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A bigger farce is hard to imagine, than when Labour-aligned elected members and staff conspired to subvert council process, to generate an electoral outcome to benefit their own team – at great expense to everyone else! They leave Council no real choice, but to vote more reasonable amendment instead.

This Thursday the Christchurch City Council receives a first substantive report on its Representation Review options.[1] The agenda for its meeting shows a council being backed into a very tricky corner.[2] Can this council make the right decision for its already-strained communities? It has to; this is critical. Against the deeper, further division being promulgated by Labour politicians, there is opportunity to bring communities together – right when we really need this. Here are some views to help the city councillors to reach their best decision tomorrow.

The current council electoral wards look like this –

Christchurch City Council wards 2006-2015

Christchurch City Council wards 2006-2015

– seven council wards electing two councillors each, except for Banks Peninsula that elects only one, due to much smaller population there. Even then, Banks Peninsula is grossly over-represented in a way, and its situation can very much be improved upon. Current councillor total: 13; plus one city mayor.

The Christchurch representation disparity must be fixed this year, the Local Government Commission advises, as it has gone on long enough – since Bob Parker’s city amalgamation time, in 2006.[3] The 13 councillors we now have must therefore become a different number, somehow – unless the ward number changes – and population shifts post-earthquake, east to west, add significantly to the change dynamic. So we are deciding now on what framework the 2016 elections will have, that will remedy the system imbalance Sir Bob put and left in place. But how?

Everything in Thursday’s council report has been steered to reach a conclusion of 19 councillors in 2016, as a better representative number. The whys and wherefores of this particular number I shall not go into, understanding that most of Christchurch do not want it, from knowing especially that we cannot afford it. Others can try to justify 19, when the Local Government Commission has already shown inclination to knock large numbers back. If we want our proposal accepted by central government, it has to make sense; or we will lose our say in election mapping entirely. But a particular political bloc sees advantage and easier work for themselves in using their influence to put 19 seats (it might win more of, back) in place. Is this agenda good for Christchurch? Patently not, when more rational alternatives are looked at.

19 councillors would require 19 separate wards to be created, out of the current seven. A transformation of the Christchurch political landscape, and the question is why?

Dividing historic communities, like Addington and Spreydon into multiple wards by this means, would be to create fiefdoms for empowered and more numerous local representatives – at the local community’s expense (in terms of suburb broken unity and inflated rates). Lording it over subject suburbs?

A more practical and respectful solution would be to retain the current ward total of seven, with adjusted boundaries, or even reduce it to six – with two councillors per ward, continued. This presents a choice of changing the councillor number to either 14 or 12; with the mayor’s vote added, a deadlocked council is more easily avoided than if the councillor number is odd. So this is the choice I would like to recommend, if heard.

There is a case for decreasing both the ward geographic and population sizes meaningfully, to decrease the representation ratio for fairness comparative to other cities, by choosing seven wards, on adjusted boundaries, to elect 14 councillors. One extra councillor to share the city’s workload, usefully. Potentially there could soon be four city councillors with responsibility for servicing parts of Banks Peninsula, that would do a much better job than just the present one.

So what does the six or seven ward remedy look like, on the ground, as a choice? – Most like the system we have now, only fairer (the boundaries illustrated are to be fine-tuned):

CCC 2015 Representation Review 6-ward proposal

CCC 2015 Representation Review 6-ward proposal

CCC 2015 Representation Review 7-ward proposal

CCC 2015 Representation Review 7-ward proposal

The elegance of these solutions is that the south-west of the city joins up with that part of Banks Peninsula, as does the south-east. Boundary-shift and community disruption are kept to a minimum. Riccarton-Wigram becomes a two-community-board ward by adding Akaroa-Waiwera, as does Hagley-Ferrymead by adding Lyttelton-Mt Herbert.

The real debate is whether a new, central-city-east, seventh ward needs to be created, with its community board space at Smith Street council depot in Linwood or the 53 Hereford Street council offices. But this is what we would call improving democracy – realistically.

Thursday’s council agenda shows clearly how decision-makers are being shepherded towards a conclusion of 19 councillors and 19 wards, through dull exclusion of more reasonable proposals:

CCC agenda, Representation Review report, 14-05-2015 p.267

CCC agenda, Representation Review report, 14-05-2015 p.267

I have already documented the ethical breaches and political manipulation experienced on a Labour-led community board, that fed into the above conclusions, here: NZLabour Party corruption: Paul McMahon, Christchurch New Zealand Labour politician of prejudice.[4] I have asked for council staff support to resolve the constant bullying on McMahon’s board, from Democracy Services, and received precisely none.

[1] http://www.ccc.govt.nz/repreview

[2] http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/May/Council14May2015FULLOpenAgenda.pdf pp.221-274

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Parker_(mayor)

[4] https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/nzlabour-party-corruption-paul-mcmahon-christchurch-ccc-newzealand-labour-politician-of-prejudice-nz/

As a community organiser, starting four years ago, I have in that time become increasingly perplexed as to why community organising was so difficult – so surprisingly, in a strong Labour area. But the answer is plain in the discourse above. As petit-bourgeois administrators, Labour’s interest is in their own bureaucratic power to divide and rule, to brook no recourse from the communities they dominate, who should otherwise be telling Labour what to do in office. That is not the way that Labour likes it!

In finding direction and well-being outcomes, communities I know are thus quite frustrated. That has to change, with the new electoral boundaries.

Kia ora. Kua mutu.

Postscript 15/5/15:

As much as #Christchurch City Council is Labour-led, it is inept, indecisive, absent staff ‘direction’
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/68478197/christchurch-city-council-split-on-whether-bigger-is-better

Though there is the momentous Long-Term Plan 2015-2025 claiming their attention currently, Christchurch city councillors showed an apprentice rating this week. With a first vote locked-up, council staff were sent away to reword their question rather than be given the clear choice, how to hasten the pace, that they had asked for. The broad decision on 2016 electoral representation must therefore be revisited, with no sign that Council has understood the major dynamic so loud in its face; that they must show competence, quickly, or they are gone!

Press poll on Christchurch councillor number 15May2015

Press poll on Christchurch councillor number 15May2015

Windmills are being tilted at, blithely, in this Labour-led representation review. Where public opinion is plain to see, and central government say on it brutal and final, the city’s right to design its electoral patchwork is foolishly being sacrificed – on the alter of contentious ideology.

