Watch for the ‘no policy’ sexist attack on Jacinda by the right in the election
Jacinda’s popularity is based on hope, emotional intelligence, compassion based reasoning and the ability to connect personally and empathetically to voters. Painting her as emotional and flakey with no policy as Matthew Hooton did when she won the leadership is a sexist wishful fantasy on behalf of the right, and it should be shown the contempt it deserves at the ballot box next month.
Maori TV Leaders Debate – What new poll means, Hone Harawira + Gareth Morgan shine
If there is a desire for change within the Maori electorate as strong as it is forming within the General electorate we need to start thinking about a Labour + Green Government because if this Maori support joins middle class support joins workers, women, beneficiaries and most importantly young voters, Labour will have a shot at a 40+ result now.
Purple Rain Man: The Brief History Of Thirty Three Years Of Peter Dunne In Parliament
By Curwen Rolinson
Earlier this week, The Rev. Rolinson asked me just what it was that United Future stood for.
“Election in Ohariu, I believe”, was my reply.
Try as I might, I can’t seem to articulate a meaningful response about Dunne that’s more accurate than that.
Maybe that’s what ultimately did it for him. Finding himself without identifiable ‘principles’ in a game which more often seems to actively punish those who instead HAVE same.
Peter Dunne – This Was Your (Political) Life.
No hope for equality for women in next Parliament
By Dr Liz Gordon
Women holding out for gender equality in Parliament after this election are likely to be disappointed. The main mechanism for achieving gender equity within parties is the party list, and most of the parties that will do well in 2017 are far from gender equal. There are currently 38 women in parliament, and the outlook for doing much better is poor.
The only reason farmers suddenly care about the water is because they know Labour will win
The only reason the bloody corporate farmers who are intensifying dairy suddenly care about the water is because they sense the outrage from voters at the way they have stolen and polluted our water ways while giving us expensive product because they charge us what they can get off shore.
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fraud, class and the media: the Metiria Turei controversy
By Dr Wayne Hope
Research by Associate Professor Lisa Marriot from Victoria University reveals that 5 per cent of welfare recipients are investigated compared to .01 per cent of taxpayers. Welfare fraud attracts 800-1000 criminal prosecutions a year compared to 60-80 for tax fraud. Of tax dodgers whose offending reaches about $270,000, 18 per cent will be jailed. Of those welfare fraudsters who have obtained around $70,000, 67 per cent can expect jail time.
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These rich white male broadcasters who are vilifying Metiria for courageously admitting what you all know, (that the cruel system WINZ treats you to is impossible to live on), aren’t just angry, they are frightened.
This character assassination of Metiria isn’t just driven by naked sexism, racism and classism – it is driven by fear.
Read their diatribes and rants, beneath the anger is a genuine fear. A fear that Metiria will unleash a wave of beneficiaries who are part of the missing million voters.
I remember once upon a time remarking that Peter Dunne’s occupancy of the Ohariu seat was one of the great certainties in life, almost equivalent to those other inevitabilities – “Death” and “Taxes”. Which, given his previous positions as Minister of Revenue and Associate Health Minister, was a perhaps apt comparison. The other (slightly disappointed) […]Read More →
Research by Associate Professor Lisa Marriot from Victoria University reveals that 5 per cent of welfare recipients are investigated compared to .01 per cent of taxpayers. Welfare fraud attracts 800-1000 criminal prosecutions a year compared to 60-80 for tax fraud. Of tax dodgers whose offending reaches about $270,000, 18 per cent will be jailed. Of those welfare fraudsters who have obtained around $70,000, 67 per cent can expect jail timeRead More →
The enormous significance of political magic is made clear principally by its absence. None of Jacinda’s four male predecessors had it. Contact lenses and a new haircut couldn’t make it appear. Speechwriters working in shifts couldn’t summon it. Focus groups couldn’t even tell the party where to look for it. But no Labour member; no Labour voter; had the slightest difficulty understanding that the Magic was passing them by.Read More →
At the time of writing, it’s been perhaps sixteen hours since news of Steve Bannon’s resignation broke. And dependent upon which side of the aisle you’re sitting on, this is either the best news since the Emancipation Proclamation because an alleged far-right apocalyptic ideologue has been turfed out of a position of power … or […]Read More →
It’s no surprise to see the National government backing away from measures to enforce tax rules against multinational corporations operating in New Zealand.Read More →
The entire community mental health care sector is a mess, and forms a major part of the change requirement that the Government proposals barely touch on.Read More →
Jacinda launching her Labour Party election campaign as leaderRead More →
Where do I even begin with this one?Read More →
As National strategists desperately scramble to make Bill English seem as empathetic as Jacinda Ardern, Bill’s opened up about his pain.Read More →
The only reason the bloody corporate farmers who are intensifying dairy suddenly care about the water is because they sense the outrage from voters at the way they have stolen and polluted our water ways while giving us expensive product because they charge us what they can get off shore.Read More →
Jacinda’s popularity is based on hope, emotional intelligence, compassion based reasoning and the ability to connect personally and empathetically to voters. Painting her as emotional and flakey with no policy as Matthew Hooton did when she won the leadership is a sexist wishful fantasy on behalf of the right, and it should be shown the contempt it deserves at the ballot box next month.Read More →
The simple truth is that TOP can only implement their policy with Labour, they can’t do it with National, but the TOP electorate are alienated by tribal identity twitter politics so TOP can appeal to them by outraging Twitter.Read More →
English calls Morgan’s “lipstick on a pig” comment “outside acceptable boundaries of political criticism – Really?
