We have just over 400 days to change this Government

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, September 25th, 2013 - 52 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, election 2014, labour - Tags:

Cunliffe Labour save our future

One opinion poll does not a Government make but this morning’s Herald digipoll which had Labour on 38% and National on 44% is promising.

The Cunliffe leadership era has started.  He has not put a foot wrong yet apart from tripping over a couple of words in his first question in the house and given the extraordinary pressure he has been under even a fan like me has been pleasantly surprised with his performance.  And as Karol has said the substance of these questions were both important and impressive.

He has started to lay out deft policy changes.  For example withdrawing support for the TPPA until the text of the treaty has been released will be approved of by radicals and moderates.

The Caucus reshuffle has been adeptly handled.  Some members of the ABC club have retained their positions on merit.  Others have suffered but the overall feeling is that Labour is now getting both of its wings in shape and is getting ready to fly.

And to continue the use of metaphors, David’s insistence that all members of Caucus are on the train and it is moving out of the station is particularly appropriate. Although unsaid it is clearly a dangerous thing for any caucus member to get off the train now that it is moving.

At least at this stage of proceedings ABC now stands for All Behind Cunliffe.

His media interviews are sharp.  There is a clarity and a conciseness in what he says that we have not heard for a while.  And to top things off there has been a surge of new and returning members to the Labour party and from my own New Lynn and Auckland Region centric view morale has improved markedly.

So there is suddenly increased hope that Labour can win the next election.  But the attacks on David that have occurred this week are just the start.  Stand by as every single utterance and comment that he has ever made are analyzed and spun and then fashioned into weapons.  And you can be sure that there is a gold plated pipe going from within the beehive and the National Research Unit to tame right wing bloggers ready to carry anything that can be used to discredit David and Labour.

All that I wish to say about the Hooton incident is that if National Radio do not ban him from future interviews there is something wrong especially if you think about what happened to Bomber Bradbury for comments that were remarkably measured in comparison,

Presuming this Government goes the distance to November 2014 there are just over 400 days for progressives to get organised to ensure that change occurs.

The way I see it there are three possibilities:

1.  National with the support of some non descript minor party or parties hangs on.

2.  There will be a Labour – Green – NZ First coalition presuming Labour and the Greens achieve less than 48% of the total party vote.

3.  Labour and the Greens achieve more than 48% of the vote and perhaps with the support of Mana and with the Turia less residue of the Maori Party form a Government.

Possibility one is obviously highly undesirable.  I hate to think the damage that National could inflict on our country if it was given one more term.

Possibility two is also highly undesirable.  I have some sympathy for New Zealand First and its stance on the sale of state assets and our rights of privacy.  But managing Peters and the Greens is something that would challenge the skills of the real Micky Savage.

Possibility three obviously appeals to me most.  A Labour-Green Government can claim a mandate to address social inequality and environmental threats without the messy need to compromise to ensure a Parliamentary majority.

So what has to happen now?

Both Labour and the Greens need to get themselves into shape.  Labour’s membership is surging but this is a David and Goliath battle.  You can be sure that National’s coffers will be overflowing whereas Labour will have to do what it always does and use its activists to make what money it has go way further than it should do.

Labour and the Greens and Mana have to do the hard work and get people signed up to vote and persuade them that it is important that they vote.  There is nothing like face to face time between ordinary members and members of the public to show them the relevance and importance of politics.  I mention Mana as they do have some very accomplished and capable campaigners.

So whether you are on the red side or the green side it is time to get active, get others involved, get people on the roll and talk to people about why a change of Government is absolutely vital.

Because three more years of this current bunch will wreck the place.

52 comments on “We have just over 400 days to change this Government”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    I reckon if Labour maintain or even edge up this polling level, Key won’t make it the 400 days.

    • bad12 1.1

      You may be right, but, not as you intended, Slippery is said to have taken a turn for the worse while walking to the UN this morning, having to first prop Himself up on a building and then entering a nearby pub to ‘recover’,

      A ‘stomach-bug’ is said to be the culprit…

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        the queen wouldnt have poisoned him, but the French? 😉

      • Tim 1.1.2

        Reminds me a bit of a cousin I once had. On the way to a relative’s funeral, we had to stop at every pub en route for him to fix his stomach.

