Why is everything always Jacinda’s fault?

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, January 10th, 2023 - 57 comments
Categories: labour, Media, national, spin, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

I don’t know if the motivation was to increase social media interaction or just to have a go at the Government but the potentially most ridiculous article of the year has already been posted and we are only 10 days in.

Brook Sabin has posted this article blaming Jacinda Ardern and the Government for, wait for it, lost baggage at Auckland Airport.

He admits that the causes are complex but nevertheless insists that the Government steps in and sorts the situation out.  The last time I checked Auckland Airport was privately owned with Auckland Council being the only public entity shareholder.  If any elected official should step in it should be Auckland mayor Wayne Brown.  This did not stop Brook from blaming the Government while at the same time praising National MP Shane Reti for writing two letters.

As Sabin mentions:

This is a very complex issue that isn’t unique to New Zealand. It involves overseas storms and delays, staff shortages, multiple airlines and an influx of passengers after Covid-19. Auckland Airport is denying fault, saying the airlines and their baggage handlers need to explain. But somebody must take leadership of the issue – because it’s not under control.

Sabin is a self described travel journalist who writes puff pieces on places he has visited.  Before that he was a Political Reporter and played a prominent role in the Donghua Liu attack on David Cunliffe which caused Labour a great deal of damage in the leadup to the 2014 election.  Cunliffe was wrongly blamed for helping Donghua Liu and Labour was pilloried by the press for donations it did not receive.  It subsequently was revealed that at the relevant time National had received a significant donation from Liu and that this was effectively hidden so that it did not appear at the same time that Maurice Williamson was sacked as a Cabinet Minister for helping Liu avoid a prosecution for domestic violence.

As I said previously:

This whole fiasco could have cost Labour the election.  Rob Salmond estimates that it may have cost Labour 2% of the vote and I agree with this.  That is up to three seats and it sucked a lot of momentum out of the campaign.

And you want to know the really funny thing?  There is no evidence of a donation to Labour or of Labour breaking any rules to help Liu.  But there is now pristine evidence of National receiving a donation from Liu and of subsequent action taken by a National Minister to help Liu in a police prosecution that resulted in this Minister being sacked.

New Zealand you got played.

Sabin also excelled himself for his Labour is in Crisis reporting when he claimed that then leader Andrew Little not providing an instant response to the release of the 6,000 page TPP document

From my post at the time:

Andrew Little was said to have a major problem, the release of the TPP was a “six thousand page grenade thrown straight into the Labour Party conference”. The trade deal would “eventually” worth $2.7 billion dollars per year to the New Zealand economy (doncha love it when the media unquestionably adopts the Government spin).  And Labour was set to oppose the deal because it prevented New Zealanders from banning the sale of land to overseas persons.

Little was then attacked for being unable to “give a straight answer” on whether Labour opposed the deal.  Jesus Mary and Joseph.  The text has only just been released.  It is no normal document.  Every single page is full of mind numbing legalese.  It will take months and months for a well researched organisation to properly understand the implications.  Of course Labour will have to take some time to properly consider the implications.

Sabin is the son of former National MP Mike Sabin who resigned nominally for family matters.  Cameron Slater said at the time that allegations against Sabin were  almost too horrible for words.  His father was formerly the Northland MP which National lost to Winston Peters in the subsequent by election.

I half expect Christopher Luxon, if he is not in Te Kuiti or Hawaii, to be filmed with shirt sleeves rolled up sorting out people’s luggage at Auckland Airport next.  And Brook Sabin then reporting on how Luxon showed real leadership.

Of course sons of National MPs are entitled like the rest of us to earn a living.  But national media outlets ought to exercise a modicum of discretion in choosing what articles to run with.  Blaming the Government for problems in a private company that are happening throughout the world in the travel industry is beyond stupid.

57 comments on “Why is everything always Jacinda’s fault? ”

  1. Muttonbird 1

    If you need more baggage staff, here's an idea: pay them more.

