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Thursday, 26 October

23:00

Google controls what we see and so does our media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There have been countless Islamic terror attacks worldwide so you would expect that if you did a google search for Muslim terrorists many news articles about terror attacks would be on the first page. I put this expectation to the test and here was my result: I then searched for Islamic terrorism Since Google clearly []

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22:45

Quotation for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Too many people live too much in the past. The past must be a springboard, not a sofa.

Harold Macmillan, former British PM and statesman

Seems very apt


22:30

Monster made Goodwill ambassador for a day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Who will be the next goodwill ambassador for WHO? The UN descends further into madness. After discarding Wonder Woman as an ambassador for empowering girls and women, its specialised agency WHO has made Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador (Oct 21).[] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his governments human []

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22:15

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to The Greatest Political Show on earth! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Step Up Step Up To the most exciting Political Show on earth! Our Ringmaster Cameron Slater presides over one of the most DARING, CONTROVERSIAL, OUTRAGEOUS Political blogs in New Zealand History! Rain or shine Whaleoil is open 24/7 Our clowns are world FAMOUS!   Roll up Roll up You will not want to miss one minute of what []

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22:00

Herald Hack wants open government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

First-term governments have the glow of an idealist about them, no matter their politics. Labour in 1999-2002 was a government that loved to argue ideas. National was the same in 2008-2011. With that sparkly-eyed optimism change is coming, its easy to allow the spirit of the OIA to guide access to public information. Thats especially []

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21:30

Red Claire writes a blinder "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Claire Trevett has written a thoroughly sensible article, for once. One that closely correlated to reality. The reality check that is Moving Day will happen this weekend for the National Party. In National some MPs seem to genuinely believe the sense of umbrage among its voters about the outcome is such that it will regain the government []

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21:00

Forestry is very very happy with the new government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Forest Owners Association President Peter Clark says the new governments target of an additional 50,000 hectares of planting a year is optimistic but achievable. For most of the 1990s, the new planting rate was more than 50,000 hectares a year. In 1994 it was 100,000 hectares beyond keeping up with replanting. Thats not an additional []

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20:30

The unions havent wasted much time in flexing their muscles and making outrageous demands "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The unions havent wasted much time in flexing their muscles, they are now demanding 8% wage increases: Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell said the initial increase was not much more than what a National-led Government would have implemented. However, he saw the $20-an-hour target as too high and it meant New []

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20:00

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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19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Prime Minister, Ms Jacinda Ardern. How long will she last?  Explain your thinking below    

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is tittle (noun) 1. A small diacritic mark, such as an accent, vowel mark, or dot over an i. 2. The tiniest bit; an iota. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Small stroke or point in writing, late 14c. (Wyclif, in Matthew v.18), translating Latin apex in Late Latin []

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 27 15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.

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19:00

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'

12:59

Midnight Movie The North Star "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Excellent cast, music Aaron Coplnad and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, screenplay by Lillian Hellman

An example of WW2 propaganda though


10:00

Thursday nightCap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the backwoods of Georgia, a controversial, right-wing, anti-terror militia group gathers once a month to complete field training exercises under the command of Chris Hilla.k.a Blood Agent. This militia group, called the Georgia III% Security Force, is part of the Three Percenter movement, which is inspired by the unfounded claim that only three percent []

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09:34

Strategies Of Right-Wing Resistance: It CAN Happen Here. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mass Resistance To A Left-Wing Government: Women bang pots and pans in protest at the shortages arising out of the right-wing strategies of resistance to the left-wing Chilean government of Salvador Allende 1970-73.

CAN WE REALLY DO THIS? As the euphoria of victory wears off, and the sheer enormity of the challenge confronting progressive New Zealand reveals itself, it would be foolish not to feel just a little bit daunted. We face an economic system without the slightest idea how to solve the problems created by its discredited policies and practices. Nevertheless, the Neoliberal Establishment remains very strong, and just as soon as it settles upon an effective strategy of resistance, the fightback will begin.

Two principle lines of attack present themselves. The first, sketched out in this mornings NZ Heraldeditorial, is to paint the new Labour-led coalition as little more than a pink-tinted continuation of Bill Englishs National Government.

