The Jami-Lee Ross audio tapes are damning

Jami-Lee Ross wasn’t lying was he – those tapes are pretty damaging and news today that Lusk is advising him is as much evidence as we’re going to get that this is dirty politics and an attempted coup to remove Bridges – the question is who is the puppet master?

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Well, well, well – Aaron Bhatnagar and Dirty Politics is back inside the National Party

This is getting dirtier and nastier but this time around the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind don’t have the laid back anti-intellectualism of John Key to absolve their conscience and ignore corruption, they have bumbling Simon Bridges. Key could look down the barrel of the camera and lie to our faces and the sleepy hobbits loved him for it, Simon can’t lie convincingly and they will turn on him.

National Party voters love a good liar, they detest a weak one. 

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Ructions in the national caucus

By Dr Liz Gordon

I bet Simon Bridges wishes he had been born a Smith, Jones or almost anything rather than bridges.  After Winston’s little musical stunt “Burning Bridges”, and extremely punny headlines in the Press two days running, he will be sick of his own name.

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National looks less like a political party and more like a front for Chinese business interests

The Woke Left feel terribly anxious about any questions like this as they see it as nothing more than Xenophobia, but when we have this level of influence over a Party and when academics are having their homes broken into, such attempts to shut down the debate and questioning is naive at best and aiding China at worst.

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So when will the NZ Herald call for Simon Bridges to stand down?

Remember when the NZ Herald called for David Cunliffe to stand down over an allegation of a $100000 donation that never existed…

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The famous last words of Michelle Boag

…File it under:
“The Titanic is unsinkable”
“The Hindenburg will usher in a new age of flight”
“Trump will be a modest patient Leader who will champion fourth wave Feminism”

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BY-ELECTION SCANDAL: That cold, terrifying and soulless nails-on-blackboard sound you hear right now is Judith Collins sharpening her talons

Jami-Lee has not so much burnt his Bridges as he has napalmed him. I haven’t seen a meltdown this bad since Chernobyl, the National Party is showing a penchant for self-mutilation that would make your average Sado-Masochistic sex dungeon look vanilla.

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No Country For Dishonourable Men

By Chris Trotter

NICKY HAGER’S latest revelations concerning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) could not be more timely. In the year of #MeToo, he has exposed a culture of toxic masculinity extending from the top to the bottom of New Zealand’s armed forces.

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What’s most shocking – Saudi Arabia butchering a journalist or that we are outraged despite them killing thousands in Yemen?

I’m not sure what is more shocking – butchering a Washington Post Journalist or that it’s taken that murder to outrage everyone about Saudi Arabia when they’ve already killed thousands of civilians in Yemen.

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“inappropriate behaviour that is unacceptable from a married Member of Parliament.” – I’m sorry what?

If National are going to stand by that new ethical line in the sand, then should we start applying it to other National Party MPs?

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The biggest abuser of the poor is the State – not loan sharks

Carol from WINZ will see you now

The reality that people in poverty go to loan sharks because they’re kinder than WINZ is another example of the counter productive fuckwittery of neoliberal social service agencies

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The double standards of White rage when it comes to hiring more Māori at Hospitals

Pakeha Gothic

It really says something about us as a country when the rage is focused at Hospitals trying to hire more Māori & Pacific Islanders because ‘that’s racist’, but there is no rage at those same Hospitals not resuscitating Māori & Pacific Island babies…

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Setting The Agenda View All →

How Much Damage Has Jamie Lee Ross Really Done?

By   8 hours ago

WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING inside the National Party Caucus? Are we witnessing a genuine intra-party meltdown or merely the political and personal disintegration of a single individual? When all the dust has settled, will very much have changed?

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Post-TPPA, we have to make the changes happen

By   8 hours ago

Our unprecedented protests against the TPPA, from small rural towns to the main cities,  moved the political ground on secretly negotiated international treaties that entrench corporate rights, handcuff elected governments and disempower peoples. Politicians were shaken. The Holy Grail of free trade agreements was now a political liability.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Ructions in the national caucus

By   1 day ago

I bet Simon Bridges wishes he had been born a Smith, Jones or almost anything rather than bridges.  After Winston’s little musical stunt “Burning Bridges”, and extremely punny headlines in the Press two days running, he will be sick of his own name.

