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National Party Voters: An electorate or a cult? Understanding the viciousness spat at Metiria

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

As a small country, we have mistaken NZ as an equal country where people can freely move up through the social strata. I would suggest to you that statistic of 70% of National voters not knowing anyone unemployed actually shows that we are a highly segregated culture.

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Sins Of Admission – critiquing John Armstrong’s attack on Metiria

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Metiria is guilty of a crime – but not the one John Armstrong rails against. Her transgression was to break ranks with the socio-political formation that has kept Richardson’s and Shipley’s welfare cuts bleeding and raw for more than quarter-of-a-century.

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National’s 2 Big Mac Combo tax cuts vs Labour/Green rebuild of entire social infrastructure

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

You can not argue there is no clear choice this election.

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Why you can’t vote NZ First if you want a change of Government

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The spectacular blunder by Winston Peters (who may or may not have been advised by right wing hate merchants Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater) to set the theft of the Maori Electorate seats as a bottom line means NZ First has ruled itself out of working with the Greens and Labour.

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Congratulations NZ – our homelessness now worst in OECD – just don’t pretend to be surprised

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

As the homeless start to freeze to death on the streets of our main cities, we must acknowledge the brutal murder and grim burial of egalitarian NZ. The middle classes have walked away from their traditional role of holding the worst elements of the right in check at the ballot box because this right wing Government have given them a decades worth of untaxed capital gains on their properties. 

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TWITTER WATCH: Winston’s new twitter storm against Metiria has to be read to be believed

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

Grandad is on twitter again, this time Winston’s bizarre twitter storm against Metiria has to be read to be believed…

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How on earth can Paula Bennett claim National were too slow on Housing?

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

…pretending to be ‘slow’ on the housing crisis would suggest they weren’t aware that they were throwing thousands of state tenants onto the streets to be looked after by the ‘market’. The ‘market’ legitimised boarding house slum lords and helps explain why 1600 NZers die from the cold each year.

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Are Cameron Slater & Simon Lusk advising NZ First?

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

The tip line is running hot with rumours that right wing strategists and Dirty Politics hate speech merchants Cameron Slater and Simon Lusk are helping advise the NZ First campaign.

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NZ First squirms over Maori seats abolition

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I was a little surprised when NZ First leader Winston Peters announced that a binding referendum on the abolition of the Maori seats and reducing the size of Parliament would be bottom line issues for him. It is impossible for Labour and the Greens to agree to these terms. That means NZ First is saying that they will only form a government with National – assuming they agree.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Come on Winston, Maori have already voted on Maori electorates with their feet

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Winston is better than this I know he is proudly Maori and he has strong Maori advocates like Pita Paraone, Shane Jones and Ronnie Mark who will be giving him advice and counsel. I hope he listens to them. He needs to remember he’s chasing National voters, not trying to copy National Party policy.

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Winston Peter’s double downs on Maori electorate race baiting – less the Emperor has no clothes and more Grandad has forgotten his robe

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

Winston is showing us all that even when caught out by his own provincial pakeha fairytales about Maori,  he’s so hell bent on being Prime Minister that he’ll tip the country into civil unrest to get it.

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What the snarling social media rage against Metiria’s brave admission says about NZ as a culture

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  37 Comments

So entrenched is our hatred of the poor and beneficiaries that we can’t contextualise the position Metiria and tens of thousands of others are forced to undergo. We can’t help but hate beneficiaries for reminding us the system fails when we are so focused on celebrating individual success and wealth.

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Labour announces $19billion social infrastructure rebuild

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

 …the chronic underfunding of the social infrastructure of NZ so that National can gerrymander a surplus for tax cuts has to end if we want to be serious about education, hospitals, mental health, superannuation and inequality reduction programs. 

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Is MSD keeping track of #IamMetiria ?

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

This viciousness is not only seen in the spiteful policy of MSD but also in the mass surveillance powers they have given themselves to spy on beneficiaries. Which leads to an interesting question, because MSD spy on social media for welfare fraud, are they following the #IamMetiria social media campaign and will begin secretly investigating anyone who uses the tag?

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MĀORI SEATS OR NOT?

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

As we head into this year’s election NZ First has dangled the carrot of a binding referendum on whether the Māori seats should be abolished. Given it has been NZ First policy to abolish the seven Māori electorates for some time the position taken just over two months out from an election is not surprising.

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Self-hating Maori Winston Peters has to start the grand climb down over racist lies against Maori electorates

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The sad old lies that Winston needs to drag around to appeal to his new redneck provincial Maori hating voter block has made Winston dog whistle a tune so dangerous that if implemented would mean civil war in this country.

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