The Heraldsleader-writer dismisses any notion that the new regime represents some sort of sharp break with Neoliberalism. He is at pains to point out that all the key elements of the Open Economy remain firmly entrenched. All we are hearing from Labour, he says, is the rhetoric of change. But, even the most cursory examination of the Labour-NZ First-Green Governments priorities, argues the Heralds leader-writer, reveals them to be little changed from those of the Clark-Cullen years: priorities to which both John Key and Bill English were more than happy to subscribe for 9 years.

This is a subtle strategy, directed principally at the new governments most ideologically-committed supporters. Its purpose is to demoralise, antagonise, and inflame suspicion. At its heart stands the figure of Grant Robertson: Finance Minister and close friend of Prime Minister Ardern. As the prime-mover of the Labour-Greens self-limiting Budget Responsibility Rules, Robertson ha...

07:00

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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06:55

Stupid Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No not Ardern and the coalition of the ignorant and evil, but Amazon Key.

This Washington Post article looks very critically at this bizarre idea.

The money quote, to Adams mind is at the end:-

New technologies are often packaged as amenities we shouldnt have to live without, and any trade-offs are made to seem meager in the face of potential comfort. But theres more to life than convenience maybe someone should let Silicon Valley know.


06:45

This is ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ms Ardern  and her cohorts will be raising the minimum wage. They claim this is a good thing. They say this will be good for workers. They claim as well that this is affordable for business.

Yet today we have a report that :-

Jacinda Ardern says shell look at compensating businesses who are struggling with the rise of the minimum wage.

So therefore this harmless move is likely to inflate prices, cause job losses and perhaps businesses to close.

So to to raise wages we will have taxpayers supporting business  to compensate for ideological moves by a bunch of economic ignoramuses. Welcome to Venezuela and the world of virtue signalling.

Now Adam is sure that Labours fully costed economic plan did not allow for this. Another ill-judged captains call? in Paula Bennetts phrase Zip it sweetie.

Day 1 of her official appointment and we see a lack of economic reality, god help us bu Day 365. Adam is deeply sorry for all those people who might have had jobs and now will not due to this policy on the fly and ill understood approach to economics.


06:30

I just received an email from the Leader of the Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here I was, putting the last post to bed before putting  my feet up, and what would zap into my inbox?  An email from Bill no less. Cameron, Having earned the support of 44.4 per cent of voters, and becoming the largest Party in the Parliament by a considerable margin, it is of course disappointing []

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06:01

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech, & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate

What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?

Sargon learns about African history and culture at the American Museum of Natural History. Regardless of whether one considers Dr. Fabers remarks insensitive, it can hardly be doubted that they were correct in the context they were made in.

Reprinted with permission from Acting Man.

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06:00

Dont you love peer reviewing: Now there are 400 Scientific Papers in 2017 saying Global Warming is a myth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

James Delingpole reports: When I reported earlier this year on the 58 scientific papers published in 2017 that say global warming is a myth the greenies heads exploded. Since then, that figure has risen to 400 scientific papers. Can you imagine the misery and consternation and horror this is going to cause in the corrupt, rancid, rent-seeking world of []

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05:30

People with these extreme views sadly live amongst us "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

People with these extreme views sadly live amongst us and even teach at our institutions of higher learning. They reflect an attitude that is bewildering in its lack of logic and hostility towards white people. [] they made some great counter-arguments. Probably the most compelling was that Twitter is a platform for people who arent []

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05:00

Boo-hoo Bills first day on the job as Leader of the Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today will be Bills first day of being unseated as Prime Minister and officially becoming the Leader of the Opposition. But fear not, he was hard at work yesterday getting some practise in. [The] announcement that there will be 31 ministers, ministers outside Cabinet and under-secretaries in the new executive shows the incoming government intends []

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04:30

It is impossible to save a planet that is not dying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Vijay Jayaraj (M.Sc., Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, England), lives in New Delhi, India. [] As a citizen of a third-world country, I bring a different perspective about climate change from that held by most people in wealthy countries. While they fret about possible tenth-of-a-degree changes in global average temperature, I think about how a []

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04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

THE OLD WAYS A Journey to Northwest Vietnam from Nhi Dang on Vimeo.