    Love this line from Brooke. His National Party of course have been vociferous in attacking all government measures to do exactly that, pay them more.

    • Tiger Mountain 1.1

      The Natzos prospective partner ACT have already committed to freezing Minimum Wage rises for 3 years and repealing FPAs, so paying baggage handlers more is a rather remote possiblity–and a fatuous and deceptive statement from Mr Sabin.

  2. roblogic 2

    Some of the shit they are slinging reminds me of Dirty Politics, but this time it comes with a dose of nasty misogyny and anti-vax Q conspiracy bile.

    Jacinda haters are either irrational nutcases or cynical poisoners of discourse.


  3. Mike the Lefty 3

    The "Everything is Jacinda's fault" has taken on the mystical insanity of a medieval witch hunt and it reflects poorly on the National Party that they think it is OK to use this mentality for their own ends. After all, they purport to be a government in waiting comprised of intelligent rational people who surely know there are many things that happen that government cannot control. People that ally themselves to the rabid right loony brigade for political gain are not worthy of running this country, in my opinion.

    • AB 3.1

      reflects poorly on the National Party that they think it is OK to use this mentality for their own ends

      It's a continuum – at the margins, the establishment right (National) morphs into the fringe, conspiracy-constructing, hyper-libertarian, hyper-masculine right. So National probably just do stuff this seamlessly and unconsciously – it comes naturally without any planning or forethought.

  4. Reminds me of the attacks on the PM for the empty supermarket shelves and shortages during Covid that spurred me on to do a couple of sarcastic responses about her swinging herself on a XXX wheeler driving through the night to reach my supermarket to stock the shelves.

    Turns out she has been having a break and not doing her stint at the Auckland baggage area of Air NZ on the way through driving the XXX wheeler.

    Terrible Mildred, terrible I say.

  5. Westykev 5

    Unless Jacinda is the Minister of Transport she is not even mentioned in the linked article. The "baggage issue" at the Airport does have the potential to impact on our tourism industry and as such a please explain is in order.

    • "Please explain" should go to Mayor Brown.

      • Westykev 5.1.1

        Yes, with the Auckland City Council shareholding of 18% he probably should but a please explain by a government minister carries more weight.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.1.2

        It should, and it would needle “Browny” because his answer to most things is sacking staff and reducing their conditions–which would go down well with an understaffed group that should be paid more!

        Mayor Brown’s attitude to workers is “Daily floggings will continue until morale improves”

  6. Any shortages muddles or staffing issues bring the latest meme. "What's Jacinda going to do about that?"

    This is intended to detract and obscure from what has been achieved.

    It is also "look over there!! Not here thank you" A way of deflecting attention from their own paucity of ideas.

    Some in the National camp believe the fight is won, but others know how these things can turn on a well placed rumour (as you indicated Micky)or an incident or funnelling of a meme such as " They have lost control of the Country".

    The right find Jacinda's success hugely galling, hence the attacks. They will intensify, and there could come a point where people become less apathetic and begin to fight back.

    Any situation of anger or frustration will be used by the right. One thing I know for sure.. they won't throw eggs, except metaphorically.

    Jacinda and her team need to develop strategies to overcome attacks, which will be, as Prince Harry says "Done by collaboration". We know all about that, as the press seem to know in advance what areas are being targeted next.

    We are in the fight of our lives. The climate and the young need us to win this one. So donate. You can be sure the right will have a war chest, not all of it from NZ I would think. Come on Labour and Greens, even if we win, it will be a much smaller team next Parliament. imo

  7. Corey Humm 7

    It's stupid but it's not unique to Ardern.

    Everything is always the leaders fault. It feels good to blame someone sometimes.

    I remember blaming John Key for virtually everything wrong going on in my life and everyone else did too

    I remember an old lady on the news blaming John Key cos she got stuck up a hill during a snow day.

    "Thanks Obama" was so common it was a meme that everyone would blame Obama for everything.