Imagine if the media held English to account the way they did Metiria?Read More →
Lot’s of ’10 years ago today’ stuff last week marking the beginning of the meltdown in global markets as weapons of mass destruction derivatives forced a global market collapse that almost tail spun the entire planet in a steep economic depression.Read More →
The Greens are back on their feet with a promise for free public transport to under 19yr olds, free off peak public transport for university students, apprentices and those with disabilities…Read More →
Tying the dead of our enemies onto the front of tanks and unloading them in front of villagers in an attempt to shock them is desecrating corpses, and the desecration of the war dead is a war crime…Read More →
If there is a desire for change within the Maori electorate as strong as it is forming within the General electorate we need to start thinking about a Labour + Green Government because if this Maori support joins middle class support joins workers, women, beneficiaries and most importantly young voters, Labour will have a shot at a 40+ result now.Read More →
We have a media more interested in Aaron Smith’s sex toilet texts than Bill English’s abuse of power texts
Aaron Smith’s sex toilet romp is actually more important to the corporate media than Bill English secretly paying a former staff member a small fortune to protect one of his MPs that National were dependent upon to get legislation through.Read More →
Hosking & Gower are hosting debates – so choice is between National Party Casino pimping cheerleader or homicidal sadistic chipmunk
Hosking is a sexist piece of trash who has spun deluded neoliberal fantasy after neoliberal fantasy to justify his love affair with National while Gower is a homicidal political sadist who crowed about being responsible for taking out Metria in the pack lynching that saw her destroyed.Read More →
How privileged and stuck up your own arsehole must you be to see this as a positive learning experience?Read More →
Investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager talks about his recent book Hit & Run; the events it uncovers and the issues raised for New Zealand.Read More →
Jack Tame is one of NZs best and most underrated journalists and interviewers, watch him destroy Bill English’s bullshit reasoning over Bootcamps.Read More →
Women holding out for gender equality in Parliament after this election are likely to be disappointed. The main mechanism for achieving gender equity within parties is the party list, and most of the parties that will do well in 2017 are far from gender equal. There are currently 38 women in parliament, and the outlook for doing much better is poor.Read More →
GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Jacinda’s speech was one of the most significant speeches in my political life
Jacinda’s speech on Sunday was one of the most significant speeches in my political life and dare I say it, the life of this country.Read More →
Some ad-hoc adventures I’ve had over the last few weeks.Read More →
CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou was recruited from the high school he taught Jared Leto at. In the decades to follow, he travelled the world, recruited other spies in turn, and oversaw operations that captured Al Qaeda militants and sent them to Guantanamo Bay. Trained to keep secrets, there was one he couldn’t live with – his government was torturing people. Eventually, he shared what he knew with his fellow countrymen. Tonight, he will share it with New Zealand.Read More →
“British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he’s comfortable with the UK selling billions of dollars’ worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, which have been used to kill thousands of civilians in Yemen.” The quotation is from a The Nation Press Release , about a Lisa Owens interview with Boris Johnson held on 29 July this year.Read More →
The Liberal Agenda: Remember Fatima on 22 August: Inquiry into Afghan Deaths Now! – Hit & Run Inquiry Campaign
At 12:30pm on Tuesday 22 August, the Hit and Run Inquiry Campaign will hold a commemoration protest at the Wellington Cenotaph to remember Afghan civilians killed seven years ago during a New Zealand SAS-led raid in Baghlan Province Afghanistan. Fatima was one of those killed, at only three years of age.Read More →
WHAT: Labour Party Election Launch
WHERE: Auckland Town Hall
WHEN: 1pm SundayRead More →
