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Review: ‘Talking Politics – the 1970s’

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The angry – very, very angry – Hazim Arafeh

When Southern and Molyneux do come to speak here, if there is any violence then be it upon Mr. Arafeh’s and the Muslim community’s head.  If extra security is needed to curb Muslim violence if they protest in an unmannerly fashion, then that bill should absolutely be sent to FIANZ.

Has anyone ever heard Mr Hazim Arafeh unequivocally state that Muslims are angry about terrorism happening all over the world in the name of their religion?  Has he expressed any anger over the estimated number of one million British girls who have been victims of the Muslim rape . . .

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What makes a good local MP?

“A good local MP”. If that was all they could think to carve on your tombstone, then your political career cannot have been very impressive. Politics is about more than opening local fairs and turning up to the Saturday clash between the local college’s First XV and their rivals from the other side of town. A sensible politician will do all of that, of course. Because, as Tip O’Neill, the long-time Democratic Party Speaker of the of US House of Representatives famously quipped: “All politics is local”. But, if they’re worthy of your service, the locals . . .

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The culture that ate itself to death

On the occasions this Devil and the family venture over the water to the Big Island, the instant our plane lands the cubs clamor to stop somewhere for pizza. Despite Tasmania’s reputation as a “foodie destination”, pizza is one delicacy Taswegians just don’t seem to have be able to get either of their heads around. In the north of the island at least - I’ll grudgingly concede that this is one area where Hobart does lead the way, in having at least a couple of halfway decent pizzerias.

Anyway, alighting from the plane on our last trip Mainland . . .

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A playbook for holding marginal seats

Good MPs hold marginal seats. No matter what their personality type, party, reputation in parliament or political leanings they keep winning because they work hard and connect with the community.

Hard work is the common factor that a good local MP shares. All good local MPs work hard in their electorate, and are well known for working hard. This means they are out and about in their community constantly, and constantly visible and available to their voters.

Ruth Dyson holds Port Hills by a substantial margin. She wins votes from people who are right wingers because they know she works . . .

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Of godfathers and presidents

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The spirit of the times

Politicians do not seize the zeitgeist, the zeitgeist seizes them. It is simply not enough to be clever, articulate, telegenic and rich (or even all four at once!) if your political message is not connected, in some way, to the “spirit of the times”. Over the past week, many people have been asking themselves why Gareth Morgan’s “The Opportunities Party” (TOP) failed to reach the 5 percent MMP threshold. (Including, one imagines, Morgan himself!) They shouldn’t be. In an era when the average voter’s trust in the economic, social and cultural elites registers just a little lower . . .

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Kiwis just put their money where their mouths are

The response to the brand new NZ Coalition for Free Speech asking for donations to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for denying Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern a tax-funded venue to speak in has been surprisingly heartening!  The required 50k was raised in 24 hours.

What this shows is how ready Kiwis are to literally put their money where their mouths are. 

Almost nothing is as important as the law of free expression in our nation, for on it hangs all our other freedoms.  Free speech and free thought are inextricably bound;  to censor speech legally by making . . .

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Evidence-based campaigning & the failure of TOP and Gareth Morgan

On the question of “Evidence Based Campaigning” Gareth had no credible answer. He said something about it was his money so he wanted value for money, then proceeded to depart from the question and make all sorts of excuses for making up campaigning as he went along.

I had a chat to one of Gareth’s offsiders who recognised Gareth had not answered my question. I explained that campaigning is a multibillion dollar industry in the United States, and thoroughly researched so nothing needs to be made up. The response was “We have spent hundreds of thousands on campaign experts . . .

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Bob Jones: ‘This dire duo should be flogged and certainly have no place in journalism’

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