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Date published: 2:33 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 33 comments

Refreshing honesty from English

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Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments

English – “One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.” Nice contrast to the usual Nat hysterical style. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?

Julie Anne Genter to stand in Mt Albert by-election

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Date published: 10:46 am, January 13th, 2017 - 39 comments

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter will be standing in the Mount Albert by-election to be held on 25 February

Show me

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Date published: 9:39 am, January 13th, 2017 - 45 comments

It is time for Trump, English and Little to give us an idea on what their policies will do for employment and the rights of workers.

Ten steps towards victory for Labour

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Date published: 8:30 am, January 13th, 2017 - 239 comments

A guest post by Labour Activist Enzo Giordani on what Labour needs to do this year to win the election.

Open Mike 13/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 13th, 2017 - 154 comments

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The Trump Dossier

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Date published: 10:30 am, January 12th, 2017 - 176 comments

Buzzfeed’s release of the Dossier suggesting that Russia has considerable leverage over Donald Trump has caused ructions the effects of which will be felt for months.

Trump’s First Press Conference

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Date published: 9:38 am, January 12th, 2017 - 41 comments

You have to say he is not afraid to take on the heavy mob. A very direct attack on Big Pharma – a US version of Pharmac? A very direct attack on the armaments industry’s star program the F-35 fighter-bomber and its cost overruns. Then there is the intelligence community and the mainstream news media.  Read  the transcript for yourself.

Know Your Place (this is a White Man’s Island)

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Date published: 8:41 am, January 12th, 2017 - 76 comments

Just remember that

Open Mike 12/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 12th, 2017 - 109 comments

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Obama’s last speech

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Date published: 7:19 pm, January 11th, 2017 - 94 comments

Tired of jokes about Trump and golden showers?  Want to read a real political speech?  Well here is the text to Barak Obama’s last political speech as POTUS.

The great Taxpayers Union fraud and corruption discovery

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Date published: 10:39 am, January 11th, 2017 - 113 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union has shown a concerning inability to comprehend in its criticism of MFAT for supporting an aid initiative to address malnutrition in Africa.

NRT: Denying the obvious

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Date published: 8:57 am, January 11th, 2017 - 44 comments

I/S at No Right turn writes on Revenue Minister Collins’ denial of obvious tax avoidance.

Open Mike 11/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 11th, 2017 - 289 comments

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The end of ‘governing from the centre’?

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Date published: 3:33 pm, January 10th, 2017 - 123 comments

And a return to the politics of division by Blinglish…

The CIA Director confirmation hearings

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Date published: 11:03 am, January 10th, 2017 - 17 comments

Mike Pompey is Donald Trump’s chosen head for the CIA.  He is someone who believes in the mass collection of all metadata and combining it with all publicly available information.  Are we going to see the unprecedented destruction of rights of privacy?

Screwing more out of Auckland renters

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Date published: 10:21 am, January 10th, 2017 - 12 comments

Already sky-high Auckland rents are set to rise further.

Refining that dog whistle

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Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments

Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced.  And most of the media bought it.

Open Mike 10/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 10th, 2017 - 144 comments

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Spy vs Spy

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Date published: 10:47 pm, January 9th, 2017 - 127 comments

It is MAD.  In the frenzy leading up to  Trump’s inauguration, we have the extraordinary spectacle of the CIA interfering in the US election by accusing the Russians of interfering in the same election. The CIA used only to interfere in other people’s elections. On the serious side this intervention means the war party hasn’t given up yet, no matter what Trump may say.

2016 hottest year – NIWA live stream

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Date published: 10:48 am, January 9th, 2017 - 13 comments

As long predicted and widely reported, 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year ever. Watch the NIWA stream on the situation in NZ, live at 11am.

English won’t attend Waitangi Day

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Date published: 9:07 am, January 9th, 2017 - 190 comments

I don’t think it does a PM any harm to shut up and listen for a change instead of talking, but this does not seem to be possible for the Nats.

Open Mike 09/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 9th, 2017 - 119 comments

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Advertising Standards Authority rules in favour of Greenpeace ad on river quality

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Date published: 8:24 pm, January 8th, 2017 - 163 comments

The Advertising Standards Authority rejects all 12 complaints about the ad, including one from Dairy NZ. 

Changes in the United States

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Date published: 9:00 am, January 8th, 2017 - 79 comments

The implications for the world of Donald Trump’s forthcoming ascendancy to the office of President of the United States.

Wikileaks unravels

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Date published: 8:00 am, January 8th, 2017 - 222 comments

In the space of a day Wikileaks managed to complain about another entity leaking information, threaten to dox pretty well every reporter, delete the tweet and then sound like Donald Trump.

Open Mike 08/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 8th, 2017 - 142 comments

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Hacking Schmacking

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Date published: 12:59 pm, January 7th, 2017 - 155 comments

In all seriousness. Apparently.

The St Johns Industrial Dispute – #HealthyAmbosSaveLives

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Date published: 10:43 am, January 7th, 2017 - 51 comments

St Johns is one of the first organisations to use new Industrial powers brought in by the Government and is attempting to refuse to negotiate with First Union and is docking workers pay for wearing a campaign t-shirt.

Open Mike 07/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 7th, 2017 - 122 comments

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The Centrelink fiasco

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Date published: 11:07 am, January 6th, 2017 - 29 comments

In Australia the Turnbull Government is implementing a policy that will demand in 12 months at least 200,000 Australians repay benefits they were entitled to because of faulty data mapping.

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