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It’s finally here. They wouldn’t let us launch this documentary at Berkeley, but you can see it right here for free, courtesy of the Capital Research Center. As you may know, social media is not kind to conservatives. It would help us greatly if you could “upvote” the film on YouTube and also “upvote” comments […]

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Jordan Carter on Why Labour Can Win Again.
January 29, 2006 – 2:39 am EST | 8 Comments
Jordan Carter on Why Labour Can Win Again.

Jordan Carter of Just Left has has blogged on why he believes Labour can win a fourth term (shudder). The article is well worth a read by anyone who thinks the Centre/Right can coast to victory in 2008. Jordan Carter makes the point that; “Never again is there going to be the kind of confluence […]

Google Bes Evil
January 29, 2006 – 1:14 am EST | 5 Comments
Google Bes Evil

David Farrar at KiwiBlog has an excellent post on Google’s decision to set up a Google China service which will censor out terms unacceptable to the Chinese Government. Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil” so its fair to say that many, including myself are shocked and appalled by their decision. Says David “To put it […]

Cuban Trained Doctors "Sow the Seed of Solidarity"
January 28, 2006 – 6:50 am EST | 5 Comments
Cuban Trained Doctors "Sow the Seed of Solidarity"

In a recent post I wrote about the fact that Cuba is training East Timorese doctors. “Cameron” in a replying comment said “I don’t see what’s so wrong with this. East Timor can get a cheap boost to its poorly resourced health system” What Cameron misses is the fact that Castro does nothing for nothing. […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R. Number 3, Dale Frew
January 28, 2006 – 6:49 am EST | 3 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R. Number 3, Dale Frew

Anybody who attended Waikato Uni in the’90s would probably remember the subject of my third “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?”, profile, Dale Frew. Frew was a “mature” student. He came to Waikato in ’92 after 10 years as a union official, first with the Butchers and grocers Union and then as Waikato Secretary of […]

S.A.P. Number 5, Mike Law
January 28, 2006 – 4:35 am EST | 7 Comments
S.A.P. Number 5, Mike Law

My latest Socialist Academic Profile is of Mike Law of Waikato University. Law has a BA from Auckland, a Diploma of Education Studies from Waikato and a masters of Education from Rutgers. He is chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and is Seniorr Lecturer (Labour and Trade Union Studies). Law has a […]

New Slogan for ACT?
January 27, 2006 – 11:53 pm EST | 2 Comments
New Slogan for ACT?

Rob Good at Puntiki wants your suggestions on a new slogan for ACT. “What would be a better slogan for ACT, should ACT drop a slogan all together, or do you like “The Liberal Party” slogan?

The "Liberal" Word, Help or Hindrance?
January 27, 2006 – 7:04 am EST | 23 Comments
The "Liberal" Word, Help or Hindrance?

From comments on ACT’s future posted on Rob Good’s Puntiki Dan King “ACT has never employed marketing effectively. Our liberal brand means nothing to the average Jo Schmo who might vote for us, if he actually knew us. We need to ditch this intellectual ‘liberal rubbish’ and go for grass roots branding. ‘The party for […]

Aaron Tells it Like He Sees It
January 26, 2006 – 10:56 pm EST | 6 Comments
Aaron Tells it Like He Sees It

The kinder part of a comment posted on Rob Good’s Puntiki by former ACT Deputy Board member and current National Party member, Aaron Bhatnagar. “I am not interested in handing out specific free advice for ACT, other than to note that ACT has always searched for one single silver bullet to fix all its problems […]

Owen McShane Talks Sense on House Prices
January 25, 2006 – 10:55 pm EST | 6 Comments
Owen McShane Talks Sense on House Prices

From the NBR 20.2.06 by Owen McShane’ Everyone knows we all want higher incomes and lower prices. Nobody likes to see headlines saying “oil prices rose 20% last year”… or “Price increases of 20% demonstrate continuing strong economic growth”.Yet headlines that read “House prices continue their strong upward trend” are cause for celebration by the […]

Councils and RMA to Blame for High House Prices.
January 25, 2006 – 10:31 pm EST | 3 Comments
Councils and RMA to Blame for High House Prices.

