Sue Bradford

Chris Trotter on Sue Bradford’s latest organisation of angry upset commies

Chris Trotter isn’t at all enthused by Sue Bradford’s latest escapade…the form of a left-wing “think tank”. Oh I know…hard left people actually pretending to think…it’s almost too much to bear.

Is it too soon to pronounce judgement upon ESRA? Economic & Social Research Aotearoa has only just been launched. So, surely, we should give it a little time to show us what it can do? Except that we already know what ESRA will do, because we already know what ESRA is. ESRA is a Far-Left “think tank” whose contribution to the formulation and implementation of broadly acceptable progressive policies will range from negligible to nil.

Unfair? I don’t think so.

If I were to show you the first fragile leaves of a lemon sapling, and ask whether or not you wanted a lemon tree in your garden, I very much doubt that you would say: “Oh, let’s not be hasty. That might not be a lemon tree after all. Or, if it is a lemon tree, it might prove to be one of a very special kind – one that does not bear sour fruit.” More likely your answer would depend on how you feel about lemons.

If you like lemon trees, and lemons, you’d say: “Oh, by all means, let it grow.” If you don’t like lemons, you’d tell me to pull it out.

Well I don’t like lemons. At least, I don’t like lemon trees that take up space and consume resources I would much rather allocate to other plants.

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Teaching the ‘lame to game’ the system…nice…

The Media party is helping Sue Bradford publicise her attempts to teach the ‘lame to game’ the welfare system.

In the low-income Auckland suburb of Mangere, a three-day “Impact” event where beneficiaries can seek help from advocates to get their full entitlements from Work & Income has drawn to a close.

Impact is run by Auckland Action Against Poverty(AAAP) founded by Sue Bradford

“While we would be a lot happier if our work wasn’t needed, the stark reality is that every day hundreds of people are denied the full assistance to which they are entitled from Work and Income,” Bradford says.

The benefits system is complex, heavy on paperwork and rules, and benefits officers have discretion over whether to give grants, or impose punitive sanctions.

Often people interacting with complex bureaucratic systems hire experts to help, like the owners of small businesses hiring tax accountants to cope with the tax system.

By definition, beneficiaries have no money to hire help.    Read more »

The insidious creep of “justified” left-wing violence

Shamlessly stolen from David Farrar’s Kiwiblog:

Geoffrey Miller writes:

A long thin country, marked by its diversity of landscapes. A small population, outflanked by bigger and more powerful neighbours.

An increasingly multicultural society with a significant indigenous group.

It could be New Zealand.

But it’s Sweden.

Like New Zealand, Sweden long had a tradition of personal, retail politics in which politicians rub shoulders with voters as apparent equals. That’s what one expects in a small country.

But there is one big difference between Sweden and New Zealand.

Sweden has suffered not one, but two political assassinations. The first, in 1986, was the murder of then Prime Minister Olof Palme.

The second, in 2003, was the killing of foreign minister Anna Lindh.  Had it not been for her untimely death, Lindh was in line to be Prime Minister.

We should keep Sweden’s experiences in mind when reflecting in the increasingly dangerous level of political vitriol that New Zealand has seen in recent months.

This vitriol is supported by John Minto and Sue Bradford who have backed the protester who poured stuff over Brownlee. Their view seems to be that so long as you are on the side of “right” (ie agree with their politics) then it is legitimate to assault politicians. Read more »

Sue Bradford is desperately trying to backpedal on Martyn Bradbury’s civil unrest plans

The left wing are backpedalling on talking up riots. It seems the Media Party weren’t picking up what they were laying down.

So now they are trying to talk all the rowdies into a peaceful protest.

But the stroppy talk is still there

Veteran protester Sue Bradford hopes tomorrow’s anti-TPP protests will be staunch, but won’t become violent.

Some opponents of the controversial trade deal are planning a blockade around Sky City where the agreement will be signed tomorrow morning.

