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A Study in Party Stability

By   /  September 28, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  39 Comments

In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens.

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Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2

By   /  September 28, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  32 Comments

If Cunliffe can’t show he has listened to the damage that disunity has produced, then he isn’t fit to be a leader. One means available to Cunliffe for this is the symbolism of who he picks as a running mate for this primary. In this Stuart Nash has the edge.

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The tasks before the left and labour movement

By   /  September 28, 2014  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election.

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From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on the job

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on the job

While the Fiji general election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006 “coup to end all coups”, a student team from AUT University performed something of a coup themselves.

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David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Beltway

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  74 Comments

David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he can be truly tested. The alternatives would have seen Robertson become leader uncontested, a tactic […]

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Deep thought vs Deep prejudice

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

. . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless breeding“. The previous letter writer, a Mr Smith,  parrotted the usual prejudice, For too long, […]

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The NZ National voters elected

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  The Daily Gallery, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  1 Comment

The NZ National voters elected

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post party depression

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

Just get back on the horse and giddy the fuck up Labour. You may have been lapped but we need you still in the race.

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A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the letters R E F O R and M

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years…

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A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Samantha Anderson, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

John Key got his 3rd term, Peter Whittall is a free man and men in suits are still lying to people in tears.

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The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp; that many left-wing voters are still experiencing.

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GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  38 Comments

Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM.

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Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my own experience of Dirty Politics

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a lot. And I mean a lot.

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UPDATED FEATURE: Will Labour’s Caucus Pull Off A Back-Room Deal To See Robertson Win Uncontested?

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Selwyn Manning, Setting The Agenda  /  169 Comments

SPECIAL FEATURE – UPDATED by Selwyn Manning. ON THURSDAY NIGHT pressure mounted against all contenders to withdraw their intention to replace David Cunliffe as Labour leader. That is, apart from one: Grant Robertson. The factions inside Labour’s caucus are manoeuvring to decide on a new leader through back-room dealing rather than see the contest go […]

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UPDATE: Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist group removed from Facebook

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  73 Comments

Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook.

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