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Open mike 23/03/2015

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Date published: 6:30 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 106 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

The rich want to hide their wealth because of kidnap threats

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Date published: 9:30 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 173 comments

Gina Reinhart3

The Liberal National Party Coalition in Australia want to overturn a requirement for corporations with a turnover of $100 million to disclose tax information on the grounds that kidnapping will occur even though the rich’s ostentatiousness is plain to see without the information being published. And in America it has been estimated that Wall Street’s bonus pool is twice the amount paid to full time American employees living on the minimum wage.

Megan Woods: Democracy isn’t “risky”, Minister

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Date published: 9:00 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 60 comments

megan woods

Nick Smith’s latest pronouncements on ECan are an insult to Cantabrians – and a chilling precedent for any other regional councils who step out of line.

Open mike 22/03/2015

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Date published: 7:30 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 64 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

On the flag – lets not have one

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Date published: 12:01 pm, March 21st, 2015 - 101 comments

No_flag

I guess that John Key wanted to raise the idea of a flag change to divert attention from his misdeeds and lack of anything positive from his terms in office. I can’t think of any other particular reason for bringing it up. But the referendum appears to lack the option of dumping the flag. Why have it at all?

A Fool’s Paradise?

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Date published: 11:49 am, March 21st, 2015 - 36 comments

jester fool

The pre-election, headline-grabbing, so-called “rock-star economy” may be less in evidence today, but there is still a good deal of self-congratulation about an annual GDP growth-rate of over 3%. There is general agreement that the New Zealand economy is doing pretty well, particularly when compared with what is happening elsewhere. It is only when we […]

The “Brighter future”.

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Date published: 10:36 am, March 21st, 2015 - 34 comments

bright-future

Labour, in 1984, with Richard Prebble and Roger Douglas, promised that if we adopted their prescription we would have a “Brighter Future”. Ruth Richardson in the 90’s promised a “Brighter Future”. Again in 2014 John Key’s National promises a “Brighter Future”.

A “Brighter Future”. For whom?

 

Mike Sabin has a prominent chin – A poem for Northland

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Date published: 9:31 am, March 21st, 2015 - 32 comments

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Petition – Apology for spying

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Date published: 9:15 am, March 21st, 2015 - 13 comments

waihopai-thumb

Keith Locke has created a “Not in our name” petition.

RIP Malcolm Fraser

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Date published: 8:32 am, March 21st, 2015 - 8 comments

malcolm-fraser

March Roy Morgan

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Date published: 7:13 am, March 21st, 2015 - 61 comments

dart-board

National down again and Labour up again in the latest Roy Morgan poll.

Open mike 21/03/2015

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Date published: 7:06 am, March 21st, 2015 - 34 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Weekend social 20/03/2015

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Date published: 2:25 pm, March 20th, 2015 - 18 comments

wksc

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?

Northland’s ghost jobs

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Date published: 9:24 am, March 20th, 2015 - 42 comments

ghost jobs

One of National’s big claims in the Northland buy election was that they had created 7500 new jobs in Northland. Lies lies lies.

National still attacking democracy in Canterbury

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Date published: 8:45 am, March 20th, 2015 - 10 comments

democracy under attack thumb

The Nats’ takeover of Environment Canterbury is the greatest attack on democratic rights ever seen in this country. They are about to extend the period of imposed rule, because a fully elected body carries “too many risks”. If you think the people of Canterbury can actually be trusted with democracy you can sign the petition.

National wants to take away our right to silence

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Date published: 7:30 am, March 20th, 2015 - 109 comments

Mike Sabin

A bill designed by Mike Sabin has resurfaced this week. The intention is to take away the right to silence by allowing a Court to draw an adverse inference if someone choses to say nothing when facing certain charges.  This proposal needs debate.

Open mike 20/03/2015

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Date published: 6:30 am, March 20th, 2015 - 161 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Collins confirms Dirty Politics

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Date published: 4:00 pm, March 19th, 2015 - 57 comments

Judith Collins

Video from last night in Parliament where Judith Collins essentially confirmed the veracity of the information contained in Dirty Politics. And David Cunliffe had the most exquisite put down of an opponent I have seen in a long time.

$46.25 per week Minister!?!

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Date published: 3:00 pm, March 19th, 2015 - 6 comments

disabled

One way the Government is transforming the disability support system is by keeping quiet about allowances desperately needed by those caring for disabled children.

Second “Roast Busters” report released

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Date published: 12:24 pm, March 19th, 2015 - 120 comments

rape culture

There are many failings outlined. Police were  found to have largely treated women and girls with respect and compassion but their investigations were not robust or thorough, inadequate follow-up enquiries…

Who said it? Shane Reti vs. Aaron Gilmore

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Date published: 12:00 pm, March 19th, 2015 - 44 comments

shane reti

All these National backbenchers with delusions of grandeur sound the same to me …

Northland by election – National gets desperate

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Date published: 10:13 am, March 19th, 2015 - 37 comments

sabin-osborne

National is obviously deeply afraid of losing the Northland By Election as is clearly shown by the liberal application of pork barrel politics, the misuse of statistics, the use of Ministerial resources to help campaigning and now the bullying of a local group seeking to have a local road improved.

Shame shame shame

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Date published: 7:12 am, March 19th, 2015 - 206 comments

Angry John Key

Last night in Parliament National voted down Harawira / Turei’s Feed the Kids Bill, David Shearer’s Food in Schools Bill, and Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill.

Open mike 19/03/2015

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Date published: 6:25 am, March 19th, 2015 - 154 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Caption competition

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Date published: 2:50 pm, March 18th, 2015 - 49 comments

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Key admits he’s using our troops as vote-bait

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Date published: 11:30 am, March 18th, 2015 - 30 comments

George W. Bush

Yesterday the mask slipped and John Key admitted the real reason our deployment to Iraq is only for two years: so he can win an election.

900,000 comments

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Date published: 9:02 am, March 18th, 2015 - 28 comments

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Yesterday morning we went though 900k comments. We have done another 100k comments in 188 days since September 10th. We are slightly behind our long predicted exponential growth to a million comments in August.

NRT: Who is lying here?

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Date published: 8:31 am, March 18th, 2015 - 25 comments

no-right-turn

GST wasn’t Key’s only bungle yesterday. I/S at No Right Turn reports…

Len Brown is toast

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Date published: 8:00 am, March 18th, 2015 - 117 comments

len-brown

Bernard Orsman has reported in the Herald today that Len Brown’s campaign team no longer back him and are considering support for a Phil Goff run for the mayoralty.

PM can’t calculate GST

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Date published: 7:24 am, March 18th, 2015 - 66 comments

dunce

Gotcha politics is all good sport when the opposition makes a mistake. How about Key’s self-inflicted blunder?

Open mike 18/03/2015

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Date published: 6:44 am, March 18th, 2015 - 168 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

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