The commentariat tends to treat politics as boxing – the public, however, seem to experience politics as the static pageant of a wrestling match
McClay’s obvious difficulty in getting his story straight is part of a wider credibility problem with this government.
An IOC blanket ban on Russian athletes would have been marked contrast to its treatment of the track and field team from Kenya
Key needs to be asking Biden about how – and why – the White House is busily circumventing the TPP deal signed earlier this year
Decrees include no further negative news about the President and an end to camera angles that made him ‘look shorter’.
Driving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labour’s new housing policy launch.
Alongside this litany of criticisms of Blair’s style of government and decision-making, Chilcot has also given Blair a remarkable amount of wiggle room.
The current Key/McClay expedition to the UK and Europe looks decidedly peculiar.
Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp… In every other respect, this election has been a disaster for the Liberals
Boris Johnson’s exit from the Conservative leadership contest supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected “Leave” to win
The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world.
On Brexit, the Europeans clearly want Britain to get on with it, but no British politician seems willing to step up
Can a ministerial spin merchant ‘accidentally’ pass on to a journalist the fact that a prominent critic of their Minister is under Police investigation?
Once again, government spending on Defence is increasing by leaps and bounds, without any rational cost/benefit analysis.
As with Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali changed the times so thoroughly that anyone coming along afterwards will probably struggle to understand.
Or…Trump as a disaster for neo-liberalism
Is securing the sea lanes a valid rationale for Defence spending?
Auckland struggles to cope with its over-supply of advice on housing affordability…
Kanye do something with this album cover meme? Ye kan!
Japanese hip-hop, noise music, J-Pop, and a whole lot more besides….
The Sundance TV series Rectify takes the difficulties of faith, forgiveness and family seriously
Reading the fine print, except it’s not actually fine at all.
A collective music based on allegiance to the ‘hood now belongs to remote and isolated solo stars
Some musical journeys in the worlds of white people….
Why David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows is a teenage sensation.
Australia and Other Nonsense
Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Holding aloft a flickering torch for John Darnielle’s older stuff