This morning’s Press Release from Christchurch based property investor, Hugh Pavletich, is right on the button. “Recent comments by two Bank economists ( NZ Herald – “Low incomes blamed for affordability crisis” – by Anne Gibson – 25 January 2005 ) in response to the 2006 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, are seriously wide of […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 2, Marinus La Rooij
January 25, 2006 – 9:36 pm EST | 9 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 2, Marinus La Rooij

Those of you at Otago Uni, in the early ’90s or Vic in the mid ’90s, might remember the subject of my second “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?”, profile, Marinus La Rooij. La Rooij joined Jim Anerton’s New Labour Party in 1989, while still only 17 or 18. He stood for Parliament for the […]

Who is Cindy Kiro?
January 25, 2006 – 1:45 am EST | 6 Comments
Who is Cindy Kiro?

When Cindy Kiro was appointed as Children’s Commissioner in 2003, the Commission put this bio on their webste. “Dr Kiro has a PhD in Social Policy and has worked mainly in the area of public health and advocacy for children and young people. She is married and mother to two young men and is of […]

Every Child Needs a "Big Brother"
January 25, 2006 – 12:41 am EST | 4 Comments
Every Child Needs a "Big Brother"

From this morning’s Christchurch Press. “The Children’s Commissioner wants the Government to test every New Zealand child four times during childhood as part of a radical plan to keep tabs on child welfare. As part of the proposal, commissioner Cindy Kiro said she wanted children assessed at milestones in their life as part of an […]

Cubans Targeting East Timor
January 24, 2006 – 11:00 pm EST | 4 Comments
Cubans Targeting East Timor

In December 2005, East Timorese Prime Minister, Bim Amude Mari Alkatiri, paid a state visit to Cuba at the invitation of the President of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba, Fidel Castro. conforming to a familiar pattern, Castro announced that Cuba is prepared to send up to 300 doctors to East Timor, in […]

Chilean Communist "Reminds" Socialist President.
January 24, 2006 – 10:48 pm EST | 4 Comments
Chilean Communist "Reminds" Socialist President.

On December 17, Guillermo Teillier, leader of the Chilean Communist Party, reminded Chile’s new Socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, that without the support of the left she would not have won. Said Teillier,“We now hope that Bachelet will fulfill the promises that she has made before the people and trade unionists. We are now going to […]

New Bolivian President Cements Links with Cubans
January 24, 2006 – 7:55 am EST | 3 Comments
New Bolivian President Cements Links with Cubans

From Prensa Latina “Bolivian President Evo Morales and Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage held talks at the governmental headquarters in La Paz on Monday, in an environment of friendship that marks historic relations between both nations. Lage, who heads the delegation that attended Morales´ swearing-in on Sunday, is accompanied by Foreign Investment and Economic Collaboration […]

Make Communist Fronts History
January 24, 2006 – 6:36 am EST | 3 Comments
Make Communist Fronts History

From Scoop Hat Tip Lindsay Mitchell “A diverse panel of community representatives is calling on all NZers to make “poverty wages history” in 2006 at a press conference this Wednesday January 25, 12 noon at the Mercure Hotel, 8 Customs St. The panel includes grassroots organisations, including health, student, ethnic and poverty groups, NGOs, unions […]

Advice for ACT’s Next President?
January 24, 2006 – 12:42 am EST | 7 Comments
Advice for ACT’s Next President?

Rob Good has come up with a great idea. He asks“If you were elected as the President of the ACT party, and if you had the power and ability to make some big changes within ACT what would that be and how would you implement it?” Link to Rob at Puntiki and give him your […]

Heat Produces Light!
January 23, 2006 – 10:55 pm EST | 5 Comments
Heat Produces Light!

