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Open mike 20/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 20th, 2016 - 66 comments

omt

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Anti-Corbyn media bias

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Date published: 9:58 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 77 comments

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“When a democracy cannot rely on its press to provide its citizens with information about political parties that meets the basic standards of fairness, then we can expect a political process that is equally unbalanced.”

London School of Economics study.

Daily Review 19/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 27 comments

Thank you god for trump

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National denies/admits Chinese trade reprisals threatened

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Date published: 3:17 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 49 comments

The Minister of Mopping Up, Todd McClay, with the Minister of Fucking Up, John Key.

Yesterday this was the story: Speaking shortly after his arrival in Indonesia for a three-day trade trip, Key sought to pour cold water on the idea of any Chinese retaliation. While he could not confirm whether MBIE had received a complaint about steel dumping, due to the confidentiality of the complaints regime, the Government had […]

Republican circus

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Date published: 2:28 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 52 comments

republican-circus

The Republican convention circus is under way, a four day parade of ignorance and prejudice.

How to wreck a busway

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Date published: 1:30 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 20 comments

John Key City Rail Link

The Government’s proposal to allow hybrid vehicles to use bus lanes is not only crazy but they did not talk to local authorities before doing so.

Auckland without workers

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Date published: 10:53 am, July 19th, 2016 - 73 comments

housing-number-one

The unaffordability of Auckland housing is now seriously impacting even moderately well paid professions. As these trends continue, how is Auckland going to cope without without workers?

Democracy and Dunne

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Date published: 10:40 am, July 19th, 2016 - 32 comments

square

The union movement’s digital campaign arm – Together – has sent out the following email asking for support to put Peter Dunne on the spot with his electorate over Easter Trading.

How to collapse liberal society

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Date published: 8:00 am, July 19th, 2016 - 129 comments

liberty-weeping

Liberal society is in reverse in many parts of the world. What do we do to arrest this?

Open mike 19/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 19th, 2016 - 82 comments

omt

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Daily Review 18/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, July 18th, 2016 - 19 comments

This is the last straw

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China trade realpolitik

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Date published: 1:45 pm, July 18th, 2016 - 137 comments

steel beams

We can’t afford to be using sub-standard steel. We shouldn’t have to buckle to pressure to do so, but we have no leverage at all.

Shinbone Star: Bloody Hell

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Date published: 9:31 am, July 18th, 2016 - 35 comments

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Reprinted with permission from John Palethorpe’s blog  Shinbone Star where he analyses the current situation of the British Labour Party and analyses what happens if Jeremy Corbyn wins, and what happens if he loses.

O’Sullivan and Watkins – warnings to the Nats

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Date published: 7:08 am, July 18th, 2016 - 196 comments

brighter-future-sinking

Even National’s fans are worried for them these days. The “third termitis” meme is becoming well established.

Open mike 18/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 18th, 2016 - 22 comments

omt

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BREXIT Sitrep

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Date published: 11:39 am, July 17th, 2016 - 72 comments

BREXIT

BREXIT has brought into sharp relief the cleavages in British politics. The ordinary members of the UK Labour Party are consolidating their take back of Labour from entitlement minded Blairite Third Way careerists.

God Botherer

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Date published: 10:27 am, July 17th, 2016 - 453 comments

theology-god

God’s been a bit of a let down recently. Is it time for Him to retire?

More bold intervention needed

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Date published: 8:00 am, July 17th, 2016 - 71 comments

John Key showing concern

National Labour and the Greens are all proposing to intervene in the market to do something about the housing crisis. What other policy areas are there where the parties can agree on active state intervention?

Open mike 17/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 17th, 2016 - 61 comments

omt

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Military coup underway in Turkey: Erdo-gone?

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Date published: 9:31 am, July 16th, 2016 - 135 comments

turkey-flag-half-mast

The attempted military coup appears to have been quickly and effectively put down by pro-Erdogan forces.

A target we can celebrate missing

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Date published: 8:38 am, July 16th, 2016 - 72 comments

bashing

Anne Tolley has conceeded that the Nats will not meet their objective of getting 65,000 people off the benefit in the next two years. Good. It is the wrong goal.

Salmond on the ravages of neoliberalism

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Date published: 7:46 am, July 16th, 2016 - 44 comments

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2013 New Zealander of the year Dame Anne Salmond: “In the name of progress, we sacrifice the future of our own children and the planet.”

Open mike 16/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 16th, 2016 - 52 comments

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Daily Review 15/07/2016

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Date published: 6:13 pm, July 15th, 2016 - 4 comments

Boris Johnson

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The times they are a changing

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Date published: 3:51 pm, July 15th, 2016 - 84 comments

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Dedicated to the latest UMR poll that Bomber reports has Labour on 33%, the Greens on 12% and National on 41% …

National’s Rodeo.

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Date published: 12:21 pm, July 15th, 2016 - 23 comments

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The fiction that National is doing a competent job of managing the economy is entirely due, now that the boom from Dairy and Christchurch rebuilding is ending, to immigration and rising house prices.

They are now riding a bolting horse that they cannot dismount, caused by their own inaction.

Nice attack

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Date published: 11:14 am, July 15th, 2016 - 160 comments

condolences

As is being widely reported, a truck has been used as a weapon to kill around 60 people in Nice, as crowds celebrated Bastille Day. Many shots were fired and the driver is dead. Motives are not yet known, and (at time of writing) no group has claimed responsibility.

The death of comments

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Date published: 9:35 am, July 15th, 2016 - 47 comments

megaphone-guy

RNZ and The Spinoff both turned off the ability to comment this week. Many other sites have done the same. It’s not really a very cheerful landscape.

Nats abandon social housing target

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Date published: 7:03 am, July 15th, 2016 - 22 comments

falling house of cards

As part of their “comprehensive” response to the housing crisis, the Nats are backing off their promise to increase the number of social housing places. Great news for those families sleeping in cars tonight.

Open mike 15/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 15th, 2016 - 94 comments

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Daily Review 14/07/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, July 14th, 2016 - 48 comments

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