    The leader is always to blame for everything.

    They love you for the first three years, after 4 years they are sick of you and by 5,6,7 years absolutely hate you.

    Arderns govt has been more deeply involved in our personal lives than any previous modern govt. Even non activist labour voters tell me 'its been a long 8 years" because they think this govt is in it's third term, that's how long these 5 years have felt.

    Ardern gets special mention because from social media, to international media, to live streams, to lockdowns, daily press conferences, the terrorist attack, legislating everything from hate speech to rain water to flavors of vape juice and cigarettes no govt has ever felt so actively involved in our personal lives so when we can't get out of our driveway cos of roadworks for six months, or when we can't get an egg it's Arderns fault.

    I will say the airport thing is especially weird but again, the longer you're in the more you're blamed for, the more you're involved with the day to day lives of the public and the less those day to day lives are improving, the more they are gonna resent you and blame you.

    This is why , I wish we'd go back to having boring, unpopular prime ministers who stay in the background doing work 99% of the time and aren't on our screens all day everyday, in photography the more exposure you're subject gets the quicker it burns and that's true with celebrities and polis

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      Funny that because I haven't heard a peep out of the government, its leader, ministers, or MPs since before Christmas. But hardly a day has gone by in that time where we haven't seen some opposition MP publicising themselves.

    • Tiger Mountain 7.2

      As a long time politics participant and news follower I see things a little differently, but I like your post above Corey because it describes a certain group of New Zealanders non thinking ways very well. And as you say other countries populaces as well.

      I don’t give one about the middle class and petit bourgeoisie who got their second tier more generous COVID MSD benefits without having to battle case managers, and got two years of media wailing for their cafes to be opened and travel plans accommodated.
      Am more interested in involving the alienated, non and intermittent voters and new gen voters.

  8. Kat 8

    It's the old death by a thousand cuts trick……and then the slurs and slogans are lit up…..shambolic, wasteful, out of control, communist, iwi lovers, anti business, anti farmer, never had a real job, elitist, out of touch, soft on crime, time for a change……blah blah blah……..

    And then it's….. vote National for a brighter future…….yeah right


  9. tsmithfield 9

    I won't say much about the aricle referred to here, other than it does seem a bit silly.

    However, it probably isn't surprising that Ardern would be the target of the opposition, given that the popularity of Labour seems to have been tied very much to the popularity of Adern since she was elected. Hence, I suspect the logic would be to undermine Labour, first undermine Ardern.

  10. Peter 10

    Ardern only needs to look in a certain direction and some have her the worst dictator in the history of the world.

    People don't want the government to be in charge of anything, so the government is not in charge of everything.

    But suddenly sometimes we want them to be in charge so we can blame them. Crazy.

    This year is going to be a real doozy. The media crap with it being election year is going to be the worst ever. It's going to be a fractured and divisive time but the nonsense from the likes of Sabin need to be called out. Not doing so is conceding there is truth and worth behind what they say.

  11. Tiger Mountain 11

    Well, Brooke Sabin was a little crawler at Taipa Area School in early 00s which my son attended too, and at one point Brooke was student rep to the BOT. My partner was an elected member of the BOT, as was one Detective Mike Sabin who was also Chair.

    Mr Sabin then a serving Police member distinguished himself, I was told by several other community members, by asking for details on parents he was interested in for his law enforcement capacity while on school premises ostensibly on BOT business.

    Sabin senior had several marriages and ex partners in the North. His case related to teenage girls of a current partner which I will not go into further here, suffice it to say he was tried in the Whangārei Court under some attempted secrecy re his appearance, represented by Arthur Fairley of Thompson Wilson. Opinion only is that if Sabin had been tried in Auckland he would likely have got a different result. [lprent: deleted] Anyway…

    The record reveals what a dodge pot junior Natzo “travel writer” Sabin is. It is just another element in manufacturing consent for a National/ACT Govt. that should be challenged as Micky has done.

