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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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