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Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets today about revelations from Jarrod Gilbert about the role of the NZ police in suppressing his attempt to carry out research – see: The police have deemed me unfit to undertake crime research because I know criminals. The tweets are roughly in reverse chronological order (ie the most recent tweets are first), and some have been tidied up to remove repetitive URLs, mentions etc. Hamish Keith ‏@hamish_keith BREAKING Police announce they have disarmed a leftie thesis in Lambton Quay Shane Cowlishaw ‏@scowlishaw Police media release on @JarrodGilbertNZ research access: Yeah, we... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at liberation
The New Zealand Labour Party's 2015 annual conference will be remembered for the various policies that were jettisoned. But the other major trend from the conference is the discernible shift away from social liberalism on display. This was a point that I made this morning on TVNZ's Q+A programme, and so here's a quick elaboration about this point, via a few quick notes (while in transit): For the last decade – especially under Clark, and then Cunliffe - the Labour Party became more associated (rightly or wrongly) with social engineering, social reforms, and identity politics rather than with class politics.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at liberation
Here's some cartoons and photos relating to New Zealand's involvement in the Rugby World Cup. Slane - Listener 5 November 2015 Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at liberation
Recently Sky TV's Hayley Holt interviewed various leftwing politicians in New Zealand about the Rugby World Cup - here's an except from the programme it screened on: Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at liberation
The political left has a problem with rugby in New Zealand, and various leftwing bloggers often outline some of the more negative history and culture associated with the game. Much of this seems somewhat out-dated and puritanical. So here are some brief thoughts about how rugby in 2015 is a very different beast to that of, say, 1981. There are many aspects of the game that the left should find easy to embrace: the emphasis on the collective team effort over individual achievement (despite corporate pressure to single out stars), the massive number of non-commercial and community based democratic organisations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at liberation
This is a collection of some of the more interesting tweets in response to the Police-Westpac controversy over Nicky Hager's banking information. The most recent tweets are first. Kim Dotcom ‏@KimDotcom The privacy intrusions in my case and in the case of journalist Nicky Hager have one thing in common. No warrants. Rangi Kemara ‏@Te_Taipo @bryce_edwards If Hager loses this case, it will not discourage future Rawsharks exposing corruption, they'll just raw dump data instead. Richard Meadows ‏@MeadowsRichard anyone else a wee bit uncomfortable with championing of Hager’s privacy vs glee at Slater’s (stolen) private mail strewn far and wide?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at liberation
The retirement of the Herald’s political columnist John Armstrong has led many to tweet tributes, especially in reaction to his final column in the weekend. Here’s some of the more interesting ones – roughly in reverse chronological order (most recent tweets first). David Cunliffe ‏@DavidCunliffeMP Thank you John Armstrong for your insight, thoughtful reflections and your apology today. Richard Harman ‏@RMAHarman Armstrong's Herald column this morn the best sumup of last 30 years in NZ pols I have ever read. Politics is the loser with his departure. Phil Quin ‏@philquin Thanks John Armstrong for being an uncommonly lucid, intelligent &... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at liberation
It’s now just over one-year since Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics was published. But we’re still discussing the book’s impact and relevancy, and probably will for some time yet. In fact later this month the High Court will release its decision on the Hager v AG case. I supplied an affidavit for the case, back in March – which you can download here: Affidavit of Bryce Edwards. For what it’s worth, the supporting files are also here: BDE-1 and BDE-2. I’ve also previously compiled other reportage and analysis about the book and related debates, and you can download a PDF of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at liberation
Scott - Dominion Post 25 September 2015 Ekers - Wellingtonian 17 September 2015 Hubbard - 25 September 2015 @FoxyLustyGrover Body - NZ Herald 14 September 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 September 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 24 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 24 September 2015 Moreu - The Press 19 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 September 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 14 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 9 September 2015 Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets in response to the Government announcement of extra Syrian refugees to be allowed to come to New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added. Perfect Mike Hosking ‏@MikePerfectHosk Well, I'm not paying for the extra refugees. John Key has assured me that my taxes will be applied solely to the SkyCity Convention Centre. James Macbeth Dann ‏@edmuzik There can few phrases that have been written more dehumanising than the sentence "100 Syrians in this financial year" > James Macbeth Dann ‏@edmuzik "in the year to June, Syrians were up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at liberation
