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Wednesday, 12 December

00:30

Whaleoil Christmas presents for politicians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Everyone deserves a Christmas present, even politicians so the team at Whaleoil have put on their thinking caps and come up with some thoughtful gifts for some of our favourite targets er politicians. Our suggested gift for today is for the leader of NZ First Winston Peters. A must for American whiskey fans this Christmas [] The post Whaleoil Christmas presents for politicians appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:13

AT WHAT COST? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Around mid October one of the gurus employed to try and predict weather for the citizenry made a bold and as now very apparent,  wildly inaccurate prediction of a two month sustained period of hot dry weather to close out 2018.

Now I understand that such reading of weather for these islands sitting  isolated in a vast expanse of ocean is quite fraught even sometimes when only trying to predict hours ahead.
However having travelled from home base to The McKenzie basin where a fortnight fishing lakes and canals was cancelled due to some of the group becoming aware of a rather daunting forecast predicting wintry conditions for at least the first week, then embarking on a slow trip north for a family visit until years end., there is still very little sign of any factual truth of the Mid October prediction.

Now ensconced in a delightful bit of The Bay of Plenty on the shore of Lake Rotoiti following a trip via Nth Canterbury (very wet) in fact so wet we chose, fortunately, to head west via The Lewis Pass, Shenandoah, and The Wairau. I say fortunate as that day,  28th November saw the Pacific highway still under threat of closure from rain events, following its multi million dollar, award winning reinstatement, actually close.
Next day a rearranged earlier sailing with Bluebridge led to a drive to the other Bay via the old haunts of the Wairarapa. A few days R & R and another trip down memory lane via Gentle Annie to here at Rotoiti.
Almost unknown in my years on this planet such a journey during November/ December would have encountered at least one if not more areas, threatened with dry if not actual drought.
Not so, it was green grass in abundance the whole way and too many wet days for enjoyable sight seeing, although to be fair the four big days, Fairlie to home base, Waiau to Blenheim, Wellington to Mangatahi and Mangatahi to Rotoiti all encountered warm clear days. Most of the other days, including today variable weather with low cloud and precipitation ranging from a few mm to many mm.

Being perpetually on holiday and having the luxury of our mobile home for shelter, such adverse weather is but a minor inconvenience,  that said, having spent a lifetime in constant conflict with weather, particularly too many rain deprived seasons where a years production was under threat from early dry conditions, this year is remarkable for its abundance in the east coast regions from Canterbury to Hawkes Bay.
Irrigated systems will be making good profits by being turned off while dryland systems will enjoy the favourable benevolence.
Alas though how many decisions made in the light of the dire predictions from "The Guru" who got it so wrong, in destocking, not planting, and generally being influenced to reduce opportunity to benefit.

All the while these same climate and weather drips un...

00:10

Oral questions: 12 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What progress, if any, has been made on implementing the Governments economic policies? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing [] The post Oral questions: 12 December 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Lake Maraetai, taken from  Matekuri Island, Mangakino. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From Your Window in the subject line For a year now Bluburd has sponsored View From Your Window and provided a fantastic prize each month of either a one-kilo bag of his famous Coffee Vice [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Biography: The Lost Generation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

American intellectuals in Paris in the Jazz Age

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Tuesday, 11 December

23:45

It is not too late to be the most POPULAR employer ever this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Choose a Whale Meat Company gift for your staff this Christmas and become the most POPULAR employer ever! Your staff will know that they are appreciated with a delicious gift of a Whale Meat Company FRESH Christmas ham or a selection of restaurant quality meat. The Whale Meat Company is your easy, no fuss way to order [] The post It is not too late to be the most POPULAR employer ever this Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

The pretty dead girl is not public property "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Social media are overflowing with heartfelt tributes, outpourings of grief and hot, blind fury over the tragic murder of Grace Millane. As I type, talkback radio listeners are calling in non-stop to vent their feelings. The hashtag #HerLightOurLove is trending on Twitter. Users are uploading images of the sky as a way to honour the [] The post The pretty dead girl is not public property appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

The Night of the Long Knives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Looks at the time when Harold Macmillan took an axe to his Cabinet, sacking a number of ministers.

23:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com   The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Shaken not stirred "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newshub  reports on the story of the decade. Research done by the University of Otago has come up with this stunning conclusion. As reported in the Medical Journal of Australia, normally a serious journal (but this was in its Christmas issue), James Bond has a drinking problem. quote. James Bond has a serious drinking problem, according to [] The post Shaken not stirred appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Reporters At War #2/3 Dying To Tell A Story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Series dates from 2003 and is narrated by Jeremy Irons

