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10 reasons why there will be a Labour-NZ First-Green Government and why it will take a month

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury  /  5 Comments

I’ve communicated briefly with Jacinda, I’ve spoken to some of the leading members of Labour’s negotiating team and I can assure you all, any suggestion Labour are just going to roll over and allow NZ First to go to National without a fight is utterly wrong.

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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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Pitfalls for the Greens and NZ First in coalition discussions

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

One thing the Greens and NZ First won’t want to repeat is the Alliance experience in coalition with Labour from 1999 to 2002. With Ministers inside the Cabinet, committed to Cabinet solidarity, they had difficulty differentiating from Labour. This frustrated the party’s support base.

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What If? Some Random Thoughts about The Next Three Weeks

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

WHAT IF, three weeks from today, National decides that an acceptable deal with NZ First just isn’t on “the cards that count”?

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The difference between what Jacinda and Bill can give Winston

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

Jacinda can offer Winston legacy, Bill can offer him baubles. What Winston chooses will become his political epitaph.   

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A victory for lies, media thuggery and lazy prejudice

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

The vilest incident of the campaign was not red-neck farmers protesting their right to pollute and degrade our waterways at our expense. It didn’t even involve the National Party directly. It was the vile, despicable, media-run campaign to denigrate Green MP Metiria Turei and drive her from the co-leadership of the party.

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People calling for National to be the Government because they got most Party vote don’t understand MMP

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  61 Comments

It doesn’t matter that you got the largest Party vote, what matters is if you can get 51% in Parliament, if you can’t do that, then you can’t pass legislation.

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Election 2017 Winners, losers & biggest issues

By   /  September 24, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  73 Comments

In 2014, NZers shrugged over dirty politics & mass surveillance lies & voted in National to protect their speculative property bubble wealth, so as a progressive, to be where we are with Labour + Greens + NZ First being the majority, that’s a major victory.

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How to negotiate a Labour-Green-NZ First Government

By   /  September 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  58 Comments

Negotiating a Government requires extreme skill and the way you start will be the way you run.

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Election 2017 Live Results

By   /  September 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

REMEMBER: Anyone who enrolled when they advance voted will be counted as a ‘special’ vote & special votes won’t be counted for another 2 weeks. If there was a youth surge for the Left, it will be found there – we may not have a clear decision tonight

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Sorry – The Daily Blog is closed until 7pm for the NZ election

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

No comments or blogs published today. The argument and debate has finished. Let all New Zealander’s take the time today to focus on one thing and one thing only, voting as citizens.

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Opinion, education and social development

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Genevieve McClean, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

In this country, we have always been so proud of our social policy. The danger is to segregate social policy from fiscal policy from education and military… this mechanical approach to governance has been a hijacking, but it will always be a dysfunctional governance if it does not consider the synergies of melded societal aspects.

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To every red & green voter in Epsom

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

The brilliant Darren Watson

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How did Paula Bennett get your phone number?

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

Seeing as Paula Bennett has a history of abusing her position to get personal information of beneficiaries and making them public, how did she get people’s phone numbers to text them?

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MSD Staff use fake names to hide from scrutiny for their cruel policy

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The very first thing the Labour Party needs to do is push for mass sackings within the Public Service so that these sadists can be flushed out of the system. Yes the policy is abusive but this is a toxic culture problem as well.

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Oh so there was Kauri being dug at location of oil pipeline leak

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

After original claims that Kauri poachers were involved in damaging Auckland’s oil line as ‘fake news’ MPI have admitted that there were Kauri poachers in the area…

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