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by Dieuwe de Boer · 10/04/2018 9pm
The news-cycle in NZ and the US are closely linked, so when a woman opened fire at YouTube HQ in California, it was news over here just as fast. Social media was hoping that the elusive "Trump supporter, NRA member, and Alex Jones fan" mass shooter had finally been discovered.
Sir Bob Jones
by John Black · 06/04/2018 10am
Satire, political or social pisstakery is in a sorry state, both at home and abroad in this year of our Lord, 2018. Locally, shrill hordes have demanded via social media organized petitioning that Sir Robert Jones suffer a status reduction back to plain old ‘Bob Jones’, for the crime of taking the mick out of Maori.
Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill
by Items on the Balustrade · 03/04/2018 11pm
In parliament on Tuesday night, the Criminal Records (Expunging of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offenses) Bill triggered a veritable orgy of virtue signalling. MPs from the government and opposition benches vied to outdo each other in their rush to pin their colours to the mast of the good ship tolerance. The Bill was always going to be a wave ...
Garth McVicar
by Dieuwe de Boer · 03/04/2018 5pm
Early morning on Saturday 31st March, just north of Auckland, a man was shot after he threatened the police with a machete. From what we know, it's a pretty clear-cut case.
NZ Parliament Chamber
by Items on the Balustrade · 27/03/2018 9pm
Maybe Thirty odd hardy souls (including officials and spectators) sat through the third reading of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill on Tuesday night. Not a title designed to either draw a crowd or inspire the loftiest rhetoric, but that’s probably how it’s intended. Certainly Dr Duncan Webb ...
by Dieuwe de Boer · 09/03/2018 9pm
This was said a year ago by Julius Malema, a political party leader who has long been calling for the "land expropriation" that is now coming into effect. Apartheid is returning to South Africa.
by Dieuwe de Boer · 08/03/2018 8pm
When I wrote about the Iranian hand-shake affair , I was not expecting to be revisiting this topic so quickly, but this story about a senior staff member being fired from the University of Auckland caught my attention. The incident took place a year ago, but only now has a memo been sent out to all staff by vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon: He did this ...
by Dieuwe de Boer · 01/03/2018 1pm
On his first day as National Party leader, when confronted by a media inquisition, Bridges recanted his stance on gay "marriage". Hang on a minute: he wasn't actually asked about it. He just volunteered that information out of the blue.
by Dieuwe de Boer · 27/02/2018 9pm
When preparing for a meeting with the Iranian ambassador, a female Labour MP was told not to shake his hand as this would be inappropriate. The problem with this "handshake snub" by the Iranian delegation isn't one of cultural understanding.
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 14/02/2018 11pm
The resignation of Bill English as leader of the New Zealand National Party has triggered the first open leadership contest in the party since 2001, when English was elected for his first stint as party leader. The resignation has also resulted in this writer being forced to temporarily suspend his semi-retirement from political commentary in order to write ...

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