There’s been some scrapping over five blogs recently between some National supporters and some ACTivists. While there has been some personal stuff, I think the results have been positive. It’s got people thinking more about National/ACT relations and also what we need to do to improve our respective parties. Spiit of ’76 has come up […]

"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai
January 23, 2006 – 4:26 am EST | 5 Comments
"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai

Organisers of last weekend’s protest at Waihopai surveillance station are disappointed at the turnout and lack of local support. About a 100 protesters marched through Blenheim chanting “Waihopai spies, people die”, yet this inspired hardly a local to turn up in support. For all the publicity, it is actually a little bit woeful, how many […]

Bolivia’s New Leader, Cosies up to Castro
January 23, 2006 – 4:06 am EST | 3 Comments
Bolivia’s New Leader, Cosies up to Castro

Before even being inaugurated, Bolivia’s president-elect, Evo Morales of the Movemement Towards Socialism, paid a flying visit, just before new year, to Fidel Castro in Cuba. During the visit, Castro and Morales announced a 30-month plan to eliminate illiteracy in Bolivia, provide free eye operations to up to 50,000 Bolivians and provide 5,000 medical scholarships […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 1, Bruce Cronin
January 21, 2006 – 11:20 pm EST | 8 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 1, Bruce Cronin

Some of you who attended Auckland University in the ’80s and ’90s might remember my first “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?” profile, Bruce Cronin.Cronin is now is Director of Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Greenwich Business School, UK. He teaches on corporate strategy and business networks. “He has researched, consulted and published on […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.s are Coming!
January 21, 2006 – 10:42 pm EST | 3 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.s are Coming!

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on my Socialist Academic Profiles, so I thought I’d add another series to run in tandem. Some of my ex uni student readers might sometimes wonder, “what ever happened to those Marxist stirrers?, who tried to run student politics when I was at uni?”. You know the types; […]

Gerry Eckhoff Still Fighting for Property Rights
January 21, 2006 – 10:27 pm EST | 7 Comments
Gerry Eckhoff Still Fighting for Property Rights

Former ACT MP, Gerry Eckhoff might be back on the farm, but he’s still doing what he does best-sticking up for property rights From Newstalk ZB “Former ACT MP and Central Otago farmer Gerry Eckhoff has issued a trespass notice against DOC, stopping department staff going onto his property to survey a supposedly endangered plant. […]

Free Markets Make You Safer
January 21, 2006 – 2:25 am EST | 3 Comments
Free Markets Make You Safer

In an earlier post I wrote about how taxi companies and insurance companies, working together in a free market could ensure passenger safety more effectively and fairly, than an any state regulatory agency. I suggested that in a true free market, taxi companies could be sued and therefore would need to carry public liability insurance. […]

Why We Need a Free Market in Sperm
January 21, 2006 – 1:55 am EST | 6 Comments
Why We Need a Free Market in Sperm

From Radio NZ “Fertility clinics are turning down sperm donations from gay men because of Australian regulations aimed at curbing the spread of HIV, a fertility specialist says. A Wellington man says he has been discriminated against after he was rejected by a sperm bank as a donor because he is gay. The man, who […]

Keith Locke Wins "Hypocrite of the Year, 2006"…. in January!
January 19, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST | 13 Comments
Keith Locke Wins "Hypocrite of the Year, 2006"…. in January!

Green MP Keith Locke has pulled off a stunning coup in taking out the New Zeal “Hypocrite of the Year” award for 2006, in January. However our panel of judges felt compelled to award the prestigious prize to Mr Locke as they felt no one could possibly match his latest achievement. As reported in this […]

Nohopers Protest at Waihopai
January 19, 2006 – 1:46 am EST | 7 Comments
Nohopers Protest at Waihopai

The annual protest at the “US spybase” at Waihopai near Blenheim takes place this weekend. Organised by the Christchurch based, Anti Bases Campaign, a motley gathering of communists, anarchists, peaceniks, hippies and other no-hopers, will camp outside the base from Friday to Sunday and try to get themselves on TV. This how ABC describe the […]

Who Protests at Waihopai?
January 19, 2006 – 1:13 am EST | 4 Comments
Who Protests at Waihopai?

Waihopai protest 2000. Marxist Green MP Keith Locke. Waihopai protest 2003. On left, Dr Hannah Middleton, President, Communist Party of Australia.

Don Brash Looks to the Future
January 18, 2006 – 9:54 pm EST | 8 Comments
Don Brash Looks to the Future

According to Colin Espiner in today’s NZ Herald, Don Brash is firm on leading National into the next election and is realistic about the need to work with other parties. “Brash, who turned 65 after the election last September, said yesterday that after “overwhelming” positive feedback from the party, his colleagues and the public, he […]