Reporters At War is a three-part series that takes a long hard look at one of the most dramatic and dangerous careers of modern times, that of the war correspondent. More than 300 journalists have been killed in battle zones in the last dozen years, some 200 of these having been deliberately targeted by their killers. The War in Iraqs rate of attrition is the highest ever. Though 63 died in the Vietnam between 1963-1975, its been estimated that at the above rate around 4,500 journalists would die if the Iraq conflict lasted as long as the Vietnam War. Then theres the psychological trauma of witnessing the brutality of war close-up, constantly, day in, day out, over long agonising periods of time. No wonder nervous breakdowns, marital break-ups, alcoholism, etc affect war correspondents to a degree unexperienced by most ordinary folk. Reporters At War also examines the ever-changing circumstances that the war correspondent must file their stories under and the evolving technology that is supposed to make their job easierthat, at least, is the theory. It also looks at some early examples of how technology aided and abetted the faking of war newsreel footage, the impact that television may have had on the outcome of war and the pressure that reporters now find themselves under in the satellite-driven, 24-hour rolling-news era that they now unwittingly find themselves starring in.

Finally, its often been said that truth is the first casualty of war. Thus the series goes behind those well known, icon stories and images from modern war journalism to scrutinise how such factors as patriotism, censorship, impartiality, propaganda and taste impact on the stories that we get to read, see and hear during times of conflict. If the journalists themselves are rarely happy with what passes for news in such circumstances, how can we ever believe their blood-stained dispatches from the front?

22:00

Beef and Lobsters: The smearing of Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The theatre is booked The dates are set The tickets are sold Jordan B Peterson is coming to Town You better not cry You better not pout Im telling you why Jordan B Peterson is coming to town Crying and pouting is exactly what the progressive media will be doing between now and his February [] The post Beef and Lobsters: The smearing of Jordan Peterson appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Intelligence Squared: Is the Catholic Church a force for good? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Debate as to whether the Roman Catholic Church is a force for good!

Debate took place in 2009

Moderator: Zainab Badawi

For

Cardinal John Onaiyeken

Ann Widdicombe

Against

Stephen Fry

Christopher Hitchens

21:30

Whaleoil transcript: Part two of two Mike Hosking Jacinda Ardern on the UN Global Compact, government reviews & Whanau Ora "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newstalk ZB Part two of two Starts at 13.44 Mike Okay, lets deal with some other stuff really quickly if we can.  This UN migration thing in Jacinda Compact. Mike In Marrakesh are we signing it or not? Jacinda So thats a ceremonial event, so the 17th is when it needs to be decided [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part two of two Mike Hosking Jacinda Ardern on the UN Global Compact, government reviews & Whanau Ora appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:22

Audio: Julie Anne Genter on cycleways "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

She admits that she has no decent data and that its all built on the hope that people will use it. Starts at 7:49 The post Audio: Julie Anne Genter on cycleways appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Is FRESH Christmas ham still on your to do list? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Is Christmas Ham still on your list? Why take a risk at Christmas with an unknown ham? Only the Whale Meat Company offers you Restaurant quality cooked on the bone ham that has been taste tested by Oilers AND you can keep it in your fridge for Christmas or New Years! Unopened it will last in your [] The post Is FRESH Christmas ham still on your to do list? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Read the top five posts from yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Read the top five posts from yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:12

Things that make me go Bwahaha "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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21:00

Whaleoil transcript: Part one of two Mike Hosking & Jacinda Ardern on KiwiBuild "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newstalk ZB Part one of two   Starts at 07:10 Mike The prime minister joins us this morning in studio lovely to see you. Jacinda Its a real pleasure to be in the studio. Mike And its good that you can do this given its our last week. Although you continue working for [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part one of two Mike Hosking & Jacinda Ardern on KiwiBuild appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Government seeking further advice before signing UN Compact "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well, it is Christmas, and the photo above always reminds me of the Madonna and child, even though it is only Cindy and Neve. Our Christmas present from this government is that it is still seeking advice on whether to sign the UN Migration Compact, as there is a need for clarification on issues of [] The post Government seeking further advice before signing UN Compact appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Limited edition: Special Christmas breakfast pack with BLACK pudding! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

OMG yum. That black pudding was fantastic! When was the last time you said that? Now you can treat yourself for Christmas. The Whale Meat Company has a limited number of boxes with the NEW black pudding that has the stamp of approval from the Whale Meat Taste Test Panel. How do you make a [] The post Limited edition: Special Christmas breakfast pack with BLACK pudding! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Labour are desperate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We were right to rename Fairfaxs internet site Stuff and Nonsense. If you ever thought, even for a moment, that it was a balanced news website, you know differently now. This latest piece of journalism really takes the cake. This garbage is written by Hamish Rutherford, who I always thought was better than this. quote. [] The post Labour are desperate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

The end of name suppression "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Grace Millane murder does this mean the end of name oppression

Otago Law Professor Mark Henaghan explains the intricacies of the rules.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20181211-1314-name_suppression_in_the_social_media_age-128.mp3

The man accused of murdering backpacker Grace Millane has interim name suppression.

His name will be kept secret for 20 days while his lawyers works on an appeal. Victims groups have slammed the move, saying name suppression laws are archaic.

