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Wednesday, 21 February

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"

You can help. Send your book review to books@whaleoil.co.nz and we will put it up when it is your turn. Please set your submission out with the name of the book, then the author and then describe in your own words what the book is about. Also if you happen to be a commenter please []

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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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19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

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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.

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The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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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

23:30

Netanyahu: Mr Zarif You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran do not test Israels resolve! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Benjamin Netanyahu is muscling up to Iran: Brandishing a fragment of an Iranian drone downed over northern Israel a week ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that Israel could strike the Islamic Republic directly and cautioned Tehran not to test Israels resolve. Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should, its yours. []

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22:30

The Grossest Market is no more, liquidation and receivership beset Aaron Drever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Regular readers will know we have been closely following the fall and demise of Aaron Drever. His latest venture has collapsed. Aaron Drevers Grossest Market has tipped into liquidation: Another piece of wreckage has been added to the pile of former Nosh debris with the liquidation of The Grocers Market store in Mt Eden. The []

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22:00

Does Jacinda Ardern care about these mostly Mori and Pasifika students? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The worm has most definitely turned and I am reading article after article in the MSM that is supportive of Charter schools and Charter school students, but is Jacinda Ardern listening and does she care about what will happen to these students as a result of Labours wrecking-ball approach to education? OPINION: Sundays Save our charter schools march []

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21:30

The Human Rights Commission, or the anti-human rights commission "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

By Robin Grieve The Human Rights Commission released a statement about Sir Bob Jones NBR article saying, We welcome the NBRs decision to remove Sir Bob Jones article. Sir Bob Jones and those outlets that choose to publish this kind of rhetoric need to be prepared for the public backlash and condemnation they provoke and []

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21:15

Satire died a quick death in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Being a free-speech enthusiast, the freedom to offend is important to me, since without it, there can be no satire, no edgy tongue-in-cheek humour, no taking the piss, nor robust debate about any topic where one group of people may be subject to getting their sensitive little feelings hurt.  Its a hill Im willing to die on.

So, I entered this muddy fray to tell Renae to pull her dopey head in. You can imagine the response on a thread populated by Facebook Maoris it got ugly very swiftly.  But in my own mind I wanted to illuminate any who might care to learn how the principle of free-speech works, i.e. they can sling anything at me, no matter how unedifying, and all I can repair to is an argument formulated by my wits, without resorting to the conversation squelcher Im offended and you must be stopped because of it! 

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21:00

The Save Joyce campaign rolls out in force, but no one told Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is a group of old guard who are trying to save Steve Joyce. The only problem is that it appears they didnt bother to actually speak to Steve Joyce about the campaign. They must have been talking over the weekend because yesterday there were several moves that make it obvious that what I signalled []

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20:30

And then there were four and then there were five "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mark Mitchell and Steve Joyce are the latest to join the election race for National party leader. Mitchells announcement is strange considering he was telling people two weeks ago that he was loyal to Paula Bennett. Joyces annoucement this morning on the Hosking radio show is even stranger and makes Mark look like  a bit []

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20:30

Liam Hehir seeks to deflate Nats snobbery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Liam Hehir has a timely article on how National wins elections. Well worth reading and should cause those calling for a sharp tilt to the right to think. In NZ centrist policies prevail. Politicians of all shades of opinion would do well to remember this, especially under MMP.

20:00

Status quo no longer an option for National after latest poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The latest 1 NEWS/Colmar Brunton poll is devastating for National, and also for any candidate promising the status quo. Support for Labour has jumped strongly in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton political poll. The party is at 48 per cent, up nine points on its December poll result, its highest level in 15 []

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20:00

Now there are five "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As of this morning there are five contenders for Nationals Leadership.

Adams, Bridges, Collins, Joyce and Mitchell.

More on this later.

19:38

Why Collins won't be leader "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After recent goings-on, I have come to the conclusion that unfortunately Judith Collins won't win the vote.

Essentially, National Party MPs are inherently cautious and averse to risk.  They prefer to play "steady as she goes" instead of "risk v reward".  There were three risk-taking MPs in recent years - Ruth Richardson, Jenny Shipley and Don Brash.  History shows how they were treated, and what happened to them.