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03:30

Whatever you do dont mention the women "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now that scientific facts can be considered to be politically incorrect and offensive an astonishing proposal has been put to the UN by Britain. The UN is already a huge expensive joke that has Saudi Arabia on the UN Womens rights commission and elected to head the UN Human rights council despite being well known []

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03:00

02:30

Grim warning for our planet from another major climate report or was it? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post New Zealands Environmental Reporting Series: Our atmosphere and climate 2017 Report by Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ prepared by Secretary for the Environment and Government Statistician Comment by Robin Grieve, Chairman of Pastural Farming Climate Research Inc This is the way they report on extreme rainfall, which is of course supposed []

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02:00

Cartoons about the new government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hubbard - 26 October 2017 Body - NZ Herald 26 October 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 October 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 October 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 October 2017 Body - NZ Herald 21 October 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 21 October 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 21 October 2017 Murdoch - The Press 21 October 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 21 October 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 21 October 2017

02:00

Clinton outed as funder for the Russian Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chickens are coming home to roost for Hillary Clinton. Breitbart reports: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile the Russian dossier that triggered an FBI investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trumps presidential campaign and the Russian government, according to a report Tuesday by the Washington Post. A Republican had contracted []

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01:32

Unfriendly Capitalism's Bodyguard Of "Expert Lies". "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Making Neoliberalism's Bodyguard Of "Expert Lies" Redundant: That New Zealand was experiencing its very own Brexit moment became clear when Winston Peters declared that he and his party had rejected the option of facilitating a modified status quo with the National Party, in favour of empowering real change with Labour and the Greens.

CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS of the Unfriendly Capitalism indicted by Winston Peters has been its stalwart bodyguard of expert lies. Ever since 1984, when its unfriendliness began gathering pace, a seemingly endless procession of experts has been summoned to represent this new unfriendly capitalisms cruelty as kindness. Some of these so-called experts were paid for by the big corporations. Others were commissioned by government agencies to prepare the way for changes destined to place an ever-increasing number of New Zealanders at the mercy of private economic power.

None of the core institutions of the New Zealand State were exempted from this restructuring process. Health, education, social welfare, the trade union movement, the universities, local government: all fell victim to the gleichschaltung (co-ordination) demanded by an increasingly foe-like capitalist system. And, in each case, these government reforms were presented to the public as the only rational response to what was, after all, expert opinion.

In a tiny number of cases, the tendered expert advice was so extreme that the government of the day simply balked at introducing reforms that seemed so patently politically unsaleable. For the most part, however, the experts findings were accepted and implemented.

That these arguments, for what can only be described as dramatic and socially-wrenching change, were received uncritically, and then promoted enthusiastically, by the news media was a crucial factor in their success. It encouraged the view that economic management had become such a complex business that ordinary pe...

01:30

Where are the wise heads in the new government? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One thing that I have been concerned about with the new government, in particular the Labour party, is the lack of wise heads. In the fourth Labour government of 1984 there were many smart and wise people in their caucus. It could be argued that David Lange himself was one of those until tempted by []

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01:24

Cant get prosperity by decree "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good post. Problem is that our new leader thinks saying something makes it so.

Homepaddock

The Employers and Manufacturers Association says the minimum wage increases announced by the government could bring the economy to a grinding halt.

Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell said the initial increase was not much more than what a National-led Government would have implemented.

However, he saw the $20-an-hour target as too high and it meant New Zealand would have among the highest minimum wages in the world.

The first step was well signalled and its not very responsible signalling it so well in advance because it sets up inflationary expectations, he said.

You can already see a reflection of that in our exchange rate, which has gone down because overseas they can sees that New Zealands costs are going up.

