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Is National thinking of a conservative puppet party?

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 17th, 2019 - 231 comments

The Herald has reported that National is considering allowing Alfred Ngaro to form another break away party this time with a definite christian conservative bent and also to take over the Botany electorate.

Show us the money Simon

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, January 31st, 2019 - 82 comments

Hopefully the media will ask of National the tough questions, like how it is going to increase spending in critical areas, pay down debt and give us a tax cut at the same time.

Herald names Dowie as the sender of that text to Jami-Lee Ross

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, January 25th, 2019 - 205 comments

Sarah Dowie has been identified as the MP under police investigation for sending the text to Jami-Lee Ross saying that he deserved to die.

Chinese Herald changed Herald articles to be more China friendly

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 15th, 2019 - 70 comments

Stuff has reported that its opponent, the New Zealand Herald, has via its Chinese version amended stories to make them more acceptable to the Chinese Government.

Another National MP accused of bullying

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, December 1st, 2018 - 135 comments

The Herald has reported this morning on allegations of bullying being made by staff against Nati0nal MP Maggie Barry.

Stuff is banning climate change deniers from articles and comments

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, November 29th, 2018 - 261 comments

Stuff have adopted a policy of banning opinion pieces and comments from climate change deniers on the basis that the science is settled and allowing space for deniers is a dangerous waste of time.

Bryce Edwards: Just another political simpleton

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 am, November 5th, 2018 - 68 comments

I can only describe Bryce Edwards spin about what a “The Standard” post means is that it is complete bullshit. This site is not the editorial and political monolith. But what else do you expect from a political simpleton with a limited understanding of actual debate. Like Mike Hosking, he is far more suited to a broadcast medium where he doesn’t get robust debate on their inane explanations of real world politics.

An Ineffectual Opposition Is Bad News

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

An ineffectual Opposition creates a vacuum that will be filled by the Mainstream and Social Media as they will assume the role of unelected and non-representative opposition in effectuo.

We are failing kids from poor families

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, September 16th, 2018 - 77 comments

Kirsty Johnston has produced an in-depth analysis of the current rate of young people from poor backgrounds entering professional ranks.  And the news is not good.

Simon Bridges says the weirdest things – Criminal Justice

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, September 1st, 2018 - 30 comments

Simon Bridges has justified his claim that the three strikes law is working by releasing an Italian study that has not been peer reviewed on the effects on white collar criminals of a pardon system.

About freedom of speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, August 12th, 2018 - 97 comments

Simon Wilson in the Herald neatly skewers suggestions that Donald Brash is a free speech warrior and raises important issues about the interplay between free speech and attacks on “political correctness” also known as tolerance and respect.

Another day, another mass shooting in the US of A *

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, June 29th, 2018 - 41 comments

* but this one involves a media outlet and not a school.

Bottom feeding fish redux

Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, June 18th, 2018 - 24 comments

Newsroom has released details of media emails sent to the police about the Clarke Gayford rumours.

Who gives a hooton about climate change?

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, June 10th, 2018 - 125 comments

Matthew Hooton and Fran O’Sullivan have claimed that the Government’s decision to ban off shore petroleum exploration is “Orwellian”, part of an attempt to divert attention from other issues, bad for the environment and bad for jobs. Are they right?

The law and order debate and the grade one tosser

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, May 22nd, 2018 - 36 comments

The Government has announced it will not proceed with the Waikeria mega prison as part of its policy to decrease the prison muster by 30%.  And the called for public debate starts off with one of the major players using a study the author of which subsequently retracted because the data he relied on was wrong.

Most kiwis support more tax

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 11th, 2018 - 199 comments

The CTU have commissioned UMR to poll kiwis on their attitude to tax.  The vast majority believe that more money is needed to fix infrastructure.  And a remarkable number support the imposition of a Tobin Tax.

The manufacturing of a narrative

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, March 31st, 2018 - 606 comments

The past week has seen the Herald focus on issues concerning Clare Curran to the almost exclusion of anything else, including the perilous state of our Health system and Kim Dotcom’s successful appeal against the last Government’s breach of his rights of privacy.

National’s meh leadership contest

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, February 22nd, 2018 - 76 comments

National’s leadership contest is one week old.  The latest is a central edict that all candidates have to be nice to each other and a claim that candidates are not offering senior positions to MPs in exchange for their support.

Hatchets and Knives.

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, January 9th, 2018 - 20 comments

A little on the (predictable) fallout from Emily Thornberry’s BBC Radio 4 interview.

When the jet stream slows…

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, December 30th, 2017 - 39 comments

…let’s ridicule Donald Trump.

Jian Yang wanted to help the SIS with recruitment

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 21st, 2017 - 24 comments

Matt Nippert has made further revelations about Jian Yang including that he lobbied on behalf of an unsuccessful applicant for a security sensitive job with the New Zealand Defence Force and that he disclosed to Auckland University but not to Immigration that he had worked for a PLA University.

The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, December 13th, 2017 - 204 comments

The Herald has equated Jacinda Ardern’s desire to temper the worst excesses of capitalism with the full embrace of marxist communism.

“Reporters”.

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 54 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Why Labour may form the next Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, October 8th, 2017 - 173 comments

The prospects of a Labour led Government have improved dramatically following the release of the final election results.

The final ads

Written By: - Date published: 4:39 pm, September 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments

The final election pitches – Ardern inspires – English in a hole.

If you haven’t voted already – vote wisely tomorrow!

The SST does not understand electoral law

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 21st, 2017 - 32 comments

The Sunday Star Times has hinted that there is something sinister with Labour’s art auction fundraisers. But a closer look suggests that the rules are being followed assiduously.

The Failed Estate – Flake News

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 28th, 2017 - 2 comments

Mr Denmore of the failed estate explores the increasing irrelevance that Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids are having on Australian politics.

Sun and Breitbart falling

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 14th, 2017 - 20 comments

The numbers aren’t looking good for The Sun or Breitbart. It would be great to see these hate mongers slip further into irrelevance.

Dog’s Breakfast.

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 17 comments

If politicians are meant to represent people, then shouldn’t they explore ways to ensure that the people they represent get represented in government?

Independent media a losing battle

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, April 7th, 2017 - 10 comments

Unfolding in Australia, but obviously relevant here, bad news for Farifax media staff and their editorial independence.

Mosul and Aleppo. They’re spelled differently.

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 17 comments

Not so much a tale of two cities as the tales we were spun in relation to one.

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