The madness of Tolley’s neoliberal welfare cuts

…folks, here’s the problem with these types of farcical statements. Tolley is telling us that this drop in benefit numbers is somehow a good thing. What she isn’t telling you is how Tolley and these neoliberal welfare stormtroopers have gone about getting that reduction.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

In To Win: Responding to Keith Locke’s Post on the Mt Albert By-Election.

By   1 day ago

After Michael Wood’s runaway victory in Mt Roskill, anything other than a straightforward walkover in Mt Albert will be very bad news for Labour. Were Labour to lose, the party would be crucified in the news media and Andrew Little would come under renewed pressure to step aside.

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Trump Wild Card a Modified Status Quo

By   2 days ago

Trump’s abrasive style and irreverence for established policies and protocols looks to be destabilising at global level. He has us thinking that he’ll be a real threat to the existing fragile international peace between nuclear capable superpowers. He’ll make a gaff, or a wrong statement, commit some diplomatic faux pas, and China or Russia will push the red button.

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Mt Albert by-election good opportunity for the Greens

By   2 days ago

The Mt Albert by-election is a good opportunity for the Greens to get their message out. It will essentially be a two-horse race between two capable candidates, the Greens Julie Ann Genter and Labour’s Jacinda Adern. Whoever wins, both will still be in Parliament, as both are now sitting party list MPs.

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What Meryl Streep did not say

By   3 days ago

Yes, imitating a disabled person is a despicable act but if Meryl Streep was truly concerned about compassion, she should have talked about the devastation of war, extrajudicial killing, torture and drone strikes that murder and disable innocent civilians including women and children.

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Myths about inequality mask a medieval tax system

By   3 days ago

Not content to have the poorest New Zealanders face the biggest tax burdens and corrosive social problems our lowest income communities also face a plague of what can only be described as “parasites on poverty”.

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Why we must occupy state houses in 2017

By   3 days ago

Activists from many campaign groups united pledging material and physical solidarity to stop the ethnic and social cleansing of working class Glen Innes, built on Maori land to provide “homes for heroes” after the suffering of two world wars and the Depression.

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Don’t Riot For A Better Society: Vote For One!

By   4 days ago

I learned that Rogernomics had unlocked something ugly and selfish in older and younger middle class New Zealanders alike. In the minds of those 10,000 students – the people we would come to know as “Generation X” – a free tertiary education was simply their entitlement.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Commentary of Trump’s Inauguration Concert

By   13 hours ago

5pm ET – This inauguration has all the charm and culture of your average Klan rally – it’s a sad joke after a crippling 18months of hate

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TOPs environmental policy shows how dangerous to the status quo Gareth Morgan is

By   14 hours ago

…this has always been the danger of Morgan. Labour and the Greens are so frightened of being seen as left wing they have done all they can to drag themselves to the middle and cloak themselves in the water down political language of the centre.

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All that is wrong with NZ politics in one simple devastating chart – Part 2

By   14 hours ago

My blog on comparing Superannuation with the pittance paid out to the vulnerable via the neoliberal welfare state provoked the usual ‘don’t be mean to boomers, we worked hard’ mantra from our beloved boomer comrades.

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How Jacinda Arden loses the Mt Albert by-election

By   1 day ago

I say all this as someone who desperately wants to see Labour as the backbone of any new Government and Andrew Little as the Prime Minister with a very Green Cabinet, but there are some terrible political blunders being made and the ramifications could be a Fourth National Government.

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The madness of Tolley’s neoliberal welfare cuts

By   1 day ago

…folks, here’s the problem with these types of farcical statements. Tolley is telling us that this drop in benefit numbers is somehow a good thing. What she isn’t telling you is how Tolley and these neoliberal welfare stormtroopers have gone about getting that reduction.

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Mongrel Mob-Black Power gang war, beggars and why today’s Political Roundup proves inequality is a dead political issue in NZ

By   2 days ago

Nothing sums up how inncoulated the NZ population are to the debate about inequality than today’s Political Roundup in the NZ Herald by Bryce Edwards.

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Thank you for showing mercy to Chelsea Manning Mr President, now about Edward Snowden…

By   3 days ago

It is welcome news that the terrible abuse of heroic whistleblower Chelsea Manning is coming to an end.

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Isn’t a black market in Tobacco the Government’s fault and when can we have an honest discussion about cigarettes?

By   3 days ago

I think we should investigate a Vice Tax on the profits of the corporations selling these products. Instead of putting the cost of the product individually upon the end user, the Government should tax a super tax onto the Tobacco Industry.

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Media Watch View All →

TDB Summer Contributions Drive plus 2017 Election Media Crowdfunding

By   13 hours ago

Platforms like The Daily Blog are now more crucial than ever before in the NZ media landscape, if you haven’t donated before, but read us regularly, we could do with your support.