    [lprent: This is subject to permanent suppression order by Mike Sabin that doesn’t appear to have been lifted. The public explanation of request to enforce the court order is:-

    Section 15 of the order dated 13.04.16 granting permanent name suppression for the applicant (Michael Lewis SABIN) – with the effect of_ Permanent order prohibiting publication of defendant’s name, address or any identifying particulars. Publication of names, addresses, occupations or identifying particulars, of complainants prohibited by s 203 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011. Publication of names, addresses, occupations or identifying particulars, of any complainants under the age of 18 years who appeared as a witness prohibited by s 204 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011.

    I’m a bit puzzled by the complaint to google. Our site with a number of others is listed. You’d think that I would have had a message requesting removal. But I can’t see that in the email stream. I’ve requested to see the full URL(s).

    The Lumen Database appears to be an interesting project. But it is a little annoying to use as an operator because there isn’t any information about exactly what is an issue.

    There are three links in the search for thestandard.org.nz. I couldn’t see what on the site the two from Jan 03 2020 were referring to. ]

      • Tiger Mountain 11.1.1

        I guess that also rules out quoting a 4.5.2016 Stuff piece that uses terms such as “Prominent man’s trial” with no personally identifying details?

        The NZ National Party top level play for keeps, and can affect millions of working class people as evidenced by the 1991 Employment Contracts Act and the Ruth Richardson Mother of all Budgets. So what compunction should there be in identifying some of these people really–apart from the legal restraint LPrent has drawn our attention to in this case, and potential implications for the Standard operators.

        NZ National selections have had some interesting results. Ex Police member, and ex Northland MP Matt King has had a spin out by the looks of things, and the guy Mr Sabin beat for selection–Mark Tan–was on the front page of the Northland Age last year in a photo identifying him as a brick thrower at Police in the occupation of Parliament. Mr Tan was Principal of Abundant Life Christian School on sabbatical due to an anti Vaccination position. Sorry if such info offends the delicate sensibilities of some readers.

        • lprent

          I guess that also rules out quoting a 4.5.2016 Stuff piece that uses terms such as “Prominent man’s trial” with no personally identifying details?

          I can't see how that would violate the conditions of the court order. It doesn't have "defendant’s name, address or any identifying particulars". Nor "names, addresses, occupations or identifying particulars, of complainants". Of course I'd have to look at what you quote.

          So what compunction should there be in identifying some of these people really–apart from the legal restraint …

          Basically I feel that court suppression orders are a public good overall. I have racked my brains and reading about alternatives and haven't come up with anything better in legal intent. I won't go into that today – but I believe that overall gives better legal and societal outcomes.

          So far all of the arguments against the legal intent of suppression orders that I have seen mostly fall into various bounds of of a bucket tag I call prurient salaciousness. The only one that may have some validity is to enable other victims to come forward. But in reality, it usually seems that word gets around and people talk to the police without that.

          However court suppression orders are just a public nuisance in how they operate in that they presume that we're still using some kind of 19th century operation of media. If they come up for review, I'll have no hesitation in spending time pushing for some reform of the operation of suppression orders.

          The current system is ridiculous and just too hard to follow in a modern publication. It presupposes that the publication, each author, each moderator, and each commenter on this site has access to each court like a court reporter within the country to hear or read the suppression order and to know what is suppressed.

          That is because each of these groups are effectively operating with information that comes from the courts or just from rumour. They have publication ability in a public forum (ie this site). They also have absolutely no way of knowing if the information that they are publishing is in violation of a suppression order because there is no online index of what suppression orders are in force.

          I take spending time in court for other peoples stupid decisions that have no justifications about why I should do so extremely seriously. That is a waste of my time.

          I'd prefer spending the time educating the foolish twits like you who'd would want to put me at the risk of wasting my time in court, and do it without even bothering to arguing a case about why breaking a particular suppression order was warranted.

