The Standard Week: July 11-18

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Finally, policy. National has two policies which, by all rights, ought to be election losers: the 90 day no rights policy and the privatisation of ACC policy. If any proof were needed that Key’s self-definition as a moderate is just a facade for the same old National, these policies are it. Over 200,000 Kiwis start a new job each year, 1.8 million make an ACC claim. These policies would mean less security in employment and more expensive, less effective injury cover for nearly everyone. No one in their right minds who understands what these policies mean should vote National.

90 Day No Rights policy, why?
National might believe its policy is good for employment and reduces a heavy burden on employers but it doesn’t. All it does is give power to coerce workers with the threat of dismissal, which some bad employers will exploit. The law ain’t broke, and that’s no reason to fix it…[more]

Bullies
Why is it that the right are so much more litigious than the left? [more]

Nats’ ACC policy all about ideology
…no evidence has been provided that privatised ACC will provide cheaper or better coverage or reduce accidents. There is just an ideological assumption that private sector is better…[more]

National adopts Labour’s arts policy
Cultural cringe is now a thing of the past. Kiwis are proud of our identity, and we don’t want to see arts funding cut. National’s realisation of this fact, however belated, can only be welcomed..[more]

Murketing
National has been able to turn the ‘Who Is John Key, Really?’ question to its advantage, by allowing all kinds of different people to project onto him their own desires and blueprint for change…[more]

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38 comments on “The Standard Week: July 11-18”

  1. GMC 1

    We are only a few days away from the next round of polls. Labour will take another pasting, showing their hit and run personality attacks on John Key aren’t working.

    Poll results are boring to the Standard now, it seems.

    [lprent: The Standard is a program running on a machine. It doesn’t get bored, and it doesn’t have opinions. Neither apparently do you. I’m putting you in moderation because I’m tired of adding notes to idiotic comments. This way I can add them when I feel like releasing them. In the meantime address your comments to a human.]

  2. GMC. You don’t understand what a hit and run attack is – it’s when you attack your opponent over their ‘failure’ to solve an issue than run away when challenged to come up with your own answer.

    Labour and others are criticising Key on his policy, competence, and trustworthiness – the three grounds on which a politician should be measured.

  3. Why can’t you introduce a a negative karma system, so I can whinge like a bleating kid just like roger nome does on kiwiblog? I like sucking my thumb roger , do you?

    [Tane: Dad, grow up.]

  4. Matthew Pilott 4

    GMC, may I borrow your time machine? The one you used to go in to the future to be able to comment on whether this blog is bored of polls, despite said polls not having been released at present.

    I want to go into the future to see if I look good with a mullet, if not I’ll just get a haircut now. Cheers.

    P.S if that was an attempt at a hit and run, you’ve got a lot to learn, sunshine.

  5. GMC 5

    Matthew I don’t think you need to go into the future to see that you don’t look good with a mullet.

    I’m only going on the Standard’s recent history of not commenting on polls since they became so disastrous for Labour. The Standard used to comment when things were getting even, particularly the “wow, the tide is turning” one, or describing three polls in a row as “rogue” when they didn’t favour Labour. I haven’t seen a proper poll analysis at the standard for several months now.

    Steve I obviously don’t understand your interpretation of a hit and run. It is only a hit and run if National do it in which case it comes from the Crosby Textor tunebook. Yes yes I understand Labour Good National Bad, the Hollow Men is your bible, and John Key is part of the baby-eating Jewish new world order and he’s a rich prick and the exclusive brethren are backing him.

    It isn’t helping you with the polls. Maybe we should tell Helen to fire all the hundred or so beehive staff she employes as spin doctors and political advisers and get Crosby Textor to advise her instead. It would cost much less money and she would get some value for it.

    [lprent: If you want a news clippings service, then go and find one. This is a site that does commentary, and the commentary is done by human writers who pretty much post on what they like – not what you would like. Don’t like it? Go and find a blog that you do like, or get off your lazy butt and write your own.