A drop in the exchange rate will make our exports less expensive overseas but it will add to the cost of imports including clothes, fertilizer

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01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

President Garfield Wounded by an Assassin, Killed by his Doctor James Garfield was shot by a would-be assassin but killed by his doctors. His ending is a case of monumental malpractice. At his trial, Charles Guiteau, who fired the probably nonfatal gunshot, shouted, Your honour, I admit to the shooting of the president, but not []

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00:30

Comedians in glass houses shouldnt throw stones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Comedians are currently an endangered species thanks to political correctness taking offence at almost every joke in a comedians repertoire. By its very nature comedy is about making fun of ideas, cultures, races, stereotypes, races, religions, politics, individuals and beliefs. Comedy is only successful when there is a grain of truth in the humour and []

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Wednesday, 25 October

23:30

Kiwi Political Journalists bias revealed through a cloud of smug "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whats an unbiased political journalist to do when someone removes all the nasty & negative words from the keyboard she interviews? [] As I started to write this weeks column, it suddenly dawned on me that I have never written a word under any other government than the previous one. Whats it going to be []

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23:04

SAD REALLY. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"




It is a fact that the Creator of the Whaleoil blog has no regard for the now Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition that is coupled with a new found relationship as regards Mr Seven Percent.

That change in attitude was and so far remains a continuing thread in a blog that has remarkable sources to the underbelly of NZ politics.

After H1 was dispatched by John Key in 2008, she without ceremony abandoned the NZLP to further her career leaving a vessel stuck on rocks with a crew devoid of any succession plan.
First  the man from the eighties was crowned and achieved nought, they then turned to a bright younger fresh face who held things in a semblance of order until colleagues with an agenda decided low to mid thirties polling needed addressing and set him up with two dead snapper to perish from exposure.
The Unions who have enjoyed unwarranted protection on the cheap within the NZLP moved to get their man in power and under a shonky system that hands up to three votes to one person chose a humourless hack who watched the party polling plunge to a level that threatened Simon English's unenviable record from the early  days of the millennium. Even with numbers ten below the snapper guy, humourless was safe so long as the unions held their nerve.
Then early in the three month window in the run up to an announced Election Day when the handbrake of Union domination was released, the NZLP parliamentary caucus acting alone forced humourless out and installed a fresh comrade who in the midst of nauseating adulation began a campaign of personality politics that Marx, Engles, Lenin etal  would have been in awe of.

Now National after holding their vote in the face of apparent third termitus, out polling Labour, out polling the marriage of convenience fell to a one man band with seven percent support who has never lasted a term of any executive in thirty years of sporadic opportunity.

I was one who found Key's patronising caucus sidelining anointing of English arrogant and questioned the wisdom of going back to 'the biggest loser'.
I was wrong English, made a very solid effort to hold National together but in the reality of a dead in the water party performance from ACT, The destruction of the apartheid party and the early withdrawal of the Dunny of  Ohariu he was left at the alter sans a bride.
IMHO English was right to refuse to deal with the demands of The Dwarf, the idiosyncrasy of  voters reluctance to award fourth terms and buying however many months of the ninth floor from the trader from St Mary's Ba when the prospect of a cluster fornication loomed so likely was prudent.
The show of solidarity from National is to be favourably compared to events subsequent to 2008 from Labour and stands as a portent to success in 2020.
By then Winston First will have suff...

23:00

Why I submitted a question to the latest AUSA student referenda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: The current (and ongoing) issues surrounding the disaffiliation process of the Auckland University ProLife Group by AUSA is as the more rational among us understand, nothing more than an attempt to suppress views considered at odds with the socially liberal mindset.  Unfortunately, this is a growing trend throughout University Campuses across the world, []

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22:54

YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE THE TRUE BELIEVER "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Got a call this morning from a veteran who asked me if I thought NZ First's promise to raise the Veteran's pension by 10% over and above that of NZ Superannuation would be implemented before Xmas.

Had to disabuse him of that ... nice the thought but I put it in the same basket as the NZ First promise to res-erect the combat air force axed by Labour with the decision facilitated by wannabe Ron Mark when he went rogue and signed up to the Defence Beyond 2000 Report which said NZL could not afford it.

Promises made when you're in Opposition have a habit of coming back to bite.


22:52

Antoine Fats Domino dies aged 89 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Legendary New Orleans great Fats Domino has died.

His music paved the way for rock and roll.


