Politics

Now we know where Kevin Hague got his McCarthyist ideas from

Kevin Hague has been pursuing and victimising Katherine Rich in a rather creepy stalking and hounding campaign against her for daring to have a different point of view to him.

He has shown that he isis intolerant of opposing views and like all good Stalinists for McCarthyists he wants to shut anyone down who differed in politics to him.

Perhaps he has been seeking advice on pursing a witch-hunt like this from his fellow travellers in the Greens in Australia.

THE notorious US anti-communism campaigner Joe McCarthy would be proud — the Australian Senate has adopted his tactics in pursuit of independent think tanks.

Instead of “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?”, a Senate estimates committee is asking whether particular academics and specialists are “connected” with the Institute of Public ­Affairs or the Centre for Independent Studies.

The federal Education Department has emailed a dozen or more subject specialists who contributed to the national curriculum review.

The correspondence begins: “The department has received a number of questions from Senate estimates. The specific question is: ‘If any of the reviewers who were appointed are connected with the Institute of Public ­Affairs or the Centre for Independent Studies?’ ”

Exactly the same modus operandi as Kevin Hague.

“This is outright McCarthyism,” IPA deputy director James Paterson said. “It is pretty much ‘Are you now or have you even been a member of the IPA?’ ”

University of Wollongong historian Greg Melleuish said he was happy to answer the question because he had “nothing to hide”.

The issue was the “motives of the people asking the questions” rather than the department following up. The person who asked the question was South Australian Greens senator Penny Wright, who raised it at an October hearing.

“I am interested to know if any of the reviewers who were appointed are connected with the Institute of Public Affairs or the Centre for Independent Studies?” she asked.

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MFaT blows $9million on conference, most of it on a cruise liner

TROUGHING: P&O Pacific Jewel in Apia for the SIDS conference

TROUGHING: P&O Pacific Jewel in Apia for the SIDS conference

Government departments are essentially large troughs where they find innovative ways to blow taxpayer cash on themselves.

But none it appears are as wasteful or out of control than Murray McCully’s depart, MFaT.

They have blown $9 million on a 4 day conference in Samoa where they even rented a cruise liner!

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for bankrolling a four-day UN conference in Samoa last September has cost New Zealand taxpayers over $9 million.

According to an Mfat spokesman, New Zealand’s $9 million contribution to the third Small Island Developing States (SIDS) international conference covered operating costs, accommodation, police support, technical advice and assistance to New Zealand’s “counterpart agencies,” as well as infrastructure support for Apia’s port and the hosting of high-level visitors.

SIDS was the largest conference ever held in the Pacific. About 2000 delegates attended from over 100 countries, including many heads of government and ministers.

“It is difficult to comprehend how $9 million could be spent on a conference lasting just four days,” Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams says.

“The amount is nearly half New Zealand’s annual aid budget to Samoa and amounts to $4500 per attendee. It appears someone else picked up the attendees’ flights, travel and presumably cocktails, which makes the amount all the more remarkable.”

“If the $9 million had been used for genuine economic development or investment, no one would complain. Instead taxpayers forked out for a conference that resulted only in a document that ‘reaffirmed’, ‘acknowledged’, ‘recognised’ and ‘recommitted’ to various bureaucratic platitudes.”    Read more »

If Andrew Little started using these words I would be concerned

The porridge wogs in Labour have elected a new leader.

Jim Murphy is the new leader of the Scottish Labour party.

And he is using bloody interesting language for a Labour leader.

Mr Murphy said the best way to tackle poverty was to boost the economy.

“The most effective anti poverty measure is a successful economy,” he said.    Read more »

Watch Labour push youth voting here

Ed Miliband is promising to give 16 year olds the vote in the UK.

Labour here has hinted at the same policy, and I remember a soft push along these lines.

But if Miliband succeeds in the UK then watch them push it here.

Sixteen and 17-year-olds will be allowed to vote within a year of the next election, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged last night.

Mr Miliband said the government would change the law to lower the voting age from May 2016.

Such a move – the first change in the national voting age since 1969 – would enfranchise more than 1.5million 16 and 17-year-olds. It comes after the voting age was lowered for the first time in the Scottish referendum in September.

During a YouTube debate Mr Miliband said: ‘Too many young people are turning their backs on politics which is bad for our country and bad for them too.