          • Tiger Mountain

            Thanks for putting the effort in, all points noted.

            And really you have cracked it with “They also have absolutely no way of knowing if the information that they are publishing is in violation of a suppression order because there is no online index of what suppression orders are in force.”

            I must relay that I had no inkling that such a strong order was in place on the S***n case. And none of my political friends up North including NZLP members have ever mentioned it, even though his name still comes up now and then in discussions.

            But nonetheless a reminder to all to think twice before hitting “Submit Comment”.

    • Incognito 11.2

      Your comment is nothing but a character assassination of both father and son Sabin. Still, it is good to know and be reminded who are the National Party shills in the NZ MSM.

  12. Thinker 12

    The title of this article is "Why is everything Jacindas fault?" and the answer lies inside the body of the text.

    Jacindas needs to quickly approach Luxon, front-face him with the media present and ask him if he stands by Sabines comment, and whether voters can count on National raising the minimum wage as a guaranteed policy, if they become the government. Luxon then has to choose between backstabbing one of his MPs or alienating his support base.

    IMHO, Labour's efforts to maintain the moral high ground, while laudable, have a price to pay. Dirty Politics is disgusting and should never be contemplated, but there's a continuum of grey between Sainthood and dirty politics, much of which is tolerated, if not expected, by the voting public.

    Kiwis are proud of the saying "its not winning thst counts, its how you play the game". True, but not helpful when facing an opponent that believes the opposite to be true. I'm reminded of Dame Judi Dench, in "Chronicles of Riddick", whose character said "The best way to fight evil is not with good – you must confront it with another kind of evil."

    • Tiger Mountain 12.1

      Yes, a bit more “arrogant prick” and a little less high ground. The appalling misogynistic abuse directed at the PM shows the Nats & ACT are totally not about playing nice.

    • Anne 12.2

      I'm reminded of Dame Judi Dench, in "Chronicles of Riddick", whose character said "The best way to fight evil is not with good – you must confront it with another kind of evil."


      Someone needs to email this message to Labour's leading lights including the prime minister. It does not mean they need to stoop to the same low level, but it does mean they need to respond with much more vigour and double back on them at every opportunity.

      Sweet smiles and lofty expressions don't cut it with Joe and Mary Bloggs.

      Do some research on David Lange! He knew how to do it.


      • Thinker 12.2.1

        If you like that, you'd love the Irish man Liam Devlin, in "The Eagle Has Landed"…

        "It's alright Father, I'm just teaching him about the Holy Trinity. Do you know it [Chris]? Footwork, Timin' and Hittin'. Learn these, my old uncle used to say, and you'll inherit the earth just as surely as the meek" wink

    • Incognito 12.3

      Just wonderful! Common sense ‘wisdom’ and political strategy from a fictional character in a dystopian SF movie. In other words, let’s turn the sprinklers on them, metaphorically speaking, of course? You are not much of a thinker, are you?

      My idea is to hold both the Opposition and Government to account or rather, all political parties standing in the General Election and vying for the Treasury benches.

      • Thinker 12.3.1

        Incognito, did you wonder if the fictional character from a scifi, dystopian movie was based on realpolitik, instead of the other way around? Art reflects life.

        For common-sense 'wisdom' and political strategy, I recommend:

        Machiavellis "The Prince", Sun-Tzu's "Art of War", Bing Fa/36 strategies, most of Basil Liddell-Hart's strategic stuff, Winston Churchill's own works and works about him.

        For you personally, Incognito, "How to win friends and influence people" might be helpful, too…

        • Incognito

          Fighting evil with evil is realpolitik? You need a bigger coffee table and/or a bigger TV screen, obviously.

          Art makes me feel and think. For just feels, I’d suggest MSM headlines & clickbait, talk back radio, or SM (that stands for Social Media, not that other touchy-feely stuff). That said, when I listen to Chris Luxon speak I feel nothing and my brain switches off until his mouth stops moving – miserable moments in my life that I will never want to get back and relive anyway even if I could. That is not realpolitik but mind-numbing humming noise for braindead zombies.