Moreu - Fairfax 4 September 2015 Tremain - ODT 3 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 4 Septemer 2015 Hubbard - 4 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 3 Septemer 2015 3 September 2015 Moreu - Southland Times 23 June 2015 Lyndon Hood - Scott - Dominion Post 18 June 2015 Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at liberation
Here are some of the more interesting recent responses on Twitter to the rise of Jacinda Ardern and the description of her as a "pretty little thing" on TV. Raybon Kan ‏@RaybonKan Quite a change to NZ's constitution: switching from 3-yearly MMP elections, to having Graham Lowe choose our PM, like a Sorting Hat. #tppa Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams So review what has been written and said about @jacindaardern this week, then come back and tell me NZ doesn't have a problem with sexism. Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1 I've had a bit of a rant about @jacindaardern and the sexist crap she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at liberation
Tweets in reaction to TVNZ’s Q+A immigration debate in which economist Shamubeel Eaqub tells Don Brash to “Get fucken real”. The most recent tweets are first. Deborah Russell ‏@BeeFaerie @SEaqub I thought what you said on @NZQandA was excellent. All of it. Every single word. Ali Ikram ‏@AliIkram do u hv to mind yr ps and qs on q & a RachelNZ ‏@3RachelNZ3 Good episode of @NZQandA today. Nice to have real debate for a change #fbomb #nzpol Emma Espiner ‏@emmawehipeihana I'll be honest, I watched @NZQandA today to see @SEaqub deal out Winston. I was not disappointed. c ‏@runawayfound... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at liberation
This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets in response to Rachel Smalley's column criticising the appointment of John Campbell at Radio NZ in the context of the "white male" New Zealand media. The most recent tweets are first. Luke Tipoki ‏@LukeTipoki People questioning why there's a lack of Māori representation in the MSM only need to look over at Māori media, they're mostly over there. > Luke Tipoki ‏@LukeTipoki This has been one of the negatives of the success of Māori media, it's left a lack of Māori voices in the mainstream Marama Davidson‏@MaramaDavidson While everyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at liberation
This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to a variety of personnel changes at Radio New Zealand, including the appointment of John Campbell. As usual, the most recent tweets are first. Jarrod Gilbert ‏@JarrodGilbertNZ Bloody hell. First Mihi and now John. It has become quite clear that Radio NZ can now only be improved by hiring Jesus. Radio New Zealand ‏@radionz Tweet us your superlative-laden thoughts on @JohnJCampbell joining RNZ and we'll retweet the best ones. Jonathan Milne ‏@JonoMilne Congrats to @JohnJCampbell on your role at @RadioNZ, and congrats to NZ finding a good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at liberation
Murdoch - The Press 8 August 2015 Hubbard - 6 August 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 5 June 2015 Murdoch - 27 June 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 5 August 2015 Evans - August 2015 Hubbard - 23 June 2015 Murdoch - The Press 20 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 June 2015 Chicane - June 2015 Hubbard - 2 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 10 June 2015 Body - NZ Herald 1 June 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 3 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 June 2015 Hubbard - 5 June 2015 Body - NZ Herald... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at liberation
Slane - Listener 23 July 2015 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 26 July 2015 Hubbard - 27 July 2015 Body - NZ Herald 24 July 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 29 July 2015 Bromhead - NZ Herald 26 July 2015 Body - NZ Herald 27 July 2015 Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at liberation
Here's a few of the more interesting tweets in opposition to Labour's Twyford-led housing campaign involving the classification of Chinese-sounding names of property buyers. The most recent tweets are first. Sanjay Patel ‏@spat106 Twyford's proposed policy: Ban people from buying property if their surname is one that's never before appeared in an All Blacks team list. Lew ‏@LewSOS Picture, if you will, a campaign repurposing Rob Salmond's method to demonstrate that people with Maori names commit more crime. Sanjay Patel ‏@spat106 Phil Twyford rips his face off to reveal it's in fact Winston Peters. Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng Chinese NZers: @nzlabour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at liberation
