Unemployment worse than it looks

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, August 9th, 2012 - 67 comments
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How’s John Key’s aggressive recovery going? Not so good:

New Zealand’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose in the second quarter as the pool of jobs shrank for the time since December 2010.

The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 6.8 percent, the highest since June 2010, according to Statistics New Zealand’s household labour force survey.

Economists surveyed by Reuters were expecting the headline rate to come down to 6.5 percent.

That’s bad enough, but read the fine print and the picture is even worse:

Auckland’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent as more people stopped looking for work…

People are giving up, the real situation is worse than the figures suggest (worth remembering next time there is a minor “improvement” in the official rate). Just how many more years of the Nats’ economic “genius” do you want NZ?

67 comments on “Unemployment worse than it looks”

  1. Moreen 1

    This is not the true number, so many unemployed don’t get to register because even after working for 35 years they are not intitled to a benefit so do not appear in the statistics. A win/ win for the government

  2. Socialist Paddy 2

    Key was on radio calling it a “technical increase”. The bastard should say that to the 2,400 extra unemployed people. And he should tell the 160,000 currently unemployed people what he is doing to get them work.

    • locus 2.1

      rwnj ideology. Maintain unemployment level high enough to ensure sufficient desperation to keep wages low. Put on a show of hiring 25 people in Christchurch to hide total lack of concern. Blame the unemployed for ‘poor’ choices or laziness.then swan off business class to be entertained by your mates in Vegas.

      • McFlock 2.1.1

        I seem to recall in the late 80s and through the 90s that tories were talking about NAIRU (Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment) of 6-8%?
               
        Probably pure coincidence that that’s what we see when National are in charge. 

        • bad12 2.1.1.1

          True, it is not often that anyone addresses the economics of unemployment and the relationship of killing off demand in an economy thus ‘creating’ unemployment is understood by very few,

          Needless to say, without addressing the ‘Chicago School of Economics’ premise on using unemployment as a ‘tool’ in defeating inflationary pushes in an economy, while demand is stifled
          the Reserve Bank will hold or lower the interest rate on money borrowed,

          Given that a 2% rise in the cash rate would make the median mortgage payments rise by a third its so very easy to see why unemployment is allowed to occur,

          Of course the simple ‘fix’ to that is for the Government to become the ‘lender’ thus having the ability to not only produce the money,(if necessary),but also having the ability to also ‘fix’ the interest rates at an appropriate level…

        • rosy 2.1.1.2

          Probably pure coincidence that that’s what we see when National are in charge

          Yeah, coincidence.

          Funny how they seem surprised. What I’m ‘surprised’ about is how New Zealand’s economy is close to recession when it’s major trading partners are not. Notice half of Europe is still growing (albeit slowly), with lower rates of unemployment, despite the Eurocrisis*. Look out when our major trading partners fall over is all I can say.

          *when does a crisis stop being a crisis and become chronic?

            • Rose 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Fascinating. People might be happier too going back to smaller communities and moving away from consumerism.

          • McFlock 2.1.1.2.2

            Personally, I love the terror of inflation as the “rust” of an economy.
                    
            Inflation only affects you badly if you hold onto money.
            If you hold onto goods, and skills, and things of worth, then they gain nominal value.
                   
            Sure, hyperinflation screws the pooch, but 6-8% unemployment is more damaging to the general welfare of the nation than 6-8% inflation. 

            • rosy 2.1.1.2.2.1

              The thing is they can break the link between inflation and unemployment if the will to do so was there, but it isn’t – doesn’t fit the ideology. There’e no way to get a casualised workforce if the unemployment rate is low.

          • Georgecom 2.1.1.2.3

            Abot 2008 onward Rosy. Don’t expect the current bunch to have any idea of this though.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.3

          Yep, the Tories don’t believe in employment rates above 94% and the reason is to keep wages low.

    • Hami Shearlie 2.2

      Aren’t his turns of phrase fascinating SP? I’m sure the “technical increase” is all down to our “dinnimik environment”!!