    However if you presume to lecture the writers or this machine again, then I’ll boot you with extreme permanently – clear?

    Oh and I’d advise you to read the Policy.]

  6. GMC 7

    Wake up Steve you’ve got some more John Key attack posts to write before you’re allowed to go home for the day.

  7. Tane 8

    GMC, we’ve missed a couple of recently as I’ve been busy, but it certainly hasn’t been ‘several months’.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?cat=4

    Oh, and would you like to make explicit what you were trying to imply with your last comment? Or would you like to withdraw and apologise?

  8. SweeetD 9

    Like I said yesterday, these policies will only be of interest to political wonks and those sad types (like me) that inhabit poli blogs. The rest, most people won’t care in the slightest.

    So, it makes sense to release them now, and get them out of the way, so when the election race is on, you can do the stuff people outside the poli blogs actually care about and effect them…taxes, crime, health, education.

    Once again Pierson, this adds up to a small hill of beans or the 5 sec sound bite on tvone/tv3

  9. “dad4justice

    Why can’t you introduce a a negative karma system, so I can whinge like a bleating kid just like roger nome does on kiwiblog? I like sucking my thumb roger , do you?”

    They do seem to be getting increasingly angry about RogerNome over there, It seems hes really been a thorn in thier side, from even before DPF outing his identity.

    You kinda of have to wonder, when national has such a lead in the polls, they do all seem so scared and angry over there.

  10. Sweet. ACC and work rights affect everyone.

  11. higherstandard 12

    I see they’ve found the little girl that was kidnapped on the Northshore pretty much safe and sound, nice end to the week !

    [lprent: cool.
    BTW: Do you ever get your e-mail the same two times in a row? The identicon is going crazy trying to keep up. Why not just login and get rid of the problem?]

  12. sweeetd 13

    Pierson

    Yes, they do, but they don’t make the top three issues in an election campaign do they, usually health, education and policing. That is why it makes good sense to release them now.

    On their own, yes, this would probably loose the election for the nats, but as this govt is so hated, a majority of people just want to see the back of Helen. It might be an issue for the next election, but under this current climate, people son’t care in large enough numbers about these two policies.

  13. Dan 14

    The right is scared and angry. They have put all their money on the nose with Key, and it is clear already he does not have what it takes: he cannot think on his feet; he is totally dependent on his minders; he refuses any tricky media; he will not debate with Helen Clark; the list goes on.
    A National win…….yeah right!

  14. sweeetd 15

    Dan

    As I heard on Closeup last week, it is Clark that refused to debate with Key outside the election.

    Can you point me to where Key has refuse to debate with Clark?

  15. All the spin, bluster, bribes and lies aren’t working.

    In a trend that has continued for a year now, National have been way ahead of Labour in the Polls, latest Roy Morgan Poll:

    http://darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/07/roy-morgan-poll-july-18-2008.html

    Roy Morgan have accurately picked elections and their polling up to elections has been deadly accurate. The 20 point lead by National hasn’t changed for months:

    “These results present Helen Clark with a huge challenge to gain re-election. At the latest, the New Zealand Election must be held by early November and time is quickly running out for Clark to find away to connect with the electorate.’

    There are going to have to be even more massive bribes using taxpayer money to get Labour even close come polling day.

    Labour is going to have to get even dirtier than they have already.

    Good news for NZ though.

  16. RedLogix 17

    Darren,

    I’m intrigued.

    Exactly WHAT has Helen Clark done to you that you hate her so much?

  17. Darren, So people don’t like Clark, great. They probably arent going to like Key once he announces his policies either.

  18. RL, I don’t hate people but I dislike her intensely.

    In my opinion her socialist “Swedish model” has ruined the country.

    KITNO, I don’t necessarily think Key is the answer to our huge problems.

