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Labour poach Vernon Small & Alex Tarrant as Press Secretaries

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

At a time when their communications strategies are desperately falling apart, picking up two of the heavyweights of the Journalist world is a bloody smart move.

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In defence of Jack Tame: Why that interview best sums up threat to new Government

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

You can’t waltz up to the VMAs and bathe in all the social media adulation of a Jacinda and Lorde fan girl geek out hug gif without also managing the chaotic backstage green room dynamics. Why the fuck was the Prime Minister of NZ in an unguarded situation like that in the first place where she ended up being contradicted by Radio Live and the fucking Spinoff blog for fucks sakes?

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Building an “Active Democracy” through “Constructive Engagement”. Chris Trotter responds to John Minto.

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

In spite of the fact that barely thirty days have passed since Winston Peters anointed Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand’s first progressive prime minister in nine years, John is ready to call the Left onto the streets in protest at her government’s refusal to walk away from the CPTPP.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Bringing dignified work back for our people

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

New Zealand has an employment crisis that the last National Government has refused to engage with and this denial has left tens of thousands of Kiwi workers without the wages, job security and dignity that employment can give them.

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Genter, Little & Twyford follow Jacinda’s leadership – so why am I still nervous about new Government?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

Julie Anne Genter, Andrew Little and Phil Twyford have followed Jacinda’s political leadership over Manus Island and have each challenged the status quo and demanded more.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – The kinda-new TPPA: We should have cautious optimism

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

If New Zealand is going to actively push this, then let’s hope the zombified agreement is one that benefits New Zealand and the people of the countries involved, and is not a Frankenstein-monster Labour regrets. I have hope that it will be, but the devil is in the detail.”

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Why would any self-respecting New Zealander oppose the TPPA when National was in government and then excuse Labour for signing up to it?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Labour says it has negotiated a softening of some of the most odious of the TPPA’s provisions, but this doesn’t pass the sniff test. The ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) process remains intact. All that has been negotiated is a small reduction in the circumstances where it can be used.

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RNZ believed Manus Island Staff – but why should we?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

An odd bit of state propaganda popped up on Radio NZ last week. They interviewed a ‘guard’ from Manus Island who warned us that if we took in refugees we would be asking for trouble…

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Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australia’s Push-Back Against Jacinda’s Manus Island Outreach

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

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Wendy’s must give workers 5 years worth of alternative holidays

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The right of workers to an alternative holiday when working on a public holiday has been strongly affirmed in an Employment Relations Authority decision against Wendco (NZ) Limited, the company that operates the Wendy’s stores in New Zealand.

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How ill prepared are the Greens for Government? This ill prepared…

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  41 Comments

The leak today of an internal strategy paper is so woeful and concerning, it’s like catching your Surgeon checking on how to do your operation on wikipedia. 

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Compare new Government action and National’s reaction

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

In every example, National’s response is bitter, angry, resentful and spiteful. On every issue they have spent 9 years making worse all they have as a response to the solution is more of the poisonous thinking that helped exacerbate the problem in the first place.

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Boat People Terror Alert Apricot (Why Jacinda is spoiling for a fight with Australia)

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  38 Comments

The vast majority of New Zealanders resent the way Australia treat us and finally having a Government who will stand up to them is actually going to resonate with many voters.

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Being economically occupied by China, politically owned by America and what EVERYONE is missing about how to defeat TPPA

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

We can stamp our feet like the Green Party and the Unions have and throw a tantrum and just refuse to actually engage with the process  OR we can see this as an opportunity to directly influence our political and economic independence. 

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Constructive Engagement With Jacinda’s Government? Or, Shouting Anti-TPP Slogans From The Side-Lines? The Left Must Choose

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

It is very easy for the traditional Left to call for grand gestures of defiance against the prevailing geopolitical realities: living with the consequences of such calls when you are in government is much harder.

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What will hit first? Economic armageddon or Environmental apocalypse?

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  41 Comments

Since the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis, all the developed world has done is kick the day of market reckoning down the road with more and more money printing. At some point this band-aid won’t be able to stem the pressure building and it will rupture with a backlash that will make the depression look like a week without pocket money.

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