Meanwhile some overseas media, and people on the internet have named the man. Which begs the question can name suppression really be enforced in the digital age?

Otago Law Professor Mark Henaghan explains the intricacies of the rules.

Yet international media have the details of the man

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has been attacked as a human cuckoo over claims he has made to back up the success of his water quality policies. -Stuff The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is schadenfreude (noun) Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Schadenfreude is a direct borrowing from German. In German Schadenfreude is a compound noun made up of the nouns Schaden harm, injury, damage and Freude joy. Schaden is related to English scathe (via [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Gresham College: Prof Lord Plant Religion and Values in a Liberal State: #2/12 Markets, Freedom and Choice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very interesting lecture, especially in todays world. Well worth watching IMHO.

For NZ viewers, in particular this series has resonance in respect of the ongoing discussion of secular, morality and belief systems.

Fascinating.

About this series

An exploration of some of the central ideas and principles that make up a liberal democratic society and its associated market economy. The lectures look in detail at what a theological understanding can bring to these ideas and principles. Freedom, justice, rights, community, civic virtue, property and charity all of these are vitally important ideas and values in understanding modern society and there is a rich tradition of thought, including theological thought, about what they mean and how these meanings should be reflected in institutions. Thinking further on these values will lead to a better understanding of how we are to understand claims about social justice and injustice, poverty and freedom, community and individuality, and rights and obligations in the context of a liberal capitalist society.

https://youtu.be/Q8ho5lp9h8U

About this lecture

This lecture focuses on the relationship between markets and freedom and the extent to which freedom should be seen as being entirely a matter of freedom of choice and the number of choices which an individual has available. Markets have often been seen as the embodiment of individual choice. Does freedom mean that the ends or goals which an individual chooses are beyond moral assessment or does choice involve some reference to moral standards and, if so, what can be the source and basis of such standards if in fact they do seem to be necessary?  If freedom has to be linked to ideas about virtue and the greater value of some sorts of goods over others how can such judgements be justified arent we just imposing our own choices in order to restrict the choices of others?

The is a part of the lecture series, Religion and Values in a Liberal State.

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 12 28 The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

BBC Radio Drama: Lady Audleys Secret "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

Lady Audleys Secret by Mary E Braddon was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 12th March 1983.
Story: This Victorian thriller is set in the 1850s, Who is Sir Michael Audley s new young wife? Where does she come from? What is the secret from her past that makes her dare all to keep it hidden?
Cast:
Nigel Havers
Nicholas Gecks
Nigel Stock

09:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Beware of the Doghouse- Hilarious! The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Jihad bells: Merry Christmas Europe! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Jihad bells: Merry Christmas Europe! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

What is really happening in France? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post What is really happening in France? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

This is what happens when you reply to spam email: James Veitch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post This is what happens when you reply to spam email: James Veitch appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:53

A Sell Out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf's debut with the South West Opera Co took place on Sunday afternoon at the Anglican Cathedral which is possessed of excellent acoustics.  Family members who asked whether they could buy tickets were told, don't worry, you can buy them at the door.  Just as well they arrived early.  It was sold out.

The event wasn't recorded so I'm unable to inflict it on readers, however by comments related to me second hand, it was pretty good for a bunch of amateur singers.  (First hand comments are always positive.  People are far too polite.)

My recollection is that we practiced for about fifty hours during the preceding two months.  The nineteen piece orchestra sounded pretty ropy at times during practice, especially the violins, but on the day they all got it together and performed superbly.

All in all, a pleasant experience.  It's over twenty years since I was part of a big choir.  Is forty-eight voices big?  I think so. 

The programme included:-

Hodeo Christus Natus Est                 Owalabi
Pleni Sunt Coeli                                Liebergen
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring               Bach
For Unto Us A Child Is Born           Handel
Angels From The Realms                Forrest
Western European Carol Suite         Hayes
He watching Over Israel                  Mendellsohn
Hark The Herald Angel                   Forrest
Little Drummer Boy                        Hayes
Eastern European Carol Suite         Hayes
Do You Hear What I hear               Simeone
O Holy Night                                  Clausen
Hallelujah Chorus                           Handel

Too bad for all the fundamentalist atheists.  They don't know not what they are missing out on.



