Who is next?

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, March 7th, 2018 - 65 comments
Categories: bill english, Gerry Brownlee, national, nick smith, Politics, same old national, Simon Bridges, Steven Joyce - Tags: , ,

The exodus of National MPs from Parliament appears to be picking up pace.

First of all Bill English went quickly, despite public comments from within the National Party that he could remain as leader for as long as he wanted. His sudden resignation suggested that a tipping point had been reached within National’s caucus and he saw that the writing was on the wall.

Then suddenly Steven Joyce went. A week ago he wanted to be leader of the party. But yesterday he decided to bail out with all the usual platitudes about spending more time with his family.

And the day before he was that protective of his reputation he threatened to sue the NBR the one media outlet above many others that is pro National.

Of course the position Joyce was offered have nothing to do with his decision to change careers. None whatsoever.

And the question arises who will be next? Who else will decide that they do not want to hang around, giving brave speeches in Parliament and then taking part in losing votes.

A few names spring to mind. David Carter must be ready to go. Gerry Brownlee must be counting the days especially as news breaks that the deal the Government signed to rebuild Christchurch was even worse than everyone thought. Chris Finlayson must be thinking of a more lucrative role in the law. Nick Smith must realise that his days are numbered although whether or not he has the opportunity of an alternative career may be a significant issue. Nicky Wagner must be thinking of leaving soon. There are a number of MPs who could disappear at any time.

And National is preparing for this.  From Anna Bracewell-Worrall at Newshub:

Mr Bridges said today there will be more resignations. He said he doesn’t expect many, and doesn’t think they will come as a result of his upcoming shadow cabinet reshuffle.

“Over time you will see retirements, but I don’t think there’ll be a lot. In terms of this reshuffle, I don’t think you’ll see that,” Mr Bridges said this afternoon.

The reshuffle is likely to see some younger MPs elevated to the front bench and in the toss and tumble, some of the more senior, experienced MPs will be relegated to the back benches.

If they don’t like that, they could well choose to retire.

Mr Bridges has indicated numerous times that he will bring generational change to the caucus – and has said that partly means new faces.

He repeated that on Tuesday, saying, “The reshuffle’s going to be an exciting blend of real experience, and we’ve got so much of that, and also bringing fresh talent through.”

As for whether Mr Joyce’s resignation is an act of petulance in response to his demotion from the finance portfolio, Mr Bridges said that’s not the case.

“Not at all. I think Steven feels he’s at a crossroads, and he feels that he has a wonderful young family and plenty of ability to get out in the commercial sector and do well.”

And there are some interesting people ready to become MPs.  Next in will be Nicola Willis whose public reputation appears to be sound.  After that is Agnes Loheni, a token Samoan candidate who thinks that it is important for the Government to provide more transitional and emergency housing.  What a complete lack of ambition.  And then Paulo Garcia who is opposed to the concept of recreational fornication.

Whatever happens National has lost a great deal of experience over the past 18 months including arguably its three most senior MPs.  If the polls start going south then things will get really interesting really quickly for Simon Bridges.

65 comments on “Who is next?”

  1. Zorb6 1

    We should really thank Winston.He has terminated the tragedy of the Key era in NZ politics.

    • Incognito 1.1

      Yeah, nah. National had a very strong suit going into the election and came out with very strong cards. However, they had lost all but one suitable coalition partners. Who knows, through arrogance, wilful blindness, or the feeling of power once again within reach they simply seemed to expect that NZF (not just Winston Peters!) would just choose them. In other words, they misread the cards and blew it and brought most if not all of this upon themselves. People given Winston Peters (not NZF!) way too much credit for National’s demise IMO.

      • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1

        … ” they misread the cards and blew it and brought most if not all of this upon themselves ” …

        Yes,……. but I’m sure leaking Peters personal financial information certainly didn’t help,… eh.

        So yes, Peters didn’t particularly ever like John Key as Key was the man who said he would never work with NZ First / Peters. And National were so arrogant with Dunne , the Maori party and Act they thought they were invincible.

        And now ,… where is Dunne ?, where is the Maori party ? and where is Key , English and Joyce?

        Answer? – down the road, mate.

        • Siobhan 1.1.1.1

          In the case of Key a road paved in Gold…

          • Pat 1.1.1.1.1

            lol…follow the yellow brick road

          • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1.1.2

            Ah yes,… but that’s always symptomatic of a society that enshrines its leaders as untouchable and beyond reproach – even hallowed.