      • rosy 2.2.1

        the ‘dinnimik enviroment’ causes a decrease in the employment rate – not an increase in unemployment. Language people! or CT will be on to you.

    • Mooloo magic 2.3

      I also heard Key’s comments , the PM will not tolerate bad news , Why is he so popular when he is such recidivist liar. Why are his often glib or
      disingenuous remarks invariably remain unchallenged . Where is Labour? they too often miss the opportunity to challenge Key. I guess too busy trying to destroy Cunnliffe.
      I despair we have a cruel callous government and the main opposition party that rather attack each puget then the government

      • muzza 2.3.1

        No we have a parliamentary system that is controlled on all sides, thats whats happening to Labour, its not bloody rocket science

      • Roy 2.3.2

        I think Key is popular with some people exactly because he refuses to acknowledge bad news, just Ronnie Reagan was popular with some people because he was eternally optimistic, unlike the more intellectually honest Jimmy Carter who preceded him. Some people seem to like a benignly smiling leader who tells them everything is just fine, and refuse to consider the evidence that he is lying through his teeth.

  3. mike e 3

    No he’s not he’s going to get them to join gangs and go to Australia.

  4. bad12 4

    National’s score for economic success remains at a lowly F for Failed, teacher says little Johnny must concentrate more on the basics,

    A note on the bottom of little Johnny’s school report notes that He must stop lying to the rest of the class….

  5. Vicky32 5

    I’ll just say what I said on FB – ironically, I had not worked all year until last week, and now I have more offers – it’ll amount to 3-4 weeks in all! But it is a solution (in my personal case)? Is it hecks as like!
    It’s still all casual. The call centre has not asked me back after the first week.
    A day here, a day there – it’s better only by contrast with a complete nothing which is what I’ve had from January to July – (not counting 4 days in April-May).
    In Italy, we’re called ‘i precari’, and in Italy we protest. Why not here?

    • Tiger Mountain 5.1

      Precarious ‘employment’ is a worry world over. Friend of mine has just gone to work for the IUF cited at start of this brief piece.

    • Dr Terry 5.2

      People actively protest in many countries, and they wonder at the incredible passivity of New Zealanders. “Opposition” parties (Labour more than others) encourage passivity by example. With no hearty opposition, nothing will ever change for the better. Key loves to keep the populace as a pack of dummies. Maybe that is what we are!! Shearer is almost tripping over himself to be obliging to the Great Master (Key), and that is exactly the way Key always wanted it. He would hate to be obliged to deal with Cunliffe (or the like), who is much too intelligent for him (and for his own party). Dumb, dumb, dumb.
      Those who want not to remain dumb are flocking to fairer fields, and that too suits Key and his lot (helps keep down unemployment figures. Just great!) But I hope that I am not being too “technical”for our Glorious Leader. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

      • rosy 5.3.1

        ah, thanks… I knew there must be a word for it apart from casualisation (which confused people who have self-chosen labour market flexibility).
        Definition:

        Precarity is a general term to describe how large parts of the population are being subjected to flexible exploitation or flexploitation (low pay, high blackmailability, intermittent income, etc.), and existential precariousness (high risk of social exclusion because of low incomes, welfare cuts, high cost of living, etc.) The condition of precarity is said to affect all of service sector labor in a narrow sense, and the whole of society in a wider sense, but particularly youth, women, and immigrants.

        Actually I’d put unskilled labourers in that list as well.

  6. infused 6

    Look outside of NZ. There is no growth, anywhere.

      • infused 6.1.1

        :rollseyes:

      • bad12 6.1.2

        Not exactly a holiday in Cambodia but in the vicinity is Mongolia basking in the economic sunshine of a massive 17.3% ‘growth’,

        For fun in the sun closer to home you just cannot go past Timor-Leste registering an impressive 10.6% ‘growth’, perhaps we could trade Ministers of Finance with them,

        Much of this of course depends upon what baseline the growth is measured from, the fact that here in Godsown we are still borrowing at 300 million bucks a week makes our current rate of growth meaningless as we are still behind where we were prior to the latest ‘event’ in capitalism’s slow train-wreck of self destruction…

        • UpandComer 6.1.2.1

          Interesting countries to choose. You will get impressive growth when you are coming out of years of war (Timor-Leste). For instance, businesses aren’t getting blown up.

