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Has NZ become a dictatorship?

By   /  September 5, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  37 Comments

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, is often an autocratic leader who has very little concern for acquiring a consensus from the people he rules over…Isn’t that consequently the antithesis of a true democracy, in other words a dictatorship?

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Key grasps at straws

By   /  August 29, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  3 Comments

Although some Green party supporters may have been disappointed that both Robertson and Cunliffe effectively ruled out Norman from the finance position, they certainly didn’t appreciate John Key going on the offensive in such an underhanded way.

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Our surveillance free future

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  2 Comments

By arrogantly claiming that all the experts who oppose his bill aren’t really experts at all, the Prime Minister is losing the support of educated, professional people across the country.

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Grandstanding on child abuse

By   /  August 15, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  2 Comments

Bennett proclaiming that she’s getting tough on abusers when government policy is directly contributing to the causes of abuse is highly hypocritical. Clearly the government should be looking towards policy that will stop the cycle of abuse from occurring, not perpetuating it with more severe legislation that simply won’t work.

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100% Pure no more

By   /  August 8, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  6 Comments

It astounds me that it has taken 15 months before Fonterra’s management even cottoned on to the fact that 38 tonnes of whey protein concentrate was contaminated with a bacterium that causes botulism, a toxin that can lead to paralysis and death.

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Paintergate and other trivial matters

By   /  August 1, 2013  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  2 Comments

I happened to catch some of the documentary on Helen Clark last night. Generally it was a rather lopsided exposé that strangely tried to employ the “talents” of Matthew Hooton for balance.

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Poverty, Nationals growth industry

By   /  July 18, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  11 Comments

There is no question that New Zealand has a rapidly widening gap between the rich and poor; inequality that results in serious adverse social conditions and let’s face it, destroys lives.

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Collins rewrites history

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  29 Comments

It seems highly inappropriate for an employee of a Minister of the Crown to edit material on Wikipedia concerning that Minister and then for that employee to try and hide the fact. There’s a huge conflict of interest here, which is strictly prohibited against under Wikipedia’s terms and conditions…

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Beware the cru$ader

By   /  July 3, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  Comments Off on Beware the cru$ader

This week it was revealed the so-called philanthropist was charged for physically abusing a young woman in 2002, a charge he didn’t contest apparently because of prohibitive court costs. Considering he’s worth an estimated $900 million this excuse seems highly suspect.

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Nothing to hide, everything to fear

By   /  June 26, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  Comments Off on Nothing to hide, everything to fear

What this really all comes down to is trust…do you trust the government, and more specifically one person within the National party who has a number of vested interests, to do the right thing? I sure as hell don’t and for good reason.

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Whale army fails to materialize

By   /  June 20, 2013  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, The Jackal  /  5 Comments

Clearly somebody as morally corrupt as Slater wasn’t a suitable candidate to be editor of The Truth, which was purportedly attempting to clean up its act at the time…what on earth was management thinking?

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There’s a spy in my digital soup

By   /  June 13, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  5 Comments

Why New Zealand needs so many spying agencies when there have been very few prosecutions in New Zealand for the things their mandates are meant to cover is something that will likely go unanswered. But one thing is clear; the public is paying a huge price for these agencies that are effectively undermining our civil liberties.

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National no mates

By   /  June 6, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  7 Comments

Depending on how this all plays out, National could be a very lonely party on the opposition benches after the next election. Even with the faux support of other centre right parties, the Natz are unlikely to win the next election.

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Is it New Zealand music month?

By   /  May 23, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  1 Comment

“While the IRD has attained funding of $1.5 billion for new computers, farmers have $500 million for new irrigation and sports has all the funding, facilities and media coverage it could ever require, a lack of proper finance and promotion of New Zealand music will ensure NZMM will never reach its full potential.”

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Do you drink radioactive milk?

By   /  May 16, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  4 Comments

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that such practices are potentially very dangerous, especially when there’s no monitoring of Radium 226 levels on the farms themselves or in the milk they produce.

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Pollution vs solution

By   /  May 9, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Jackal  /  5 Comments

It’s a choice between increasing environmental pollution, to the extent that people become ill and die, or harnessing nature to provide all the clean energy we could ever require. The choice is also between having domestic energy security and fighting more wars in foreign lands for oil.

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