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MERRY CHRISTMAS, LOVE ADRIAN
2022-11-24 17:26
Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr has launched a class war. But a militant defence is less than likely...THE MAINSTREAM media this week has plunged into its Bumper Book of Cliches and cast th… Read More
RNZ NATIONAL : WHERE THE FACTS GO TO DIE
2022-11-17 02:20
According to Auckland City Missioner Helen Robinson poverty is the result of 'colonisation' and 'racism'. It's a view that RNZ National is happy to promote...but what if it's wrong?IT'S AROU… Read More
TRICKLE DOWN FEMINISM
2022-11-13 07:34
Last week New Zealand's female parliamentary politicians gathered together to celebrate that presently female MPs outnumber their male colleagues. But celebrating the number of female MPs wi… Read More
JACINDA ARDERN : THE FAILURE OF CENTRISM
2022-10-26 22:06
Labour is heading for an election defeat in 2023 and it will only have itself to blame.'Regardless, if Ardern continues with the incrementalist approach, her administration, which leverages… Read More
JACINDA ARDERN : QUITTIN' TIME?
2022-10-25 03:07
With Labour polling numbers continuing to head south, media speculation is growing that Jacinda Ardern will quit as leader of the Labour Party before the next general election. Bryce Edwards… Read More
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
2022-10-16 17:37
The Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival is a popular event, with more than 120,000 high school students from more than half the country’s secondary schools having participated in the fes… Read More
WORLD HOMELESS DAY
2022-10-13 08:41
OCTOBER 11 was World Homeless Day. It was a day that the Labour Government would have been happy to see go largely unobserved.As of June this year there were 26,664 people on the New Zealan… Read More
CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN?
2022-10-13 08:02
A change in the seating arrangements in Parliament doesn't represent real change. THE LOCAL body election results sparked a discussion about political change. Although some of us have d… Read More
THE ILLUSIONS OF GREEN CAPITALISM
2022-10-06 03:17
The profit motive is not a proper basis to run a society, much less save the planet, says author Adrienne Buller.IN 2019 the economists at the International Monetary Fund crunched the number… Read More
KELVIN DAVIS : YOU'RE NOT A PROPER MAORI!
2022-10-01 03:58
The attack of Kelvin Davis on ACT MP  Karen Chhour will have been looked on unfavourably by working class Maori who have yet to see any economic benefit from a Labour Government with a… Read More
TE PATI MAORI AND VESTED INTERESTS
2022-10-01 03:47
President of Te Pati Maori, John Tamihere, is under scrutiny for large financial donations made to his 2019 Auckland Mayoral campaign. He claims that the charges are 'inherently racist'. But… Read More
THE CYNICAL POLITICS OF JAMES SHAW
2022-09-25 03:14
The Mood of the Boardroom survey conducted by the NZ Herald saw Climate Change Minister James Shaw came out top with the business sector. His market friendly views have made him a firm favou… Read More
LABOUR HAS GIVEN UP ON THE POOR
2022-09-22 09:22
In 2017 Jacinda Ardern said that any Government she led would tackle poverty as a priority. But in 2022, and after five years of a Labour Government, the problem of wealth and income inequal… Read More
THE COLOUR OF POVERTY
2022-09-21 09:25
According to an article in the Listener and republished by the NZ Herald, the New Zealand middle class is 'indifferent' to poverty because they view it as a 'brown problem'. Apparently 'pove… Read More
MAKING SOCIALISM GREAT AGAIN
2022-09-17 04:45
While Joe Biden says he will run for President again, doubts persist that he's the right man for the job. Maybe it's time for a woman...ALTHOUGH JOE BIDEN says that he 'expects' to run again… Read More
MARAMA DAVIDSON BLOCKS ME ON TWITTER
2022-09-15 01:42
After criticising her performance as Assistant Housing Minister, Marama Davidson blocks me on Twitter...GREEN PARTY co-leader Marama Davidson has blocked me on Twitter. It comes at a time wh… Read More
A PYRRHIC VICTORY
2022-09-11 10:59
James Shaw, being the only candidate, has been re-elected Green co-leader. But his authority has been severely undermined and he is at the helm of a Green Party that is politically divided… Read More
MARAMA DAVIDSON : STILL MISSING
2022-09-08 20:42
Despite it being part of her ministerial brief, Marama Davidson remains silent about the social disaster that is Rotorua's transitional housing. She's paid a lot of money for not doing her j… Read More
WHERE'S MARAMA?
2022-09-07 09:59
As the controversy around Rotorua's 'emergency housing' has continued to swirl, the Associate Minister of Housing with special responsibility for homelessness, Marama Davidson, still has not… Read More
MIKE DAVIS : 'DESPAIR IS USELESS'
2022-09-01 21:48
An estimated third of Pakistan is under water. The country has seen the largest amount of rainfall for over three decades. The impact of climate change continues to grip harder yet our polit… Read More
MARAMA DAVIDSON : LET THEM EAT CHOCOLATE!
