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Here's some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to the Budget announcement. The most recent tweets are first. More to come... Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr This was without a doubt the least interesting of the four Budgets I have covered. Rachel Stewart ‏@RFStew The Poor Cousin of all Budgets. #Budget2016 The Nation ‏@TheNationTV3 .@patrickgowernz calls it the “Bill’s Winter Blanket Budget”. What do you call it? #nationtv3 #namethebudget Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Duncan Garner ‏@DuncanGarnerNZ 'Bill's big, boring, durries Budget.'... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to the Budget announcement. The most recent tweets are first. More to come... Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr This was without a doubt the least interesting of the four Budgets I have covered. Rachel Stewart ‏@RFStew The Poor Cousin of all Budgets. #Budget2016 The Nation ‏@TheNationTV3 .@patrickgowernz calls it the “Bill’s Winter Blanket Budget”. What do you call it? #nationtv3 #namethebudget Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Duncan Garner ‏@DuncanGarnerNZ 'Bill's big, boring, durries Budget.'... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 May 2016 Hubbard - 5 May 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 5 May 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 4 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 May 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 3 May 2016 The Press 5 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 7 November 2015 Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the latest developments at Mediaworks, including the resignation of CEO Mark Weldon and newsreader Hilary Barry. The most recent tweets are first. Karl Puschmann ‏@CritiKarl "Please join me in welcoming our new CEO, Julie Christie." Guy Williams ‏@guywilliamsguy You're off ya face if you think the departure of Mark Weldon is going to make things any better for old media or tv journalism. Dovil ‏@Dovil Mark Weldon, and this Twitter jubilation, it's like tapping in to what sports people must feel when they win, but for nerds. Tim Murphy ‏@tmurphyNZ The Weldonfreude... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at liberation
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Here's some of the recent cartoons published in New Zealand about the issues of tax avoidance and trusts, as revealed by the leak of the Panama papers. The most recent cartoons are first. Moreu - Timaru Herald 15 April 2016 Hubbard - 15 April 2016 Slane - Listener 14 April 2016 Ekers - Wellingtonian 14 April 2016 Nisbet - The Press 14 April 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 14 April 2016 Hubbard - 14 April 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 13 April 2016 Hubbard - 13 April 2016 Scott - 12 April 2016 Hubbard - 12 April 2016 Chicane -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at liberation
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Ranginui Walker, 1932-2016. Murdoch - The Press 2 March 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 2 March 2016 Webb - Ranginui Walker 2013 Webb - Ranginui Walker 1997-99 Scott - Dominion 13 May 1993 Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at liberation
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Here's some recent cartoons about the debate on whether the New Zealand Government and Pharmac should be fast-tracking the purchase and supply of new generation cancer drugs such as Keytruda. Hubbard - 3 March 2016 Slane - Listener 3 March 2016 Nisbet - The Press 3 March 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 March 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 17 February 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 December 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 June 2015 Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting tweets about the announced departure of long-serving Head of News, Mark Jennings (@Dirnews) from TV3 today. Tweets are in reverse-chronological order – ie the most recent tweets are first. Clare Curran ‏@clarecurranmp Last few years must have been hell for Mark Jennings. Suprised he stayed so long. Had a lot of respect for him. Guy Williams ‏@guywilliamsguy Sorry to hear Mark Jennings is leaving TV3 news... he's who tv3 journalists used to complain about me to! Alistair Wilkinson ‏@AlistairWilk I was one of the hundreds of NZ journalists mentored by Mark Jennings. I'm forever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the most interesting or insightful reactions on Twitter to Andrew Little's State of the Nation speech for Labour - the most recent tweets are first. Ben Guerin ‏@bjhguerin Got to give Little credit, free tertiary education is a big, ambitious policy. Something Labour hasn't had since before 2008... Ben Thomas ‏@BenThomasNZ The beauty of the interest free student loan bribe was that it co-opted rather than alienated former students, not just current and future Bronwyn Hayward ‏@BMHayward This is actually brilliant news http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11582567 … Free education post school for 3 yrs in NZ under Labour- Education builds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at liberation
Gordon Copeland: As It Is - My Time In Parliament and Thoughts For Our Future Mary Egan Publishing 161 pages By Dave Crampton There is a bit of dirty politics in Gordon Copeland’s book out this month. The former Labour Party voter, and the United Future and Independent MP, and National Party, Future New Zealand, Kiwi Party and Conservative Party member outlines his vision for New Zealand, and discusses his time in parliament in “As It Is - My Time In Parliament and Thoughts For Our Future. This book is both a history of the legislative changes which occurred during... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at liberation
Here a selection of some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the first flag change referendum result. The most recent tweets are first. Alessandra Rachael ‏@AlessandraRach In other news, Twitter is not the voice of majority NZ. Hang on, that's not news. WE FOUND THAT OUT IN THE LAST ELECTION! #NZFlag Simone McCallum ‏@simonemccallum Twitter also predicted a landslide victory to Labour at the last election. #nzflag #justsaying Lizzie MarvellyVerified account ‏@LizzieMarvelly It also feels like a slap in the face for Maori. To me anyway. #nzflag Damien Grant ‏@damienmgrant It's like voters don't listen to advice from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 8 December 2015 Hubbard - 8 December 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 8 December 2015 @FoxyLustyGrover Chicane - Southland Times 8 December 2015 Nisbet - The Press 8 December 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 8 December 2015 Earlier cartoons: Hodgson - Dominion Post 26 October 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 October 2015 Slane - Listener 9 July 2015 - JudithCollins Hodgson - Dominion Post 1 June 2015 Ekers - Wellingtonian 14 May 2015 Slane - Listener 7 May 2015 Hubbard - 6 May 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 6 May 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets today about revelations from Jarrod Gilbert about the role of the NZ police in suppressing his attempt to carry out research – see: The police have deemed me unfit to undertake crime research because I know criminals. The tweets are roughly in reverse chronological order (ie the most recent tweets are first), and some have been tidied up to remove repetitive URLs, mentions etc. Hamish Keith ‏@hamish_keith BREAKING Police announce they have disarmed a leftie thesis in Lambton Quay Shane Cowlishaw ‏@scowlishaw Police media release on @JarrodGilbertNZ research access: Yeah, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at liberation
