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The Deep State resistance is real

Lest anyone think that President Trump and his supporters have been relying on empty conspiracy theories about the deep-state Resistance, we now have a full admission of someone who is serving in the Whitehouse for the very purpose of undermining the President and his agenda.

In a fairly unprecedented move, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by a treacherous coward, who says:

“This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state….That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve . . .

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The perils and pay-offs of moral absolutism

Small actions all-too-often bring large consequences. Golriz Ghahraman, for example, annoyed at having been publicly corrected on Twitter, responded by blocking the corrector. The perp, an Australian expert in immigration law named Simon Jeans, was flabbergasted. All he had done was challenge Ghahraman’s assertion that there are no absolute human rights. The right not to be tortured, he pointed out, was absolute. International law recognises absolutely no circumstances in which the torture of a human-being may be considered lawful . . .

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McCain’s brand of patriotism is questionable

As (most of) America mourns and eulogises over the death of Senator John McCain and his great patriotic services to the country, services which started under Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War and continued into the current Trump presidency, I feel that a few alternative facts are in order.

Twice McCain tried to run for the office of President and failed.  Once in 2000 as he competed to be an alternative to George W Bush, and then again in 2008 with Sarah Palin as his running mate, trying in vain to defeat the inevitability of Barack Obama . . .

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In praise of our resilient democracy

[...] Australia’s Westminster democracy is remarkably resilient. For nearly a decade, Australia has endured revolving-door prime ministers, hung parliaments, and minority governments. Rivers of political blood and ink have flowed from the chambers of government and the press gallery . . .

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Scott Morrison, who the bloody hell are you?

New Australian prime minister Scott Morrison is a relatively unknown quantity in New Zealand: but he knows New Zealand very well.

Not only was his grandmother a Cantabrian, but Morrison was recruited to be the inaugural director of the New Zealand Office of Tourism and Sport, where he oversaw the creation of the “100% Pure New Zealand” campaign. Naturally, the job also meant that Morrison formed a close working relationship with Murray McCully, but try not to hold that against him.

So, who the bloody hell is Scott Morrison . . .

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Capitalism and conservatism: Uneasy bedfellows

Why did they do it? What compelled a majority of Liberal Party MPs to turn on Malcolm Turnbull, thereby risking almost certain defeat at the ballot-box, to install, Scott Morrison, an evangelical Christian from Sydney’s leafy suburbs in the prime-ministerial Lodge? And what do the recent experiences of Australian conservatives have to teach the New Zealand National Party?

The answer, I think, lies in the beliefs and objectives which conservative politicians enter Parliament to advance . . .

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An evening with Douglas Murray and Cornel West: Polarised

After going to hear these two men discuss ideas about Western culture, my overall feeling was that they didn’t really “have at it.”  They didn’t come across as all that polarised from one another, as one might’ve thought they would be, given that they are usually on the opposite side of every issue.  West, the loud-speaking, black American liberal, Murray, the politely brilliant, conservative Englishman . . .

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Turnbull: A man for any other season

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Why the left is promoting paedophilia (again)

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Abolition of Maori seats would spark a civil war

Was there ever a time when the Maori seats could have been abolished safely? It is tempting to suggest the year 1950, when the first National Party prime minister, Sid Holland, abolished New Zealand’s upper house, the Legislative Council. Had he tacked-on the elimination of the Maori seats and presented the whole package as a “modernisation” of the New Zealand constitution, then his government would probably have got away with it.

There would, of course, have been an outcry. Maoridom would have protested strongly, reminding Pakeha New Zealanders of the Maori Battalion’s heroic wartime contributions in North . . .

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