22:30

Science beats taxes and force "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post Socialists love having power.  They dislike market solutions.  They distrust science and what it offers for finding answers to problems.  They would rather use force. New Zealand now has a socialist government.  Our Prime Minister states with great confidence that markets fail and governments need to step in to prevent unacceptable outcomes.  We []

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22:00

10,000 new houses a year? yeah, nah says industry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour says they are going to build 10,000 houses per annum for the next ten years. The industry says good luck with that according to NBR: Over the next three years, Labours next housing minister, Phil Twyford, plans to ramp up to 10,000 high-quality homes affordable residences for first home buyers being built every year. []

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21:30

Only a red neck would have a problem with this apparently "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kua whakatupatohia e te kaitautoko a MPI Tamati Coffey te korero mo te korero korero mo te reo Maori i te nuinga o nga wa. I tukuna e te MP mo Waiariki hou tetahi tuhi i tonoa mai e tetahi kaitautoko o tana whakaaturanga hou TVNZ whakaatu Moving Out e whakahe ana i tana whakamahinga []

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21:00

Pretty legal turns out to be definitely illegalanother Joyce/de Joux screw up costs National "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How many screw ups are campaign managers and planners allowed before someone says enough? It seems Steve Joyce and Jo de Joux are allowed plenty of losses and screw ups, and the High Court just delivered another one of them for these two muppets: The National Partys been found guilty of ripping off Eminems track []

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20:30

Everything just fine according to National caucus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Caucus is rattled, but they still lack the courage to challenge the top table. Caucus on Tuesday was a top table affair with only Bill English, Paula Bennett and Steve Joyce speaking. Basically it was a pep talk about how well National did in the election from beginning to end.   Not a single person spoke []

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20:00

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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19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Green Party may have secured a number of ministerial roles in the new Parliament with Labour and NZ First, but theyre struggling to pay their campaign bills. It was a heated election campaign, which saw polling numbers rise and plummet over the course of the months, and co-leader Metiria Turei resign in the wake []

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is sobersides (noun) (Slang) A humourless or habitually serious person. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Sobersides was first recorded in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Its a blend of the words sober and side.

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 26 15 Lazy people take food in their hand but dont even lift it to their mouth.

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08:30

Oh hell, why not let him be Transracial! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Absurd?  Not if you are consistent with the whole I identify as movement

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07:13

This is a legitimate government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Like many I am not happy with the ultimate result.

However, this is not the case. Under MMP, especially the way our politicians have let it evolve, this is an appropriate result.

Adam does not like it, but we need to consider whether this is what we should allow to occur.

Personally Adam has favoured STV as it means the result is a reflection of a plurality of the whole, not a coalition of the desperate.


07:00

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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06:30

Why White Privilege is a load of rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is only one thing that genuinely ensures that a person has privilege over another and that is wealth. For those of you who think that white privilege exists this recent social media exchange that went viral may change your mind. A young woman had just been accepted to Yale University and she shared her excitement on Facebook. []

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06:27

ANOTHER BIT OF PROTECTION TO BE EXCISED. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Water can wear down stone....

Stone is a form of rock.

Rocks are great suport as foundations....

The  Westminster  system may not be perfect but when compared to  others is possibly a goodun....

A basic foundation block of the Westminster system comes from Confidence and Supply  which if withdrawn by a vote of the members of a Parliament getting a majority of "nays" will lead to the monarch or her representative disolving the Parliament.

One of the protections for our democracy lies in the need for an administration to maintain sufficient support of the MPs who can by voting down the government should actions warrant such a drastic move.
Even a perceived threat of such rebellion can cause such a result as one former PM Robert David Muldoon discovered when after a long consultation with a chap Tanqeray or was it Gordon called a snap election blaming a back bencher Ms Marilyn Waring.

When the news came that part of the charade masquerading as a Confidence and Supply deal for the Ardern administration included a proposed law preventing a duly elected MP sworn to be loyal to the Crown and the Country would be liable to expulsion from the Parliament if a leader deemed it so, my first mental image was of East Germans being murdered on barbed wire trying to escape their country's oppressive regime.

