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Lyndon Hood: The Week In Headlines

The Week In Headlines

Subedited by Lyndon Hood


Kiss of John Key Turns National Party Into Beautiful Princess

Helen Clark Remains Predictably Agitated
After Fiji Prime Minster Overthrown Over Corruption Allegations,
Foreshore Legislation

Report Attributes Prison Van Death To Multiple Corrections Failings;
Murderer Also Implicated

Wine Competition Leads To Whine Competition

Christmas Party Had

First Rumsfeld, Then Brash, Bolton, Friedman, Pinochet, Basset -
US Midterms Claim More Victims

Release Of 2050 Energy Strategy Leads To
Parliamentary Hot Air Trading

Draft Energy Efficiency Strategy: Save Power By Reducing Drafts

Brash Inadvertently Reads Out 'From', 'Subject' Lines In Valedictory Speech

Nats To Contest 2008 Election On Global Warming, Maori Issues -
Labour To Propose Tax Cuts

Drugged, Cellphone-Using Driver Industry Complains Of Over-Regulation

Telecom Unbundling Bill Solves Every Problem In Country

Parliament Stops Sitting; Politicians Keep Lying

Public Servants To Work Even Less Over Christmas Season


Anarchists, Fascists Point Out Nation Still Functions
Without Parliament in Session

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