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The Green Party will fight National’s Nick Smith for the Nelson seat in this year’s election.

This is the first time the Green Party has tried to win a seat since it held the Coromandel electorate in 1999.

Nick Smith has held the Nelson seat for over 20 years and in the last election increased his majority to 7605.

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Jeremy Corbyn OVERTAKES Theresa May as voters’ favourite to be best Prime Minister in new poll

  • A YouGov poll showed 35 per cent of the country preferred Mr Corbyn as PM
  • Mrs May one per cent behind on 34, but her ratings are continuing to drop
  • It’s the first time that a Labour leader has been winning that question since 2007

Just exactly how bad do you have to be to take a commanding lead and turn it into something where Jeremy Corbyn becomes Britain’s preferred prime minister?   Teresa May could teach Andrew Little something. Read more »

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I truly can’t understand why Matt McCarten keeps getting jobs in politics.  There hasn’t been a single party or initiative he’s been involved with that hasn’t imploded.  Yesterday Matt McCarten was outed as the person primarily responsible for Labour’s current tar pit:  the slumlord, student visa, slave labour scandal.

Glossing over all the other political parties’ corpses in his wake… he was donkey deep in Labour’s “Vote Positive/Dirty Politics” strategy which had National re-elected with a record margin and he destroyed David Cunliffe in the process.  Instead of arresting Labour’s steady slide over the last 10 years, he’s been very much part of it. Read more »

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Most questions from the media – and later from opposition MPs in question time – focused on English’s own actions after Barclay last year confided he left a dictaphone running in his electorate office, recording his staff member Glenys Dickson.

Dickson complained to police and English later gave a statement outlining the conversation with Barclay. But that did not emerge until an investigation by Newsroom uncovered a text message he had sent to former electorate chairman Stuart Davie confirming Barclay had recordings.

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New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says “no one gives a rat’s arse” about political reporter Lloyd Burr’s opinion.

Mr Peters is not happy with Burr who criticised New Zealand First while hosting RadioLive’s Your Sunday at the weekend.

“It’s a scary thought but there’s a very real chance Winston Peters and his no-name MPs will hold the country to ransom after the election and choose the next government,” Burr said on the show.

After the comments went to air, Mr Peters took aim at Burr during a speech at a rally in Pukekohe.

“If anyone here knows who Lloyd Burr is, then I will give you a thousand dollars,” Mr Peters said.

No one claimed the money.

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Helmut Kohl, who died on [yesterday] aged 87, was one of a trio of dominant western conservative politicians – along with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – whose determined ideological and practical opposition to the Soviet Union helped lead in the closing months of 1989 to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent end of the cold war that had gripped Europe since 1945.

Germany has slowly lost its way since then. Read more »

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Kirk Jones in 2004 in front of Niagara Falls.(Chip Somodevilla | Detroit Free Press)

In 2003, Kirk R. Jones became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls without protection.

Two weeks ago, Jones’ body was found downriver from the falls after he apparently tried again, according to police.

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A copyright lawsuit over Colin Craig’s poetry is going to have its day in court after all.

The former Conservative Party leader has won his appeal of a decision to throw the case out as “vexatious”, despite those opposing him saying he’s had enough court time.

Mr Craig last year took WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater to court for publishing his poem Two of Me on his blog, along with Taxpayers’ Union director Jordan Williams for giving Mr Slater the poem.

The poem was written to Mr Craig’s former press secretary, who later accused him of sexual harassment.

Judge Mary Beth Sharp threw Mr Craig’s copyright lawsuit out before it went to trial in December, calling it “vexatious”, “improper” and a “deception perpetrated on the court”.

But Mr Craig’s lawyers this week appealed that decision in the High Court, saying he should have been cut a “bit more slack” because he wasn’t a legal expert and had run the case himself.

Justice Mark Woolford has now allowed the appeal, saying “Mr Craig’s claim cannot be seen as groundless”.

“Even if Mr Craig’s primary motivation was to protect his reputation, I am of the view that his copyright claim should still be determined on its merits,” he said.

“He is entitled to have his day in court.”

Justice Woolford also noted Mr Craig viewed himself as “a poet of some literary merit”.

Just like this blog isn’t considered part of the media because critics don’t like what it publishes, we can’t fall into the trap of not considering Mr Craig a poet because we don’t think his work merits such a label.

In fact, those arguments are totally irrelevant.   Read more »