Thursday, March 21, 2019

Karl du Fresne: Long Bay - a reminder of what we value about living in New Zealand


I’m writing this column in a camping ground at Long Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula.
It’s Sunday morning. From where our caravan is parked I could almost spit into the sea, if I were of a mind to.

There are bush-covered headlands to the north and south of the bay and pohutukawa trees line the shore. Last night I heard the quintessential New Zealand nocturnal sound of a ruru (morepork) calling.
At the moment the tide is out and I can see kids fossicking on the rocks. The floating platform that people were diving from when we arrived here yesterday is virtually high and dry.

Clive Bibby: Who should we blame?


The aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy is already showing us that too often we learn nothing from events that should have taught us much about ourselves.

If that proves to be the case here, then it will be a wasted opportunity to do something positive in memory of those individuals who were mercilessly gunned down in an environment that should have been amongst one of our most protected.

Alas, we now know that those sort of naive assumptions about even our places of worship were misplaced. In one act of "infamy", the terrorist has shattered all the preconceived ideas about the shrinking number of areas on the planet that could be regarded as safe havens.

Mole News


Trust boosts schools' reo resource
Taitokerau Education Trust has teamed up with the Te Puawai cluster of Northland schools to create the position of rūmaki and reo rua facilitator.

Whangārei Intermediate School teacher Neke Adams will support the cluster’s kaiako Māori to become digitally immersed in their classrooms, as part of the trust's successful digital immersion programme.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Record Snowfall Across Himalayas Blamed On … Global Warming








The BBC’s Age Of Denial

In this newsletter:

1) Record Snowfall Across Himalayas Blamed On … Global Warming
GWPF & Press Trust of India, 19 March 2019 
 
2) Climate Committee Chairman Is Paid £500,000 From Green Companies Set To Profit From New Policy He Helped To Push Through
David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 17 March 2019 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Political Climate Change Hits Brussels








European Conservatives Dismiss Higher Climate Target As Left-Wing ‘Propaganda’

In this newsletter:

1) European Conservatives Dismiss Higher Climate Target As Left-Wing ‘Propaganda’
EU Observer, 14 March 2019
 
2) Dutch Govt Election Panic Prompts Sudden U-Turn On Climate Plan
De Telegraaf, 14 March 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Melanie Phillips: Brexit Update


There are reports in today’s papers that the Attorney-General, Geoffrey Cox, is having secret talks with the DUP to persuade them that there is a way out of the Irish backstop trap after all.
It was the Attorney’s opinion on Tuesday that, despite the EU’s concessions on the backstop, the legal risk of the UK being trapped in the backstop with “no internationally lawful means of exiting” except with the EU’s agreement “remained unchanged”.
His blunt assessment provoked government fury that he had thus failed to provide the Brexiteers with a legal ladder from which they could climb down off their rejectionist tree. Mrs May’s deal was accordingly heavily defeated.

The Partnership Deception



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look into the deception that underpins race-based privilege including proposed exemptions from a capital gains tax, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Anthony Willy explains why the claims by Maori that a capital gains tax would breach the Treaty of Waitangi are based on a false premise, and our poll asks whether you support capital gains tax exemptions based on race.

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GWPF Newsletter: Climate Wars May Bring Down Yet Another Australian Prime Minister








Ireland: Parties At War Over Carbon Tax Increases

In this newsletter:

1) Climate Wars May Bring Down Yet Another Australian Prime Minister
The Australian, 12 March 2019
 
2) Ireland: Parties At War Over Carbon Tax Increases
The Independent, 11 March 2019 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Second Wave of U.S. Shale Revolution Is Coming, Says IEA








Maine Becomes The Most Recent Blue State To Reject A Carbon Tax

In this newsletter:

1) Second Wave of U.S. Shale Revolution Is Coming, Says IEA
The Wall Street Journal, 11 April 2019 
 
2) America Set To Surpass Saudi Arabia In ‘Remarkable’ Oil Milestone
CNN, 8 March 2019 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: EU Leaders Fear Rising Energy Prices Will Boost Populist Parties In European Elections








As Energy Prices Rise Sharply, Dutch Turn Climate Sceptical

In this newsletter:

1) As Energy Prices Rise Sharply, Dutch Turn Climate Sceptical
NL News, 7 March 2019

2) Carbon Taxes May Decide Dutch Elections 
NL Times, 8 March 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bob Edlin: All votes are equal on this regional council working group – but some are more equal than others


Here’s hoping the Greater Wellington Regional Council makes a better fist of restoring its eco-systems than it has done of overhauling its bus service.

