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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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Election 2017: No Country For Old Men

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

How are Bill English and Steven Joyce supposed to defeat a young woman who can set the cold, cold heart of Paddy Gower aflame? How do a couple of guys on the wrong side of 50 fight a social-media phenomenon? Sure, they can say that elections are about policies – not personalities – but, after ten years of relying on John Key’s winning personality, who’s going to believe them?

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Zionism’s slow demise

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The silence from Israeli politicians over settler attacks on the Zionist state’s armed forces is but one aspect of profound historic developments that Israel and its founding ideology now face.

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The hypocrisy, vindictiveness and viciousness of the far right against Metiria was stunning

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The hypocrisy, vindictiveness and viciousness of the far right was stunning if not surprising. They think they own the poor, that those on a benefit must account to them, and they cannot tolerate the poor retaining any dignity. And that is why they pounced so hard on Metiria.

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A vile media pack forced Metiria out

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

I’m utterly dismayed that Metiria Turei has been forced out of the co-leadership of the Greens by a vile media pack determined to seize the opportunity of Metiria’s personal struggle to drive down the Greens.

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Avenge Metiria!

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  48 Comments

IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER MARAMA DAVIDSON’S impassioned appeal to Metiria Turei’s devastated supporters, that the “Avenge Metiria” meme made its first appearance. No one’s entirely sure who started it, but pretty soon it was all over social media. Then the ideas for action started pouring in to the Green Party HQ. Though expressed in a multitude of ways, the message was clear: “If Metiria is to be avenged, then we have to get her supporters to the polls!”

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Metiria – she fought with the workers and the poor

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Joe Carolan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

As a Socialist, I say Thank you Metiria for being on our side fighting when it counts.

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Jacinda Effect > Metiria Affect – Why The Greens’ Polls Are Down

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

In the coming days, as the vultures of various news outlets attempt to pick clean the carcass of a once-indomitable woman in their pursuit of sensationalized post-mortems, you are going to hear a lot about how Turei’s transgressions in the court of public opinion rendered her resignation both unavoidable and vital for the Green Party’s […]

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Resignation fever! Who is advising our political leaders?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

I really wonder what sort of advice is being given the leaders of the Labour Party and the Greens.

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Have The Greens Entered Their Jacobin Phase?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

THE JACOBINS, along with “Madame Guillotine” and Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, will forever be associated with political extremism. So, the mere suggestion that our very own Green Party might be entering its Jacobin Phase is unlikely to be well received – especially by the Greens!

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MSM catches up on Unemployment stats rort

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The mainstream media – or at least one clever journalist working for Mediaworks/Newshub – has finally caught up with a story broken by this blogger last year that unemployment data from Statistics NZ was no longer reliable;

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Cannabidiol to remain a controlled drug: here’s what is changing

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Rather than basing our approach on synthetic pharmaceuticals, if we took a herbal remedy or food-grade approach, then local and affordable cannabis-based products could be available here within months. They could be made from hemp, they would be cheap, local workers would be employed making them, and everyone could get their daily dose of phyto-cannabinoids. 

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The most grievous betrayal of all – two so-called “Green” MPs who should know better

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  72 Comments

I am livid with anger at the selfish actions of these two. I have given my weekends to help erect Green Party billboards. I have helped draft letters to newspapers defending Metiria Turei from the reactionary media pack who are hounding her. I plan to give up my time to help the Green Party as much as I possibly can with leafletting and doorknocking.

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Friends In High Places: Will Jacinda Be Swept Into Power By Another “Revolution From Above”?

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

New Zealand capitalism is in urgent need of a reboot. The agricultural sector is offering nothing more imaginative than more (and more!) of the same: more cows, more milk powder, more massive irrigation schemes, more befouled waterways. The road transport industry is swallowing a disproportionately large amount of New Zealand’s limited investment capital. Our civil service is not only displaying alarming levels of inefficiency but also outright corruption.

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Dave Macpherson: Lazy, weak Health Minister is walking magnet for health disaster stories

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Less than two years ago, mainstream media in this country did their best to avoid criticising the Government or any of its Ministers over the issue of mental health and how our health system was handling it.

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Jacinda washed her hands

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

I’m sceptical we will see any significant policy differences from a Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party compared to what we have seen in the past 30 years. Will it be about beneficiaries, the working poor, eradicating child poverty, the living wage and housing for all? I don’t think so.

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