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Motels are not state houses

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Date published: 9:22 am, March 28th, 2017 - 16 comments
Categories: housing, national, useless
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It’s almost as if deliberately running down state housing stock doesn’t make the need for homes magically go away – who could possibly have predicted that?

Another reason for water pricing

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Date published: 8:52 am, March 28th, 2017 - 11 comments

The Government will be embarassed by another example of a corporation planning to extract ten billion litres of fresh water a year essentially at no cost which has arisen.

Open Mike 28/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 28th, 2017 - 20 comments

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Daily Review 27/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 9 comments

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Down the Gurgler.

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Date published: 4:18 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 53 comments

Getting sick, tired and angry of this malarkey.

Scots git on Q+A

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Date published: 2:11 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 10 comments

I went to Q+A yesterday in search of political comment and was astonished to see John McTernan aka “Malcolm Tucker without the charm” given ten minutes to burble. McTernan promotes himself as a former political adviser to Blair and Gillard, but his last real job was chief of staff to Jim Murphy who led the Scottish Labour Party to oblivion in 2015.

Spinoff series – rent week

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Date published: 12:51 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 38 comments

While much of the coverage of the housing crisis focuses on buyers, the situation facing renters is just as bad. Last week The Spinoff ran an excellent series on renting in NZ: “It’s getting desperate out there”.

What does National do about English?

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Date published: 8:45 am, March 27th, 2017 - 41 comments

John Key has claimed that the transfer of power from himself to Bill English was flawless and designed to ensure continuation of National’s rule.  Based on the last couple of opinion poll results he should reconsider his optimism.

NZDF credibility on the line

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Date published: 8:11 am, March 27th, 2017 - 76 comments

There were several significant developments on Hit and Run and the NZDF over the weekend. Which version of the NZDF story is it that Bill English backs 100%?

Marama Fox on working with a Labour/Green government

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Date published: 7:24 am, March 27th, 2017 - 68 comments

Marama Fox opens the way for the Māori Party to work with Labour and the Greens.

Open Mike 27/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 27th, 2017 - 95 comments

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Clifton: Nat MPs getting nervous

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Date published: 6:42 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 68 comments

English is down 6% in the latest Colmar Brunton. Jane Clifton sees Nat MPs getting nervous. “For the Nats, having so long taken a fourth term as read, the possibility that their own leader may soon be less secure in his job than Labour’s will be a toughie.”

Mosul and Aleppo. They’re spelled differently.

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Date published: 2:05 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 16 comments

Not so much a tale of two cities as the tales we were spun in relation to one.

Global oil and global decline

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Date published: 9:45 am, March 26th, 2017 - 20 comments

Peak oil is being talked again with suggestions that it may be only 5 years away.  And Saudi Arabia’s Aramco is thinking of starting to divest itself of its petroleum assets.

When right-wing hacks confess the damage that they do

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Date published: 9:11 am, March 26th, 2017 - 20 comments

Some right-wing hacks (like Glenn Beck) are recanting their rants and apologising for the damage that they’ve done. I reckon a few more should follow their brave lead.

Open Mike 26/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 26th, 2017 - 113 comments

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Jam tomorrow

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Date published: 2:20 pm, March 25th, 2017 - 85 comments

It’s too hard! We’ll do it later! Auckland airport rail is just the latest example.

Trumpcare down in flames

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Date published: 8:52 am, March 25th, 2017 - 39 comments

Good news (for those following the tragedy that is American politics).

More thoughts on the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules

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Date published: 8:39 am, March 25th, 2017 - 107 comments

The Labour-Green Budget Responsibility Rules announcement this week ought to dispel the notion that Labour and the Greens cannot work together.

Open Mike 25/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 25th, 2017 - 103 comments

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Daily Review 24/03/2017

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Date published: 7:41 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 5 comments

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Impossible to refuse an inquiry

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Date published: 12:55 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 67 comments

Bill English should stop being evasive and just get on with an inquiry into the fiasco outlined in Hit and Run. The latest developments make any other outcome ridiculous. The longer English delays the worse he looks.

What is the story?

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Date published: 9:20 am, March 24th, 2017 - 47 comments

I’m finding that the way that stories are reported rather interesting and full of hidden bias. Looking at the London attack and the “Hit and Run” stories, you have to ask about what editors and some journalists choose to focus on in stories. They often seem to miss the point about why things happen and what the consequences are.

Labour Green fiscal framework

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Date published: 9:16 am, March 24th, 2017 - 93 comments

As widely reported this morning, Labour and the Greens have set out an agreed fiscal framework. Smart politics.

This Government’s citizenship priorities

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Date published: 9:06 am, March 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

Environmental activist Michael Tavares request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship has been refused by this Government whereas right wing libertarian Peter Thiel’s request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship was granted. Why the difference?

A taxing question or two

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Date published: 8:35 am, March 24th, 2017 - 46 comments

Apple aren’t paying tax – are we doing all we can so multi-national’s do pay their share? And would the public actually prefer a tax rise (and decent housing/ health / education) rather than a tax cut?

Open Mike 24/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 24th, 2017 - 107 comments

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Daily Review 23/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 23rd, 2017 - 24 comments

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NZ is number one – for domestic violence

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Date published: 9:47 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 93 comments

It’s great that the government is planning some action on this shameful situation. It’s a pity that they are treating the consequences, not the underlying social problems that contribute so much to the causes, and it’s a pity that it’s taken so long.

London attack

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Date published: 8:17 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 92 comments

A person has carried out an attack on Parliament in London. Guardian: “Four people have died, including a police officer and one man believed to be the attacker, police said.”

A tale of two valedictory speeches

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Date published: 7:28 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 32 comments

Compare and contrast Helen Clark’s and John Key’s valedictory speeches.

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