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Prime Minister denies NZ is hostile to free speech

Newshub poll: Should far right speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern have been allowed into New Zealand?

Our Prime Minister Ms Ardern is back from maternity leave, and has wasted no time at all lying to the media about how we think.  This from Skynews:   Quote:  

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the cancellation of a planned event featuring right-wing activists Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern.

The pair, who are ardent critics of Islam, multiculturalism and some facets of gender theory, were due to speak at Auckland’s Powerstation but the event was cancelled at late notice after the venue was revealed on social media.

The right-wing activists have spent the past month travelling through Australia on a speaking tour that has been met with violent clashes between police and protestors.

Ms Southern says the cancellation shows New Zealand is ‘hostile’ to free speech. Ms Ardern rejected the characterisation, saying her country is not ‘hostile’ to free speech, but ‘hostile’ to Ms Southern’s views.  End of quote.

That is a complete lie and Ms Ardern has absolutely no right to make that statement on behalf of the country.

The country is not ‘hostile’ to Ms Southern’s views.

A Newshub poll shows 77% of the people surveyed supported Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux coming to New Zealand.  While it is a small sample size, 77% is an overwhelming majority.

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It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

NZ ‘Alt-left’ letter to the editor

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‘A tribe there that just aren’t pleased to see you in government’

John Campbell

Last night you-beaut, legend-in-his-own-mind, the master interviewer, the master of the English language, interviewed prime mum-minister alluding to the hard questions and answering them himself so she didn’t have to (isn’t that condescending, another consequence of the patriarchal hegemony I suppose; the chivalrous class-war hero unable to help himself but lay down his cloak, covering the pile of steaming discontent that she might not step in it, that her eyes may not be drawn to it, nor words of the mess be forced to pass her lips).

In his own impeccable tongue: (at 6.10): “Fir, fir, first of all; people are saying business confidence is at its lowest level, in the survey, since the GFC, so, so, th’, so there’s a tribe there that just aren’t pleased to see you in government […]”

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Living in Wellington idbkiwi is self-employed in a non-governmental role which suits his masochistic tendencies. He watches very little television, preferring to read or research, but still subscribes to the daily paper despite his distillation of dismay and disappointment at the very low standards of the modern press on every opening of the awful rag.

He is married, to an obviously very unfortunate woman, and has a family who allegedly loves him despite his right-wing nut-job views on life and the meaning of. He believes laughter is the best medicine for whatever ails you, closely, very closely, followed by wine. He hopes to reach retirement, both alive and eventually.

So how did we get here and whose values are at stake?

So how did we get here? Why is it that Stefan and Lauren’s conservative immigration views are so controversial amongst an apparently new grass-roots protest movement when almost half our country voted for immigration cuts due to the housing crisis?

This ‘new’ social movement we see in the news recently has been brewing at ground level for over a decade. And new socio-political events, like ‘Love Aotearoa’ are being formed almost weekly, including combinations of both Maori and political activists, along with FIANZ.

This time though their message is not just targeting local government, but the private individuals attending these speaking events. Interestingly, the latest groups to band together and form ‘Rally Against Racism’ all share similar values. We know they’re not really worried about “racism” or cutting immigration because they voted for cuts at the last election. FIANZ represents no race in particular. So whose values are at stake here?

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Imagine if he’d posed with a swastika…

Caption: Both images display the iconography of a murderous ideology responsible for death and misery on unprecedented scales. But one of them is still revered by the left. Digital Image: Lushington Brady

If a conservative candidate was photographed in front of a swastika flag while wearing a Hitler t-shirt, their career would be measured in milliseconds. When a leftist poses for happy-snaps brandishing the regalia of the worst mass-murder regimes of the 20th century, though, it’s all just a bit of a lark, apparently. Quote:

Labor candidate laughs off picture of him wearing Lenin T-shirt

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Sounds like a smear campaign to me, Helen Clark

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Nick Sautner was employed by the Eden Park Trust back in June 2016.  Initially, his role was general manager of commercial, and then in September 2017 Nick was promoted to the role of chief executive officer of Eden ParkQuote:

Auckland’s Eden Park Trust has found its new chief executive through internal promotion.

Nick Sautner, who is currently the park’s general manager of commercial, will begin his new role next month, taking over from Guy Ngata who will become chief executive of Dubai Arena.

Trust board chairman Doug McKay said Sautner was the outstanding candidate for the role, given his experience and his significant contribution since arriving at Eden Park in June last yearEnd of quote.

Nick Sautner was the right guy for the job and promoted on merit.  Months pass while Nick quietly gets on with the job of being chief executive.

In early June Sir Ray Avery announces his intention to hold a Live Aid-style concert at Eden Park on Waitangi Day 2019. He hopes to raise $4  million to fund 2000 LifePod incubators, which he hopes will save a million babies.

Then on 18 July Helen Clark tweeted a link to a Newsroom story and raised an issue about Nick Sautner’s previous employment dismissal.

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It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

Faces of the day

Ray Avery and Helen Clark
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No justice or did Bill screw up… again?

National are slow learners, and they’ve taken Winston’s bait… again. Quote:

Bad blood between Winston Peters and the National Party has erupted in a fresh war of words after the NZ First leader warned “the jackals” would soon be circling deputy Paula Bennett.

As National gathered for its first party conference since last year’s defeat, Peters also predicted leader Simon Bridges would be gone before the next election.

His comments came as former Australian prime minister John Howard opened the conference to rapturous applause after commiserating over a “disappointing, unfair and unjust” result.

National was ousted despite being the party that won most votes on election night after NZ First went into coalition with Labour’s Jacinda Ardern.

Howard said he wrote to former prime minister Bill English saying there was “no justice” in politics. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill does nothing at all to protect victims

From the “Two steps forward, one step back” editorial on Stuff: Quote:

From April next year victims of domestic violence will be eligible for up to 10 days of paid leave from work per year. Legislation enacting the change was passed by Parliament on Wednesday night, and the bill’s sponsor, the Green Party’s Jan Logie, says National will find itself on the wrong side of history for voting against it.

To New Zealand’s shame, our country is a world leader in domestic violence.
This week, we may have become a world leader in the campaign to defeat it.  End of quote.

I’d like to start by challenging both of those statements.

According to a World Health Organisation 2013 report on the prevalence of violence against women, New Zealand falls into the Western Pacific region, and it is estimated that 24.6% of women in this region will experience violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner.

This is actually the lowest of the six regions, with South East Asia topping the charts at 37.7%, closely followed by the Eastern Mediterranean on 37% and Africa on 36.6%. So, to say we are a world leader in domestic violence is just not true based on WHO estimates.

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It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

Helen Clark is a disgrace

Digital image credit: Rick H

The former head of the United Nations Development Programme has brought about the cancellation of a charity concert aimed to raise money to pay for Life pods to go to the third world to assist premature babies to stay alive because she doesn’t want the noise of a concert to disturb her for one evening.

Let that sink in for a minute.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.