          Haha and again a wonderful choice – guess what is driving their growth? 95% of it is fuelled (pun) by petroleum. Natural gas and oil.

          http://www.foreignpolicy.com/timor/content/economics/this_is_what_reform_is_about.php

          Mongolia. Great choice. Guess what is driving Mongolia’s growth?

          Primarily it’s coal. Then gold, iron ore, copper and crude oil. Then agriculture. Also some tin in there. Haha and of course, it’s banking industry is thriving.

          http://moneymorning.com/2012/03/15/investing-in-mongolia-is-it-time-to-buy-the-worlds-fastest-growing-economy/

          http://www.eurasiac.com/files/research_note/Mongolia_Outlook_2020.pdf

          So, if the Mongolian finance Minister turned up in NZ, what would Labour’s reaction be to him emulating that growth in NZ, by seeking to vastly expand our mining, banking, and agriculture?

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.2.1.1

            Those countries are being mined out by foreign multinationals, and their populations garnering only a tiny fraction of the value of the resources.

            But that’s usual neolib corporate practice and I’m sure you are OK with it.

            • UpandComer 6.1.2.1.1.1

              It’s not a tiny fraction. The projection is for Mongolia’s GDP per capita to increase from 2500 per person to over 10000 by 2020. That wealth by definition is not travelling off-shore. That growth will give them the impetus they need to move into a more sustainable commodity based economy or non-commodity based.

              Timor-Leste is also very militant in ensuring the wealth stays in the country, but realistic about the foreign investment needed to exploit it.

              The point is that the huge growth of these two countries is being driven by precisely the policies that Labour and the Greens disparage, and the unreasonable ideological opposition just seems really really silly to me, and most of Labour’s traditional constituents.

              • Draco T Bastard

                And once all the resources are gone the people of both countries will still be in poverty. A few people will be very well off though – for a short while.

          • bad12 6.1.2.1.2

            Aha, just my little attempt at levity, Rwanda also has quite high ‘growth’ figures i am sure no real damage would be done if we were to swap Finance Ministers with that country…

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.2.1.2.1

              Notice digging shit up to fuel the inefficient consumer junk devouring west is what the neolibs are left with now.

              That and monetary and financial market rorts on a massive scale.

            • McFlock 6.1.2.1.2.2

              Quite a few developed nations are outperforming NZ, too. 

              • rosy

                Yep – I compare Austria with NZ everyday – similar population, relies on a larger neighbour, fairly decent agricultural base with limited extractive industries and a potential problem with debt.

                How in the middle of the Eurozone crisis (that NZ is barely exposed to, no matter how many times Key and English use it as an excuse) does Austria have a better GDP than New Zealand, and lower unemployment? Without inflation getting out of control?

                A rhetorical question, of course, but it bugs me to see people being looked after in Austria and dumped into precarity in New Zealand. They certainly don’t use the Austrian School of Economics for the economic template in Austria!

                • bad12

                  Nah, the grad students just made all that up and exported it so they could have a laugh at anyone stupid enough to actually use it,

                  Guess who…

                • UpandComer

                  If you compare Austria’s and New Zealand’s GDP profiles, you will see that since 1990 we have come out ahead the majority of years.

                  Their growth from 2000-2008 was lower then ours on average. As a result of our 90’s reforms, our growth in this period was high, and potentially could have been very high but for well, you know what.

                  They were like us in 2009 – negative 3% +.

                  If you look at 2000-2010 our economy has performed much better then Austria, at least certainly until 2005 when Micheal Cullen’s solid managment was overridden by Helen.

                  Austria is utterly different to us in almost every way aside from population.

