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What the 2017 youth quake really means for 2020

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Let’s look at what this small increase in turn out by young people in NZ actually meant for the election result. With a modest increase of 6.5% and more Maori voting, they managed to throw out the National Party despite the National Party getting an incredible 44%.

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Mainstream media claim no Youth Quake (cough, cough – bullshit)

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Remember all those msm political pundits who claimed there hadn’t been a Youth Quake and that the Left had failed to rouse them to the ballot boxes?

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Why the new Government is far more revolutionary than many suspect

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

The first hundred days is just a start, it won’t be revolution but it sure as hell will be a rapid evolution and those who put this Government together in the background understood the transformative possibility this all could bring about.

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Strategies Of Right-Wing Resistance: It Can Happen here

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

CAN WE REALLY DO THIS? As the euphoria of victory wears off, and the sheer enormity of the challenge confronting progressive New Zealand reveals itself, it would be foolish not to feel just a little bit daunted. We face an economic system without the slightest idea how to solve the problems created by its discredited […]

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Crazy shit the right wing are saying about the new Government

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Those on the Right claiming we are now a communist state don’t understand the words ‘communist’, ‘state’, ‘we’, ‘now’, ‘are’ or ‘a’.

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The 5 images that best sum up NZs new Government

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

The magnitude of change that this new government actually represents hasn’t sunk into the mainstream media yet. Most of them believed National would win, hence their bitter shock and they have barely caught their breath on what Labour, NZ First and the Greens truly represent. While they stumble into comprehension of actually how far this new Government intends to go, here are the 5 images that sum up the change best.

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A reminder to Labour about the TPPA

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Next Monday officials from the eleven remaining TPPA parties will reconvene in Japan. They will continue working through a list of 50 items that different countries want to put on ice unless and until the US re-joins. Relatively few of those items have been settled.

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Will Winston Peters be Israel Lobby’s Trojan Horse?

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

The Israel Institute’s New Zealand co-director Paul Moon was quoted as follows: Whichever party is put into power, the almost inevitable alliance with New Zealand First presents an opportunity for New Zealand to recalibrate its relations with Israel. Effectively, the government could draw a line under its disastrous sponsorship of UN Resolution 2334, and look to strengthen its ties with Israel.

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How the corporate elite will attack Jacinda, Winston & the Greens

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  59 Comments

Expect an entire array of dirty tricks and economic self sabotages to damage Labour erupting  before Christmas and expect the corporate mainstream media to blame Jacinda, Winston and James every step of the way. 

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The new Labour-led government has agreed to hold a binding referendum on legalising cannabis by or at the next election in 2020.

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

After years of denial and obfuscation by the National-led Government, this is a massive opportunity. The world is watching.

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Labour-NZ First-Green Government 2017 – Winners and Losers

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  33 Comments

Jacinda has pulled off one of the greatest political come backs in NZ history. To think that she has turned the Labour Party around and won the 2017 election in the space of 10 weeks is an achievement like none other in NZ politics and her leadership, courage and tenacity bear all the hall marks of a truly great Prime Minister. With Winston in full war mode against neoliberalism next to her and the very smart James Shaw on the other side, this is a Government who have every chance of producing an incredible 3 years.

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The magnificence of the new Labour-NZ First-Green Government

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

Actually governing with a global financial collapse imminent, environmental apocalypse caused by climate change and corporate vested interests challenged, the Labour-NZ First-Green Government is going to have to fight every day to maintain their momentum.   

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Prisoners react to Labour winning

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Not since the Rugby World Cup have I heard a cheer as loud in the unit as when the new Labour government was announced last night .

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New Zealand Democracy; looking backwards and forwards

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The new government got off to a pretty good start – indeed a few minutes before it was announced – when Winston Peters indicated that its mission is no less than to humanise capitalism in New Zealand. This reminds us that Winston Peters is by far the most qualified person in this government to be Minister of Finance, and that it’s Finance Ministers that make or break governments.

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Dark Transactions: Winston Peters Decision To “Go Left” Has Already Set His Enemies In Motion

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  76 Comments

IN ALL ECONOMIES, and in every political system, there are roped-off areas of shadow and hidden places swathed in deliberate darkness. In these light-starved locations all kinds of disreputable economic and political transactions take place.

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What I want from a Labour/NZ First/Green Government

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It was one of the mad failures of the nine-years of the last Labour-led government that union membership density as a percentage of the working class was lower at the end than the beginning. The changes to industrial and other laws were too inconsequential to allow unions to grow easily – especially in the private sector which covers fewer than 10% of the private sector workforce. The goal should be to double or treble that percentage.

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