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In Praise of Key

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Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 129 comments
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Hardly a comprehensive take, but in the interest of stating some obvious stuff…

key victory

RIP the Alliance Party

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Date published: 7:33 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 24 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 - 16 comments

republican moron

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Some Nats growing a spine on health and safety?

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Date published: 3:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 16 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 - 35 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 - 25 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 - 97 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 - 100 comments

omt

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Effective political communication

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Date published: 9:13 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 55 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

scoop-logo2

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

dart-board-thumb

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

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Political Strategy for a Progressive Majority

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Date published: 8:53 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 65 comments

cullen

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

Maurice-Williamson-Getty

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.”

Open mike 25/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2015 - 128 comments

omt

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Ireland votes for same sex marriage

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Date published: 10:29 am, May 24th, 2015 - 7 comments

rainbow hands

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same sex marriages.

The media and two child poverty policy releases

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Date published: 9:24 am, May 24th, 2015 - 59 comments

You are NOT the story

The media’s handling of Labours Best Start policy announcement in January of last year and its handling of National’s recent budget announcement of a $25 a week increase for beneficiary families provides an interesting contrast.

Owning the news agenda

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Date published: 8:20 am, May 24th, 2015 - 47 comments

File photo of Rupert Murdoch listening to remarks at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington

He who pays the piper calls the tune. The killing of Campbell Live is just the latest example.

English not even trying any more

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Date published: 7:04 am, May 24th, 2015 - 70 comments

the-finger-thumb-haha

Anyone remember departure tax?

Open mike 24/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2015 - 146 comments

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The Standard’s reputation rises after Judith Collins comments

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Date published: 4:27 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 23 comments

Judith Collins

The Standard was mentioned on Back Benchers last night by Crusher Collins.  From her comments it looks like we are doing our job properly.

Outflanking Labour on the left

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Date published: 2:08 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 150 comments

left turn only

Aka “swallowing dead rats”. Aka “losing the argument”. Aka shifting the political center – yay!

Smith not even trying any more

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Date published: 8:50 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments

the-finger-thumb-haha

Let them eat cake.

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