The Standard Week August 8-15

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, August 15th, 2008 - 30 comments
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Quite a quiet week after the excitement of the secret agenda tapes last week. The Tories are keeping up their hunt for the person who exposed their secret agenda (God knows what they expect to do if they catch them). National’s welfare policy was in a predictable vein – punitive and targeted at some of the most vulnerable women in our society. OK, so these aren’t the ‘eat the poor’ policies of last election, when Brash was Leader and Key was Finance spokesman, but they do show that National’s heart still lies in the same place. Two competing visions of our energy future were presented on Thursday – the Government’s renewable energy policy paper and National’s energy policy. One contained a vision of a New Zealand using new technology to reduce environmental damage while supplying dependable power, the other involved crossing our fingers and hoping the oil and natural gas don’t run out on us. And The Standard turned 1 today. Thanks to all the readers, commentators, and people who email us with info and ideas. We couldn’t do it without you. Here are our favourite posts of the week:

On Botox and pet grooming
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Nats bashing on solo mums
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Should the sins of the father be visited upon the children
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Renewable energy policy
It looks like a pragmatic and feasible programme, and, as Trevor Mallard says, it ‘won’t require damming every river and putting wind turbines on every ridge line’. The elephant in the room, however, is transport energy….[more]

Petition: sign the Enforced Disappearance Convention
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Desperate Nats reduced to bounties and bribery
Key’s gone from being seen as the PM-in-waiting to being seen as a cheap con-man. They’re angry and they’re desperate, and they’ll use the one weapon they’ve got at their disposal, money, to try to find and hurt the person who exposed them for what they are…[more]

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30 comments on “The Standard Week August 8-15”

  1. Rob 1

    Interesting week I guess
    Well isn’t it refreshing to see that John Key hasn’t come out with any snide comments about Helen Clark taking a few days off to tramp round the Mountains in a storm warning. Unlike what she did to him when he had a few days off with the kids at Omaha during school holidays shows he wont stoop to Labours level of Politics.

    Great to see the National Policy coming out well thought out and giving Labour very little to attack it on.

    Energy Policy fantastic to see the pragmatism Kiwis like that sort of thing being practical rather than being driven by ideology or agreements with the Greens. Will also give Business some confidence to invest in New Zealand if they know they are going to have power rather than waiting for the wind to blow.

    The RMA definitely needs a revamp its being use as a progress halting tool at the moment another very positive step.

  2. Matthew Pilott 2

    Well isn’t it refreshing to see that John Key hasn’t come out with any snide comments about Helen Clark taking a few days off to tramp round the Mountains in a storm warning. Unlike what she did to him when he had a few days off with the kids at Omaha during school holidays shows he wont stoop to Labours level of Politics.

    Unlike you eh you little B!%@#.

  3. vto 3

    “after the excitement of the secret agenda tapes last week”

    SP, how many times do I have to say it? There is no secwet agenda.

    But there was certainly a lot of excitement.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    “There is no secwet agenda”

    Sure there is. Locky says there are some things National would like to do, that’s an agenda. He ain’t sayin what those things are, and that makes them a secret.

  5. vto 5

    PB, yes he said something like that but it was also said that such things would only be done when the consent/mandate of the people was there. He also said that you need to work to get that trust/mandate of the people. So, no secret agenda, just politics as per normal.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    So what’s in the agenda then? Can’t say can you?

    ’cause it’s a secret we haven’t been let in on yet. 😉

    The fact that they plan to tell us about it later is just spin at this point. I think he talked more about discussion papers than mandates actually, which is a totally different episode of Yes Minister.

    Keep hammering away vto, but don’t get too dizzy.

  7. Anita 7

    “There are things I’d like to do, but I’m not telling anyone what they are because they’d be really unpopular and we need to win the election. I reckon, though, that if I work at it after the election I should be able to find a way to do them and get the public on side.”

    If that isn’t the perfect example of a secret agenda I don’t know what is.

  8. the sprout 8

    a very damaging 2 weeks for National.
    regardless of how much it shows in the general polling, the greatest injuries have been to National’s actual and perceived unity, and National’s credibility with the media.