A basic error has been made in putting a minority interest ahead of the majority – to keep Banks Peninsula whole ‘as one community of interest’, which arguably it is not, while dividing many much larger urban communities to achieve that through multiplication of smaller wards, to supply more councillor power bases.

Bold injustice is being prepared for proposal to Christchurch voters – to retain Bob Parker’s expired skewing of the vote, by another means.

We can do better! And we will.

Preferential treatment of associates is a hallmark of corrupt administration, of gangster politics. In Labour Party governance, is it the norm? Is this why New Zealand does not trust Labour to be elected? Should it ever? …

As much as Christchurch City is directed by Labour influence, the very pressing question is, how far up the tree does this rot go? For without unobstructed democracy, real majority voice from below, there can be no answers or forward movement in earthquake recovery. It is our moral duty to attack and root out democratic obstacles and political corruption wherever these are found.

Abusing a position of authority to treat associates preferentially is a variety of personal corruption. And this is common practise for Paul McMahon, Labour local government leader and current Chair of Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board.[1] McMahon fails to separate his affiliate loyalty from his council governance role, as is required of an elected board chair.

Whereas on Burwood-Pegasus Community Board it is permitted for a community resilience volunteer to speak and to vote, on McMahon’s Board it is not. The difference? – Whether the volunteer is a Labour Party member. McMahon thus demonstrates a vile corruption.[2]

Another instance of McMahon’s anti-democratic pattern, his manipulation of speaking order as a corrupt Chair, came when he claimed shortage of time, cut off questions of a deputation but then invited them from his party colleagues, Melanie Coker and Helene Mautner. Accepting this preferential treatment, this subordination of community voice to their own bureaucracy, Mautner and Coker implicated themselves in McMahon’s overt corruption too. These also must answer for it.[3]

An Aucklander in Christchurch for the past ten years, McMahon lives outside Spreydon-Heathcote ward so is not part of our community; he just exploits and oppresses it. A Creationist pastor on the make, McMahon’s shoddy governance, his crushing of public voice, stems from dangerous disconnection from reality. A Labour Party is a closed, cliquey mechanism by which second-rate talent can escalate beyond its potential. And then it always comes down.

McMahon is a sloppy Chair and cannot control his own party colleagues: standing orders are not maintained and a bullying environment prevails on his watch through constant partiality in speaking rights. A council continuing to stand by Paul McMahon would be equally corrupt, equally deserving of attack.

McMahon’s dictatorial abuse of office requires that he must STAND DOWN. Immediately.

Answer the charge of corruption and take punishment, Paul. You will become the better for it. Cleanse your wayward soul.

So what did the Labour bureaucrats do once they had illegitimately barred the only trained and experienced civil defence volunteer at their table from communicating in public session with civil defence staff? They showed plain ignorance of how the city’s emergency response works, how its decisions are taken, and an eagerness to implant themselves as interference in action where up to now they have offered none. Clearly, the city is safer without such foolishness.

For those wanting to move John Key’s National government on, of which I am one, we must start with not accepting National’s imitators as replacement. The open crooks in office should not be replaced with the pretend-not-to-be crooks of Labour. Genuine Opposition, of higher ethical and intellectual quality, is essential to lead New Zealand through sustainable development, onto its next plane of prosperity. This must extend democracy, the greatest source for good that industrial society has known, and not restrain it.

Silencing competition anti-democratically is the trademark of Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Labour politics is a related fake-left breed, of no further contribution to humanity: our greatest roadblock instead, which Paul McMahon exemplifies well.

Paul McMahon is a shame upon Labour’s reputation. The New Zealand Labour Party must advise him:

STAND DOWN NOW!

Kim Jong-un McMahon

Kim Jong-un McMahon


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Haere atu. Kua mutu.

[1] http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/communityboards/spreydonheathcotecommunityboard/
[2] Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board meeting, 5 May 2015.
[3] Opawaho-Heathcote River ‘No-fishing Zone’ objector, Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board meeting, ~2015.

Kia ora.

Postscript 15/5/15:

Was Dame Margaret correct when she said Christchurch City Council dealt in words other than the truth? http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8771242/Christchurch-City-Council-totally-incompetent It appears so.

For the record, the minutes in this agenda – at page 5, item 2, 5/5/15 – are falsified: http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/May/SpreydonHeathcoteCommunityBoard-Agenda-15%20May%202015.pdf Today I voted against the adoption of these minutes as ‘a true and correct record’, and not for the first time in relation to minute accuracy there. But this fact never gets recorded. The record never gets put straight. So here I must document the facts; to right the formative wrong.

There was no interest to declare in relation to these items, and none was declared. However, our board chairman insisted that there was, that I must stand down from the decision-making table during their discussion. I re-countered disagreement with him twice, and the matter was either way in fact none of his business to manage, but my own. That is the law. So Paul McMahon broke the law for personal advantage. Yet faced with the choice of public argument, in which standing orders give him all power to order anyone’s removal from the boardroom, the rational thing to do was to step away, for the time being, and keep the peace of public decorum that good offices require. McMahon had succeeded, from of a party-political agenda of aggressive bias, to create a discussion (leading to ‘perception’) of conflict of interest, illegitimately – to rudely drive competition out of the expected democratic debate for which rate-payers hire us. For that work Paul McMahon characterises the council he represents as dishonest and corrupt. Christchurch City democracy is suffering.

This is the second time that Paul McMahon can be proven to have lied, in a public forum, for political advantage. And both times he has had a particular target he is trying to discredit and disable, and that is the community of Cashmere and communities’ independent ability to organise their own resilience well-being. For some reason.

McMahon’s law-breaking is important to recognise and understand. It explains why Labour, McMahon’s affiliated party, is not trusted by New Zealand electors to govern. And that is for their dishonesty, their corrupt lack of principle – their abandonment of the sector they claim, in their commercial branding, to represent.

Cast as ‘left’ on the political spectrum, Labour are in fact a dirty platform monopoly, setting the pattern of misleadership for all the fake left. Fake because the general public can see straight through Labour (and its imitators, like the Greens and MANA) and are seldom fooled into electing them to significant office. Fake because Labour cannot be trusted to make and uphold law that they do not themselves respect, hypocritically. Double-standards do not wash.