So, the caucus will choose "steady as she goes" next week, and Collins is hardly that.

If I was in caucus, she would get my vote.  But I'm not and I don't get one.

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

Peter Hitchens speaking in an Oxford Union debate on freedom of speech and the right to offend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A useful reminder of the reasons why so called SJWS and those perpetually seeking to be offended should be resisted.

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

TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As expected Labour up, at the expense of coalition partners as well as National. National holds up well in face of unremitting media frenzy for Ardern and the pregnancy effect. Expect next few polls to show support for National down following change of leadership.

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the storied hallways of the J. Edgar Hoover building to field offices around the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation faces a crisis of confidence as rank-and-file agents are blamed for not preventing recent attacks and top brass finds itself in the middle of an unfolding political fight. -Fox news

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is animation (noun) 1. The act, process, or result of imparting life, interest, spirit, motion, or activity. 2. The quality or condition of being alive, active, spirited, or vigorous. 3.(a) The art or process of making movies with drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of static objects, including all techniques other []

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18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 19 A gossip goes around telling secrets, so dont hang around with chatterers.

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18:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pat Bagley looks at Putins puppet in his unique and excellent style

Every time he sees me he says, I didnt do that, and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, I didnt do that. I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country, -Trump on Putin

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07:30

Teens in Parkland call out adults for their hypocrisy and failure to curb gun violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From an article at The New Yorker on the Parkland massacre:

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Douglas, had the most searing indictment:

The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S.

Companies, trying to make caricatures of the teen-agers nowadays, saying that all we are are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submissions when our message doesnt reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call B.S.

Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the N.R.A., telling us nothing could ever be done to prevent this: we call B.S.

They say that tougher gun laws do not prevent gun violence: we call B.S.

The crowd was now joining in.

They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun: we call B.S.

They say guns are just tools, like knives, and are as dangerous as cars: we call B.S.

They say that no laws would have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that occur: we call B.S.

That us kids dont know what were talking about, that were too young to understand how the government works.

06:29

Rubio, creature of the NRA, shape up or ship out look after the future and not gun nuts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

06:15

George Washington on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The NY Times ran this article on how George Washingtons farewell address can be interpreted as foreseeing the problems caused by a #POTUS such as Trump. Note it is an Op-Ed not a piece by staffers as such.
When you work your way through the text, reproduced below it is clear that Washington had a clear view of what dangers might come to pass as regards the state of the nation.
Washington foresaw and considered:-

In elaborate and thoughtful prose, Washington raised red flags about disunity, false patriotism, special interests, extreme partisanship, fake news, the national debt, foreign alliances and foreign hatreds. With uncanny foresight, he warned that the most serious threat to our democracy might come from disunity within the country rather than interference from outside. And he foresaw the possibility of foreign influence over our political system and the rise of a president whose ego and avarice would transcend the national interest, raising the threat of despotism.

Washington certainly had great confidence, but in his address he didnt brag about his accomplishments. On the contrary, he beseeched the Almighty to soften the impact of his errors and expressed hopes that the country would forgive them. He established a standard for presidential self-deprecation out of the fear that a president of grossly inflated ego could become a threat to democracy.

So familiar and this paragraph which is so relevant:-

Sooner or later, he concluded, the chief of some prevailing faction, more able and more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purpose of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.

Then in perhaps the most telling piece, Washington wrote of one of his greatest concerns:

The ways in which hyperpartisanship could open the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

As the authors of he Op-Ed write:-

Washingtons goal was to ensure that the young country became stable enough to withstand th...

06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:40

Mark Mitchell maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Mark Mitchell

MARK MITCHELL (NationalRodney) : I stand before you today filled with pride at being given the opportunity by the people of Rodney to represent them in this, our 50th Parliament, and I am honoured to be addressing the House for the first time. Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your reappointment to the high office of Speaker. You have already been recognised across this House for your sound judgment and fairness, and I look forward to being under your guidance in this Chamber.

