Episode #26: The Labour Party is Not Your Friend — Budget 2019 SPECIAL EPISODE

We’re very please to release a special episode dedicated to why the Labour Party is not your friend. This is a deep-dive into Budget 2019, the so-called “Wellbeing Budget”.

We interview 6 educators, agitators and organisers about why this budget falls woefully short. A full transcript is available on peoplespolitburo.com.

First, we talk to Ben Rosamond from the primary teachers’ union NZEI. Ben outlines why teachers are angry af about this budget and the current crisis in education. He also spills the tea about the teachers’ strike and the struggle going forward.

Then, we sit down with Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is an early childhood teacher and new mum. Nadia outlines the very real danger that children are placed in because of the chronic under-funding of early childhood education. She makes an important feminist case for why we need free, universal early childhood education in Aotearoa. P.s. Nadia was the kween who wrote that letter with Justine to Lorde: thespinoff.co.nz/society/12-10-20…letter-to-lorde/

A little awkwardly, our third “guest” is Ti Lamusse: SH People’s Politburo panelist, socialist, homosexualist, and researcher in criminal justice issues. Ti discusses how Labour is prioritising imprisonment over housing and why this was not a Wellbeing Budget for impoverished communities.

Our fourth guest is Vanessa Cole, a formidable housing researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Vanessa talks about how the housing announcements aren’t nearly enough to address the housing crisis and chronic homelessness.

Then we talk with Anna Sturman (PhD candidate at USyd) about how the Wellbeing Budget fundamentally fails to deal with climate change. Anna does an incredible job outlining the political economy of climate change and why we can’t fund our way out of disaster. Anna is a member of the Australian-based Climate Justice Collective. You can find out more here: climatejusticeaustralia.org/

Finally, our returning champion and ASMR expert, Ricardo Menéndez March lays down some truths about welfare. Ricardo demonstrates how the Wellbeing Budget dooms hundreds of thousands of people to continuing poverty because of low benefit rates.

From this collective analysis, the Politburo concludes that the Labour Party is absolutely not your friend.

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Episode #24: Protect Ihumātao, an interview with Pania Newton (+ other SHPP nonsense)

This episode follows the Politburo on our trip to Ihumātao and beyond. The show was recorded in two parts. Everything other than Snitch the Sitch was recorded while very not sober, which we hope adds to the charm.

The episode starts with a nonsensical description of our day from a very blazed Ti. It’s mostly coherent and pretty funny.

Concerned Comrades is a lot this week. Justine and Ti get through the first two questions with a straight face before completely losing it in the last question and forgetting to re-record it. You get the joyful mess that is two best buds trying to be serious but struggling hard af.

Snitch the Sitch takes us to Ihumātao, where Emmy, Justine and Ti interview Pania Newton, one of the leaders of the peaceful occupation of stolen land. The interview outlines the history of the land, its importance, the struggle to reclaim it, as well as what you can do to help. You can find out more on their website here: www.protectihumatao.com/. If you’re based abroad, you can donate to their givealittlehttps://givealittle.co.nz/cause/protectihumatao-1#
However, if you’re in NZ, please use their bank account and directly donate. Their number is 38-9017-0062452-00

Finally, in Come in My Library, we read another gem from our returning champion Mike Hosking. Somehow Justine’s takes get 10x hotter when high but Ti just becomes a mess. You’re so welcome.

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Episode #23: Talking Capital Gain$ with our Swoletariat Friends

This fortnight we have a special guest host Ricardo Mendendez-March (@RMarchNZ on twitter). Ricardo is a returning friend of the show from episode two. Ricardo is the coordinator at Auckland Action Against Poverty. You can find out more about AAAP here: www.aaap.org.nz/

We got Ricardo on especially to talk about the capital gains tax and the Labour Party’s treasonous refusal to implement one. In this fortnight’s segment of “the Labour Party is not your Friend”, we’re spitting fire, talking serious sheet about the Labour party’s latest betrayals.