          You are mistaken, of course, if you want to make friends you should join Facebook and collect your desired FB reacts. Here on TS you come for robust debate that goes beyond wisecracking slogans and bumper stickers that are no substitute for strong decisive leadership & teamwork, a clear vision, and a coherent policy framework.

  13. bwaghorn 13


    So day one has sabin begging for government intervention, day 2 has dr reti wading in, hmmmm couldn't possibly be staged now could it??

  14. Incognito 14

    Isn’t it the Editors who write the headlines? If so, is Stuff’s Travel Editor on holiday and is its Political Editor standing in for her?

  15. Thinker 15

    If you like Chronicles of Riddick quote, you'd love Donald Sutherland as Liam Devlin, the Irish man, in "The Eagle Has Landed"…

    "It's alright Father, I'm just teaching him about the Holy Trinity. Do you know it [Chris]? Footwork, Timin' and Hittin'. Learn these my old uncle used to say and you'll inherit the earth just as surely as the meek."


  16. tc 16

    The roster finally comes to brooks turn and that's the best he can do.

    Stick to travel buddy and stuff shows its just another dp outlet.

  17. Tiger Mountain 17

    • bwaghorn 17.1

      Excellent!! Right wingers are just like common crooks hate the establishment right up till they need help.

  18. Stuart Munro 18

    I imagine the strategy is to fight a PM with name recognition that Gnat leaders can only dream of – poison the reputation – because Luxon cannot compete on charisma.

    It is a bit tragic though – this level of press bias is how Putin retains power. NZ media should be ashamed of themselves – as they queue for jobs at MacDonalds having lost their undeserved media roles.

  19. Mike the Lefty 19

    Its Jacinda's fault that we have so many of the rabid right still alive. If she had done what they wanted most of them would have been dead by now from COVID, alcohol poisoning, high speed traffic accidents, drownings, or smoking related diseases and we would be largely free from their incessant posturing and self-inflicted martyrdom.

    But I suppose the rabid right's wrath is what you earn by caring about your country enough to try and protect them from harm by diminishing their precious "freedom".

    They don't deserve it.

  20. Peter 21

    All those headlines are the exact stuff of Simeon Brown and David Seymour.

  21. Weasel 22

    Lost baggage is an absolute tragedy for those poor young OEs returning for Lucy and Olliver's big wedding day, but what about Potholegate? Now there's a real problem. Two motorists had their tyres on their double-cab ute damaged and Jacinda is not out their with her shovel. Heavyweight problems like lost baggage and potholes shows what a deep hole Jacinda has lead Aotearoa down.

  22. BAW 23

    Nat voter here.

    Who ever said the public were rational? Legally Jacinda is not responsible. But if the mood of the country turns, then she ends up getting tared with the same brush.

  23. remo.rogermorris 24


    Because Ardern is a ruthless and ambitious WEF trojan horse. Representing the international 'rules-based' (deepstate) power elite; Friend of NATO's 'Strategy of tension' social engineers and mandator of big Pharma eugenicists, the needle cultists of empire; determined to force us into a uni-polar, technoc.rat.ic, 'world order'

    Is why.

    [The conspiracy virus has rotten away big parts of your brain. To avoid spreading the disease I warn you that you will be quarantined for at least 1 year if/when you have another episode of your virus-induced stupidity in this site instead of dumping it, if you must, on SM such as Twitter or FB. I doubt it will happen but I hope you will get better soon – Incognito]

    • Incognito 24.1

      Mod note

    • Shanreagh 24.2

      Goodness me, you can surely do better than that remo.

      I find the very best conspiracy theorists have the facility to link in the faked moon landing, the grassy knoll at JFK's assassination, 9/11 being an inside job or was that an outside job and the lizard people of David Icke into the narrative.

