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Thursday, 22 February

02:30

Is Islam just another religion? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Absolutely not, Islam is a political movement cloaked with religion, a political beast with a huge appetite for mankind. This wolf in sheeps clothing gobbled up the mighty Persian and Ottoman empires and hunts voraciously today. In the predominantly Islamic countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, Islam and politics are inseparable. Tyrants use religious laws []

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02:00

Map of the day: Military camouflages of the world "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The map above shows the worlds military camouflages. Its based on the countrys primary camo and does not taken into account different branches of the military in each country. Moreover, the original map creators are aware that there are a few inaccuracies and out-of-date designs included. Iceland has no camouflage as it has no standing army whereas []

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01:30

It was never just about same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

During the debate on Australias same-sex marriage postal survey often incorrectly described as a referendum, or a plebiscite, when it was neither proponents steadfastly, hand on heart, swore that it was about gay people getting married and nothing more. Anyone who argued that it might be part of a wider agenda or a []

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01:00

Guns, statistics and lies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Every time a Muslim terrorist shoots, stabs, bombs or runs over Americans, the default response is, Lets not jump to any conclusions. Thats swiftly followed by media spin pieces claiming that the majority of terrorist attacks are really committed by white male Republicans and the Amish based on math so bad that even the worlds []

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00:30

Now you know why they shouldnt be driving "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Up to 350 drivers have had their licences cancelled or have been required to re-sit tests after an investigation into bribes being paid for licences admits the NZTA. System issues were discovered in 2016 leading to an investigation revealing licences being obtained through bribes or corruption. Among the allegations are claims that for between $500 and []

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00:21

ON MR 'MEDALS' MARK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Richard Harman is reporting on Politik that Ron 'Medals' Mark is about to be rolled by the NZ First caucus (read Winston Peters) as Deputy Leader.

Mark's reaction to story was that it was news to him ... figures.

Peters doesn't do forgiveness and his reaction to the story broken here that Mark was wearing authorised medals was telling ... he said Mark should have listened to the the advice tendered to him by officials.

The speculation is that Fletcher Tabuteau, a Peters confidante, will replace Mark.    Clearly what the leader wants the leader gets.    Meanwhile in the House of Mark ...................


00:10

Oral questions: 22 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all of her Ministers? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the health portfolio? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister of Finance: What recent progress has there been on development of the Living Standards Framework and other sustainable development indicators? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister []

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00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo I walk so no window. This was my view on my morning commute. Blocking the Bus lane he turned left out of,the straight ahead car lane that has a green light and the right turn of cars that are coming towards him. Busses cause congestion. []

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Wednesday, 21 February

23:30

Labour tear it all down and call it reform "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Education Minister Chris Hipkins and PM Jacinda Ardern are trying to spin their plans for New Zealands education system as reform but that couldnt be further from the truth. What they are planning is a complete destruction of the existing system, razing it to the ground, bulldozing it and then starting from scratch amongst the []

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23:26

SEARCHING THROUGH CHICKEN ENTRAILS ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Just gets smelly and unhygienic with no palpable results, a bit similar to mud wrestling with pigs.

The important bit will come when the decision is made and the whole teim have to get on with implementing it.

Smith, Carter, Barry, and co who through perseverance and longevity have survived at levels often well beyond their ability need to give early notice they accept time has been kind but it has arrived at the crossroads..
Much of their apparent success has emanated from the gentrification of the electorate combined with an inexplicable lack of desire for younger voters to engage to a level  that even has them voting.
Social media has built a new Colosseum for future combat.

The military have evolved to a system that has commanders giving orders and soldiers carrying them out. When a commander is elevated beyond his competence then things can unravel fast but can still be salvageable if lower ranks can act with courage, in politics it is no different.

I am one who sees Ms Kaye as lacking a presence that equates to leadership but she is launching what appears to be a serious assault on Hipkins and Davis that even the worst speaker since the shrieking banshee Wilson sat up there running interference, can cover for.

