Two ticks red

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 25 comments
Categories: bill english, greens, jacinda ardern, john key, labour, national, same old national, youtube - Tags:

R0b and Bill have declared their political preferences, R0b going with Labour and Bill with the Greens, two ticks both times.

I thought I should do the same.

I will not surprise anyone by saying that I am ticking red both times.

Why?

Well electorate wise it was really easy. Deborah Russell will be a significant addition to the Labour caucus and her skills will be well used. If you are going to run the country you need people who can do the job.

Her main opponent, Pablo Garcia, is an unusual candidate with some strange views. He is also a lightweight and would contribute nothing to our Parliament. The Greens candidate Leilani Tamu is someone who has some great talents and abilities and someone I have a great amount of respect for but her job is to win party votes not the seat.

My party vote was more difficult and I avoided the temptation to vote early.

When I do one of those “which party most closely matches your world view” tests I get told that Green or sometimes Mana are the parties that most closely match my preferred policies.

Climate change is the most important issue the human race is facing. And the environment is our most important asset. These should be at the forefront of our politics.

And the Greens’ position on these areas is strong and principled.

So I gave serious thought to voting Green.

There were two scenarios where I thought that I would vote Green:

  1. They were in danger of not meeting the 5% threshold.
  2. Labour was well ahead of National but New Zealand First was going to have a considerable presence.

As to 1 it appears that the Green vote has rallied and they are safe.

And New Zealand First is wilting. I am not surprised. Winston Peters is showing that he no longer has his former drawing power. One benefit is that it appears that Shane Jones will not make it.

But my tribal preference holds strong sway and I have deep respect for the Kaupapa of the Labour Party.  So it is tick red.

Because of its commitment to the trade union movement and to improving the plight of ordinary Kiwis. The emphasis on education so that all kids can achieve their potential. The acknowledgment of the importance of Maori and the Treaty, the historic partnership between Micky Savage and the Ratana Church being a strong and lasting partnership.

The commitment to multiculturalism and the celebration of diversity. This is something that National has done recently when it realised there were political benefits in doing so but this has been a core belief of Labour’s for a long time.

The independent world view. I find it so upsetting when our Government obsequiously follows America or England into insane wars or in support of idiot positions. I cheered loudly when David Lange declared New Zealand nuclear free and stood up and proclaimed how this was the right and moral thing to do.

And there is some serious talent in Labour’s list. Right now Labour may get some really great people into Parliament. People such as Liz Craig, Anahila Kanongata’a Suisuiki, Lemauga Lydia Sosene and on a good night Romy Udanga. Every party vote Labour gets improves their prospects of being elected.

And to complete the analysis could I vote National? They are not as bad as they were in the past, the 1970s and 1980s version was a redneck conservative coalition of anti progressives. The 1990s version was a cruel ideological blinkered version that almost wrecked our country and we are still paying the price now.

The John Key-Bill English version perfected the ability to sound reasonable and pretend they were Labour lite. They still did the ideological stuff, the selling of our power shares being one of their most stupid decisions.

But they are a pale imitation of past versions. And their cost accounting approach to running something as complex as a country and their complete indifference to human misery unless it is showing up in the opinion polls when it is then met with the weakest of incremental responses means they have to be voted out.

And their style is very undemocratic.  Their abuse of the Official Information laws and their micro managing the flow of information for political advantage are particular features that mean they should not be trusted with Government.

And I think Jacinda is extraordinary. She could be right up there with Norm Kirk, David Lange, Helen Clark and yes even Micky Savage if she gets the chance.

So two ticks red. But I will be cheering the Greens on and hope they are returned in numbers.

25 comments on “Two ticks red”

  1. cleangreen 1

    Yes for my wife and I we will give one tick each for our Napier MP Stuart Nash.

  2. roy cartland 2

    Nice one MS. There is a real chance to get the LP values of old back with Jacinda. Inclusivity, fairness-justice-equality and respect for each other and the environment.

    Labour this time has been given that sacred mandate by all LP voters, and they know their feet will be held to the fire should they be bullied into wavering. It’s obvious a lot of trust has gone into this vote and I believe Jacinda won’t abuse it.

    Kia kaha!

  3. Ad 3

    It will be good to have the Greens back : Labour needs them as their policy unit.

    Not sure about Deborah. Too green and no clue about Parliamentary or party process., no idea about local constituency issues. Cunliffe left her with a 4,500 majority so maybe she can afford to lose a few.

    • Andre 3.1

      Timmy was a somewhat stronger opponent than Paulo, which will help Deborah.

    • swordfish 3.2

      Yes – While I wouldn’t want to deny Russell’s exceptional talents expertise and competence … she would’ve been more appropriate as a List MP.

      Greg = highly popular local community leader … spent his entire life in the area, has a nuanced understanding and extensive network of contacts within the seat, and has proven electorally popular with local constituents time and time again

      Deborah = affluent academic outsider (and former Young Nat) parachuted into a largely working class Westie seat 400kms to the North (& at remarkably short notice) Doesn’t know the local political ground

  4. Dot 5

    Yes fairness and justice for Aotearoa ! we need more Mickey Savage’s

  5. ianmac 6

    If NZF don’t make the threshold or win Winston’s seat, how would that effect the outcome? (My votes are two ticks red for similar reasons as Micky’s.)

    • DoublePlusGood 6.1

      That vote would get redistributed. It would push both Labour + Greens and National + ACT close to the 61 seats needed. It would potentially come down to who the Māori party want to support. It could even be a hung parliament, forcing either a new election or some sort of grand coalition.

    • Andre 6.2

      If NZ1st don’t make, then everybody else that does make it gets a stronger position.