      Your post does not mention any of these.

      Poor show really. Though do the needle cultists have the ability to effect shape shifting between lizards and humans? Is that what is being left unsaid? Along with Pizzagate. There used to be a couple of CTs about the Pope but perhaps these have been dropped

      Anyway toodle pip, hope all is well and if not get better soon.

      Heavy sarcasm. No response required.

    • remo.rogermorris 24.3

      Thank you for your concerns regarding my mental health. Although they do fall into a patterned response avoiding all issues except the personal.

      I must confess; the mandating of an experimental mRNA 'gene therapy'; now implicated worldwide in the deaths of thousands, with hundreds of thousands of HARMS; a toxin injected under fear and loathing into the arms of my children and grandchildren – without informed consent; is a particular cross to bear. I consider it a programmed assault by propagandists and eugenicists out of the WEF and WHO/GAVI/Tavistock think tanks; implemented by an idiot Government bent on it's own purposes; so it has certainly been a trial of the extreme.

      That said, what you are attempting to smoke me with ('rotten"conspiracy', 'virus' etc), is called a 'crippled epistemology'. Crippled thinking. This derogatory was designed by Cass SUNSTEIN and Adrian VERMULE in their Obama era 'Conspiracy theory' paper; an administrative assault against the dangerous evidence based 911 truth movements' gaming the media firewall in 07-08. These two apparatchiks of the wokist/deepstate, were engaged to identify strategies for government actions, in response to effective on-line advocacy against Official 911 Narratives. How to attack the investigative independents' who were effective… those finding evidence of the conspiracies Governments are determined to keep. 911, for instance Shanreagh, is most certainly a false flag operation by deepstate. A demolition. Just as John Kennedy was indeed, shot twice from the front. In the throat, and in the face. The fact you cannot understand it, means you are not asking the right questions. Something Leni Riefenstahl understood as 'the submissive void'.

      The Sunstein/Vermule paper strategises different online tactics and means of infiltration by security services, to destabilise groups struggling with the narrative control firewall. 'TheDisinformationProject' in NZ examples one such effort to control the narratives here. Arderns 'ChCh Call', another.

      In this particular, the 'bundling' argument Shanreagh uses; where bona fide and provable Conspiracies (JFK/911), are purposefully 'bundled' with extreme, Flat-earth type limited hangouts; is a method designed to neuter by association. So that anyone newly contending with the impossible 'fire induced' physics of 911 freefall (says it all ) sees that 'lizard people' connotation, ceases immediately – not wanting to be branded. Shapeshifter and lizard people being most popular 'bundlers' but insults vary. Anti-semite and holocaust denier tend to be the final curses.

      It is also reasonable to point out that the term 'conspiracy theorist' itself was weaponised by CIA, in response to mounting evidence CIA were directly responsible (with allies) for murdering their President. A document obtained under FOIA by NYT's in 1976 CIA/1035-960//NURNAD labeled “PSYCH” for “psychological operations” coined the phrase “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorists", to attack anyone who challenged the official narrative from the Warren Commission. It also has a CS indicated on it, which stands for “clandestine services” unit. It also self identified CIA's role 'to guard against the illicit transformation of probability into certainty'; that these are vast conspiracies., run by the intelligence networks and their government enablers. Illicit only because 'they' decide the legality.

      So; while you call me 'conspiracy theorist' for calling the sainted one a WEF trojan Horse, deserving of any blame the past 3 years throws up; be careful. It may be you, are the useful idiots.

      [Goodbye – Permanent ban. You are taking the piss and blatantly ignoring a Moderator warning with a major dump of conspiracy garbage. But what’s most disappointing is that you did not provide a single link to back up your assertions, which is a requirement on this site to enable robust quality debate – Incognito]

  24. Just to add, with NZ coming up to an election that we hope will be fought on fair grounds the continued spouting of CTs is an absolutely unwanted part of any election just as these conspiracists were an absolute distraction from the work being done to keep us all safe during the pandemic.