06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sheesh. I did exactly what she said peeled half the potatoes and put them in the pot. Like a pro and get your unexpected outages diarised also. Except warning signs. The post Daily Roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1926, singer and songwriter Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton. She was the first to record Hound Dog, later made famous by Elvis Presley. She also wrote Ball and Chain which Janis Joplin would cover. Born today in 1948, Chester Thompson drummer and session/touring musician with many acts including [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Sexism and murder "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So far more than thirty people have been murdered in New Zealand in 2018. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has apologised, on my behalf, for one of them. This was for a tourist from Great Britain. Why should this be? Is it because the victim she is apologising for is a visitor from overseas? Is it [] The post Sexism and murder appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A universal truth: Narrated `Uqba bin Amir: Allahs Messenger (PBUH) said, Beware of entering upon the ladies. A man from the Ansar said, Allahs Apostle! What about Al-Hamu the in-laws of the wife (the brothers of her husband or his nephews etc.)? The Prophet (PBUH) replied: The in-laws of the wife are death itself. The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Whaleoil poll results 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We have run many polls this year but until now we have rarely mentioned the results. Today that changes with the results of the three most recent polls. I will cover more results over the coming week. According to Whaleoil readers and this poll the snitch is Sarah Dowie. Unsurprisingly Capitalism was the winner at 74% [] The post Whaleoil poll results 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Are you going to apologise to these families too, Jacinda? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Poor Grace Millane. A young woman murdered in her youth. A young woman with everything to look forward to, cut down in her prime in downtown Auckland. It is terribly sad. We are all horrified and ashamed that something like this should happen in our country, when we pride ourselves on being a safe place [] The post Are you going to apologise to these families too, Jacinda? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Labors far left comes right out and admits their agenda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Judeo-Christian ethics regards pride as the worst possible sin: the ancient Greeks took an only slightly different approach. To the Greeks, it was not so much pride as hubris arrogant, foolish pride that was most offensive to the gods and led to the downfall of many a hero. Labors far-left might want to [] The post Labors far left comes right out and admits their agenda appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click the image for a high-res view Facebook Likes Per Capita Per Country Accolades, accolades we are a deep royal blue! New Zealanders are a friendly and highly tolerant people if you dont like us, the problem clearly lies with you? The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:45

Make your staffs Christmas extra special "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whale Meat Company Gifts Your Staff will know that they are appreciated with a lovely gift of Whale Meat Christmas hams. Whale Meat is your easy, no fuss way to order Christmas hams and you know that they taste just divine! You can find a range of meaty gifts that are suitable for a range [] The post Make your staffs Christmas extra special appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Scott Morrison is toast or maybe not "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Despite the silly conspiracy theories of the Murdoch-hating left, of all the mainstream media The Australian at least has the virtue of canvassing a wide range of commentary. Where on the ABC, after all, is the conservative equivalent of waffling old communist Philip Adams? The Oz regularly gives a platform to the misandrist gibbering of [] The post Scott Morrison is toast or maybe not appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Whaleoil Poll: Has Christ been removed from NZs celebration of Christmas? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:30

Whaleoil Christmas presents for politicians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Everyone deserves a Christmas present, even politicians so the team at Whaleoil have put on their thinking caps and come up with some thoughtful gifts for some of our favourite targets er politicians. Our suggested gift for today is for Judith Collins. Barbeque season is fast approaching and you never know when a bunch of [] The post Whaleoil Christmas presents for politicians appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Lake Rerewhakaaitu, Rotorua District window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From Your Window in the subject line For a year now Bluburd has sponsored View From Your Window and provided a fantastic prize each month of either a one-kilo bag of his famous Coffee Vice coffee beans or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:50

Oral questions: 11 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: What is her response to yesterdays Child Poverty Monitor report, which found that around 100,000 New Zealand children are doing it really tough? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments statements and actions? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by [] The post Oral questions: 11 December 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

Nero Fiddled "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Early Saturday morning at 4:30 am, our Gisborne group headed for Auckland to protest The UN Migration Pact. We deviated to Rotorua to pick up an immigrant from South Africa, a young man of 19 who is distraught that the country he and his family escaped to is facing the same kind of existential crisis [] The post Nero Fiddled appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proposed mosque site in Sydneys south-west attacked by vandals The post Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Whaleoil transcript: Part two of four Leighton Smith and Simon Bridges on education, the RMA and immigration "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newstalk ZB Part two http://120.138.20.16/WeekOnDemand/ZB/auckland/2018.12.10-10.15.00-D.mp3 Starts at 5:16 Leighton Education. Changes announced last. By the way if you would like to have a short discussion with Simon Bridges, if you have a question that you would like to ask him, 0800 801080. We can get two or three calls in, you can ring right [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part two of four Leighton Smith and Simon Bridges on education, the RMA and immigration appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Whaleoil transcript: Part one of four Leighton Smith and Simon Bridges on transport "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newstalk ZB Part one http://120.138.20.16/WeekOnDemand/ZB/auckland/2018.12.10-10.15.00-D.mp3 Starts at 0.57 Leighton Lets leave KiwiBuild sitting there for the moment, because theres some attached matters.  Um, the scenario with I tell you the best way to approach this Bryan Weyburne from Wellington, involved in starting up a new political party that is pro-car. A pro-car political party [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part one of four Leighton Smith and Simon Bridges on transport appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

All leaks are not equal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It seems Simon Bridges is unable to make up his mind about leaks coming from his caucus. Back in August when his travel expenses were leaked, he was hell bent on finding out who the leaker was, even though the numbers were due to be released officially the following week. Newshub reports: Quote. Newshub can [] The post All leaks are not equal appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:21

