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Owning the news agenda

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 24th, 2015 - 26 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.

Outflanking Labour on the left

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 143 comments

left turn only

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

I’m done with TV

Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 27 comments

Kill-your-tv

Brief reflections on a few decades of TV from an ex watcher.

Budget gives with one hand and takes with the other

Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 188 comments

trickle-down300

An increase to the base rate of benefits is welcome, but it comes with nasty fishhooks. As the Nats are forced to address leftie / progressive issues – a capital gains tax, Auckland housing, poverty – we the people need to keep the pressure on.

TPPA and sovereignty

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, May 21st, 2015 - 13 comments

tpp-release-the-text

Grosser has confirmed that the TPPA (if it ever happens) will contain “ISDS” provisions that could limit the scope of our sovereignty by allowing foreign corporations to sue NZ.

Dotcom’s open letter to Banks

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 21st, 2015 - 59 comments

John Banks in dock

Last night Kim Dotcom released an open letter to John Banks.

National literally want to hide the costs of inaction on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, May 20th, 2015 - 134 comments

through-the-looking-glass

We the people only learned of Treasury projections on the costs of inaction on climate change (up to $52 billion) because someone screwed up a redacted document. We were never meant to know. And National’s Minister for Climate Change Issues statement on the matter is that Treasury should have done a better job of hiding this vital information from the public.

Climate “consultation” – Fix Our Future

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, May 19th, 2015 - 12 comments

polar_bear_global_warming-1

The government is “consulting” we the people on New Zealand’s climate change target. You can use Generation Zero’s Fix Our Future site to make a submission. Do it!

Rushed policy is bad policy

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, May 19th, 2015 - 24 comments

headless chickens

National’s policy opens the door to more effective capital gains tax, thus irritating investors and their base, while probably not achieving anything in practice. The worst of both worlds. Bonus question – does this policy effectively underwrite losses when the property bubble bursts? Plus another bonus John Key lie!

Poverty and the budget

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, May 18th, 2015 - 13 comments

Poverty-in-NZ-100

The levels of poverty and inequality in NZ are a disgrace. Apparently the budget is to “arrest the decline”, but we have heard such promises again and again from Key.

Your pre-budget speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, May 16th, 2015 - 38 comments

blog key

What would be in your budget speech if you were leader of the opposition?

Farrar’s STD

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, May 15th, 2015 - 142 comments

farrardirt

David Farrar has a bad case of STD (Standard Titillation Disorder).

McCready back again on Key’s harassment

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, May 15th, 2015 - 22 comments

no ponytail  pulling

I’m all in favour of holding Key accountable for his actions in general, but not when the victim herself has asked McCready to desist. McCready should respect her wishes.

Wild weather

Written By: - Date published: 6:22 am, May 15th, 2015 - 46 comments

kapiti-coast-flood

All the best to those coping with the wild weather or its aftermath. We’ll see lots of photos of floods and damage, but no discussion of the increasing risks of extreme weather.

Calling people names

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, May 14th, 2015 - 24 comments

school-bully

Pulling ponytails and calling people names – I guess it’s true, the PM is 11 years old.

English welcomes Reserve Bank doing his job for him

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, May 14th, 2015 - 54 comments

head in the sand

Why is it left to the Reserve Bank to try and tackle the property bubble? It’s true – this government is recklessly complacent.

TPPA circling the drain

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, May 13th, 2015 - 40 comments

TPPWatch-450x255

As widely reported today, the TPPA has taken a probably fatal hit in the US Senate. Good riddance.

ACTing all surprised about it

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, May 13th, 2015 - 129 comments

blindfolded-thumb

ACT’s David Seymour is acting all surprised about the damaging consequences of right-wing policies. It’s like he’s seeing the world for the first time.

Uncomfortable reading for Key

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 12th, 2015 - 40 comments

key-fail

Two opinion pieces yesterday make uncomfortable reading for Key.

400ppm

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, May 11th, 2015 - 180 comments

smoke stacks

A significant milestone has been passed.

‘Forgot’ NSA spying

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, May 9th, 2015 - 15 comments

truth-lies

Well who among us hasn’t forgotten a massive illegal domestic spying programme?

More jobs gone at Solid Energy – thanks Bill English

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, May 8th, 2015 - 11 comments

bill-english-sad

113 more jobs to go at Solid Energy’s Stockton Mine. Bill English killed Solid Energy, these job losses are his.

The state housing sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 8th, 2015 - 7 comments

Yellow "For Sale" Sign

If National were serious about their “social housing” spin they would place restrictions on the use and resale of these houses. Without such protections its just another privatisation of public assets.

NSA bulk collection ruled illegal

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 am, May 8th, 2015 - 15 comments

snowden-right

In the US a federal appeals court has just ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records is illegal.

UK Election

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, May 7th, 2015 - 45 comments

CameronConf

The UK votes tomorrow. A hung Parliament is predicted, and the UK enters uncharted warters, guided only by a cabinet manual. Will Cameron dig in at No. 10?

GCSB and fabricating the ‘truth’

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, May 6th, 2015 - 19 comments

Key Liar

Someone is trying to fabricate the ‘truth’, but it isn’t Snowden and the people reporting him.

UK media and the election

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, May 6th, 2015 - 42 comments

UK-media1

Crunch time for Collins

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, May 5th, 2015 - 49 comments

judith collins gun

If Key survives the next few weeks Collins will likely have missed her chance until after the next election.

The Californian canary

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 42 comments

no-water

Not that I wish any ill on Californians, but in the grand scheme of things it is probably good for our global chances of action to limit climate change that such a clear example of the damaging effects are playing out in the USA’s back yard.

Prosecuting Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 42 comments

emmerson-ponytail300

Very wise of Bailey to dissociate herself from McCready, and make her own decisions about prosecuting Key.

(Image from Emmerson in The Herald)

Key on women’s rights

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 1st, 2015 - 29 comments

emmerson-ponytail300

Key dodges women’s rights issues in Saudi Arabia. For obvious reasons really. In other media coverage of ponytail fallout…

(Image from Emmerson in The Herald)

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