        • Tracey 1.1.2.1

          perhaps he is more comfortable at a country property than the Un. One is actually government businesses and he would rather go home home via san francisco? There’s no dog to have eaten his homework so this is the best he can do. “mum I dont feel well can I stay (go) home?”

          • Populuxe1 1.1.2.1.1

            “One is actually government businesses [sic]” –
            Who is our head of state again?

            • Tracey 1.1.2.1.1.1

              c’mon populuxe1. She has no influence on our children’s health and education and her family cost us money each time they visit here. They are a “nice to have”

              • Populuxe1

                Until binding referendum says otherwise, she is still our head of state and visiting her is part of the PM’s job.

                • karol

                  When did Helen Clark visit the Queen?

                  I can find articles on the Queen visiting NZ when Clark was PM, some criticising Clark for insulting the queen by txting & wearing “pants”. Also an article about Clark saying that it’s just a matter of time before NZ becomes a republic.

                  Key has attempted to revive interest in the monarchy.

                  Ha! Key is just a suck up to those in power – at the end of Glower’s report from NY tonight, he says Key was hoping to meet Obama, and came across Helen Clark instead.

                  • Populuxe1

                    You and Helen can project all you want, but all the polls to date show a high 50s to 70% of New Zealanders in favour of retaining the monarchy. So, unless you are advocating the sort of anti-democratic behaviour more usually associated with National, it behooves the PM to meet with our monarch. I would also note that Helen did indeed meet with the Queen during Her Majesty’s state visit in 2002 and at the CHOGM in Uganda in 2007.

                    • felix

                      Out of interest, who instigates such a “meeting”?

                      Obviously Liz doesn’t call Key up and say “Hey John if you haven’t got much on, pop up to Balmoral for a shandy” (although that’s kind of how Key has tried to portray it).

                      Is it something Key would have to lobby for? Like he did to be the fall guy on Letterman?

                      Of course we’re footing the bill for his family holiday as usual, but it would be interesting to know how much of our money, time and resources were spent setting it up.

                    • Tracey

                      Right, so clark met when the Queen was where she was…

                      I dont recall her staying the weekend at Balmoral or anywhere else. NZ society didnt suffer when Clark apparently didnt think it was part of her job to seek out the Queen for holidays and such.

                      Can you give me your justification for Key making Phillip one of our “greatest living New Zealanders”? Part of his job?

                      Monarchy is like religion. People can choose to indulge but it’s not for all taxpayers to fund.

                      As for her being our head of state, that’s why we have Jerry.

                    • karol

                      When Helen Clark left office, only slightly above 50% of Kiwis favoured retaining the monarchy. It was on the decline.

                      Then we got Shonkey and his monarchy schmoozing, along with relentless MSM royals celebrity infotainment coverage.

                      After Shonkey goes, it is highly likely that monarchy support will continue to decline after Key heads back to Hawaii.

                      Report on Clark’s valedictory:

                      She also launched a bitter attack on a recent government decision to restore the titles of knights and dames to the New Zealand honours system, nine years after her administration abolished them.

                      “Many of our forebears came to this land to escape the class-bound nature of Britain, where their place in the economic and social order was largely prescribed by birth,” she said.

                      “I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery, and in that lies my strong aversion to titular honours. To me they relate to another era, from which our nation has largely, but obviously still not completely, freed itself.”

                      […]
                      When Prince Charles visited in 2005, she said: “At some point, this country, 12,000 miles away, will seek its own destiny.”

                      At the time, she deflected questions over whether she thought the Prince would ever become New Zealand’s head of state.

                      Opinion polls have shown a majority of people, particularly the elderly, favour retaining the monarchy, but the number has declined in recent years to only slightly above 50 per cent.

                      In April last year, the Republican Movement published a poll showing support for the monarchy slipping to only 43 per cent should Prince Charles become king, with 41 per cent backing a republic.

                  • Tracey

                    Key has been cultivating his relationship with the Queen for ages. Making her husband a “greatest living New Zealander” could be to ensure he gets a knighthood, if not from NZ but from her directly.

                  • Tracey

                    There is no Open Mike today. I want to suggest that win or lose the America’s Cup today (or tomorrow if weather intervenes) I think the Govt will use the outpouring to release it’s “Plan” for Solid Energy… propping it up?

                • Tracey

                  How often did Helen meet the Queen? It was part of her job, right? I dont recall her staying the weekend at Balmoral or anywhere else.