2022-08-30 04:45
Green co-leader Marama Davidson displays a blatant disregard for the plight of the poor.GREEN CO-LEADER Marama Davidson has been doing some free promotional work for Whittakers Chocolate. Sh… Read More
DYING IN A DITCH : MY FREE SPEECH GRAVE
2022-08-25 22:27
Rather than attacking people it doesn't agree with as 'neo-fascists', writes Rachel Stewart, why doesn't the mainstream media try to find out why so many people feel deeply disenfranchised?… Read More
GUARAV SHARMA AND THE POLITICS OF 'MEH'
2022-08-25 10:54
While the mainstream media might have enjoyed the spectacle of Gaurav Sharma slugging it out with the Labour Party hierarchy, it has only served to highlight the absence of any real politica… Read More
MATHHEW HOOTON : THE EXTREMISM OF CENTRISM
2022-08-22 02:04
Conservative commentator Matthew Hooton thinks that Labour and National should  consider joining forces. Perhaps they should simply merge and call themselves The Money Party...CONSERVAT… Read More
ALTERNATIVE FACTS WITH MARTYN BRADBURY
2022-08-21 02:44
The Daily Blog editor Martyn Bradbury is still claiming The Working Group is the most popular political podcast in New Zealand - even though it isn't. The Daily Blog is still claiming t… Read More
SOUND AND FURY, SIGNIFYING NOTHING
2022-08-18 19:51
The documentary Fire and Fury received $190,000 from the Public Interest Journalism Fund. The money has not been well spent. SOME FIVE MONTHS on from the three week occupation of Parlia… Read More
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
2022-08-15 03:14
In the face of increasing economic hardship for ordinary British people, a progressive coalition of trade unions, advocacy groups and community activists is saying that enough is enough. Why… Read More
LABOUR AND NATIONAL DIFFER LITTLE ON WELFARE
2022-08-09 01:51
The National Party's welfare plan for young jobseekers has been met with fierce criticism from its political opponents. The problem is most of what National is proposing already happens.&nbs&hell…Read More
THE DANGEROUS POLITICS OF JAMES SHAW
2022-08-05 02:20
The Green Party must reject the extreme politics of James Shaw.ALTHOUGH GREEN PARTY members had the numbers to effectively topple James Shaw as co-leader and launch a leadership contest, onl… Read More
JACINDA IS JOHN
2022-08-02 06:18
The political convergence of Labour and National is complete. Jacinda Ardern has turned into John Key.WE LIVE in a superficial age where New Zealand television does very few long form interv… Read More
LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND PODCAST CHARTS
2022-07-30 22:42
THERE ARE, as they say, lies, damned lies, and statistics. Then there are podcast charts..ANYONE WHO HAS visted The Daily Blog website in recent times would probably have noticed editor… Read More
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CHRISTOPHER LUXON?
2022-07-27 04:38
National Party leader Christopher Luxon has been accused of a lack of concern for struggling New Zealanders...THERE ARE, of course, plenty of big issues for the New Zealand media to be grapp… Read More
WHY JAMES SHAW NEEDS TO GO
2022-07-25 08:19
Despite almost a third of delegates to the Green Party's AGM voting no confidence in him, James Shaw has announced his intention to stand again for the position of co-leader of the Green Par… Read More
JAMES SHAW : HEADING FOR THE EXIT?
2022-07-24 01:01
The removal of James Shaw as a co-leader of the Green Party won't necessarily lead to the party abandoning its centrist politics and its uncritical support for the Labour Government.IT SEEMS… Read More
THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
2022-07-20 01:14
The inflation rate has hit an unprecedented 7.3 percent, the highest in three decades. The 'solution' proposed by the Labour Government and the Reserve Bank is to make workers pay. WITH… Read More
CLIMATE CHANGE : WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
2022-07-18 02:20
Matthew Huber's new book contends that the struggle against climate change must also be a struggle against our present economic system.UNFORTUNATELY WE live in a country where our Green Part… Read More
BASHING BRYCE
2022-07-12 00:07
A Media Council ruling against a opinion column written by Bryce Edwards has allowed the Labour-aligned liberal left to launch yet another series of attacks against him.POLITICAL SCIENTIST a… Read More
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
2022-07-07 04:32
According to the new Maori Health Authority 'centuries-old treatments' can be used to treat Maori health problems. That includes Maori suicide which, it says, can be linked to the phases of… Read More
BRAND ARDERN : CRACKING UP
2022-07-02 08:53
After some five years in office the cracks have started to appear in Jacinda Ardern's carefully marketed image. Is she and Labour heading for election defeat next year?IN 2017 Canadian write… Read More
PROFESSOR JOANNA KIDMAN : EXTREMIST
2022-06-08 20:53
Is an extremist in charge at the Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism?THE APPOINTMENT of Professor Joanna Kidman as a director of the newly launched… Read More
A DEMOCRACY IN NAME ONLY
2022-05-24 04:21
Green MP Golriz Ghahraman wants to 'strengthen' a representative democracy that has already failed us.“On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the… Read More
IS LABOUR ON ITS WAY OUT?