  25. sabin is a shill. shills do what their masters tell them. sabin is a a tory shill and their policy is evryfing is da gubmints folt.

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  • “Brown-town”: the Wayne & Simeon show
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  • Not To Cast Stones…
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    8 hours ago
  • So much noise and so little signal
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    9 hours ago
  • Lost in the Desert: Accepted
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  • This Government and their Rightwing culture-war flanks picked a fight with the country… not the ot...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Surely it won't happen
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Let Them Eat Sausage Rolls: Hipkins Tries to Kill Labour Again
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • JERRY COYNE: A powerful University dean in New Zealand touts merging higher education with indigeno...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Speaking for the future
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Willis fails a taxing app-titude test but govt supporters will cheer moves on Te Pukenga and the Hum...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • ELIZABETH RATA: In defence of the liberal university and against indigenisation
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the skewed media coverage of Gaza
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    3 days ago
  • “Your Circus, Your Clowns.”
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 8-December-2023
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • End-of-week escapism
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Dec 8
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Witchcraft Laws: 1840/1858-1961/1962
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    4 days ago
  • No surprises
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #49 2023
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    4 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • A question of confidence is raised by the Minister of Police, but he had to be questioned by RNZ to ...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Xmas  good  cheer  for the dairy industry  as Fonterra lifts its forecast
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: Modern Maori myths
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Dreams of eternal sunshine at a spotless COP28
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Transport Agencies don’t want Harbour Tunnels
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    4 days ago
  • Webworm Presents: Jurassic Park on 35mm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Prime Minister's Dream.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • National’s new MP; the proud part-Maori boy raised in a state house
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Battlefield Earth – How War Fuels Climate Catastrophe
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    5 days ago
  • They do not speak for us, and they do not speak for the future
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Another attack on te reo
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Failed again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
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    5 days ago
  • Rising costs hit farmers hard, but  there’s more  positive news  for  them this  week 
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    5 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH:  Newshub and NZ Herald report misleading garbage about ACT’s van Veldon not follo...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Why we're missing out on sharply lower inflation
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Has the greenhouse effect been falsified?
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealaders  have  high expectations of  new  government:  now let’s see if it can deliver?
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • You won't believe some of the numbers you have to pull when you're a Finance Minister
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Pushback
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
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    6 days ago
  • And I don't want the world to see us.
    Is this the most shambolic government in the history of New Zealand? Given that parliament hasn’t even opened they’ve managed quite a list of achievements to date.The Smokefree debacle trading lives for tax cuts, the Trumpian claims of bribery in the Media, an International award for indifference, and today the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Cooking the books
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis late yesterday stopped only slightly short of accusing her predecessor Grant Robertson of cooking the books. She complained that the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), due to be made public on December 20, would show “fiscal cliffs” that would amount to “billions of ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
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    7 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
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    7 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
    Strong Words: “We do not consent, we do not surrender, we do not cede, we do not submit; we, the indigenous, are rising. We do not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon. Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o ...
    7 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
    Buzz from the Beehive After $21.8 million was spent on investigations, the plug has been pulled on the Lake Onslow pumped-hydro electricity scheme, The scheme –  that technically could have solved New Zealand’s looming energy shortage, according to its champions – was a key part of the defeated Labour government’s ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
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    1 week ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Be Honest.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
    Auckland’s city rail link is the most expensive rail project in the world per km, and the CRL boss has described the cost of infrastructure construction in Aotearoa as a crisis. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The 3.5 km City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel under Auckland’s CBD has cost ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • COP28 National Statement for New Zealand
    Tēnā koutou katoa Mr President, Excellencies, Delegates. An island nation at the bottom of the Pacific, New Zealand is unique.          Our geography, our mountains, lakes, winds and rainfall helps set us up for the future, allowing for nearly 90 per cent of our electricity to come from renewable sources. I’m ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
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