      • miravox 1.1.3

        Riiight. So he has a stomach bug and he’s going to go to all those meeting and shake all those hands… pass it on – there might be few who badly remember NZ’s bid for a Security Council seat.

      • As I have said many times I have no doubt he drinks to much alcohol .If you just watch an d take notice its obvious that he likes to drink to much. I don’t think for a moment he is an alcoholic
        but I do think he has a problem.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      He’ll hold as long as he can so that he can sell as much of our assets as possible. Which means that there’s absolutely no chance that he’ll call an early election.

      • Murray Olsen 1.2.1

        I agree, Draco. He’ll stay as long as he can still sell our stuff. That seems to be his main mission in life. He declared war on everything that made us a worthwhile country, and on everything that made it possible for Paula Benefat and himself to advance in life. The tragedy is that, instead of being recognised as a dangerous extremist, he has become one of the most popular PMs ever. For the life of me, I can’t understand it.

      • That depends. If he thinks he can time it such than he can squeak out an extra term, he will absolutely call an early election.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.2.1

          That would require a massive change in the polls contrary to their present course which isn’t likely to happen. John Key and National know that this is their last term and that they won’t have a chance to be back on the governments benches until the 2020s at the earliest.

          The real question is if Labour and the Greens are willing to steer us back onto an independent track with international trade becoming a small, insignificant, part of our economy.

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    Very good summary Micky point by point. Those of us that live and breathe politics know DC’s TPPA statement will have certain people very concerned.

    The trick is to engage the non voters and the voters on seemingly technical matters like GCSB, TPPA, corporate welfare and what should be “heartland” issues like asset sales. My partner was watching a TV ad for the next power sell off and suddenly yelled out “how dare they sell our assets!” the images in the ad had totally opposite the intended effect on her.

    Green, Labour and Mana activists work together on some things already and that is the way forward. This country will indeed be stuffed for many decades if the left does not constructively use this new window of opportunity of Labour members and affiliates getting their party back to an extent not seen for many years.

    • “Green, Labour and Mana activists work together on some things already and that is the way forward. This country will indeed be stuffed for many decades if the left does not constructively use this new window of opportunity of Labour members and affiliates getting their party back to an extent not seen for many years.”

      +1 so true TM and I think it can be done.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    Great summary, MS. However, I think you missed option 4, which is a repeat of the 3rd Clark government. That’s LP/NZF, with support on C&S from the Greens. OK, on this poll, Winston wouldn’t get back, but that’s not a real possibility, as I see it.

    While I think DC would prefer the Greens, NZF is a simple prospect; get Winston and you get a relatively undemanding partner. Foreign Minister, a few bawbees, job done.

    • Populuxe1 3.1

      And you might also get back some of traditional Labour who are aghast that David Parker has been made Deputy Leader. I really don’t see how NZF would be any more unstable (and probably quite a lot less) than, say, Mana.

  4. Curtis 4

    I think as well we should try and increase Union Membership. Wouldn’t it be funny if Union Membership doubled while National was trying to undermine them?

    • Would that not be wonderful . The unions must get to the high school pupils and explain just what the benefits are in joining a union. we also need to talk to the unemployed and low paid workers .
      The living wage campaign is the ideal place to boost union membership. Come on union officials now is the ideal time to increase union membership.
      Another place ripe for union recruitment must surely be supermarket workers and old folk home workers.

      • Curtis 4.1.1

        I’ve been sharing this site around on social media encouraging people to find their union and join http://union.org.nz/findyourunion

        And yes supermarkets are a good place to start. I worked at Pak n Save for 6 years. We were over worked, insulted and underpaid. Business increased in my department dramatically over the years. A lot of the slackers lost their jobs and the hard workers were left we went from about 30workers to about 15. We worked hard to ensure the stock was fresh and fill and the customers started pouring in. However the staff who had worked there for years and were responsible for the added productivity were only on $1 more than minimum wage which was the starting out wage just down the road at Countdown even though their shelves were always empty or full of rotten food. Progressive is an Australian company and Australia has better labour laws than us. Foodstuffs is a New Zealand company which couldn’t care less. I wish in my time there I get a union properly going but I never did as I was always looking to leave. The other area I would strongly like to get unionised is the dairy industry. Dairy Farmers have a reputation of exploiting their workers and kiwis no longer want to work in the industry. I’ve heard of farmers complaining they can’t get enough kiwi workers because of this. So a more unionised dairy industry would actually help the farmers as workers will know they will be protected.