  19. RedLogix 20

    Darren,

    So exactly what is so very bad about Sweden? I haven’t been there (although I did get to Norway once)… but apart from the long winters it seems to be quite a decent sort of place. Not perfect, but neither is anywhere else, and I can think of a long list of places far worse off.

    And looking around New Zealand, I’m wondering quite why you see the place as ‘ruined’? Again NZ is not perfect, by by all formal international measures the place is doing quite well and we have never been better off. I struggle to see how a nation that is ruined can have major cities that consistently rate in the top dozen or so globally.

    Yes we have problems, but most other nations on earth would cheerfully swap theirs with ours.

  20. RL, where do I start!

    Record numbers on welfare
    Crumbling health,education
    Record crime
    High taxes
    State interference in every part of our lives
    Hatred by Clark and co of independence,freedom and democracy
    Wasteful spending
    Massive size of State
    Mishandling of economy for 9 years

    Is that enough RL?

  21. gobsmacked 22

    1,2,3,5,6 are all demonstrably false.

    4,7,8,9 are opinions, but of course, elections are held every three years, not nine. Therefore your opinions have not been shared by a majority, for a majority of the government’s tenure.

  22. RedLogix 23

    Again I am intrigued.

    I’m not sure exactly what ANY govt is supposed to do about a growing and ageing population that inherently drives up the numbers on super and sickness benefits, and I’m going to assume you are not indulging in DPB bashing here… but the one major beneficiary category that a govt CAN be held to account over is unemployment. Last I looked the numbers stood at about 17,000 nationwide. What kind of record is that again?

    Our health sector is under exactly the same pressures as all other nations; rising labour costs and mobility, rising drug bills, rising technology costs, rising demand and expectations. 45% of all people on earth have NO access to ANY kind of health care, not so much as an aspirin and would be puzzled that you describe our perfectly reasonable system as ‘crumbling’.

    Our education sector does fairly well by all international comparisions, (although not nearly as well as those naughty Swedes), so again I’m baffled by your dire prognostications.

    Unfortunately your notion of ‘record crime’ is undone by the facts. Some crime categories are up, many are down… but overall the rates have been declining slightly for about 15 years, when they peaked after the social destruction wrought during the 80’s.

    New Zealand tax burden is a little below average for all OECD nations. Similarly for our public sector. Yes the State DOES intervene in many aspects of our lives. That is it’s job. Usually when the intervention is done to OTHER people we regard it as right and proper… but when the State intervenes in OUR personal lives we get all upset over ‘interference’.

    We have been told about all this ‘wasteful’ state spending for some time now; but have yet to be advised of ANY actual instances actual dollar significance. Usually most arguments on this sort of thing revolve around the meaning you place on the word ‘wasteful’.

    The only item of real interest is this one:

    Hatred by Clark and co of independence,freedom and democracy

    Independence from what? And how does she hate that?

    Freedom to do what? And again, when did she ever say she hated it?

    Democracy? Last I looked our elections are still scheduled for sometime late this year. An election in which the major left wing Parties, (Labour/Greens) will go into with a full detailed disclosure of all their policies for the electorate to judge. Sorry but I still cannot see the hatred here. Maybe you are better at spotting it than I am.

  23. Quoth the Raven 24

    Do you really think modelling ourselves on Sweden is that bad Darren? Have you ever looked at any international rankings ever? Lowest Infant mortality rate – Sweden Best place to be a mother – Sweden (New Zealand fourth) Women’s index rank first – Sweden (fourth New Zealand) They have a higher HDI rank then us. I could look at stats all night and show how good a country it is but I can’t be bothered. Have a look for yourself.

  24. Macro 25

    Red and Quoth
    Darren’s too busy drooling over Morgan polls and reading up some other rightwingnuts opinion so he can regurgitate it here later.
    Gob
    7,8, and 9 could also be shown to be demonstrably false as well.

