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We will miss Mike Hosking at 7pm the way we miss cancer

By   /  December 15, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

I think Mike appeals to those who already have and his quaint musings on working hard and not helping beneficiaries because that only enables them when you feed them slips effortlessly into the cultural norms rich people convince themselves of when they have to step over beggars to get into Louis Vuitton stores.

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Why I do not welcome euthanasia in New Zealand

By   /  December 14, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

When I look at the horror our mental health system, prison system & welfare systems have become for the most vulnerable via chronic underfunding & indifferent staff – I fear how euthanasia will mutate in that cruel environment.

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Chippy chops National Standards

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

This was never about the educational needs and simplification of explaining grades to parents, it was always about building the infrastructural data to allow league tables.

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The incredulous self-righteousness of Gerry Brownlee, Amy Adams, Paula Bennett and Bill English

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Forget the Housing failure, the homelessness failure, the health service failure, the education failure, the prison failure, the transport failure, the environmental failure, the social issues failure and the infrastructure failure, just look at the current incredulous self-righteousness being spouted by National over the last week.

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National held back advice on 1.9m sea rise until after election while new developments built

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

The National Government knew what the report said but held it going out before the election because it would demand they had an actual plan for climate change rather than the meaningless lip service they currently provide.

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Are we really sad KidsCan is getting dumped? Really?

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

KidsCan has been lauded because it stepped in when the Government refused to do anything meaningful and that was acceptable to the majority of NZers who argue that free lunches or shoes or raincoats from the State will let parents off the hook.

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Māori Politics 2017 – wins and losses

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

2017 was an explosive year for Māori politics and the election reshaped the political landscape in a dramatic fashion wiping out Māori Party and MANA Party aspirations while leaving the Labour Party with an enormous obligation to Māori voters.

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RIP Patrick Gower Political Editor 2012-2017

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

…Patrick Gower isn’t so much a journalist as he is a barking dog that chases every stationary car he can see. I enjoy watching his work for the pure bloodsport element, when his eyes roll into the back of his head as he starts his death spin on whatever unfortunate soul has been stupid enough to be interviewed by him,  you watch with all the excitement of a really gruesome snuff movie.

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Audacity of Green Party staff complaining

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Every time I see the Greens in the news headlines now it feels like the nervousness you get when the kids take the car out for a drive. You know it’s going to come back written off with a whole bunch of excuses and explanations that it was someone else’s fault.

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New report of violence in prison highlights how damaged our spiteful social policy has become

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

While we treat beneficiaries as subhuman, the damage we allow to continue within our prison system has become endemic…

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Latest Green u-turn on Welfare & Winston highlights terror of China

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Pacifying China until the new government can detach our economy from China’s dominance by replacing dairy with forestry and greater industry diversification will be a big challenge but Winston has the skill to pull it off while the Greens must adapt or die if they want to remain politically relevant post 2020.

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Meth contamination hysteria finally ends but how many lives were destroyed?

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

This is NZ in the 21st Century, a selfish child easily spooked into spite.

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Where the hell was the NZ media for the last 9 years?

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

Let’s call the last 9 years of National’s rule what it really was – class-austerity. A draconian policy that destroyed the most vulnerable but because media are middle class they never saw it and allowed them to get away with it.

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Dear Action Station – why banning pokies is counter productive

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

I think this would be a clusterfuck of counter productive outcomes that would make things far worse than this well intentioned but hopelessly deluded call to ban pokies.

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What does the final Q+A Poll mean and why it should freak out Labour

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  58 Comments

So no bounce for the new Government and that is pretty grim, why is it so grim? This new Poll was taken using 50-50 cellphone and landline methodology . This is the best ever polling landscape for the Left yet all they’ve done is stay static in the final MMP numbers.

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What the censored GCSB report said and why they tried to hide it

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

The new Government and our Intelligence Agencies are painfully aware of what National’s ‘put all our cows in one Beijing paddock’ has done to us and will go to great lengths in not antagonising China publicly while frantically working behind the scenes to minimise the threat China poses to our economy.

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