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Chippy chops National Standards

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

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  /  2 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  /  3 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  /  2 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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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  /  3 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 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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The myth that National are better managers of the economy has been laid bare as a sick joke

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

The obviousness of this hollowing out of public services and the social damage their property speculation, draconian welfare reforms and mass migration has created are no longer hidden but the contemptuous denial by 44% of the voting electorate means none of this will be acknowledged. 

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The self-fulfilling evangelical death cult prophesy that pushed Trump into declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

For this voting block, the Bible is a literal version of events, not a metaphorical one. They believe the Earth is less than 10 000 years old, they believe climate change won’t flood the planet because God showed Noah a rainbow and they believe that the end of times and Armageddon could be upon us and they will all be raptured away to heaven.

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If having 290 000 kids in poverty is a ‘success’ I’d hate to see failure in NZ

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

We need to reject this attempt to differentiate the poor from the utterly destitute because it’s a mere political illusion that pretends to be doing something when in reality it is only allowing the problem to get more damaged.

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Toxic drinking water, petrol price gouging, slave students, climate change and public health meltdown – welcome to your unregulated nightmare you sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind

By   /  December 7, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Some noddy at stuff wrote a column this year criticising my use of the term ‘Sleepy Hobbits’. 

For me the term sums us up perfectly as a nation.

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Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital the stupidest, most corrupt, most unthinking, most damaged and most infantile decision of his entire stupid, corrupt, unthinking, damaged, infantile Presidency

By   /  December 7, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  46 Comments

We are in for dark days comrades.
Climate change has invited Famine and Death, Trump has invited Conquest and War.
We have the makings of our Apocalypse in the valley of Armageddon.

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