2022-05-03 19:11
Is this terminally centrist Labour Government now getting its just desserts? EVEN WITH with the general election some eighteen months away the prospects of this Labour Government gettin… Read More
MAY DAY 2022
2022-04-30 20:12
Although the New Zealand mainstream media will ignore it, as will the Labour Government and the Council of Trade Unions, today is International Workers' Day. TODAY IS International Work… Read More
JOE BENNETT AND THE HIGH COST OF LIVING
2022-04-28 23:30
The current cost of living crisis impacts most on those who can least afford it - the working class and the poor. Yet the woke left is concerned about  more important things. Like a new… Read More
THE TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY
2022-04-26 19:42
In his campaign for 'co-governance' multi-millionaire Willie Jackson talks of the 'tyranny of the majority'. But his proposals will only entrench the 'tyranny of the minority' that runs coun… Read More
RISING INFLATION : A POLITICAL CRISIS
2022-04-21 20:02
Despite record inflation, New Zealand companies continue to record big profits...THE INFLATION RATE now stands at 6.9 percent and is likely to increase further. We haven't seen price rises l… Read More
WHEN THE MAGIC IS GONE
2022-04-19 20:32
Even a loyal Labour supporter like commentator and blogger Chris Trotter is speculating about Labour losing next year's general election...WHILE I likened Labour's 2017 election campaign ope… Read More
SAM FENDER  : SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER
2022-04-19 12:15
'She said the debt, the debt, the debt / So I thought about shifting gear.'SAM FENDER deservedly  won Best Rock Act at the Brit Awards a few weeks ago, an award that is voted for by the… Read More
A MATTER OF TRUST
2022-04-10 04:40
A new report says that public trust in the mainstream media continues to decline. NEWSTALK ZB'S MIKE HOSKING has an interesting take on why public trust in the mainstream media continue… Read More
AOC : THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS IN TROUBLE
2022-04-03 12:17
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the Democratic Party is 'in trouble' and, unless it changes direction, is heading for defeat in the November midterm elections.WHILE PRESIDENT Joe Biden has bee… Read More
TOVA'S CLASS-FREE POLITICS
2022-03-28 08:11
Today FM's Tova O'Brien agrees with Labour's Willie Jackson that Maori inequality can be explained by 'racism'.ON TODAY FM Tova O'Brien accused ACT leader David Seymour of playing the race c… Read More
COWS AND COWARDS
2022-03-25 09:13
MILKED is a feature documentary exposing, says its makers, 'the whitewash of New Zealand’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry.' It features, among others, Dr Mike Joy, former Green MP… Read More
ARE BETON NEO-FASCISTS?
2022-03-21 06:47
Ukraine punk band Beton may not be all that they seem.YESTERDAY I posted the video to 'Kyiv Calling' by Ukraine band Beton. The video has also featured prominently in the mainstream media in… Read More
BETON : KYIV CALLING
2022-03-19 22:52
UKRAINIAN BAND Beton have, with the blessing of the remaining members of The Clash,  released a reworking of their song 'London Calling'. 'Kyiv Calling' was recorded in Ukraine and near… Read More
ABBY MARTIN : DEPLATFORMED BY YOUTUBE
2022-03-15 03:41
For three years Abby Martin produced Breaking The Set on RT America. The show was also screened throughout the world, including RT in New Zealand. As the war in Ukraine continues, YouTube ha… Read More
NO MORE LESSER EVILISM
2022-03-11 06:30
In the absence of a genuinely progressive party the best the New Zealand left has to offer - again - is the old and tired refrain of 'lesser evilism': that Labour supposedly sucks less than… Read More
ANGRY VOICES THAT REMAIN UNHEARD
2022-03-07 18:57
The Labour Government has learned nothing from the Wellington protest. Instead, its determined to dismiss it as the work of far right extremists.DAYS AFTER the Wellington occupation ended th… Read More
COWBOY JUNKIES : FIVE YEARS
2022-03-06 10:34
WE ARE LIVING in a fearful and uncertain age and this new version of David Bowie's 'Five Years' by the Cowboy Junkies captures the mood of the times. The song was first released in 1972… Read More
LIES, PROPAGANDA AND FAKE NEWS
2022-03-04 03:46
Most of the misinformation that was circulating throughout the Wellington protest came from opponents of the protest.THE MORNING after police invaded Parliament grounds with the predictable… Read More

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