Other opponents are planning a separate march at Aotea Square and along Queen Street from midday.

Sue Bradford said she doesn’t want to see anybody harmed or any property damaged during the protests.

“The intention is to create as staunch a protest as possible, that’s certainly what I aim to be part of to make our point heard as strongly as possible, but in a non violent way.”

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Farrar wrong on Franks

In a superb post explaining why Sue Bradford is not in the running for Children’s Commissioner, Arts, Travel & Lifestyle blogger David Farrar says the following:

Stuff reports:

Poverty activist and former Green Party MP is in the running to become our next Children’s Commissioner.

No she isn’t. Applying for a job doesn’t mean you are in the running. If I applied to be UN Secretary-General, that doesn’t mean I’m in the running. To be in the running you need a non-zero chance of getting the job.

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1) We don’t need a Children’s Commissioner, 2) We don’t need Sue Bradford

Sue Bradford has organised to have her name put forward by the Green Party to be the next Children’s Commissioner.

Poverty activist and former Green Party MP Sue Bradford is in the running to become our next Children’s Commissioner.

The Green Party has put Bradford forward as one of its nominees to fill the role when current commissioner Russell Wills’ five-year term ends in June this year.

Many of Bradford’s most significant political accomplishments during her decade in Parliament were in the area of children’s rights.

She won law changes to lift the youth minimum wage to adult rates, and to extend the time mothers in prison could keep their babies with them.

Bradford’s most polarising victory was the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act – the “anti-smacking law” – which removed the defence of “reasonable force” for adults who smacked their children, leading to protests and death threats against her.

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How can 20 people get so much media coverage?

Twenty losers, dropkicks and rowdies go and try to disrupt a Christmas party and all the news networks cover it like the whole of Auckland turned out to protest the National Party.


Auckland Action Against Poverty set its sights on National’s Christmas party today, taking aim at the Government’s management of the country’s poor.

Protestors tried to storm the venue in west Auckland, determined to put a stop to holiday celebrations.

It looked as though the National Party’s Christmas bash was over before it even began. It wasn’t Christmas carollers on National’s doorstep today, but protestors with a clear message, singing: “party’s over, time for change”.

The protesters came in force – a large group of them turned up in vans before trying to storm the venue, with a number of them then chaining themselves to the front gate.

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Face of the day


Veteran protester Sue Bradford

Today’s face of the day is a party pooper. She and her foul mouthed band of Grinchs tried to ruin Christmas for the National Party.

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Dodgy Union brings violence and bullying to picket lines at Bunnings stores


Bill Bradford stopping shoppers from entering Bunnings

I covered First Union in Dodgy Unions, and now they are running amok against Bunnings bringing violence and bullying to the picket line as they trespass inside stores.

Little wonder that it is Sue Bradford and her ratbag husband Bill Bradford in the forefront of it all.

Scuffles have broken out and police have stepped in as more than 50 people protest in Auckland against Bunnings roster changes.

The Bunnings New Lynn, Botany, Mt Wellington and Manukau staff, who say they received great public support, began striking at 10am on Saturday.

First Union retail and finance secretary Myxine Gay said after the strike finished at 11am, staff stayed in position, chained to the entrance.

Police, who were already at the strike “keeping an eye” on the event, stepped in to move the protest on but protesters refused to move.    Read more »

Paul Henry likely to testify against Sue Bradford rent-a-mobster


Broadcaster Paul Henry is likely to be called to give evidence in the trial of a man charged with assaulting him.

Diego Leonardo Chavez, 35, appeared in Auckland District Court today to face two charges of assault.

Assisted by a Spanish interpreter he entered not guilty pleas and a judge-alone trial was scheduled for October.

The allegations relate to a protest outside Prime Minister John Key’s post-Budget speech at Auckland’s SkyCity events centre on May 22.

It was reported at the time that protesters led by veteran activist Sue Bradford charged at the entrances but were pushed back by police. Read more »