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Stewart: “Dying days of democracy”?

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, April 27th, 2017 - 39 comments

Probably not, but after 9 years of Brighter Future / Dirty Politics it certainly can feel that way.

The French Presidential Runoff

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 26th, 2017 - 79 comments

The French Presidential run off presents worrying signs for progressives.  Why is the electorate sliding to the right?

Racist campaigns and attack ads

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 10th, 2017 - 32 comments

A couple of racist groups seem to be hawking their wares recently. Unfortunately this may herald the start of a dirty election, dragged down by well funded and unaccountable pressure groups.

Who would have thunk that Government’s approach to housing is inadequate

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, March 2nd, 2017 - 34 comments

Radio New Zealand has reported on a review of the Government’s housing policy which described it as fragmented and lacking a robust plan but it took intervention by the Ombudsman to have the review released.

Shock after shock

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, January 31st, 2017 - 62 comments

Understanding shock events is part of the solution.

The CIA Director confirmation hearings

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 10th, 2017 - 17 comments

Mike Pompey is Donald Trump’s chosen head for the CIA.  He is someone who believes in the mass collection of all metadata and combining it with all publicly available information.  Are we going to see the unprecedented destruction of rights of privacy?

Faith in democracy falls

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, December 1st, 2016 - 42 comments

Is the belief that democracy is essential falling in “Western” countries? In New Zealand particularly so?

America’s broken democratic system

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.

Democracy can be refined

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 15th, 2016 - 125 comments

Democracy is difficult. Government is far too complex and ordinary people have neither the time nor the inclination to spend time to understand it properly. So what are the alternatives?

Ombudsman to investigate John Key’s dirty politics communications

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

The Ombudsman is to investigate John Key’s failure to disclose communications with David Farrar and Cameron Slater

Parliamentary Services is snooping on MPs’ emails

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, September 14th, 2016 - 123 comments

It appears that Parliamentary Services is monitoring MPs emails.  And not just for things such as spam and viruses.

Spy vs Us

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, August 16th, 2016 - 135 comments

Today National introduced a bill that will enable the NZ Government to spy on its citizens.

How to collapse liberal society

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 19th, 2016 - 130 comments

Liberal society is in reverse in many parts of the world. What do we do to arrest this?

GPS

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 23rd, 2016 - 219 comments

GPS may offer the perfect way to enforce a fuel tax but how do we feel about the Government knowing where we are and where we are heading every minute of the day?

ECAN turning a blind eye

Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, June 21st, 2016 - 41 comments

Is ECAN just another typical Nat party fuckup, or are they deliberately turning a blind eye?

Mike Hosking should not be TVNZ’s frontman

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 19th, 2016 - 128 comments

Liz Gunn sets out why Mike Hosking needs to be removed as TVNZ’s frontman.

Petition against the veto of the paid parental leave bill

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, June 18th, 2016 - 19 comments

“We request that you withdraw the financial veto certificate against the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill.” You can sign the petition here.

Nats overrule Parliament to veto parental leave extension

Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, June 16th, 2016 - 102 comments

So – like Canterbury, like Auckland, the democratic process can get stuffed as far as National are concerned.

Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 comments

It’s naked panic now. In response to the crisis that isn’t a crisis Key is going to overrule the council that his government created and screw over Auckland democracy just like he screwed over Canterbury. What do you think of that Aucklanders?

Guest Post: Dancing to the Neo-Liberal Songbook

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 25 comments

In a guest post, regular commenter Tony Veitch takes some learnings from Noam Chomsky’s latest documentary Requiem for the American Dream. The neo-liberal plan has been in place for over thirty years. How come we’re only just starting to understand it?

What the TTIP teaches us about the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, May 13th, 2016 - 11 comments

TTIP, TTPA, same game around the globe, a take-over by American corporations, with the rights of the public held in no regard whatsoever.

Fairfax and NZME and merger talks on

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, May 11th, 2016 - 13 comments

As previously discussed here, bad for the media, bad for democracy.

APN Fairfax NZ merger?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 10th, 2016 - 19 comments

A healthy democracy requires a healthy media, and in NZ both are getting sicker.

Key attends secret lunch to raise cash for flag change campaign

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, April 9th, 2016 - 102 comments

The Herald has reported that John Key helped with fundraising for the flag referendum by attending a private lunch with six wealthy donors.

Oliver Stone backs Sanders; attacks pro-war Clinton

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 pm, April 1st, 2016 - 84 comments

Oliver Stone says that the fascism and corruption of big money has poisoned US politics. And Hilary Clinton has embraced it.

Local democracy just got screwed

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments

If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.

Someone wants to crush Bain’s compensation claim

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, February 18th, 2016 - 142 comments

Leaks to the Herald about details from the report investigating the compensation claim by David Bain suggests that the Government is moving to refuse the claim.

Shock Horror media bias exists in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, February 15th, 2016 - 85 comments

Claire Robinson has analysed press use of photos during the 2014 general election campaign and has concluded that the major newspapers exhibited substantial bias in favour of Prime Minister John Key.

Establishment appointed Council protects Establishment

Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 39 comments

So National’s appointed ECan (undermining democracy since 2010) has decided that leading business man Hugh Fletcher & Chief Justice Sian Elias shouldn’t be fined for their cows sh!ting in a lake. National were accused of taking voting rights so they could favour dairy over Christchurch, and this seems a good example. Canterbury has suffered enough – it needs democracy back.

Northland Fishing Competition

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 35 comments

Winston Peters has stitched John Key up again, this time hook, line and sinker. When Key lied in Parliament about the Northland MP’s supposedly leisurely lifestyle, Peters offered a challenge: provide some evidence or donate $100k to charity.  Will cowardly Key take the bait?

Key’s sham “consultation” an insult to Māori

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 11th, 2016 - 17 comments

Last week 95bFM tweeted some audio from a Key media session, which shows his “consultation” with Māori over the TPP to be a condescending sham.

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