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Labour, identity, class and winning

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 54 comments

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The question of identity politics and Labour’s direction just never go away. But maybe we’re just thinking about it all wrong.

What the Waitakere Myth says about pundits’ attitudes to the working class

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, November 13th, 2013 - 99 comments

topp twins ken

I finally found the words, in a comment at The Standard, to explain something I’ve been feeling for years about the Waitakere Man thesis: I keep thinking about how to express this exact idea: that the whole Waitakere Man myth says way more about Chris Trotter and Josie Pagani’s attitudes towards the working class than […]

Labour Party proposes radical idea that Parliament should be representative

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, October 31st, 2013 - 168 comments

own our future labour

At this weekend’s Labour Party Conference there will be a number of interesting constitutional and policy proposals.  One of them will try and direct the party’s Moderating Committee to select list candidates who are truly representative of New Zealand society.  Some have suggested that this is a radical proposal but you really have to question if this is so …

Big gay rainbow

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, August 20th, 2013 - 1 comment

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Best (so far). The bill passed well.

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, April 17th, 2013 - 142 comments

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The marriage equity bill has passed with a strong majority.

This is a watershed moment in New Zealand’s political history.

Marriage equality: living with prejudice

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, April 17th, 2013 - 115 comments

louisa wall

The marriage equality law will pass it’s final reading in the House tonight.  It is a measure of how things have changed. The passing of the law will not bring an end to all prejudices, inequalities and debilitating practices. But, today is a day for celebrating. [Update: Louisa Wall’s speech added.]

Another day, another bullshit Family First/Curia poll

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, March 23rd, 2013 - 187 comments

bob mccoskrie family first

Oh look, once again Family First’s rhetoric fails to match its reality.

The worst thing about the Right

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, March 19th, 2013 - 189 comments

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So, some Republican Senator has become the first of his ilk to, um, come out in favour of marriage equality after he learned his son is gay. Apparently, this is just lovely. The man wrestled with his prejudices and his Christian love and tolerance won. Yay! Bullshit. This just shows that the black hole where the heart of the Right should be is their inability to empathise.

Marriage equality and polygamy

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, January 24th, 2013 - 34 comments

*Jan 07 - 00:05*23_NE Consortium

Another day, another bigot trying to derail the marriage equality conversation by bringing up polygamy.  Just ignore them, people.  Because we’re winning this one.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi: how is gay babby formed?

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 pm, November 23rd, 2012 - 82 comments

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As the Government Administration Committee hears submissions on the Marriage Equality Bill, one committee member is doing his best to make the whole thing a clear illustration of how pathetic homophobes are.

Towards an inclusive, democratic left

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, November 16th, 2012 - 46 comments

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The left needs to develop a new direction, not merely react to the ruling neoliberal discourses and policies. Under NAct there has been a resurgent masculinisation of politics, and the undermining of democratic processes.  How do we work towards a more inclusive, diverse participatory democracy?

Chilled out entertainer

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, November 7th, 2012 - 21 comments

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John Key and David Brent. Both chilled out entertainers. The resemblance is uncanny.

McKellen scolds Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, November 6th, 2012 - 127 comments

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Good to see a prominent and widely respected gay person take Key on for his thoughtless and damaging language.

The conservative’s nightmare

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, August 31st, 2012 - 51 comments

grumpy old man

Soon, a 18-year old gay man will be able to get married and, then, celebrate by having a drink. If Jacinda Ardern’s Bill passes, he’ll be able to adopt his husband’s child. And, if David Clark’s Bill passes – he can then earn $15 an hour at his minimum wage job! It really is the conservative’s nightmare at the moment. I’m loving it.

Marriage equality set to pass

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, August 28th, 2012 - 33 comments

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Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill comes before Parliament tomorrow – there’ll be a rally outside. It should pass comfortably. 61 MPs have said they’ll support it to at least first reading and only quarter of that number say they will oppose it. Many of the 30-odd undecideds will vote no but some will be voting ‘yes’. I think we’ll see about 70 votes in favour.

Gay marriage

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, July 28th, 2012 - 181 comments

*Jan 07 - 00:05*23_NE Consortium

What possible reason is there to deny a couple marriage? With luck the only dissenting voices will be isolated extremists like Colin Craig.

ImperatorFish: Uncle Ernie: Hidden In Plain Sight

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, December 16th, 2011 - 53 comments

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Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

Garth George: Social Engineering is wrong unless it’s my social engineering. Those Greens are sinister and dangerous…

Uncivil behaviour at Big Gay Out

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, February 14th, 2011 - 22 comments

goff and co at the big gay out

The contrast between Phil Goff and John Key at the Big Gay Out could not have been greater. Key swanned in late, told the crowd the best they could hope for from National was no regressive moves and refused to endorse civil unions. Goff and his posse re-affirmed Labour’s stance against discrimination and committed to progressive leadership.

Big Gay Nowt

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, February 4th, 2011 - 69 comments

But will you respect me tomorrow?

It’s almost Big Gay Out time again which also means it’s time for some new images of John Key dancing with drag queens and cuddling up to lines of shirtless hunks. I know I’m supposed to admire the fact that a National party PM would take time out of his busy schedule to be seen with us homos but it’s all PR. Key’s record is true blue anti-gay.

The power of public condemnation

Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, January 25th, 2010 - 23 comments

Phew, that was quick. Yesterday John Kingi writes to us about Club Physical promoting homophobic myths. I publish his email. The same day a 300 member Facebook group pops up, and John’s on NewstalkZB and GayNZ. Today, Club Physical’s apologising. A lot of the righties complained that we shouldn’t have posted this. Suspect that deep down they are sympathetic […]

Is Club Physical promoting homophobia?

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, January 24th, 2010 - 113 comments

A reader, John, writes: “I’m a member of Club Physical and I was disgusted to see that in their latest E-newsletter (below) sent out to all their members via email address, they are promoting an article from a fringe website that claims eating soy “makes kids gay”. The mere idea that eating something “makes you gay” […]

F*ck you, the NZ collaboration

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, July 10th, 2009 - 31 comments

Kick arse: Hat tip: Russell Brown

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