Whaleoil Word cloud poll: PM Jacinda Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To take part in the Whaleoil word cloud poll on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern go to slido.com and enter the event code #F962 **NOTE you will be invited to ask questions as this slido is designed for use at a conference. We ONLY want to create a Whaleoil word cloud. If you ask questions they [] The post Whaleoil Word cloud poll: PM Jacinda Ardern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

LAST chance: ONLY 1 more day left to order your fresh Christmas ham "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some simple guidelines for how to glaze your fresh Christmas Ham The half or whole Whale Meat Company cooked on the bone ham will arrive smoked, cooked and chilled, but not glazed. To glaze the ham follow these simple steps: Peel the skin off, leaving as much fat on as possible Score the fat (and into [] The post LAST chance: ONLY 1 more day left to order your fresh Christmas ham appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Read the top five posts from yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Read the top five posts from yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Brexit won, then stymied, thanks to Nigel Farage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Farage shouldve been Robinsons greatest ally -  but Farage betrayed him, just as he betrayed Brexit.  The post Brexit won, then stymied, thanks to Nigel Farage appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

How a tragedy became a man-hating rant "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am both outraged and heartbroken at the murder of Grace Millane. A beautiful young woman on her OE, travelling the world, ought to be safe in a country like New Zealand and in a city like Auckland. That she was not is a blot on our landscape, our history and our culture. She is, [] The post How a tragedy became a man-hating rant appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Kiwibuild could underwrite rental and social housing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No I am not making this up and no, it is not April 1st, although every day is April Fools Day with this government. Stuff reports: quote. Its been suggested the Government might be better off using some of its KiwiBuild houses for social housing and rentals, as its opponents ramp up criticism of the building programme. Economist Shamubeel Eaqub says the [] The post Kiwibuild could underwrite rental and social housing appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Guess who did worse than Goff, Cunliffe & Little? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You might think that it would be pretty hard to outdo Phil Goff, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little in the unpopularity stakes but a politician has achieved that ignominious goal. Labours polling company UMR has delivered a brutal assessment of the publics impression of the politician. A word cloud, drawn from a sample size of [] The post Guess who did worse than Goff, Cunliffe & Little? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:32

ON TONGA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TV1 News tonight featured Part #1 of an expose on the explosion of methamphetamine usage in the island kingdom and how its tentacles pervade the whole strata of Tongan society ... including the really sad snippet of how the school that featured in Jacinda Ardern's recent visit there now locks its gates at lunchtime to prevent drug dealers bribing children to deliver drugs in Nuku'alofa town.

Of the pacific islands I have contact with Tonga stands out head and shoulders as a complete basket case.   Corruption starts with the monarchy and the 'nobles' (a hotchpotch of assorted Barons) and permeates down from there.    Democratic government exists in name only and the country long ago sold its birthright to the Chinese ... anyone want to bet against China ever establishing a naval base at Port a Refuge in the Vava'u group?

For me the whole sorry sage of the Princess Ashika ferry disaster and the loss of 74 lives just about sums up the problems facing the country.    Change will not come easily such is the entrenched power of the elite, embodied in the monarchy, with the established Church (Free Wesleyan), once the a bulwark of Tongan society, effectively sidelined.   But unless there is real change the country's future is bleak indeed.

Footnote ... the population of Tonga is about the same as Dunedin's.


19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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19:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nocuous (adj) Harmful; noxious. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : You are probably more familiar with the adjective innocuous, meaning harmless, than with its antonymous relative nocuous. Both nocuous and innocuous have immediate Latin predecessors: nocuus and innocuus. (The latter combines nocuus with the negative prefix in-.) Both [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 11 28 Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:44

The Rainbow Rejects the Thin Blue Line "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



While the French are rising up against their government and being confronted with armed police and tanks, Aucklands queer community are in the midst of a small battle of their own.  Thursday December 6th saw the debate about whether or not to allow an oppressive force to march in full uniform in a parade commemorating the struggles of the queer community against a colonial state reach its zenith.

Last month, after multiple opportunities for community consultation, the Board given the task of organising February 2019s Pride Parade let police know that they are welcome to march alongside the LGBTQ+ community, under the one condition that, if they choose to do so, they are not welcome to wear their uniforms.

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09:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are only two genders and we are very different which is why this video is so funny. The post Monday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Bettina Arndts Fake Rape Campus Tour: Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

Chinese Bridge maker machine: Amazing Bridge Construction Machinery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

The truth about the Yellow Vest protests by Paul Joseph Watson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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02:56

Another Wonderful Piss Take "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This time it's the Polish government which arranged to welcome the THIRTY FOUR F***KING THOUSAND delegates to a climatistas' wankathon by giving them a concert from the Polish Coal Miners' Band.    Conference logistics were organised by Poland's largest coal mining company and souvenir stalls do a roaring trade in knick-knacks carved from high quality black coal.





