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Labour can win led by Phil Goff

Written By: - Date published: 5:28 pm, July 31st, 2010 - 145 comments

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Chris Carter is wrong. Labour can win the next election led by Phil Goff. The objective conditions make it possible, and there is enough time. That’s true even if Key calls an early election to gain the financial benefits of National’s new electoral law, as some have predicted on this site. First the objective conditions. […]

Bananas!

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, July 31st, 2010 - 50 comments

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Kiwis are amongst the highest consumers of bananas per capita in the world but for decades the banana industry has had a record of significant exploitation of workers including slave labour practices, execution of trade union members and a homicidal disregard of basic heath and safety practices. There’s a reason for the term “banana republic”. […]

Rough Justice

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, July 31st, 2010 - 14 comments

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The Economist has a great article looking at the American propensity to deprive their citizens of their liberty for trivial offenses. We have the same stupid political ratcheting here that causes it. A large part of that is fueled by groups like the Sensible Sentencing Trust. There needs to be a broad agreement across the political spectrum about such hysterical groups before they cause more damage.

Sucking up to Banksie

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, July 31st, 2010 - 16 comments

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I know that The Herald likes to campaign for the Right, but surely this overdose of sucking up to “Banksie” sets new records?

Open mike 31/07/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 31st, 2010 - 14 comments

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Where’s Kate? Wanted for media avoidance…

Written By: - Date published: 5:46 pm, July 30th, 2010 - 10 comments

Missing Kate Wilkinson

While there are some ministers who are pretty scared of fronting up for their portfolios, Kate Wilkinson is one of the worst.

There is also this little gem about a Minister that is happy to be anywhere that Sean Plunket isn’t. I guess this image will get a lot of use. Anyone got a good caption?

Pray you don’t get endorsed by Sarah Palin

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 30th, 2010 - 9 comments

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A recent poll in New Hampshire showed that being endorsed by Sarah Palin was an immediate turnoff to moderate voters. Similarly the RWNJ’s of the ‘tea party’ have managed to succeed in getting ideologically ‘pure’ but politically lower quality candidates selected where the GOP has undemocratic systems in place. Is this the beginning of the end for the RWNJ’s in the US as voters reject their candidates? Now if only WhaleOil would endorse candidates here…

Brown for democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 30th, 2010 - 24 comments

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I’d vote Brown for Mayor of the Supercity. He got me with his first big policy announcement, to strengthen the role of local boards in Auckland.

That puts the ball in John Banks’ court. Will there a bidding war to restore local democracy?

Open mike 30/07/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 30th, 2010 - 17 comments

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Just plain stupidity

Written By: - Date published: 5:28 pm, July 29th, 2010 - 241 comments

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It sounds like Chris Carter has shot himself in the foot, or rather in the handwriting.

Phil Goff and the caucus look like they have taken the required quick and decisive action.

Nats try ‘thinking green’ on for size

Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, July 29th, 2010 - 3 comments

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It’s taken me a few days to post on this opinon piece from Pattrick Smellie but it’s still worth reading! There are signs that Nick Smith is trying hard to improve the Nats environmental credentials, Gerry Brownlee notwithstanding. But Pattrick Smellie suggests it is not that simple:

Key’s lies are nothing new

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, July 29th, 2010 - 26 comments

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The Nats lied and promised their way in to an election win in 2008. That was always going to make it difficult for them as the honeymoon glow wore off. Now Key is lying about the failure on one of their biggest empty promises of all.

John Key’s right. The student loan scheme is a disaster.

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, July 29th, 2010 - 60 comments

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John Key’s description of student debt as ‘dangerous’ is just the latest broadside from National against interest-free student loans.

But the real problem here isn’t who pays off the interest on student debt, it’s that we have a system that causes such debt to be created in the first place.

Bollard raises OCR, notes weak recovery

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, July 29th, 2010 - 18 comments

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Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard has lifted the official cash rate from 2.75 to 3 per cent, while expressing concerns about the weakness of New Zealand’s economic recovery.

The states of John Key – Conclusion

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, July 29th, 2010 - 27 comments

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Final of a series by Guest poster Blue.