The real left knows that law is all we have to cohere society, in the main, and does respect it. Being in a small political minority thus, with interests the same as the general public, the real left is most often disempowered – like the public it serves – by the wide mass of crooks in government.

Let us change this status quo, for a better now and future. Build the Left Opposition. Kia ora.

20/5/15 Observation from direct experience

You would think that Labour-aligned decision-making on a community board would be to enact what was best for the community, but it is not. Labour representative decisions always reflect, first and foremost, what will best enhance and reinforce their power and control OVER the community, their collective hold on their seats, and what is best for the community second. Labour local reps constantly watch for good ideas that they can champion – having few of their own – to ride their way to popularity through local news reports, monopolistically. So the Labour-aligned approach to community development comes across as erratic and making little sense, being parasitic in fact. Community is stronger without it.

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Rabbits and tumbleweed inhabit our destroyed city core, where “the possibility of building offices in the centre of the city now seems quite remote.” An effective remedy might be to ask: how much does Christchurch really need a ‘Central Business District’ (CBD)?[1]

Christchurch BNZ building - Press article/pic 160415

Christchurch BNZ building – Press article/pic 160415

If many headquarters aren’t coming back and the same demand for office space that we had won’t return, a stronger dynamic for regional recovery would be concentrated, affordable housing. True, innovative, contemporary and appealing urban density: the new central city village ‘Otautahi’ (to be named through public consultation).

The Cera-set height limits of 5-6 floors would really suit apartments though most would be half that scale. We could fix one of New Zealand’s biggest problems by starting an alternate route into new housing than Auckland, with strong supply to head off price inflation nationally. Drawing in rebuild workers at the time they are needed. And inner-city accommodation would gain value over time, inside recovery that is less guaranteed without it.

So let us address substantial need for housing first and foremost – lead the way as a watching world wants Christchurch to. With hotel density increased also, and revitalised cultural attractions including the urban innovation, the ‘CBD’ would prosper quickly again through injected custom.

Note: an expensive, overgrown and dominating convention centre is not necessary to this picture. Cathedral Square – within pleasant walking, bus and cycle distance – is for local people too: the heart of a once and recoverable happy city?

The investment development waves that set up Christchurch the way it was (Anglican settlement, gold rush, bonanza wheat, heavy industry, long stable market for animal products) are gone forever. Except for long-stayers Ngai Tahu combined with preceding and more recent iwi.

There needs to be a new, contemporary investment wave for the city to really prosper again. The $40B government rebuild contribution won’t suffice. Major corporates don’t need the same base here that they maintained in the past, so what will next define central Christchurch?

All the ‘urban density’ focus talk (of the current District Plan Review) should be given an exemplar, it seems. If the many office blocks aren’t coming back, to feed central city service industries, then repopulate with many more apartments and hotels. Built to top earthquake spec reassuringly, of course, around revitalised cultural attractions to recover strong tourism. Simple?

“People have reported being happiest in cities where they expressed the highest levels of trust for their neighbours.. We may be able to nurture more supportive relationships simply by limiting the number of people in any particular residential cluster. That may mean limiting the number of apartment units sharing a particular elevator bank, or building more rowhouses, townhouses and courtyard apartments rather than towers.” – Charles Montgomery, Happy City: http://thehappycity.com/building-happiness/

[1] http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/67780735/developer-abandons-christchurch-for-auckland April 2015 & http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/67782456/why-didnt-you-shoot-them-you-bunny 16 April 2015 + http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/67741917/christchurch-in-2050-will-it-be-vibrant-or-depressed

Thank you to all involved in making The Imitation Game film – writers, director, producer, cast and crew, etc. It is a truly insightful watch, a most excellent movie.[1] What it taught me anew was the moment of history, when war became won not by physical, material force, but by power of abstraction, by calculated information. Horrendous propaganda was met on its own terms, breaking new ground. The film too is a product of this, with shaping mythology a never-ending task – much like the mathematics profiled.

Alan Turing photo Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

Alan Turing photo licensed under Fair Use via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alan_Turing_photo.jpg


