Corbyn rides a commie bike!

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 16th, 2015 - 100 comments
Categories: journalism, making shit up, spin, uk politics - Tags: , ,

The subtle and not so subtle demonisation of Jeremy Corbyn by England’s establishment media is going to be something to behold. How about this yesterday in The Times?

The new Labour leader treated himself to a black cab at his home yesterday, abandoning the Chairman Mao-style bicycle his neighbours always see him riding.

A “Chairman Mao-style bicycle” – otherwise known as “a bicycle” – but Corbyn is a commie! Geddit? Do ya geddit??

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100 comments on “Corbyn rides a commie bike! ”

  1. Morrissey 1

    Keep an eye on Josie Pagani. I bet she’ll be using this trope in the next few weeks.

    • newsense 1.1

      Snap.

      It’s a pity that Kelvin Davis was even remotely linked with Quinn, Pagani and the lot who like to pop up to cry boo at anything Labour do.

      I hope he gives them a wide berth and distances himself from them in the future as a voter and someone who has enjoyed his work on Serco.

  2. tracey 2

    If he were a Tory this would make him an ordinary bloke hankering for his boyhood days of freedom and state housing yokedom.

    Just like all those bikes you see in the Communist footholds of Oxford (note the tell-tale red seats) and Cambridge.

    http://www.baintonbikes.com/ImageFiles/BikeHire.jpg

    Cambridge
    http://www.camcycle.org.uk/cycling2020/images/insecurebikes.jpg

    • Ben Clark 2.1

      David Cameron made a big show of bicycling (as does Boris!), to try to get that common man / in touch with the environment thing going. Of course he got ridiculed for the Govt car crawling slowly along behind him with his briefcase, burning fuel…

      But I don’t think he ever got accused of riding a “Chairman Mao” style bicycle…

  3. cogito 3

    Plenty of commie bikes for sale at The Warehouse.

    Come to think of it, plenty of commie utes on our roads, and commie clothes in our shops, and commie money flooding the Auckland housing market…

  4. millsy 4

    Yes, how dare he save the British tax payer thousands in taxi chits.

  5. mac1 5

    “Labour leader shows respect for rules of the road, self-respect in wearing a helmet and cycling for his health, and respect for the environment.”

    Note the hand position with fingers close to the brake levers, as opposed to that photo of John Key cycling with his colleagues and minders, and the serious focus on the road.

    Note also the tidy clothing and polished shoes.

    The high visibility red rosette is an extra!

  6. rhinocrates 6

    There’s this too:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/15/conservative-party-jeremy-corbyn-youtube-video-taken-down_n_8139950.html?1442327969

    The “Threat to national security” ad has been taken down due to copyright infringement, but as has been pointed out, only after it’s been seen thousands of times.

    IN CTs eyes, they haven’t botched, I’m sure. It’s increasingly common for politicians to grab copyrighted material (Key, Trump etc) without the artist’s consent. We’re going to see more and more hit and run campaigning as the norm. It won’t matter if it’s challenged, because it’s designed for immediate impact and is challenged and taken down when it’s window of effectiveness has passed anyway.

    It’s related to Lyndon Johnson’s pig fucker tactic – accuse someone of fucking pigs not because you can prove it, but because you want to see them denying it.

    Attack ads may be absurd, libellous, in breach of copyright or whatever, but those spreading them simply don’t care – in fact, the more outrageous the better because they are intended to block discussion, not advance it. Complaining about them on those terms is like complaining that water is wet.

    Proverb: Who defines the terms wins the argument.

    You need to find counters that have similarly immediate effect. A good grassroots example is the flood of ridicule that Cameron’s original tweet received, eg: a woman in a garden shed with a colander on her head saying “I’m afraid of the Labour Party. Am I safe here?”

    • tracey 6.1

      But, but, but the Right don’t do negative or attacking politics, cos it just doens’t work 😉

    • James 6.2

      Looks like it is back up.

      https://youtu.be/_hgJokgNJHo

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        Wonder if that would come under the new digital attack that just got passed by National. It should do as it’s pretty much designed to cause strife and damage to a person.