            Usually a society that is politically immature, has a very sophisticated elite that have all their people in key positions of both media , lobbying groups and in turn, political party’s.

            They are the enablers.

            This is New Zealand today. We have never suffered revolution as the Americans did , and it was always going to be an easy transition to write the laws to suit a particular demographic.

            • Tuppence Shrewsbury 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Probably the most bi-partisan comment you’ve ever made.

              • Ha! – have you ever back tracked to review your own lofty list of bipartisan comments in the pursuit of the neo liberal continuity?

                Its amusing that the small gaggle of RWNJ’s that congregate around T.S are completely glaucomic as to their own enormous biases and conscienceless- ness when presented with the facts.

                • Tuppence Shrewsbury

                  wooosh _____ =my comment
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                  Your head

                  Why launch into some abuse about mine and other’s supposed biases?

                  Opinions different to ones own have merit too. What amused me was your position in the comment I originally replied to and how bi-partisan it was. From one who has been pathologically incapable of being bi-partisan. It made me reassess the extent to which i think you possess intelligence.

                  And then you replied to it…. presenting opinion as fact….

                  • Straight A’s for your superior intellectualism.

                    … ” Why launch into some abuse about mine and other’s supposed biases? ”…

                    Maybe its because of a small thing called trust. And when viewed against past performances from you and others of your neo liberal ilk, well,… ones just got to say ,… there’s generally always a barb or an ulterior meaning involved…

                    And the real meaning behind what I said was that in general , there has always been in this country a carry over of British landed gentrification. Colonization.

                    Hence the bogus reasons for war in the Waikato used as an excuse to confiscate Maori lands to open up to European settlement. A bogus war that led the General who led those troops to later resign over the unfairness and immorality of it.

                    That mans name was General Cameron.

                    General Duncan Alexander Cameron.

                    At least he had scruples.

                    Now if recognizing that the political environment of this country from its very beginnings and conception has rigged this system up for the moneyed classes and you find my comments ‘ bi – partisan’ – then guilty as charged according to you.

                    And just because Labour and National HAVE BOTH participated in the neo liberal hijacking of NZ and I call them both out for doing it doesn’t make me bi partisan.

                    It makes me a social democratic nationalist.

                    Comprende’ Senor?

                    And btw – I’m not , and have never been , interested in your petty game of points scoring.

                    I just don’t like neo liberals and their lying bullshit no matter who they are.

                    Nor do I trust them.

      • cleangreen 1.1.2

        They looked jaded and too “old school” that all the old wood now has to go period, but start with other older nasty arrogant ‘similar characters such as; – David Carter, David Bennett, Gerry Brownlee, Maggie Barry, Nick Smith; – just for starters please.

    • Hear hear to that !

      NO ONE outsmarts the Silver Fox. And anyone who thinks they can, should know better than that.

  2. Sacha 2

    Nuck Smith has lost his protector Mr English but is likely to cling to his electorate rather than going gracefully.

  3. Well the wolves are howling at the door and now a new force has been unleashed,… its called the ‘Hooton Effect’.

    The old power structure is crumbling. So we will see a new crop installed. In other parlance , it would be called a coup of sorts. Now the interesting thing is , will this new line up be steered more towards the hard line…

    All I know is,… there is a comedy for all occasions. And anything to do with the National party is always rich in material ,- despite that humour sometimes having to digress into ‘ black’ humour, sadly…

    This is what is currently taking place within National…

    Monty Pythons – Meaning of Life – The Crimson Permanent Assurance …
    the crimson permanent assurance full version youtube▶ 2:29

  4. mac1 4

    Is this how they roll them, then?

    They all know where are stacked the skeletons, so a wee word in Hooton’s ear, as they used to do with Slater and Farrar? Then, a piece in a paper, or blog, or threat of same.

    Dis-memberment it’s called. The removal of unwanted parts of National’s body politic. It’s how you get skeletons, after all.

    Or miraculous reincarnations as new political parties………..

    ‘First Joyce’, or the ‘Gerrymandering Party’, maybe ‘Ourselves Alone’ founded by Todd Barclay , or the ‘Born-To-Rulers’ of Aaron Gilmore, and even Nick Smith’s ‘Anvilomentalist’ Party.

    • Ahhh yes,… I think what we are all interested in is the new shape of this ‘rejuvenated ‘ National. Whats their game ? What are they up to ? Where does Hooton fit in to all of this ?

      These and other questions keep us up late at night and wondering what we will have for breakfast the next morning.