  9. Tim Ellis 9

    There’s an interesting take on this from Duncan Garner http://www.decision08.co.nz/tabid/125/ArticleID/500/Default.aspx, who released the secret recordings. His view seems to be that John Key neutralised the issue reasonably well by blaming Labour for the secret recordings. Only time will tell whether they have any effect. Realistically I think these things take a while to sink in, if they are going to change things, not this polling cycle but the next one. My view is that the secret recordings saga only reinforce existing prejudices: if you’re a hard-line Labour supporter (i.e., all the pro-Labour commenters at the Standard) then it confirms your existing view that there’s a secret agenda going on. If you’re a hard-line National supporter (i.e., all of the pro-National commenters at the Standard) then it just confirms your view that Labour is mud-slinging and engaging in dirty tricks this campaign.

    As for the middle ground, I sense that they don’t actually care one way or another. Many of the middle voters are either too busy with their daily lives to engage in politics, or don’t care even if they have time. We make a big mistake as political activists to assume that everyone’s as engaged as we are.

    Time is running out for Labour to claw back the huge deficit. They will be looking for some impact from it this time, but more the next time. If there’s no impact at all this time, then there’s unlikely to be much more during the next round of polls.

    Garner also suggests that this last week has been pretty good for National, despite the rabid Left proclaiming otherwise. The great majority of the response to National’s welfare and energy policies has been positive. National clearly has plans to progressively roll out policy, and the more this happens the less people will claim National’s not releasing any.

    I see, SP, that you’ve got a list of the highlights of the Standard, rather than an accurate representation of what you’ve written this week. To be fair you did do a hit and run attempt to claim that National’s media minders are trying to carefully manage the media. You claimed without foundation that National tries to dictate to the media what questions John Key would answer. That claim got a decisive slap-down from the media person concerned. If you’re going to be credible, you should probably award yourself a brick-bat for that unproven claim.

  10. Tim. I was just reporting what I was told and happy to correct the information. the fact Key pulled out of the interview without givign a reason was true.

    And you’re right, it is a list of highlights, it goes out to an email list.

  11. vto 11

    anita, that’s just silly. the three of them said different versions of “there are some things we would like to do but can’t yet because the public aren’t onside. We are prepared to work to convince the public that the ideas are good and once we get to that point we will. But you know, it can be difficult to get elected, and sometimes you have to accept things (wff) that the public like, whether you like it or not.” or similar.

    Now that is simple political pragmatism. Practiced by all practitioners.

    Do you seriously think that if/when the nats get in they will abolish WFF? sell the trains and kiwibank? get rid of the nuclear free policy? Because that is what you are saying. And I just think that is crappola.

    P’s bookie, I may end up dizzy but certainly no dizzier than those that keep claiming secwet agenda.

  12. Tim Ellis 12

    Come on, SP, that excuse isn’t adequate, and hopefully you’ve learned from it. A few weeks ago Vernon Small put out a really pompous article about whether blogs and journalism needed to be defined and whether gallery accreditation be given to bloggers. But if you’re going to set out to raise the standards of blogging and debate, then you can’t just rush into printing something just because you heard it, or resort to rumour-mongering like you do. There are plenty of rumours about the Labour Party and even the Standard, which you don’t allow on here because there isn’t any proof. That’s fair enough, but if that is the standard you expect from commenters then you should probably try and verify claims like that with some evidence.

    For example, there isn’t a shred of evidence that the National Party offered money to track down the originator of the secret recordings, yet you happily waved it about. Not only did you do that, but you made it one of the highlights of the week. It wasn’t a highlight. It was mischievous, not based on any evidence, and undermines the Standard’s credibility. I am not lecturing you on the boy who cried wolf (even if re-reading this it does look like a lecture), but since you’ve got so much time on your hands to write so much stuff, if you focussed more on quality rather than quantity you might get better feedback from this commenter, at least.

  13. Tim. I don’t have to make excuses to you. My article was correct, the only mistake in the information I had received was why Key had cancelled the itnerview and I corrected that when I was informed.

