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The mechanics of Cunliffe’s conference remarks

By   /  November 4, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Americans call these deictic expressions. The effect is that DC is speaking on behalf of the audience, not to it. The technique is used to build a relationship with the audience. But it also goes further: DC is speaking as if everything he says is issued by “us”, the people. The heavy use of inclusive language opens the speech to the audience and lets them impose their own interpretations on it.

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Will Labour Take The Third Way?

By   /  September 2, 2013  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Third way social democracy was never an ideology of or for the left. It was an experiment. Can Labour afford to experiment with Grant Robertson?

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Declaring for Camp Cunliffe: here’s why

By   /  August 26, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

David Cunliffe could be a reconstructive prime minister and lead a big change government.

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Not defending scum child abusers, but…

By   /  August 15, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

“As usual the details are vague and she’ll probably spend a few days talking about this on TV… and then we’ll hear no more about it until she re-announces the same policy in twelve to eighteen months time”.

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$elling out workers’ rights

By   /  August 5, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

Having negotiated and accepted a capitalist model, iwi have little right to rebuke changes in market conditions. The market has changed –the government is amending relevant legislation – and iwi must adapt their business model.

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It’s time to ditch TVNZ

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Media Watch, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

With the death of TVNZ 7, Maori TV (MTS) is the only non-commercial public broadcaster. TVNZ is the public broadcaster – technically at least – while MTS is the Maori broadcaster.  That should change.

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The Shepocalypse Now

By   /  July 7, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  35 Comments

Manbangate: it was always going to meet vicious condemnation from the right, but the left too? The left has formed three groups: those who support it, those who support it but are distressed at the politics of it and those who oppose it. There’s been a failure of political management. That was always a given. […]

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