The Labour Party has reached a new low with its recent playing of the race and anti-foreigner card in regards to the housing crisis in New Zealand. Rather than formulate a comprehensive policy that could start to address the problem of a widespread lack of affordable housing, the Labour leadership has instead gone for the 'blame the foreigners' and 'blame the greedy Asians' narrative. In this guest blog John Moore explains how Labour's descent into xenophobic and racist politics comes from the party being completely devoid of big ideas that can tackle serious problems such as those concerned with housing. Labour's leadership no longer has a core set of beliefs, and its recent dog whistle politics shows that the party is desperate to gain support through any means. And the lack of big ideas coming from Labour's leadership also points to a deeper crisis of modern social democracy, and of mainstream left politics in general. That is, modern leftwing parties no longer offer any programme of bold ideas and radical reforms. Instead contemporary social democratic parties such Labour operate in barely indistinguishable ways from their right-of-centre political counterparts, and are equally enmeshed in cynical and dirty politics. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at liberation
Last year Geoffrey Miller (@GeoffMillerNZ) and I put together a list of the Top 100 tweeters to follow this election. Such a subjective list is always controversial and imperfect. In updating the list, we’re keen to get some ideas of who is worth following in 2015. Obviously many from the 2014 list will drop off, for various reasons. So who should they be replaced with? Below are some of the candidates so far. Please leave comments of any others worth considering. Helen Kelly @helenkellyCTU Wira Gardiner @GardinerWira Sam Neill @TwoPaddocks Lizzie Marvelly @LizzieMarvelly Sanjay Patel @spat106 Sharon Murdoch @domesticanimal Perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at liberation
James Cardno ‏@jamescardno Pretty much everyone on Twitter seems to agree on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill being problematic. This *really* says something. Phil Tate ‏@ptatenz Sad irony that in week Harmful Digital Communications Bill likely passes, attack on @EleanorCatton dismissed. Worse than MP's tweets. #nzpol Dovil ‏@Dovil Does the cyber-bullying law mean you have to favourite all my tweets otherwise you go to jail? I am in favour of this law. Dale ‏@DaleSmithNZ I'm in full support of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, and those who think politicians will abuse it should trust our judges more. Idiot/Savant‏@norightturnnz @patrickgowernz Did... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at liberation
Chicane - 25 June 2015 Moreu - Fairfax 26 June 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 25 June 2015 Moreu - Fairfax 24 June 2015 Body - NZ Herald 22 June 2015 Hubbard - 24 June 2015 Murdoch - The Press 24 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 24 June 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 June 2015 Chicane - 23 June 2015 Morris - Radio NZ 23 June 2015 Nisbet - The Press 23 June 2015 Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the Colin Craig press conference today. The most recent tweets are first. David Farrier ‏@davidfarrier i found that press conference pretty yucky all those questions i felt a bit ill > Steve Braunias ‏@SteveBraunias @davidfarrier plus he whipped yo ass in the sauna endurance test Dad Vader ‏@radioovermoscow I see 'Colin' is trending. Not 'Colin Craig', just 'Colin'. Not sure I'm ready to be first-name-only with Mr Craig just yet Jake Quinn ‏@JakeQuinn Good to see Colin Craig finally sweating. Steve Braunias ‏@SteveBraunias So - what, she behaved inappropriately, welched on a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the resignation of Colin Craig from the Conservative Party leadership. The most recent tweets are first. To be updated... Katie Bradford ‏@katieabradford That goes down as one of the weirdest press conferences I've been to. Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc Recent developments in the Conservative Party come as a great shock to me, because I'd forgotten about the Conservative Party Marcus Write ‏@centrewrite A lot of disappointed media types present in Takapuna. 'But we wanted blood!' Patrick Leyland ‏@PatrickLeyland Why on earth didn’t the Conservatives just put out a media release? They’re so weird!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at liberation
In the lead up to World Refugee Day on Saturday, TV One’s Seven Sharp broadcast an excellent five-minute item by Gill Higgins on the story of an Afghanistan refugee who made it to Australia on a small boat via people smugglers – see: “We’re whistling and waving lifejackets to get attention but nothing helped”. Co-host Pippa Wetzell then gave her own strong one-minute advocacy for New Zealand taking more refugees – see: We need to up our refugee quota. On the Seven Sharp Facebook page viewers were asked: “Do you agree with Pippa?”. Of course, some people say “never read... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at liberation