So Winston First Leader needs to be able to prevent any disillusioned  MP from doing what their oath of loyalty to the Crown demands in their considered belief system and chooses to vote against the party that placed them there in our rather fickle electoral system that demands unquestioning obedience to Mr Peters.
Of course there is history involved as in such a personality cult as Winston First is in reality, his scooping up of all but one of the five apartheid seats in the first MMP election later saw Henare, Tuku Morgan, Tuariki Delamere and Elamein Kopu all jumped out of Winston First to continue to keep Jenny Shipley on the ninth floor while Winny was cast adrift ending his second attempt to be Il Duce.

Our democracy is a fragile thing and this attempt to thwart the primary duty of an MP to the people is as blatant and cynical as Ms Clark's attempt to control what could be published in a previously eventually doomed bit of self preservation law making.
The only constitutional mechanism to prevent such manipulation lies in the Royal assent but that would take a Governor General with the strength of character and sense of duty in the Aus GG who ended Gough Whitlams rather brash attempt to deny reality of politics.

Of course  such a move requires the Governor General to act before the executive asks Her Majesty to recall the GG, "on advice", something  that was run  close when Sir John Kerr and Malcolm Frazer  brought Wh...

06:00

An arrogant grab of unmandated power, or a legitimate coalition government? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some National Party supporters, however, appear to think the party was robbed this election and that just seven percent of voters those who voted for New Zealand First determined the final outcome. They forget, of course, that both Labour and the Greens also had to sign up to the deal to form a []

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05:30

What did the Israel institute think about the possibility of a Labour-led coalition? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the things that the National government did that cost them my support was their disgusting treatment of Israel. Their support of resolution 2334  was the final straw for me. Any New Zealand government who does not support the only true democracy in the Middle east will never have my vote. I am loyal []

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05:00

Reality Check Please! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One Whaleoil commenter isnt allowing others to wallow in self-pity by Terra_Watt You people keep whinging about socialism and yet National spent $1 Billion just on a prison! It also spent many billions on road infrastructure, a failure of a bike track, shitty helicopters from Australia etc etc or and National maintained Welfare over its []

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04:30

The real life thought police are British "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The British police should be fully stretched dealing with endemic Muslim rape gangs, homegrown terrorism and ordinary crimes committed by British citizens. Instead, they apparently have enough time on their hands to persecute arrest 3,395 British citizens for being politically incorrect online. The British government has repeatedly attempted to make it a crime to express certain []

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04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Future Memories from Max Rive on Vimeo.

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03:30

Burger King does a better job than our Human Rights Commission "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Burger King does a better job than our Human Rights Commission. The HRC wants us to give nothing to racism while the fast food outlet shows we should all stand up to bullies. Focussing on race is divisive just like focussing on so-called hate crimes and hate speech is divisive. We all should be against []

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03:00

02:59

RECORD GROWTH UNDER THE LABOUR/WINSTON FIRST/GREENS GOVERNMENT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It has been revealed that the incoming government will have 28 ministers plus three under-secretaries ...  31 in all.    It's a record for the executive.

The outgoing National led government had 27 ministers and one under-secretary.

Remind me.   Wasn't NZ First the Party that wanted to reduce the number of MPs and limit the size of the executive?

Well they certainly reduced the number of their own MPs from twelve down to nine but, in doing so, managed to negotiate an increase in the size of the executive to provide jobs for over half of them.

I'll be charitable.    A 50% win/loss ratio in a coalition of the losers can't be all bad (snort).


02:48

YOUS GETS WHAT YOUS PAYS FOR.. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Only now NZ is finding there will be bonus giveaways never part of the promotions while promised policy will disappear.

Yes many understood the elevation of Labour with Mr Peters hand up their collective backs would deliver surprises but how many of those had worked out many of the emerging excitement inducing outcomes would include so many policies in direct conflict with the reality set to ensue.

A greater focus on delivery of mental health initiatives will have to confront greater damages from liberalising of modern cannabis use that it is  claimed will cause immeasurable degradation of youth mental health.

Good employment figures will collide with automation as raising wage rates sans productivity gains will make waged jobs replaced with robots more attractive.

Widening the rural urban divide will be counter productive to the aims of a billion earmarked for provincial initiatives.