      Methinks the answer is to take a walk down memory lane and carefully take note of Hootons ideology and past statements and loyalties. Because the cards are more or less stacking up how he always wanted them to. From there we can establish the ‘flavor’ of this new and slightly less than shining ensemble.

      Just what is it that the NZ Initiatives mouthpiece is angling for , here ?

  5. Tricledrown 5

    Who ever leaked Winstons over payment had this scenario in mind they could not wait another 3 years .
    So let’s take a sweepstake on who leaked,who had the most to gain or would that be a bridge to far.
    Who is going to be Nationals new spin machine/dirty politics Dark arts maelstro
    McCully,Joyce………Collins.

    • Very , very shrewd observations , … so we have an aspirant dissatisfied with the direction the National party is taking under Key, English and Joyce… a ‘mole’ , no less…

      And that mole would need to be well connected , have a definite ideological base, and have a sound knowledge of the ideological bent of all the main power players… and yet distanced enough that they are not pilloried and blacklisted… and to do that , they would need to have sympathizers, to have those on board , as it were… within National.

      Who , oh who ,… would fit that bill ???

      You get two guesses.

    • JO 5.2

      maestro -> maelstro -> maelstrom?

    • patricia bremner 5.3

      Bennett. She has kept her place and had the knowledge.

  6. Puckish Rogue 6

    “Agnes Loheni, a token Samoan candidate”

    Gee Mickey could you be any more patronising?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11274930

    She sounds like shes quite switched on but hey I guess you think shes in the wrong party…

    • You need to lighten up .

      Here’s one for you . Analogous to the National party.

      The Goodies – Gymnasium Scene – YouTube
      the goodies gymnasium▶ 4:05

      • cleangreen 6.1.1

        LOL 100% Wild Katipo.

      • greywarshark 6.1.2

        That was amazing – ACC must use it for don’t do this at your gym advice video.
        Beautifully timed moves, and then speeded up.

    • mac1 6.2

      From PR’s linked article.

      “Ask yourself, ‘why would anyone want to buy my product?’ Understanding the answers to this question will hopefully help identify whether your product is something people want to buy rather than what you want to sell. And don’t worry about trying to build your brand before you start. The key is to have a product you can sell first. You can build the brand from the ground up as you grow your business.”

      Good advice for the National Party. “Why would anyone buy my product?”

      Voters asked that question. The answer is becoming more manifest.

      • Ka 6.2.1

        But then Hoskings is enthusiastically selling the message that the coalition are the “tax and spend” experts quote: “like all left wing govts……” and “mark my words”. His prophecies of heavier borrowing, increased taxes and “giving it all away” are appealing to the vacuous swing voters that National need to put the fear into to have any chance of a show at the next election. Its “show me the money” time again.

      • Kat 6.2.2

        But then Hoskings is enthusiastically selling the message that the coalition are the “tax and spend” experts, quote: “like all left wing govts……” and “mark my words”. His prophecies of heavier borrowing, increased taxes and “giving it all away” are appealing to the vacuous swing voters that National need to put the fear into to have any chance of a show at the next election. Its “show me the money” time again.

        • KJT 6.2.2.1

          Hoskings objection is that, unlike National, Labour are not taxing and borrowing to enrich his mates.

  7. Ad 7

    All of this is pretty perplexing given that under Key there had been multiple “refresh” stages, “retirements”, and sundry exists before and after the list formation.

    This team should be fresh and lean, full of hot attack lines.

    Labour is hardly as pure as the driven snow on this. They have precisely the opposite problem of being too internally sclerotic to renew, and unwilling to nurture and protect new talent coming through, while not finding good jobs for the older ones to retire to that would accelerate the whole process.

    But National had a really good election result for a government 9 straight terms in. There is no reason to go all House of Lannister on their asses internally.

    It tells me that without Key and the primary steadying force (similar to loss of Clark and Cullen), they are simply drifting around without a steadying disciplinary core, and will continue to do so.

    • mauī 7.1

      Touch your forehead
      Touch the base of your sternum
      Touch the left side of your chest
      Touch the right side of your chest

      As you cross yourself, say, whisper, or think: “Strong and stable.”

    • …” All of this is pretty perplexing given that under Key there had been multiple “refresh” stages, “retirements”, and sundry exists before and after the list formation”…

      * National also had many embarrassing scandals it needed to constantly cover for. Fundamentally because they harbored so much skulduggery it was bound to start leaking in divers places.

