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A brief word on reinvading Iraq

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Seeing how most NZers reacted to mass surveillance and dirty politics by rallying to Key, the sick thing about NZ right now is that Key might win 2017 if he invades Iraq.

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A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to National

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate.

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Labour’s Angst

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage?

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Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveillance and the spirit of dissidence

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Chloe King, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

“When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.”

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When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

When the defenders of the mainstream media say they covered ‪Dirty Politics‬ – what exactly did they cover? That Hager was a hypercritical thief for using stolen emails or that it’s a left wing conspiracy theory to smear John Key?

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GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit from their policies. Here are the topmost thoughts from a week of reflection.

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and measured response, the factions have revolted; it’s a free for all, put -the-boot-in, knee jerk reaction. It just goes to show how much I know.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Finding himself in the awkward situation as head of a hostile caucus, David Cunliffe did everything they demanded. However despite doing every thing they wanted, on losing the election the caucus were still not satisfied and not prepared to wait till there was another conference, they wanted Cunliffe to resign immediately and hand the leadership over to someone of their choosing, without allowing a membership vote.

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GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.

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At the end of the day…

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on At the end of the day…

At the end of the day…

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Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  The Daily Gallery, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  1 Comment

Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty

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Internet MANA the election and the media

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  63 Comments

I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment.

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GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superficial media story

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

The left relied on social media this election to disseminate its message. Is that enough? Or do we have to try to reclaim some of the mainstream narrative?

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Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details).

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Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind.

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party

By   /  September 28, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

We all have our thoughts on the reasons for these results, and I will certainly be giving mine during the Labour Party review. Unlike some Labour MPs, I don’t intend to use public forums to air internal party issues, in a way that is destructive to the Party.

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