Highly developed economies such as Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo sent 406 and 267 delegates respectively while uncivilized shitholes like Australia and New Zealand could only manage 32 and 21 delegates.

In his welcoming address, the Polish PM reminded delegates of coal's importance and let them know eighty percent of Poland's energy is generated from clean burning coal.

Priceless.    The poor dumb bastards still can't see the joke.



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Sunday, 09 December

19:40

THE VETERAN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My very good friend Adolf Fiinkensein (in real life descended from Te Ika o te Waruki and related to General Sir Duncan Cameron, Commander of the Imperial Forces in NZL from 1861-65 ... thought 'you' would want to know that) has reminded me that it is coming up to ten years since I, with some small trepidation, accepted his invitation to become a contributor to the No Minister blog.    I think I have authored some 1450 posts ... some good, some bad, some indifferent.   I guess beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder.

I enjoy the cut and thrust of discussion and that's how it should be.   I particularly enjoy the contributions from those on the other side of the political divide who take me to task ... Psycho Milt's and Lord Egbut's especially.   Snowflake's patronising drivel NOT.   And I also enjoy Andrei's contributions coming, as they do, from a different perspective.

I know NM is monitored by Beehive Press Officer staff (as most blogs are) and it's interesting to receive direct feedback from both Cabinet Ministers and MPs past and present.   I should wonder how they know my private e-mail address but I don't.    It's also great to receive feedback from the likes of 'Pablo' and other luminaries and I'm encouraged when someone takes the trouble to contact me and say how much they enjoy reading my posts.   My inevitable response ... well how about participating on-line then ... their inevitable reply ... nah, that's not me.

Those of you who know me in real life will be aware that I was looking forward to retirement and getting my golf handicap back down to where it should be when my warrant expired back in August.   Alas that was not to be as the government, in one of its very strange decisions, decided to reappoint me through until the next election.   So, I'm very much 'on the road' again doing God's work with blogging a secondary consideration.   Still, it's said that 'only the good die young' and on that basis you haven't seen the last of me.  Hope so anyway.

Cheers

19:39

ANOTHER KIWIBUILD F****P "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lead item on the TV1 News tonight is that the ten Kiwibuild houses in Te Kauwhata's lakeside development have been given the big flick with no takers.

Inconvenient Question #1 .... who came up with the brilliant idea of building houses in Te Kauwhata .... what was the identified housing shortage?

Inconvenient Question #2 .... will these houses now be flogged off at a discount and, if so, who will pick up the tab ... the taxpayer?

Inconvenient Question #3 ... Does Housing Minister Twyford subscribe to the HST dictum that 'The Buck Stops Here?    Answer ... silly question.


03:07

UKIP DISINTEGRATING AND NOWT TO DO WITH BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The once significant United Kingdom Independence Party has clearly lost its way since the raison d'etre for its existence was achieved when the electorate voted for Brexit.

In the last few weeks UKIP has moved to the hard right and embraced the notorious Tommy Robinson, late of the English Defence League and the fascist British National Party.

The last few days have seen mass resignations from the Party including former leaders Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall, the former deputy chair of the Party Suzanne Evans, the former leader of the Party in the Welsh Assembly Caroline Jones, the leader of the Party in Scotland David Coburn and most of its MEPs.     Farange spoke for many of them in attacking UKIPs current leader Gerald Batten saying he was 'obsessed' with Islam and that UKIP wasn't founded to be a Party based on fighting a religious crusade.


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Saturday, 08 December

13:52

Ho Ho Ho "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"











stiltons place, stilton, political, humor, conservative, cartoons, jokes, hope n change, George HW Bush, death, obituary, media, journalism, assholes



The trouble with tuna is not enough millennials own can openers.

stiltons place, stilton, political, humor, conservative, cartoons, jokes, hope n change, baby it's cold outside, christmas, political correctness, liberals, pinheads, snowflakes

Overheard at the ladies bridge club:-

I'm giving my husband an SUV for Christmas.

Really?  What sort?

Socks, Underwear and Viagra.



















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11:43

A Biblical Piss Take "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Even if you have no religious leanings at all, this piece should bring out a chuckle.

It takes the piss out of both climate change and the metoo movement, all in one go.

hattip American Thinker


Biblically dealing with climate change thousands of years ago

When Jews attend synagogue today, they will hear the Torah (Jewish bible) portion on...dealing with climate change.  Yes!  


Well, okay it is not exactly on the level of the U.N.'s Dealing with Climate Change Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland this week, where delegates who arrived on poisonous fumes-emitting planes spewed hot air into the atmosphere, babbling about global warming.  Or global cooling.  Or climate change, depending on one's point of view.  Or whichever attitude pays the most.
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08:25

Cops And Robbers - Oh Yes. And Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Alert readers will have been reading of the nefarious goings on within the police force and legal fraternity of the Australian state of Victoria.