Is it good for democracy that Mallard in seeking a personal biased means of enforcement with removing questions for infractions from either team?
Or is that a suppression of one of the tenets of the Westminster system where holding the Government to account  is a vital part of the process.
To deduct a question from the questioner as a punishment for an infraction of his warped sense of discipline by someone entirely removed from the process must be a retrograde step. Expulsion removes aa problem but the system can continue with another stepping up. Mallard needs to pull his head in.

This rabble need to be held to account and with so many wheels wobbling and beginning to fall off, it might take a lot more than a Canoe jumping act to keep  the vehicle warrantable.

22:30

Book review of the day: Transfer of Power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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22:21

Singular Demotion: Trump Tells Citizens Ask Jeff Session! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

jeff_sessions_official_portraitYou know you are on the outs with the President when he not only unleashes an army of citizen trolls on you, but demotes you from plural to singular.   President Trump posted another controversial tweet this morning in asking why he is being investigated but not his predecessor or the Democrats. He tells supporters to Just Ask Jeff Session.  Attorney General Sessions appears to still be the persona non grata and, if anything, diminishing by the day.

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22:17

Will Marks be rolled? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will bruised ego trump baubles? Unlikely.

Homepaddock

There were no surprises when Winston Peters was re-elected leader of New Zealand First unopposed.

The man and the party are almost one and the same thing and there would be no question of dissension

But this mornings Politik newsletter Richard Harman, who is usually well informed, suggests that Peters might be about to depose Ron Mark as deputy in favour of Fletcher Tabuteau.

The waka jumping legislation hasnt been passed yet.

If Mark was sufficiently unhappy with show of no confidence in him he could leave the party and still stay in parliament.

That would mean hed no longer be a minister though and he could well find that too high a price to pay no matter how upset he was.

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22:00

Rainbow community changes their alphabet soup yet again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here we go again. Identity politics is now so complex it needs its own book of definitions so that every special little snowflake can have their own special little identity. It is really simple. You are a biological man or a biological woman. I dont care who you want to sleep with. I dont care []

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22:00

RNZ Morning Report: Initial thoughts on Hipkins education review "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning Report looks at Hipkins education review

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180222-0820-major_education_shake-up_to_review_tomorrows_schools-128.mp3

Then the programme looks at what principals want

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180222-0827-what_do_principals_want_from_education_review-128.mp3

Adam suspects this review will be captured by vested interests, especially the unions. Look forward to much hot air and little change for the better.

21:41

NOT SO GOOD IN LABOUR PARTY HEARTLAND THEN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is no great secret that my fathers family was tribal Labour.   Indeed, for many years my Aunt's residence in Donnington Street was the unofficial headquarters of the Palmerston North LRC complete with the obligatory pictures of MJS and Peter Frazer on the wall in the living room.    Some of my cousins keep the faith, others have had the scales removed from their eyes. 

And so it was that last weekend I met up with one of those (Labour) cousins to catch up over a few wines (not chardonnay).   She is a lawyer with an interest in constitutional law.   I asked her what she knew of of Peters' Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill and the ability of a Party caucus to expel an MP from Parliament.   She said not much ... but that it was good that a List MP who fell out with his/her Party should lose their seat because they were there solely because of their List ranking.

But I said to her that s55A(1) makes it clear the legislation applies to all MPs (except those elected as Independents).   That includes electorate (constituency) MPs.   She said that can't be right ... an electorate MP answers to his/her electorate ... they vote them in; they vote them out.     I suggested to her she had  better believe it because that's what the Bill is all about.

I then asked her what she made of a Bill where Parties comprising three or more MPs could expel members at will while two member Parties could not.   She said it was stupid.

We departed on good terms.   My cousin will invoke the 70/30 rule and suck it up but she is not a happy chappie  and neither she should be.

And all because the venal Winston Peters doesn't/can't trust his own caucus.


21:30

Something seems amiss "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sometimes its the things not said that end up revealing the most. For example: Has anyone noticed that ever since the new Government took power there have been very few, if any, stories in the MSM about families with kids living in cars? I seem to remember this being an almost constant running theme on a []

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21:15

Thoughts from Bob: Dopey girls, fairies, Fletchers and screaming geese "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I wrote a piece recently about media interference into politicians private lives. In that respect its one thing I hugely admire Winston for.

