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No Right Turn: Against A Smaller Parliament

Tuesday, 2 May 2006, 2:59 pm | No Right Turn

In 1986, the report of the Royal Commission on the Electoral System, Towards a Better Democracy , recommended numerous changes to our electoral system, including a shift to a Mixed-Member Proportional system and an increase in the number of MPs from 97 ... More >>

No Right Turn: Labour's Dog

Monday, 24 April 2006, 2:10 pm | No Right Turn

Despite being on the left and interested in Green issues, I'm not that concerned with the Green Party co-leadership election . Either of the two leading candidates Nandor Tanczos and Russell Norman would be perfectly good at the job, and despite ... More >>

No Right Turn: New Zealand and Guantanamo

Monday, 10 April 2006, 1:03 pm | No Right Turn

Where does the New Zealand government really stand on Guantanamo? It's a question I've been trying to get to the bottom of since noting their shame ful silence in the public arena and weasely non-answers to recent Parliamentary questions. More >>

Climate Change: Failure Is Better Than Nothing

Friday, 24 March 2006, 2:02 pm | No Right Turn

There's an interesting - and pointed - question scheduled in today's Question Time : Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Which elements of the Government's climate change policies covering new taxes, restrictions ... More >>

No Right Turn: Welcoming A War Criminal

Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 1:11 pm | No Right Turn

According to the PM's press conference yesterday, General John Abizaid will be visiting New Zealand sometime soon. Abizaid is commander of CENTCOM, responsible for the US occupation of Iraq. He is also, by any reasonable definition, a war criminal. Quite ... More >>

Guantanamo: "Evidence"

Monday, 20 February 2006, 8:52 am | No Right Turn

Last week, I blogged about a study [PDF] by Mark and Joshua Denbeaux of the Sefton Hall University School of Law which showed that less than half of Guantanamo detainees are even accused of committing hostile acts against the US or its allies . I've just ... More >>

No Right Turn: Guantanamo Delenda Est

Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 11:26 am | No Right Turn

Guantanamo must be closed , and its prisoners either released or given a fair trial in the United States under US law. That is the recommendation of an investigation conducted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Why? Apart from general ... More >>

The UK Was Complicit In Torture In Uzbekistan

Friday, 30 December 2005, 3:18 pm | No Right Turn

Craig Murray is the UK's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, who was removed from his post after complaining too loudly about human rights abuses and torture in a country that was, at the time, considered a vital ally in the "war on terror". More >>

No Right Turn: Fiddling While The Planet Burns

Wednesday, 21 December 2005, 4:08 pm | No Right Turn

The government has decided to axe the carbon tax . So, with a little over two years to go until the beginning of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period, we now have no coherent policy to reduce emissions or comply with our obligations. Talk ... More >>

No Right Turn: "Repugnant To Justice" (Not)

Friday, 9 December 2005, 4:33 pm | No Right Turn

The wailing and gnashing of teeth has started over the Court of Appeal decision in the Taunoa case, with National's law and order spokesperson Simon Power declaring the decision to be "repugnant to justice" . It's not. More >>

No Right Turn: Turkish PM Erdogan In Wellington

Monday, 5 December 2005, 1:55 pm | No Right Turn

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan touches down in Auckland tomorrow on the first state visit of a Turkish PM to New Zealand. I've been wondering what to say about this since I saw the government's press release on the visit last month. ... More >>

No Right Turn: The Axis of Impunity

Wednesday, 30 November 2005, 1:53 pm | No Right Turn

-One of the positive steps in international law in recent years has been the establishment of the International Criminal Court , a permanant standing court to try cases of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, since its inception, ... More >>

No Right Turn: Neither consistent nor liberal

Friday, 28 October 2005, 3:14 pm | No Right Turn

Why do conservatives oppose "political correctness"? Over the last few days, we've seen a lot of bluster about how "political correctness" is about minorities attempting to impose their views on the majority, an attack on freedom ... More >>

No Right Turn: Sedition in Australia

Friday, 21 October 2005, 4:36 pm | No Right Turn

In the wake of terrorist threats against Melbourne and more bombings in Bali, the Australian government is attempting to pass draconian new anti-terrorism laws . More >>

No Right Turn: The Prospects For Progress

Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 11:08 am | No Right Turn

Last Parliamentary term is seen as a high-water mark for progressive social legislation, with Acts such as the Civil Union Act, Relationships Act, and Prostitution Reform Act perceived as causing a conservative backlash against the government. National ... More >>

NRT: Don't Raise The Threshold - Lower It

Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 4:37 pm | No Right Turn

Writing in the Herald this morning, Philip Temple argues that it is time to fine-tune MMP . He first argues that it is too easy for small parties to gain representation, and that therefore the one electorate rule (which allows parties to dodge the threshold ... More >>

No Right Turn: Party Vote - Left

Friday, 16 September 2005, 11:19 am | No Right Turn

The newpapers are full of opinion columns in which people put their cards on the table and urge their readers to vote one way or another, so I thought I'd join them. But unlike other commentators I will not be urging people to vote for a particular ... More >>

NRT: Energy - Labour Chooses The Green Path

Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 10:39 am | No Right Turn

Back in July, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released a report titled Future currents: Electricity scenarios for New Zealand 2005-2050 [PDF]. This laid out two core scenarios for the future of electricity generation in New Zealand: ... More >>

NRT: Some Facts About Education

Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 9:47 am | No Right Turn

A wonky piece looking at National's claims to be able to save money on education. As usual it has been published at More >>

No Right Turn: National Can't Deliver

Monday, 5 September 2005, 1:02 pm | No Right Turn

One of the features of our Mixed Member Proportional system is that it virtually guarantees permanent minority government. Our political landscape makes parties unlikely to gain an outright majority, and memories of the 80's blitzkrieg mean that voters ... More >>