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Bribing the homeless to leave, punishing the poor with P – Why we need a Political Revolution

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

It is unacceptable that the power of the state be malformed into feudalism. It is unacceptable that public services be so underfunded that privatisation is seen as a solution. It is unacceptable to build surpluses on the backs of the poor and then borrow for billions in tax cuts.

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Māori Water Rights are Human Rights are NZ rights

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The issue to be addressed in respect of water is the extent of customary interests or native title that Māori have in the rivers and lakes.

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Home ownership a national obsession

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  17 Comments

In New Zealand we have a broken attitude to renting and an unhealthy obsession with property ownership. According to IMF statistics, NZ has the fastest increasing house-price-to-income ratio in the world.

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Budget 2016: Did Bill English try to pull a swiftie on ‘The Nation’?

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

On TV3’s “The Nation”, Lisa Owen asked Finance Minister Bill English if funding for health and education had been cut on a per-capita basis. The response from English was jaw-dropping;

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  10 Comments

satire

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday – 29th May 2016

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

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

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Israel’s founding ideology

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

On 4 May, the eve of this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israeli Deputy Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, delivered a public address at the Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, comparing the political situation in Israel and the events that led to the ending of the Weimar Republic and the Nazi takeover of power.

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Daily Blog May Donations Drive – last day today

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

We’ve seen this month the media consolidation that is occurring that will see one Newspaper Monopoly – you know how bad the mainstream media are now, what will happen when they get even more powerful?

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Budget entrenches society’s pathologies

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

This budget and this government were never going to provide the structural tools and address the structural challenges of a deregulated, speculative, unequal society. Addressing the chasm of income disparity would require the removal of privileges, the redistribution of advantage.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – Another Open Letter to Board of Waikato DHB re: Nicky Stevens

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Dear Bob – we have noted from your reply that you have not yet been able to bring yourselves to say ‘sorry’.

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Why Poetry? / Why Breathe? Poetry Day 2016

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Why Poetry? / Why Breathe? Poetry Day 2016

So when Phantom Billstickers said they were supporting New Zealand’s National Poetry Day, my eyes lit up, and so did the sky, and a half a rainbow appeared over the Auckland Old Folk’s Ass in Gundy Street off K’road.

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  19 Comments

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday – 28th May 2016

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  3 Comments

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

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Waatea 5th Estate – Friday night Political Wrap of the week

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

Joining us to wrap the Political Week

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MUST READ: Budget 2016: What Bill English Didn’t Say In His Speech.

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  53 Comments

BILL ENGLISH’S LATEST BUDGET is a masterful exercise in deception. He has done everything he can to mask the effects of the most rapid expansion in New Zealand’s population since the 1970s. The monies allocated to the core centres of state expenditure – Welfare, Health and Education – barely match the rising numbers they are expected to serve.

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Urge Iran to Free Nazanin

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I am writing this knowing full well that, one day, it might land me in an Iranian jail where Nazanin is at the moment.

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