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David Cunliffe: Them’s fighting words

David Cunliffe: Them’s fighting words

Disclaimer: In no way do we endorse any of the things said here. Once again it’s just us providing a platform to MPs to say what they like. David Cunliffe responds with his own tongue in cheek blog post to a post by Judith Collins.

by × November 22, 2013 × 32 comments

Politics, Rights

Tau Henare: Culture – all the good stuff

Tau Henare: Culture – all the good stuff

National Party MP Tau Henare writes on what he feels Maori Culture is, and how it can help society as a whole. Once more not an endorsement (though we really like this piece):

by × November 20, 2013 × 4 comments

Politics

The Edge of Reason: Kicking the Tyres

The Edge of Reason: Kicking the Tyres

A few weeks back, I attended the Karori Normal School Gala, at which I bought a copy of the most recent VUP post-election book Kicking the Tyres: The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011 edited by Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine.

by × November 18, 2013 × 1 comment

Politics, Rights

The Edge of Reason: NZ’s Prison Rate, we’re number 6!

The Edge of Reason: NZ’s Prison Rate, we’re number 6!

Al Jazeera recently aired a documentary on Maori in prisons as part of 101 East, its weekly Asian affair programme. It included the oft-repeated claim that New Zealand has “the second highest imprisonment rate in the western world”,

by × November 11, 2013 × 2 comments

Politics

Peter Dunne: It’s my party and I’ll agglomerate if I want to

Peter Dunne: It’s my party and I’ll agglomerate if I want to

United Future leader Peter Dunne writes on the perils of a two-party system and why we must cheer on our minor party friends.

by × October 31, 2013 × 2 comments

Politics, Rights

Metiria Turei: Our own will rightly hold us to account

Metiria Turei: Our own will rightly hold us to account

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has submitted the below as a guest blog. We didn’t ask for any specific topic so it was fair game.

by × October 30, 2013 × 2 comments

International, Politics

Ain’t no party like a black is white, up is down, wrong is right tea party

Ain’t no party like a black is white, up is down, wrong is right tea party

Some of you may share my frustration at what’s going on in the US. I’m hugely disturbed that the country that serves as the anchor for the world economy can be brought to its knees by a handful of loons.

by × October 18, 2013 × 0 comments

Politics

The Edge of Reason: Exit through the Gift Shop

The Edge of Reason: Exit through the Gift Shop

Radio New Zealand has a story online about John Banks being committed for trial on a charge of filing a false election return.

by × October 18, 2013 × 0 comments

Politics

Judith Collins: Dance of the Desperates

Judith Collins: Dance of the Desperates

By Hon Judith Collins I grew up Labour – in the days of Norm Kirk and the more forgettable Bill Rowling.  I knew David Lange – having chosen to intern in his Mangere Electorate Office while at Law School.

by × September 10, 2013 × 14 comments

Politics, Rights

It’s been a lot of fun: Why I’m worried about National

It’s been a lot of fun: Why I’m worried about National

“One option is the Government says: ‘Thanks very much, it’s been a lot of fun. If you don’t want to take the offer, that’s where it’s at‘.”

by × September 2, 2013 × 3 comments

Humour, Politics

Bring it back: Labour Party

Bring it back: Labour Party

Boy. Things are getting serious. As an American living in Australia, I feel arrogant enough to tell you the NZ Labour Party is over. Finito. Long gone are the Frasers and Kirks and Clarks.

by × August 28, 2013 × 1 comment

International, Politics

Democrats should not fight fire with fire

By Simon Jenkins First the horror. The attacks on the World Trade Centre and Washington yesterday before a horrified world were the most vivid display of terror that I can recall. The heart of darkness had come to the heart of light and wreaked havoc. New York is a city I love. It is bond-brother of London and cultural capital of a nation that has entered the new millennium as master of the world. That made it a natural target of envy and hatred. Those who question America’s frequent global interventions in the cause of democracy do so always from a position of respect. Leadership demands a price. When that […]

by × January 15, 2012 × 0 comments