Hes been in parliament seemingly for ever but what do you know about his private life? Bugger all! The reason is because, learning the hard way, hes followed two basic rules. First; never talk to the print media as invariably theyll selectively mis-use ones comments. Any communications with them, if absolutely necessary, should be by written response.

Second; never do radio or TV interviews other than live for the same reason.

Learning from that about 20 years ago at 5:45pm I received a call form a dopey Radio NZ girl wanting my comments about a (surprise, surprise) Massey University report that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.

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21:00

One race or two? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As the contenders for the leadership of the National Party line up at the starting gate, they are each faced with a dilemma that confronts anyone seeking the leadership of a political party in a democracy. This is because for them the leadership of their party is presumably not an end in itself, []

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20:30

Chris Hipkins described as aggressive by CEO of He Puna Marama Trust "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Raewyn Tipene is the CEO of He Puna Marama Trust, which operates Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, a Maori Charter school. In a recent radio interview with Waatea News, she discussed the closure of Charter schools. She was scathing about how Education Minister Chris Hipkins had treated the Trust and she also was []

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20:00

Backroom calculations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Barry Soper looks at the National party numbers game: Doing the numbers in any political leadership race is a pointless exercise. For journalists its futile, given those who admit to a favourite candidate, which are few and far between, are just as likely to switch their choices in another conversation depending on the track its []

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20:00

19:37

28 papers stuffed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Probably not too much of a surprise, but what If anything will take their place? Both for local news and local ads and notices.

Homepaddock

Stuff has announced its ditching 28 of its papers:

The full list of titles being closed is:

AvenuesWaikato FarmerAdmire MarlboroughNZ Dairy FarmerDiscover MagazineSelwyn and Ashburton OutlookAdmire NelsonHastings MailChristchurch MailNapier MailThe TribuneKaikoura StarInvercargill EyeAuto XtraSouth Canterbury HeraldClutha LeaderWaiheke MarketplaceNewsLinkWairarapa NewsQueenstown MirrorNZ FarmerWaitaki HeraldCanterbury FarmerNorth Waikato NewsCentral District FarmerRotorua ReviewOtago Southland FarmerRuapehu Press.

This is very tough for the people whose jobs are at risk.

There might be opportunities for someone to take over some of the titles but print media is not a growing business and rural media is a very crowded space.

We knew farming

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19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.
Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.
We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.
Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.
If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.
The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only.

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19:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

West Point will provide the family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim Peter Wang a letter of acceptance to West Point Class of 2025, which was his dream, and honorarium tokens. His funeral is today. [] Wang, who was a member of the JROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is chivalry (noun) 1. The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood. 2.(a) The qualities idealised by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women. (b) A manifestation of any of these qualities. 3. A group of knights or gallant gentlemen. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : []

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18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 22 19 I am teaching you todayyes, you so you will trust in the Lord.

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06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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06:00

RNZ Jesse Mulligan talks political lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This topic is very timely.

There are a number of issues to be considered here.

Jesse Mulligan took a look at this today in this segment on his RNZ programme with Bryce Edwards

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/aft-20180221-1427-whats_the_deal_with_political_lobbyists-128.mp3

However, yesterday Adam posted on this topic as well referencing this post at Croaking Cassandra

A debate on this issue is worth having but, we should not stumble into a solution that does not really address the situation, for example attitudes espoused by the Greens in the recent past.

05:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you? Discuss:

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04:30

Politically incorrect truth teller of the week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shazia Hobbs was brought up in a polygamist Pakistani household and now champions the rights of girls especially those caught up in Muslim culture. As an ex Muslim she writes some very good pieces at dreamingofsunshine about the neighbourhoods she grew up in and the culture that still pervades in them. My account was suspended []

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04:00

There is nothing positive about discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission promotes the racism of lower expectations whereas what the Charter schools in New Zealand are doing for Maori and Pasifika students is the complete opposite. They set high expectations and support their students to achieve them. Maori and Pasifika inside Charter schools are able to work to their full []