  25. Dan 26

    Sweeetd, the election campaign is a little way off. You may be right. Key has nothing to debate yet. Who was the Closeup expert?
    I missed that. It would be great in this age of presidential elections to have an opposition that would front up with policies so that we might have real discussion of real policy, instead of name calling and dogwhistling.

  26. 1.Working for Families, which is clearly welfare, gives us record welfare numbers.

    2. a.patients being treated in hospital corridors
    b.patients dieing before they can get surgery, all this when we are paying record taxes for health.

    c.record numbers of kids unable to read,write, count etc
    d.kids in some areas being taught in shipping containers

    3.people don’t report crime anymore because the Police often don’t do anything or simply don’t turn up, so official figures are wrong

    4. the tax take has doubled under this government in the last 9 years while the economy has grown around 30%. Pathetic.

    5. govt “initiatives to tell you what to eat,drink,watch,say,smoke, read and how to bring up your kids.

    6. removal of Privy Council, “anti smacking” bill-refusal of referendum for its dissolution, Electoral Finance Act, passing of a retrospective law to make the stealing of 800K by Labour to buy the 2005 election legal and much more. All passed without revelation before an election or consultation with the public.

    For goodness sake we have a Solicitor General who isn’t a lawyer, that is how much respect Labour have for the law and good legislation

    7 ,8 The size of the State has grown well beyond that of the economy. That is a fact.

    9. with the best economic conditions in generations(nothing to do with Labour) NZ gets an average of less than 3% growth a year. Not good. While Cullen, a Doctor of History(he will only know how badly he has done while looking back in a couple of years)has wasted money on everything that is unproductive.

    There is of course much more but this will do for some good reading for you lot.

  27. In what is possibly what Helen Clark would call a “rogue poll”, Labour have closed to gap in the latest Fairfax/Nielson Poll:

    http://darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/07/fairfax-nielson-poll-19-july-2008.html

    The trend has been a 20 point plus gap between Labour and National over the last 4 months with a couple of blips since Sept 2007, so it is not as good for Labour as a look at today’s single polling result might suggest.

    Reinforcing that the Nielson poll might be a rogue one, the Roy Morgan Poll, out yesterday, continues the trend of a 20 plus point lead by National, the same trend established in the Nielson poll.

    Poll watchers will be able to state a slip for support for National if there is a similar Nielson poll in August.

    The Roy Morgan poll has been the more accurate one in predicting election results and the margins of the vote.

  28. Quoth the Raven 29

    Not a single link, not a single statistic just blind assertions – good one Darren. I’m sure someone can tear apart your assertions here I personally can’t be bothered and don’t have the time and much of it is already dealt with in past posts and discussions here, besides the fact that you wouldn’t bother to listen or read anything anyone would provide you with and you still haven’t answered my questions Darren.

  29. share the load guys, I’ll start off with number 1.

    Darren Rickard

    1.Working for Families, which is clearly welfare, gives us record welfare numbers.

    I assume to consider taxation stealing in the first place, so giving people back thier money is hardly welfare is it?

    Is the corprate tax rate cut welfare too?

    Does that make any tax cuts welfare?

  30. RedLogix 31

    2. a.patients being treated in hospital corridors
    b.patients dieing before they can get surgery, all this when we are paying record taxes for health.

    Virtually every health system in the world experiences peaks in demand that cause overloads on capacity from time to time. But the vast majority of patients in NZ are treated in a timely manner, to a reasonable standard of care. Waiting lists are in fact reducing, but in any realistic world there will never be so much spare capacity in the system that every one gets treated for everything with no wait.

    The real gains in health care efficiencies that remain to be made are in the areas of preventative medicine. Diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, fetal alcholol syndrome, drug and alcohol abuse, smokiing relating illnesses and sexual infections are all the result of lifestyle choices we make, yet expect the taxpayer to pick up the cost when our bodies fail as a direct result.