      … ” But National had a really good election result for a government 9 straight terms in. There is no reason to go all House of Lannister on their asses internally ” …

      * National also imported much of its guaranteed vote ie : The Blue Dragons. And it is a continuing millstone around their neck now that the cats out of the bag ; having a Chinese national who was a lecturer in a military establishment training China’s spy’s as an MP ?!!? Notwithstanding the obvious many business connections with Mainland China among so many of them which means National are in it up to their necks with regards conflicts of interest.

      Then of course they practiced divisive politics and encouraged a runaway out of control housing bubble pandering to the middle classes, – with the resulting massive social problems left in its wake. And to demonize those affected by their policy’s they slashed welfare, curtailed Union activity and demolished state housing , health and education. And all with the promise of tax cuts for the well off.

      So yes , you are right in that :

      ” without Key and the primary steadying force (similar to loss of Clark and Cullen), they are simply drifting around without a steadying disciplinary core, and will continue to do so ” …

  8. adam 8

    I’m picking Hekia Parata, no wait…

    She got a haircut.

  9. Cinny 9

    Looking at the list MP’s… I’d say the following…

    david carter, chris finlayson, nicky wagner.

    electorate mps that should go are brownlee, bennet and smith.

    I think with electorate MP’s it depends on their ego once simon announces his reshuffle.

    Makes me wonder who would stand for the nats in their place if there were byelections. Have any of them groomed someone to take over, or do they assume they will be there forever?

    • ianmac 9.1

      Steady on Cinny. Do we really want a refreshed innovative Opposition? Lets keep all the old hands ageing gracefully and impotently. 🙂

    • paul andersen 9.2

      if smith retires , the nelson byelection could cause a boil-over. the greens are very strong there, and a green electorate m.p. would give them the backstop they need. remind anyone of epsom?

      • Cinny 9.2.1

        Ian 🙂 you make me laugh 🙂

        Paul, I think that Rachel Boyack will take out Nelson next election, she was so close this time. Greens are very strong in Nelson, but I don’t think Matt Lawrey was the correct choice (he should stand for mayor instead, he’s already on the council), Nelsonians are a fickle bunch, one thing is for sure nick smith can kiss that seat goodbye in 2020.

      • prickles 9.2.2

        Matt Lawrey will never be elected in Nelson – he has stood on too many toes. It will be Rachel for sure. Those who change their vote from National might just be able to vote for Rachel – but for Matt? Not a chance. Unless he changes his own allegiances and joins National of course. He wouldn’t be out of place in those realms.

        There will be many of us very pleased to see the back of Nick though.

        • Ms Fargo 9.2.2.1

          Reece….

          • greywarshark 9.2.2.1.1

            Yes Rachel Reece Nelson’s Mayor I imagine is what is intended. What in particular is Matt’s failure/s? He seems very cocksure, but that is all I see.

  10. cleangreen 10

    Yes we want a revolution to begin in nelson please Nick walk the plank now for your country.

  11. Ad 11

    Adams for Finance.

    Fuck me Grant Robertson just got a free ride for a couple of terms.

    • veutoviper 11.1

      Love this decision making by Bridges!

      Adams for Finance – Collins will love that one, not.

      This gets better by the day.

  12. mac1 12

    For me, the appointment of Amy Adams is not the biggest issue, though of course important.

    Why did Bridges appoint the Finance spokesperson and announce it before the rest? Are there firstly messages being given to MPs who thought themselves contenders for the finance post that they are not wanted for it and maybe it’s time to go, and secondly, time is being given for that message to sink in, before the announcement of the rest of the portfolios.

    Better to get rid of the grumpies before portfolio announcement time, and see off some of the old guard by allowing them time to announce their own departure, before they suffer the belittlement of demotion.

    As with Joyce. He got offered any job but the one he wanted, the one that would have kept him.

    • patricia bremner 12.1

      Who cares? They can all go via a rubbish skip as far as I’m concerned. I agree with Winston. They will not get a gracious farewell from me.

      Never has NZ had such a self serving bunch of so called representatives. The harm they have caused, and are still causing, will take this current Government a great deal of mahi and skill to overcome.

      The choices so far show National going to their conservative base. Catholic, business,
      old money, property and class.

      Amy Adams will be another Ruth Richardson with Bridges, and people will be amazed how Bennett will hang on. She knows too much? From English?

      Not one of those three show empathy and vindicate their attitudes as worthiness.
      Their Government would make Key’s look kind.!!

  13. Sparky 13

    I’d be surprised come next election if the current mob don’t find themselves in a similar position to Germany. No clear winners due to voters who feel disenfranchised and the TPP11 making any govt less relevant.