                  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/au.html

                  Also they don’t just rely like we do on one state like Australia, because of where they are they can export to these places:

                  http://www.advantageaustria.org/international/zentral/business-guide-oesterreich/exportieren-nach-oesterreich/zahlen-und-fakten/wirtschaft/aussenwirtschaft.en.html

                  Note they can get to the US, because they have ties going all the way back to the Marshall plan and their exports don’t offend America’s execrable farming lobby.

                  They are a service economy, we are an agricultural economy. The former is a bit easier to run when you are in the middle of Europe, surrounded by powerful economies on every side. They are also an industrial/manufacturing economy – again pretty different situation for us and them.

                  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/au.html

                  You will note that National actually did some of the same things as Austria to lessen unemployment – such as subsidize employers so they would retain and hire in 2009.

                  Austria has a good welfare state, I’m not going to disagree with that at all. Their per capita GDP is 42000, ours is 29000. They can afford their excellent welfare state. We actually can’t afford one. I’d like us to be able to afford one without taxing everyone 50% of their earnings.

                  But thanks for pointing me to Austria. I need to think about this some more. I admit I don’t have all the answers at all, but I think we can do better then Austria, and will do better then Austria.

                  • rosy

                    Yeah, it was a rhetorical question, I know some similarities are superficial but it does have some pretty strong structural adjustments it’s making to keep ahead. As for lack of massive growth in the good times, I think there’s more interest in stability – so in the coming low/nil growth environment I think they may be a jump or two ahead of the pack. (notice all the ‘I thinks’ – I’m working on improving that to ‘I understand’)

                    Some of those differences between NZ and Austria are because they didn’t take on the neo-liberal stuff in the ’80s. I’m quite interested in how some of he more regulated market economies have survived the downturn. As Merkel said to Blair when he asked why Germany was doing better she said we still make things.

                    If you really are interested in why their labour market survived take a look at the Labour Market Promotion Act. A couple of sources that might be useful are:
                    Labour market policy (.pdf)
                    – why Austria survived the recession with relatively low unemployment (.pdf).
                    Chamber of Labour

                    Some things I’ve noticed:
                    – Unions are voluntary, but with high membership rates
                    – Belonging to the Chamber of Labour, a policy think tank for employees, is compulsory.
                    – long-term unemployed are re-trained – quickly.
                    – government policy is analysed for impacts on employment and adjusted if needs be.
                    – job subsidisation as required
                    – collectively agreed (not legislated) minimum wages cover 98% of the workforce
                    – technical training
                    – support for small industries and little outsourcing

                    Some of the policies are ones that the left in NZ objects to, but in Austria there are employee safeguards e.g. union/labour council interaction (these safeguards are not the bits of policy picked up by NZ).

                    A personal observation from living here is that employees also take their status seriously – in Vienna, the May Day parades are amazing – the city turns red, and it’s not just protests – it’s a recognition from all sectors of society of the importance of the labour movement. There doesn’t appear to be a conflict between employers and employees at the strategic level. Although they might piss each other off on the detail, they generally understand the need to accommodate each others interests. Anyway just a little hobby of mine to note the differences and similarities.

                    • UpandComer

                      You live in Austria? That must be a great experience.

                      Your post led me to hours of research on Austria. I’ve never compared them with us before.

                      I now know an awful lot about the Austrian system of welfare, tax system, health system, and economy. Cheers.

                    • rosy

                      I do, and yes, it’s a fantastic experience. I’m hoping when I go home I can transfer some of the best bits of the way of life with me. First up will be no personal car and no shopping on Sundays, but I’ll so enjoy getting back to a NZ coffee :-).

                    • UpandComer

                      Hmm. Sorry last comment. I’m on a proletariat night shift watching the goods of the usurious wealthy. The masses seem quiet. The purloined goods under my watchful eye remain undisturbed by any righteous revolutionary (nah I can’t do Chris Trotter, but that’s what I’m actually doing).

                      I think the difference between Austria (Or any generic successful European welfare state) and our own is productivity, and I’m not convinced that the welfare state necessarily compels that productivity. In my view it has to come first, otherwise we get the situation in 2009 with -4% GDP and no return to surplus.

