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 #21: The Christchurch Mosque Attacks – Mourning, Reflection, Organising

In this episode, we reflect on the Christchurch Mosque Attacks. We talk about the context of Islamophobia in which the attack occurred, the responses to it, and what it means for our organising going forward. This is not a usual episode of the podcast. Don’t expect jokes. We simply provide our open and honest reflection on the most horrific terrorist attack in modern New Zealand history.

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 #19: A Very Kosher Episode

This fortnight, Justine and Ti were freed from the authoritarian grips of the Shot Hot People’s President for Life, Emmy. To celebrate, we briefly discuss the political implications of the Season 4 Finale of Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars — so SPOILERS AHEAD.

In concerned comrades, we talk about left unity, bratty bottoms, and the relationship between class, identity, and becoming a communist.

We’ve also introduced a new segment this week: “kvetching corner”. This segment is for our panelists to get whatever’s bothering them at that moment off their chests.

Finally, we return to a friend of the show when we invite you to come in my library. We destroy this conservatoid so hard we make Charlie Kirk look like a soggy biscuit.

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Episode #18: Gameshow of Thrones

This week, the Politburo try out a new segment! In “The Great Proletarian Pub Quiz”, Quizmistress Emmy interrogates Ti and Justine on socialist trivia. The prize? Mostly mockery.

Last week was Waitangi Day! On the anniversary of the day on which Emmy’s indigenous ancestors got scammed by the Yakubian White Devils, our “The Labour Party is Not Your Friend” segment discusses the Labour government’s betrayal of Māori. The Treaty of Waitangi was a lie in 1840, and it’s a lie in 2019. We need communism babey!

In “Concerned Comrades” we welcome our new nazi listeners from Reddit! Also, Ti discloses their sexual fixation on the Grinch.

We “Snitch the Sitch” on Aotearoa’s left this fortnight. The United States and the international imperialist bloc are trying to prop up an unelected rightist leader as “president” of Venezuela. Organise Aotearoa is rallying outside the Amerikkkan consulate in Auckland to show there is a groundswell of opposition to US regime change wars.

We finish up with “Cum in my Library”, settling down with friend of the show Kate Hawkesby. Just to keep our listeners on their toes, Emmy ends up emphatically agreeing with every word our reactionary friend utters.

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Episode #13: Interview with Angela Davis and Debbie Kilroy. No Biggie.

Ti and Emmy interview legendary prison abolitionist and socialist Angela Davis, as well as Debbie Kilroy an amazing prison abolitionist based in Brisbane. Don’t worry, we’re freaking out too.

The interview covers capitalism, prison abolitionist theory and day-to-day practice, socialism, and how to build the revolutionary left.

The interview took place at the Sisters Inside prison abolition conference in Brisbane. For that reason the sound quality is not as good as we would have hoped.

Please check out Sisters Inside here: sistersinside.com.au/
Also, at the conference, Emmy and Ti met a bunch of former prisoners running a podcast/radio show about prison and criminal justice issues, check it out here: www.facebook.com/radioseeds/

CONTENT WARNING: at the beginning of the episode, Debbie talks about an extremely violent event that sparked the formation of Sisters Inside.

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Episode #7: Overpriced, Precarious, Black Mold-Infested Home Is Where The Heart Is

We have a full house again this week with Emmy, Ti, Justine, and our honoured guest Vanessa all present to have a discussion about housing.

But before we have that intelligent conversation, we answer desperate pleas for advice from our fans in our Concerned Comrades segment. DMs are open on the @pplspolitburo twitter account — if you have a desperate life problem, your best friends are here to tell you how only Protracted People’s War can fix it.

After we improve your lives, we talk with Vanessa about her work with Tāmaki Housing Group, a collective of state housing tenants who organised to fight back against the government-led gentrification of Glen Innes. As the housing crisis deepens and renters are being forced into worse and more precarious positions, Vanessa talks us through some of the conflicts and contradictions inherent in capitalist housing provision. We come to a pretty unanimous consensus around what is to be done.

Finally, we wrap up by reading confirmed fucking moron Barry “A Landlord” Soper’s article bemoaning the unfair bullying landlords currently experience for no other reason than that they are utterly unproductive parasites.

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