  5. Sable 5

    I do not see why a Labour/Greens/NZ First coalition is a bad thing. MMP was put in place to try to mitigate the worst excesses of single party rule. Certainly as we can see that concept has not always worked well, case in question the current coalition government.

    NZ First may not be viewed as an ideal partner but then in some ways nor is Labour. Peters has managed to wring a lot of concessions out of past governments for the elderly in particular that would not have materialised under Labour or National.

    Equally the Greens have a lot to offer, especially on human rights issues and the environment. Lets not forget the Greens were the only party to emphatically reject Keys spy bill and the associated infrastructure originally put in place by Labour. It was the Greens too who wanted to clean up our rivers, who voted it down, that’s right, National and Labour.

    This is not a one horse race. Cunliffe and co are only a part of the wider mechanism of a coalition government and its time they and their supporters got on board with this idea and learnt to compromise.

    • Rogue Trooper 5.1

      yes, “Though you may act in the midst of love, desire, anger, accumulation, gain and loss, be always uncontrived”.
      ‘How do you avoid scattering energy? By not acting compulsively. How do you avoid dimming the spirit? By no keeping things on your mind.”

      BTW, you are getting very skilled at constructing Posts mickey savage. 😉

  6. karol 6

    Excellent points in your post, micky.

    Yep – it’s all shulders to the wheel.

    And if RNZ does not ban Hooton, I will be protesting…. one way or another.

    • Tracey 6.1

      isnt having an opinion one thing but deliberately and premeditatedly slurring someone without evidence a breach of broadcasting standards

    • rod 6.2

      Yes karol, but who invites Hooton to be on RNZ, that’s the question.

      • Tracey 6.2.1

        the same people who invite Boag and Farrar and Edwards and Williams?? Someone who knows Boag and Williams will out hate and connive Edwards and Williams?

        Maybe time to have an age limit on RNZ political commentators… under 45.

  7. Sowhat 7

    [deleted]

    [lprent: already banned, and now permanently,. ]

  8. RedBaronCV 8

    In straight out practical terms where is the jobs list? What can be done individually and what needs to be done alongside others.

    • mickysavage 8.1

      First job is to join the party of your choice. For Labour the individual LECs will know the resources that they have and what they need.

      I like to follow the Savage/Marx principle when it comes to party activism, from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

  9. Auto_Immune 9

    I’d be weary of mentioning MANA as part of/supporting a Labour-led government, even if it is a likely possibility.

    While making a pitch for those who didn’t vote last election is laudable, Labour is going to need to take votes from soft National supporters, and mentioning MANA just plays into the “far left” rhetoric.

    EDIT: spelling

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Soft National supporters seem to be heading Labour’s way just fine, thank you.

    • Tracey 9.2

      Is Mana realistically pushing for more Maori seats at the expense of the Maori Party or, are the maori seats heading Labour’s way, or status quo?

      Now, National presumably doesnt poll on these seats, but someone must?

  10. Natsway 10

    To win Labour has to have an Economic Policy – not a fairy story. So far, we have heard a lot of reckless promises, of which not one has been costed. Aka, history repeating – Working for Families and Student Free Loans (just look at the financial impact on the country from these two Labour brain fades). So I guess Labour’s 2014 Economic Election Package – will be Tax, Tax, Tax and then, spend, spend, spend. Same old song – just another singer.

    • Tracey 10.1

      “reckless promises”

      ” Tax, Tax, Tax and then, spend, spend, spend. Same old song – just another singer.”

      GST up
      Road tax up
      Alcohol and smoking tax up
      Promise to reduce debt from asset sales (but instead 50b borrowed under its watch to help fund tax cut to top earners)
      Top earners tax bracket kept at 70k… not raised
      kept WFF (which you seem to decry)

      30m to Rio Tinto
      20m to foreign investors not covered by the guarantee scheme for SCF
      30m to Warner Bros

      This kind of policy you mean natsway?

    • Tracey 10.2

      oh I see, you are a hit and run poster. Drop a shit and leave, like a dog not wanting to shit in their own backyard..

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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 hour 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
    17 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    22 hours 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 ...
    1 day 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
    1 day 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    6 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    7 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

No feed items found.