Alan Turing’s ‘math’ (for he studied at Princeton which clearly had consequences) – arguably the pinnacle of British science in the twentieth century – cohered a team that defeated Nazi dictatorship and the leading German science of the day: there’s was rocket technology, e.g. (more on this later).
The Imitation Game portrays gargantuan subtle shift in the World War II balance, in a thoroughly believable way, and the lesson here is one every human being will benefit from learning. Immensely.
For we are all drawn ever-deeper into the technical result of Turing’s practical and theoretical work, every day – such as your ability to read this review, over ICT.[2]
The greatest mystery of our lives unfolds before our eyes – ‘the Universal Machine’ that Alan Turing uniquely conceived.
That The Imitation Game focuses liberally on Turing’s divergent, non-mainstream sexuality, that could yield no progeny, mostly misses the point, the meaning of his life. One could ask why; or just provide an alternative script..
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Creative Britain (no, Hollywood!) proudly relates its 1940s propaganda war victory in The Imitation Game which endeavours to extend the role: many are sacrificed for the benefit of the most, purportedly, in this scenario. Turing’s ‘character flaw’ is magnified to explain his reported suicide, in the dramatisation of his life, where much more plausible is his Cold War murder. If Turing did tell his story to the Manchester detective as the movie depicts, then he had breached the state secrecy demanded of him (also shown in the movie: “If any of you breathe a word of this you’ll be hanged for High Treason”) and signed his own death warrant, effectively.
The question is, though, which secret service assassinated Turing – the British or the American? Or both together? Despite wartime integral connection, in 1954 both were building hegemony against Stalinist Russia. Bigger than this collaboration, they were at commercial conflict with each other by then too, founding competitive computer industries out of times of deep economic depression and destruction. So the United States probably had most to gain from Turing’s premature departure. A fair assumption to make, given what was at stake and what wasn’t. Turing’s post mortem report says “Death appeared to be due to violence.”[3]
But The Imitation Game maintains form and sets up the metaphors, determinedly, of the received version of Turing’s death: the cyanide spilt in the break-in and the apple shared as chief symbolic means of disassociation remedy. In this way it regurgitates the myth of a fatally flawed personality ending itself. Too convenient. Turing wasn’t unhappy. Turing knew too much.
The Imitation Game falls short of telling Turing’s main story, of documenting his real significance – the system value he created and lost. Whereas the Soviet access to academic English intelligence was part of Allied victory and explained in the film, post-war this became intolerable. Where doubt may have existed over Turing’s promises and stability, at that time could his secrets be left at risk? No, and there was likely gain in their extinguishing.
What The Imitation Game omitted, as what happened next after the breaking of Enigma, was the probably the more important part of cryptographic history. And that was how Allied signals became superior.
The trans-Atlantic cable, dating back to telegraph days, could be tapped by Nazi submarine and obviously was – in the same way that Enigma-encoded radio messages could only be sent in plain sight, on public airways. What the secret breaking of Enigma-code allowed was a higher form of encryption to be invented, using the mathematical algorithms that Turing pioneered. It was these new mechanically induced algorithms that gave birth to modern digital computing.[4] Their immediate value was to securely encode trans-Atlantic signals, and these helped essentially to co-ordinate fighting resources and quicker, less expensively, win the war.
Turing’s time in America, as well as advancing his algorithmic capacity, eased the way for placing cypher and decyphering equipment at either end of the trans-Atlantic cable. This was the world’s first reproduced manufacture of a programmable computer, based on the Polish Bombe model prototype perfected by Turing and his team at Bletchley Park. It necessitated immediate shipping to the United States, which stopped any notion of copyright at step one, and the modern computer era was born – Made in the UK, and with the task of encryption and decryption over the first-ever leg of internet cable converted as its founding application – truly the century’s technical breakthrough, which the next century would open still at siege to.
But if the Germans could never access what was transmitted inside the Atlantic data cable at that time, neither could the Russians ever be allowed to.
Alan Turing’s liberal university background created doubt intolerable at the height of the McCarthyist witch-hunt: “Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested in 1950 on charges of stealing atomic bomb secrets for the Soviets and were executed in 1953.” And, the culmination of his work, built on top of Princeton US mathematical experience – Turing’s algorithmic discoveries as intellectual property – had already been transferred; under wartime conditions bankrupting of Great Britain (duress). More than just a security risk, by the 1950s Alan Turing had been made ‘expendable’.[5]
The story of the American space program, into which German scientists were shipped wholesale post-war, is very well known: success built upon that of V1 and V2 rocketry that rained automaton terror on Great Britain during The Blitz, though ultimately failing. – To where would the yet unseen impact of the V3 be directed?
The modern computer industry is the inside, even more influential story – only the contributing country was not a wartime enemy this time, but the main United States ally held over a barrel. Capitalism’s new headquarters gathered in resources cunningly from all over the globe, enabling imperial expansion on a whole new scale.
Alan Turing’s sacrifice was one further price to be paid by a long-running but finally eclipsed British Empire: trade secrets kept safe, down-payment on Cold War security.
Postscript: Author Roger Bristow, “72, who was a founder member of the Bletchley Park trust, is a former mayor who has spent almost 30 years researching Turing and his work. He has used the post-mortem evidence to develop a theory that the scientist was carrying out secret code-breaking work before his death. And he says the FBI wanted him dead because he held ‘damaging information’ on Russian agents who had managed to get themselves into top American Government jobs.”[6]

[1] The Imitation Game http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2084970/ 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Imitation_Game see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5CjKEFb-sM

[2] ICT = information and computer technology

[3] What ‘The Imitation Game’ didn’t tell you about Alan Turing’s greatest triumph, 20 February 2015 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/what-imitation-game-didnt-tell-you-about-alan-turings-greatest-triumph/2015/02/20/ffd210b6-b606-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html “Alan Turing.. did as much as anyone to create the digital revolution that continues to erupt around us” – well-researched article with academic video clips, which include a still of Turing’s post mortem report: “Death appeared to be due to violence.”

[4] The computer algorithms that run our lives, 23 February 2015 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20168287/the-computer-algorithms-that-run-our-lives “Seeta Gangadharan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Open Technology Institute in Washington DC. She discusses the automated systems, known as algorithms, that are replacing human discretion more and more often. Algorithms are a simple set of mathematical rules embedded in the software to complete a task. They allow google to rank pages according to their relevance and popularity when people conduct an internet search, and allow internet sites like Amazon and Netflix to monitor our purchases and suggest related items. But open technology advocates say there is not enough oversight of these algorithms, which can perpetuating poverty and inequality.” – 20-minute audio.

[5] Alan Turing: Inquest’s suicide verdict ‘not supportable’ http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-18561092 “the investigation was conducted so poorly that even murder cannot be ruled out.. ‘In a way we have in modern times been recreating the narrative of Turing’s life, and we have recreated him as an unhappy young man who committed suicide. But the evidence is not there.'” 26 June 2012

[6] Was Alan Turing’s death MURDER not suicide? http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alan-turings-death-murder-not-4799480 12 December 2014

Further reading:

“a number is computable if its decimal can be written down by a machine” – Alan Turing, On Computable Numbers, With An Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, 1936 http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Turing_Paper_1936.pdf

http://www.biography.com/people/alan-turing-9512017

http://www.turingfilm.com/turing-suicide

http://www.ip-performance.co.uk/alanturingpostmortemexaminationreport.php

CHAPTER 23 “The third possibility, that Turing was murdered, might seem far-fetched, yet stranger things have been done in the national interest. There was a Cold War on. Could there have been an ‘operation ruthless’ against Alan Turing himself, now that he had managed to get himself classified as one of Europe’s security risks? In 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy had initiated America’s hysterical ‘McCarthy era’, and by the end of 1953 McCarthyism was in full spate. McCarthy declared that homosexuals who were privy to national secrets threatened America’s security.35 In Britain, David Cornwell—better known as novelist John Le Carré—worked for both MI5 and MI6 during the 1950s and the 1960s. Cornwell told the Sunday Telegraph in 2010: ‘We did a lot of direct action. Assassinations, at arm’s length.’36 ‘We did some very bad things’, he said. There is a bare possibility that Turing was murdered, but in terms of evidence the most that can said be said for this hypothesis (apart from the curious business about the shoes) is that Turing was clearly on the security services’ radar during the previous year’s ‘Kjell crisis’, described in Chapter 10.” Ref.36 ‘British spies carried out assassinations during Cold War, claims former agent Le Carre’, Mail Online, 29 August 2010. http://www.beck-shop.de/fachbuch/leseprobe/9780199639793_Excerpt_001.pdf