                      The reason I say that is because in reviewing our growth since 1980 I’ve been doing a lot of reading regarding our economy before the infamous mother of all budgets.

                      We certainly had a welfare state prior to Ruth Richardson’s budget. But it didn’t look like Austria’s.

                      In 1991 we only had 80000 more full-time workers then welfare recipients.
                      All of NZ’s PAYE tax was insufficient to cover our welfare payments.
                      A full one third of everything the country could spend had to be spent on welfare.
                      Unemployment was 11%
                      In 1986 when our welfare state was in full flow inflation was 15%
                      Our top marginal rate in 1991 was 66% at 38 thousand! So naturally the tax take was low.
                      We had 330 thousand strike days in 1990. In Austria they don’t seem to strike much. I actually will side with NZ workers here. I’m constantly amazed by the Dilbert middle management, but we couldn’t ‘get on’ with all those strikes.
                      I know I’m leaving a bit out, but ultimately I hope if we do have an attempt to create a real welfare state again, that it looks like Austria’s, and not New Zealand’s in 1991. In order for us to get there, we need to up our GDP per capita so it looks like Austria’s. To do that we need money for education. To do that, we need to mine and change the CGT etc.

                    • UpandComer

                      I always remember that scene in Indiana Jones, when Harrison Ford is about to be shot. The Nazi oberlutant comes forward and strikes him in the face and says ‘zis is how ve say goodbye in germany’. Then the Blonde Austrian beauty comes forward and gives him a sultry kiss and says ‘and zis is how we say goodbye in Austria’. Han solo quips ‘I like the Austrian way better’. Austria seems like a warmer, fuzzier, less odd sense of humour Germany. My cousin’s family had an Austrian demi-pere living with them, and she was lovely and said goodbye to me the Austrian way 🙂 I hope I can go there one day.

                    • rosy

                      Argh I don’t envy you for the nightshift!

                      I don’t think it’s an either/for GDP growth and the welfare state. As for productivity, New Zealand’s is pretty high in terms of labour output. Of more importance is capital and innovation – we’re pretty low on investment-driven productivity. I also think you need to look back to the 1970s oil shocks, and loss of Britain as a major trading partner for what went wrong in the 1980s that led to all that industrial unrest and the takeover by the 1st ACT government. In this, a comparison with how Australia dealt with the shocks can be informative. Australia never had a neo-liberal turn either.

                      Anyway – I appreciate the thought-provoking chat… and I hope no-one disturbs your daytime sleep.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I also think you need to look back to the 1970s oil shocks, and loss of Britain as a major trading partner for what went wrong in the 1980s that led to all that industrial unrest and the takeover by the 1st ACT government.

                      The collapse actually started in the 1960s, worsened through the 70s with the final collapse in the 80s. Effectively the Keynesian means of propping up capitalism had come to it’s end. Unfortunately, the path chosen by the politicians was to take us back to the same policies of the 19th century which resulted in the Great Depression and who are now acting surprised by the Great Recession.

                    • rosy

                      Austria seems like a warmer, fuzzier, less odd sense of humour Germany.
                      I can’t comment on the Germans – I don’t know any… but people are people, a mix of good and bad. Austrians are pretty easy-going as long as you observe the social niceties (that you have to find out for yourself). I’ve meet a couple of ex-pats taken aback by some abruptness, but mostly I find people are pretty good, friendly – and almost all are willing to speak English (although that doesn’t help my German).

                      There is, of course, the nationalist underbelly – but you soon work that out. I think the Austrians got off pretty easy post-war, but they are recognising that. I have had it mentioned to me that that is part of of the reason for worker protection being taken so seriously – that the poor, deprived, downtrodden workers led to the rise of the n@zis. So there you go – history matters.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Their per capita GDP is 42000, ours is 29000. They can afford their excellent welfare state. We actually can’t afford one.