In “Concerned Comrades”, we talk about the budget responsibility rules, Stuart McCutcheon, and organising through burnout.

Ricardo snitches the sitch with us, letting us know what’s happening with AAAP.

Finally, we read a truly incredible piece about the human rights commission. Enjoy comrades!

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Episode #22: Should Academics be Activists?

This fortnight’s episode is another in the more reflective genre. Justine and Ti talk on the themes of building left organisations in Aotearoa, as well as specifically whether academics should be activists.

In concerned comrades, the Politburo answers questions about rural socialist organising, making concessions to build mass power, and the tensions between combating climate change and other political necessities.

We introduce a new segment of “Theory Faeries” (Ti can’t pronounce it properly). This segments is going to be where we talk ideas in hopefully a funny, informative, and entertaining way. Sometimes we’ll have interviews, sometimes we’ll read a book, and sometimes we’ll just talk nonsense. This fortnight, we unpack whether academics should be activists.

If you came for the memes, however, this episode isn’t all dry analysis. We’ve got you covered in our reading of a truly incredible Newstalk ZB article. You’re so welcome.

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Episode #20: The Union Train’s A-Comin’ Comin’ Comin’

Hey babe, it’s time to get aboard this union train. This episode of SHPP, in the tradition of Pete Seeger (the grandaddy of weed and union songs), we talking unions.

The episode starts out with some important self-crit from Comrades Emmy and Ti before quickly moving on to a denunciation of their employers.

Then, in “Concerned Comrades”, Emmy proudly tells on herself while Ti provide nuanced analysis of the differences between being horny, being a leftist, and being a horny leftist. You better be ready to get neck-deep in scientific socialism, comrades.

This fortnight, we “Snitch the Sitch” with Ben Peterson from FIRST Union and Unions Wellington. Ben is a formidable socialist union organiser who has made bosses tremble at his feet. He spills the tea with Justine and Ti about the future of unionism in Aotearoa, its relationship to social movements and how you unionise your workforce.

Finally, we invite you to cum in our library. This fortnight we read another incredible piece by friend-of-the-show, Kate Hawkesby. You’re welcome.

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Episode #15: Justine has fleas (year in review)

The politburo came together for one final full episode before the summer holiday break in Aotearoa.

Like the year of our lord 2018 itself, this episode was filled with conflict and in-fighting on the left. A psyop “listener” sowed the seeds of division by asking us in #ConcernedComrades what we disagree on. That led to the very clear demarcation of the podcast on the left-to-right spectrum. Who’s the filthy socdem? Who’s the murderous tankie? And who’s the treacherous trot? The answers might surprise you.

For this fortnight’s segment of Snitch the Sitch, we provide you with our year in review. We talk about the achievements of the left in Aotearoa and abroad and the things that got us excited.

In Cum into My Library, we are happy to read for you another of Mike Hosking’s truly marvelous think-pieces for the NZHerald. Hosko, once again, brings galaxy-brain realness to the runway.

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Episode #14: Three socialists on how we accidentally started a corporate boycott of Auckland Pride

We sheepishly slink back online to give an update on our episode from 3 weeks ago, wherein we triumphantly claimed that the pigs had withdrawn from our city’s Pride parade. It turns out, fucking everybody else is pulling out alongside them!

None of us on the show have ever pulled out in our lives, but we do our best to give a socialist analysis of exactly what is going on in Auckland’s gay community right now. With the pigs, the military, and a bunch of banks cutting and running, Pride is in danger of not being fucking boring. We also answer a carefully-curated selection of questions about Pride, gay politics, and what you (YOU!) can do to make Pride communist.

We also open the show with our “The Labour Party is Not Your Friend” segment, thrashing the pathetic neoliberals in power for their attacks on union power.

We close up the show by reading an article criticising the Pride Parade by a guy who has, totally coincidentally, spent the last 30 years using his media platform to attack gay rights.

Either way, New Zealand’s interesting gays and our squad have raised more than $20,000 to put on our own Pride Parade if we have to, so we’ll see you all there.

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