Posts from The New Tasman for 12/14/2011

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A disgusting, despicable paragraphDec 13, 2011 08:51 am | Phil

Yesterday in Kampala, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said this in response to a question about a suggested amendment to the constitution to allow him to seek a third term. “I will not be uncomfortable at all with people saying this or the other. There’s contradiction, on one hand you say people should have freedom to express themselves. ...

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A note on Shearer’s conductDec 12, 2011 05:28 pm | Phil

I have spent a good deal of time during the Labour leadership contest dissecting the bankrupt, at times juvenille and always amateurish, performance of Team Cunliffe.  This was well-deserved and, frankly, if I had dedicated twice as much space to the topic it wouldn’t have been nearly enough. It may turn out that all the ...

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@Keith_Ng’s awesome, brilliant, wonderful postDec 11, 2011 11:42 pm | Phil

Keith Ng’s post on the Labour leadership battle is the best thing I have read on the subject.  If the topic interests you and you haven’t already read it, can I suggest you do.  Highlights include: The problems at the list level and the caucus level aren’t exactly the same, but they are deeply intertwined. ...

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Has there ever been a more transparent leak in the history of journalism or politics?Dec 11, 2011 05:15 pm | Phil

  This from the NZ Herald, a necessarily lengthy excerpt: A front bench that included all four [leadership and deputy leadership] contenders would ensure a step towards reconciliation after the leadership contest. Adding MPs Jacinda Ardern, Mr Jones and Charles Chauvel, who was previously on the cross-bench, would see an injection of youth, policy gurus ...

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A terrible Mitt momentDec 11, 2011 04:15 am | Phil

Lesson for rich pricks running for office in the midst of an economic crisis: don’t make $10,000 bets.  

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Letter to Moira CoatsworthDec 10, 2011 04:45 am | Phil

On September 22nd, I wrote to President of NZ Labour, Moira Coatsworth, after receiving an email from her discussing the formation of an Environment Sector Council within the party.  Apart from sheer amazement (bordering on shock) that  the party president would raise such a thing a matter of two months out from a general election ...

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The tone-deaf hyperbole machineDec 10, 2011 04:21 am | Phil

So this happened. Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni won the seat of Waitakere off National Party Minister Paula Bennett by 11 votes after special votes were included in the count. Meanwhile, the specials cost Labour a seat in the formerly rock-solid Christchurch Central electorate.  Brendan Burns lost to National’s Nicky Wagner by 45 votes — a tiny ...

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Cunliffe the great communicator? (Audio)Dec 09, 2011 05:21 am | Phil

Check out this disdainful groan in response to a perfectly good question from Radio Live’s Willie Jackson. cunliffe groans      

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TV viewing habits suggest US conservatives are not going out of their way to disprove claims of anti-intellectualismDec 08, 2011 03:04 am | Phil

 Entertainment Weekly has published a survey of TV viewing habits by political orientation.  It gave me a chuckle. What Liberals Watch What Conservatives Watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report 30 Rock Parks and Recreation The View Glee Modern Family It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Treme Cougar Town The Late Show with David Letterman ...

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Team Cunliffe’s ‘game-changer’ conundrumDec 08, 2011 02:54 am | Phil

Here’s the problem for Moana Mackey, Brian Edwards and the other heavy-hitters behind the strategy for David Cunliffe’s Labour leadership bid: With a few days to go, they need a game-changer.  The attempts to cast Shearer as a right-wing neophyte have failed and, in any event, the time for planting seeds of doubt or shifting ...

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