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FULL COVERAGE: National Conf + Secret Recordings

FULL COVERAGE: National Conference + Secret Recordings

Media/Politics: Gordon Campbell on the ethics of taping politicians

Pretty doggedly, the mainstream media have stuck to their guns and kept the storyline on the secret tapes fiasco firmly focused where the National Party would prefer it to be – on Who Taped It, rather than (a) what is on the tapes or (b) what such content might indicate about the mindset and agenda of the likely next government. Bear with me. I know, there is nothing more unedifying than journalists banging on about ethics. More >>

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Audio: Nick Smith On KiwiSaver + Crosby Textor

Scoop has received audio of Nick Smith discussing KiwiSaver and how National wants to fight the election on tax. He also discusses how MPs not Crosby Textor call the shots on National policy. More >>

Politics Chatter: Lockwood Smith Discussion Suggests Hidden Agenda

Audio + Transcript: Senior National Party MP Lockwood Smith was recorded talking to delegates at the National Party conference suggesting once in government that a 'discussion document' process will enable the party to roll out its agenda. "There's some bloody dead fish you have to swallow... to get into Government to do the kinds of things you want to do," Lockwood Smith. More >>

Conference Tape: English Misspoke “Statements of mine secretly recorded at a social function last Friday and published over the weekend have caused confusion and concern about National’s policy on Kiwibank and Working for Families,” says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English. "I did not choose my words well." More >>

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NATIONAL'S CONFERENCE:

Elections & Politics: National Infrastructure Plan Vital To NZ's Growth

A 20-year National Infrastructure Plan and a Minister of Infrastructure will be used by a National-led government to help set a clear direction for this vital area of investment, says National Party Leader John Key. More >>

Gordon Campbell: National's Economic Vision For NZ

If someone said they were planning to raid their children's piggy banks in order to pay the rent - mainly because they just couldn't resist the impulse to spend the rent money down at the TAB - we wouldn't be applauding them, and we certainly wouldn't be lining up to let them run the country. Yet in stark essentials, such is the economic vision for New Zealand over the next decade unveiled by Bill English and John Key at the National Party conference More >>

 
 
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Binoy Kampmark: Totalitarian Cyber-Creep: Mark Zuckerberg In The Metaverse

Never leave matters of maturity to the Peter Panners of Silicon Valley. At their most benign, they are easily dismissed as potty and keyboard mad. At their worst, their fantasies assume the noxious, demonic forms that reduce all users of their technology to units of information and flashes of data... More>>

Keith Rankin: 'Influenza' Pandemics In New Zealand's Past
On Tuesday (16 Nov) I was concerned to hear this story on RNZ's Checkpoint (National distances itself from ex-MP after video with discredited academic). My concern here is not particularly with the "discredited academic", although no academic should suffer this kind of casual public slur. (Should we go further and call Simon Thornley, the academic slurred, a 'trailing epidemiologist'? In contrast to the epithet 'leading epidemiologist', as applied to Rod Jackson in this story from Newshub.) Academics should parley through argument, not insult... More>>


Digitl: When the internet disappears
Kate Lindsay writes about The internet that disappears. at Embedded. She says all that talk about the internet being forever is wrong. Instead: "...It’s on more of like a 10-year cycle. It’s constantly upgrading and migrating in ways that are incompatible with past content, leaving broken links and error pages in its wake. In other instances, the sites simply shutter, or become so layered over that finding your own footprint is impossible... More>>



Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate Pact... More>>

Globetrotter: Why Julian Assange’s Inhumane Prosecution Imperils Justice For Us All

When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, “I think I am losing my mind.”
He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasized by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>