Mr Speaker, you have been Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for International Trade during your career, and oversaw the producer board reform that ultimately led to the creation of Fonterra and Zespri Group Ltd. You launched our successful 100% Pure marketing campaign, which was a global success. But perhaps most important, you were the original instigator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You are also renowned for your singing voice, and your annual concert in Rodney is an event constituents look forward to every year. I have made a commitment to continue with this concert, and although I feel my own voice is pretty good I have been assured by those closest to me that I need to find another way of keeping that tradition alive.

I live in rewa, in the heart of the Rodney electorate. Rodney is a wonderful part of New Zealand, stretching from Albany Heights, Wainui, and Dairy Flat in the south, to Warkworth, Matakana, and Leigh in the north. We have been blessed with the beautiful Hibiscus and Kowhai coasts, stunning regional parks like Shakespear Regional Park, Wenderholm, and Mahurangi, and we are home to two marine reserves, one of which, Goat Island, was the first in New Zealand. The new Northern Motorway has brought Auckland closer to Rodney, and our towns in the south of the electorate are experiencing strong growth while still retaining their unique character. Further north, our communities are more rural. Some have become famous, like Phoi for its pub and cheese factory, or Waiwera for its geothermal hot pools. We have the charm and history of Warkworth, world-class wine trails, great schools, strong communities, and a real pride in our beautiful part of New Zealand.

However, there are challenges ahead and I am focused on finding solutions that will allow us to develop our infrastructure and services in step with our population growth. This includ...

05:39

Judith Collins maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about t he issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Judith Collins

JUDITH COLLINS (NZ National-Clevedon): Since this is the first time that I have spoken in Parliament, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Speaker on his
appointment, an appointment, I note, that was made with the full support of this House.

I am proud to represent the electorate of Clevedon on behalf of the New Zealand National Party. Clevedon is a diverse electorate, located both to the south and to the east of Auckland. It is 80 percent urban and 20 percent rural. Included in its boundaries are the historic township of Papakura, the rural areas of Clevedon, Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay, Brookby, Alfriston, Whitford, and Ardmore-which, incidently, is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand. It encompasses the coastal townships of Maraetai and Beachlands, and to the north, New Zealands fastest-growing residential areas: Dannemora, Somerville, Shamrock Park, Point View, and Shelly Park.

The people of Clevedon are ethnically diverse. The population includes European New Zealanders. Maori New Zealanders, Pacific Island New Zealanders, and, increasingly, New Zealanders who have migrated mainly from Taiwan, Korea, India, China, South Africa, and Fiji. It is an electorate of schools with the highest decile ratings, and schools with the lowest decile ratings.

Clevedon is an electorate of old and new traditions, of Christian churches and Buddhist temples. On the one hand it is the home of the present Minister of Justice; on the other hand it was the home of Michael Choy until he was brutally slain. It is New Zealand as it is today.

I am the youngest of six children born to Percy and Jessie Collins of Walton in the Waikato. We were dairy farming people. We were not wealthy people but we were not
poor. We were and are middle New Zealand. In a way, we were very privileged. We had two parents, discipline, responsibilities, plenty of love, and, more than anything else, we had security-a family in reality, not just in name. I decided to become a lawyer. I did not know any, but I had seen them on television and I knew that lawyers could, if they wanted to, do a lot of good for people.

That vague ambition was made solid when someone made the mistake of telling me that I could not do it. The exact words were: You wont be a lawyer. Youre a nice girl; youll get married. Well, at uni...

05:38

Simon Bridges maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Simon Bridges

SIMON BRIDGES (NationalTauranga) : Nearly every maiden speech that I have read has begun with the member congratulating Mr Speaker on his appointment to high office, and I congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and also Mr Speaker, the Hon Lockwood Smith. I congratulate the Hon Lockwood Smith not only as a matter of professional courtesy but because of our personal friendship, going back to a beer we shared at Auckland Universitys Shadows bar when he was getting a hard time as education Minister and I was a pimply young Nat.

