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The problem with National’s drug driving law and the complicity of Fairfax media to fan victim porn

By   /  January 23, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

While every lose of life is a tragedy, I’m not sure what the hell the relevance of dredging up a road death over a decade old is other than to generate manufactured anger.

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BREAKING: Human Rights Review Tribunal don’t have the budget to hear my case against the NZ Police

By   /  January 23, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

If the NZ Police can get away with taking personal information from a political blogger that breaches the privacy act and my civil rights, they can do it to anyone and the supposed watchdogs that are there to protect us are so underfunded they’ve become lap dogs to police abuse of power.

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Cough-cough. Look I appreciate the country has baby brain, but what about that housing affordability and inequality eh?

By   /  January 23, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Growing inequality and housing affordability are more important than a single baby and we’ve already seen policy that was supposed to start fixing these issues have had their numbers overcooked and in the case of the $50 a week student allowance, actually become counter productive!

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GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – Going into Labour

By   /  January 23, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

People. It’s 20-fricken-18. Woman work. Women multitask. Women have choices. Women protest. Women celebrate. In New Zealand, women vote. Since the age of time, woman have given birth. I repeat: since the age of time woman have given birth. Some women do all of this and more simultaneously. It is not some new phenomenon.

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Is media coverage of Treaty payout race baiting or just ignorant?

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

Thankfully Māori are incredibly generous and patient with their selfish and hateful Pakeha neighbours, it’s not like this is the first time white people have signed a deal with Māori and then thrown a tantrum right?

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Let’s do this – Dr Liz Gordon

By   /  January 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

I probably wasn’t the only one out there who was a little bemused by Labour’s election slogan, ‘Let’s do this”.  Let’s do what? I thought at the time.  Now the ‘doing’ is at last unveiled as we learn that our Prime Minister is going to have a baby.

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On Pregnancy-Induced Irrationality & Mood-Swings In The Nation’s Electorate

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The specter of a woman having a child out of wedlock whilst drawing tens of thousands of dollars a year from the state in income must cause absolute paroxysms of political pyroclasmis! 

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Take back ACC’s $30 billion in stolen taxes

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The government has opened or will be opening, some doors that will enable unions and other progressive movements to push for far more than is currently being offered.

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How does National attack a pregnant Jacinda? Unions! Unions! Unions!

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

If National feed an attack on Jacinda they are going to unleash all the worst angels of their nature. From conspiracy theories to outright burn-witches-at-the-stake level sexism, focusing on Jacinda is a dangerously risky line that is doomed to failure.

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An unmarried pregnant Prime Minister whose partner will be the stay at home dad…

By   /  January 19, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

…the Right in NZ are literally rolling in their graves…

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Nashy says ‘Oi. You. Noooooo!’ to Fishing Industry censorship

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Good day for democracy and a good day for the environment.  

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Labour Party’s Tax Working Group stacked 8 to 2 with corporate representatives

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

Most of these people spend their working days earning fat salaries advising wealthy corporates and rich listers how to minimise their taxes.

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Use of Nudge theory: The Winter Energy Payment

By   /  January 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  21 Comments

Behavioural economist Richard Thaler, the father of ‘nudge theory’ was awarded the Nobel economics prize in 2008. In New Zealand we see his influence in the auto-enrolment, opt-out design of KiwiSaver.

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Glitterboobs, tinned tomatoes, racist menus and golliwogs – have we started the year off angry?

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

The wounds that so many are speaking from can’t be argued with, they need to heal first before they can listen and I don’t  think there is going to be a lot of listening in 2018. 

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One of Maggie Barry’s tracks

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

DOC has great people doing a fantastic job but it’s had nasty, venal ministers like Nick Smith and Maggie Barry who have done their best to drive it into the ground.

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Enablers – Dr Liz Gordon

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The late Jim Anderton and his movement was potentially an enabler. But the neo-liberal political project which he opposed has trundled on ever since and has outlived him, which is a shame. We could do with a new transformational spirit here to overcome inequalities and the rise of the super-rich and overpaid and the poor and underpaid. Any candidates?

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