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Inequality – two excellent pieces

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Date published: 8:55 am, December 14th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Inequality has been very much in the news recently. Friday saw the publication of two really excellent pieces that between them provide a comprehensive, if depressing overview.

Another failure at Lima

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Date published: 7:48 am, December 14th, 2014 - 70 comments

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While I have come to expect nothing from the annual climate change talks, this years’ failure is particularly galling because of the active role that NZ played in it.

Open mike 14/12/2014

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Date published: 7:00 am, December 14th, 2014 - 117 comments

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Christmas at the extremes

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Date published: 10:24 am, December 13th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Two New Zealands will shortly celebrate Christmas, the poor and the rich. Here’s a crazy thought…

Rushing in to Freed?

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Date published: 8:50 am, December 13th, 2014 - 28 comments

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Herald journo John Drinnan seems all excited about Freed. That’s the dirty politics model that you’re celebrating John. You really want journalists to become pawns to paid attack politics? WTF?

Latest Roy Morgan Poll

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Date published: 7:30 am, December 13th, 2014 - 120 comments

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The last Roy Morgan poll for the year provides Andrew Little and Labour with welcome news.

Open mike 13/12/2014

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Date published: 7:00 am, December 13th, 2014 - 48 comments

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Weekend social 12/12/2014

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Date published: 2:06 pm, December 12th, 2014 - 26 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?

‘Ditch the [misleading] rhetoric’

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Date published: 9:39 am, December 12th, 2014 - 16 comments

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On RNZ this morning PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff criticised Bill English for his misleading rhetoric about rises in “average wages”.  NZ’s income and wealth gaps have increased in recent decades.  The lowest income remain low; the top earners get big salary increases.

None so blind

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Date published: 7:50 am, December 12th, 2014 - 181 comments

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Message to today’s anonymous Herald editorialist – competition doesn’t close the inequality gap, it widens it. In other news, black is black not white, and water is wet. How can you write such drivel?

Open mike 12/12/2014

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Date published: 6:30 am, December 12th, 2014 - 136 comments

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This is not business as usual. This is not some hippy over-reaction. This is serious shit!

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Date published: 4:18 pm, December 11th, 2014 - 53 comments

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New author Mandy Hager joins us with some reflections on having become a grandmother: “So that’s why I’m speaking out now, every opportunity I get. Not because I like the exposure (shudder), but because I love this tiny little person and I will fight for his future, come what may. It’s the right thing to do. …”

A Government in Waiting?

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Date published: 12:12 pm, December 11th, 2014 - 272 comments

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Andrew Little has wasted no time in making his mark, not just on the Labour Party but on New Zealand politics. What is already clear is that here is a Labour leader who is thinking seriously about what it means to be in government. A striking instance of this hard-headed approach to his job as […]

#TortureReport

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Date published: 10:45 am, December 11th, 2014 - 56 comments

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finally, we have the release of the report that documents interrogation techniques carried out by the CIA.  it’s pretty awful stuff.

Fudge-it-Budget

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Date published: 9:18 am, December 11th, 2014 - 31 comments

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The lied about surplus in the run up to the 2014 National Election is looking like matching Penn and Teller for magical skills. It’s the ultimate disappearing act. Unlike bad economic figures when Labour is in Government, this isn’t National’s fault. Bill English says so. It’s all down to a whole lot of unusual and […]

A good speech

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Date published: 8:25 am, December 11th, 2014 - 16 comments

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A good speech from Green MP James Shaw in Parliament’s closing session yesterday.

Open mike 11/12/2014

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Date published: 6:30 am, December 11th, 2014 - 219 comments

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Why is it Len’s fault?

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Date published: 10:45 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 36 comments

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Various Tory voices, fresh from finding Len Brown guilty of needing a wee; now find he’s to blame for failing to get his visionary Central Rail Loop started on time, with its delayed start to 2018. But surely the blame lies not with him, but squarely with National and Key for refusing to pay their share until 2020.

Oppose the housing sell off!

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Date published: 3:11 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 4 comments

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A last-minute, urgent appeal from Phil Twyford – oppose the sell off of state houses – today!

New Zealand Betrayed – Again

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Date published: 3:05 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 95 comments

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A guest post from BLiP on Labour’s support for the “terrorism” legislation.

Caption contest

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Date published: 1:58 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 85 comments

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The normal rules apply.

Denying the truth no way to run a country

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Date published: 12:09 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 15 comments

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Right-wingers recently got all hot and bothered about the idea of “recall elections”. Perhaps we do need them, not for the scandal of a Mayor having a bathroom, but for governments that systematically and cynically deny the truth, to the detriment of us all.

Local Bodies: “Government Given the Bums Up”

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Date published: 9:55 am, December 10th, 2014 - 5 comments

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From the Local Bodies blog, 2 posts on the government’s “head in the sand” approach to climate change and the environment.  A critique of the government’s approach to business, mining and the environment & a report on the protest against the government’s head in the sand approach.

Dodging the big decisions

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Date published: 9:03 am, December 10th, 2014 - 18 comments

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Colin James has an excellent piece on the housing market. Simon Collins has a piece on the implications on young renters. Meanwhile, a number of other big problems are being ignored by National as well.

The Roll of Shame.

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Date published: 8:00 am, December 10th, 2014 - 41 comments

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Another day of shame for the New Zealand Government. as they march us in lockstep…….

Towards the sort of police State we used to fight.

Polity: OECD on inequality and growth

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Date published: 7:42 am, December 10th, 2014 - 33 comments

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Rob Salmond notes the OECD report saying the West – and New Zealand more than any – have had their growth held back by income inequality. Do we have a government willing to do anything about it?

Open mike 10/12/2014

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Date published: 6:30 am, December 10th, 2014 - 197 comments

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rising poverty amongst asians

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Date published: 11:04 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 85 comments

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a new report shows that poverty related illnesses are growing at a rapid rate for asian children, and so are other poverty indicators.  some of this is related to a more settled population, but we also need to talk about racism.

Organising to win

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Date published: 7:31 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 13 comments

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Labor’s win in the recent Victorian state election was historic – the first time a one-term government had been turned out for more than 60 years. It was also a fantastic example of how organisation can win elections. Labor leader Daniel Andrews’  focus was on having  5500 active volunteers behind him.

ImperatorFish: A statement from the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

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Date published: 2:23 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 21 comments

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The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is outraged at the scandalous behaviour of Auckland mayor Len Brown. The people of Auckland deserve better than a mayor who spends public money discharging his bodily wastes.

Teapot tapes released!

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Date published: 12:00 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 7 comments

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As the matter seems to be heading for trial now is a good time for the audio from the teapot tapes to be released.

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