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a top 10 list to make National cringe

At the end of the first week of campaigning, in which some were saying Key won the leaders debate, but spent the rest of the week defending allegations of lying or justifying his economic policies which have come under attack from more or less every right leaning economic and political commentator.

So at the end of the week looking at a more scientific way of readiing the pulse of the people rather than pseudo scientific poll post leaders debate, here are the top 10 political news articles on Stuff’s web site this friday 17 October. Continue reading



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Live: Helen Clark @ Otago Uni

Big crowd of scarfies here with some usual suspects, Victor Billot of the Alliance and Stop the Stadium (obscure collective of CAVES), Pete Hodgson, the Greens.

Actually the place is bloody packed. Scarfies don’t seem to mind that her plane was delayed, but the jurno’s huddled seem bored/put out.(1:30pm) Continue reading

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When one’s ego is just too big to see the picture

A very typical ploy of the oh-so affected middle class intelligentsia these days is to decry the death of freedoms, muddled up with imagery of cottonwool nanny states resembling a kinder Plunketesque NAZI state.

The latest of these concerned individuals to step up to the plate to have a moan about the overpowering state is the sometime ex-broadcaster Bill Ralston. His grumble is that the Government is looking into the foods that we are giving our kids, and the effects it has on them, namely obesity. Included among some of the areas being investigated for the new Public Health Bill, the government may have the power to control where and how supermarkets display unhealthy food.

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what was I just saying…

In the finest tradition of rampaging out of control youths, rabid dogs attaching all in sundry and seismic wave of home invasions, I have picked up the ball and run with my topic de-jour.

The bloody polls that they run on the newspapers, take this little gem.


Where is the “Income boost via increased industry productivity” option, or
“Removal of GST on all fresh fruit and vegetables” or…

Of course this is all related to the political insult slinging in the House today, the second day of this session of Parliament for 2008 – election year.

These polls are meaningless and are always lacking of imagination.

Possibly the most startling aspect of the Stuff.co.nz web site this evening (which is the conglomerate web site for a huge number of the countries metropolitan newspapers), was the Katherine Rich story. Or that should be lack of. Possibly the biggest political story of the year so far, and not a single mention of it at all on the front page, unless that is you are lucky enough to land on the front page when the revolving image/story pops up, or are patient enough to wait for it to pop up.

Strange, but then again this is the NZ media, and it’s a shadow of it’s former self and hasn’t got a thing on many of the newspapers I have encountered overseas.

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Herald’s neutrality?

First off, lets get our limitations and bias out front.

I was once a avid hearld.co.nz reader. I am now a herald.co.nz skeptic.
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