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Einstein versus Trump*

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 18th, 2021 - 10 comments

Einstein tried to explain complex things and understand reality; Trump tried to explain it away and distort reality.

Winston Peters Names Alleged Super Leaker

Written By: - Date published: 4:44 pm, July 22nd, 2020 - 87 comments

Winston Peters has named the person he says leaked his super details. Has ACT joined National in doing Dirty Politics?

ILG Goes

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, July 22nd, 2020 - 110 comments

Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway has apparently resigned.

UPDATE: The PM confirms that she has sacked the Minister. He will not stand in the Palmerston North seat in the upcoming general election.

UPDATE: Iain Lees Galloway releases an apology.

SFO to Investigate Labour Donations

Written By: - Date published: 4:32 pm, July 13th, 2020 - 39 comments

The Serious Fraud Office has commenced an investigation in relation to donations made in 2017 to the Labour Party.

UPDATE: The investigation may involve donations made at a ‘silent’ art auction, something that Labour was upfront about back in February.

Walkergate: MP Quits

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, July 8th, 2020 - 65 comments

Privacy breaching MP Hamish Walker has announced he will step down at the next election. But who else should go?

Update: Muller tries to divert attention by announcing that National still want a 4 lane highway from Chch to Ashburton. Problem solved!

White Riot

Written By: - Date published: 2:43 pm, July 5th, 2020 - 11 comments

Love Music, Hate Racism? Here’s the film for you!

How Not to Engage in Public Debate

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 15th, 2020 - 95 comments

The best way to engage in public debate on the lockdown is to be open, clear, and transparent and show the facts. A press release full of beliefs and reckons is unhelpful and irresponsible.

National’s Petition is Cynical Populism

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, April 9th, 2020 - 124 comments

National is trying to steal show political leadership and relevance by launching a petition.

Addendum added

Two Bubbles Bridges’ Big Day Out

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 pm, April 6th, 2020 - 67 comments

Simon ‘Two Bubbles’ Bridges feels he’s entitled to flaunt the rules because he’s, ahem, essential

David Clark

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, April 4th, 2020 - 152 comments

He should have been immediately fired.

Holding the Government to Account or Concern Trolling?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 31st, 2020 - 35 comments

When Opposition Spokespersons behave like concern trolls, we have a problem.

All of govt: 27th March

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, March 27th, 2020 - 16 comments

The daily briefing: All of Government COVID-19 National Response 27 March.

The DNC Body Count.

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, March 18th, 2020 - 9 comments

Biden at any cost? Is that the game?

Constructive Criticism and Team Work In Politics

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, January 26th, 2020 - 34 comments

Team play is more important than ever in politics.

Known Knowns and All the Other Ones

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 am, January 4th, 2020 - 6 comments

We cannot know everything and our only option is to trust others who know stuff that we don’t.

Democratisation by Social Media and the Internet Is Just Meaningless Waffle

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, December 24th, 2019 - 22 comments

Social Media and the Internet are literally in our faces 24/7 but our political engagement is diminishing.

TWP – sorted?

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 am, November 4th, 2019 - 15 comments

A guest post from Chrissy Thomas on Te Whare Pounamu, Dunedin Women’s Refuge.

Elizabeth Warren on Facebook and the US presidential election

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, October 10th, 2019 - 72 comments

“They’re allowing Trump to spend over $1 million a week right now for ads on their platform—including ones that air the same lies that TV stations won’t.”

Dinosaurs Fight Extinction Rebellion

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 am, July 17th, 2019 - 181 comments

Dinosaurs are speeding up our extinction.

The Teachers’ strike

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, June 6th, 2019 - 77 comments

Teaching is approaching a crisis point.  Sure it has taken 9 years of the last Government’s rule to wreck the system. But this Government is expected to repair quickly the damage that the last Government caused.  

The Attack of the Snowflakes

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 4th, 2019 - 119 comments

National is playing the innocent victim of Budgetgate whilst being the aggressive attacker all along.

Budget commentary

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, May 31st, 2019 - 65 comments

Has New Zealand’s social media spent too much time on gocha politics and not enough on the substance of the wellbeing budget?

Same old dirty National

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 30th, 2019 - 179 comments

National is still embedded in Dirty Politics.

Parliament’s culture

Written By: - Date published: 12:24 pm, May 22nd, 2019 - 128 comments

The report into Parliament’s workplace culture has described behaviour that is of major concern.

Assange Must Be Extradited

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, April 14th, 2019 - 252 comments

There is no doubt that Julian Assange should be extradited when his UK jail sentence ends. Justice demands it.

Assange Arrested

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 pm, April 11th, 2019 - 515 comments

Julian Assange has been arrested by British Police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his asylum was revoked.

UPDATE: Assange has been convicted of skipping bail and the US has requested his extradition.

Bridges’ emotional junior staffer problem

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, April 11th, 2019 - 36 comments

The emotional junior staffer incident shows that National’s internal discipline is poor and that leaks are continuing.

National’s culture review shambles

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, April 10th, 2019 - 79 comments

National’s internal cultural review has been completed but two female MPs most affected by recent events were not interviewed.

Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Political Leaders?

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 pm, April 8th, 2019 - 122 comments

Political leaders must have expert knowledge on many topics and near-perfect recall. No naps allowed and no room for error.

David is delayed

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, April 3rd, 2019 - 13 comments

David Seymour has done something even more embarrassing than twerking on Dancing with the Stars.

Walking the Human Rights Tightrope in NZ Prisons

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 pm, April 1st, 2019 - 114 comments

The question of prisoners’ rights has hit the news today. That’s rare because we don’t normally care.

A new Guest Post from Maggie puts the case that we walk a tightrope when we seek to simplify the complex issues at play in prison.

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