‘That’s because too often young people don’t get a look-in with politicians who know they can’t vote – or assume that they won’t vote.

‘The measures we will introduce in our first year of government represent the greatest extension of the franchise in my lifetime.

‘But it is not enough just to give young people the right to vote. We must do everything we can to ensure they have the chance to exercise it.’   Read more »

Time for a recall option

The Taxpayers’ Union has called for the implementation of a recall option for local body politics.

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to give local communities the ability to petition for recall elections, after Len Brown’s latest snub to ratepayers has hit the headlines. The Herald on Sunday is reporting that Len Brown has had a private bathroom and dressing room installed behind a bookshelf in the Mayor’s office. The secret rooms have cost ratepayers $30,000.

The Union’s Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“A secret dressing room, complete with a two seater couch, is a luxury lair, not value for money for ratepayers.”

“Councillors have already censured Len Brown for misusing funds but clearly the line in the sand is being ignored. Mr Brown’s refusal to talk to media says a lot about his respect for ratepayers and his fellow councillors.”

“It’s time the Government gave ratepayers a voice between elections. A recall option would enable ratepayers to petition for a vote to fire a shameless politicians who lacks any respect for those who pay the bills.”

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What could Delahunty’s excuse be for Charter School Lie?

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When trying to attack NZ Charter Schools on RadioLive on Monday Catherine Delahunty was trying to sound at least a tiny bit credible. So when Duncan Garner asked her if she had even bothered to visit one – she lied and said she had.

On Tuesday afternoon Garner exposed it.

Here are 6 things that may be offered as excuses in a situation like that.

– as the Greens spokesperson for education I am not expected to tell the truth.    Read more »

Bryce Edwards (and Bryan Gould) are wrong…Again

Being an academic is a big step down from being a journalist.

Neither actually participate in the game.

Journalists are basically the kind of seedy people who go to dirty movies in a trench coat, while academics are the even seedier people who go to watch the voyeurs in the trench coats.

The problem both groups have is that if they were any good they would be in the game participating and participating hard, rather than pontificating from the sidelines.

So when Bryce Edwards rabbits on about a lot of bullshit it is hard to take him seriously.

If he was any good at politics he would give up his sinecure as a political science lecturer and actually start running campaigns or promoting policy.

When the voyeur of political onanism quotes one of the world’s biggest political failures in Bryan Gould:

“We have a Prime Minister who is not only careless with the truth but who is obliged, for fear of being exposed, to do the bidding of the nastiest and least principled person in New Zealand politics’ – see: Supping with the Devil.”    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko. 1996: Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert. Bill Clinton had to call Russia’s first president early in the day to catch him sober.

Photo: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko.
1996: Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert. Bill Clinton had to call Russia’s first president early in the day to catch him sober.

Yeltsin Dances

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From the passenger seat: How to slay Slater?

By Pete

You can’t turn on the radio, TV or read news stories without being bombarded with negatives about Cameron Slater.  The very Cameron Slater who has come out, legally, squeaky clean out of Government Inquiries, and is facing not a single charge in court for breaking any laws.  Nor is he charged, or under investigation by police.

It is no wonder that there is a full court press from Labour.  Not only are they implicitly scared of him and his abilities, they also know that a black cloud is forming over them, and their associates.  They failed to take him down the first time, and now, they are all out to do a job that they failed to do a few months ago.

What may be odd is that the media are now all after Cam Slater as well.  They are assisting Labour in trying to paint Slater as some kind of evil to New Zealand.   But what is it that he actually does?

He runs a blog.

Surely that can’t be it?   Should someone with a web site, that nobody is forced to visit, be so feared and vilified?

The media have other motivations, the least of which is that they have been, and still are, working closely with Cam when it suits them, but at the same time, they are trying to make it look like he’s one of the most evil people in the country.

Why would that be?   Read more »

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Request for the Ground Crew – Andrew “Who?” Little

This is what Andrew Little looks like

This is what Andrew Little looks like

Andrew “Who?” Little has made a terrible start to his tenure as Labour Party leader.

He seems hell bent on promoting New Zealand’s favourite political blog, rather than articulating a vision for New Zealand.

Maybe he is as dead set useless as David Cunliffe who became leader then didn’t have anything ready to run with because he was a lazy bastard during his previous 14 years in power?    Read more »