Hey it’s Christchurch East’s by-election tomorrow! Time for a crystal ball gazing exercise to determine the outcome, then another one to tell what it means.
Colin Craig hits the campaign (chem)trail like a tonne of loon. The postal referendum is underway. People continue to die at work. That’s about it.
Sri Lanka is going to give us an elephant. Is this symbol of never forgetting in reward for us glossing over the CHOGM host nation’s recent human rights abuses the least appropriate use of an elephant ever?
Also, Pike River three years on. The families of the dead workers still await their court-ordered compensation while the financial structures behind the business’ insurance have seen the other stakeholders put right. Would stepping in to ensure the prescribed justice be done set a dangerous precedent? What about the opposite?
As the debate about anything important heads up its own behind as usual, some people say some ridiculous things. Instead of linking to those let’s instead look at the cool things being said:
Just what is meant when we talk about leftist division? Can such a claim be made in a vacuum dissassociated from your past conduct and attitudes? Can you be serious when the people you’re berating just pulled together a massive show of unity on a really important issue? Really, man? Really?
Trigger warnings in effect for rape culture discussion from minutes 21 to 33.
Today! We talk about the social media/blogodome response to the response to the response to the response to the awful crimes of West Auckland (we don’t go into specifics, or even talk particularly much about the actual events, more about the responses and attitudes which have been pushed forward – this is over by the 30min mark for those wishing to skip).
Also, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is just simply unbelievable. Yet, real.
The collapse of the right’s MMP strategy means that Colin Craig must be entertained. Just what is he bringing to the debate?
An horrendous storm has caused damage and destruction in the Philippines. At time of writing you can text HOPE to 3181 to donate $3 to UNICEF via Campbell Live. The fighty NZ politics angle comes into play when Russell Normal brings up global warming and gets laughed at. Then told off.
Cunliffe has a point about Pike River. Key doesn’t want to make a precedent, however.
In this episode we do not discuss the triggering events of the past two weeks, except for the very end of the episode (from 57mins until finish) where we discuss the day of action protests Stop Rape Now this weekend:
While there’s been nothing much else discussed other than that thing, politics and news hasn’t stopped, and there’s plenty of egonofodder to get through.
What we do discuss is the formation of a new union – wait for it – for taxpayers. Also identifiable as yet another right wing pressure group, what does this “union” have to say?
The Labour Party had their conference in Christchurch and the news will have you believe that precisely one thing was discussed at it. Never one to miss a chance, people who are not actually part of the party’s decision making at all, whatsoever, rush to bemoan the party which they get telephoned to talk about occasionally for caring about “identity politics“.
This is a discussion about rape.
It concerns the recent events in the news in NZ.
On reflection it’s mostly incoherent rage. None of it attempts to be funny. This may not be an episode for all listeners.
At the beginning of the episode we claim we’ll make “safe” spots in the episode for people who want to skip over this discussion to fast-forward to. After the first one we abandon this plan and the entirety of the episode remains on this topic.
Further reading as mentioned in the episode.
Russell Brand, in a video I might as well embed below, went on Newsnight in the UK recently. That’s all we can say for sure.
What happened next is as contentious as the gospels. Did he successfully seed a revolution of the disenfranchised, or puff himself up with vague pandering to the apathetically uninformed? Should he, as Robert Webb later suggested, shut up, because the removal of oneself from the electorate removes you from the decision making process and makes things worse? Or should Webb shut up because Brand has it bang on, and voting for the express interests of the ruling class on one hand or the party of Blair and the Iraq war on the other is no decision at all, and only serves as prophylaxis to true political action? Is a non-voter revolution applicable in NZ’s MMP electorate?
I can’t remember but I’m sure we figured it out. Listen on.