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Trumpcare down in flames

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, March 25th, 2017 - 28 comments

Good news (for those following the tragedy that is American politics).

Impossible to refuse an inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 66 comments

Bill English should stop being evasive and just get on with an inquiry into the fiasco outlined in Hit and Run. The latest developments make any other outcome ridiculous. The longer English delays the worse he looks.

London attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 92 comments

A person has carried out an attack on Parliament in London. Guardian: “Four people have died, including a police officer and one man believed to be the attacker, police said.”

Wayne Mapp does not deny civilian deaths in botched raid

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 84 comments

Good on you Wayne. Hit just got real.

Hit and Run – time for an inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit and Run makes a compelling case for the Government to conduct a full inquiry to see if New Zealand forces were complicit in the killing of innocent men and women and if there was a cover up.

Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 56 comments

The book’s synopsis, background, and Q and A from Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson.

What are we America now?

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, March 20th, 2017 - 58 comments

Last night ONE News had an important exclusive on Syrian-born Kiwis who say they are being subjected to “intrusive and unnecessary searches” at our border, including demands to pass over social media passwords. This needs an investigation, and if some officers are crossing the line, it needs to be dealt with quickly.

Mixed result in Netherlands

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, March 17th, 2017 - 18 comments

I guess it’s good that some parts of the world are going nuts at a slower rate than others?

#Trumpcare

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, March 16th, 2017 - 22 comments

The proposed Republican replacement of Obamacare will, surprise surprise, result in lower benefits, reduced coverage and a tax cut for the wealthy.

National’s flawed RMA ripoff still failing

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, March 15th, 2017 - 13 comments

Maori Party Co-Leader, Marama Fox, is playing hardball over Nick Smith latest attempts to weasel out of commitments on the deeply flawed RMA changes that National has spent the last few years trying to find any support for in Parliament. The bill is crap. The Maori party should just drop it regardless how many baubles they think they will get from it.

Free market efficiency in health – not

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 15th, 2017 - 37 comments

The idea of free market efficiency is not nearly as powerful or universal as its (often fanatical) proponents would have us believe. The sorry state of the USA’s health system is yet another compelling example of its limitations.

Cat Among the Pigeons

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, March 14th, 2017 - 94 comments

Nicolas Sturgeon to seek the authority of the Scottish Parliament to agree the details of a Section 30 Order that will allow the Scottish Parliament to legislate for an independence referendum.

Five ways Donald Trump is wrong about Islam

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, March 7th, 2017 - 20 comments

Donald Trump’s recently announced replacement policy in immigration is wrong.  And this is why.

Slightly smug about MMP

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 4th, 2017 - 22 comments

2017 will be New Zealand’s eighth election under MMP, over 22 years. With very strong democratically elected governments appearing right across the world digging in for the long term, it’s useful to take a moment for MMP.

The social damage wrought by homes as commoditites

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 4th, 2017 - 82 comments

A recent UN report highlights the waste of treating homes as commodities. It should sound awfully familiar in the NZ context.

Trump’s confidence: The kiss of death?

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 39 comments

Watching Steve Brannon and his alter ego Donald Trump operate from a long way away is almost amusing. Total confidence == Jeff Sessions needs to recuse himself from the enquiry into unlawful contacts with the Russians..

Jon Stewart skewering Tr*mp and the MSM

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 2nd, 2017 - 1 comment

Making the most of getting dumped by DT

Two editorials on immigration

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, March 1st, 2017 - 29 comments

Two very contrasting opinion pieces on racism, housing, jobs, and the immigration debate.

Tr*mp and Bannon on the end of the state

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, March 1st, 2017 - 32 comments

not with a whimper but a bang.

English hammered on ‘druggies’ smear

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, March 1st, 2017 - 42 comments

English will be worried that he got hammered like this, when Key got away with all sorts of insults and lies. And if you think your fellow Kiwis are useless workers you’re doing it wrong.

Bill’s bigoted drug reckons vs the evidence

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, February 28th, 2017 - 175 comments

Some folks Bill knows are telling him stuff and he’s basing immigration policy on it. The facts say otherwise. Bill English is full of shit and it’s time that more media called him on it.

Where to now for the left?

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 26th, 2017 - 114 comments

With the right in ascendancy throughout the Western World what does the left do to change this?

Trump Whitehouse bans critical media from briefing

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 54 comments

It is day 37 of Donald Trump’s reign as POTUS.  Today he decided to attack elements of the press that have been critical of him by banning them from a press conference.

Australia’s war

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 5 comments

Surprising no one: “A newly declassified report obtained by Fairfax Media reveals Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken solely to enhance our alliance with the US.”

1984

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 120 comments

That Orwell was ahead of his time.

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.

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