But in establishing a consultative working group to develop the Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework, it has brought curious ideas about “share” and “partnership” into considerations.

Clearly it has been infected by the same urge to foster co-governance that has swept through the country’s local authorities in recent years.

The working group will include three members who will cast TWO votes each, when it comes to electing the co-chairs.  The other 12 or so members will get one vote.

Any guesses about who might get two votes?

Barry Soper: Bit rich for Cullen to call Key a 'rich prick'


It's a bit rich (with rich being the operative word) for Sir Michael Cullen to have once called John Key a rich prick, when he seems to be doing the best to become one himself.
Is there any wonder why at the end of interviews over his Tax Working Group's report he politely says it was his pleasure.
That's because the cash register begins ticking over the moment he's approached to clarify aspects of his group's comprehensive report - and it will continue long after the Government's finally given its view of the report at the end of April.

Matt Ridley: Laundered Lies


‘The whole aim of practical politics,’ wrote H.L. Mencken, ‘is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.’ 

Newspapers, politicians and pressure groups have been moving smoothly for decades from one forecast apocalypse to another (nuclear power, acid rain, the ozone layer, mad cow disease, nanotechnology, genetically modified crops, the millennium bug…) without waiting to be proved right or wrong.
Increasingly, in a crowded market for alarm, it becomes necessary to make the scares up. More and more headlines about medical or environmental panics are based on published scientific papers, but ones that are little more than lies laundered into respectability with a little statistical legerdemain. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Karl du Fresne: 2018 - the year of white noise


It’s said that when someone once asked the Chinese communist leader Zhou Enlai about the impact of the French Revolution, he replied that it was too soon to say.

This was in the 1970s, nearly 200 years after the event.

The message from this is that historical patterns emerge slowly and it’s unwise to draw conclusions too soon. Nonetheless I’m going to stick my neck out and predict that 2018 will be recorded as the year when New Zealand was irrevocably drawn into the so-called culture wars – the global contest between neo-Marxists, who view Western civilisation as rotten and oppressive, and the upholders of traditional mainstream values and beliefs.  

Thursday, March 7, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: The Politics of a Capital Gains Tax



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look at the politics of a capital gains tax and delve further into the detail of the Tax Working Group’s proposal, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Frank Newman assesses the so-called ‘fairness’ of the proposed capital gains tax, and our poll asks whether you believe the proposed capital gains tax is an attack on the Kiwi way of life.

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GWPF Newsletter: Europe Split Over Its Own Green Deal As Germany Urges Prudence








2019 Global Temps Prediction: The Entries Are In

In this newsletter:

1) Europe Split Over Its Own Green Deal As Germany Urges Prudence
Bloomberg, 4 March 2019 
 
2) The Green New Deal Isn’t Going Anywhere Soon
Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 5 March 2019 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: WWF’s Secret War








Green NGO Funds Guards Who Have Tortured And Killed People

In this newsletter:

1) WWF’s Secret War: One Of The World’s Biggest Green NGO Funds Guards Who Have Tortured And Killed People
BuzzFeed News, 4 March 2019 
 
2) An Israeli Company May Have Solved The World’s Water Problems For Good
Jerusalem Post, 4 March 2019 

Bob Edlin: ‘Democracy’ rhetoric suggests Greens will oppose Ngai Tahu power grab – but let’s not count on it


The Green Party’s urge to strengthen our democracy through a Member’s Bill, the Electoral Strengthening Democracy Bill, should portend Green willingness to try to stall a Ngai Tahu power grab in Canterbury.  But don’t hold your breath.

Green electoral reform spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman, who is introducing the bill, said New Zealand proudly has a strong democratic system  – but
“… there is definitely room for improvement to ensure we have the best democratic system possible and that access is fair”.

And: “The Bill seeks to stop unfair influence and potential corruption in politics.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019

GWPF Newsletter - Matt Ridley: The Rise Of Fake Science








Climate Law Threatens To Blow Apart Germany’s Coalition Government

In this newsletter:

1) Matt Ridley: The Rise Of Fake Science
The Spectator, 28 February 2019
 
2) Climate Law Threatens To Blow Apart Germany’s Coalition Government
Politico, 28 February 2019 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Reining in the blustering Beijing bully


Most of us don’t like bullies. We all have memories of them from our childhood, when we were most vulnerable to their thuggery in the school playground, or locations outside school where they would accost and terrorise other kids.