Indeed, I joined the National Party at a young age, not because of any longstanding family connection to the greatest political party in the history of our nation but because then, as now, I believed in less not more government, in individuals doing as much for themselves as possible, and in reward for hard work and enterprise. Then, as now, I was generally economically dry and socially conservative, but never unthinkingly or uncaringly so. We need to do what works, not what sounds good in theory. In human affairs matters are often shades of grey, and not simply black or white. In economic times like these, rigid adherence to orthodoxies may not solve things for ordinary Kiwis. World-class health and education systems are essential. New Zealanders clearly understand this, and voted on 8 November for a John Key led Government and the fresh approach to our nations challenges that it brings; they voted to move away from a slavish adherence to ideology, towards a new style of politics that is inclusive, dignified, and decent, and that believes that politics can be noble and deliver greater justice.

Can I today in this hallowed hall acknowledge my wonderful family and my amazing wife. My mother is from Waih dairy-farming stock and my father from Frankton in Hamilton. Like so many in this nation, my mothers ancestors came from England, while my fathers mother, Naku Joseph, was Ngti Maniapoto and came from rural prure, near Te Kiti. She remained in an unhappy relationship with her hard-living husband, Alf Bridges, because in those days early last century she thought that marriage to a Pkeh man was bettering herself and her childrens prospects. She continually told my father that she wanted her children and grandchildren to have letters behind their names, without really understanding what that meant. The dysfunctio...

05:36

Amy Adams maiden speech to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Amy Adams

AMY ADAMS (NationalSelwyn) : It is with a great deal of respect that I rise to present my maiden speech in this Chamber, and I offer my congratulations to you, sir, on your election. I stand before this House as the representative for the newly formed Canterbury seat of Selwyn, and I am conscious of the great debt that I owe to the people of my electorate for the faith they have shown in me. I would like to begin today by pledging to them my commitment to work in their interests and for their advancement for the time I am here.

I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key. Our Prime Minister is a man of great honour and real charisma, and a man with a heartfelt empathy for the people of New Zealand. He has been an inspiration to me, my electorate, and all New Zealand, and I am especially honoured to be serving in his Government.

We seem to raise strong politicians on the Canterbury plains. I come from the same part of the country as the great Sir John Hall, a farmer, and former Premier of New Zealand, who in the 1870s formed and maintained a Government in a period of great change and instability. Sir John is particularly to be remembered for one of his final acts of public life, which was to successfully shepherd the womens suffrage bill into the House in 1890.

In the passage of time we seem to have lost sight of the enormous contribution Sir John made, and, as a woman now representing his home area, I take a moment to acknowledge his legacy. As a farmer, he and his brothers formed one of the first large-scale sheep runs in the South Island, which later became Terrace Station. As a politician for the original Selwyn seat, he was respected for his integrity and huge contribution to the developing nations landscape. Sir John was a staunch conservative who felt that women would bring more decorum and civilised behaviour to politics, and who would be least likely to countenance official extravagance. Women, he noted, instinctively possess a far keener insight into character than men, and the result of giving them a vote would be that a candidates chance at election would depend more on his character, for trustworthiness, for ability and for straightforwardness than on mere professions made on the hustings. He said: A clever ready-tongued political adventur...

05:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Discuss: If you could become immortal on the condition you would NEVER be able to die or kill yourself, would you choose immortality?

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04:30

Labor and the Greens: Putting foreign criminals first. Again. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left and refugee advocates would have us believe that the detainees in processing centres are all poor, trembling waifs, brutally mistreated by the heartless Australian government. Yet for years, regular reports including from refugee advocates themselves have shown that the detention centres are rife with rape, sexual assault and child abuse among []

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04:00

Addressing the Heffalump in the room "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: Jim Bunny Rogers Rabbits SunLive.co.nz newsie.co.nz This week, Jim Bunny ventures out of the warren to share his thoughts on an issue that keeps on growing. It must be coming. Surely. I sense, because of all the fomenting over Rogers Rabbits two weeks ago, a cynical, insensitive assault by a skinny person on on []

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03:32

MORE ON THE 'PRESERVATION OF WINSTON PETERS' BAUBLES OF OFFICE' BILL "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the reasons James Shaw gave for the Greens support of Winston's Electoral Integrity Bill (so called) was that for an MP to be expelled from Parliament it would require a two-thirds vote from his/her caucus to trigger the expulsion and that was democracy in action.     Straightforward ... not on your nelly.

