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 #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 #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 #12: All Cops Are Banned (from the Pride Parade)

In this fortnight’s episode, we dive deep into the Politburo’s collective activist histories and talk about the fight to get Police and Corrections Officers out of the Auckland Pride Parade.

The episode starts with our regular discussion of why the Labour Party is Not Your Friend. This week, the NZ Labour Party decided to turn its KiwiBuild policy into naked welfare for housing speculators.

We then take your questions in our “Concerned Comrades” segment. If you want to submit a question anonymously, please do so through our curiouscat: curiouscat.me/pplspolitburo

In “Snitch the Sitch”, we reflect on our experiences organising around trying to get cops and screws out of the Auckland Pride Parade. Those experiences include a security guard breaking Emmy’s arm.

Finally, in “Come in my Library”, we read a blast from the past — a reading from one of our greatest class enemies.

As Mao Zedong teaches, revolutionaries are like fish and the people are our water. If you want to kick us a cup of the good sh*t and keep us from suffocating, consider supporting the show on Patreon: www.patreon.com/peoplespolitburo