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No Country For Dishonourable Men

By   2 days ago

NICKY HAGER’S latest revelations concerning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) could not be more timely. In the year of #MeToo, he has exposed a culture of toxic masculinity extending from the top to the bottom of New Zealand’s armed forces.

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What should be our response to the “fines” handed down by an Israeli court against Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab?

By   3 days ago

The most important lesson to learn from the Israeli court case which saw “fines” handed down to Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab is just how important and effective the BDS campaign has become in fighting for Palestinian political and civil rights. Justine and Nadia wrote a letter to New Zealand singer Lorde which asked her […]

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Dr Liz Gordon – Embarrassment

By   3 days ago

Neither Melania nor Donald inspire much human sympathy.  While the story of Charles and Diana was a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, D and M are simply a farce, albeit one whose consequences the world is forced to live with. Melania is certainly not a Diana.  I can’t see her holding babies with Aids in her arms. It might muck up her pristine white shirt.

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Israel and Saudi Arabia: the rise of rogue states

By   4 days ago

The West should choose it’s friends in the Middle East more carefully.

And New Zealand should have as little as possible to do with Israel and Saudi Arabia as possible. They are both rogue states.

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Budget surplus means quicker access to medicinal cannabis

By   5 days ago

News that the Government’s books are better off, to the tune of several billion dollars, means access to medicinal cannabis can now be made quicker.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Canada legalizes cannabis – where is New Zealand?

By   4 hours ago

I swear brothers and sisters, on the day prohibition is finally crushed and the cops and the spineless politicians defeated, we should gather around every major police station and spark up the minute after its legalised in memory of the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders these politicians and cops have damaged and burnt and broken because of their bullshit cannabis laws.

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The Jami-Lee Ross audio tapes are damning

By   22 hours ago

Jami-Lee Ross wasn’t lying was he – those tapes are pretty damaging and news today that Lusk is advising him is as much evidence as we’re going to get that this is dirty politics and an attempted coup to remove Bridges – the question is who is the puppet master?

Read More →

Well, well, well – Aaron Bhatnagar and Dirty Politics is back inside the National Party

By   1 day ago

This is getting dirtier and nastier but this time around the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind don’t have the laid back anti-intellectualism of John Key to absolve their conscience and ignore corruption, they have bumbling Simon Bridges. Key could look down the barrel of the camera and lie to our faces and the sleepy hobbits loved him for it, Simon can’t lie convincingly and they will turn on him.

National Party voters love a good liar, they detest a weak one. 

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“inappropriate behaviour that is unacceptable from a married Member of Parliament.” – I’m sorry what?

By   1 day ago

If National are going to stand by that new ethical line in the sand, then should we start applying it to other National Party MPs?

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National looks less like a political party and more like a front for Chinese business interests

By   2 days ago

As China regresses into a censorship totalitarian state, we need to ask how much influence our largest Political Party is under from Beijing and in whose interest does National rule? New Zealand’s or the People’s Republic of China? 

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The famous last words of Michelle Boag

By   2 days ago

If you want something done right, gag Michelle Boag first.

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What’s most shocking – Saudi Arabia butchering a journalist or that we are outraged despite them killing thousands in Yemen?

By   2 days ago

I’m not sure what is more shocking – butchering a Washington Post Journalist or that it’s taken that murder to outrage everyone about Saudi Arabia when they’ve already killed thousands of civilians in Yemen.

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Media Watch View All →

TWITTER WATCH: Better luck next time Mr Bishop

By   2 days ago

TWITTER WATCH: Better luck next time Mr Bishop

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So when will the NZ Herald call for Simon Bridges to stand down?