Back is the day, it was the police force of New South Wales which was known for it's rampant corruption.  A senior secretary for the Sydney head office of a well known multi-national company resigned to pursue a career as a brothel madame.  She was reported to have told friends the business model was very simple.  Total revenue was split three ways.  She kept one third, the girls received one third while the remaining third went to either the mafia or the NSW Police.

Today's NSW police force is like a platoon of the Salvation Army compared with its compatriots in Victoria. 

In recent weeks Victorian police have admitted running a policy of not arresting Somalian and Sudanese thugs engaged in a massive spree of violent crime in various Melbourne suburbs.  The complicit media describe these fellow as 'Australians of African appearance' or 'African Australians.'  A leader of the Somalian community deplored the labeling of these gangs (fifty or sixty in one mob) as gangs.  "They are nothing more than young chaps who happen to know each other."

Orwell would have been proud of them.

However the latest revelation is what in these parts is called a booby dazzler.   It turns out the police have been using as an informer a lawyer whose major clientele includes many of Victoria's most violent and senior members of organised crime gangs.  The coppers have spent nearly five million dollars over the last three years to keep this little gem secret while the lady lawyer ratted on her clients.

It's a sad day when even bad bastards can't tell anything to their lawyers.

So far, Adolf has seen no comment from the Victorian Law Society.

One wonders are they, like Sydney brothel owners, affiliated with either the Mafia or the Police?


01:56

ON TRUMP'S LAWYER "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Government's Sentencing Memorandum in the case of the 'United States of America vs Michael Cohen' ... President Trump's onetime personal lawyer, makes for interesting reading.

You can view it here.

Trump is on record as ripping into Cohen ... "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you dont retain the services of Michael Cohen.    Trump also said the Sentencing Memorandum completely exonerates him.    Not sure everyone will take such a generous view.

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Friday, 07 December

23:12

KIWIBUILD UNRAVELLING AT THE SEAMS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The CoL's flagship policy is unravelling at the seams.   Hot on the heels of Twyford's decision by fiat to allow owners of Kiwibuilt homes to flick their property within three years and keep 70% of the profit (sheesh ... the original deal was based on the meme that if you were lucky enough to be drawn from the ballot you would appreciate the Governments help in getting you into a first home  and you accepted a restriction on being able to flip it, or flick it) comes the revelation that the CEO of Kiwibuild has resigned after only six months in the job ... we have to ask why ... the answers.  

The CoL has saddled the taxpayer with 


A housing scheme that is undercapitalised.   The Treasurys assessment.

A housing scheme that wont contribute anywhere near what the Government said it would to the market.  The assessment of the Treasury and the Reserve Bank.

A housing scheme that isnt even close to getting people locked out of the market into a home, given the prices.

A housing scheme in parts of the country thats actually more expensive than the open market prices already in play.

A housing scheme that doesnt actually have any real demand, given they extended the ballot in places like Wanaka.

A housing scheme with some homes in Auckland now on the open market, due to the fact the people who won the ballot didnt want the property, and the runners up didnt either.

A housing scheme that is unilaterally being fiddled with, with our money, by a bloke whose head is so big it cant get through a door.

And now, a h...

07:56

It's Deja Vu All Over Again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here's another timely reminder, this time from Gooner, that one generation of Labour dickheads learns nothing from the previous generation of Labour dickheads.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Labour's affordable housing


Obviously Labour's focus groups and internal polling is showing that affordable housing is a major issue the electorate is concerned about. Labour wouldn't give a shit otherwise. So the comments and proposals coming out this year on the issue will be very interesting.

Maryan Street, who Paul Henry made a complete prat of the other night on Close Up, has let slip a few sweeteners:
Ms Street said a shared equity scheme could see the Government provide Crown or Housing Corporation land, with the buyer paying only for the house.
Later she said the idea was "what we are looking at for the shared equity proposal, it hasn't been fully announced yet".
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05:18

How Time Flies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf has been spending a few minutes deleting post labels which have been used no more than once.

It's quite a laborious process but not so when I have the complete waltzes by Chopin flowing though my headphones.  You have to click on the subject, edit the post, and delete the label.  In doing so I came across the label 'Marital Bliss.'

Had a bit of a chuckle, so here it is, nine years later.  BTW, that excellent Vietnamese joint run by Koreans is in Glenfield Rd, not far from the Holden dealership.



The other night Adolf took The Cook out for dinner. It was her wedding anniversary, you see. We went to that nice little el cheapo Vietnamese place (run by Koreans) just down the road.

The Cook invited the oldest offspring and the father of her children, along with said children and Adolf decided at the last minute to go across the road and get some better quality wine than that available at the eatery. He carefully selected three bottles - chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon- of significantly higher than usual price and marched up to the check out.

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"Would you mind removing the price tags from the bottles? It's my wife's wedding anniversary and if she sees those she'll divorce me."