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Shalom.Kiwi threatens The Daily Blog with legal action over Kiwiblog/Shalom.Kiwi hack

By   1 day ago

If Shalom.Kiwi wish to censor The Daily Blog, they clearly need a new tactic to do so because this one looks pretty desperate.

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BLOGWATCH: Annoying the sad old Standard and weird old Whaleoil in the same week

By   2 days ago

I’ve managed to annoy the sad old Standard and the weird old Whaleoil in the same week.

I must be doing something right.

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Cough-Cough – Um NZ Herald, you seem to have missed something huge in your Bob Jones story + why ZB should be ashamed

By   3 days ago

Someone at ZB needs to be fired for allowing that, it is despicable. You are allowing a gloating arsehole who has goaded another human being into suicide because they were begging to go live on air to continue his favourite hateful fetish. This is what hate speech looks like folks…

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TWITTER WATCH UPDATE: Seeing as Jessica Williams has demanded it, let’s look at the criticism of Andrew Little, the EPMU and the Pike River Mine

By   4 days ago

These bullshit social media pile ons for stating things that are actually true are alienating to everyone outside their echo chamber.

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A statement on the future of The Daily Blog

By   5 days ago

For that we could run a 5 night a week 7pm live streamed current affairs show!

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BLOGWATCH: Has Cameron Slater hacked David Farrar’s Kiwiblog?

By   5 days ago

This hack looks like the work of an anti-Rawshark.

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A brief word on the intrusive media focus of the Richie McCaw wedding

By   5 days ago

2 brief things about the intrusive media focus of the Richie McCaw wedding.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – Indonesian Military Sensitivity revealing

By   17 hours ago

Earlier this month, the touchy Indonesian military commander in chief, Gatot Nurmantyo, set off a mini diplomatic storm with Australia. He took offence at teaching materials in use at a Perth military base where some of his officers were being trained.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – More to the Azaria Story

By   1 week ago

Superficially much media coverage is being given to Israeli soldier Elor Azaria’s being found guilty of manslaughter, after shooting a 21-year old Palestinian who posed no threat.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Xmas mail, New Serco allegations, and Peter Leitch

By   2 weeks ago

I am reliably informed that the I.D.U. rate (positive drug test results) at SERCO Wiri is at least 25%….i.e. one quarter of the prisoners have tested positive for drug use

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GUEST BLOG: Comrade Dave Brownz – 1917-2017: Happy Bolshevik New Year!

By   2 weeks ago

New Years celebrations are bitter sweet, reflecting past failures and future hopes. Except New Year today has lost its significance. It is a cultural hangover alienated from its origins as the celebration of mid-winter. While observing Matariki (literally the ‘eyes of god’) in Aotearoa celebrates the mid-winter as recognition of the renewal of life, it is as a cultural ritual detached from economic reality.

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TDB EXCLUSIVE: Alan Johnson – The horrific truth about Bill English’s State Housing Privatisation

By   3 weeks ago

In essence then the National led Government has washed its hands of any direct involvement in providing housing in Tauranga and a well-respected charity – the IHC, has provided it with the cover and the excuse to do this.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – 2016- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By   3 weeks ago

Sleepy New Zealand might feel a world away from the political storms brewing in the US and Europe. We are not as isolated as it may seem. The NZ election might not be til next year, but 2016 showed important possibilities and dangers for those who want to see progressive change.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF ? THE TRUTH MAYBE?

By   4 weeks ago

The US State Department has denied an entry visa to 15 year old Palestinian Ahed Tamini . She has been invited by FOSNA (Friends of Sabeel North America) to take part in an US speaking tour beginning in mid-January, No Child Behind Bars , Living Resistance.

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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – Why we urgently need rail to the Airport

By   1 month ago

Deliberately excluding route protection for future rail to the airport is one of the most irresponsible planning decisions I have witnessed during my time in Auckland local government.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Fringe Festival – SILO 6 BECOMES HIDEAWAY FOR DEAD BOY, BLUE.

By   17 hours ago

“Dead Boys Are Blue is a semi-autobiographical work, developed in Launceston, Tasmania and Bay of Islands, New Zealand. It features a transgender character, homosexual love and Old Hollywood as core components, experienced at personal levels by us, the artists.” – Nelson Blake, Writer / Director / Producer. Dido St. Claire was established by Nelson Blake […]

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Fat Freddy’s Dop joins the Sunday morning legendary set at Splore

By   2 days ago

We are beyond excited to finally announce one more very special act that’s going to ‘drop’ onto the Splore main stage next month.

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Protest: Trump Becomes President

By   5 days ago

Trump’s inauguration marks the beginning of a wave of attacks on the people of the US and a new era of global instability.

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Crafting Resistance workshop

By   5 days ago

Please join us for a hands-on creative workshop exploring the ways in which communities use arts and crafts to resist injustice, torture and terrorising by state forces. Crafting materials and light refreshments provided.

