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ECONOMY IN PERIL! DANGER!! WARNING!!!

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Date published: 9:27 am, February 3rd, 2016 - 149 comments

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Key’s second waitress bungle

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Date published: 7:04 am, February 3rd, 2016 - 78 comments

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Key’s badly dented “political antennae” took another solid beating yesterday, with his second high-profile bungle involving a waitress.

Nope

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Date published: 6:15 am, February 3rd, 2016 - 18 comments

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Open mike 03/02/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 3rd, 2016 - 140 comments

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Candidate flag not fit for purpose

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Date published: 9:28 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 34 comments

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Apart from being a symbolic fail of epic proportions, the “wrong colour flag” fiasco highlights the fact that the candidate flag isn’t even fit for purpose…

Daily Review 02/02/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 18 comments

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The Iowa Caucuses

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Date published: 3:30 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 98 comments

Thank you god for trump

A running post concerning the results from the Iowa Caucuses.

Garner’s TPP rant rejected by the silent majority

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Date published: 10:15 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 81 comments

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A tale of two States of the Nation speeches

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Date published: 8:57 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 6 comments

Andrew Little backing the dream-2

The State of the Nation speeches provide an interesting start to the political year.  John Key’s speech borrowed Labour Green policy that until now the Government has consistently derided and tried to present it as a “kickstart” while Andrew Little’s tertiary education policy announcement has received almost universal support and National is struggling to work out what attack lines to use.

Praise for Labour’s tertiary bombshell

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Date published: 7:03 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 29 comments

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Although there have been predictable howls of outrage from the usual suspects, the media reaction to Labour’s bold tertiary education policy has been generally great.

Open mike 02/02/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 98 comments

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Your Favourite Conspiracy Sucks

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Date published: 10:50 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 198 comments

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The return of the X Files has got me thinking. Just how hard is it to keep a big conspiracy secret? Happily, a British scientist has the answer; it’s bloody hard. More or less impossible, actually, according to his new formula. It seems the truth really is out there.

NRT: “The TPP is too important for democracy”

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Date published: 5:27 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 40 comments

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Fran O’Sullivan seems to be arguing against democracy in her bitter little rant in Saturday’s Herald against Labour’s opposition to the TPP. Labour, of course, is representing its constituents, many of whom have significant doubts about the TPP or its benefits to New Zealand (or to them). That’s what political parties should do in a democratic country.

So, how would you spend $1.2B per year?

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Date published: 3:23 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 84 comments

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A Kiwi Kids allowance for all under fives, with totally fee free public primary and secondary schools.

Newshub (and another flag poll)

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Date published: 2:32 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 6 comments

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3 News is dead, replaced by Newshub. That’s News Hub, not New Shub. Though New Shub would be funnier.

Final hours for submission on voluntary euthanasia

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Date published: 1:08 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 1 comment

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The end of today is the last chance to make a submission to Parliament on voluntary euthanasia.

Another policy to be proud of

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Date published: 7:01 am, February 1st, 2016 - 283 comments

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Labour has rolled out another big bold policy that will shape the national discussion for years. Critics, most of whom received a free tertiary education themselves back in the day, want to deny a younger generation the same right (and pocket a tax cut instead). Enter Steven Joyce…

Open mike 01/02/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 1st, 2016 - 107 comments

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Andrew Little: The working futures plan

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Date published: 3:02 pm, January 31st, 2016 - 280 comments

Andrew Little backing the dream-2

The text of Andrew Little’s state of the nation speech delivered this afternoon.

New Day Rising

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Date published: 12:38 pm, January 31st, 2016 - 80 comments

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Goff and Shearer’s disloyal and self serving support for the TPPA has backfired. They’ve shown that the ABC faction are now a spent force and that Andrew Little has the overwhelming support of caucus. The sun has set on the splitters and there is a new day rising.

Postcards from the brighter future

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Date published: 8:37 am, January 31st, 2016 - 18 comments

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Part of an occasional series.

Open mike 31/01/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 31st, 2016 - 116 comments

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Andrew Little’s State of the Nation Speech

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Date published: 2:30 pm, January 30th, 2016 - 240 comments

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All good progressives are invited tomorrow afternoon to Albert Park in Auckland to hear Andrew Little’s state of the nation speech. Update: because of possible bad weather the speech will start at 1 pm. Bring an umbrella!

Abattoir Blues

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Date published: 12:26 pm, January 30th, 2016 - 30 comments

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The Sheepgate scandal rolls on. PM John Key has just confirmed we will be celebrating the Saudi Arabian government’s recent execution of 47 political opponents by gifting them a portable abattoir.

Kelly interviewed by Campbell on RNZ Checkpoint

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Date published: 8:02 am, January 30th, 2016 - 24 comments

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Open mike 30/01/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 30th, 2016 - 49 comments

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Daily Review 29/01/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, January 29th, 2016 - 36 comments

Rand Paul and socialism

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Caption contest

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Date published: 2:40 pm, January 29th, 2016 - 38 comments

David Seymour giving blood

Keep it humourous.

Good money after bad into the bottomless pit of charter schools

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Date published: 10:37 am, January 29th, 2016 - 73 comments

money-toilet

Yesterday the Nats confirmed the closing of a failed Northland charter school. Turns out we’ll be paying an extra $400,000 for the first quarter of this year, even though the school will not open. Brilliant.

Message from Andrew Little about TPPA

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Date published: 9:00 am, January 29th, 2016 - 275 comments

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The text of an email Andrew Little has sent to members.

National – trying to provoke TPP violence?

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Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments

Angry John Key

The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?

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