To be a bully, one has to be totally self-centred and commensurately dismissive of the feelings and rights of others. Bullies seek psychological and material gratification through intimidation and violence. Popular wisdom has it that they are cowards at heart, and accordingly ensure that their quarry is comparatively powerless by virtue of physical prowess or being outnumbered.

Bullying is a reality on the international stage too, where the big and powerful coerce weaker countries into making concessions to their own detriment. The price of noncompliance – economic or military action against them – leaves them little choice.

Martin Devlin: Small Businesses beware!


Our Prime Minister assures farmers and small business owners that they have “nothing to fear’ from a proposed capital gains tax.

But they have much to fear.

Why? Because small businesses already have to deal with an overwhelmingly onerous, highly regressive, taxation compliance regime, to which they must conform, at considerable cost ,with significant financial and personal penalties if they do not.

These include company tax; income tax on salaries and drawings; fringe benefit tax; goods and services tax(GST); ACC levys; resident withholding tax on investments or dividends such as a shareholding in a partnering business; imputation tax issues; employer subsidy contributions ;the cost of filing annual returns; franchise fees. The list goes on and on.

Mike Hosking: Capital Gains Tax a train wreck driven by a naive Government


The Capital Gains Tax train wreck is all the evidence you need this is a Government that didn't have a plan.

Why are we here? Because they'd tried this before, got burned twice - and still didn't learn the lesson.

Jacinda Ardern personally overrode her party and ran this policy last election to be enacted by now. But she got dragged kicking and screaming into a cupboard and was subdued to the point where she acquiesced, and promised nothing before 2020, then flick it off to a working group.

Barry Soper: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in state of shock at reaction to Capital Gains Tax plan


If you thought the Government (well more correctly the Labour Party) is hell-bent on committing political suicide you'd be wrong.

The Beehive is reeling and sitting in the top office of the ever diminishing building Jacinda Ardern's in a state of shock at the reaction to the Taxation Working Group's report.

Ardern will be regretting ever making the "captain's call" during the last election campaign with her insistence there'll be a capital gains tax in the first term of her Government. There was almost a mutiny, with her lieutenant Grant Robertson taking charge by reining in the political novice and getting taxation off the political agenda for the time being.

Brian Gaynor: Tax plan likely to go the way of the Titanic


The recommendations from the Tax Working Group (TWG) clearly show that the New Zealand stock exchange can't win a trick.

Just four weeks after the NZX and Financial Markets Authority announced a joint study to "focus on accelerating the growth of our capital market", the TWG has kneecapped the initiative.

This is because the group's proposed capital gains tax (CGT) will encourage individual investors and fund managers to invest in global sharemarkets rather than the NZX and ASX.

The accompanying table, which compares after-tax sharemarket returns over a 12-month period, illustrates this point.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: Jacinda's Vindictive Capital Gains Tax



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we outline the Tax Working Group’s capital gains tax proposal and the implications for New Zealanders, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Edward Hudson explains why the claims of growing inequality in New Zealand are wrong, and our poll asks whether you support the capital gains tax proposed by Jacinda Ardern’s Tax Working Group.

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GWPF Newsletter: U.S. Democrats Won’t Back ‘Green New Deal’ In ‘Sham’ Vote








White House Recruits Researchers For ‘Adversarial’ Climate Science Review

In this newsletter:

1) U.S. Democrats Won’t Back ‘Green New Deal’ In ‘Sham’ Vote
E&E News, 26 February 2019 
 
2) White House Recruits Researchers For ‘Adversarial’ Climate Science Review
Science Magazine, 25 February 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Clive Bibby: News isn't news anymore - at least not the simple reported kind!


Like most political junkies, waiting in anticipation of reading the conclusions in the US Special Counsel's report of his two year investigation into the Trump/Russia collusion issue, l fear that the detail will somehow be lost in translation or by deliberate attempts to distort the findings. Many of those with responsibility to report the truth are already second guessing the outcome and developing strategies to present their own version of the facts.

That isn't journalism in its finest form. It is "sensationalism" bordering on deliberate misrepresentation that has no place on the front pages or in the news bulletins of the major media outlets. Sadly, it is what we have been dished up on a daily basis for the last two years and so perhaps we should expect more of the same.

