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The man who lied about an $11.7b hole (while creating a $20b hole) wants to lead the National Party

By   /  February 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

Joyce joining the race after Mark Mitchell is a further sign of the factions scrambling to enable/stop Collins from becoming Leader. The problem is that Joyce is universally despised by Caucus so it may come down to who National MPs hate less

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NZ corporate giants start wobbling – too big to fail?

By   /  February 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

…at some point the new Government are going to have to review their whole commitment to appeasing our corporate overlords with the Budget Responsibility Rules and start looking after the people when the shit hits the fan.

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Ummmm, that’s great Jacinda – buuuuuuuut…..

By   /  February 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Shouldn’t an academic who points out that National are no more than a front for Chinese business interests who gets threatened and broken into be something you are actually aware of rather than waiting for it to appear in the media?

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Why proposed synthetic cannabis law change, meth tests & roadside drug tests highlight how juvenile NZ political culture really is

By   /  February 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Time and time and time again we over react with panic, fear and anger at drug use rather than attempt reasonable adult debate and the irony is we do all this with a straight face as the country drowns in booze – a drug far, far, far more lethal than meth, cannabis and synthetics combined.

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Why Mark Mitchell’s run at leadership is a scam & is this Tracy Watkin’s worst political column of all time?

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

…so a radical right wing mercenary with deep links to Judith Collin’s favourite attack dogs Slater & Lusk (who helped him win the Rodney candidacy) and who have a long term plan to use him to implement a radical right wing agenda has thrown his hat in the ring.

Why?

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EXCLUSIVE: National Party MPs spooked by Judith’s rise

By   /  February 18, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

TDB has leant that a National candidate is pressuring the hierarchy  for the National Party vote for Leader to occur as early as Tuesday this week instead of the set period of time as Judith Collins speaks over the Caucus directly to members.

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The Professor who highlighted National are merely a front for Chinese business interests receives threats and has her home broken into

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

If we had a functioning news service staffed with people who understood the basic power dynamics of NZ and had a tiny amount of intellectual curiosity, this would lead the 6pm News bulletins tonight…

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The greatest enemy of the new Government isn’t the National Party, it’s the Public ‘Service’

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

I’ve heard from numerous sources within the new Government over concerns that Ministers have been swamped by their Ministries and the vested interests of the Ministry Officials are what are being promoted and real change stymied everywhere.

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The dirty politics campaign to destabilise Bill English

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

The Right are rising within National and expect them to usher in a level of dirty politics never seen before. They will ignite white rage and fan it with Chinese business money. 

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Bill English’s true legacy

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

All his life, from gay rights, abortion rights, marriage equality, climate change and cannabis reform, this man has been on the wrong side of history. In the end his religious fervour and his value system generated huge social welfare ideas that were more punishing and less compassionate than he ever intended, that’s because Bill’s sense of love never extended to his fellow human being, it was always set by a distant and angry God.  

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UPDATE: Did Julie Anne Genter just lose the Green Party co-leadership?

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

let’s be quite clear here, in my opinion, Judith Collins represents the greatest danger to NZ politics in its truest sense than anyone since Muldoon.

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Bill English resigns as Leader of the National Party

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  48 Comments

Bill English destabilised as Leader before conference + Chris Bishop having snapchat allegations leaked to stop him running as leader = Judith Collins?

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The real question behind our horror housing stats – where the hell were the media for 9 years?

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

How come an avalanche of social damage can build over 9 years and collapse without the mainstream media of NZ noticing for almost a decade?

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5 reasons why stripping Bob Jones of his knighthood is totally misplaced social media rage

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

How the NBR have managed to escape the social media rage directed at Jones is the real question and by focusing on this attempt to strip Jones of his Knighthood, we are actually letting NBR off the hook.  

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I despise Chris Bishop – but this snapchat allegation isn’t fair

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

If this is simply a case of him choosing to be on a social media platform and then getting contacted on that platform by teenagers, then the attempts to smear him as some type of sleaze or predator are outrageous and defamatory.

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The headline shouldn’t be ‘National support Bill’ it should be ‘Bill English refuses to let Judith Collins become leader’.

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Sources to The Daily Blog have said Bill’s decision to hold firm was because he was utterly against the possibility of Judith Collins becoming leader.

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