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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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Binoy Kampmark: A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

Cambodia has often featured in the Western imagination as a place of plunder and pilfering. Temples and artefacts of exquisite beauty have exercised the interest of adventurers and buccaneers who looted with almost kleptocratic tendency. In 1924, the French novelist and future statesman André Malraux, proved himself one of Europe’s greatest adventurers in making off with a ton of sacred stones from Angkor Wat... More>>



Dunne Speaks: Labour Leadership Speculation Premature And Facile
Speculation that the Prime Minister’s leadership of the Labour Party may be at risk because of this week’s adverse poll results is as exaggerated as it is premature and facile. While her popularity has plummeted from the artificially stellar heights of a couple of years ago and is probably set to fall further to what would be a more realistic assessment... More>>




Ian Powell: Colossal ‘Porkies’ And Band-aids Don’t Make A Health Workforce Plan

On 1 August Minister of Health Andrew Little announced what he described as the start of a plan for the beleaguered workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system: Government’s 5 year late health workforce announcement. In October 2017, when Labour became government with its two coalition parties, it inherited a health workforce crisis from the previous National-led government... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: The Fuss About Monkeypox
The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse. For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro. Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Time For MPs To Think For Themselves
One of the more frequently quoted statements of the Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, was his observation that “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”... More>>