GWPF Newsletter: Half Of Europe No Longer Wants Wind Energy








Wind energy: 12 EU nations 'failed to install a single wind turbine' last year

In this newsletter:

1) Half Of Europe No Longer Wants Wind Energy
CNBC News, 21 February 2019
 
2) The Supposedly Impartial BBC Should Hang Its Head In Shame At Its Relentless Bias
Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Top German MP Warns Of ‘Dictatorship Of Climate Law’








Climate War Splits German Government As Climate Law Is Postponed Indefinitely

In this newsletter:

1) Top German MP Warns Of ‘Dictatorship Of Climate Law’
Deutschlandfunk, 23 February 2019
 
2) Climate War Splits German Government As Climate Law Is Postponed Indefinitely
Andreas Mihm, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 19 February 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Melanie Phillips: The Real Symmetry of Extremism now Threatening British Politics


Both Theresa May’s government and the Labour Party leadership are now being threatened with a haemorrhage of their MPs. Both groups poised to revolt are posing as the beleaguered custodians of the centre ground which has been taken over by extremists in both parties.
Seriously?
Let’s boil down to essentials just what they’re all saying. The Times (£) reports:
“About 100 members of the Brexit Delivery Group, which comprises Remain and Leave Tory MPs, warned the chief whip Julian Smith in a letter that they were prepared to force the government to delay Brexit if Mrs May could not reach a deal.”

GWPF Newsletter: After El Nino Bleaching, Coral Reefs Begin To Recover








Carbon Cut Apocalypse: Climate Policies Threaten To Kill Australia’s Economy

In this newsletter:

1) After El Nino Bleaching, Coral Reefs Begin To Recover
Maui Now, 22 January 2019 
 
2) Carbon Cut Apocalypse: Climate Policies Threaten To Kill Australia’s Economy
The Australian, 21 February 2019 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Frank Newman: Tax Working Group report


Yesterday, the government's Tax Working Group (TWG), headed by former Labour Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen, presented its first Final Report. Pretty much what they said they would deliver was delivered so the government now has an "expert" report to justify their campaign to introduce a capital gains tax.

The key points of the TWG recommendation are:
  • Capital gains on the sale of investment property would be treated as income and taxed at a taxpayer's marginal rate of income (which in effect will be 33%).  This is higher than the 15% rate Labour campaigned on, and would be the highest CGT rate in the world.
  • As an offset, income tax will be reduced by extending the 10.5% tax rate band, which is expected to deliver an income tax cut worth between $420 and $595 a year to the majority of taxpayers.
  • Investment asset values would not be adjusted for inflation. In effect tax would be payable on gains that are not "real".
  • The family home, personal possessions and artwork will be exempt.
  • Investment values would be taken from the date the tax comes into effect, which would be 1 April 2021. That would require all investment assets to be valued.
  • In some cases there would be "rollover" relief, for example where the seller of a business reinvests in a similar business.

Mike Hosking: Govt's wellbeing budget a looming disaster


So as part of the Prime Minister's ongoing dream of living in a land of lollipops, landholding and general kumbaya, we have the mechanism used by the Treasury to put a monetary value on everything, despite the common-sense fact you can't put a monetary value on everything.

That's why they have sayings like "money can't buy experience", or that was "priceless". According to the Treasury, none of that's possible.

This is, of course, for the so-called "wellbeing budget".

It is an idealist's fantasy, it's the workings of hand wringers who need to be consoled by the concept that as a result of any given action someone bursts into a smile, or song, or both.

GWPF Newsletter: EU Ready To Give Up Climate Pledge For US Trade Deal








White House Readies Panel To Assess If Climate Change Poses A National Security Threat

In this newsletter:

1) Forget Paris: EU Ready To Give Up Climate Pledge For US Trade Deal
Global Warming Policy Forum, 20 February 2019 
 
2) White House Readies Panel To Assess If Climate Change Poses A National Security Threat
The Washington Post, 20 February 2019 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: The Art of Manipulation



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine Parliament’s first debate of 2019 and consider what the Prime Minister’s address, National’s response, and some dangerous ideas promoted by the Green Party tell us about the year ahead, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Justin Haskins explains that the Soviet-style Green New Deal – an extremist Democratic Party proposal that James Shaw praised in his speech and is clearly considering for New Zealand – would create economic chaos, and our poll asks whether you agree with Labour and the Greens that the 2017 election result showed a majority of New Zealanders voted for radical change.

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GWPF Newsletter: German Climate Law Put Off As Government Splits Deepen








Angela Merkel Points To Russia For Sudden Interest Of European Youth In Climate Issues

In this newsletter:

1) German Climate Law Put Off As Government Splits Deepen
Clean Energy Wire, 19 February 2019
 
2) Merkel Points To Russia For Sudden Interest Of European Youth In Climate Issues
Daily Sabah, 16 February 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bob Edlin: The Treaty and partnership are invoked as TPK goes out to promote Māori wellbeing


The Coalition Government is making solid progress on improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and the Budget will outline further work, Finance Minister Grant Robertson enthused today.

