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Calls for Key to resign

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 161 comments

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Calls for Key to resign, so far from Goff, Norman, and Plunket.

Gwyn report

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, November 25th, 2014 - 66 comments

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The Gwyn report finds that the SIS failed to maintain political neutrality.

What did Key know and when did he know it?

Open mike 25/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, November 25th, 2014 - 221 comments

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Polity: New Labour lineup: 8/10

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, November 24th, 2014 - 21 comments

Rob Salmond has a look at the new Labour lineup. “…a consistent display of clarity and unity and being on New Zealanders’ side is what is needed from Labour right now”. Gives it an 8 out of 10

Little announces Labour’s new front bench

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, November 24th, 2014 - 170 comments

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Andrew Little has announced Labour’s new lineup.

Open mike 24/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, November 24th, 2014 - 224 comments

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Open mike 23/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 23rd, 2014 - 364 comments

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End of the Internet Party?

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, November 22nd, 2014 - 191 comments

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Laila Harre has quit – end of the line for the Internet Party?

Open mike 22/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 22nd, 2014 - 358 comments

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Clarke and Dawe: G20 Growth

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 4 comments

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The excellent Clarke and Dawe on the G20 and growth.

Weekend social 21/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 54 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Polity: Income mobility

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 17 comments

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David Farrar seldom seems to actually read the reports fully before he starts inventing meaningless canards. A theoretical equality of opportunity is irrelevant when your parent’s lack of disposable income is the major determinant of your own education and opportunities. We waste the opportunities from peoples abilities because of income inequalities.

Open mike 21/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, November 21st, 2014 - 95 comments

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NRT: Policy of fear

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 17 comments

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Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. They speak on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction. They also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. The tension between those two roles is one that National is ruthlessly exploiting to stifle dissent.

Open mike 20/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, November 20th, 2014 - 106 comments

keep calm and Solidarity

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Hot Topic: CROWDFUNDING THIN ICE: THE FINAL PUSH

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, November 19th, 2014 - 17 comments

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The Kickstarter campaign to get climate documentary Thin Ice shown on public TV in the USA is closing in on its target … with 4 days to go.
Updated:  Now within $2000 of the target having raised more than $4000 since yesterday afternoon. Help them get over the line.

Open mike 19/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, November 19th, 2014 - 241 comments

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And the winner is …

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 486 comments

andrew little square

Vernon Small has tweeted that Andrew Little has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. Update:  The result is confirmed.

NRT: A low R&D economy

Written By: - Date published: 1:24 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 12 comments

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The Herald this morning reports that New Zealand is near the bottom in global R&D spending. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is in full denial mode, saying that this doesn’t reflect what he’s seen. But he did make his money from being a crony capitalist, so perhaps he just can’t recognize innovation?

Open mike 18/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, November 18th, 2014 - 114 comments

keep calm and Solidarity

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NRT: Least preferred option

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, November 17th, 2014 - 40 comments

Poodle belly scratch

Back in September, John Key said that sending the SAS to Iraq was his “least preferred option”, “at the very outer edge of what we’d be wanting to do”. Today, he’s changed his tune in his predictable way. Such a poodle wanting to have his belly scratched by his masters.

Polity: Bonza

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, November 17th, 2014 - 39 comments

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Poor old Tony Abbott. Thrust into the limelight of hosting the world’s biggest economic meeting, and his true colours come out for everyone to see. Not a happy weekend for Tony Abbott and, by extension, for Australia. Perhaps “bumpkin” would be a better title

Open mike 17/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, November 17th, 2014 - 133 comments

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Open mike 16/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 16th, 2014 - 96 comments

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Andrew Little: My vision for Labour

Written By: - Date published: 4:25 pm, November 15th, 2014 - 87 comments

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There are choices that as a country we can make, and the choices we make are whether everybody gets to benefit, or just a few.

Open mike 15/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 15th, 2014 - 95 comments

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Standard questions: David Parker

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, November 14th, 2014 - 59 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are David Parker’s answers.

Open mike 14/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, November 14th, 2014 - 134 comments

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Standard questions: Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 13th, 2014 - 63 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are Andrew Little’s answers.

Nanaia Mahuta: Let’s Get Back On Track

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, November 13th, 2014 - 26 comments

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A message sent out by Nanaia Mahuta last night to all Labour members.

Open mike 13/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, November 13th, 2014 - 264 comments

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  • Police strengthen relationship with anti-corruption body
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  • West Papuan leader Octovianus Mote visits Auckland
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