                    Yes we can. We have an average income of ~$60k/annum. That means that we have the economy to pay every working age adult ~$30k/annum.

                    I’d like us to be able to afford one without taxing everyone 50% of their earnings.

                    There’s two options:
                    1.) Pay everyone equitably from the economy or
                    2.) Tax the beejesus out of the rich

                    You’ll note that the people complaining about taxes are the rich who are paid far more than they’re worth and use tax minimisation schemes to avoid paying the taxes they should.

                    • Plastic Tolstoy

                      “You’ll note that the people complaining about taxes are the rich who are paid far more than they’re worth”

                      Yes indeed, and so desperate to hold onto their inflated self-importance that they will tell you just about anything to justify why they consider themselves worth so much more than others, the most common story being that all you have to do is work harder and you too can ‘earn’ the right to become egotistical, shallow, lacking in empathy and a burden on society.

                      I expect National’s next trick to appear to be trying to solve the unemployment problem will be to increase the tax cuts for the wealthy even further, seeing as the last tax cuts obviously didn’t instill enough confidence in the mystical job-creators for them to start handing out jobs like candy at Halloween. I’m sure the rest of us serfs wont mind another increase in gst or similar to prop up the tax take while those mystical job-creators think deeply about what kinds of jobs they will create with their increased earnings.

                  • tracey

                    Arent we selling assets to not be like other countries with no growth? Anyone care to outline the plan following the sales?

                    • Plastic Tolstoy

                      Hope, pretty much. Hope that the ideology that National follows actually works out in the real world for once, even though it is logically unlikely.

                  • McFlock

                    Their growth from 2000-2008 was lower then ours on average. As a result of our 90′s reforms, our growth in this period was high, and potentially could have been very high but for well, you know what.

                    Fuck I love that bullshit. When things go well under Labour, tories reckon it’s all the effect of the previous tory govt. When things go bad under national, toryboys blame the previous labour govt and the global economy.
                         
                    They never seem to notice that, no matter the length of the previous term, everything takes a nosedive months after tories move in (or improve months after centrist/notsotories move in) and stay that way until the next govt.

          • rosy 6.1.2.1.3

            Or at 4.5% (2012 Q1) growth they could ask the Iceland PM what’s the best way to get moving forward.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.2.1.3.1

              Let the banks fail on a massive scale, and let bondholders and shareholders get wiped out. Foreign investors in the scams can go hang.

              And prosecute lots and lots of the bankster scum to return confidence to the real economy.

              • rosy

                Exactly. Can’t see the Nacts asking Iceland for advice anytime soon lol.

              • UpandComer

                I don’t disagree with you.

                I think too big to fail is a travesty.

                Fraud should be criminally sanctioned, and Banks should not indulge in the worst forms of hypocritical socialism.

                I think NZ is blessed to have the Financial Markets Authority and the Banking Ombudsman.

                • xtasy

                  Ha, if the Banking Ombudsman is as well resourced as the whole so-called Office of Ombudsmen, then I reserve myself the right to laught out loud at your peculiar comments.

                  I filed a complaint with the Office of Ombudsmen in mid February, about a Health Board refusing to make available info about their own staff having failed in their duties to not take action when being informed about a mental health patient being entrusted in the care of a caregiver, who abused her.

                  It all smelled too much of a cover up, as their response to refuse information about the persons involved and their positions came swiftly within only a couple of days.

                  So I made the complaint. Strangely I never got a response, so in early July I sent an email to them, asking for an update from the Ombudsman. An automated reply assured me they would reply within A MONTH. Nothing ever came though. Hence early this week I phoned their 0800 number, spoke to a staff member, raised the reference file number and myself getting no replies. I was told she would pass the matter on and I would get a call back within 1 to 2 days. NOTHING came after that.

                  So I phoned the 0800 number again on Thursday late afternoon. This time a message left after much debate finally resulted in a team member returning the call.

                  To my absolute astonishment I was told that NOTHING had so far been done re my complaint! They admittedly have a large back-log of complaints to handle, so my one was one of the many “not progressed”. When I raised the serious issues associated with my complaint the woman then assured me that it would now be treated as a priority matter and be dealt with now.

