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Repositioning Rightward: The Political Consequences of Russel Norman’s Departure.

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

A Shaw-Genter ticket would constitute a re-branding exercise with a vengeance. Tellegenic, articulate, non-threatening and business-friendly, Shaw and Genter would signal in a way no other pairing could hope to replicate that the Greens are ready to take their place at the Cabinet Table – regardless of who holds the lease.

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BREAKING: Of course Mike Sabin had to resign – Northland by-election on

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  57 Comments

The allegations are serious and now the attempt at containment by National to dodge what they knew when they knew and how they knew begins.

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This weeks Waatea news column – Key’s state house privatisation vs Little’s Jobs. Jobs. Jobs

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on This weeks Waatea news column – Key’s state house privatisation vs Little’s Jobs. Jobs. Jobs

This weeks Waatea news column – Key’s state house privatisation vs Little’s Jobs. Jobs. Jobs

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Russel Norman is gone – long live Russel Norman

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

Russel has done much to rid the party of its fringe tag and made the Party a central pillar of the political progressive movement. His mind on economics is the strength the Party needs.

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Disassembling John Key

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

The sleepy hobbits love John. “He’s one of us” they cry. “From a State House and did good, because NZ is good” they sing.

Is he?

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Fast food workers to challenge zero hours

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This summer has been very hot and many companies simply haven’t had air conditioning systems up to scratch. Several stores at different companies have taken direct action to resolve the situation when working in the heat became simply unbearable.

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Why Eleanor Catton is half right and why Key keeps going up in the polls

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Catton was of course half right. She declared that we had “neoliberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians”. That’s true, but these “neoliberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians” were elected by neoliberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry voters.

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Sabin to grill Police while he is under investigation for serious allegations?

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Due process and presumption of innocence is fine, but when you are an MP and the allegations this serious, allowing Sabin to stay on is politically expedient, it is in no way principled.

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The (Neoliberal) Luminaries

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

no sooner had Catton’s remarks about the marshy shallows of our public culture and sphere been processed by the domestic equivalent of the arse-end of Fleet St, then the snap-back reaction had begun.

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Je Suis Traitor

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

For daring to suggest NZ has an anti-intellectual national cringe creating shallow neoliberal politicians, Eleanor gets a ‘burn the witch’ response. Hashtag irony.

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Key’s State of the Nation Haiku

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Social Housing is…

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“Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.” Reflecting on Labour Priorities: Past and Present.

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

What is the most important thing? People. People. People.

And what do those people need?

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

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Key’s Spite of the Nation – privatising state houses & abdicating social obligations

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

National are clearly stunned that the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind actually handed them back this huge majority as much as the Left are and the pretence of moderation has all gone as they roll out vast unbuckling of the egalitarian NZ dream.

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Andrew Little’s Snooze of the Nation – selling Labour to the middle

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Listening to Little you quickly appreciate he’s less Obama and more like a grim home brands supermarket product.

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No Len. No

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

That Len thinks he could get a 3rd term suggests he doesn’t understand how damaged his brand has become.

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UPDATE: Eleanor Catton is a hero but Radio Live host calls her a traitor

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  16 Comments

It’s not just the “neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture” who are the problem. It’s the NZ voters who listened only to the right wing corporate media and voted them in.

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