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03:30

New Zealand will be next "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left promotes diversity at the same time as supporting segregation for their favourite minority groups. If we are to be accepting of each other as an inclusive society and become one people as New Zealanders or Australians then we must strongly reject any attempts to segregate us using identity politics. MORE LEFT-WING SEGREGATION OF SOCIETY First []

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02:45

The Classic Joni Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the best, possibly the best the purity of the voice in those early years and the imagery conjured up by the songs

02:30

Ramadan: its as Swedish as Ikea and pickled herring "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After 1000 years, Sweden is leaving Christendom, and becoming part of Dar el-Islam, the House of Islam. After years of being Dar el-harb, the House of War, where Muslim mobs battle the state authorities, Sweden seems to be finally, cravenly conceding submission to Islam. Already tacitly under the yoke of sharia who would dare []

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02:30

Another day, another review some questions? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hipkins, announces:-

The entire education system, from pre-school until adult education, could be completely overhauled, bringing in the biggest changes to the system in decades.

The way schools are governed by a board of trustees making community-based decisions could be scrapped: Tomorrows Schools, a 1980s Labour Party policy is up for review.

So too is NCEA, early education, school property, learning support and how the school system responds to diverse needs, including the technology and skills needed in the 21st century.

So we now have a review/ Adam accepts this; but:-

  • after nine years in opposition Labour need another review group
  • Hipkins was very vocal on what was wrong in education when in opposition, now he needs a review
  • for years under Labour NCEA was the way to go, now it is wrong
  • without a review charter schools had to go,
  • is this a way of fending off union pressure for a while
  • composition of the review group will be crucial

Subject to being proved wrong this smacks of political correctness and political expediency, rather than a focus on children

02:15

A reader reminded Adam "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The always estimable Homepaddock reminded Adam after his post on Winstons crowning that this song might well have been a good choice. On reflection it would have been better.

02:00

Map of the day: Most popular migrant destinations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] You can learn about the data from the UNs explanatory notes. For similar dataset you can also look at the World Bank Global Bilateral Migration Database. [] the UK is not the most popular destination for any Eastern European country except Lithuania. The top destination for Brits is Australia, and the UK is the most attractive []

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01:45

BUGGER THE POLLS, KNOCK IT DOWN. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Prime Minister in waiting, my arse.
National need a leader who will systematically demolish the CoL every time they move, better still, before they get up.

The tired old Socialists only needed an Image and then were anointed by another tired old man well past his use by date,  intent only on revenge and self seeking advantage for himself. The carcass was still the ineffectual cloth cap spend opms bunch of yesterdays people now led by people who had never worked for reward based on performance or created a single dollar, theoreticians and union blood suckers.
Sheesh Ardern was only PM in waiting for a few weeks and NZ is still waiting for her to emerge from behind the cardboard cutout five months after the election.

Adams and  Bridges are too intent on pleasing all, all the time,  in the poll driven Key mold. Mitchell might  have his time and Joyce is tainted. If any further understanding of his failure was needed, just remember his monumental stuff up in the Northland By-election that restored the body of the Dwarf waiting for embalming before interment, in a resurrection not recorded since Jesus got Lazarus running again.
Political leadership needs someone unafraid to make bold decisions in ways before Sir Humphrey Appleby  destroyed Statesmen and replaced them with 'courageous'. Nigel Hawthorne's character was designed to be humorous but now that new  reality has become the norm, it is not funny.

National are in opposition and need Collins to expose all the foibles and mistakes that are in an avalanche of stupid,  to a level that the Media Party cannot ignore,  winning the next election can wait.

The Dwarf is a reminder of how the Soviets could keep a figurehead in apparent full function when the only person left still wondering was the Kremlin embalmer.

Opposition is a different beast from Government and the little people have no understanding of anything approaching the idealistic "government in waiting" m...

