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Dirty Politics Podcast: Episode 19 – Alternative budgets

Welcome to episode 19 of our Dirty Politics podcasts.

In this episode, Simon Lusk and I discuss why opposition should prepare alternative budget and why they shouldn't . . .

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Swamps & vipers

Remember when President Trump tweeted to the world in March of 2017 that the Obama administration had spied on his campaign during the 2016 election?

The whole world media exploded into fits of mockery over the accusation.  Cam and I were on a show discussing this on Face TV and we both concluded at the time that it was most likely true, given how corrupt Obama’s people appeared, how deep their hatred for Trump ran and how unexpected Trump’s triumph was.

Now we know for a fact that it was a profoundly correct accusation, moreover, the situation that . . .

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Failed ideology comes back for another go at our kids

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Review: 538 on ‘Chasing Hillary’

There have been many, may postmortems on Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign, yet it is still possible to be surprised and somewhat shocked at how truly terrible Clinton was a candidate.

538’s special podcast has Nate Silver and Clare Malone interview the New York Times’ Amy Chozick, the author of “Chasing Hilary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling . . .

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Not a bloody clue: National respond to Grant Robertson’s budget

The National party opposition’s response to Grant Robertson’s first budget has been as underwhelming as the document itself. Simon Bridges’ insistence that Robertson had delivered a “tax, borrow and spend” budget was as absurd as it was unimaginative. Indeed, it confirmed the first impression of many on the Right that Bridges wasn’t (and still isn’t) ready for the responsibilities of leadership.

Set against the performance of Amy Adams, National’s Finance Spokesperson, however, Bridges response to Robertson’s budget was masterful. Adams is clearly out of her depth in her current role and should be replaced . . .

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Review: Secrets of PMQs

The Times has authors Ayesha Hazarika & Tom Hamilton in to discuss their new book on Prime Minister's Questions, “Punch & Judy Politics . . .

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The pathetic Palestinians

If ever there were a people who could be described as truly pathetic, it is the Palestinian people. 

From go to utter woe, these people have developed no cause, no sense, no decent reason for living - and the victimhood they cling to should make any person with an iota of self-esteem wince.

Too many times have they been offered a nation to call their own, but their leaders have always declined the offer, insisting instead on abject poverty and violence from dogmatic superstitious zeal.  Generation after generation has grown up without education and work, without hope, without the will . . .

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Alternative budgets: among the most insignificant parades in our polity

I believe alternative budgets are among the most insignificant parades in our polity. This is especially true in the first year of a new government. There is one obvious and simple reason for this. The public think about politics about as much as I do the National Hockey League. As such, what the Nats have to say about their budgetary priorities one year in opposition will not interest most people one bit. It will generate heat on twitter, and blank looks everywhere else . . .

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Bob Jones: On media awards and the perils of letting women eat human flesh

The demise of newspapers gave me one upsetting thought, namely the end of the highly entertaining annual media awards ceremony. Silly me! For of course the newspapers existence don’t matter a whit, as this year’s awards showed.

And so the morning after the awards I opened the Dom’ Post to see among numerous other purported triumphs, they proudly proclaiming they’d won the news website award. A few hours later, I read the Herald, to behold their bragging of winning – wait for it – the best website award.

So, nothing has changed. As has been the convention for quarter . . .

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Trotter: Time for National to get specific

It has become standing operating procedure for mainstream political parties to offer the voters general themes ahead of specific policies. The party strategist’s greatest fear is that his opposite number will steal any policy which his party is foolhardy enough to place before the electorate too far ahead of the election. Better by far to offer the “punters” a rich campaign diet of emotionally-charged accusations and aspirational appeals. Specific policy details are best released after the votes have been counted – not before . . .

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