A falling dollar will raise cost of living for everyone take a look at Venezuela,  the poorest will suffer most.

Those dirty unswimable rivers are largely in built up zones or polluted by urbanisation

02:34

NEVER SAY ARDERN DONT DO IRONY. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



It is reported the minister to oversee the Pike River mine re-entry non other than the union roach who ticked  the box the mine was safe for his workers to be working in.

Now you can just do this 'angry',  don't forget Winston want in too.

02:30

Can you spot the difference? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Look closely at the photos in these PM profiles. Only one profile has something that the others do not. Can you spot the difference?

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02:00

The headline says payrise, the more likely outcome is the sack "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A pay rise without an increase in productivity leads to the sack.not more money. The working poor had cause for celebration as the Labour and NZ First leaders shook hands today in a coalition deal. The minimum wage will go up to $16.50 starting April 2018 before rising in steps to $20 by 2021.    []

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01:30

Jacindas really done well so far, but the real test is yet to come "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Karl du Fresne muses some more Jacinda Ardern hasnt put a foot wrong so far. Her relaxed and assured performance, for such a relatively inexperienced leader, has been remarkable. Shaw, too, is a personable and seemingly capable politician who did well to haul the Greens out of the deep hole that Metiria Turei dug for []

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01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Butcher of Uganda Idi Amin Dada, who became known as the Butcher of Uganda for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africas post-independence dictators. Amin seized power in a military coup in 1971 and ruled over Uganda for 8 years. Estimates for the number of []

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00:47

WOT A HOOT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see White-House insiders and sections of the US media are praising the Prime Minister (elect) for her courage in adopting President Trump's policy of restricting immigration.

Not sure Comrade Jacinda is overly amused.

Nice accolade though

00:30

Labour still dont do maths "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I dont know if youve ever come across the mathematical proof that Santa isnt real.  It calculates the distance he has to travel, the tonnage of presents and the number of households he has to get to.  And if you include him drinking the milk, cookies or even whiskey thats left out for him, hell []

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Tuesday, 24 October

23:30

The Green party would have gained more from a National coalition. A lot more "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Karl du Fresne observes In the rapture over the lefts putative victory, theres a lot of denial and wishful thinking going on. No one wants to confront the possibility that it could all go pear-shaped. Perhaps the most notable example is James Shaws less than convincing insistence that having the climate change ministerial portfolio outside []

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23:00

I sense a disturbance in the Blogosphere "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Feelings are running high right now and a couple of political blogs are currently facing some moderating challenges. A comment was posted on Kiwiblog saying: I believe in eliminating terrorism. Winston is a political and economic terrorist. He has held the country to ransom, and is obfuscating on everything. His assassination would not be something []

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22:30

AFP raids Australian Workers Union headquarters in Sydney, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Australian Federal Police are cracking down on union scumbags: The Australian Federal Police is currently raiding the Australian Workers Union offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The investigation relates to whether donations made to activist group GetUp were authorised under union rules. The AFP issued a statement confirming they were carrying out the raids on behalf of []

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22:28

Waka jumper law shows lack of faith in own "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well said Winston The Great Dictator

Homepaddock

NZ Firsts waka jumping bill shows a distinct lack of faith in the loyalty of their own:

An unexpected crackdown on waka jumping suggests the new Government is bracing for instability, says ACT Leader David Seymour

The incoming Government has quietly announced a bill to ban waka jumping in Parliament. This was never forecasted to voters, and for good reason. It suggests the new Government expects instability and defections. Todays ceremonious unity will not last.

Winston Peters is particularly paranoid because its his last parliamentary term. Hes been burnt by waka jumpers in the past, but this term could be his partys most divisive yet. Why wouldnt his caucus jump ship if they believe New Zealand First is doomed in 2020 anyway?

Why would you waste parliaments time and resources if you trusted your teams loyalty?

And how can we trust a government which doesnt trust itself?

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22:00

Headline of the Day Kiwis now led by a Commie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Australian newspaper wins headline of the day. The article then outlines her commie credentials: New Zealands new prime minister-designates take on capitalism. Jacinda Ardern on New Zealands Channel Three, Saturday: When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention []

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