    We deliberately waited on publishing the $10K bribe story until we had heard it from mutliple ultimate sources. It was true. The Nats withdrew the offer after they started getting asked about it. Not everything in politics comes with documentary proof, doesn’t mean it’s not true.. I’ve been talking about National’s secret agenda for months and it was true, just took some extraordinary proof to confirm it.

    We don’t allow rumours about The Standard that are untrue or rumours about any political figure that deal with their private lives.

    I don’t have lots of time for writing, I wouldn’t spend quarter of the time on the blog that Farrar does on his. I write quickly..

  14. Pascal's bookie 14

    “Do you seriously think that if/when the nats get in they will abolish WFF? sell the trains and kiwibank? get rid of the nuclear free policy? Because that is what you are saying. ”

    Cite?

    That my friend, is the worst strawman I’ve ever seen. All I am saying is that they have a secret agenda, an agenda that they want to implement but beleive they can’t get elected on. I make no claims whatsoever about what that agenda entails, because I don’t know. It’s a secret, see.

    There is no spin involved vto, just what they themselves say. You claim that this is just standard politics, in which case secret agendas are standard politics. I wish they weren’t.

  15. Pascal's bookie 15

    And why can’t the Nat’s work on trying to convince us before we elect them vto? The polls indicate that there is trust. Why the secrecy?

  16. Rob 16

    Tim

    Its pretty tough of you to ask Steve to present a balanced view on here I mean really!!. There’s nothing like a good conspiracy story to wet the appetite of those from the Left!!

    Steve great to see in the Paper today Georgina Byer cant get a job in New Zealand and is considering trying in Australia. I cant think for the life of me why no one in private Business would want to hire an ex Labour MP can you. Would the words objectivity, Business Nous, Commercial knowledge have anything to do with it perhaps

    That is very sad for [deleted. no derogatory comments on people’s sexuality. SP]

  17. vto 17

    P’s B I guess the only way to see who is right is to see what happens. I pick no secret agenda implemented whatsoever.

  18. Anita 18

    vto,

    What you describe sounds exactly like an agenda for change to me.

    They won’t tell us what’s on it.

    How is that not a secret agenda?

  19. vto 19

    Anita. Does it sound like an agenda? I think it sounds more like, as I said, political pragmatism. I imagine all parties will have a set of policies they would like to implement which they then adjust to fit within the thoughts and desires of the electorate. example – Cullen’s tax cuts.

    gotta go

  20. Anita 20

    vto,

    I think we are arguing over what an agenda is 🙂

    I reckon that if you have a list of things you want to do, and a bit of plan about doing some of them, and an intention to figure out how/if to do the others then it’s an agenda.

    An agenda is a good thing, I’d hate to think we’d elect a party which didn’t have a list and a plan and an intention 🙂

    Yes? No?

  21. vto 21

    anita, yes i guess that is one description. i know what you’ll say next of course.

    I have been asking for proof of a secret agenda. Nobodu on here could provide it and mostly pointed to the media reaction and, after I said the ‘evidence’ wouldn’t stand a shit show in court, the court of public opinion as such proof.

    Well, interesting poll out today. That court of public opinion clearly disagrees with Standard posters about the so-called secwet agenda. They seem happier than ever with the nats and key (for better or worse).

    The court of public opinion clearly agrees that there is no secwet agenda.

    Not sure how much there is left to say..

  22. lprent 22

    vto: Which poll is that? The only one I’ve seen is the Morgan one. I have very little time for polls except as long term indicators.

    Morgan shows a steadily worsening environ’s for National to form a coalition.

  23. vto 23

    fairfax neilson i think it was. nats 54 up 3, lab 35 steady.

  24. lprent 24

    Oh the fairfax poll (mutters something about steaming piles of..)

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4657717a24035.html
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4657579a6000.html

    I can’t find a link to the actual numbers and trends for that in any of the sites (something I always find to be suspect)? Interpretation by the newspapers appears to be of its usual low standard.

    Have a look at Morgans poll from yesterday for an example of how it should be presented.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2008/4314/

    Notice the difference in tip basic numbers. There is currently there is an almost 6 point difference in the National number, a 3 point difference in NZF, about a 4 point difference for the greens for instance. Sort of points to a very high degree of inaccuracy somewhere.

