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Jonathan Pie – A Socialist agenda

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

Jonathan Pie on why being a socialist is actually a good thing.

The Trump bump

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 19th, 2017 - 27 comments

This week’s Economist looks at the resurgence in the business of the more effective mainstream media in the US. But the effect reaches all the way over here. Even I’m reading more on a the ongoing debacle that is the incompetent Trump White House. Good reporting and perfect reading for the summer season and I suspect that it is impacting all of the blogs at present.

The new world order

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 60 comments

With former adversaries USA and Russia now the best of friends and with China now emerging again as the preeminent economy in the world the question is will the transition of power be handled smoothly?

Watching the journalists

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 86 comments

“The obligation of a journalist is to serve the public”

John Oliver returns – calls Trump ‘a pathological liar’

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 15th, 2017 - 10 comments

Our long Oliver-less nightmare is over.

Hypocrisy watch – Michael Flynn

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, February 15th, 2017 - 35 comments

Over in the United States of Trumpsville National Security Advisor to the Trump White House Mike Flynn, who famously said that Hillary Clinton should be locked up for threatening national security by having a private email server, has been sacked for threatening national security and for lying to the vice president.

Auckland NIMBYs refused

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, February 14th, 2017 - 12 comments

If Auckland as a city wish to retain representative samples of our past, then we should concentrate on how to preserve those rather than trying to deny the migration that increases its population by something like 50 thousand people per year. This is a working city – not a museum.

Is this the impossibility turning point?

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 14th, 2017 - 49 comments

There’s a wonderful fiction still propelling the world that the 21st century will bring an ever-expanding arc of freedom and prosperity to the vast majority of humanity but the reality seems to be anything but.

Panama Papers – Mossack Fonseca founders arrested

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, February 13th, 2017 - 30 comments

In the story that keeps rolling on, Mossack Fonseca founders arrested for money laundering.

Russia’s ‘traditional family values’

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, February 12th, 2017 - 22 comments

Constructive and positive ‘conservative’ organisations everywhere should be outraged at the way the use of ‘traditional family values’ gets corrupted, and they should be doing more to speak out against it.

Bloomberg warns world of New Zealand’s toxic trusts

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, February 12th, 2017 - 21 comments

Bloomberg magazine has highlighted how foreign trusts are damaging New Zealand’s reputation and are being used for criminal activity.

New Zealand Second?

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, February 11th, 2017 - 11 comments

Trump handed his own arse by appeals court

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, February 10th, 2017 - 42 comments

The stay on Trump’s Muslim Ban is upheld. He took it about as well as you would expect.

Heroes

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, February 10th, 2017 - 75 comments

All the “nobody” people.

Key gives up on us, keeps International Democratic Union.

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 10th, 2017 - 33 comments

The Herald informs us that Key is going on the speaking circuit and will go back into finance (not that he ever left). Like John Howard before him, he also intends to carry on  chairing the International Democratic Union of right-wing parties. Not a surprise.

Prof John Quiggin – After Reform, What Comes Next?

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 pm, February 9th, 2017 - No comments

University of Queensland Professor John Quiggin, author of Zombie Economics, will speak on this topic for the Fabian Society in Wellington on Monday 13th and Auckland Thursday 16th of this month. All welcome, details and registration inside. Will be interesting.

Sad

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 9th, 2017 - 109 comments

Ad wonders how left wing Trump supporters are now feeling.

The dynamic of vindictive winners

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 9th, 2017 - 65 comments

If you can’t punish the Liberal power-holders in society directly, what do you do?

Rogue MP publicly disagrees with leader – party in disarray!

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, February 9th, 2017 - 52 comments

With these deep divisions exposed the party is clearly in total disarray.

Low bar diplomacy

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 7th, 2017 - 23 comments

So apparently the PM managed to get through a 15 minute call without “upsetting” Trump. That’s where we set the bar these days.

Kansas ANZUS.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, February 5th, 2017 - 45 comments

What to do when your erstwhile ally loses the plot?

We need to talk about immigration

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, February 5th, 2017 - 189 comments

How does the left discuss the immigration debate so that it can counter the anti immigration sentiments fostered by the likes of Donald Trump, Theresa May and Malcolm Turnbull?

“Middle East leftovers”

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, February 3rd, 2017 - 31 comments

Compassionate conservatism in action. No wonder English was so tame in his criticism of Trump’s Muslim ban.

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Ouch Ouch Ouch!

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 3rd, 2017 - 70 comments

Diplomacy in the age of Trump is going to be a real blast. Just ask Australia.

A message to Bill English

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 1st, 2017 - 6 comments

A touching cartoon message to Bill English on why he should increase New Zealand’s refugee intake.

The constitution is screwed

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, January 31st, 2017 - 117 comments

Trump goes full fascist and fires the acting Attorney General for daring to question his Muslim Ban order.

And in Canada…

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, January 31st, 2017 - 14 comments

One border and a world of difference away…

Shock after shock

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

Understanding shock events is part of the solution.

Then hope

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, January 31st, 2017 - 7 comments

Hope and action are also part of the solution.

Americans Killed By Terrorists since 9/11.

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 27 comments

Killed in the USA?

Justin Lester: No matter where you come from, you are welcome here

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 3 comments

The PM may not know where he stands but the Mayor of Wellington does.

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