Election autopsies

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Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2017 - 29 comments

US democratic activists have conducted a number of reviews on what went wrong at the last election.  The conclusions they have reached could helpfully inform New Zealand political activists on what to do in 2020.

TPP: A slight improvement but deservedly still a zombie

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Date published: 9:23 am, November 13th, 2017 - 123 comments

Fortunately the TPP is still the dead walking. Now that the immediate rush for ‘momentum’ is over (a scam phrase), it is time to do some real analysis of the project. This government, if it wants to convince its own supporters to support it, needs to discard that hucksterism fostered by the John Key government. Because to me TPP is a still a crock.

Ardern has words for Trump and Turnbull

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Date published: 8:16 am, November 13th, 2017 - 67 comments

Jacinda Ardern has publicly criticised Donald Trump for idiot treating and Malcolm Turnbull for unacceptable handling of the Manus crisis.

Open Mike 13/11/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 13th, 2017 - 38 comments

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Labour maidens – Willow-Jean Prime

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Date published: 5:27 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 29 comments

“It means protecting and growing our rights as people, not just as economic units, health clients, “clients” of any kind.”

A strong start by Willow-Jean Prime.

The TPP11 negotiations: ISDS provisions are gone – almost

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Date published: 1:08 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 113 comments

David Parker has confirmed that the TPP11 negotiations have resulted in a considerable minimising of the ISDS provisions.  But will this be enough?

Can Ben Mack please make his mind up

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Date published: 7:35 am, November 12th, 2017 - 83 comments

Herald lifestyle columnist has published two recent opinion pieces, the first wondering if Jacinda Ardern will be able to address the many and varied problems the country faces and the second suggesting that the Government is under the control of the extreme right.  Can he please make up his mind.

Open Mike 12/11/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 12th, 2017 - 135 comments

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War.

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Date published: 11:21 am, November 11th, 2017 - 18 comments

99 years on from the end of World War I

Thank You Canada!

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Date published: 8:50 am, November 11th, 2017 - 123 comments

Is this the sound a trade deal makes when someone pulls the flush?

The House’s Man

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Date published: 6:50 am, November 11th, 2017 - 60 comments

How is Trevor Mallard doing as speaker? Early signs are good.

Fair trade

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Date published: 6:12 am, November 11th, 2017 - 36 comments

Did the TPPA-11 negotiations just collapse? A breathing space to look at global economics in the context of sovereignty, democracy, fairness, social justice and ecological limits.

Open Mike 11/11/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 11th, 2017 - 83 comments

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Weekend Social 10/11/2017

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Date published: 5:19 pm, November 10th, 2017 - 31 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Doofus of the week

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Date published: 4:15 pm, November 10th, 2017 - 45 comments

The award for doofus of the week this week goes to David Bennett for one of the most nonsensical speeches Parliament has ever seen.

Green Party portfolio list

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Date published: 2:48 pm, November 10th, 2017 - 2 comments

The Green Party have confirmed their newly assigned MP responsibilities.

TPP11 close to being signed?

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Date published: 10:34 am, November 10th, 2017 - 127 comments

Mesia reports suggest that a possible TPP11 agreement is close to being signed.

Beneficiary for life: the joys of permanent disability in present day NZ

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Date published: 6:42 am, November 10th, 2017 - 111 comments

What happens to long term beneficiaries who can’t increase their income with paid work?

Open Mike 10/11/2017

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Daily Review 09/11/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, November 9th, 2017 - 30 comments

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Reserve Bank predicts economic growth under new government

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Date published: 2:08 pm, November 9th, 2017 - 128 comments

Leaving aside the issue of economic growth as a panacea, Bill English and many who voted for him say it is the be all and end all for NZ. The Reserve Bank isnt a communist lacky, right? So they will all be happy now, right? Read here I look forward to the discussion.

The new Pay Equity Legislation

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Date published: 7:30 am, November 9th, 2017 - 17 comments

National is trying to spin that Labour refusing to continue with National’s flawed pay equity legislation shows a lack of commitment to pay equity.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Bouquets for the new government

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Date published: 6:15 am, November 9th, 2017 - 64 comments

Mining, big data, social investment, paid parental leave, and pēpi in the House. The new government’s not mucking around remedying some of the previous government’s plunder and pillage policies.

Open Mike 09/11/2017

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TPP, Corporate Coup or “Free trade”?

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Date published: 9:07 pm, November 8th, 2017 - 99 comments

However. TPP ( The trans Pacific partnership) is NOT a “Free trade” agreement. It is an attempt to cement in corporate power, to override inconvenient  local Democracy, and collect rents from local communities in perpetuity.
Since when was giving large companies extra rights in law, and rights to extract even more economic rents, “Free trade”?

Daily Review 08/11/2017

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Date published: 5:54 pm, November 8th, 2017 - 40 comments

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This TPP…

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Date published: 11:19 am, November 8th, 2017 - 68 comments

Some aspects of the TPP no-one’s mentioning.

The Missing Noun.

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Date published: 10:09 am, November 8th, 2017 - 88 comments

When they said they wanted to eradicate poverty, I didn’t suspect they simply meant to expunge the word.

Justice for Teina Pora

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Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2017 - 13 comments

Andrew Little has announced that the Government will increase the payout to Teina Pora by adjusting for inflation and by paying costs on Pora’s successful judicial review of the previous Government’s decision.

Suck it up political sleazers.

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Date published: 8:22 am, November 8th, 2017 - 113 comments

Winston Peters has launched a legal fishing expedition to identify who exactly breached privacy on his superannuation over payments. A problem that he shares with about 50 thousand other pensioners. Unlike them, his problem wasn’t trying to find money to repay it. It was that the breach was deliberately timed to be a classic dirty politics ploy, almost certainly by National, in the leadup to the  recent election. I wish him good fishing.

 

Open Mike 08/11/2017

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