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RIP Campbell Live

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Date published: 9:36 am, May 29th, 2015 - 66 comments
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Campbell Live plays for the last time tonight.  With New Zealand on Air having new targets that will make support for similar shows unlikely the holding of the powerful to account is about to become more difficult.

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Auto Kiwisaver

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Date published: 11:54 am, May 29th, 2015 - 14 comments

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Nice to see English acknowledging the importance of Kiwisaver – thanks Michael Cullen, thanks Helen Clark! I certainly support default enrollment. But – isn’t this Big Government Nanny State Gone Mad?

Money for nothing and the sheep are for free

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Date published: 8:36 am, May 29th, 2015 - 24 comments

flock of sheep

The legal suit offered as part justification for the Government paying $11 million to a Saudi businessman was apparently “off the table” at the time that Cabinet agreed to the payment.  So why was the payment made?  And why didn’t Murray McCully tell this to Cabinet or to Parliament earlier?

Open mike 29/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 29th, 2015 - 40 comments

omt

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 28/05/2015

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Date published: 5:45 pm, May 28th, 2015 - 7 comments

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All our eggs in the dairy basket

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Date published: 12:27 pm, May 28th, 2015 - 124 comments

drought cows

This government has been artificiality buoyed by a diary boom, now the bust leaves us highly exposed.

Students speak on loan cap

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Date published: 10:48 am, May 28th, 2015 - 41 comments

student debt

Students speak on the lifetime limit on eligibility for student loans. This particularly affects those committed to a long term course of study, such as medical students. They can’t get loans for their final years of study. It’s crazy.

Sheepgate

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Date published: 8:54 am, May 28th, 2015 - 100 comments

sheep

It has emerged that the New Zealand Government has paid money to a Saudi businessman allegedly to settle a legal dispute that does not exist but more probably to persuade the Saudi Government to enter into a free trade agreement.  Update – and maybe there was a threat of legal action but because of the actions of National, not Labour.

Open mike 28/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 28th, 2015 - 59 comments

omt

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

RIP the Alliance Party

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Date published: 7:33 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 49 comments

Alliance

The demise of the Alliance Party was announced today.

Daily Review 27/05/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 24 comments

republican moron

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In Praise of Key

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Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 289 comments

key victory

Hardly a comprehensive take, but in the interest of stating some obvious stuff…

Some Nats growing a spine on health and safety?

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Date published: 3:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

work-safety

Helen Kelly and the CTU have done a great job raising the issues of workplace health and safety. Have they even got the attention of some Nats? Apparently there are delays to proposed changes as some in caucus resist.

Crosby ‘most successful propogandist since Goebbels’ – Ken Livingston

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Date published: 2:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 56 comments

David Cameron, Lynton Crosby, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234565/Lynton-Crosby-Foul-mouthed-abuse-campaign-chief-revealed-lands-Tory-post.html

Ken Livingston talks about Lynton Crosby and neoliberalism.

Petition: Raise the age of child protection

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Date published: 8:30 am, May 27th, 2015 - 29 comments

Jacinda-Ardern

Currently, child protection law means a young person leaves CYFS care at 17, but other state support, like housing and student allowances, doesn’t start until age 18.

Sky City redux – the house still wins

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Date published: 8:25 am, May 27th, 2015 - 99 comments

Sky city

Sky City has managed to persuade the Government to allow it to build a cheaper building while retaining the same valuable gambling regulatory concessions.  Update: and the Government appears to have made further contractual concessions to Sky City.

Open mike 27/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 27th, 2015 - 109 comments

omt

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Effective political communication

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Date published: 9:13 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 61 comments

politik

Richard Harman concluded his presentation to the recent Fabian “Destination Next Progressive Majority” event by quoting the noted political scientist Bob Chapman’s remark that he had “reluctantly come to the conclusion that it was far more important for a political party to have a communication strategy than an economic policy.” I’m inclined to agree.

Daily Review 26/05/2015

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Date published: 5:45 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 20 comments

Noam Chomsky

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Fixed Term Parliaments

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Date published: 4:50 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 25 comments

fixed term

An argument in favour of New Zealand adopting Fixed Term Parliaments Act legislation.

Government incompetence threatens Relationships Aotearoa

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Date published: 11:19 am, May 26th, 2015 - 44 comments

Tolley-and-Key

Government incompetence, drastic cuts in funding and a refusal to provide a helping hand is likely to cause the closure of Relationships Aotearoa, a charitable entity that has existed in one form or another since 1949.

Campbell on the budget

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Date published: 9:48 am, May 26th, 2015 - 4 comments

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Should have covered this earlier – extracts from Gordon Campbell on the budget.

Roy Morgan for May

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Date published: 6:31 am, May 26th, 2015 - 469 comments

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The Roy Morgan poll out yesterday for May is pretty brutal reading for the left.

Open mike 26/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2015 - 69 comments

omt

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Political Strategy for a Progressive Majority

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Date published: 8:53 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 66 comments

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Sir Michael Cullen discussed political strategy at the “Destination- Next Progressive Majority” seminars held recently by the Fabian Society in Auckland and Wellington. He started by sharing what he used to say to his students when they were facing a test – “never forget to state the obvious.” For a progressive majority that means “get more votes than the others” – he had some good ideas how.

Daily Review 25/05/2015

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Date published: 5:31 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 23 comments

Paula Bennett damn nats

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Is Maurice Williamson jumping ship?

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Date published: 2:30 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 49 comments

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Rumours are surfacing that Maurice Williamson wanted to jump ship to Act but was turned down.

Epsom has its finger on the pulse of the people

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Date published: 1:13 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 14 comments

Emperor-Has-No-Clothes

So what is important to the people of Epsom? Paul Goldsmith in his Newsletter recently told us what is important to him and suggested what might be important to us.

Mortgagee sales

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Date published: 10:14 am, May 25th, 2015 - 21 comments

Yellow "For Sale" Sign

A marked drop in mortgagee sales recently. Good news?

Superannuation and Government forecasts

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Date published: 9:31 am, May 25th, 2015 - 197 comments

Piggy bank with money pouring

National has again refused to consider doing anything about the future of Superannuation.  Yet its policies of increasing Crown debt, stopping contributions to the Cullen Fund and attacking Kiwisaver have made a discussion about the future of superannuation more important than ever.

Oram on the budget and Treasury fantasies

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Date published: 7:09 am, May 25th, 2015 - 75 comments

Rod-Oram

Extracts from Rod Oram’s piece in the SST as posted on Facebook. “What’s missing from [the budget], and the six before, is any glimpse of the world we live in, let alone the political leadership we need to survive and thrive in it.”

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