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Dead Hands

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, August 20th, 2015 - 11 comments

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Time worn patterns and predictable decisions.

Zero by 50

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, August 9th, 2015 - 138 comments

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In Copenhagen, our government committed itself, and by extension, us “To hold the increase in global temperature below two degrees Celsius and to take actions to meet this objective, consistent with the science and on the basis of equity”

And yet…

Win or Lose: This is Labour

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, August 7th, 2015 - 199 comments

Corbyn

Some people have suggested that the more progressive parliamentary elements of the left are done and dusted. I’m not so sure…

Labouring it.

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 pm, July 19th, 2015 - 179 comments

Hornets-nest

With overall confidence dropping and Labour being all over the headlines for the past week, Labour’s support…

Toil and Trouble.

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, July 5th, 2015 - 46 comments

bubble

In the hope of some informed comment…

Universal Basic Income Experiment

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, June 26th, 2015 - 97 comments

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Income in a world of climate change.

Pope Francis on Climate Change

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, June 16th, 2015 - 66 comments

pope

No beating about the bush.

Labour. Horse. Water.

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, June 11th, 2015 - 97 comments

clear enough

Sometimes…often…I just can’t get my head around people who make obvious and simple things kinda difficult and fraught.

In Praise of Key

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 331 comments

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

Fixed Term Parliaments

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

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

Dear NZ Labour. Listen up.

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, May 12th, 2015 - 48 comments

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For the sake of reference – Nye Bevan was a Labour mp and the architect of the British NHS. Michael Sheen’s  speech was a defense of that institution, but the underpinning message is, well…

Fear, Loathing and Denial.

Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, May 10th, 2015 - 49 comments

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There’s a major and rather obvious contributory factor to UK Labour’s failure in the UK general election that doesn’t seem to have drawn any comment. Until now…

The Whisky’s In.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, May 7th, 2015 - 32 comments

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Before the turgid post-election hell that the British Establishment will undoubtably unleash…

Miliband:Dangerous Muppet?

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, May 3rd, 2015 - 40 comments

Miliband

Is Ed Miliband fighting democracy? Well…

Swings

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, May 1st, 2015 - 41 comments

Labour

A snippet on Labour’s prospects in Scotland.

A Very British Jamboree

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, April 18th, 2015 - 33 comments

sturgeon

Is Thatcherism finally to be laid to rest?

Trident

Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, April 15th, 2015 - 20 comments

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Nothing will shift the main UK parties’ attitude on nuclear weapons. Right?

Finally!

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, March 15th, 2015 - 500 comments

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Julian Assange to be allowed to answer to accusations…

Heroes and Villains

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, March 15th, 2015 - 9 comments

kobane-solidarity

Thinking authorities in the west have yet discover the difference between their arse and their elbow…

A Bright Spark Burning…

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, March 11th, 2015 - 40 comments

Democracy

A further piece on the peoples’ revolution within Northern Syria.

Revolutionary Spain, Revolutionary Syria, and the Bastards We Vote For.

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, February 11th, 2015 - 63 comments

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It seems that just as the 30’s offered the chance to turn dreams into reality, Syria is offering that chance up to ‘the left’ today. Suddenly, for me, the recent travel bans and the passport confiscation laws etc make sense since we are potentially looking at an international influx of non-nutters and non- psychopaths as happened during the Spanish Revolution of the 30s.

North of 2

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 1st, 2015 - 138 comments

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The international energy agency’s (IEA) view on climate change is that we are “on track for a 3.5°C rise by 2040” (i.e. 4.2°C relative to pre-industrial).

Fatih Birol – IEA chief economist said (3 years ago)

When I look at this data, the trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius, which would have devastating consequences for the planet….we have 5 years to change the energy system – or have it changed

 

Over it.

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, December 16th, 2014 - 56 comments

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In a land far away from here and behind a curtain of iron, it was said that to understand anything, it was necessary to first of all discount the fictions that were being presented as truth.

A Breakdown.

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, November 26th, 2014 - 25 comments

distractions

There’s a lot of smash flying around concerning the SIS, the PM’s office, OIA requests, Judith Collin’s and what not. So here’s a simple, stripped back, breakdown

All Things Being Equal…

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 27th, 2014 - 171 comments

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Assuming that all four contenders for leadership of Labour are equally worthy, there is a defining factor that ought to be considered…vulnerability to attack.

On Navel Gazing and Looking Out.

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 63 comments

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As the NZ Labour Party stands on the cusp of some soul searching, it might want to note that there are alternatives to pointless navel gazing.

The Monkeywrench

Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, September 29th, 2014 - 75 comments

Courtiers

Some thoughts from a different angle on ‘what went wrong’, or maybe just saying stuff along the lines of what plenty of other people are thinking

Idiots, Cowards and Bastards.

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, September 22nd, 2014 - 46 comments

frogs

When they write about it at all, the media tends to produce a lot of smash on the issue of global warming, and I’ve had enough of the crap. I apologise for both the length of this post and the number of data chewing links (pdfs and video). I’m hoping to write a number of posts looking at global warming from a variety of perspectives, and hopefully, it’ll be possible to keep others somewhat briefer than this one.

Right Back At You John.

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 16th, 2014 - 130 comments

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I need to say this – for those academics who will slice and dice a subject to slithers so small that all that is left is invisible and meaningless; and to all those who think or believe that fascism is marked by brown shorts and Nuremberg rallies – No. Fascism comes with a smile and […]

Bombs Away?

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, September 12th, 2014 - 72 comments

pp-bombsaway

So much for any abatement of dirty politics…

Dirty Filthy Red Herring

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, September 1st, 2014 - 104 comments

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Big fish and little fish.

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