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Archive for September, 2011

On the latest SAS death in Afghanistan

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Somehow, the job that we’re doing in Afghanistan is so crucial that it is worth our SAS soldiers dying for – but only until 31st March 2012. Come the dawning of April 1st 2012 that sacrifice will somehow become no longer necessary. (At which point Prime Minister John Key will ...

On the Act Party’s latest policy contortions

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Click for big version. By bringing together every dope smoking university student who owns a copy of Bob Marley’s Legend with every rural Rasta, the Act Party has triangulated a whole new vector of voter support with its cannabis decriminalisation policy, providing that anyone can remember …uh... what day is the ...

On Barack Obama’s latest bailout of Israel

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

So US President Barack Obama is promising to use a Security Council veto to block any attempt by Palestine to gain UN recognition, and he has told the parties to go back to negotiations – even though Obama knows full well how fruitless that route would be, given ...

On the Police surveillance bailout, and Morning Report

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – It would be easier to respect the law if – repeatedly – the Police and SIS didn’t seem so willing to break it whenever it suits them, while relying on the politicians to come along and clean up the mess they leave behind. Ordinary ...

On youth voting and the RWC’s C-List celebrities

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Greens’ Gareth Hughes has highlighted the apparent lack of interest by the young in this year’s election. Only about 72% of eligible 18-24 year olds are enrolled and even further up the age ranklings, less than 80% of 25-29 year olds have bothered to enrol. As Hughes also points out, ...

On workplace deaths, and Italy’s threat to Europe

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

It has been a bad week for those who think that business can be safely left to regulate itself. Workplace safety failures have been revealed in evidence to both the Pike River inquiry, and at the inquest into the coolstore fire near Hamilton in 2008. At the coolstore fire inquest ...

On Nicky Hager’s new book

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Nicky Hager's book launch press conference. Video credit: Anne Russell In late 2001, I remember interviewing Helen Clark on another subject, but took the opportunity at the close of the interview to suggest she needed to act now to protect Army chief Major General Maurice Dodson – who was then the target ...