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Archive for June, 2018

Petrol is going up, and up

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 30th, 2018 - 57 comments

Not all the current government’s fault, but the arrival of the fuel tax this weekend heralds a number of very sharp rises in what we have to pay in order to run a car.

Open Mike 30/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 30th, 2018 - 90 comments

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Daily Review 29/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:28 pm, June 29th, 2018 - 15 comments

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And then there was….

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, June 29th, 2018 - 38 comments

The aftermath of Douma chemical attacks and Skripal poisonings…

Another day, another mass shooting in the US of A *

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, June 29th, 2018 - 41 comments

* but this one involves a media outlet and not a school.

Open Mike 29/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 29th, 2018 - 146 comments

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Daily Review 28/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 28th, 2018 - 26 comments

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Soper gets sucked in by National’s fake Ardern quote

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, June 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Barry Soper in the Herald has fallen for National’s fake news concerning something said by Jacinda Ardern that was taken totally out of context.

Socialist candidate rolls Democrat heavyweight in primary

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, June 28th, 2018 - 44 comments

In a major upset the fourth ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives has lost a New York primary to a young latino woman who is a self described socialist as well as a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Open Mike 28/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 28th, 2018 - 178 comments

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Daily Review 27/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:24 pm, June 27th, 2018 - 23 comments

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Carmel Sepuloni announces much needed changes to improve WINZ

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, June 27th, 2018 - 41 comments

Carmel Sepuloni has announced much needed changes to make WINZ more sensitive to the needs of New Zealanders who need assistance.

Full retreat

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, June 27th, 2018 - 13 comments

The United States Supreme Court decision to upheld Trump’s travel ban is but the latest example of bad news for international human rights we have had over recent times.

Shock horror, National is telling fibs about Labour’s Industrial Relations policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 27th, 2018 - 102 comments

National has claimed that Jacinda Ardern ruled out national strikes during the last year’s election campaign.  And has trimmed a video and taken comments out of context to justify its claim.

Open Mike 27/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 27th, 2018 - 145 comments

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Daily Review 26/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 26th, 2018 - 13 comments

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Flying Kites.

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, June 26th, 2018 - 21 comments

If we can’t see the wood for the trees, shouldn’t we simply step back a bit and look again?

Student Fees

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, June 26th, 2018 - 26 comments

Reposted from Nick Kelly’s Blog One of the big policies the NZ Labour Party took into the 2017 election was to start reintroducing free education. Labour in the UK took a similar policy into their 2017 election, which is thought to have contributed to the “youth quake” which saw young voters turn out and vote for […]

Godwin’s flaw?

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, June 26th, 2018 - 213 comments

Sarah Huckabee-Sanders briefing the White House press corps

In which we discuss a number of quick hits: Trump thinks judges only exist to be bribed, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders can’t get a seat at a restaurant, and whether Godwin’s Law needs to be amended.

The right is in disarray

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, June 26th, 2018 - 163 comments

David Seymour bombs out of dancing with the stars and Simon Bridges refuses to apologise for calling Neve’s parents “pinko”.  Just another week in the train wreck that is right wing politics in New Zealand.

Open Mike 26/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 26th, 2018 - 70 comments

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Daily Review 25/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 25th, 2018 - 10 comments

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The Iraq War

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, June 25th, 2018 - 43 comments

Over the next week or two I will be doing blog posts about student politics and my time at university. Here is the first one…

The zero carbon bill

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 25th, 2018 - 88 comments

The Ministry for the Environment has released a discussion paper on a Zero Carbon Bill.  But one proposal is to exempt methane which would mean that effectively half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gasses would not be subject to limitation.

Open Mike 25/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 25th, 2018 - 134 comments

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Doofus of the week June 24, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 24th, 2018 - 37 comments

The latest in an occasional series where we celebrate the horrendously awful and bizarre behaviour of political figures both locally and overseas.

The All Blacks should give up

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, June 24th, 2018 - 49 comments

The All Blacks keep winning everything and it is incredibly bad for the game.

Open Mike 24/06/2018

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The Stuart Nash fundraiser

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, June 23rd, 2018 - 9 comments

Stuart Nash this week withdrew from a fundraiser organised for him by Matthew Hooton.

Immigration Now

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 23rd, 2018 - 74 comments

Germany has one of the very few national-level consciences on world immigration, but that is now under threat. The Trump administration and his allies appear to be actively working to topple Germany’s Angela Merkel in favour of the hard right.

Open Mike 23/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 23rd, 2018 - 63 comments

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