    As to the Nats I think they are indeed on the back foot but that’s due to a lack of remaining partners not anything remarkable about this coalition……

    In any case given they all seem so alike I suspect voters (those who feel the 3 yearly farce still has any meaning) will start to swing between them so its anyone’s guess what a post 2020 govt’s composition will look like.

    • red-blooded 13.1

      Sparky, how do you see the CPTTP making the government less relevant? And do you really think that so many people feel so very indignant about it that they’ll change their votes on this basis, 2 1/2 years from now? Not many people are single issue voters.

  14. DRUM 14

    Brownlie resign?….I doubt it…what would be do, go back to teaching woodwork?

    • mac1 14.1

      Help build those much needed houses? Carpenters required. Just stipulate single stories only, without stair cases.

  15. Tanz 15

    With NZ First at three percent of the vote, and the Greens only on five percent, next election could be any ones. It will be a drag race of FPP style, with only four contenders, if that. So don’t count your chickens yet. Also, already the govt is not fronting up to media for questions, such a bad look. Open and transparent, not. National look like a govt in waiting, huge talent, whilst Labour are dodging and hiding their ministers. Makes me miss the Clark era, at least she knew what she was doing, and unlike Ardern, she never tried to control the narrative to media. Even in the House, Winston keeps covering for Ardern, which speaks volumes. Joe Public is already picking up on how unprepared and inept this appointed govt is.

    • patricia bremner 15.1

      Both these Ministers are out of the country, as is Bridges. So much hot air as usual Tanz LOL.

      • Tanz 15.1.1

        No, Ardern said she would only front on ZB if the questions were about the Pacific only, and Kelvin Davis said he would only front if he had the questions first. Looks very controlling, and not at all ‘open and transparent’. Maybe because there is no substance behind the massive and often spouted rhetoric?? I’ve never heard a PM utter such a lot of mumbo jumbo, ever. Very out of her depth. Who are the real puppet masters??

        • cleangreen 15.1.1.1

          Nah you are a broken clock spring there.

          Tick tock – bing!!!!

          “grasping at straws are you Tanz.

          don’t walk backwards down that $11.7 billion dollar hole.

    • Gabby 15.2

      never tried to control the narrative to media?
      Ok…

    • Jess NZ 15.3

      ‘With NZ First at three percent of the vote, and the Greens only on five percent, next election could be any ones.’
      Take your own advice and don’t count those chickens yet! There’s a lot of rugby left to be played before the next election…

    • Grey Area 15.4

      Another delusional transmission from Planet Key.

  16. Bea Brown 16

    Why is it only this site and Labour MPs who jeer at Brownlee for being a teacher. I was one too and it always makes me shudder. Labour surely is on the side of teachers and nurses?

    • mac1 16.1

      We’re not jeering at Brownlee for being a teacher. If he left politics, that would be an option. But would he be good enough to be a teacher again?

      Things have changed. Teachers are supposed to be good citizens.

      “Gerry Brownlee insists he wasn’t seeking preferential treatment because he’s a Cabinet minister, after being fined $2000 for breaching airport rules when he bypassed security to board a domestic flight.”

      “The claim of assault and damages against the MP arose after the National Party’s election campaign launch in 1999 at Eden Park.
      Mr Abel said he feared for his life when he heard Mr Brownlee threaten to throw him down a marble staircase after he had been ejected from the launch.
      He was awarded $8500 in damages by Judge Frederick McElrea.”

      And more! http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10306756/Top-10-Gerry-Brownlee-gaffes

    • Cinny 16.2

      Hey Bea, I respect good teachers so much, they are super important, most of my family works in the education sector.

      A friend of mine was a student of brownlees, apparently he spent more time reading and debating politics than teaching woodwork, was also told that brownlee would bully the young lads.

  17. Stuart Munro 17

    Gerry and Nick – not assets to any government or opposition. And EQC and southern response are finally getting investigated, by reporters if not by the fraud squad. Nick is just useless – bound to be replaced by some assistant crawler working their way up to be a senior bastard.

  18. cleangreen 18

    I reckon another couple of oldies that needs to go is Johnathon Coleman and Bret Hudson as they are another liability to drag the natZ down.

    • Grey Area 18.1

      Nah. Let them stay as long as they like.

    • AB 18.2

      Jonathan Coleman is not old, he just seems that way. A miserable, joyless fellow bent on consigning his social inferiors to endless austerity.

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    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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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