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eight_col_bitchThe Taranaki journalist at the sharp end of threats of violence for writing her column, has commented on my article where I reminded her she used to be part of the problem herself.

I’m somewhat grateful, pleased and honoured to have found this comment by her Read more »

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George wrote:

There is something troubling me at the moment: It is the opposition parties leadership.

I want to be serious here. Of course we criticise them mercilessly, and rightly so, they are such easy targets. However, what concerns me is the entrenched ignorance that motivates their vindictive, nasty and insulting commentary in the belief that, some how, it is appealing to voters. It was evident from the results of the last election that middle NZ’s were not impressed with this strategy, however they have continued in this vein, thus raising the question; Why?

As much as I detest their philosophy, I have to concede that there must be a degree of intelligence, however misguided, in their collective makeup.   Read more »

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Whaleoil reader Isherman writes

It was disappointing if not surprising yesterday, to read posts by some commentators of the left accusing the right of playing politics with the atrocious events in France.

Some of the inferences include: the right using these events to push a political interest in promoting division, the justification to erode personal liberties with wide intrusive state surveillance, and even attempting to turn the discussion into a call for religious war.

To my mind, it is actually they who are playing the politics here, and turning an act of terrorism into a narrative of blame.

The valid discussions that are being held (across the political spectrum) are, or at least should be first and fore-mostly concerned with a serious and international problem that exists, one that affects the security of ordinary people all over the globe, and not strictly limited to those living in western democratic countries either. Read more »

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Pete (not ours, the other) had a pearler this morning

As I was eating crayfish last night I was wondering who is feeding all those 10,000s of starving kids we keep hearing about who are living in poverty over this xmas New years break while the schools are closed?

I haven’t read any reports of them turning up in droves at A&E suffering from malnutrition …or are they only starving when politicians are not on holiday???

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  • Lance Ralph 

    Having been away for some length of time I have just flicked through a series of NZ Herald cartoons as part of a catch up process.

    Coming to them without any sense of context I have formed the following opinions. It seems to me that the individual cartoonist concerned is:

    - Mildly sympathetic to Islamic terror.

    - Anti police

    - Strongly anti John Key and mildly hateful of the same

    …with an obsessive hatred of the Whale Oil blog

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For today, I am designating the number 27 as the number of shame.

27 being the number of members of our House of Representatives voted against the recent anti terrorism bill, and thus sought to play politics with a bill to address one of the most fundamental responsibilities of any government, that being the security of that country’s citizens.

No piece of legislation will ever be a magic bullet against the tragedy we have seen unfold in Sydney, but in my opinion, those 27 members have failed to act in the best interests of all people in this country, and I hope this causes long reflections on the conscience of those 27.


The above party leaders, three Maori and an Australian, voted against New Zealand’s Anti Terrorism Bill.

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cows4me, one of our stalwart supporters, reports in from rural New Plymouth

My spew today from the country, how this country is losing the plot and unless something is done by our piss weak city politicians and police there will be deaths.

At the present point in time there is a lot of stock rustling going on.

A local farmer lost three hundred sheep to rustlers the other night.

There were pictures, clear, of the rustlers but the cops will not act unless there are photos of rego numbers.

This is totally uneceptable, this from an organisation that is happy to steal money off people going more than one k over the limit.

Get your shit together police, politicians, we place our trust in you to protect us, you are failing our trust but I guess being richer is more important.


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Philip Ross left this work of art in the comments yesterday – he picks apart master criminal Phillip Smith’s escape plan

It is rather ironic that despite all the news articles about this criminal’s clever planning, he acted rather like Frank Spencer (for those under 30, of “Some Mothers Do Have Them”, a classic British comedy) once he departed our shores.

Mistake number one was travelling to his destination by air once he reached Santiago. It did not take long for the particulars of the onward travel to emerge once the Chilean authorities advised he had not entered Chile. If he entered Chile and almost immediately taken a bus across the Andes to Mendoza the trail would have been much more complex. Though there is a border crossing involved it is a land border. The Argentines would have accepted his passport and given him a tourist permit for 90 days. From Mendoza he could have travelled, again by road to the north of Argentina, possibly to a town such as Posadas.

To confuse the authorities again, he could have crossed to Paraguay. Even better as far as he would be concerned, a few crisp George Washingtons and the Paraguayan authorities would probably not care whether he had a passport or not. Land crossings are often far laxer than airports. I have seen a British girl cross from Peru into Bolivia without a passport as hers had been stolen the previous night. Apprised of the problem, the bus driver just kept her on the bus and drove across the border while the remainder of the passengers went in to have their passports stamped. Nobody seemed to notice. Finally, if his destination were Rio, he could cross a few days later from Ciudad del Este into Brazil and make his way overland to Rio. Read more »

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From yesterday’s post on the statistical nature of child poverty, a super-annuitant runs his/her own numbers…

Reading the comments below made me think. So I checked what I’m getting from National Super. SORTED’s advice is that “The after-tax NZ Super rate for couples (who both qualify) is based on
66% of the ‘average ordinary time wage’ after tax. For single people,
the after-tax NZ Super rate is around 40% of that average wage.”

Does this mean that all we superannuitants are below the poverty line? A married couple certainly gets less ($29,000) than 60% of the median – which HunuaRanger has identified at being $41,000.

Talk about child poverty – if thats a problem, then ‘elder abuse’ is also rampant!!

But maybe there is, as has been said by several posters, only ‘statistical’ child poverty?

– yellowadmiral

Comment of the Day: When did national security become a partisan issue?

Chaff wrote

How did our national security become such a partisan issue?

In comparison, the opposition in Australia have just been quick to acknowledge that some things are more important than scoring political hits. Don’t Cunliffe and Norman sit on the security committee?

Our PM isn’t protecting a ‘Nat Government’, he is protecting THE Government, all 120 something politicians of all stripes, and rebutting the accusations that have been levelled against THE Government.

I agree that questions can and should be asked, but one of the ways we protect our national security is to ensure bipartisan consensus. If the incumbent government had to rush through some legislative changes to protect NZ then fine, now let the bipartisan security committee manage the issues over time.

People are letting their growing hatred of the incumbent leadership of NZ cloud their judgement, which appears to me to simply be an inevitable polarisation the longer one party stays in power. There is certainly an ‘it’s our turn’ mentality built into the Westminster system, so this is almost
understandable. Read more »