01:30

A complaint has been made to the Auditor General about Jacinda Arderns government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The National party released the following press release yesterday: Complaint to Auditor-General regarding partnership schools Nationals Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has today sent a letter to the Auditor-General outlining potential issues for her to investigate regarding the Governments handling of the impending closure of partnership schools. I want to stress that I while I believe []

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01:12

IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE PRINT MEDIA? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The news that Fairfax is to close or try and sell 28 newspapers it owns in New Zealand begs the obvious question as to whether there will be any print media other than the four 'big' (and shedding customers by the day) metropolitan daily newspapers left in the country ten years out.

For myself and I think they're all likely to be going the same way as the cheque book.

For the record the newspapers in question are Avenues, Waikato Farmer, Admire Marlborough, NZ Dairy Farmer, Discover Magazine, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Admire Nelson, Hastings Mail, Christchurch Mail, Napier Mail, The Tribune, Kaikoura Star, Invercargill Eye, Auto Xtra, South Canterbury Herald, Clutha Leader, Waiheke Marketplace, NewsLink, Wairarapa News, Queenstown Mirror, NZ Farmer, Waitaki Herald, Canterbury Farmer, North Waikato News, Central District Farmer, Rotorua Review, Otago Southland Farmer, Ruapehu Press.

Not to worry though.   Even if every newspaper in the country were to fold I'm sure the Gummit would come to the rescue with a broadsheet to be distributed 'free' to every household telling us what the Gummit thinks we ought to know.


01:00

Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis takes a leaf out of ex-PM John Keys book "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Does anyone in Labour remember these cartoons? They mocked John Key for saying that when he communicated with our Editor he did so in his personal capacity, not as the Prime Minister. (Camerons father is ex-National Party President John Slater, who was the person responsible for recruiting John Key). Now that the boot is on the []

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00:30

So now its all about ability "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A South Island principal says some boys are missing out because of a lack of male primary school teachers. But the Ministry of Education says its about the quality of teaching, not the gender of the teacher. Really? About quality teaching now is it? []The Kaitangata Primary School teacher says your gender doesnt make you []

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00:22

Oral questions: 21st February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments policies? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: How does the Government propose to go about making changes to the education system? 4. []

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00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo is of Pahi on the Kaipara Harbour, looking south. On a clear night, you can see the glow of the lights from Auckland. VFYW-Whaleoil If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to window@whaleoil.co.nz.  Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need []

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Tuesday, 20 February

23:30

Fat people were first, lets talk about the rest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the spirit of the Valentines Day season I have decided to continue the discussion of my last article about people who store too much chocolate in their stomachs 365 days of the year and other people like them. My previous article Time To Tax Fatties? was one of those pieces that sparked all three []

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23:30

A Song for Winston on his crowning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following universal acclaim by his coven, Adam thought this celebratory anthem appropriate

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  

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22:30

Book review of the day: The Glorious Heresies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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22:00

Cutting through the obfuscation of question four "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Question No. 4Education 4. Hon NIKKI KAYE (NationalAuckland Central) to the Minister of Education: What specific advice, if any, has he received from officials that advises him to not visit partnership schools? Hon CHRIS HIPKINS (Minister of Education): I discussed the issues with Ministry of Education officials last year when we were planning the process of ending charter schools and []

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22:00

RNZ Morning Report: PM and DPM overpaid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ carried two segments on this matter today. First Guyon Espiner talks with David Seymour

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180221-0827-ardern_peters_overpayments_unacceptable_-_seymour-128.mp3

Seymour makes some predictable points, but in the main valid ones. Espiner had an interesting observation near the end as well.

This pattern of errors recently raises questions, is this issue more widespread? Why now?

The second segment is a response from Hipkins

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180221-0842-ardern_peters_payments_ministerial_services_fault_-_hipkins-128.mp3

Espiner did not seem overly impressed with what Hipkins was saying.

Frankly, virtually everyone Adam worked with over many years knew what their pay and allowances should be, so the idea that Ardern and Peters were wholly reliant on Ministerial Services is fallacious.

21:30

Time for rules around lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is concern around the lobbying activities of two Labour-associated lobbyists and a former National staffer. In many democracies, they call it the revolving door of influence whereby political insiders shift easily between government jobs or positions and lobbying work in the private sector. Its considered especially pernicious because it can cause conflicts of []

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21:30

Sanders use of zombie facts re gun sales not acceptable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bernie Sanders hinders gun control in USA. He continues to use discredited facts.

