Archive for January, 2018

The Dogs of War

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, January 31st, 2018 - 20 comments

At a Union/NDP conference in March 2002 in Ottawa I saw wall-to-wall US TV attacking Iraq in my room. My caucus report  that America was going to war was instinctive. Helen Clark stood up immediately and said that we wouldn’t be following. The US war dogs are barking again, this time over Korea. A recent […]

Daily Review 31/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 31st, 2018 - 45 comments

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Bill’s Rolling – pros and cons

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 31st, 2018 - 27 comments

Since reading the news that the Nats are thinking about ditching Bill English, I’ve been trying to decide what my (completely honest and in no way disingenuous) advice to them would be on the topic. It’s a tough one! There are clearly pros and cons for them. Starting with the cons: Bill is experienced – […]

Bye Bill?

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, January 31st, 2018 - 79 comments

Barry Soper is claiming that the numbers are being done on sorting out a replacement for Bill English and Paula Bennett may be gone as deputy leader as early as next week.

National’s drug conscience

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 31st, 2018 - 34 comments

Helen Kelly championed the liberalisation of drug law to allow those suffering from significant ill health to have access to cannabis for medicinal purposes. National is still struggling with the concept despite it having overwhelming public support.

It’s time to change our cannabis laws (sign the petition)

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 31st, 2018 - 42 comments

“Sick New Zealanders deserve access to medicinal cannabis which is legal and affordable.”

Open Mike 31/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 31st, 2018 - 173 comments

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Daily Review 30/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:40 pm, January 30th, 2018 - 33 comments

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Bill your pants may be on fire

Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, January 30th, 2018 - 116 comments

Bill English has criticised the Government for only offering an officer briefing on the day that legislation is due to be introduced into Parliament.  But appears to have forgotten an offer made by Jacinda Ardern 48 days ago.

Drip, drip, drip…

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, January 30th, 2018 - 112 comments

In the middle of the Southland drought, people in Invercargill are no longer allowed to water their gardens.

Roger Federer

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 30th, 2018 - 25 comments

Why Roger Federer is my favourite athlete.

Open Mike 30/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 30th, 2018 - 138 comments

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Doofus of the week Anniversary Weekend edition – Damien Grant

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, January 29th, 2018 - 42 comments

Damien Grant wins the latest award for penning a column where he claims that University education is a great folly of modern life, contributes surprisingly little to our economic well-being and does not prepare graduates for work.

Ruminations on deprivation

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 29th, 2018 - 172 comments

Man gets wet feet. Is reminded of privilege.

Greening the government: economics

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, January 29th, 2018 - 92 comments

In his State of the Planet speech, James Shaw lays out the Green Party’s bold vision and plan for a truly sustainable economy to replace the crumbling architecture of the last 30 years.

(image from Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics)

Open Mike 29/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 29th, 2018 - 67 comments

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The Standard under a Labour led Government

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, January 28th, 2018 - 109 comments

How should the Standard adapt to the new Government?

Rimutaka Prison.

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, January 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Who are the bigger criminals?

Updated.

Open Mike 28/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 28th, 2018 - 113 comments

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The planet needs women

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, January 27th, 2018 - 29 comments

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin discuss women’s friendship, sisterhood, equality, and the power of women to change the world.

Manaakitanga

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 27th, 2018 - 73 comments

Jacinda Ardern this week expressed the hope that this Government will bring back Manaakitanga, in other words to show respect, generosity and care for others.

Open Mike 27/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 27th, 2018 - 161 comments

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Daily Review 26/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:37 pm, January 26th, 2018 - 11 comments

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Timeline announced for Green Party Female Co-leadership election

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, January 26th, 2018 - 18 comments

The Green Party will have a new Female Co-leader by April 9, following the announcement today of an early special election for the position and a truncated campaign period of two months.

Plastic Fantastic

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, January 26th, 2018 - 55 comments

Billions of disease laden pieces of plastic killing reefs. No effective solution offered.

Waitangi Day and Australia Day

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, January 26th, 2018 - 10 comments

Australia Day (January 26th), like Waitangi Day (February 6th) often divides our countries as much in its silence as anything else.

NRT: Not good enough

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, January 26th, 2018 - 42 comments

“The government today announced some employment relations reforms, including the restoration of meal breaks and the right to collective bargaining. But they also plan to retain 90 day trial periods for small businesses

Open Mike 26/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 26th, 2018 - 157 comments

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The Humanity.

Written By: - Date published: 5:57 pm, January 25th, 2018 - 8 comments

Thoughtless thugs. Killers.

Daily Review 25/01/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:28 pm, January 25th, 2018 - 10 comments

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Employment Relations changes announced

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, January 25th, 2018 - 20 comments

The Government has announced changes to the Employment Relations law which on the whole are positive and beneficial for workers.  But following New Zealand First lobbying the 90 day fire at will provision will be retained for small firms.

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