The boy who wanted to make a million dollars and be Prime Minister has got his wish. The livelihoods of 4.3 million New Zealanders are on the line for his big gamble on New Zealand’s future.

The lungs of the planet

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, July 29th, 2010 - 37 comments

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The warning indicators of an impending ecological collapse keep piling up. Forests get most of the headlines, but in many ways the oceans are the lungs of the planet. And they’ve been smoking 30 a day for too long.

Open mike 29/07/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 29th, 2010 - 25 comments

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NZF dodges the Lhaws bullet

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, July 28th, 2010 - 42 comments

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Must admit my heart sank this morning when I read that “Winston Peters and his former adviser Michael Laws are to team up again as part of a “relaunch” of the party this year”…

Wage gap $40 a week wider under Nats

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, July 28th, 2010 - 92 comments

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Closing the wage gap with Australia was one of National’s key promises in the leadup to the 2008 election, but the Dom Post reports today that the wage gap has grown by another $40 a week under National’s watch.

Can we stop pretending now that National ever really had a plan to close the wage gap?

The states of John Key – Nasty side

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, July 28th, 2010 - 25 comments

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Sixth of a series by Guest poster Blue.

John Key is not always the affable everyman he appears to be. There’s a solid streak of bully in him not uncommon in people who crave power.

The original justification or no justification at all?

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, July 28th, 2010 - 2 comments

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During the election the National Party packaged up its policies so as not to scare voters. The 90 day probationary period was for two specific reasons. It was targeted toward people on the margins of the employment market and only applicable to small businesses. Either the original justifications still hold true, hence undermining any argument to extend the scheme, or the original justifications were rubbish from the very start.

Workers and Dear John

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, July 28th, 2010 - 34 comments

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National is making a total mess of industrial relations. Two different news items yesterday tell the same story: the unions are angry, and the PPTA teachers are angry. Nats beware. Nice Mr Key could so quickly become Dear John…

Open mike 28/07/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 28th, 2010 - 31 comments

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Key gambles with Aucklanders’ future

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, July 27th, 2010 - 52 comments

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John Key glibly admitted yesterday that the Supercity is “risky”. We’ve been saying it all along and the evidence is all that the Supercity will be expensive, unrepresentative, and unresponsive to local needs.

So, if it’s so risky, why the hell is Key doing it?

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Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, July 27th, 2010 - 7 comments

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The Yes Men have become famous for impersonating people and organisations in an effort to make political points. They’re now being sued by the US Department of Justice for one of their latest stunts. Unable to release the version of their latest movie containing the offending footage, “The Yes Men Fix the World”, they’ve instead […]

Gutless backdown will cost money and lives

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, July 27th, 2010 - 62 comments

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So, National has failed to act on drink driving. The Director of the National Addiction Centre calls it “scandalous”. While recidivist and youth drink drivers will, from early next year, be permitted to drive only if they have consumed no alcohol, the rest of the population will be able to continue to drive as intoxicated, […]

Truth out on wars

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 27th, 2010 - 12 comments

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Deputy PM and leader of the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg, caused a bit of a sensation last week when he pronounced Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war illegal. And yesterday Wikileaks published a massive cache of American military files exposing the truth about the war in Afghanistan. Not a good week for warmongers.

Open mike 27/07/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 27th, 2010 - 16 comments

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The states of John Key – Avoidance

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, July 26th, 2010 - 7 comments

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Fifth of a series by Guest poster Blue.

A Prime Minister refusing to front their government’s Budget is practically unheard of. But John Key avoids being asked any hard questions, possibly because he doesn’t know how to handle them?

Where’s their evidence?

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, July 26th, 2010 - 13 comments

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National wants to make a change, they’ve got to make a powerful case that the change will have the results they claim. So where’s their evidence? Where are the models, the studies, the scenarios? They haven’t got any. This is faith-based government. Based on faith in the neo-liberal god. This is guess based government. The guess being that we’ll keep voting for that Nice Man Mr Key.

The real economy vs the casino

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, July 26th, 2010 - 13 comments

For the business pages, it’s Reserve Bank week and once again the banks want the Governor to push up the price of money, while those in the real economy where the jobs are want interest rates kept steady. As they say, there are no signs of rampant inflation and growth forecasts are uncertain. But the […]

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