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Metiria – she fought with the workers and the poor

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Joe Carolan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

As a Socialist, I say Thank you Metiria for being on our side fighting when it counts.

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Jacinda Effect > Metiria Affect – Why The Greens’ Polls Are Down

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

In the coming days, as the vultures of various news outlets attempt to pick clean the carcass of a once-indomitable woman in their pursuit of sensationalized post-mortems, you are going to hear a lot about how Turei’s transgressions in the court of public opinion rendered her resignation both unavoidable and vital for the Green Party’s […]

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Resignation fever! Who is advising our political leaders?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

I really wonder what sort of advice is being given the leaders of the Labour Party and the Greens.

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Have The Greens Entered Their Jacobin Phase?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

THE JACOBINS, along with “Madame Guillotine” and Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, will forever be associated with political extremism. So, the mere suggestion that our very own Green Party might be entering its Jacobin Phase is unlikely to be well received – especially by the Greens!

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MSM catches up on Unemployment stats rort

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The mainstream media – or at least one clever journalist working for Mediaworks/Newshub – has finally caught up with a story broken by this blogger last year that unemployment data from Statistics NZ was no longer reliable;

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Cannabidiol to remain a controlled drug: here’s what is changing

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Rather than basing our approach on synthetic pharmaceuticals, if we took a herbal remedy or food-grade approach, then local and affordable cannabis-based products could be available here within months. They could be made from hemp, they would be cheap, local workers would be employed making them, and everyone could get their daily dose of phyto-cannabinoids. 

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The most grievous betrayal of all – two so-called “Green” MPs who should know better

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  72 Comments

I am livid with anger at the selfish actions of these two. I have given my weekends to help erect Green Party billboards. I have helped draft letters to newspapers defending Metiria Turei from the reactionary media pack who are hounding her. I plan to give up my time to help the Green Party as much as I possibly can with leafletting and doorknocking.

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Friends In High Places: Will Jacinda Be Swept Into Power By Another “Revolution From Above”?

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

New Zealand capitalism is in urgent need of a reboot. The agricultural sector is offering nothing more imaginative than more (and more!) of the same: more cows, more milk powder, more massive irrigation schemes, more befouled waterways. The road transport industry is swallowing a disproportionately large amount of New Zealand’s limited investment capital. Our civil service is not only displaying alarming levels of inefficiency but also outright corruption.

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Dave Macpherson: Lazy, weak Health Minister is walking magnet for health disaster stories

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Less than two years ago, mainstream media in this country did their best to avoid criticising the Government or any of its Ministers over the issue of mental health and how our health system was handling it.

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Jacinda washed her hands

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

I’m sceptical we will see any significant policy differences from a Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party compared to what we have seen in the past 30 years. Will it be about beneficiaries, the working poor, eradicating child poverty, the living wage and housing for all? I don’t think so.

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei! (Part Rua)

By   /  August 6, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

It astounds me that several reactionary media “personalities” have demanded Green Party co-leader, Metiria Turei, to resign from Parliament because she was forced to lie to social welfare so her benefit would not be cut.

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MUST READ: The Right Thing To Do: Metiria Turei Stands Aside.

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

Responding to Kelvin Davis’s less-than-friendly comments on the AM Show this morning (4/8/17) she could have pointed out that the first Labour Cabinet contained a whole swag of radical activists whose youthful union activities in the Red Feds regularly involved breaches of the law. She could have pointed out that Labour’s second prime minister, Peter Fraser, had been jailed for sedition during the First World War.

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei!

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

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Can Labour add substance to style?

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The installation of Jacinda Adern as Labour Party leader is the last throw of the dice for Labour in terms of trying to achieve a greater resonance with voters by simply changing the leader.

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You Say you Want A Revolution?

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Jacinda does need to put herself at the head of a revolutionary throng. Not one bearing rifles or waving little red books of dogma, but at the head of a movement determined to re-order this country’s economic and social priorities by means of an unprecedented blending of intelligence and compassion.

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Prospects for cannabis law reform are better under Jacinda Ardern

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Jacinda Ardern, the new leader of the Labour Party, wrote in May 2016 that allowing medical cannabis “is a matter of personal freedom and compassion… Eventually, it’s impossible to avoid the wider question of whether cannabis prohibition has been effective, whatever your personal view.”

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