    So the only thing of interest is the long term trends. Guess what – I can’t find them from Fairfax. All I see is some fuckwits looking at a two column graph and pontificating about changes within the margin of error.

    Does anyone ever train these journos in the basics of statistics? Or do they get issued with education levels similar to Rob.

    BTW: Generally I prefer Morgan for trends – has a better track record than Neilson.

  25. Tim Ellis 25

    I hope you’re feeling better today LP.

    VTO, the polls today are an interesting measure, and confirm my view that the whole secret agenda stuff has not washed with middle voters. I wrote earlier in this post that I thought that the secret recordings fiasco would only confirm existing prejudices at the extremes: hard Labour voters would use it to confirm their previous views, hard national voters would use it to confirm their views that Labour is smear-mongering and engaging in dirty tricks, but average middle voters who are undecided just aren’t engaged enough in politics to care about it.

    As I’ve said repeatedly, we make a big mistake as political activists to assume that everybody cares about this stuff as much as we do. Labour’s big problem is that a big chunk of voters tend to make up their tendencies a year or so before the election. They then tune out of politics and focus on their daily lives. A nine year government is always battling against how to engage voters who have decided they’re just not listening and it’s time for a change.

    While there is a time lag between the headlines and the big impact of poll results, we haven’t seen any impact of the secret agenda stuff. If there was going to be a big impact, we would see a small impact now, and a big impact later. There are a couple more polls due out soon which will give us a couple more snapshots, but it’s fair to say, based on the Morgan and Fairfax polls, you would have to be extremely optimistic to hope that the TV3 and CB polls point up a markedly contrary, positive trend for the Government.

    LP, as much as the Labour Party doesn’t want to admit to believing in polls right now, they obviously believe in them. You don’t spend the millions of dollars that Labour has spent on UMR’s polling and focus grouping without understanding their ability to gauge voter opinion. More than any other politician, Helen Clark has outstanding poll-interpreting skills. The ability to understand voter opinion through polling data has been a hallmark of her prime minister. She must know the writing’s on the wall.

  26. vto 26

    Mr Ellis I think of course she does know. Seems her hope is a failing of Key rather than a strength of her. I suspect she will simply ride out the rest of the term and keep ‘governing’, as she said at the start of the year, straight along the lines of her original mandate. She will keep her head high and be proud of what she has done. If she loses she will gracefully accept and be content with her job well done.

    If only she had her politics on a better tack hee hee

  27. lprent 27

    TE: A lot better – thanks. Not sure what it was.

    Look at the dates on when both polls were taken.

    Morgan was July 28 – August 10
    Fairfax was August 4-10

    The English tape played in the evening of 4th.

    The polls won’t have much of the effect of the tapes in it.

  28. coge 28

    Individual variations between polls, are what statistics are all about. However, in these cases the results appear to remain within the longterm established trend bands. Given the amount of time these longterm trends take to reverse, (generally over 120 days), it appears barring a miracle, that Labour will be unable to form a government post election. Three months more of this trend & the attendant effects will make it interesting viewing. Of course I may be wrong in all this!

    Iprent, I do agree with your summary of MSM statistical analysis.
    They probably don’t teach stats at journalist school.

  29. higherstandard 29

    Lynn

    Even if the polls do/don’t have much of the effect of the tapes in them, there is little chance of the next polls having any effect either – the NZ population in general will be more fixated on the Olympics and Rugby over the next week or two and will have forgotten the whole (non) affair.

  30. lprent 30

    hs: Ah that is the interesting question isn’t it. I have only anecdotal evidence about how much impact it is having on uncontacted, not answering, undecided and swing voters.

    Generally I’ve found that the polls get interesting velocities towards an election. They’re quite different to the ones between elections simply because more of the undecided decide and more people are willing to answer. They start losing their jagged nature and move more into trends.

    The best poll (in a a crap bunch) is usually the Morgan poll. They seem to use a better methodology. It is a pity they don’t expose it.

    In this case the effects of those tapes will not have worked into the polls. We will have to wait and see.

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    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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