Politics

UK’s MI5 achieving a 64% islamic extremist terror attack foil rate

In last 6 months in UK alone: 4 Islamic extremist terror attacks got through against 7 stopped. The UK’s well-resourced MI5 is following >3000 extremists and is only succeeding in stopping 64% of planned attacks.

Would or should they be satisfied with their performance?

The UK’s intelligence services are facing an “intense” challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker said there was currently “more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly” and that it can also be “harder to detect“.

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This afternoon is when we will know what form our government takes, apparently

Apparently, we will know this afternoon just exactly what form our government will take:

New Zealand First says it will be in a position [this] afternoon to make an announcement on the result of negotiations.

New Zealand First MPs have wrapped up an all-day caucus meeting at Parliament, as they decide whether to form a government with National or Labour.

The meeting started at 9.30am and continued all day.

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Fairfax has more Fake Winston News

Fairfax ran an editorial this morning saying Winston Peters was negotiating to reduce the MMP threshold from 5% and trying to cut a deal with an electorate seat.

Winston Peters wants to reduce the 5 per cent parliamentary threshold for political parties, the barrier that kept his party out in 2008. Peters’ own interests are obvious, but his unique position as kingmaker means he might now get his way on this. Labour or National might decide to give him a lower threshold as part of the coalition horse-trading.

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Radio NZ wins stupid Winston headline of the day award

The children and I really do mean children, at Radio NZ win the stupid Winston headline of the day award for this tragic effort:

They get paid for this shit?   Read more »

Lawyer finds big problems in Marine and Coastal Area Act

Hobson’s Pledge reveals big problems with The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011:

The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 has a number of problems, according to a legal opinion obtained by Hobson’s Pledge on correspondence relating to the Act and the huge number of last-minute claims by Maori groups earlier this year. Wellington law firm Franks Ogilvie wrote:

  1. The MACA Act provides a unique regime for claimants that is specifically available only to Maori, unlike the predecessor Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004.  Read more »

Bill just sounds sneaky and furtive as he throws his MP under the bus

Fairfax has released the audio of the Police interview Simon William English gave to Police as they continue to murk up the Todd Barclay issue:

Audio of the police interview with Bill English that sank Todd Barclay’s career has been released.

The April 2016 police statement eventually led to Barclay stepping down from Parliament under police investigation.

Under media pressure English himself released an unredacted transcript of the statement in June, when Newsroom revealed that he had been a witness in the initial police investigation, but the audio has never surfaced.

Stuff obtained the file under the Official Information Act. Some minor redactions remain.

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Bob doesn’t approve of people who want more than one mother in law. Everyone else thinks they are nuts.

Bob McCoskrie loves meddling in other people’s love lives, when he isn’t misleading the court with his evidence.

His latest crusade is against people who want more than one mother in law:

Oh look! Yet another column by the mainstream media promoting and normalising polyamory.
But hey! Redefining marriage won’t lead to further distortions of the definition. That’s just “scaremongering” …. apparently.

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Greg Sayers calls out Goff and the Council

Greg Sayers is making a name for himself with plain speaking about Phil Goff’s dud council:

A wage blowout at Auckland Council has Rodney councillor Greg Sayers warning ratepayers they should be concerned.

For another consecutive year since Auckland Council came into being in 2010, the council’s staff numbers are up, as is the wage bill – from $615 million in 2011 to $853m this year.

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No hard feelings John, but no one gives a stuff what you think anymore

Next leader? Who cares?

John Key’s phone must have stopped ringing, so he’s decided to come out and offer up his advice for coalition negotiations.

Sir John Key may describe himself as little more than an interested observer, but the former prime minister has been talking to his successor during the post-election period.

Key said it was only natural given his longstanding relationship with caretaker Prime Minister Bill English, but refused to say whether he had offered any advice on coalition negotiations.

“It’s natural I had a discussion with him, and we’ll probably leave it about there,” he said, speaking at new Trading Room at the University of Canterbury on Monday.

An alumnus of the university, Key was tasked with opening the facility at the Business School – a simulation of a trading floor complete with stock tickers and rolling business news.

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It isn’t often I agree with Sir Peter Gluckman, but today I do

It isn’t often I agree with Sir Peter Gluckman, but today I do:

The chief science adviser to the prime minister of New Zealand has accused scientists of displaying “hubris” and “arrogance” when they comment on government policy.

Sir Peter Gluckman, who also chairs the International Network for Science Advice to Governments, levelled a series of sharp criticisms at researchers and science organisations during an event in Brussels that debated the role of policy and evidence in a “post-fact” world.

He argued that scientists needed to appreciate that politicians made their decisions based on values as well as scientific evidence.

“Individual scientists, professional and scientific organisations too often exhibit hubris in reflecting on policy implications of science,” Sir Peter told delegates at “EU for facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world”, held on 26 September.

This arrogance can become the biggest enemy of science effectively engaging with policy – the policy decisions inevitably involve dimensions beyond science.”

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