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Critiquing Mana; "All NZers" will never "feed the kids"

Friday, 4 July 2014, 1:32 pm | Don Franks

Press release from Mana party leader Hone Hawarwira 25/2014: “When John Key says ‘New Zealand fully supports the current steps announced by President Obama (in Iraq) 100%’ he is one step away from committing our troops simply to get a good ... More >>

Parliament and union fail Stockton workers

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 2:10 pm | Don Franks

Solid Energy are set to kick 137 staff and 50 contractors out of their jobs at the Stockton coalmine near Westport. Today the company told staff that it planned to cut production at the opencast mine by a quarter over the next financial year in ... More >>

RockEnrol, Labour and the Mana party

Friday, 30 May 2014, 5:29 pm | Don Franks

Optimus Gryme, Third3ye and Chronophonium are coming to town. In a run up to the September general election, these artists will be hitting the stage in a series of concerts and house parties. Shows will be free – conditionally. The ticket fee ... More >>

Foreigners, kiwi jobs and old left attitudes

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 1:48 pm | Don Franks

A rich businessman is in the gun for domestic violence. A member of parliament calls the cops to put in a word for the guy. Another day in the capitalist office. But this time word gets out and now the honourable member's in the gun too. More >>

Song of Brotherhood

Monday, 5 May 2014, 1:41 pm | Don Franks

It was just a small space item, away back in the news, About a bunch of people, having quite a lot to lose, A bunch of men in Egypt, six hundred and eighty three, condemned to be hanged by the government; seemed pretty harsh to me. More >>

Poem tae a rat

Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 10:50 am | Don Franks

(Mr Key yesterday revealed he'd personally blocked recreational drug testing done on rabbits, but was open to using rodents. More >>

Song for Ernie Abbot

Monday, 17 March 2014, 3:16 pm | Don Franks

Maybe you might know the building, Wellington’s trades hall, Not the flashest place in town, it's dingy old and small, Where unions keep ticking over, from year to weary year, They seldom make sensations, but thank god, they’re still here. More >>

McCully Unites Parliament On Ukraine

Saturday, 8 March 2014, 10:37 am | Don Franks

On March 4th, New Zealand's Parliament unanimously backed a motion from Foreign Minister Murray McCully expressing "deep concern" at the Russian Federation's "violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity". More >>

Matt McCarten's new job

Monday, 3 March 2014, 3:11 pm | Don Franks

The more I consider Matt McCarten's appointment as Labour's Chief of staff, the more upset and angry I feel. The prospect of any unionist promoting the fortunes of a smarmy pampered careerist like David Cunliffe is chunderous, but that is the least ... More >>

A Symphony of Sloths - Review by Don Franks

Monday, 24 February 2014, 1:29 pm | Don Franks

I was curious to see what might be theatrically and musically made of the fun figure which is, I venture, the most common human perception of the sloth animal. More >>

Pete Seeger's passing

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 11:24 am | Don Franks

Peter Seeger's passing severs a connection with mass radical protest in developed countries. If the guy had died during the '70s I think there would have been a lot more fuss made. More >>

Rock star economy and the Lost Prophets

Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 5:16 pm | Don Franks

British multinational HSBC Holdings, on of the world's largest banks, predict New Zealand will be the "rock star" economy of 2014, with growth set to outpace most of its peers. More >>

Len Brown and the Chambermaids

Monday, 23 December 2013, 9:48 am | Don Franks

It has been a diverting bit of light entertainment, but I really could not give a toss what happens to Len Brown. More >>

Walks on moon and water

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 5:58 pm | Don Franks

Jesus walked on water, so the holy bible writ; He did it ‘cos his mates off shore were getting in the shit; The waves of Galilee were up, the skies were dark and dirty, although it looked ok when they’d set sail around six thirty. More >>

Flexible Superannuation threatens tired old workers

Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 9:13 am | Don Franks

Treasury has released a discussion document on Flexible Superannuation, brainchild of UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne. More >>

Sonnet 65: On the birth of a bludger

Tuesday, 23 July 2013, 2:10 pm | Don Franks

A business opportunity has come to pass The birth of a baby royal to their Kate; 382 million profit for the ruling class for the rest of us, just our usual fate More >>

A sensible solution to street begging

Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 2:58 pm | Don Franks

Wellington just got more diverse - central city retailers speaking to The Dominion Post report an increase in begging. Figures from the Downtown Community Ministry show that on any fine day, 10 to 20 people are begging in Wellington. More >>

State of the nation speech: David Shearer

Thursday, 31 January 2013, 12:20 pm | Don Franks

One alternative to the beach last sunny Sunday afternoon was attending the Wainuiomata rugby club hall, to hear David Shearer read an autocue. Along with many others, I made do with second hand reports of the event. Initially, these were not encouraging. More >>

The 1913 General Strike: Relevant To Us In 2013?

Monday, 14 January 2013, 9:35 am | Don Franks

The 1913 dispute began over two incidents: Wellington shipwrights claiming a travel allowance, and union resistance to the sacking of miners in Huntly. Sympathy actions took place in other regions. By November 1913 various workers' grievances melded ... More >>

A world when everyone is fair

Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 12:50 pm | Don Franks

Preparations had been going on for months. Early signs to uninvolved visitors were donated clothes, toys, tools, CDs, kitchen implements, books, dubious junk and all the other stuff of modern living piled in foyers in plastic bags. More >>

 

 

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