Was Bletchley Park code breaker Alan Turing murdered? Shocking claims made by former Milton Keynes mayor http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/was-bletchley-park-code-breaker-alan-turing-murdered-shocking-claims-made-by-former-milton-keynes-mayor-1-6467202

http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/was-alan-turing-murdered-author-roger-bristow-says-yes.html “Turing had been doing some secret work just before he died. Roger Bristow maintains that the German Enigma code cracker was killed by the FBI because he held secrets that were either intensely embarrassing or damaging. The author further said that before he died, Alan Turing had been working on operation Verona, a top secret affair, which dealt with the deciphering of wartime radio signals for the identification of Russian agents sent as spies in the United States. According to him, several of these agents were able to penetrate prominent positions in the government including one who became a personal assistant to then US President Franklin Roosevelt.” Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2870499/Was-Alan-Turing-murdered-New-book-claims-Enigma-machine-genius-didn-t-kill-all.html 11 December 2014

A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing, 19 December 2014 http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/dec/19/poor-imitation-alan-turing/ “even if you believe that Turing was driven to his death, The Imitation Game’s treatment of his fate borders on the ridiculous.”

Decoding Apologies to Alan Turing: Is Post-Mortem Pardon Meaningless? 31 December 2014 http://www.thecritique.com/articles/decoding-apologies-to-alan-turing-is-post-mortem-pardon-meaningless/ “In particular, the circumstances surrounding Turing’s prosecution and death have long been suspicious. Is there more to the story, and might it require government cooperation and a team of investigative historians to get to the bottom of it? I do not mean to stoke conspiracy, the McCarthy-era paranoia about ‘perverts’ going rogue and trading military secrets for gay Soviet sex makes one wonder.”

http://sites.duke.edu/randomthoughts/2015/01/18/two-movies-about-alan-turing/

The Long Road to ‘The Imitation Game’ http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/the-business/the-long-road-to-the-imitation-game “Director Morten Tyldum and writer and producer Graham Moore tell Kim Masters how the journey of making their Oscar-nominated film about codebreaker Alan Turing started years ago at a fateful cocktail party. Former sitcom writer and novelist Graham Moore and Norwegian director Morten Tyldum may seem like an unlikely pair to be behind The Imitation Game, a movie about a British mathematician in World War II. They were brought together by an independent producer who snatched up the script after it languished at a studio for a year. Now, their indie about Alan Turing is up for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best screenplay. Today, Alan Turing is considered the father of computer science. But the genius who broke Germany’s Enigma code during World War II–saving countless lives as a result–was never publicly recognized for his achievements during his lifetime–or for many years after his death at age 41 in 1954. Rather he was persecuted for homosexual acts, which remained illegal under British laws that weren’t wiped from the books until 2003. Turing was granted a posthumous pardon in 2013.
In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a very eccentric Turing in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. The film garnered eight nominations total, including including best picture, best director and best screenplay. But for years, it looked doubtful that the film would ever even get made. Our guests, director Morten Tyldum and writer and producer Graham Moore, may seem like an unlikely matchup on this project. The Imitation Game is Tyldum’s first film in English and former sitcom writer Moore’s first film period. They tell Kim Masters about the film’s creation story, from how it grew out of a chance run-in at a cocktail party, to a “lost year” at Warner Bros, to a hungover casting conversation held via Skype. Throughout it all, they were determined to stay true to their vision of telling the story of a genius and a hero, a man who was unfairly persecuted, and whose achievements had been kept secret for far too long.” – 20-minute KCRM.com audio.

Alan Turing 1912–1954

Alan Turing 1912–1954

Alan Turing: The Enigma biographer website.

AlanTuring.net computing history archive.

The Turing Digital Archive TuringArchive.org

Wondering why anyone should care to write this? – There are legion amateur computing fans and everyday users not even knowing that they are (upon smartphones and touchpads). We don’t all look up to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates for inspiration, and often find, when we do look, Alan Turing’s versatile AI ideas to deify instead.

The closing scene of The Imitation Game, positing a broken Turing in love with Victory machine (somehow renamed “Christopher”) as pitiful and demented substitute for true human bond, is worse than fiction. It is sheer insult, making fetish of the individual.

The gratuitous fantasy can only serve to provoke comments like “F___ you, Weinstein. Just what are you trying to hide?” …

[Text under development – more editing likely.]

Dry dry dry

Ye desolate land

Where farmers flounder

And as politicians filch

To scratch a way

Through nature’s limit

Where there is none

To be found

Under ground

Over burden

Aquifers empty

Rivers a ruin

Thy cows do curse us

Dry dry dry

New Zealand drought

Irrigation storage depleted - just-food.com pic

Irrigation storage depleted – just-food.com pic

Graphic: “Global Risk Perception Survey of 900 experts rated water crises as the ‘greatest risk’ facing the world” http://www.just-food.com/comment/new-zealand-drought-could-hit-dairy-sector_id128857.aspx New Zealand drought could hit dairy sector, 16 January 2015
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Opuha Dam Feb2015 pic - Stuff

Opuha Dam, Feb 2015 pic – Stuff

Graphic: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/agribusiness/66084122/drought-declared-for-larges-swathes-of-south-island Drought declared for larges swathes of South Island, 12 February 2015

References:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/10713427/Opuha-near-low-record Opuha near low record, Concern at dropping lake level, 7 Nov 2014

Flounder invasion hits Caroline Bay http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/flounder-invasion-hits-caroline-bay-2015012318 23 Jan 2015 + “a ‘boom year’ for flounder.. the best flounder season in the past 21 years” http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/65287871/Couple-face-fines-for-huge-flounder-catch Couple face fines for huge flounder catch, 22 Jan 2015

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/265927/drought-declared-in-south-island Drought declared in South Island, 12 February 2015

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/rural/266040/opuha-dam-to-stop-all-irrigation Opuha dam to stop all irrigation, 13 February 2015

https://www.niwa.co.nz/climate/information-and-resources/drought

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/climate

Last year was Earth’s hottest on record, U.S. scientists say http://www.trust.org/item/20150116194647-nykz3 Reuters, 16 Jan 2015