If he wont tell the truth, he should butt out.

21:25

MORE WORK FOR CRIM HUGGER KELVIN DAVIS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of our Oz readers (no, not David) has alerted me to the story of two 'fine upstanding' Kiwis taken into custody by Australian Border Protection Officers to be deported back to New Zealand by that terrible ogre of an Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton.

Daniel Maxwell and Caleb Maraku, in separate and unrelated incidents, were parties to unprovoked attacks on their victims.   In the case of Maxwell the attack led to the victims death.   For Marakau, who hit his victim with a cowards punch so called, his reaction to his sentence when he left the Court laughing led to a 50,000 signature petition calling for his deportation.

No doubt Kelvin Davis, crim hugger extraordinaire, will be taking up the cudgels on their behalf and urging the Australian government to reconsider their decision.    One thing for sure ... these two scumbags won't be contributing members of New Zealand society.   Good thing  too that Davis has pledged to empty our prisons by one-third.   That will ensure there is plenty of space for these two when they re-offend again ... as they surely will.

21:15

Dirty Politics podcast Episode 15 Nationals leadership options and path to victory for 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to episode 15 of our Dirty Politics Podcasts.

In this episode, Simon Lusk and I discuss the leadership options for the National party, who can win, who had no show and who shouldn't bother.

If you want immediacy for my podcasts then the next subscription level is the way to go. After one week all podcasts become live for everyone.  

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21:00

Nationals deputy post up for grabs too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am pleased to see that Nationals deputy post is up for grabs as well next Tuesday. Nationals leadership race could be a clean sweep after it announced a vote on deputy Paula Bennetts job. [] Bennett did not stand aside at the time National leader Bill English announced his decision to retire from politics and []

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21:00

WAPO ABC News Poll USA favours improved gun control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the wake of Parkland a new poll suggests majority in USA will support increased gun control.

More details later. Poll results show disapproval of Trumps actions on this issue.

20:30

What? No wisecracks from Labour over double-dipping? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour made much of Bill Englishs housing issues when he was snapped double-dipping. Strangely, there isnt a peep from the usual suspects about Jacinda Arderns and Winston Peters own double-dipping: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters were both mistakenly paid over $21,000 for accommodation they didnt need.   The pair put out []

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20:30

Nationals Leadership: Farrar on some key issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has a useful post on characteristics and issues National MPs should consider when voting for a new leader.

It is to hoped his suggestions are listened to. MPs must consider what is best for the voters, in the broad sense, not in a narrow overly partisan sense.

20:00

Fran OSullivan on the leadership issue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fran OSullivan had a column yesterday on the leadership issue. The headline stated that Joyce had his nose in front, which I thought was surprising as reflections in the mirror arent allowed to vote. It turns out that she thinks hes in front on the basis that he is senior. If the National caucus takes []

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19:15

Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? "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 or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update []

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19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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18:30

RNZ Insight: Constructing Safe Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/inst/inst-20170825-0810-insight_buildings_safe_and_up_to_scratch-128.mp3

With concerns over building safety affecting many of us, this documentary from RNZ seemed worth revisiting. Originally broadcast in August 2017.

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is chauvinist (noun) 1. Militant devotion to and glorification of ones country; fanatical patriotism. 2. Prejudiced belief in the superiority of ones own gender, group, or kind. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1863, from French chauviniste, from Chauvin + -ist. Nicolas Chauvin is a legendary, possibly apocryphal French []

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18:00

Oxford Union Tony Schwartzs address "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trumps ghostwriter on Trump and his then candidacy. An intriguing insight into Trump and his world

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 19 Its better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.

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13:00

The Late Movie: Synanon 1965 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Set in the location of the real Synanon

11:55

Midnight Movie The Crooked Road 1965 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An American journalist plans to expose as a crook the dictator of a small Balkan state, but finds himself framed for murder.

11:36

Back To The 1950s "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A week or so ago David Farrar had a post at Kiwiblog in which he mocked someone for suggesting something or other with the admonition 'back to the 1950s.'