      • seeker 6.2.2

        Conservatives: all too often a threat to human existence…..

      • newsense 6.2.3

        wow. that was weak. I thought that it would be stronger.

    • BLiP 6.3

      . . . It won’t matter if it’s challenged, because it’s designed for immediate impact and is challenged and taken down when it’s window of effectiveness has passed anyway . . .

      With Crosby/Textor the publicity surrounding the take-down of such material is part of why its done in the first place. Very often, the take-down material perpetuates the meme being injected into public consciousness.

  7. Sabine 7

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwvWtZl2ICY

    I want to ride my bycycle
    I want to ride my bike……..

    such a British thing to do 🙂

  8. dukeofurl 8

    There is the “Flying Pigeon ” brand bicycles which originated in the Mao era, not sure if Corbyn is using one.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Pigeon

  9. save NZ 9

    Judging from his weight I guess he is even more communist and actually walks too! How dare he mingle with the people and not be charging the tax payer for stomach stapling operations which are so popular for MP’s!

  10. Sanctuary 10

    Coming up: How Jeremy Corbyn rides a bike built by child slave labour.

  11. vto 11

    Corbyn rides commie bike.

    Cameron sells bombs to ISIS

    take your pick

    • Atiawa 11.1

      If the people are influenced by what is written about his mode of transport or it’s place of origin or who it may or may not depict then they deserve everything neo-liberalism has to offer. Would left leaning voters in this country be persuaded to vote for John Key if it was common for him to commute to work in a self driven 20 year old Toyota corolla? Would Green party supporters call for a place on the treasury benches if he powered his home & motor vehicle using solar energy? Do we really lack that much faith in our fellow man & woman? Do we place that much current day faith in the persuasion of the pen’s headline?
      It will be Corbyn and his parties ability to take people with them as a result of the message he conveys and whether he and his party have policies and the credibility to resonate with those they crave to represent. Sweet fuck all else will matter.

  12. James 12

    As someone who thinks Corbyn is a joke – Even I think this bike thing is stupid.

  13. Gabby 13

    David Hameron’s slave-made bike is far preferable.

  14. BM 14

    Definitely looks like a bike Mao would ride.

    Is that a little red book in his shirt pocket?

  15. maui 15

    Commie bikes have bar ends on the handle bars reflecting the shape of the sickle, it’s widespread knowledge.

    On another note, he looks far more natural/efficient on a bike than Key and Bridges do when they open cycleways.

  16. Tiger Mountain 16

    I haven’t ridden a bike since school days but still manage to maintain a marxist world view

    on yer commie bike indeed Corbyn–heh! the tabloids are barrel scraping already, whats not to like about a reasonably fit good example for other politicians? don’t pom MPs regularly get caught out for various signs of affluence–moat maintenance, coke snorting, gluttony and sex “rings”?

  17. Sanctuary 17

    I Googled “communist bicycle” and got this –

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/wteach/IAYS/the_streets_5100062_zpsd7a6e06e.jpg

    Give me some communism or give me my death, I say!

  18. tracey 18

    Funny how it is ok to use Commie as a slur, notwithstanding the suggestion of Stalinesque brutality, but suggest a rightie is a facist and…..

  19. The lost sheep 20

    The revolution is away. At bicycle speed.

    Labour has slightly narrowed the gap between its poll rating and that of the Conservatives, a new poll shows.
    The ICM survey for the Guardian newspaper shows a six-point lead for the Tories, down from nine points in the previous survey conducted last month.
    The opposition party’s rating increased by one per cent, with the Conservatives themselves down two per cent.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-closes-gap-with-tories-by-three-points-new-poll-finds-10501432.html

  20. Macro 21

    Nothing new here – they did it to Harold Wilson as well.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/mar/15/comment.labour1

    • Draco T Bastard 21.1

      The conservatives seem to do it to everyone all the time. And then they claim that they’re the party that doesn’t attack people.