Kern River, California - No Diving irony

Kern River, California – No Diving irony

Graphic: “An estimated $1.2bn (£790m) in maize, soy and wheat crops may be at risk in US states where competition with industrial water users, especially fracking, is high” http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/feb/10/us-food-oil-gas-water-shortages US harvest threatened by water-intensive oil and gas boom, 10 Feb 2015

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_27419553/driest-january-history-bay-area-swings-from-boom Driest January in history: Bay Area swings from boom to bust after wettest December

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/12/science/ap-us-sci-worse-droughts.html Study Sees Even Bigger Longer Droughts for Much of US West, 12 Feb 2015

http://drought.unl.edu/DroughtBasics/DustBowl/DroughtintheDustBowlYears.aspx

Starved for Energy, Pakistan Braces for a Water Crisis http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/world/asia/pakistan-braces-for-major-water-shortages.html 12 Feb 2015

The fake-left dirty politics exposed in my previous post can be seen as Labour’s as well as Mana’s fatal flaw: trade union corruption distorting the public realm. The historic task of the New Zealand labour movement is to cast representative failings aside, and chart a courageous new course for honest direct democracy today.

The clandestine back-room dealing, plots and monopoly tactics, that discredited Mana so badly in 2014, are syndicalist labour methodology that simply has to go. It isn’t good enough to replicate National capital manipulations, on behalf of a counter-posed working class, and expect to win. The world deserves much better, through ethical and modernised inclusion.

David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker and David Shearer contest for Labour leadership, 2014 - Newspix/NZ Herald

David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker, David Shearer? and …? contest for Labour leadership, October 2014 – Newspix/NZ Herald

When the Mana Party imploded in the 2014 general elections, it was from abandoning democracy. Inside Mana, in Te Tai Tonga (the south) electorate experience, Unite union was extending corrupt hegemony over the left through amoral administrators Gerard Hehir and Ben Peterson – as a short-cut image recovery from the P-seller conviction of Peterson’s predecessor. They did this by shutting down any competing leadership voice within Te Tai Tonga, using Stalinist Fightback hatchets led by Grant Brookes. This foul play synchronised Labour campaign strategy, of stopping left candidates from competing with them in any sensitive general seats, making Matt McCarten – National Secretary for Unite and David Cunliffe’s campaign manager for Labour – a master manipulator at the tree top.

All these corrupt and anti-democratic, shady and opaque, trade union dirty politics must go, for New Zealand to breathe fresh and invigorating democratic air.

In the digital age, voter re-engagement and parliamentary bloat necessitate online direct democracy in the vision for a progressive future. Watch this space for more policy details and a whole new credible politics just waiting to be born.

Kia ora.

In the New Zealand general elections of 2014, inability of fake-left leaders to portray a higher integrity than incumbent government strengthened political power in the hands of the right. This outcome shows how the fake left, and their own “dirty politics”, are functionally of the right: Maoist/Stalinist/fascist, about removing democratic choice.

The ex-Alliance / Internet-MANA machine became one for extinguishing democratic choice, on behalf of desired social-democrat legacy partner Labour. In this Internet-MANA has no lasting place at all, when the democratic movement needs to grow.

My previous posts related experience gained within the Internet-MANA campaigns, 2011-2014, that lead to conclusion that the dirty politics of ‘left’ misleaders must be exposed – for credibility to reassert itself as an electoral alternative. For the New Zealand left to become a convincing political force of integrity again, it must clean house assiduously starting now:

https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/newzealand-left-recovery-start-bag-fascist-muck-internetmana-elections-threw-up-nzpol-vote2014-nz-dirtypolitics/

Let us not forget the central but opaque role of the ex-Alliance union leader Matt McCarten in this; what root his (Labour) electoral failure? Why is it those closest to Matt have proven themselves the most corrupt, by forcing their professional organising interests illegitimately into (Internet-MANA) politics?

The ex-Alliance-Internet-MANA-Labour corrupt intrigue ran very deep, through Unite Union, removing voter choice

The ex-Alliance-Internet-MANA-Labour corrupt intrigue ran very deep, through Unite Union, removing voter choice

Progress for the New Zealand left starts with ending this ‘Unite‘ troika’s careers in shady duplicity. Speak out against them now!

The Unite union corruption in the 2014 election was demonstrated many ways, but especially when one of their organisers became the only Internet-Mana list-only candidate based within Te Tai Tonga electorate area. http://mana.net.nz/mana-list/heleyni-pratley/

Kia ora

https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/internetparty-in-name-only-ows-newzealand-nzpol/

https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/internetparty-viability-looks-like-this/

https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/internetparty-write-off/

https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/new-zealand-green-mana-drift-right-nzpol-christchurch-nz-wellington-chch/

https://riktindall.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/mana-goes-begging-in-te-wai-pounamu-aotearoa-nz-chch/

To be continued..

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10524510/Davis-win-a-critical-blow-for-Harawira-Internet-Mana 20/09/2014

http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA1NA==/National/Mana%20considers%20voting%20claim + http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA1MA==/National/Harawira-wants-voting-blocks-removed 08 Oct 2014

http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA2OA==/National/Harawira%20down%20two%20votes%20in%20recount/ + http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA3NA==/National/Phone%20ettiquette%20lacking%20in%20Te%20Tai%20Tokerau/ 10 Oct 2014

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/harawira-hired-sex-offenders-with-taxpayer-money-2014102318 23 Oct 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2014/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503581&objectid=11374687 John Armstrong: Mana deal was never ’till death us do part’ 16 Dec 2014

Te Tai Tokerau voters cast verdict on Hone Harawira’s Internet-MANA alliance, but the untold story is burying of the Alliance itself. From Kim Dotcom’s hired gun to Hone and Laila’s machine team leaders, the link was Alliance – which proved corrupt, decomposing, and landfill-bound.

Manipulative ‘left’ dirty politics got the fakers nowhere – if there was a saving grace for the New Zealand left in the general elections of 2014, this is it. A chancre has been cut out of the Aotearoa body politic, with voter rejection of the Internet Party influence and the end of Alliance legacy.

To whom do we refer? What nature this ‘machine’?

