A response to the Herald editorial on Election broadcasts

Yesterday the NZ Herald editorial supported TVNZ’s contention that election broadcasts should cease.

NickK at No Minister wrote to them about their editorial and makes valid suggestions:

In your editorial of Friday 15 May you said that democracy would be better served if election broadcasting restrictions went. I congratulate you for taking this stance and implore you to keep it going.

The Broadcasting Act 1989 contains archaic and restrictive provisions that prohibit political parties from spending their own money on TV advertising either during an election period, or outside of it.

Instead, parties must go cap-in-hand at election time to a body that uses a convoluted formula to decide how much money each party can spend on their TV advertising. Many parties have complained on this unfairness over many years. It severely punishes smaller parties, and Act has been particularly critical of it.   Read more »

Face of the day


Jordanian Pilot Muath Al Kassasbeh

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Leftie’s lament

Michelle A’Court is taking the election quite personally

I believe we are living in dark times.

Happily, I suppose, I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

We do not show up in the polls, which suggests I am part of an invisible group made up of Everyone I Ever Meet.

If I was a spin doctor, I would congratulate myself for sticking so consistently to my tribe.

There is probably a lot of truth to this but, got to tell you, our dinner parties are fun.

Several times in past weeks I have crawled under the covers and literally wept actual tears about the state of our democracy. Many people will find that ludicrous. I do not mind. Read more »

Another angry reader emails

There are so many I am only picking the best now.

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Elected local government officials have a sworn duty to protect not only our democracy, but also the framework of that very process that achieves democracy, transparency and accountability.  The process & framework are there to ensure no one is enabled, or is capable of perverting the very “rules/laws/code of conduct/ethics/framework” for their own personal, corrupted benefit.

Subverting and “gaming” bureaucratic frameworks and processes, checks and balances that then allows & encourages further tenure & questionable behaviors from the dodgy individual – and all with unchecked productivity/spending from the same dodgy person – can only translate to hopelessly compromised Councillors also, or some might say, political corruption.

And in years past, that “further enabling” by compromised Councillors, who chose not to stop the enabling of a corrupt official, would be seen as political corruption and even treason upon the Nation.    Read more »

Herald Editorial on Green Taliban hijacking of referendum process

The NZ Herald gets it right again…this time on the Green Taliban and Labour’s hijacking of the referendum process.

Every registered voter by now will have received postal ballot papers for the referendum on asset sales. Most voters will probably ignore them, quite reasonably since the Government, equally reasonably, will not act on the result. The Government already knows most people do not like asset sales. It also knows it put its sales programme to voters at the last election and won.

Yes it did, something the opposition is still trying to litigate. There have been four other referendum and all have ben ignored.

But this one is different in one respect. Previous referendums were initiated by groups outside Parliament, they were genuine citizens’ initiatives.

This one was initiated by the Green Party. A democratic device designed to give a voice to citizens outside the House of Representatives has been co-opted by citizens who already have a tax-funded voice in the House.

Not only that, the Greens used some of their parliamentary funding to pay people to circulate the petition. All this because they failed to get their way in the House. They have discredited – not to say corrupted – the citizens’ initiative, reducing it to a second serve for privileged players.   Read more »

Are unions interfering with your democratic right to vote?

I’ve received a rather concerning email from one of our readers.  If this is anything but a misguided local initiative, it needs to be exposed

Had a phone call this morning from a mate who works for NZ Post in a provincial city (not here). The word going around his smoko room was that someone from the union suggested it could be a good idea if some referendum papers were “not delivered”. These of course could then be opened, voted on, sent back, and the “No” vote fattened. They are banking on people not bothering to ask for replacement papers if theirs do not turn up.
He suggested that I get the word out to my mates that if anyone doesn’t receive their voting papers they should contact the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. All deliveries should be complete by the end of next week (mine arrived in the PO box this morning).    Read more »

Labour choosing the popular path again…

Labour sure knows how pick positions…as usual they are on the wrong side of the issue.

Labour appears to be inching closer towards republicanism, with delegates at its annual conference in Christchurch giving the green light to a proposal to hold a binding referendum on whether to ditch the monarchy on the death of the Queen.

At yesterday’s conference the party agreed to send a remit on the proposal from prospective Wairarapa candidate Kieran McAnulty, who is also treasurer of the Republican Movement, to a full vote from delegates today. Sources say it is likely to pass without dissent.

The move comes as a new poll shows a small majority of New Zealanders are in favour of such a referendum.   Read more »

Monday nightCap

Tim Watkin on “elected dictatorship”

Russel Norman is becoming tedious with his ludicrous claims that a non-binding referendum should trump an election. Apart from making a rod for his own back for when he finally makes it into government he is just being plain silly.

You know he is being silly too when lefty commentators call him out for his dumb comments.

Tim Watkin is certainly one of those, and although his post is TL;DR it does show up the rank hypocrisy and sanctimony of Russel Norman.

Driving home last night I heard Norman on Checkpoint, rejecting questions that National had won the election and therefore had the right, y’know, to govern. Norman said that people vote for an against numerous issues in an election, so it didn’t mean National had a mandate for partial asset sales.

“That’s not how democracy works,” he told Mary Wilson.

Except that’s exactly how democracy works. Elections are never single issue referendums and a party like National, which for two elections has been clear as a newly polished pane of glass on a summer’s day (with not too much light, but not much cloud either) about its intentions, has every right to, y’know, govern. To argue otherwise makes no sense.  Read more »

Fiji releases new constitution

Fiji has released their new constitution today.

It looks a very good document and finally removes all preferences on the basis of race.

This document will form the framework with which Fiji will head into proper free and fair elections next year.

What will be interesting will be watching New Zealand’s and Australia’s response to yet another milestone towards a return to democracy being passed successfully.  Read more »