Responding to the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report, he said “the scale of the challenge this Government inherited means that we won’t finish our work in one year”.
Well, no.  Jacinda Ardern said something similar in the Prime Minister’s statement, presented to Parliament yesterday.

GWPF Newsletter: Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind & Solar Energy








Australian Met Office Accused Of Man-Made Climate Change

In this newsletter:

1) Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind & Solar Energy
Stop These Things, 18 February 2019 
 
2) Australian Met Office Accused Of Man-Made Climate Change
Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 16 February 2019 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Frank Newman: Auckland turns down and OCR unchanged


Three years after the tide turned on Auckland house prices, the headlines are finally announcing the new reality.

Only those with a vested interest in seeing prices higher are talking the Auckland market up at the moment. Of the independent commentators the optimists are expecting Auckland house prices to remain flat. Those with a less positive disposition are talking in terms of falls like Sydney and Melbourne where the decline from peak to trough is expected to be between 15% to 20% according to the ANZ.

Jason Pye: The Green New Deal Is Communist Manifesto, 21st Century


A 21st-century take on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto was introduced in the form of a nonbinding resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). The resolution effectively does nothing other than express the sense that Congress should pass a so-called “Green New Deal” whose wholly unattainable goals would almost certainly wreak havoc on the economy and drive the United States further into debt.

The term “insane” understates how bad the ideas presented in this resolution really are. Both the Green New Deal resolution and the FAQ document released with it read like something concocted in a drunken haze in a college dorm room. Although it’s certainly imaginative, it’s not remotely close to serious public policy. Perhaps that explains why Rep. Ocasio-Cortez removed the documents from her congressional website.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: UK Government Between Industry & Children's Climate Crusade








Middle-Class ‘Green’ Militants Encourage School Children To Demonstrate For Eco-Socialism

In this newsletter:

1) Theresa May Urged To Back UK Shale Revolution As Company Discovers Massive Shale Gas Field In East Midlands
The Sun, 15 February 2019
 
2) UK Government Rejects New Fracking Operation
Financial Times, 12 February 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Melanie Phillips: The EU - an economic basket-case with the instincts of the mafia


The EU’s Brexit negotiators (who appear to believe that until this moment their knuckle-dusters have been concealed) clearly think that now’s the moment to take off the gloves.
Faced with Theresa May asking them ever so nicely to re-open negotiations to get rid of that troublesome Irish backstop, they have not only said no. They are reportedly now doubling down on their intransigence in the belief that this will force the Brits to come crawling back on their knees. 
There is the prospect of a ‘temporary no-deal’ scenario. This hypothesis — which is not without legal difficulties — would see both sides fail to secure a deal or agree an extension by March 29. The UK would then crash out into a period of severe disruption, a harsh dose of reality that some EU negotiators believe would force it back to the table, more willing to accept the original withdrawal deal and the backstop.

Bob Edlin: Studies find exam results turn to pot when students turn to cannabis


Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick chided the National Party on its drugs policy earlier this year but said she hoped its involvement in public debate was positive.

Her comments followed National announcing deputy leader Paula Bennett’s appointment as the party’s first drug reform spokesperson and Bennett’s thoroughly reasonable insistence that she wanted to know more about the implications of legalising marijuana –
 “I want to know, ‘What does it mean for the illicit drug trade? What does it mean for drug driving? How do we meet our goals of being smoke free if we’re saying it’s okay to have a joint?’ “

GWPF Newsletter: Green Taxes Are Killing Europe’s Economy, Sir Jim Radcliffe Warns








Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’ Will Turn America Into Venezuela

In this newsletter:

1) Green Taxes Are Killing Europe’s Economy, Sir Jim Ratcliffe Warns
Financial Times, 12 February 2019 

2) Walter Russel Mead: The Incredible Shrinking Europe
The Wall Street Journal, 12 February 2019 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

NZCPR-Weekly: Waitangi Week Messages



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we review the funding promises that were made around Waitangi Day and explain why race-based initiative are not the answer to alleviating disadvantage, our NZCPR Guest Commentary is the speech that Dr Don Brash prepared but was not given the opportunity to deliver at Waitangi, and our poll asks whether you agree with Labour’s use of race-based funding.

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