The New Zealand Labour Party's 2015 annual conference will be remembered for the various policies that were jettisoned. But the other major trend from the conference is the discernible shift away from social liberalism on display. This was a point that I made this morning on TVNZ's Q+A programme, and so here's a quick elaboration about this point, via a few quick notes (while in transit): For the last decade – especially under Clark, and then Cunliffe - the Labour Party became more associated (rightly or wrongly) with social engineering, social reforms, and identity politics rather than with class politics.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at liberation
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Here's some cartoons and photos relating to New Zealand's involvement in the Rugby World Cup. Slane - Listener 5 November 2015 Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at liberation
Recently Sky TV's Hayley Holt interviewed various leftwing politicians in New Zealand about the Rugby World Cup - here's an except from the programme it screened on: Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at liberation
The political left has a problem with rugby in New Zealand, and various leftwing bloggers often outline some of the more negative history and culture associated with the game. Much of this seems somewhat out-dated and puritanical. So here are some brief thoughts about how rugby in 2015 is a very different beast to that of, say, 1981. There are many aspects of the game that the left should find easy to embrace: the emphasis on the collective team effort over individual achievement (despite corporate pressure to single out stars), the massive number of non-commercial and community based democratic organisations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at liberation
This is a collection of some of the more interesting tweets in response to the Police-Westpac controversy over Nicky Hager's banking information. The most recent tweets are first. Kim Dotcom ‏@KimDotcom The privacy intrusions in my case and in the case of journalist Nicky Hager have one thing in common. No warrants. Rangi Kemara ‏@Te_Taipo @bryce_edwards If Hager loses this case, it will not discourage future Rawsharks exposing corruption, they'll just raw dump data instead. Richard Meadows ‏@MeadowsRichard anyone else a wee bit uncomfortable with championing of Hager’s privacy vs glee at Slater’s (stolen) private mail strewn far and wide?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at liberation
The retirement of the Herald’s political columnist John Armstrong has led many to tweet tributes, especially in reaction to his final column in the weekend. Here’s some of the more interesting ones – roughly in reverse chronological order (most recent tweets first). David Cunliffe ‏@DavidCunliffeMP Thank you John Armstrong for your insight, thoughtful reflections and your apology today. Richard Harman ‏@RMAHarman Armstrong's Herald column this morn the best sumup of last 30 years in NZ pols I have ever read. Politics is the loser with his departure. Phil Quin ‏@philquin Thanks John Armstrong for being an uncommonly lucid, intelligent &... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at liberation
It’s now just over one-year since Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics was published. But we’re still discussing the book’s impact and relevancy, and probably will for some time yet. In fact later this month the High Court will release its decision on the Hager v AG case. I supplied an affidavit for the case, back in March – which you can download here: Affidavit of Bryce Edwards. For what it’s worth, the supporting files are also here: BDE-1 and BDE-2. I’ve also previously compiled other reportage and analysis about the book and related debates, and you can download a PDF of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 25 September 2015 Ekers - Wellingtonian 17 September 2015 Hubbard - 25 September 2015 @FoxyLustyGrover Body - NZ Herald 14 September 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 September 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 24 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 24 September 2015 Moreu - The Press 19 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 September 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 14 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 9 September 2015 Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets in response to the Government announcement of extra Syrian refugees to be allowed to come to New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added. Perfect Mike Hosking ‏@MikePerfectHosk Well, I'm not paying for the extra refugees. John Key has assured me that my taxes will be applied solely to the SkyCity Convention Centre. James Macbeth Dann ‏@edmuzik There can few phrases that have been written more dehumanising than the sentence "100 Syrians in this financial year" > James Macbeth Dann ‏@edmuzik "in the year to June, Syrians were up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at liberation
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Moreu - Fairfax 4 September 2015 Tremain - ODT 3 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 4 Septemer 2015 Hubbard - 4 September 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 3 Septemer 2015 neetflux.tumblr.com 3 September 2015 Moreu - Southland Times 23 June 2015 Lyndon Hood - scoop.co.nz Scott - Dominion Post 18 June 2015 Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at liberation
Here are some of the more interesting recent responses on Twitter to the rise of Jacinda Ardern and the description of her as a "pretty little thing" on TV. Raybon Kan ‏@RaybonKan Quite a change to NZ's constitution: switching from 3-yearly MMP elections, to having Graham Lowe choose our PM, like a Sorting Hat. #tppa Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams So review what has been written and said about @jacindaardern this week, then come back and tell me NZ doesn't have a problem with sexism. Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1 I've had a bit of a rant about @jacindaardern and the sexist crap she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at liberation
Tweets in reaction to TVNZ’s Q+A immigration debate in which economist Shamubeel Eaqub tells Don Brash to “Get fucken real”. The most recent tweets are first. Deborah Russell ‏@BeeFaerie @SEaqub I thought what you said on @NZQandA was excellent. All of it. Every single word. Ali Ikram ‏@AliIkram do u hv to mind yr ps and qs on q & a RachelNZ ‏@3RachelNZ3 Good episode of @NZQandA today. Nice to have real debate for a change #fbomb #nzpol Emma Espiner ‏@emmawehipeihana I'll be honest, I watched @NZQandA today to see @SEaqub deal out Winston. I was not disappointed. c ‏@runawayfound... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at liberation