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National’s refugee backdown

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Date published: 9:01 am, September 5th, 2015 - 60 comments
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In both England and New Zealand conservative Prime Ministers are looking to urgently backtrack from recent refusals to do anything further for refugees.

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Red Peak

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Date published: 8:11 am, September 5th, 2015 - 155 comments

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I’m no fan of the flag process. I think its a waste of money and a distraction from the real issues. I don’t think there has been any public sign of engagement or interest to be worth commenting on. Until now. Red peak for the compromise win?

Open mike 05/09/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 5th, 2015 - 45 comments

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Daily Review 04/09/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, September 4th, 2015 - 30 comments

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Labour plans emergency bill to increase refugee numbers

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Date published: 4:46 pm, September 4th, 2015 - 67 comments

Labour refugee bill

Labour plans to seek leave to introduce an emergency bill into Parliament on Tuesday to increase the number of refugees the country can receive.

Christchurch – rhetoric and reality

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Date published: 11:37 am, September 4th, 2015 - 27 comments

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Today is five years since the first of the Canterbury / Christchurch earthquakes. Christchurch voices are calling out for leadership.

A schools league table that we need

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Date published: 11:09 am, September 4th, 2015 - 14 comments

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The Nats have created the (spurious) data for school “league tables” so that parents can be fully informed and make choices, so they tell us. But it seems that parents don’t deserve to be fully informed about the dangerous physical health of schools. That would be just too inconvenient.

Greens’ climate discussion paper

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Date published: 7:03 am, September 4th, 2015 - 121 comments

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The Greens are attempting something remarkable, a plan that is economically credible, but set in the context of realistic environmental constraints. Did they succeed?

Open mike 04/09/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 4th, 2015 - 66 comments

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Daily Review 03/09/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 43 comments

Maurice Williamson

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“Get some Guts!”

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Date published: 1:17 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 94 comments

John Key Deep dreaming

Who’s willing to help those suffering in Iraq & Syria now, Prime Minister?

A flag that suits Key’s NZ

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Date published: 12:34 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 93 comments

Lyndon Hood in a work of bleak genius has come up with a flag that really suits Key’s NZ.

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Maurice Williamson super jerk

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Date published: 12:11 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 110 comments

Maurice Williamson

National MP Maurice Williamson was reported to have been so offensive in a recent presentation at SkyCity that attendees walked out of an awards dinner.

Market forces

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Date published: 11:17 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 70 comments

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Rosemary Macleod on the flag and market forces. Danyl Mclauchlan on the refugee disaster, market forces, and Key. Is this our New Zealand?

How much does New Zealand spend on refugees?

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Date published: 8:30 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 46 comments

Syrian refugees

The Government is under increasing pressure to increase the number of refugees that it takes.  Amnesty International’s proposal to double the number could be met by less than the cost of a flag referendum.

Crazy Corbyn?

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Date published: 7:11 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 88 comments

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Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity in the UK Labour leadership race has the political establishment in a tizzy. So of course, out come the dirty tactics. Private Eye has done a great job of showing up one of these….

Open mike 03/09/2015

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Daily Review 02/09/2015

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New ZEaland refugee rates

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Stewart on our rubbish media

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Date published: 12:27 pm, September 2nd, 2015 - 30 comments

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Rachel Stewart has had some time out with the flu (sorry to hear it). It has left her with time to reflect on our media…

Emmerson – flag distraction

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Date published: 11:13 am, September 2nd, 2015 - 71 comments

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Is Syria the first failed state because of climate change?

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Date published: 9:31 am, September 2nd, 2015 - 169 comments

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A climate change induced drought from 2006 to 2009 appears to have sparked the instability that has caused the Syrian Civil war.  The mass exodus of citizens that we are witnessing may be the first of many climate change induced events.

2.1 Times More Likely to get a pay rise…

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Date published: 7:48 am, September 2nd, 2015 - 6 comments

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If you still wonder WHY anyone would want to join a union, the fact that union members are 2.1 x more likely to get a pay rise might make you wade through the anti-union propaganda. Some unions escape scorn, like the Police Union which is referred to as an Association. It’s probably an oversight though, not anything deliberate…

Open mike 02/09/2015

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Daily Review 01/09/2015

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still protesting this shit

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Caption contest

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Date published: 3:45 pm, September 1st, 2015 - 90 comments

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Keep it seemly …

NRT: Meh

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Date published: 12:06 pm, September 1st, 2015 - 92 comments

Referendum election results

Today the government announced the four candidates for John Key’s vanity flag referendum: three ferns (one of them the logo of Immigration NZ and the Companies Office) and a koru. And really, all I can say is “meh”. So how about defining a good way of doing a informal or invalid vote on this stupid first referendum on selecting John Key’s underwear..

Bread and circuses. Hold the bread.

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Date published: 10:20 am, September 1st, 2015 - 16 comments

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Peter Lyons hits the nail on the head in Nothing but spin coming from our Government. Garner misses the point in National gets a case of the dreaded third-termitis.

Key is relaxed about widespread refugee crisis

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Date published: 9:02 am, September 1st, 2015 - 58 comments

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John Key has ruled out an emergency intake of refugees and claims that New Zealand is doing its bit and that bit is enough.

Away with the economic fairies

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Date published: 7:02 am, September 1st, 2015 - 40 comments

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The ANZ survey shows business confidence at the lowest levels since the financial crisis. Yesterday John Key insisted that it was “reasonably positive”. He was either completely wrong or lying through his teeth. Either way it’s unacceptable.

Open mike 01/09/2015

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Daily Review 31/08/2015

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