To which I replied ' You weren;t even there so what the hell would you know about the 1950s?'  I went on to point our that NZers were very well off during the 1950s as the cash bonanza from the 'wool for uniforms' rolled in.

On reflection, I should have pointed out to him that during the 1950s, most Maori men had the dignity of a job, even if it was on the railways.  Most Maori and Pakeha children had fathers who they could name.

I wonder if the modern day academic Maori activist ever asks his or her grandparents what life was really like during those very good years of the 1950s?

In the predominantly Maori community in which I grew up I recall everyone seemed pretty happy.  Maori loved to take the piss out of each other and out of us Pakeha.  We gave as good as we got.

It seems to me sixty years of creeping socialism has destroyed a once great people.


09:17

ON TAXCINDA AND THE DRUNKEN DWARF "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So Taxcinda and the Drunken Dwarf were so engaged in affairs of state over the last little while that they didn't notice the extra $21,000 paid into their accounts being accommodation allowances they weren't entitled to after having moved into ministerial housing.

I'm prepared to cut Taxcinda some slack but for the DD ... once is annoying; twice in six months and you have to start to wonder.

One thing for sure.   Most 'normal' people would have noticed the error straight up.

09:00

RNZ Jesse Mulligan: talking with Bogies son "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/aft-20180212-1509-stephen_humphrey_bogart_on_his_dad_and_casablanca-128.mp3

This was really quite good, but then Casablanca is a true cinema classic, with a marvellous cast and so many classic phrases and scenes

The cast included Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and great supporting players.

08:00

Hosking switches his endorsement from Collins to Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a fulsome piece in todays Herald Hosking goes full bore in endorsing Steven Joyce for Nationals Leadership

This extract gives you an idea:-

the record speaks for itself. Whether its the management of the National campaign into three terms of government, or the finances which are as good as virtually anywhere in the world, find a subject on this show on any given Wednesday that he didnt know about, know a lot about, speak knowledgeably on.

His brain is enormous. Hes a self-made man, a traditionally important aspect I would have thought for National Party leadership. And, like Key, doesnt need it.

Joyce hasnt hung around the place for years looking for it. In other words, hes doing it for the right reasons.

Of course it might be a piece of mis-direction and he might really want someone else.

07:31

From The Venal To The Banal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Australia is to receive visits over coming weeks from super crook Hillary Clinton

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and super dope Prince Charles.

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Obviously Charles is being brought here by the republican movement in order to encourage Australians to see what an idiot their next king is.

Clinton on the other hand warrants some caution.   Australia should lock down anything that might be stolen, like uranium reserves.  ASIO should make sure there is no secret dirty dossier being composed on the fictional secret lives of Cory Bernadi or Tony Abbott.

No doubt she will consort for a time with Julia Gillard.  The important question then arises, which of them has the fattest arse?


07:00

How the KGB used leftists as useful idiots, to destroy America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Leighton summed up this guys book that he couldnt put down at end of his show Monday morning, sounded super interesting. In entertaining and concise language, KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov [Wikipedia]- who was a foreign correspondent for Soviet media in the West and a KGB officer who defected to Canada- lays out the process of []

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06:30

Victoria Wood Political Correctness Gone Mad Song "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very clever and even more apposite today. Suspect she would have had a field-day with trigger words and safe spaces.

06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If sacrificing your own life would save the lives of a specific number of strangers, how many strangers would need to be saved for you to sacrifice your own life? What if the people were friends? How about family? Discuss:

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05:00

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have to admit, the PMs boyfriend is actually quite funny.

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04:35

Hell that was a surprise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have just heard on a NewstalkZB news bulletin that Winston Peters was the sole nominee for leader of New Zealand First and he was unanimously elected. His election was then greeted with acclamation.