The backbone of MANA – from a Christchurch perspective – was Unite Union, through Secretary/President of both, Gerard Hehir. From the Alliance, Hehir tried to build a command and control structure, fit for battle with all-comers, by sweeping party “Movement” democracy aside. When MANA Christchurch branch set out using democracy, it was crushed to squeeze any autonomy out. Hehir employed the new Unite organiser for Christchurch – Ben Peterson, who replaced the Unite organiser convicted for P distribution here – to see through fake-left coup in the city, in the form of MANA Otautahi. This was fascism.

MANA Otautahi grew out of Occupy, where Fightback members had been binning votes alongside anarchists during the elections of 2011, instead of helping MANA Christchurch. Once bored of and failed in Hagley Park, Fightback turned its sights on MANA, early 2012, as next field of action. The coup started then, through Fightback leaders Kelly Pope and Byron Clark, backed by Grant Brookes in Wellington. Hehir engaged Fightback to overturn MANA Christchurch democracy, to extend inner party control. This was fascist dirty politics.

Fightback and Unite reinforced old Alliance links to ensure that only their candidates had any chance of selection for Internet-MANA in 2014. This was corrupt.

Alliance Secretary Anna Sutherland became Internet Party and Internet-MANA Secretary, further illustrating the monopoly and explaining why “the [Alliance] party did not nominate a list for the 2014 election, and nominated only a single electorate candidate” – to avoid competing with Internet-MANA – Alliance (New Zealand) Wikipedia.

The New Zealand left cannot start to recover, to rebuild electoral integrity, until it faces and expels the misguided plotters at its core. That is too general a condition in the labour movement here, which really needs to stop.

Defining fascism is that it increases the influence of capital over society, by promoting nationalism and reducing democracy, merging corporation and state. On this measure, MANA – through its capture by extreme left internal organisations – has become a fascist movement. The outcome of the New Zealand general elections of 2014 – delivering a higher level of capital dictatorship over New Zealand – confirms this fact. It comes as no surprise from overt and morally conflicted intervention of internet capital into politics; the same old dirt.

The way back is out of a debris minefield. Carefully.

Kia ora

Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Kim-Dotcom and Vikram Kumar at launch of Internet-MANA Party 2014

Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Kim Dotcom and Vikram Kumar at Internet Party launch 2014

IMP Maoist fascist root

IMP Maoist fascist root portrayed

Kim.com portfolio doubt

Kim.com portfolio doubt

Cartoons of Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party Bryce Edwards liberation blog, 28 March 2014

Kim and Hone - big air

Kim and Hone – big air

What do the Scottish national No vote, erosion of Māori Party and Mana Party vote and transfer of all but one of the Māori electoral seats to Labour – despite this party’s trouncing in the New Zealand general elections – all have in common, in September 2014? – The decline of identity politics.

A product of more prosperous times, advocacy for difference no longer wins votes. More like, it rankles – as machines of uniformity roll forward. If voters are seeing any point at all, it is in greater unity of purpose.

People are far more interested in what they share in common: getting along in life with more job choice in a dynamic economy. Affordable housing is an elusive dream that all have incentive to chase – security rests nowhere else, it seems, nor even always there. This simple formula explains National’s thumping victory in the polls. Winners are emulated and adored, getting on with it; while whingers spin wheels and waste time.

‘Whining’ from special interest groups, that gained audience when progressive politics were affordable – before the 2008 credit crunch – now gains no truck. Merging with the materialist mass is where the action is, and “Parliament now has more Maori MPs than ever before” through abandonment of separate political development. *

If wages, conditions and living standards continue to decline under the re-elected government, opposing it will have to be on its own terms – a competitive vision of a stronger, greater unity.

If democracy itself is questioned for delivering inequitable outcomes, the answer is in building it forward – as an inclusive mechanism – and not retreating from it. For that is the tide of history.

‘Labour’ itself must review and take stock, as an abandoned identity – is it fit for the twenty-first century? The political centre, to which it moved, is still just as committed to labour for advancing. But it aspires to something more. – What could that cogent greater identity be, other than what we have?

This is the big question: What constructively defines Opposition, in New Zealand, as in Scotland, today?

Kia ora

* http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/628285561-more-maori-mps-than-ever-before
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_general_election,_2014

Māori sovereignty

Māori sovereignty


Māori sovereign-T

Māori sovereign-T

Scotland

Scotland

Some words from the field of public discourse, Aotearoa New Zealand, where dirty politics reign.

Of all the people on Earth, a small proportion become known for leading obviously political lives. Most have more sense, as it is a sure way to make enemies – and who needs that? Quite right.

But of those who do, I assume most are like me, and have made the decision on at least two assumptions for promoting ethical values and goals in public service: 1. politics is what they would be good at, as a use of skills and talents; and 2. politics would be a good thing to do, as a use of time.

It is important to know and admit when one has been wrong about anything. It is important to know when to stop; with a speaking of truth, a telling of personal story..

A wave of popular consciousness and revulsion, at the effects of rampant hinterland dairy farm conversion, had Christchurch educated and determined for change in 2007. Of four environmental candidates then elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council (Ecan), I was one of two with the Save Our Water campaign:

Save Our Water website, 2008

Save Our Water website, 2007-2008

We were put there to haul back corruption – of Canterbury’s natural environment, and of politics enabling it.

We had an effect, because the National-ACT government elected in 2008 had us sacked in April 2010, themselves defrauding rate-payers and democracy with trumped-up charges. For example, the consent-processing rate had already been remedied – to deal with the irrigation flood of demand – well before commissioners were even decided for. This was evidenced in the Wyatt Creech Report, which saw no grounds for intervention. So why did National take drastic action? – To cover up farmer crime, for their core constituency.

On top of consent breaches – seen and unseen – was the illegal voting. When conflicts of interest over water-use cost recovery were identified, on Canterbury Public Issues Forum, it ruffled feathers and set wheels in motion that saw four farmer-councillors barred from voting on such matters by the Auditor-General, late 2009. A few months later, imposed commissioners replaced democracy at Ecan – indefinitely – by National dictate.

Things learned from this exercise:

1. Pillage, plunder and cover-up is the Kiwi way. Whether iwi from iwi or pakeha from maori, going back thousands of years, all will rip off any (thing not nailed down). It is ‘human nature’ (not), that civilisation struggles to transcend with egalitarian justice, moral values and organised sharing (and these got stripped from ECan).