      Depending on exactly how the votes fall, Nats may go from needing an agreement to being able to govern alone, or Greens/Labour may go from needing Winnie to being able to govern alone, or the Maori Party may go from being an afterthought to kingmakers.

  6. DoublePlusGood 7

    All these people really hoping the Greens get back in, in numbers, and then not voting for them. Uh-huh. Has me well worried if half the lefties on the biggest lefty blog are all voting for the centrist diet-neoliberalsm party.

    • Bill 7.1

      I agree with your take on the hope versus vote schism.

      But to be fair, when either r0b or micky throw a vote anywhere bar NZ Labour, I think we can say the death of NZ Labour, that’s being anticipated by some ( me included) can be said to be at the stage of death rattle.

      As for “half” the lefties on this blog voting NZ Labour, I’m picking it’s nowhere near that proportion.

      Lynn also wrote a post stating he’d voted Green. And he’s pretty conservative on the whole. I suspect Weka will be voting Green.

      And I get the impression from comments that a far greater number of commenters are voting Green that was the case last election

      • Ad 7.1.1

        “Death rattle” when Labour’s at 37% and Greens are at 7%.
        Top work there Death.

        NZ is the only place Greens might even possibly get in central government anywhere in the world.

        • Bill 7.1.1.1

          What the fuck are you on about Ad?

          Are micky and r0b not voting NZ Labour? Why, yes they are. So your comment is bloody stupid innit?

          • Ad 7.1.1.1.1

            What is stupid is saying Labour is “at the stage of a death rattle”.

            Wish for it all you like. Not happening.

            • Craig H 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Bill didn’t say that Labour was in a death rattle, he said that it will be a death rattle when mickey or r0b vote for someone other than Labour.

        • marty mars 7.1.1.2

          it might be a baby rattle I think – as the renewal occurs, a new day, fresh with anticipation, the new growth and hope is like a wee baby coming forth and in their hand is a wee rattle rattling away like the loudest beacon of hope for the oppressed and downtrodden.

  7. popexplosion 8

    I voted Green. Govt taxes us all, water taxes aren’t a tax, they are a levy. There are public taxes, and private taxes, levied by govt. Current water policies are a private tax on those who don’t need irrigation water. So we have this socialism farmers union arguing to keep their private taxes rewarding big water takers, and begging farmer who won’t pay one cent more, who will in fact gain better competitive advantage in the market when not competing with big water takers. So I voted Green, the fake media and it’s fake national economy of low tax. Not being able to swim in the river, polluted or low flow, is a private govt legislated tax on everyone.

  8. Craig H 9

    Two ticks for Labour in our household!

  9. tracey 10

    Kia ora MS. We are all in this together.

    Kia kaha whatever happens tomoz

  10. swordfish 11

    Micky

    When I do one of those “which party most closely matches your world view” tests I get told that Green or sometimes Mana are the parties that most closely match my preferred policies

    Ha ! same here … and yet I’ve still Party-Voted Labour at the last 2 Elections … Go figure

    Now leaning heavily toward Party-Voting for our ethereal Greenie chums on Saturday

    Which allows me to smoothly segue …

    Micky

    It appears that the Green vote has rallied and they are safe

    .

    While in broad terms the Greens are trending up (as you & Pat have argued) … I’d suggest things are still pretty precarious … odds (at best) mildly in Greens favour but they’re by no means out of the woods yet

    They’re usually over-stated by 1-4 percentage points in final polls

    Eg Final Reid Research

    2014 14.4 (over-states by 3.7)

    2011 13.4 (over-states by 2.34)

    2008 9 (over-states by 2.28)

    Final RR 2017 … 7.1% … Try subtracting 2.3-3.7 points and see how far it gets you = not quite as rosy as one might initially assume

    Too many Lefties taking Green polling at face value

    So subtract 1-4 points from the following

    Greens %
    Last 7 Polls

    UMR 7
    Curia 6
    RR 7.1
    CB 8
    CB 7
    RR 4.9
    RM 9

    • Pat 11.1

      have a lot of time for your opinion swordfish and am still likely to give my vote to greens tomorrow but I am increasingly confident that the polls are well off and our next Gov will be Lab/Green…and hopefully no need for additions

      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/09/22/49399/there-may-have-been-a-youth-quake

      and after that event I pray the goodwill required to make the partnership successful prevails

    • Zeroque 11.2

      It would be interesting to see historic data like this for NZF. I keep hearing that they have typically polled lower than their final vote tally but I haven’t seen any numbers by election.

      • swordfish 11.2.1

        2014

        Final CB under-states NZF by 0.7 percentage points
        Final RR under-states NZF by 1.6 percentage points
        Final RM under-states NZF by 0.7 percentage points
        Final UMR under-states NZF by 1.2 percentage points

        2nd last CB under-states NZF by 1.7 percentage points
        2nd last RR under-states NZF by 2.8 percentage points

        2011

        Final CB under-states NZF by 2.4 percentage points
        Final RR under-states NZF by 3.5 percentage points
        Final RM under-states NZF by 0.1 percentage points

        2nd last CB under-states NZF by 4.4 percentage points
        2nd last RR under-states NZF by 3.1 percentage points

        2008

        Final CB under-states NZF by 1.7 percentage points
        Final RR under-states NZF by 0.7 percentage points
        Final RM over-states NZF by 0.4 percentage points
        Final UMR under-states NZF by 1.3 percentage points

        2nd last CB under-states NZF by 1.1 percentage points
        2nd last RR under-states NZF by 0.6 percentage points

  11. Tanz 12

    Labour needs another leader like David Lange, who by and far was the best PM we ever had. No one of such integrity these days, on either side.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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, ...
    2 hours 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 ...
    11 hours 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
    18 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    21 hours 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
    22 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

No feed items found.