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Love Trumps Hate – Inauguration Day Event

By   5 days ago

Welcome to a free festival to celebrate democratic values and human rights being organised in Wellington to coincide with President-elect Trump’s inauguration.

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March to Occupy Housing NZ

By   5 days ago

On the evening of the 17th of January, we will hold two marches which will meet at Nicki’s house. From there we will begin a round the clock occupation to protect Nicki from this unjust eviction.
#ThisHomeIsOccupied #DefendNiki

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THRILLING AND SURPRISING, AN INTERNATIONAL CROSS-ART FORM SHOW HEADS TO AUCKLAND FRINGE

By   1 week ago

WINNER – Most Promising Emerging Company, NZ Fringe 2016 Fresh from creating a critical and popular sensation at the NZ Fringe, emerging star of the cross-art form stage Eliza Sanders (directed by brother Charles) tours to Auckland Fringe with two stunning shows: Pedal & Castles, performing from 28 February – 4 March at the Basement […]

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   16 hours ago

A picture says a thousand words – this one might only manage a dozen

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Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Prison Song – SOAD

By   16 hours ago

Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Prison Song – SOAD

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Friday 20th January 2017

By   16 hours ago

5: Turkey’s parliament set to approve sweeping new powers for president
4: On Final Day of Obama Presidency, a Look at His Mixed Legacy & the Rise of Neo-Fascism in Washington
3: Read Obama’s Thank You Note to America
2: Who’s Paying for Inauguration Parties? Companies and Lobbyists With a Lot at Stake
1: US air raids ‘kill scores of ISIL fighters’ in Libya

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 20th January 2017

By   17 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Born of a Broken Man – RATM

By   2 days ago

Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Born of a Broken Man – RATM

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Thursday 19th January 2017

By   2 days ago

5: Have anti-terror laws gone too far?
4: This White Chicago Cop Isn’t Surprised His Department Is Accused of Routine Brutality
3: NOTORIOUS MERCENARY ERIK PRINCE IS ADVISING TRUMP FROM THE SHADOWS
2: 2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame
1: Chelsea Manning’s Attorneys: Obama’s Commutation Will Help Save Life of Jailed Army Whistleblower

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 19th January 2017

By   2 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Raw News feed View All →

Government must prove their dodgy claims – Stand With Pike

By   1 day ago

If the Government wants to keep claiming it’s unsafe to re-enter the Pike River drift it should show some real proof and let it be properly tested, say families of the miners who died there. Anna Osborne, who lost her husband Milton in the disaster, says “Once again Nick Smith has trotted out safety as […]

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Emergency food grants rocketing under National – Labour Party

By   1 day ago

More and more Kiwis are going hungry under National with hardship grants for food jumping 14 per cent in the last year alone, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “That’s a damning indictment of how Bill English’s government has let things get worse for those most vulnerable in our society. “Hardship Assistance Grants for food are […]

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It wasn’t all a waste of time – Green Party

By   2 days ago

A former Soldier, Forensic Human Service worker and Internet Party Candidate, now full time political hopeful, is currently in contention for the Green Party’s Dunedin North nomination for this coming election. With current leader and former candidate Metiria Turei not standing in Dunedin North this election Robert James Stewart, 36, is confident that he is […]

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Auckland locals to kick-off global movement – Women’s March

By   2 days ago

Cindy Buell has been politically active most of her life. The first campaign she worked on was George McGovern’s run for US President in 1972. It was the first time she was old enough to vote. On 21 January this year, Buell, who moved from California to New Zealand in 2005, will march in Auckland […]

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New Zealand – first to vote, first to march – Women’s Global March

By   2 days ago

Where better to begin the massive Women’s March Global movement than in the country to first give women the vote? At 10.30 am on Saturday 21 January, hundreds of marchers in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will lead the world in the Women’s March Global movement. What will follow are 616 marches in all of […]

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Families back Pike River Bill – Stand with Pike River

By   2 days ago

Pike River families are welcoming Andrew Little’s members’ bill to remove any legal barriers to safe re-entry of the Pike River drift to recover remains and evidence. Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben in the Pike River disaster, says the legislation gives the Government the chance to do the right thing by the 29 […]

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Commutation for Chelsea Manning is a long overdue positive step for human rights – Amnesty International

By   3 days ago

With less than a week left in his term, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning today. Manning had been serving a 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison after releasing information that pointed to potential crimes under international law and human rights violations by the U.S. military. “Chelsea Manning exposed serious abuses, and as […]

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Andrew Little to visit Pike River Today – Labour Party

By   3 days ago

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little will visit the Pike River families today from 11am. Mr Little has been involved with the Pike River families’ fight for justice since Day 1 when he was head of the EPMU. He was most recently at Pike River last year on the sixth anniversary of the disaster for a […]

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