By   2 days ago

Remember when the NZ Herald called for David Cunliffe to stand down over an allegation of a $100000 donation that never existed…

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TWITTER WATCH: Best Political Burn of 2018

By   2 days ago

Best Political Burn of 2018

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BREAKING TWITTER WATCH: Jami-Lee Ross goes full Trump

By   3 days ago

In the last 20 minutes, Jami-Lee Ross, who is on home leave for a ‘stressful personal issue’, has gone full blown Trump and suddenly unleashed Twitter war on Simon Bridges…

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Open Letter to Mediaworks to withdraw Sodastream sponsorship of “Married and First Sight” or face boycott

By   3 days ago

Our request is made as part of the international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign which was launched in 2005 by Palestinian civil society groups to bring pressure to end Israeli apartheid. Israeli-made products such as Sodastream are one focus of the campaign.

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Koru Lounge Carnage and Mosgiel as a town – why the media are letting us down

By   4 days ago

It is time we stood against these fools and their distractions and fought back to reclaim a media that actually challenges and provides insight rather than the vacant infotainment we are served up at 7pm and on the front pages of our newspapers. 

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TWITTER WATCH: The sick hatred Golriz Ghahraman puts up with makes me question our humanity sometimes

By   5 days ago

We may disagree on politics and culture and economics and philosophy and we may argue our causes passionately and we may be blunt, rude and self righteous in the pursuit of that argument, but who the Christ gets off on making fun of something like this?

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Paga Hill iconic human rights documentary banned from PNG festival

By   5 days ago

Joe Moses: “It is shameful that [the PNG] government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our country’s only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?”

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Better Red than Dead

By   3 days ago

Capitalism is on its last legs and can only survive by making us, the vast majority of working people the world over, pay for it by giving up our livelihoods and our lives. For that reason, we have to get over our magical thinking that capitalism can be saved from itself, and fight for survival socialism. 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Penny Bright’s funeral

By   4 days ago

It was a privilege to go to Penny Bright’s funeral this afternoon, there was a lot of great kōrero.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Why my latest case is in the public interest and an example of the petty tyranny of Prison staff

By   4 days ago

Justice Anne Hinton was a fearless advocate for womens’ rights in matrimonial property cases during her career as a QC, so I was surprised how hard I had to fight at the Case Management hearing this morning to persuade her my case against Corrections involved Public Interest & I should not have to pay Security […]

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – What charter schools mean to Māori and why NZ needs to listen

By   6 days ago

Now that the charter schools have transitioned into mainstream as character or state integrated schools, I want to explain why I supported them and helped build one on my marae, Ngā Whare Waatea.

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GUEST BLOG: Diana Phillips – In the Midst of the Kavanaugh Debacle, the Culture of Rapism Must Be Addressed.

By   1 week ago

This week, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, despite massive protests, making him the 4th on the bench that has been nominated by a president that was not elected by popular vote.

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GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – Indonesia rails against Pacific support for West Papua

By   1 week ago

Indonesia is becoming increasingly frantic about the Pacific Island states who speak up for West Papua.  Triggered by Vanuatu’s prime Minister, Charlot Salwai’s address at the UN General Assembly this month, Indonesia went on a no-holds-barred attack.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – despite legal wins in Court, NZ Corrections continue harassment campaign

By   2 weeks ago

After last Friday’s double wins for me in the Courts , it was perhaps too much to be expected the “system ” ( Corrections ) would leave me be.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Maximum Security design faults, prison labour, Parole & death threats from prison narks

By   2 weeks ago

Judge Whata still hasn’t released Harris’ perjury hearing transcripts to the Police so they can conduct an investigation into further perjury allegations against Harris . With the recent death threat letter against me from Harris , it looks as though these delays could be emboldening Harris

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Cuckoo’s Nest 2 takes place this week for Mental Health Awareness week

By   1 week ago

Cuckoo’s Nest 2
Friday 12 October 7:00PM
Ding Dong Lounge, 26 Wyndham St, Auckland

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The Liberal Agenda – AAAP to rally at Government’s South Auckland welfare consultation meetings

By   1 week ago

AAAP to rally at Government’s South Auckland welfare consultation meetings

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The Liberal Agenda – Time For A Serious Train Solution To Auckland Airport

By   2 weeks ago

PUBLIC MEETING 9th OCTOBER:

The public meeting is this Tuesday night (9th October), 7pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road.