04:30

Perhaps Labour should try crowdfunding their million trees? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some Kiwis from Christchurch made an attempt to crowdfund a forest and have managed so far to hit a million trees but they werent doing it for our PM, they were doing because of President Trump. An effort to crowdfund a forest, founded by a trio from Christchurch, has hit an incredible target of 1 million []

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04:00

Oh no, its a conspiracy to make me a smoker! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I dont know about you but I sometimes do online grocery shopping. I discovered it one time when I was too ill to do the weekly grocery shop and have used it off and on ever since. One of the nice things about it is that sometimes they include free samples of things that you []

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03:30

Shame can hurt but it can also motivate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shame is considered quite rightly to be a negative emotion yet because it is so powerful an emotion it has been used over the centuries to try to change a persons behaviour. The most obvious example that springs to mind are the stocks. [] Shame has been identified as having an important role in self-regulation []

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03:00

What jobs are appropriate for former politicians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Michael Reddell has a useful post at Croaking Cassandra on the way in which former politicians turn up on boards.

This paragraph resonated with Adam:-

Whatever the sector, a Cabinet minister who legislates/regulates in ways which are welcomed by the regulated industry are much more likely to find the post-politics doors open than one who regulates in a way the industry finds costly or inconvenient. It isnt just an issue in banking it could be telecoms, or electricity, or transport, export education or whatever. Im no great fan of most business regulation, but it exists and the community as a whole has made a decision that such regulation is necessary or desirable. If so, it is easy to envisage cases of a conflict between the public interest and the private interests of the regulated entities.

The post is well worth reading. Adam does not agree with various issues raised in the post, but sees where Mr Reddell is coming from.

It would have been useful if he had noted more examples of Labour politicians turning up on boards eg Michael Cullen on NZ Post, and recently such as Pete Hodgson. Plus the propensity to use certain politicans to lead inquiries.

Perhaps a stand down period could be considered for appointments to NZ entities, at the same time the question of hindering an individuals right to earn a living needs to be considered

Tere is an ethic debate to be had and one which is worth having.

02:30

Headline of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Woohoo, but what I really want to know is will she make it compulsory?   **WARNING R18 sex gifs over the break

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01:30

Yassmins Islamic amnesia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Orwell once wrote, One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that. Portuguese poet and philosopher Fernando Pessoa likewise wrote of the stupidity of the intelligentsia. Both were deriding the phenomenon by which otherwise intelligent and educated people convince themselves of the most absurd beliefs. Stupid ideas which, as Orwell said, no ordinary []

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01:00

Its time to get rid of the term hate speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am guilty of using the term hate speech because I like to use the lefts own made-up terms against them. I tend to use the terms when pointing out that they are doing what they have accused others of doing. When they attack white males, for example, for their gender and their skin colour I []

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00:30

RNZ:- Poll of Polls "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Colin James writing at RNZ

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Labours average was already 40.1% by the end of January, 3.2 percentage points above its election score.

Its latest average, of polls in January and February, is 43.4% after last nights 1 News poll which gave Labour 48% to Nationals 43%.

Labours 43.4% average is only a whisker behind Nationals 43.5%, which is down slightly from 43.8% at end-January but still close to its 44.4% election score and a solid starting point from which to build its 2020 election case.

Labours ascendancy has come at the expense of its two support parties. New Zealand Firsts latest average is 3.9%, well below the 5% threshold needed for seats in Parliament and its 7.2% election score. The Greens average is spot on their 6.3% election score.

For the record The Opportunities Partys latest average is 1.4%, the Mori partys was 0.9% and ACTs was a miserable 0.3%.

The poll average is drawn from the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton, Newshub Reid Research, Roy Morgan and the unpublished UMR Research polls.

However, could uncertainty re Nationals Leadership, that pregnancy and the uncritical media support for Ardern be screwing...

00:30

Women can do anything "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Womens Minister and Green Party co-leadership candidate Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant.   The pregnancy did not at all change her intention to stand for co-leader or to carry on as Womens Minister and associate transport and health minister. I do believe that there is no reason a woman cant be a mother and do []

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00:11

Oral Questions: 20 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments policies? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the costs of living? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What specific advice, if []

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00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken at 17.20 from the Tauranga on the Waterfront Motel, unit 10, looking towards the rail bridge. VFYW-Whaleoil If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to window@whaleoil.co.nz.  Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need one full of visual clues.

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Monday, 19 February

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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