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Bernie runs again

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, February 20th, 2019 - 9 comments

Bernie Sanders has announced he will seek the Democratic candidacy for the presidency and has described Trump as being a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy.

Pollwatch: Colmar Brunton 18/02/2019

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 pm, February 19th, 2019 - 5 comments

Do good things come in twos? This Pollwatch suggests that perhaps they do, and that maybe the news is rosier than the last one suggested.

Colmar Brunton Feb 2019

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 84 comments

Another poll, another sizzling result for Jacinda Ardern and the Coalition team. Mansplain that, Simon.

What China crisis?

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 50 comments

Claims that New Zealand is at a crisis point in terms of its relationship with China appear to be somewhat overegged.

Lock ’em Up!?

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 15 comments

Unionist and former MP Darien Fenton takes issue with a major weakness in our law. That’s the ability of guilty bosses to just ignore the rulings of the Employment Court. Can’t pay? Won’t pay!

How To Get There 17/2/19

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, February 17th, 2019 - 145 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.  

The NZ National Party is the Wizard of Oz

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, February 16th, 2019 - 29 comments

The National Party is a sad, confused, slightly dazed white old man behind the curtain.

Walls and Bridges

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, February 16th, 2019 - 54 comments

It’s been a horror week for two leaders and a leader who will never be leader.

TRP casts a wary and weary eye over three political zombies whose time appears up.

And, oh, Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Blomfield beats Slater

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, February 16th, 2019 - 26 comments

Matt Blomfield has obtained judgment in his long running defamation case against Cameron Slater.

The end of tenure review

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, February 15th, 2019 - 29 comments

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage has ended the policy of tenure review, under which large tracts of land were privatised and onsold for huge profits and sensitive ecological areas wrecked.

Dead cats and silly sausages

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 pm, February 14th, 2019 - 125 comments

a SLEEPING cat

Today in distractions: David Carter is covering for Simon Bridges’ polling results by upsetting the whole idea of non-partisan accountability of the Government to Parliament in select comittees, I give some free advice to the National Party comms team knowing they won’t pull it off, and Mallard has lost patience with non-answers

Can Sexism Save Simon’s Bacon?

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, February 13th, 2019 - 115 comments

National Party in dick pick SHOCKER!!!

Yes, Simple Simon reveals his saucy side as he SHOWS US HIS SAUSAGE.

But is anyone biting?

 

Spark vs Spooks

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, February 13th, 2019 - 66 comments

Spark wants Huawei’s 5G technology because its the best and the cheapest. The GCSB spooks don’t want us to have it because 5Eyes and because the US has yanked their chain. The Prime Minister says no decision has been made – the media and the world think it is a goneburger. We should support New Zealand’s Spark, not US corporate interests.

National crashes select committee meeting

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, February 13th, 2019 - 208 comments

National has decided to play politics and sabotaged today’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee meeting.

Dear St Valentine

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 13th, 2019 - 25 comments

The leader has my full support

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, February 13th, 2019 - 44 comments

National’s message discipline on support for Leader Simon Bridges is strangely missing.

Pollwatch: 11/02/2019

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 pm, February 12th, 2019 - 18 comments

Roy morgan 11/02/2019: 63.2% chance outright labour govt, 36.8% chance labour-green coalition

Should We Fear Judith Collins?

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, February 12th, 2019 - 130 comments

So, it turns out Simon’s a dud. What do the Tories do about it? And can Judith Collins really make a difference?

Sheepgate the final chapter

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, February 12th, 2019 - 44 comments

The final chapter of the Saudi Sheepgate saga has now been written with David Parker pulling the pin on the deal and saving the country $1 million.

Latest Reid Research poll result disastrous for National and Bridges

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 pm, February 11th, 2019 - 248 comments

The latest Reid Research poll is disastrous for National.

Simon Bridges twitter game

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, February 11th, 2019 - 27 comments

Simon Bridges’ twitter account has been tweeting about unusual subjects lately.

Right wing environmental sock puppet party launched

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, February 11th, 2019 - 195 comments

No friends National’s sock puppet party has now been announced.

Ross taunts Bridges about mental health system

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, February 10th, 2019 - 119 comments

Jami-Lee Ross has implied that Simon Bridges is being hypocritical in criticising a Government review into mental health.

How To Get There 10/2/19

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, February 10th, 2019 - 178 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.

What does the right have against Venezuela?

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 9th, 2019 - 131 comments

Simon Bridges has claimed that the Government is going to follow a “Venezuela model” in making much needed reform of the Polytechnic sector. But no one knows what he means.

The problems with America’s political system

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, February 8th, 2019 - 21 comments

In a series of simple questions shows all that is wrong with the American political system.

Ardern’s state of the nation speech

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, February 8th, 2019 - 56 comments

The text of Jacinda Ardern’s speech delivered this morning.

Trump restarts Nuclear Arms race

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, February 8th, 2019 - 58 comments

Donald Trump has announced that the US will be withdrawing from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and Russia has also given notice. Stand by as the nuclear arms race restarts.

What should Jacinda Ardern say in her state of the nation speech?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 7th, 2019 - 71 comments

What are the issues Jacinda Ardern should be talking about when she gives her state of the nation speech tomorrow?

Upset by Offset

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, February 7th, 2019 - 52 comments

Life is not simply a zero-sum game in which bad behaviour can be offset with good deeds.

Liam Neeson Under the Cosh

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, February 5th, 2019 - 119 comments

Actor Liam Neeson has made a sensational confession to stalking black men with the intent to kill. No, that’s not the plot to his latest movie, it’s apparently a true story. But what is the wider truth?

UPDATE: Added video of a new Liam Neeson interview regarding the incident.

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