National’s Train Wreck Continues

The train wreck that is The National Party continues today with the announcement by leader for 53 days Todd Muller that he’s done his dash.

National’s leadership woes have been the story of the past decade. When Sir John Key knifed Bill English in the back and took over the leadership he was hailed . . . → Read More: National’s Train Wreck Continues

Anne Salmond: Covid-19 and clickbait

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Michael Woodhouse still can’t provide evidence of his apocryphal ‘homeless man’ staying for free in quarantine. Dame Anne Salmond argues the Opposition and media need to be better in throwing around such claims.

It is now 12 days since the National Party’s spokesman on health, Michael Woodhouse, claimed two women who . . . → Read More: Anne Salmond: Covid-19 and clickbait

On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

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Friday, 26 June 2020, 10:59 am Article: Gordon Campbell

For most of the past week, any consumer of this country’s management of Covid-19 would think New Zealand was actually Brazil, or Texas. The media language has been full of claims of “botches” at the border, and laxness and inexcusable errors that . . . → Read More: On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

Yes Greta, there is a fascist clause.

We all saw it. A young woman stands up at the UN and makes a speech. Instantly she is told to shut up, grow up and learn up.

Old men everywhere are suddenly woke and upset that someone said something they didn’t like or agree with.

A loudmouth chorus reaches crescendo level within minutes of . . . → Read More: Yes Greta, there is a fascist clause.

Ihumatāo Land Protection

All around the world we see scenes of conflict over land issues. Of sovereignty. If we turn on talkback radio we here absolute rubbish from idiots like Sean Plunket telling us Ihumatāo is about revolutionaries trying to overthrow the system and trying bring down capitalism. And idiots will buy this line of utter shit. . . . → Read More: Ihumatāo Land Protection

Herbs Release Anniversary Film

Willie Now

Long ago… when I was a budding photographer I had a go at doing some portraits for some friends. It didn’t work out that well so I concentrated on making exposures, candid portraits of people taken doing their everyday stuff, unaware of the camera, and much more revealing that any posed shot I could conjure up. One of those early projects was when Willie Hona was trying to break out. I knew him through Niki Hona who was the sister of my old mate Robbie Van de Lisdonk. . . . → Read More: Herbs Release Anniversary Film

Proud To Be A New Zealander?

This is the country that led the world in equal suffrage, and stood up to the might of the United States to make a principled stand on nuclear armed warships entering our ports. When the French government were conducting atmospheric tests in the Pacific Islands and used their military to engage in acts of violence against New Zealanders with the courage to protest our government sent a naval frigate with a cabinet minister on board to protect our countrymen. This is the country where a Labour government denied visas to a rugby team to play apartheid sport and when a National Government supported apartheid sport this is the country where over a million people stood up to be counted. In fact on every important issue of principle over several generations New Zealanders have stood up and taken a decent stand and have demonstrated to the world that we are capable of thinking for ourselves and expressing our own point of view, even if it is at odds with others. . . . → Read More: Proud To Be A New Zealander?

The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

It wasn’t just the railways that got wrecked by this kind if thinking… every public service that could be opened up to private enterprise had the vultures come in for a feed. The slogan was always “efficiency”. “It’s more efficient if it’s run as a private enterprise” Except it wasn’t true. It was a lie. It was a lie told by people who wanted to make a profit providing those services. . . . → Read More: The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

Poorer Benefits For All

So anyway I went and had a chat with Paula Bennett and about 50 of my fellow Nats in Waiuku this morning. Paula was fizzing about her new welfare reforms. Contraception, drug testing, making lampshades from tattooed skin etc. She did her best to assure us this was in the best interests of those involved and would save us lots of money if Treasuries predictions turned out correct. There’s a first time for everything you know. Well I had to tell her that as a member if the generation of hard working Kiwi Mums and Dads that were happy to help her when she needed it we wanted her to know what an absolute pleasure it was to be able to answer her call for help. . . . → Read More: Poorer Benefits For All

The Road Is The Goal

The Road Is The Goal

Goal setting is limiting I reckon. You set your sights on the final goal but you tend to ignore opportunities that come along that don’t fit your ‘goal’, so you let them pass you by. Not always, but often, this is the case. I think for some people it’s better to establish the there is a road to the goal, and the road itself is in fact the goal. . . . → Read More: The Road Is The Goal