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Posts from The New Tasman for 09/07/2011

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Prof. Mutu and the Umbrage ContagionSep 07, 2011 12:26 am | Phil

I rarely entertain comments on my blog.  They make for terrible guests and never laugh at my jokes. But I received a rip-snorter in response to my post on the Professor Mutu question yesterday (a blockbuster day for traffic which suggests race relations and making-fun-of-Chris-Carter remain popular pastimes in New Zealand).  I publish the comment, ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Carter to announce first-ever JunketsSep 06, 2011 02:28 am | Phil

Noted travel rorter Chris Carter will use his valedictory speech in Parliament to announce the winners of the Inaugural Junket Awards which honour excellence in the taxpayer-funded travel industry. Some details have been leaked to The New Tasman in advance of his 5.45PM address.  Here are the highlights: Jonathan Hunt, as expected, will be honoured ...

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British Labour gets it!Sep 06, 2011 12:51 am | Phil

Oh, music to mine ears!   Peter Hain writes in his paper entitled Refounding Labour to Win  …we will have better policies, more closely reflecting the views of those they meet in their everyday lives and when campaigning for the Party, if we reform our policy process and Conference to make more room for genuine debate ...

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Bring it on, Prof. MutuSep 05, 2011 11:36 pm | Phil

An academic defends a survey finding that Maori New Zealanders are more resistant to immigration that non-Maori.  Specifically, Margaret Mutu of Auckland University said that she objects to “white” migrants from places like South Africa and England arriving in New Zealand with racial attitudes that are antithetical to Maori.  This has set off a firestorm ...

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Parties of progress must themselves progressSep 05, 2011 04:58 pm | Phil

It is parties of the status quo that can afford to spend time in Opposition waiting for their next lengthy stint in government to fall into their laps.  They will muddle through their brief periods in exile because muddling through is more or less their raison d’être.  They are accommodationist by nature, intuitively adaptive to the ebbs and ...

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The Great 2013 Cook OffSep 02, 2011 11:29 pm | Phil

This is the third part in a series on Stephanie Cook, a Wellington City Councillor now infamous for her shameful mishandling of the scandalous and tragic discovery of a Council tenant who died fourteen months earlier. The first two parts are here and here. An anonymous poster on WCC Watch, a very good blog that ...

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“Fed Up” will hurt Perry in the general, but not the primariesSep 02, 2011 09:05 am | Phil

Politico has published a lengthy summary of Rick Perry’s 2010 book “Fed Up” on the basis, they say, that it is a “treasure trove” for opponents.  The current Texas Governor, among other things, disses the immensely popular Social Security program which he describes as a ‘Ponzi Scheme’ which, he suggests, represents a violent assault on ...

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The genesis of the absurd “Obama Ain’t Done Much” mythSep 02, 2011 08:47 am | Phil

Ezra Klein, blogger extraordinaire at the Washington Post, today added to our understanding about the distance between President Obama’s actual legislative record (awesome)  versus the perceived record (shithouse). Citing the analysis of Andrea Campbell from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the prolific and easy on the eyes Klein writes: Somewhat paradoxically, Campbell said, the administration ...

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Stephanie Cook’s uselessnessSep 01, 2011 07:36 pm | Phil

UPDATE: John Pagani wades in very sensibly here. A loyal reader of this blog forwarded me an article about Councillor Stephanie Cook, the woman who thought the most important thing about a dead body lying unnoticed in a Wellington City Council owned and operated flat was that its discovery upset members of the Council staff. ...

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Interview with Sean Plunket from Thursday morningSep 01, 2011 02:47 am | Phil

Here is the audio.

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