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The Liberal Agenda – Paper Planes: Theatre Magic from a First-Time Playwright

By   1 month ago

Dates: 2nd – 6th October, 6.30pm
Venue: Studio, Basement Theatre
Tickets: $18 – $25
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz

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The Liberal Agenda – Frontline housing worker to give 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture

By   1 month ago

He will deliver the 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture in the Old Government House Lecture Theatre (102-G36) at the University of Auckland at 6pm on Tuesday 23 October.

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The Liberal Agenda – Enabling Communities

By   1 month ago

Disability & Community Well Being
Thursday 13th September

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The Liberal Agenda – Ding Dong Lounge presents Cuckoo’s Nest

By   2 months ago

Cuckoo’s Nest presents an opportunity to network, socialize and find guidance and support if you require it, or simply come and enjoy the acts.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   9 hours ago

Inappropriate behaviour for a married mp

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 18th October 2018

By   9 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

See no evil, hear no evil, smell bullshit

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Malcolm Evans – All Clear

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – All Clear

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 17th October 2018

By   1 day ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

I solemnly swear to stab Simon Bridges in the back the first chance I get

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Malcolm Evans – Change

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Change

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 16th October 2018

By   2 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Raw News feed View All →

Loan shark net tightens, but holes still remain – CPAG

By   2 days ago

Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the new measures announced by Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi, that will strengthen the net of protection for vulnerable consumers in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA). The reforms of 2015 and the introduction of a Responsible Lending Code have proved insufficient. Amongst the proposed […]

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Animal welfare in rodeo practices report released – National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

By   2 days ago

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), the independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. The report entitled ‘Rodeo events – How do they impact […]

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Rail union urges government to keep promise, save electric trains – RMTU

By   2 days ago

The Rail & Maritime Transport Union calls on the government to honour it’s campaign pledge of maintaining electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk. Almost a year after the Labour-led government was formed, and despite statements while in opposition from Labour, the Greens and NZ First, there is deafening silence from the Beehive as […]

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Teachers set to vote on strike action – NZEI

By   3 days ago

Primary teachers and principals are set to begin voting tomorrow on whether to undertake a week of strike action in November. The ballot follows the rejection of the Ministry of Education’s latest offers to teachers and principals in September, which NZEI Te Riu Roa members said failed to adequately address the crisis in education. NZEI […]

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Maori Crime will reduce – If Maori are in Charge – Manukau Urban Maori Authority

By   4 days ago

All four Iwi/Community Panel providers came together today to look at how successful their work was in dealing with Maori and other crimes within Metro Auckland. The Iwi Community Panels known as Te Pae Oranga was launched 4 years ago in partnership with the New Zealand Police. Manukau Urban Maori Authority MUMA was one of […]

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Greenpeace launches trainings to confront oil driller OMV

By   4 days ago

Greenpeace has launched the first of a series of national training workshops to prepare for the arrival of oil giant, OMV. The environmental organisation is running the training this weekend with world class climbers and boat crew, and has invited members of the public to join in. The training is being held off the coast […]

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Academics urge united response to achieve 1.5°C limit – The Wise Response Society

By   4 days ago

The IPCC’s long anticipated report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C says that Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate and that impacts even at that temperature, let alone 2°C, will be highly disruptive. Sir Alan Mark, Chair of Wise Response, […]

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One Week Left: Tell Government your Thoughts on Renting – Auckland Disability Law

By   4 days ago

At Auckland Disability Law (ADL) we see a lot of people having problems renting homes, both in the private rental market and with Housing New Zealand. The Government is looking to change the law around renting with the reform of Residential Tenancies Act. The government wants to know about your renting experience including if you […]

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