Since the late 1970s there have been many occasions when a Party has been represented in the House by just two members (started with Socreds Bruce Beetham and Garry Knapp while in the 51st Parliament it was the Maori Party).   Under the Peters' Bill a member of a two member party can walk free because you can't get a two-thirds vote from a two person caucus.   Under Peters' Bill we end up with the situation where parties having three or more members in their caucus can expel MPs and parties with only two members can't.    Perhaps James S can tell us just how that represents democracy in action.

The Bill is both fatally flawed and fatally compromised.     It's in the name of the Minister of Justice and Andrew Little should seek to withdraw it ... but he won't because Winston Peters will never admit that he got it so horribly wrong.    That leaves the Greens who were sandbagged into supporting it to first reading.  Now that it's shown to have holes big enough to drive a truck through will they have the gonads to withdraw that support?    I think not ... their track record is of a Party prepared to sacrifice their principles for the baubles of office.  


The Bill is a shambles; it's undemocratic and it confers privileged status on MPs belonging to a two member caucus over all other MPs ... and all this because Winston First doesn't/can't trust his own caucus.



03:30

Another great candidate for a Prime Ministers scholarship unless "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

   A 12-year-old girl who dropped out of school for a year says a charter school turned her life around. Luciana Wheeler, who at one time hated school, said Middle School West Auckland helped her fall in love with learning again. [..] Luciana said enrolling at a charter school was the best decision her family ever []

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03:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a video suitable for the Mental Health Break please e-mail it to video@whaleoil.co.nz and put MHB in the Subject line.

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02:32

Cartoons about Judith Collins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Below are various cartoons published about Judith Collins over the last two years. For earlier cartoons, see: Cartoons about the comeback of Judith Collins. Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 February 2018 Tremain - Dominion Post 19 February 2018 Body - NZ Herald 19 February 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 16 February 2018 Nisbet - The Press 19 February 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 16 February 2018 Hodgson - Dominion Post 6 November 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 20 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 July 2017 Bromhead - NZ Herald 5 March 2017 Hubbard - 6 March 2017 Chicane - Southland...

02:30

The courage of the yellow Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If there were ever any doubt that the green-left simply despise the West and its most valued institutions, no clearer proof is needed than Australian Greens leader, Richard di Natales extraordinary and disgusting attack on the new senator, Jim Molan, former Major-General with the ADF. Even while Di Natale frets about the racist and hurtful []

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02:00

Map of the day: Legal status of Jews around the year 1500 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The map above gives a very general overview of the legal status of Jews in various major European countries around the year 1500. Interestingly, the two European countries with the largest Jewish populations today (France: 465,000; UK: 270,000) both had Jewish bans in 1500. In modern times Jews are fleeing France now in record numbers []

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01:30

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct? The Weinstein Company thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was an eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards []

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01:00

The most calculated way to destroy ambition? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: $54,528 that is 60% of the average household income in New Zealand. Official figures show that incomes below that sum are counted as being in Poverty. Reading that, and taking into consideration the new Labour (well, coalition) Government here,  I should be out on the street with a begging bowl, because MY income is []

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01:00

Mark of Caine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Aussie TV interview with Michael Caine.

00:30

Nappy rash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Is it just because I am a grumpy old git or are others totally fed up with the nappy rash breaking out in the Beehive? Have we reached Peak Pregnancy yet? Fortunately, Judith has publically ruled out that she will announce she is pregnant in order to win the National party leadership race. I thought []

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00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken and can you identify the building it was taken from? Yesterdays photo is of Shelly Beach Wharf, Kaipara Harbour and was taken from the local cafe.   If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it today to window@whaleoil.co.nz. Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need []

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Sunday, 18 February

23:30

American social justice bully inciting death threats against foreigners "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Wild is under attack from some Seppo social justice psycho: An American social justice bully, Nina Hauptman Jackel, has started a petition against The Wild and our promotion of The Morgan Score. This is what she says: In a shockingly callous display of cruelty, a New Zealand resident has started a hunting contest that rewards participants []

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