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Facebook and democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 16th, 2017 - 26 comments

A long and interesting read in The Atlantic. “The very roots of the electoral system had been destabilized.”

Happy Oompa Loompas?

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 9 comments

Dunedin hosts a celebratory graduation ceremony for discarded labour.

Anatomy of a plonker

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, October 12th, 2017 - 29 comments

“Anyone else feeling for Harvey Weinstein?” – Sean Plunket

Guest post: Deconstructing yet another National has moral right to govern argument

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, October 11th, 2017 - 41 comments

A guest post by Swordfish on the implausibility of the claims by Dr Claire Robinson’s odd claim that the 2017 election result was a win for the status quo.

Cameron Slater makes valuable contribution to blog defamation jurisprudence

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 5th, 2017 - 55 comments

Cameron Slater and friends and clients are in the High Court defending a claim that he defamed three health researchers.  They tried to have the case kicked out but failed.  The judgment makes for an interesting read.

Electoral Commission refers Sean Plunket’s tweets to the police

Written By: - Date published: 2:14 pm, October 3rd, 2017 - 18 comments

The Opportunities Party’s election campaign Communications Director and recent appointee to the Broadcasting Standards Authority has had their election day tweets referred to the police.

Guns

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, October 3rd, 2017 - 155 comments

Another gun massacre has occurred in the United States.  And the well worn excuses and justifications by the right and the gun lobby are again being used.

The Herald doesn’t want Winston to go with Labour

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, October 1st, 2017 - 132 comments

The Herald has offered a number of opinions this weekend saying that Labour forming a coalition with New Zealand First would be a very bad thing.

Good work if you can get it

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, September 27th, 2017 - 116 comments

During the election campaign elements of the farming community protested the possibility of a water tax and of farming being in the ETS on the basis the sector could not afford it.  In awkward news it has since come to light that the Chief Executive of Fonterra and senior executives are being paid huge salaries.

Vote for compassion and competence

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 21st, 2017 - 44 comments

National has created the perception that it is a better manager of Government than Labour and is suggesting that it is more compassionate. Neither claim is true.

The Herald reverts to type

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, September 16th, 2017 - 45 comments

John Armstrong has come out in the Herald swinging wildly and claiming without evidence that Jacinda Ardern’s campaign has stalled, and criticized her policy positions but because he thinks they are only a bit better than National’s.

#sheepgate: National paid out money to settle a non existing dispute without legal advice

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, September 15th, 2017 - 26 comments

In a case of extraordinarily bad timing for National it has been confirmed that despite claims to the contrary MFAT never provided National legal advice about the merits of any possible claim made concerning New Zealand’s banning of live sheep exports.

National candidates turn chicken

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, September 15th, 2017 - 34 comments

Out west National candidates are that afraid of their Labour conterparts they are refusing to attend public debates.

Toddy does a runner

Written By: - Date published: 5:08 pm, September 14th, 2017 - 32 comments

Discredited National Party MP Todd Barclay heads to London on the taxpayers’ dime.

National use opening of Christchurch Justice Precinct for political purposes

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, September 13th, 2017 - 21 comments

National has acted in breach of State Services Commission guidelines for the pre election period by having a flash opening of the Christchurch Justice Precinct even though it was not finished.

Kia Kaha Lefties – it’s one poll

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, September 13th, 2017 - 93 comments

Somewhere between complacency and losing hope there’s the mahi that still needs doing.

Garner on National’s death rattle

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, September 9th, 2017 - 73 comments

Weekend pundits agree that the Joyce / English brazen lie about Labour’s budget is a disaster for the Nats. Duncan Garner pronounces National’s death rattle.

National enters panic mode and goes tough on beneficiaries

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, September 8th, 2017 - 27 comments

National has tried to divert attention from the budget hole fiasco by promising to get even tougher on beneficiaries.

To REALLY help drug addicts

Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, September 7th, 2017 - 36 comments

This government will know that 50,000 people already want help with drug addiction but cannot get it. They have had 9 years to give a shit. This “bash the beneficiary drug addict” is a ridiculous  response to a real, and growing, health problem.

Joyce keeps digging

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, September 6th, 2017 - 10 comments

Steven Joyce is spinning furiously and is now claiming that Labour has set aside no money for budget increases for many Government Departments. But when Labour’s figures are compared to PREFU it is clear that Labour is planning to maintain or exceed National’s propose future spend.

Even Kiwiblog won’t defend Joyce’s $11.7 billion claim

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 5th, 2017 - 15 comments

David Farrar has put up and then amended a post suggesting that there is a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s policy financials. It appears that even he does not believe there is a $11.7 billion discrepancy in Labour’s accounts.

Steven Joyce’s comprehension fail

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, September 4th, 2017 - 42 comments

Steven Joyce’s claim that Labour’s budget forecasts have a $11 billion dollar hole in them raises some concern with his ability to actually understand Government budgetary processes.

National’s 18 new taxes

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, September 4th, 2017 - 14 comments

A dose of reality on National and taxes, and wise words on the media circus surrounding tax.

National plays the lauranorda card

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, September 4th, 2017 - 42 comments

National is panicking and Paula Bennett has gone full dog whistle in claiming that gang members should have less rights than others.

National’s New Lynn candidate is not having a good campaign

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 2nd, 2017 - 23 comments

Paulo Garcia, National’s New Lynn candidate has some very conservative world views and a recent interview suggests that his knowledge of the local area and the seat are less than optimal.

National Party – Lying Liars Who Lie

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, September 1st, 2017 - 5 comments

The lulz don’t stop there. Read through the various tweets and you’ll find “Check The Facts” has been well less than accurate in its portrayal of what constitutes a “fact”.

The making of National’s campaign ad

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, August 31st, 2017 - 55 comments

National’s campaign video was created using actors who were not paid but handled petrol or shopping vouchers and wanted a young boy of “mixed blood” …

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 47 comments


Photo: Tracy Watkins

National does u turn on paid parental leave

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

National has announced a policy of increasing paid parental leave after complaining last year that it was unaffordable.

Peters in super trouble

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, August 28th, 2017 - 207 comments

Newsroom and Newshub have broken a story about Winston Peters receiving, for the last 7 years, a single person’s super payment that he was not entitled to because he was living with an (undeclared) other person. Peters denies this but has already payed back the excess from an “innocent mistake”.

National’s new copyright problem

Written By: - Date published: 4:07 pm, August 25th, 2017 - 58 comments

National may have further copyright problems with the song used in its campaign video sounding remarkably similar to an old Bob Dylan song.

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