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Northcote by-election: Greens select Rebekah Jaung as candidate – is it worth it?

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

The Greens are sick of being seen as a puppet for Labour and are desperate to show some independence, but was this by-election the best way to do that?

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National Party grotesque misrepresentation of Pacific Aid

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

NZ requires an Opposition that will hold the Government to account, what we have however is a Party wilfully happy to manipulate and lie to generate divisive anger in their supporters.

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The new Pacific Aid budget is only part of the solution

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

We can’t outspend China, but we can play a far smarter game.

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The compulsory te reo problem

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Getting tangled up in making it compulsory is missing the opportunity to progress while requiring focus on the structural racism that blights NZ.

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Real reason why National are considering cutting ACT off

By   /  May 8, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

The real reason National are now starting to signal they will dump ACT however isn’t because of a sudden realisation that the deal isn’t working, it’s that National want to try it out elsewhere.

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Farming backlash against clean water policy is cultural and stupid

By   /  May 8, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

The almost spiritual connection thin skinned farmers have with their cows means nothing David Parker could have said about dairy polluting our water was ever going to be acceptable.

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MSD forcing NGOs to nark on beneficiaries just the beginning

By   /  May 8, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

The neoliberal welfare agencies have countered this drop in anyone wanting to interact with their agencies with glossed over stats that suggest things are getting better when front line poverty agencies see a surge in demand.

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Nashy goes full Trump – Gang rhetoric to punish 7000 children

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

When it comes to bullshit ‘get tough on crime’ rhetoric,  Red is the new Orange. 

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More civil rights abuse, more police power and faster dog justice vs entrenching Maori political representation – the issues that matter

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Four new bills have been drawn from the parliamentary ballot and they really do give you an insight into what National & Labour values actually stand for.

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The false equivalence of comparing Left wing dirty politics with Right wing dirty politics

By   /  May 4, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

I’m getting sick to death of the attempt by those on the right to somehow justify the latest dirty politics smear against Clarke as somehow fair because the Left indulge in dirty politics as well.

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Cameron Slater just said WHAT regarding the Clarke Gayford smear???

By   /  May 3, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

In the one breath Slater says he had nothing of do with the smear, and then in the next breath he says…

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Of course the smear on Clarke was Dirty Politics

By   /  May 2, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

The co-ordination of this smear against Clarke, the anonymous troll army echo chamber promoting it, the fact the story suspiciously never changed and the place it was originally launched from – this was all a concerted effort by ‘someone’ to destabilise the Government. 

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Police formally speak out against Right Wing Troll Army Dirty Politics against Clarke Gayford

By   /  May 2, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

…it is my belief that right wing operatives have built a Troll Army to propagate hateful lies and spread them through social media. 

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Trusting Israel on Iran is like getting Deborah Hill Cone to write a character reference for Clarke Gayford

By   /  May 2, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

It looks like America will calm nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula while creating a whole new conflict in Iran.

Surely Trump can’t be this stupid?

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The only way to get Aucklanders out of their cars onto public transport (and it’s not bloody pets)

By   /  May 1, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Your pet is your responsibility, not my obligation to have to put up with on board a moving fucking vehicle. 

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We get it, rich people want to live on the waterfront – how ‘visionary’

By   /  May 1, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

The utter denial needed to think that a decades long re-creation of our waterfront minus any extreme weather events or rising sea levels is so outside the realities we need to actually plan for now it should be held up as proof positive of how flawed our planning process has become. 

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