    Guess who is on Jim Mora’s afternoon show talking about the Taxpayer’s Union and being the recipient of all sorts of free advertising …

    None other than Jordan Williams …

    And guess who was on yesterday …

    None other than chair John Bishop …

    And the Standard got a mention but Williams never reads it …

    What I would like to know is what do you have to do to be the recipient of such advertising and institutional largesse.

  20. Lou 20

    Jim Mora’s daily panels are getting more and more right-wing orientated as time passes, IMO. I personally can’t stand listening to David Farrar, so turn it off. I used to be a regular listener to the Panel, but find it less and less appealing.

    • tc 20.1

      Mora is a twat, I gave up on RNZ years ago after way too many patsy interviews on morning report.
      Kim is good if shes interested, mary wilson is great but the likes of Ryan, and that god awful Noele pretty much show how nice a job Griffin is doing for his mates.

      • Paul 20.1.1

        Far more right wingers on the Panel nowadays
        Boag
        Farrar
        Silo
        Williams
        Franks
        + many more

      • Paul 20.1.2

        Far more right wingers on the Panel nowadays
        Boag
        Farrar
        Williams
        Franks
        Bishop
        Bell
        Anderson
        Gibson
        + many more

      • framu 20.1.3

        sorry – but i think mary wilson is one of the worst interviewers theyve got.

        even when its someone im happy to see put on the spot i end up screaming “youve already asked that question 10 times mary” at the radio

        9 times out of 10 her interviews go absolutely nowhere

  21. PI 21

    The Rules of New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Incorporated make for interesting reading.

    Cl 6.7 “Only the Board has the power to appoint new and reappoint members of the Board”.

    • karol 21.1

      Heh. Yes, hardly a democratic structure. It’s politics corporate style. And the focus on “taxpayers” identifies people totally in financial terms. A heartless approach to arrangements impacting on the lives of human beings.

      • PI 21.1.1

        To be fair, even corporates provide for shareholder democracy – with 1 vote per share. An entrenched Board with no member input on governance is something else altogether.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.1.1.1

          Pay no mind to that, it’s just a tacit acknowledgement that they’re unelectable.

          • You_Fool 21.1.1.1.1

            That rule is probably there to ensure that actual tax payers can’t take over the union so that these completely representative and civic minded individuals who are representing tax payers are able to enact their vision for the future

  22. lolita bother 22

    I see that taxpayers are ‘selfish and greedy’.
    You people just can’t help yourselves can you.
    So lets get better people and stop paying tax shall we .

    • karol 22.1

      Eh? I’m happy to be a taxpayer. Who isn’t a tax payer?

      It’s the people who think they can exist without contributing to the infrastructure – the infrastructure that enables us all to survive and participate in society – that are greedy & selfish i.e. it’s the people who DON’T want to pay their fair share of taxes who are greedy & selfish – won’t more for themselves and no sense of social responsibility or caring.

      Stop paying taxes and see what sort of society you end up living in.

      “Taxpayers’ Union”? Don’t make me laugh – it’s an undemocratic entity for those who want to siphon off as much of society’s wealth for themselves as possible and pay as little tax as they can get away with.

      • Rhinocrates 22.1.1

        Who isn’t a tax payer?

        A tax evader of course; someone who hires amoral lawyers and accountants to find loopholes – though they like to call it “tax avoidance”. It’s all fair if you can get away with it, you see.

    • QoT 22.2

      So lets get better people and stop paying tax shall we .

      The kinds of people who would start a “taxpayers’ union” already have, LB, that’s the point. If you look about 50-60 metres behind you, you may find where it landed after sailing over your head.

    • millsy 22.3

      Well they are selfish and greedy. Quite a few of them it would seem. They seem to be quite happy to wreck our health system so they could pay less tax. Would love you to go to a hospital ward and complain about your tax burden.

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  • Simon Bridges: the 15 March Christchurch massacre and winning at any cost
    . . Just when you thought Simon Bridges couldn’t sink any lower – he has. After the March 15th  Christchurch terror attack, the (current) Leader of the National Party issued strong committments to support urgently needed gun law reform; “We will be ready and prepared to be constructive and to ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Only the least intelligent students, with bad parents, will attend the nonsense climate strike
    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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