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The bad deal Iran never honoured

How refreshing to see a President keep his word - again!

Trump always hated the Iran Deal, a.k.a the JCPOA, and for good reason.  It was nothing more than the vanity project of Obama and Kerry, who both cared more about their own historical legacies than they cared about Iran developing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic capability . . .

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Bob Jones: Murder, suicide and seppuku in media

Wellingtonians have been left dumbstruck by the emergence of a zombie in their midst, specifically the new tabloid form Dominion Post. This is not merely a case of newspaper suicide but outright murder, so bad is it. Actual news has almost totally disappeared and in its place unmitigated guff, in its first week mainly of the all men are rapists tedium. This was a last ditch do-or-die effort by Fairfax (now Stuff) to see if they can hang on with a print news outlet and it’s a failure. So it will be solely a web-site with . . .

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Knowing what you’re going to get

THE LIFE of the NewLabour Party was a relatively short one. Launched by Jim Anderton on May Day 1989, it contested the 1990 election in its own right (receiving a creditable 5.16 percent of the popular vote) but was then absorbed into Anderton’s broad-based political coalition of anti-National parties, the Alliance, in 1991. The NLP soldiered on for nearly a decade within the larger grouping, until finally winding itself up in 2000.

Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the NLP was its insistence on producing a comprehensive election manifesto setting forth the party programme with considerable . . .

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Why an alternative budget matters

Labour have demonstrated what happens to an incoming government that have not properly costed their policies. They rapidly run out of money to spend on their election pledges.

Throughout Labour’s nine years in opposition I kept asking when would Labour release an alternative budget. Labour insiders always had an excuse for why this wasn’t being done, usually claiming that National would steal their policies if they costed everything out.

My view was that this was a complete bullshit excuse that meant successive . . .

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New Zealand racism and unearned guilt

I’ve lived in this country for over 40 odd years, mostly in areas that would be called white middle-class suburbs.  I went to a very middle-class girls high-school and have held down jobs in a wide variety of fields of employment.  I have a circle of friends from many different backgrounds, but never once have I met someone who could truly be called a flat-out racist, i.e, someone who really hates people of a different ethnicity.

And yet, if Susan Devoy - and now Kate Hawkesby - are to be believed, NZ hides a horribly racist . . .

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Does the New Zealand right need its own Steve Bannon?

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The Utter Spoon Race 2018

We've known for a long time that the ABC is a lobster-pot of the unemployable, the unremarkable and the indefensible, but really, how often do we honour the poor old luvvies for their collective mooching off the taxpayer? It takes true genius to slave away at something as deadeningly unfunny as Tonightly with Tom Ballard, or the middle-aged antics of The Chaser. Not to mention the synchronous head-nodding of Insiders. That kind of tireless devotion to taxpayer-funded mediocrity deserves special recognition.

Luckily, like the Melbourne Cup, there is one day of the year in which . . .

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The lost generation (born 1883-1900)

Looking back from an epoch that is sure to be noted in history as an unprecedented time of luxurious peace and prosperity, it is difficult to imagine what it must have been like for a generation which entered its adulthood during the era of WWI. 

Those of this generation who survived the ‘Great War to End all Wars’ would also experience the indiscriminate culling of populations by the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which took more lives than had been lost in the war itself.  The Lost generation would go on to see the stock-market crash of ’29 and . . .

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ANZAC Day the latest target of shameless cultural warriors

Australia has long been a markedly secular nation. Although Judeo-Christian values are the substrate of our culture, Australians have always been suspicious of overt religiosity. Our Protestant foundations have meant that Australian culture regards religion as strictly a matter of private observance. In such a secular culture even the great Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas are as much holidays as they are holy days.

But over the past century one day of the year has become as close as this secular country has to a national holy day. Naturally, in their rage against the West, the Cultural . . .

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Dirty Politics Podcast: Episode 18 – From opposition to government, strategic things National need to do

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