An artistic explosion will engulf Auckland from October 7- 15 with Artweek Auckland; a 10-day festival showcasing and celebrating the visual arts and artists of New Zealand. Ten Auckland precincts (Central City, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, Parnell, K’ Road, Devonport, East, West and South) come alive with a vibrant and dynamic programme providing a unique […]Read More →
WHAT: Metiria speaking about fighting poverty
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday 31st August
WHERE: Cardboard Cathedral, Latimer Square
This Spring at Basement, we’re all about promoting our flexible options to our audiences. We’ve got two venues chocka full of new work from the best talent in town. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, a bar fly or a flying-by, we’ve got a live theatre option that suits.Read More →
A leader of the Tūhoe people’s drive for self-determination, Tamati Kruger, will give the 2017 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture on 31 October.Read More →
‘Sugar, rum and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life…which are…objects of almost universal consumption, and which are therefore extremely proper subjects of taxation.’ – Adam SmithRead More →
Come along to Jacinda’s first policy announcement as Labour Leader this Sunday, which will focus on how the next Labour Government will make Auckland a world-class city.Read More →
“My eyes are the greatest eyes. They can look at any Sun. The Sun is terrific, but not as terrific as my eyes. I can cut a deal with the Sun that won’t burn my eyes and will build the wall. Mexicans will burn our eyes and I will burn North Korea.”Read More →
Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.Read More →
Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.Read More →
Greenpeace is welcoming the farming leadership’s acknowledgement that the problem with our waterways is greater than previously admitted. “It is great that farming leaders are beginning to appreciate just how much New Zealanders care about their rivers,” says agricultural campaigner Gen Toop. “But this pledge, without a plan to back it up, could be seen […]Read More →
NZNO welcomes proposed new initiatives from the current National-led Government to improve healthcare access to disadvantaged New Zealanders, but Associate Professional Services Manager Hilary Graham-Smith cautions against exaggerating expected uptake of schemes that involve the Community Services Card. “More families on low incomes being able to pay less for adult GP visits is welcome as […]Read More →
Former Prime Minister Sir John Key, said as he was knighted for service to New Zealand, that the only regret he had from his ten years in office was not eliminating child poverty. During those ten years, housing became tragically unaffordable for many while Working for Families (WFF), the incomes policy tool to address child […]Read More →
New Zealand Defence Force staff were leafletted this morning to mark the anniversary of the SAS raid on two Afghan villages where civilians were killed and injured. The leaflets said “Did you join NZDF to be part of war crimes and cover ups? Of course not.”Read More →
Students have welcomed the Green Party’s announcement today of free off-peak public transport for tertiary students. The policy covers students at university, polytechnic, wānanga, private training establishments, and people training through apprenticeships. The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that free public transport for students puts the country one step closer to a […]Read More →
Students Against Sexual Violence—Otago Uni is releasing a booklet about sexual violence in the student community, distributed throughout the Otago University Dunedin campus. It is also available through group’s Facebook page: Students Against Sexual Violence – University Of Otago, https://www.facebook.com/SASVOtagoUni/ @SASVOtagoUni Due to intimidation by the University, an article about sexual violence which was scheduled […]Read More →
The National government announced on the last day of Parliament that Cabinet has endorsed terms for a major new trade and investment deal – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement minus the US, or TPPA-11. It said the TPPA text will remain basically unchanged, despite the US no longer participating. That begs multiple questions, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey.Read More →
Public support for cannabis law reform is as strong as ever, a new poll conducted for the NZ Drug Foundation shows. The Drug Foundation is urging political parties to make firm commitments to health-focused drug law during this election campaign. Almost two thirds of those surveyed want cannabis to be either legalised (28%) or decriminalised […]Read More →