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Sins Of Admission – critiquing John Armstrong’s attack on Metiria

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Metiria is guilty of a crime – but not the one John Armstrong rails against. Her transgression was to break ranks with the socio-political formation that has kept Richardson’s and Shipley’s welfare cuts bleeding and raw for more than quarter-of-a-century.

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A Political Review of Constant Radical – the Life and Times of Sue Bradford

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

Global politics is in a state of change. Old orthodoxies are breaking down, and new projects are rising to challenge the status quo. These challenges come from both the left and right. While NZ hasn’t felt the same rupture as we have seen with Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders or Podemos in Spain, the global resurgence of left-wing politics is echoing here as well.

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National’s 2 Big Mac Combo tax cuts vs Labour/Green rebuild of entire social infrastructure

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

You can not argue there is no clear choice this election.

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Why you can’t vote NZ First if you want a change of Government

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The spectacular blunder by Winston Peters (who may or may not have been advised by right wing hate merchants Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater) to set the theft of the Maori Electorate seats as a bottom line means NZ First has ruled itself out of working with the Greens and Labour.

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Congratulations NZ – our homelessness now worst in OECD – just don’t pretend to be surprised

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

As the homeless start to freeze to death on the streets of our main cities, we must acknowledge the brutal murder and grim burial of egalitarian NZ. The middle classes have walked away from their traditional role of holding the worst elements of the right in check at the ballot box because this right wing Government have given them a decades worth of untaxed capital gains on their properties. 

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TWITTER WATCH: Winston’s new twitter storm against Metiria has to be read to be believed

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Grandad is on twitter again, this time Winston’s bizarre twitter storm against Metiria has to be read to be believed…

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How on earth can Paula Bennett claim National were too slow on Housing?

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

…pretending to be ‘slow’ on the housing crisis would suggest they weren’t aware that they were throwing thousands of state tenants onto the streets to be looked after by the ‘market’. The ‘market’ legitimised boarding house slum lords and helps explain why 1600 NZers die from the cold each year.

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“Let’s Get Together”: National’s Campaign Video Ticks All The Boxes

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  39 Comments

George Orwell argued that power is defined by the ability to inflict pain. It is, therefore, vital that those who wield decisive power in our society be insulated from the social pain that secures it. To preserve their dominance we, the vast majority of citizens, must be persuaded that the people in charge are just like us – ordinary, decent Kiwis. And that all will be well in our beloved country so long as enough ordinary, decent Kiwis “get together” – and vote for the National Party.

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The Liberal Agenda – political event of 2017 – Willie Jackson’s Orewa Speech

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

WHAT: Willie Jackson: The Orewa Speech
WHEN: Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM
WHERE: Orewa Rotary House, 2 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, Auckland
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Are Cameron Slater & Simon Lusk advising NZ First?

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

The tip line is running hot with rumours that right wing strategists and Dirty Politics hate speech merchants Cameron Slater and Simon Lusk are helping advise the NZ First campaign.

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NZ First squirms over Maori seats abolition

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I was a little surprised when NZ First leader Winston Peters announced that a binding referendum on the abolition of the Maori seats and reducing the size of Parliament would be bottom line issues for him. It is impossible for Labour and the Greens to agree to these terms. That means NZ First is saying that they will only form a government with National – assuming they agree.

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The Liberal Agenda – Labour Māori Campaign Launch – Sunday 30 July, 2017

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

The Labour Māori Campaign will officially launch on Sunday 30th July at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in South Auckland.

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Malcolm Evans – Metiria’s real crime

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

Malcolm Evans – Metiria’s real crime

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The Liberal Agenda – Hīkoi of Hope for the Homeless – Saturday 29 July

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

The Hīkoi for Hope for the Homeless is open to all members of the community and will start at 12pm, Saturday 29 June in the Manurewa Methodist Church car-park.

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A Cautionary Tale From Canada

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

With Winston exhaling anger, and Metiria Turei breathing hope, Andrew Little and Labour need to offer the New Zealand electorate something more than a deflated ideological balloon.

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Winston Peter’s double downs on Maori electorate race baiting – less the Emperor has no clothes and more Grandad has forgotten his robe

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

Winston is showing us all that even when caught out by his own provincial pakeha fairytales about Maori,  he’s so hell bent on being Prime Minister that he’ll tip the country into civil unrest to get it.

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