                  Hence take note: The Office of Ombudsmen has a large back-log of complaints about non compliance with the Official Information Act and other legal requirements by various government agencies, health boards and whatever. Many cases have NOT BEEN PROCESSED over 6 months! The excuse given was a large work load and recent restructuring.

                  Does anyone remember Beverley Wakem as Chief Ombudsman complaining not so long ago, that her office does not have the resources to do its job?

                  Maybe inform yourself and do a reality chekc, dear ‘UpAndComer’ down the gurgler.

    • Dr Terry 6.2

      Yes, we are indeed “ïnfused” with stupid and uninformed bullshit like this much too often. Are you being paid to make such obtuse utterances?

  7. Rodel 7

    Interesting how the Christchurch Press shows a back view photo of Bennet ( thanks for that) with happy workers ( actually I think it was one) getting jobs and lauding the wonderful need for 1000 workers in he city…On the same day that real (not media fabricated) data) shows the unemployment rate at 6.8% the highest for 2 years ‘…or is it the highest number of unemployed for 18 years

    ( heeeey just a technical hitch… .”.Look ..excuse me . I have to go to USA to watch my son play baseball…”
    162,000 people out of work!!! on the same day that Australia records a decrease in thhe number of unemployed.
    One really has to wonder about the professionalism of people in our news media.. I guess it’s at about the same level as the National party caucus, but a bit above the ethics of John Banks.
    But do we have to put up with novelists instead of journalists??

  8. tc 8

    ‘Just how many more years of the Nats’ economic “genius” do you want NZ?’

    Based on the pathetic labour caucus as it stands, at least another term…..onya Trev and co.

  9. Dr Terry 9

    tc A half decent novelist would not lack in professionalism. We have to endure, for the most part, journalists employed by news outlets which are slanted much to the Right (otherwise they are sacked, as was Tracey Barnett). Usually just one journalist of the Left is tolerated so as to give a false impression of “moderation”. As for ethics, how many know the meaning of that word today?

  10. It doesn’t surprise me anymore when the unemployment numbers gathered doesn’t reflect the reality of things in the country. This post is spot on, and I can vouch for the situation to be much worse than the numbers on my end.

  11. mike 11

    People relax this is a non-issue because John Key has said he will create 170,000 new jobs.* BAM! QED! Problem solved!

    * (Unless things get dinnamic in which case John Key’s glib promises assume the same value as those of a banker. Oh sh*t hang on…)

  12. xtasy 12

    Key had the audacity to claim the House Hold Labour Force Survey by Statistics NZ was not the best and most reliable survey.

    I could not believe it, when I heard it on National Radio news.

    Not so long ago he answered to questions about growth in poverty and unemployment in NZ by either Jacinda Ardern or another opposition MP, that a Christian Social Services survey that member quoted was not very reliable. Instead the asking member was told BY KEY, that the Department of Statistics offered more reliable surveys.

    So you cannot have it both ways, Prime Minister! Calling it just a “technical” increase is absurd also.

    Every person who knows a bit about unemployment and statistics knows full well, that there are many unemployed that are not included in official statistics. They may be partners of a working person, so they rely on the income of that partner. They may be in some form of training, have extended study or else, knowing that there are no jobs. Others have health issues and are covered by other benefits.

    WINZ does to my information also not count people as unemployed, if they work more than 15 hours a week.

    The true figure is likely to be around 9 or 10 per cent, that is my best guess.

    • Vicky32 12.1

      Key had the audacity to claim the House Hold Labour Force Survey by Statistics NZ was not the best and most reliable survey.

      My ghastly call centre experience the other week was with the HLFS…  I did only 3 days on the phones, as their IT and HR systems went into meltdown (I am waiting to see what happens next – being a casual! We’ll see)
      But I had enough experience to know that it’s a very good and very detailed study!

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    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 hours ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 hours ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    12 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 ...
    21 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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

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