      They are, of course, liars.

      • Macro 21.1.1

        The attack on Harold Wilson was particularly nasty and lead to his forced resignation – Mountbatten and others were involved right to the very top! They are despicable and we are now seeing it already with Corbyn.
        The BBC 90 min docu-drama done in 2006 is work a look:

  21. The Real Matthew 22

    It must be hard for you guys coming from a New Zealand media base to deal with opinion media that questions left wing ideals.

    The New Zealand Herald and Fairfax wouldn’t know journalistic independence if it smacked them in the face. By contracting a bevvy of left wing reporters they have compromised the integrity of their publications, becoming little more than mouthpieces for the left.

    When was the last time you say an article critiquing a Green Party policy or a NZ First policy?

    I guess it’s hard to find room when your editorials constantly bash the current government and when you run selective Letters to the Editor that consistently contain factual errors. But hey who cares when they suit the narrative of the newspaper.

    • tracey 22.1

      Feel better?

    • Stuart Munro 22.2

      Yes indeed, getting rid of the moderate centre right Dita De Boni for the notorious commie troll Hosking was the end for the Herald – it’s a red rag now.

      • McFlock 22.2.1

        hush.
        Matthew’s an oppressed mass.

        Matthew is the only one who can see that the Herald’s the sort of commie propaganda that leftists like Ghengiz Khan would approve of.

        • greywarshark 22.2.1.1

          The Real Matthew
          An oppressed mass? Is he an Ironed Man?

          • McFlock 22.2.1.1.1

            Indeed. He’s fed up with being mescalated and castorated by all this leftist PC nonsense. There’s violence inherent in the system, but he doesn’t get to dole out any of it, poor puppy.

        • Stuart Munro 22.2.1.2

          According to http://www.amazon.com/Genghis-Khan-Making-Modern-World/dp/0609610627 , Genghis was unusually democratic – though his heirs were not. He toppled monarchs, but absorbed the huddled masses – sort of like Jeremy Corbyn on an Adyu 😉

          • McFlock 22.2.1.2.1

            lol feel free to pick a more appropriate benchmark, just try to avoid a Godwin 🙂

            • Stuart Munro 22.2.1.2.1.1

              Marcus Crassus is the archetypal tighty righty – clever with the shekels but managed to lose his head to the Parthians – an E team that lost to Rome as regularly as West Coast or frankly The Blues lose to Canterbury…
              Eponymous for the combination of insensitivity and stupidity, Crassus is the original model for hosers like Talley, Murdoch, Trump, and Brownlee.

    • Gabby 22.3

      Are they Faybeeyuns, realmatthew?

    • weka 22.4

      ha ha ha, very funny. The anonymous editorials writers at the Herald are really communists.

    • newsense 22.6

      when was the time they wrote any thing about any policy- instead about Max Key and how the Australian leadership spill is a great thing for Key Snr….it’s the noveau royalty they’re all about

  22. Peter 23

    …. the real concern is how MSM NZ employs similar tactics from the same playbook as The Times

  23. Peter 24

    …. the real concern is how MSM NZ employs similar tactics from the same playbook as The Times

  24. Adrian 25

    Bugger me, even Jeremy Clarkson rides a bike in London. Maybe he’s a closet communist. How clever a cover is that!.

  25. greywarshark 26

    How to use loaded, emotional, cryptic-meaning-laden language!
    Corbyn ‘treated’ himself to a black cab (why the emphasis on black)?
    And the Chairman Mao-like-bike. Who remembers who Chairman Mao is amongst the chattering classes, and what sort of bike, if any, he or his compatriots rode.

    As you say Anthony – very interesting. What a fine choice of words. Is there a workshop, held regularly, teaching how to write this laden-language at journalism school? Do they go to school at all these days to ‘larn that there jornalism’ or is it larned in-house? Is there a special thesaurus giving right-wing politicised versions of our everyday words.