2. New Zealand politics – like any – are an expression of ‘1’ above: a filthy business, unworthy of gentle souls. Does this apply universally? Pretty much.

3. The biggest eye-opener is the dearth of political support for actually being honest. You would think exposing crooked privilege would be popular, at least amongst ‘representatives’. Not the case. They have proven all too ready to line up with National, one way or the other, to advance their standing in disguising irrigation sector crime. Politicians appeal to bent Kiwi nature quite openly:

Labour‘s chime, that “the commissioners are doing a good job”, hides their angling to get more of the elected positions next time around – and the outright corruption of their role model, Cabinet doyen David Caygill, privately profiting from the extinguishing of Canterbury democracy. They just want more of this themselves, personally.

– Labour mimics, the Greens also took the position that it was better not to expose farm sector dishonesty – many being from there after all – and offered no solidarity for whistle-blowing. The Greens, like Labour, run an electoral escalator brand for careerists, who shed moral principle and manipulate outcomes to get on board.

– Would Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party be interested in contrasting legitimate political struggle against government corruption, with integrity and community values as benchmark standards? Not on your nelly. They are playing Key on his own terms, with Key’s own power stratagems and big business guile. No backing there.

– Which just leaves MANA, if not New Zealand First, who superficially fight abuse of corporate power. Within both there are good people, for principle and redress of social imbalance. But if flax-root battles and representation cannot rise with support to put them on the hustings, then the same material illness blights these parties too. And all could be lost.*

I have met quite a few New Zealand politicians. Not one has ever said to me “you did the right thing” exposing dishonest politicians; I am not one of them.

So is there an end to politics? There is at least one:

So that those who overestimate their ability and importance have a way to finally wise up.

There may also be an evolutionary end to politics. For that we can more than hope. And be ready to move on.

Save Our Water resonates, Cathedral Square, 1 May 2014

Save Our Water resonates, Cathedral Square, 1 May 2014

* “mood of exuberance and anticipation.. Internet Mana has one commodity the other parties on the left struggle to provide in convincing fashion to those at the bottom of the heap. That commodity is hope” – John Armstrong: A raw energy Dotcom’s millions could never buy, NZ Herald, 21 July 2014

The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon, The Daily Blog, 23 July 2014

The Voice of a Nation: Insiders 2014 poll left-leaning blog results, 2 August 2014

Harawira still confident of deal, Radio New Zealand, 6 August 2014

VIDEO: Dotcom riles crowd up into Key-hating frenzy “The talk back is 99% against Dotcom”, RadioLIVE, 7 August 2014

Harre defends publishing of anti-Key campaign party video “The Internet-Mana Coalition is defending its decision to publish a video showing hundreds of students chanting expletives against the Prime Minister John Key”, Radio New Zealand, 8 August 2014

Dirty Politics – How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment, Nicky Hager book, released 13 August 2014

Election 2014: Internet Mana – Hone Harawira & Laila Harre “Interview with Internet Mana leader Hone Harawira and Internet Party leader Laila Harre with NewstalkZB host Rachel Smalley, New Zealand Herald columnists Fran O’Sullivan and Toby Manhire, and Herald political editor Audrey Young” & Election 2014: Highlights – Internet Mana – Hone Harawira & Laila Harre, 14 August 2014

Internet Mana climbing, on 2.5% poll average, mid August 2014 – Opinion polling for the New Zealand general election, 2014, Wikipedia

“The dirty start to the election campaign has hurt both major parties.. And the surprise mover is the Internet Mana party, now within striking distance of the 5% threshold.. the big mover is the Internet Mana party which has doubled in support to 4%.. At 4%, and assuming Hone Harawira hold his seat, Internet Mana could bring in five MPs, including John Minto and Annette Sykes. Internet Party leader Laila Harre says the party is ‘sensing a real mood for change'” – Dirty start to campaign hurts Labour, National – poll, ONE News, 17 August 2014

“Internet Mana — Four per cent up two points” in One News Colmar Brunton poll – National loses support in new polls, New Zealand Herald, 17 August 2014

Hager book’s revelations impossible to ignore, Taranaki Daily News, 18 August 2014

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, the Whale Oil Blog, and International Organized Crime, nakedcapitalism.com blog, 22 August 2014

Judith Collins resigns as Minister from Cabinet, ONE News, 30 August 2014

IP / Mana policy rift over cannabis legalisation.. Dotcom doubts big reveal will hurt Key NZ Herald 10 Sep 2014

Has pseudo-left hysteria galvanised the right, making 2014 a forgone conclusion now? – “Internet Mana: 1.7 percent (no change)” Election 2014: Conservatives close in on five per cent NZ Herald from Conservatives on brink of entering Parliament 3News 10 Sep 2014. – From “hope” to dope, the pivotal discourse moment?

“Internet-Mana is down by 1.2 points to 2.3 per cent, possibly a reflection of talk of tensions in the alliance, although this result would see Laila Harre and Annette Sykes elected as long as leader Hone Harawira keeps his seat.” Winston on the rise as signs point to tighter race. Latest opinion poll shows voter loyalty swinging in all directions Herald-DigiPoll survey, 12 Sep 2014

Is Hone losing his cool over election dramas? The Paul Henry Show, TV3 12 Sep 2014

The gargantuan waste, of Internet (traffic) Party intercession these elections, is that dirty politics of every kind are not tolerated by voters and something substantively different must be presented for winning their support. Hence NZ 1st longevity, a bolster to majority right. The true left has no home. (Viz Jesus.)

No one likes being on the losing side and few will do so willingly – no mortal can have any interest in it.

What share of the party vote will the Internet Mana Party win at the next General Election (10c/1%)? ipredict contract VOTE.2014.INTMANA – 3.8% 8 Aug; 4.174% 20 Aug; 4.867% 30 Aug; 3.513% 11 Sep; 3.483% 12 Sep; 3.392% 15 Sep; 2.689% 18 Sep; 1.8% 20 Sep 2014

ipredict Internet Mana Party poll, 21 Aug - 3 Sept 2014

ipredict Internet Mana Party poll, 21 Aug – 3 Sept 2014


ipredict IMP poll, 7-20 Sept 2014

ipredict Internet Mana Party poll, 7-20 Sept 2014

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