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Open mike 07/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 7th, 2020 - 119 comments

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Daily review 06/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 6th, 2020 - 67 comments

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Open mike 06/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 6th, 2020 - 69 comments

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Daily review 05/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 5th, 2020 - 79 comments

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Open mike 05/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 5th, 2020 - 182 comments

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Open mike 04/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 4th, 2020 - 202 comments

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Open mike 03/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 3rd, 2020 - 78 comments

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Daily review 02/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 2nd, 2020 - 66 comments

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Open mike 02/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 2nd, 2020 - 260 comments

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Daily review 01/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 1st, 2020 - 33 comments

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Open mike 01/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 1st, 2020 - 301 comments

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Leaders’ debate post

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 pm, September 30th, 2020 - 115 comments

Post for discussion of the latest leaders’ debate scheduled for this evening.  Be kind to each other.

Daily review 30/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 30th, 2020 - 10 comments

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No Right Turn: The transport policy we need

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, September 30th, 2020 - 40 comments

All of these policies will get fossil cars off the roads, reducing emissions. 

Open mike 30/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 30th, 2020 - 111 comments

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Daily review 29/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 29th, 2020 - 21 comments

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Open mike 29/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 29th, 2020 - 91 comments

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Daily review 28/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 28th, 2020 - 114 comments

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No Right Turn: The coming US shitshow

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, September 28th, 2020 - 44 comments

President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election.

Open mike 28/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 28th, 2020 - 229 comments

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Latest Newshub/Reid Research poll – Labour cruising, National floundering

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, September 27th, 2020 - 137 comments

Labour can still rule alone and the Greens are looking safer.

Open mike 27/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 27th, 2020 - 109 comments

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Open mike 26/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 26th, 2020 - 86 comments

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Daily review 25/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 25th, 2020 - 26 comments

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Open mike 25/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 25th, 2020 - 127 comments

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Daily review 24/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 24th, 2020 - 68 comments

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Open mike 24/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 24th, 2020 - 178 comments

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Daily review 23/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 23rd, 2020 - 12 comments

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Open mike 23/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 23rd, 2020 - 131 comments

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Colmar Brunton poll: Labour still way ahead

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 pm, September 22nd, 2020 - 90 comments

Judith will not enjoy this poll result.

Daily review 22/09/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 22nd, 2020 - 21 comments

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  • Marching to the ballot boxes
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  • Today in History: Reagan returns to White House after assassination attempt, tells Americans ‘don...
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  • Collins ‘popped in’ to Anglican church to briefly threaten God before voting
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • In which two NZ judges seem to OK torture
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Crusher loses control
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  • Bringing National To Its Knees.
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Maori better off with Labour
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    2 weeks ago
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    3 weeks ago
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
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  • Johnson spreads the blame
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    3 weeks ago
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 weeks ago
  • Jacinda Ardern’s popularity is saving Labour from its 1st term track record
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 weeks ago
  • What a Performance
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 weeks ago
  • National fact-checked as mostly false
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    3 weeks ago
  • Why I am still voting for National this year…
    Guest post by Monique PoirierI have always been a National voter and until recently, couldn’t have imagined voting any other way.Labour hadn’t delivered on virtually any of its flagship policies; the Greens were too extreme; many of ACT’s values didn’t align with mine; and New Zealand First was simply never ...
    PunditBy admin
    3 weeks ago
  • An unenthusiastic endorsement
    Advance voting starts tomorrow (overseas voting has already begun), so if I'm goig to endorse anyone, I guess I should get it in before people have actually started ticking boxes. In previous years, I have encouraged people to vote for any party on the left, while enthusiasticly voting Green. This ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • No accountability means no confidence
    Today's outrage from the Independent Police Conduct Authority: a police officer explicitly disregarded instructions from HQ to break off a pursuit, and chased a speeding vehicle the wrong way down a one-way street. The car they were pursuing eventually crashed, injuring two people. The officer's driving was found by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Cannabis should be legalised
    The cannabis referendum, where Kiwis will get to vote on whether they want to legalise what is essentially a medicinal herb, has been well contested with both sides of the debate having pretty equal time in the media spotlight to express their various opinions.However there has unfortunately been some comment ...
    3 weeks ago
  • You Know What? Collins Could Win This.
    Right On A Roll: If the 200,000 former National voters, most of them women over 45 years-of-age, who crossed over to Labour in recognition of Jacinda’s management of the Covid-19 emergency, begin to waver, then the shape of the battle-lines will change dramatically. Instead of a cake-walk to victory, this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • The End Of Their World.
    God's Instrument? At the very heart of the President’s electoral coalition are the evangelical Christian churches who see Donald Trump as God’s chosen instrument: the means by which the ancient prophecies contained in the Bible will be fulfilled. Painting by Marco Ventura.WHEN THE VICTORY of a political party becomes confused with ...
    3 weeks ago

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