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National looks less like a political party and more like a front for Chinese business interests

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

As China regresses into a censorship totalitarian state, we need to ask how much influence our largest Political Party is under from Beijing and in whose interest does National rule? New Zealand’s or the People’s Republic of China? 

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The famous last words of Michelle Boag

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

If you want something done right, gag Michelle Boag first.

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TWITTER WATCH: Better luck next time Mr Bishop

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

TWITTER WATCH: Better luck next time Mr Bishop

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So when will the NZ Herald call for Simon Bridges to stand down?

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Remember when the NZ Herald called for David Cunliffe to stand down over an allegation of a $100000 donation that never existed…

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TWITTER WATCH: Best Political Burn of 2018

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

Best Political Burn of 2018

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BY-ELECTION SCANDAL: That cold, terrifying and soulless nails-on-blackboard sound you hear right now is Judith Collins sharpening her talons

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Jami-Lee has not so much burnt his Bridges as he has napalmed him. 

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No Country For Dishonourable Men

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

NICKY HAGER’S latest revelations concerning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) could not be more timely. In the year of #MeToo, he has exposed a culture of toxic masculinity extending from the top to the bottom of New Zealand’s armed forces.

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What’s most shocking – Saudi Arabia butchering a journalist or that we are outraged despite them killing thousands in Yemen?

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

I’m not sure what is more shocking – butchering a Washington Post Journalist or that it’s taken that murder to outrage everyone about Saudi Arabia when they’ve already killed thousands of civilians in Yemen.

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BREAKING TWITTER WATCH: Jami-Lee Ross goes full Trump

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

In the last 20 minutes, Jami-Lee Ross, who is on home leave for a ‘stressful personal issue’, has gone full blown Trump and suddenly unleashed Twitter war on Simon Bridges…

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The biggest abuser of the poor is the State – not loan sharks

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The reality that people in poverty go to loan sharks because they’re kinder than WINZ is another example of the counter productive fuckwittery of neoliberal social service agencies

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The double standards of White rage when it comes to hiring more Māori at Hospitals

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

It really says something about us as a country when the rage is focused at Hospitals trying to hire more Māori & Pacific Islanders because ‘that’s racist’, but there is no rage at those same Hospitals not resuscitating Māori & Pacific Island babies…

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What should be our response to the “fines” handed down by an Israeli court against Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab?

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The most important lesson to learn from the Israeli court case which saw “fines” handed down to Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab is just how important and effective the BDS campaign has become in fighting for Palestinian political and civil rights. Justine and Nadia wrote a letter to New Zealand singer Lorde which asked her […]

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Open Letter to Mediaworks to withdraw Sodastream sponsorship of “Married and First Sight” or face boycott

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  John Minto, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Our request is made as part of the international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign which was launched in 2005 by Palestinian civil society groups to bring pressure to end Israeli apartheid. Israeli-made products such as Sodastream are one focus of the campaign.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Embarrassment

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Neither Melania nor Donald inspire much human sympathy.  While the story of Charles and Diana was a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, D and M are simply a farce, albeit one whose consequences the world is forced to live with. Melania is certainly not a Diana.  I can’t see her holding babies with Aids in her arms. It might muck up her pristine white shirt.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Better Red than Dead

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Capitalism is on its last legs and can only survive by making us, the vast majority of working people the world over, pay for it by giving up our livelihoods and our lives. For that reason, we have to get over our magical thinking that capitalism can be saved from itself, and fight for survival socialism. 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Penny Bright’s funeral

By   /  October 14, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

It was a privilege to go to Penny Bright’s funeral this afternoon, there was a lot of great kōrero.

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