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I Did It All For You – secret recording captures Key’s flag referendum heartbreak

By   /  March 27, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  45 Comments

Breaking News: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s real feelings about losing that country’s recent flag referendum have been inadvertently captured on tape by a local freelance cameraman.

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Slap in face

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  38 Comments

Just when the country should be basking in the afterglow of signing the TPP, Josie Butler took the matter into her own hands and flung a rubber sex toy and herself into world political protest history.

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I Have A Dream

By   /  January 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  37 Comments

When I take to the streets on 4 February to exercise my right to peaceful protest, I too will be marching for Jobs and Freedom. I will be marching for our civil rights: that our vote counts, irrespective of our wealth or race or religion and that we are all subject to equal treatment under the law.

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The Man Who Sold the World

By   /  January 19, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  47 Comments

How could it be that the most comprehensive, far-sighted economic agreement the world has ever seen pose a threat to democracy? Here’s my take and I’d be interested to hear where I’m going wrong:

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TDB Top 10 politicians of 2015

By   /  December 27, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  40 Comments

2015 was a bumper year for politics. Here’s my list of of those who made a difference, for better or worse.

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The Battle of Britain

By   /  December 5, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  41 Comments

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” So said Winston Churchill. This week, the world witnessed the best and worst of a grand old democracy in action. Should Britain bomb ISIS in Syria was the question?

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TDB Guest Blog Project: Simon Prast – ‘The most pressing issue in NZ right now’

By   /  November 30, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs, Simon Prast  /  6 Comments

This week, the least important issue confronting New Zealand right now collided graphically and grimly with the most important issue facing New Zealand.

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A Great White Shark

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  47 Comments

The undisputed facts describe behaviour that was unwelcome, offensive, repeated and detrimental. He touched her at work, repeatedly and against her will, embarrassing his wife who had to ask him to “Leave the poor girl alone”.

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The Gutless and the Gutted

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  45 Comments

Hosking has no sense of cause and effect. For him, ignoring facts and history is “the right, honourable and only thing to do” What part of ‘warmongering propaganda leading to devastation and calamity’ does he not understand to write such rubbish?

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Corruption and the SkyCity Convention Centre Deal? Do we need a Public Inquiry?

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  4 Comments

Given this and the extraordinary events of last week, should there be a public inquiry into the Government’s dealings with the Casino giant?

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A Dirty, Smelly, Well-Shagged Carpet

By   /  February 17, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Simon Prast  /  14 Comments

This week, the Prime Minister felt the thin, sharp blade of public opinion at his throat as he preposterously went in to bat for Sky City and its demand for cost-overrun cash…the confrontation has been an ugly, credibility-sapping exercise for the PM: a political own-goal, pyrrhic victory and an all-round terrible look.

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Apocalypse Now

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Simon Prast  /  44 Comments

“If Key is not fit for office on September 15, then he is not fit for office today.” Few could argue with that.

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Never Say Sorry

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Simon Prast  /  16 Comments

With the clock ticking down to the election, the headlines this week were filled with tidbits that were off-message, off-side and off-colour. The Left struggled with credibility issues whilst the Right wrestled with questions of competence.

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The Empire Strikes Back

By   /  June 23, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Simon Prast  /  7 Comments

If Labour thought it could name and shame prominent members of the Government and get away with it, then it had another thing coming.

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Shallow Throat

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Simon Prast  /  8 Comments

With less than 120 days to go until the next election, the political mud was flying this week. Literally for some. Also conjured for political purpose were the men behind 9/11, the men who killed the Kennedys, Jimmy Savile and, whoever Bill English f****d to produce the budget. Yes, this week, New Zealand politics set new highs for new lows.

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The China Syndrome

By   /  May 12, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Simon Prast  /  17 Comments

The halcyon days of presidential golf games and royal baby tours, distracting debates on changes to the country’s flag, even a moment to gloat over Shane Jones ship-jumping treachery: all was lost, forgotten, rendered irrelevant, overwhelmed, subsumed and starved of oxygen by meltdowns, actual, factual and circumstantial Ministerial abuses, conflicts of interests and accusations of cash for Cabinet access.

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