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Top 5 batshit crazy things we must believe to accept Bill English’s version of events

By   /  June 25, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

The list of batshit crazy things we are being asked to believe in order to accept Bill English’s version of events over what he knew, when he knew and how he knew about Todd Barclay breaking the law is becoming more absurd by the day.

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At some point people are going to admit this 2month old story about a Labour intern slave scandal was just a distraction from Bill & Todd

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

Audrey Young is no card carrying member of the Labour Party so her vicious take down of National when comparing Labour’s supposed scandal up against National’s actual scandal this week is devastating…

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Hamilton student to battle NZ Government in landmark climate lawsuit

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. Sarah Thomson, 26, claims that New Zealand’s targets under the Paris Climate Agreement are “unambitious” and fail to reflect scientific consensus on climate change. The case, […]

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The level of racism against Marae by right wingers desperate to denigrate Labour highlights the hatred that drives these people

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

The spitefulness of those describing Marae as sweat shop slums for political gain is the ugliness here, not the attempt to engage youth at the ballot box.

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The broad definition of GCSB security

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.

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Why the Labour Party Student Intern ‘scandal’ is a smear

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

When the Labour Party Student Intern story erupted this week, just as Bill English was in serious trouble, I thought “Well that’s convenient isn’t it”.

I was out to the Marae 2 weeks ago having a look around at what they were doing. I had a meal with them, talked with some of the volunteers. They were fantastic young people who were loving the adventure of it all.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Ideas arent enough

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

In contrast to the rest of the world, NZ seems to be sleepwalking towards an election. If you want too see an ambitious, radical and progressive political voice, the options are sadly limited. For the radical left, the question is how do we turn this around? How can we build a radical political instrument to express the popular frustration with the status quo?

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Make Trade Fair in the Pacific

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

We gain privileged access to Pacific markets, but they gain no new access to our markets. There are no obligations on Australia to stop their protectionist policies towards Pacific kava exports and other fruit and vegetables that are produced in Australia. New Zealand exporters will gain $20 million in reduced tariffs, but this is lost revenue for Pacific governments that are already struggling to provide basic health care and education to their people.

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Statement from Matt McCarten, Campaign for Change

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

In May this year my contract with the Labour Party ended and I left to run a programme called the Campaign for Change. The programme was supported by the Labour Party in Auckland, however I led and managed it. This programme involved an international volunteer programme with a focus on voter enrolment, working with trade […]

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EnglishGate Update: National Party Goon threatens, intimidates and bullies staff member

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

…so a National Party Goon, Glenda Hughes, a board member of National’s ruling council no less, contacts the staff member Barclay has been spying on and effectively bullies and intimidates the staff member into dropping the case.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Slumlord’s have to go

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

There are times I’m really outraged by the lax manner we allow standards to slip in this country because it’s always the poor who pay the steepest price. NewsHub’s recent report on deplorable conditions of boarding homes in this country is a perfect example.

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BREAKING: Todd Barclay steps down from Parliament at next election

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

…now he’s gone, what about Bill English? Surely as Prime Minister, Bill’s deception was actually worse than Barclay’s.

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GCSB review into spying for Tim Groser is a 100% whitewash and far more important than Todd Barclay

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

To have the most powerful spy agency in the country pimping their spying services directly to Minister’s under the guise of ‘economic benefit’ and then have no paper trail explaining what the hell happened is utterly unacceptable, yet this story has been eclipsed by a backbencher taping a staff member!

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – How Odd of Todd, how Ill of Bill

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Three quick questions over the Barclay/English affair.

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Are Todd Barclay And National High-Ups Guilty Of Witness Tampering?

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

There’s just something about living in a small, insular ‘everybody-knows-everybody’ kinda place that makes attempts at pulling off a genuine “cover-up” something of a fool’s errand.

Todd Barclay, apparently, is that fool.

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Todd Barclay Watch: Suddenly Bill English looks vulnerable

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

This is becoming more damaging than all the far more serious abuses of power because English is mishandling the issue with indecision. When Key got into trouble, he would go stone cold and flatly deny everything. Bill English on the other hand has looked like a possum in the headlights and that along with the hyperventilation tone from the media is what your average voter is picking up on.

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