    Yet at the same time you seem to deeply resent any attempt by govt to reduce health costs when it conducts campaigns to address these issues as unwarranted “interference” in your life. You seem to want the unfettered right to enjoy abusing your body if you wish, yet at the same time demand the right to a wonderful health system that will pay all the costs.

    And at the same time you want tax cuts. Can you spot the discrepancy?

  31. Gazza 32

    I can’t see how National’s plan to open ACC to competition is a bad thing. The corporate world abounds with examples of competition in certain sectors benefitting the consumer, why not ACC?

    For example, McDonald’s has to compete with Burger King, and vice versa. The competition here virtually ensures that both providers of fast food try to offer the best, most streamlined service possible, in a bid to out do the competitior and get more customers.

    It seems to me that Nationals plan for competitors in the ACC market will drive down levies, not raise them. The Labour government repealed ACC competition before it had the chance to be fully implemented, so it is not a good example of why this policy cannot work.

  32. Anita 33

    Gazza,

    How will different insurance companies compete for the business? What will they offer to make them different/better from the others?

  33. RedLogix 34

    It seems to me that Nationals plan for competitors in the ACC market will drive down levies, not raise them. The Labour government repealed ACC competition before it had the chance to be fully implemented, so it is not a good example of why this policy cannot work.

    It may, or it may not. Introducing competition to the electricity industry didn’t lower power prices.

    We only need to look over the Tasman to see that workplace accident insurance cover is generally about 25% dearer than the equivalent cover here to get a sensible comparison.

    In general private enterprise and competition works well for selling baked beans and running corner dairies, where the risk of failure is low, the scope is quite local and specific, there is no natural monoploy and the business cycle is short.

    In general public enterprise works best when the risk associated with failure are high, when the scope is wide and general and/or a natural monopoly, and the business cycles are very long, eg intergenerational. This is why the public sector is generally better at things like infrastructure, education, health and police.

    Insurance is poised somewhat between these two cases. In general property insurance is adequately handled by the private sector; by contrast the record of private health and accident cover is much less satisfactory. One only has to see at the appalling record of the American health insurance industry, or to see that 1 in 10 accident claims in Australia finish up in court to realise this.

    Far too many people have been seduced by the idea that just because competition is SOMETIMES a good thing, that therefore it must ALWAYS be a good thing. It aint so.

  34. fiona 35

    Gazza, given that ACC’s administration costs are lower than comparable Australian schemes, how will private insurers offer cheaper accident insurance?

    The answer is that either they won’t (as with the electricity sector reforms), or if they do it will be by offering lower benefits to claimants – particularly as private insurers also have to incorporate a profit margin into their levies.

    They will also try to ensure that as many claims as possible are attributed to other accounts, so employeees levies rise and the government pays more for the non-earners account ie taxpayers money.

  35. Macro 36

    Darren
    To use your figures:
    “NZ gets an average of less than 3% growth a year.”
    A 30% increase in less than 9 years represents an averaged annual increase of over just over 3% actually. 1.03 to the power of 9 equals 1.30.

    WFF is NOT WELFARE! it is targeted tax relief.

    Ever Hospital in the world treats patients in corridors – its called emergency!

    Where are your sources that back up your other claims
    eg
    “record numbers of kids unable to read,write, count etc”
    Such ridiculous assertions don’t enhance your argument.

  36. gobsmacked 37

    A big story this morning, with fascinating implications:

    Rodney Hide on Agenda says Roger Douglas will be in the top 3 on ACT’s list. That means he’ll get in. I know the polls now say he won’t, but he will.

    What will John Key do? So far, he’s been making eyes at Winston .. but does his heart really belong to Roger? Will there be tears and tantrums? Stay tuned for the next episode of NZ’s hottest soap: John and his Lovers.

  37. gobsmacked 38

    Confirming the above:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4624747a11.html

    Note that Key has ruled out Douglas, but won’t rule out Peters. I wonder how our resident righties feel about that.

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

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