"Oh thats nice. How many years?

"Thirty seven."

The bloke waiting behind me chipped in. "Jees! Do you still have to get her drunk?"


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Thursday, 06 December

18:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

09:42

WHAT A F*****G SHAMBLES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So now the revelation that the tooth fairy learned from the media that her Housing Minister made a unilateral decision to secretly change the penalty for 'flipping' a Kiwibuild home within three years of purchase from 100% of the profit to just 30% ... and is not impressed.

Seems Twyford ran it through Robertson and Jones (not Peters) before making the call.

In any other government this would be a cabinet decision.

Another example of government by fiat ... and 'they' wonder why Labour is now trailing National in the polls.

02:19

ON POLLS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Polls are but a snapshot of yesterday's thinking and need to be treated with caution remembering always that the election is 21 months away and seven days in politics is a long time.

Nevertheless the final TV1 poll for 2018 made for interesting reading and, for what it is worth, here are my thoughts ...

National will be buoyed/relieved and will enter the holiday season with bragging rights.   It has regained its position as the largest preferred Party and is now polling ahead of where it was at the election.   It seems the JLR affair has had minimal impact and, if anything, has strengthened Bridges' hand although clearly he has yet to achieve cut-through with the electorate.

Labour won't loose much sleep over the poll after-all, they're in government and government is where the action is.    They too are ahead of where they were on at the election although having shed a couple of percentage points from their high.    Clearly though some of the gloss is wearing off ... that comes with the territory of being in government.   The Sroubek affair will not have helped.

For me the real interest is what's happening with the minor parties.

The Greens are now flirting with the moe having dropped 2 percentage points.    I had always assumed their bedrock support was in 6-7% range but that had never been tested with them actually in government.   I suspect the reasons for the drop are threefold ... #1  minor parties in a coalition government tend to come off second best ... #2  Labour will have poached some of their soft support and #3  their drift to the hard left, orchestrated by co-leader Marama Davidson, will have alienated some of their moderate supporters.    There is a chance, albeit a small one (70-30) the next election could see the Greens out of Parliament.

Winston First are now back under the threshold and the question is will we see a repeat of 2011.   Some of the patience of 'his' true believers will be starting to wear thin with their capitulation on the Maori seats issue; the meek acceptance of the destruction of our oil and gas industry; 'his' unnecessary involvement with the Sroubek affair and now the government's likely signing up to the Compact on Migration at odds with their anti-immigration stance.   It seems their sole...

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Wednesday, 05 December

05:34

WANNA BET "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

that the Prime Minister wakes up every morning cursing the names of Karel Sroubek and Ian Lees-Galloway in about equal proportions.

The omin-shambles the affair has become has cast a shadow over 'her' government reflected in the latest opinion polls with the Speaker coming under intense scrutiny over the last few days with his running of interference for both her and the Deputy Prime Minister.

The suspension of Bridges from Question Time this afternoon and the subsequent walkout by National is indicative of the temperature on both sides of the House caused principally by the doubling-down of the support given Lees-Galloway by Ardern and Peters.

This wouldn't have happened under Prime Ministers Clark, Key and English.   IL-G would have been DCM long before now if it hadn't been for Curran and Whaitiri.   He can thank his lucky stars that Jacinda Ardern blinked and backed-off but, in doing so, she handed National a BIG club with spikes on to beat her over the head with.


Tuesday, 04 December

20:53

QUESTION OF THE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will New Zealand join Austria, Australia, Italy, Israel, Switzerland and the United States in refusing to sign the UN's Global Compact on Migration which contests the meme that there is no automatic right to migrate to another country without that countries full agreement.

National has already come out and said 'No way Josey'.

So far a deafening silence from the CoL.     This could well be make or break for NZ First given their previous anti-immigration stance (albeit slightly frayed around the edges as of late).


09:36

IS SHANE JONES CORRUPT? YOU BE THE JUDGE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shane Jones has had his election campaigns bankrolled by 'friends' in the fishing industry.    As a Labour MP he received donations from both Sealord and Talley's.   In 2017, by which time he has switched to Winston First,  his bid for the Whangarei seat (where he came a poor third) was heavily supported by Talley's.

Clearly the fishing industry invested well.    On assuming office one of the first acts by Winston First was to 'persuade' Stuart Nash to ditch plans to install monitoring cameras on commercial fishing boats.   And now the revelation that Jones heavied Nash to scupper the Technical Advisory Panel set up by National to provide expert advice on making fishing sustainable in the long term.

Judas ratted on Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.   It could be argued that Winston First/Shane Jones have shown they too they can be purchased for not much more ... there is a fine line between influence peddling and corruption.    Has Jones crossed that line?    You be the judge.

02:00

Q+A: Pike River report by John Campbell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Broadcast on 18.11.2018

Not a balanced segment at all, but what else would you get from NZs Prince Of Hand Wringing sympathy.

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