    I have a book produced by Ronald Searle taking a potshot at feminists and their close analysis of the extent of male gender control of language. This seems to be a flowering of the political mania to downgrade the dread Left.

    One word that brought forth Searle’s inspiration was Himalayas becoming Heralayas which was completed with a hairy Sherpa. Mangy became Womangy, Manhandle – Womanhandle, Manhole – Womanhole (which became a shapely pavement metal artwork, instead of a prosaic circle or square).

    I think there is a light-hearted book in the political flights of fancy. Can we please add to this post and use it to pass on each one we hear or read to this collection? And then they can be published as a satirical and amusing milestone of RW villainy and human mendaciousness that Kafka would have enjoyed in his lighter moments.
    edited

  26. McFlock 27

    Damned if I can google an image of Mao riding a bike. Lots of bikes, lots of Mao, none with the two together.

  27. Adrian 28

    About bikes in London. You can virtually get a free 2000 quid bike in London, it’s a scheme where the Gummint, the London Council ( I think ) and your employer and a bit of money out of your wages all chip in so long as you ride it often enough to work.
    And not just a commo Jezza model either, I really fancied a flash Pinarello with all the kit.

  28. McFlock 29

    wow – just had a look at the Telegraph website, and it was absolutely insane. They talked about a speech being a shambles because he skipped a few lines about Thatcher that had been in the released text, and were hysterical that he didn’t sing along to god save the queen.

    But the cherry on top was a thumbnail pic on the front page of Corbyn giving a straight-arm naz1 salute – looked funnyweird, possibly photoshopped, but more likely him in mid-wave. A dick move straight from “A Very British Coup” (the link is to a quick shot of a clip showing what I’m talking about, but the entire youtube clip is an interesting summary of the show if you haven’t seen it).

    They’re completely rabid.

    lol – Waterford Whispers News (an irish satire site) has a similar headline: 5 Reasons Why Jeremy Corbyn Is The Antichrist 🙂

    • Draco T Bastard 29.1

      5) Never watched Downton Abbey. Not once. Not fucking once did he watch the beloved ITV drama. Corbyn has no idea what Anna and Mr. Bates have been through. What a bastard.

      😆 😈

      • lprent 29.1.1

        Hah! Please don’t taunt me. It is the latest soap going through the TV.
        Makes me enjoy cooking. And the idea of a bit of class revolt….

        (I have never seen it before and never wish to again. Makes me realise that I should figure out how to hack the Netflix menu. It needs a hide/ban these routine)

  29. ianmac 30

    And note the upright posture from those upright handlebars. Unfortunately most bikes these days are designed for speedy crouch. Wish my bike allowed me to watch the world go by like that.

    • Sanctuary 30.1

      Apparently that is British style of cycling, unattractively called “sit up and beg”, presumably because you look like an expectant Labrador when cycling that way.

      • Phil 30.1.1

        It also gives cyclists the ability to physically, as well as metaphorically, smugly look down on motorists as they pass by, weaving in and out of traffic, breaking every road rule known to man.

        • maui 30.1.1.1

          And rightly so, if drivers are too lazy to move their bodies anywhere, be a part of the physical world and would rather just sit around going nowhere for long periods.

          • Phil 30.1.1.1.1

            Yes, because we live in a world where the only opportunity for physical exercise is during our commute to and from work, and it could never possibly be the case that driving to work is the best option for an individual.

            *eyeroll*

            • maui 30.1.1.1.1.1

              100 years ago we were fitter, healthier, less polluting, less lazy and more aware of our environs due to not being able to drive. All good reasons to look down on driving. Most of our driving is unneccessary.

        • Sanctuary 30.1.1.2

          I cycle like that, I only interact with motorists when they too close, and too slow to avoid a boot in the door.

        • Draco T Bastard 30.1.1.3

          1. There’s no laws broken
          2. If you’re too stupid to get on your bike and thus get in our way, well, that’s your own fault.

      • greywarshark 30.1.2

        Expectant for food I take it. And if I did, the dog might bite! So might JC?

    • McFlock 30.2

      That posture and his use of normal clothes makes him look like less of a complete arse than many cyclists in NZ.

      The hlemets still need to be improved, though.

  30. Papa tuanuku 31

    Finding these gems should be turned into a game or competition with prizes for the most outrageous

  31. half crown 32

    We all know he’s a commie, as he a nose bleed the other day and HIS BLOOD WAS RED.
    Not blue blooded like the Tories

  32. This sort of stuff risks turning off some of the people it’s aimed at. Sensible people on the right – and yes there are a few – get a tad edgy when the propaganda starts sounding as risible as a CIA plot to assassinate Castro with an exploding cigar.

    The ability of the media to get away with blatant character assassination and outright lies has been lessened because lies can be countered (and mocked) quickly via social media. They could tell outright lies during the miners’ strike about Scargill stealing union money because by the time the voices of reason could be heard, the damage had been done. These days not so much.

    So let them carry on being as perfidious, deranged and mendacious as they like – it shows them up for what they are.

  33. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 34

    Forget about communist. The principal objection to bicycle riding is that it is undignified.

    • Grant 34.1

      “The principal objection to bicycle riding is that it is undignified.”

      Says commenter sporting the extremely dignified handle, ‘Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell’, whilst donning his Sunday-best clown shoes and propeller cap.

    • gnomic 34.2

      Riding a bicycle undignified? Dare one hope this is an attempt at being whimsical?

      The great H.G. Wells reputedly once wrote “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

  34. greywarshark 35

    In case you haven’t seen this somewhere else – more shock schlock about JC.
    http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/09/15/5-reasons-why-jeremy-corbyn-is-the-antichrist/

  35. Coaster 36

    Ffs, its an older style bike. Whats wrong with riding a bike?,at least he hasnt got cycle pants and fluro lycra on.

  36. Adrian 37

    Coaster, thats what everybody rides in Britian and the Netherlands, you don’t want your head down and arse up in all the traffic and you can’t go that fast anyway. You see the road/race bikes on the weekend out in the country. Best one I saw was a very elegant madame ( about late 60s-70, French of course ) blythly cycling straight through the Place de la Concorde on a Commo Jezza model, 7 lanes all doing mad laps looking for their exit, and she was paid the utmost respect.

  37. NickS 38

    lolwut? That’s just a normal city bike, using bog standard aluminum frame and frame geometry + mid range, solid components.

    The sort of thing you can buy in any shop that stocks push bikes if you want something reliable to get around town really cheaply.

  38. KeepLeft 40

    Just wait until private transport is banned. Then you’ll see more comrades riding bikes like they should. Great stuff!!!

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 40.1

      Year zero! Can’t wait to have them take my cutlery and send me to the countryside for cultural cleansing.

  39. BenM 41

    Wait, isn’t Boris Johnson a keen cyclist? The darling of the Tories is a closet communist!

  40. AlanBStard 42

    Best transport he can afford!

    (Sent from iPad Pro while riding in the back of my Rolls on the way to a million pound deal).

  41. johnm 43

    Corbyn is a threat to Britain’s national security don’t you know?
    That is the 1%, the corporations, the city of London, the bankster financialisation parasitism, the U$ economic and foreign policy hegemony, the corporate msm, just about anyone who counts!

    he’s dangerous he’s mobilised some of the proles to join the labour Party for pete’s sake! What happened to their manufactured apathy?
    What has fuhrer cameron got to say?

  42. rhinocrates 44

    He should have this bike:

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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

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    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
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    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

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    4 days ago
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  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    5 days ago
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  • Some “scrutiny” again

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    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

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    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

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  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

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    6 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

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    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

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    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

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    7 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
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    7 days ago
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  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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  • Questions from God

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  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    2 days ago
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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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