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Citizen A with Martyn Bradbury, Chris Trotter, & Selwyn Manning

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This week on Citizen A host Martyn Bradbury, Chris Trotter, and  Selwyn Manning debate the following issues:

  • Issue 1 Has the Consensus Building Group been a giant waste of time? What now for meaningful traffic management in Auckland?
  • Issue 2 The latest welfare reforms are being rolled out, when does beneficiary bashing stop being politically attractive?
  • Issue 3 Why is the defamation case against the NZDF by a journalist so important? (please note, since this episode broadcast, the jury overseeing this case returned without be able to reach a majority decision. Read here for more…)

Citizen A broadcasts weekly on FaceTV and webcasts on The Daily Blog,   and  LiveNews.co.nz

Citizen A broadcasts weekly on FaceTV and webcasts on The Daily Blog, Live.TheDailyBlog.co.nz & LiveNews.co.nz. – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/19/citizen-a-with-chris-trotter-selwyn-manning/#sthash.wbOjqgy3.dpuf

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Citizen A with Martyn Bradbury, Colin Craig & Dr Wayne Hope

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Citizen A: With Martyn Bradbury,  Colin Craig, and  Dr Wayne Hope discuss the following issues:

  • Is Key the new Muldoon?
  • What’s worse for education – Novopay or Charter Schools
  • Why is Winston attacking Dunne?

 

Citizen A screens on Face TV, 7.30pm Thursday nights on Sky 89


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Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

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Citizen A – 24 January 2013

27 January 2013 1 comment

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– National Party cabinet reshuffle  –  First Political Poll of 2013  –  Ratana & the Maori Party –

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Issue 1: National Party cabinet reshuffle – rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic or the boldest political move of the 21st Century?

Issue 2: First Political Poll of 2013 – National up and Labour down – what does David Shearer need to do?

and Issue 3: Ratana this weekend – has Maori political influence peaked – what is happening in the Maori Party?

Citizen A broadcasts on Auckland UHF and will start transmitting on Sky TV on their new public service broadcasting channel ‘FACE Television’ February 7th February 2013.

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Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

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Citizen A 2012 year in review with Chris Trotter & Phoebe Fletcher

24 December 2012 2 comments

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20 December 2012 – 2012 year in review

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Citizen A 2012 year in review with Chris Trotter & Phoebe Fletcher

Issue 1: Who were the best and worst politicians and political parties for 2012?

Issue 2: What were the biggest political and economic news stories for this year?

and Issue 3: what flew under the news radar?

Citizen A broadcasts 7pm Thursday Triangle TV: Citizen A will move to Sky TV on their new public broadcasting style channel ‘Face TV’ February 1st 2013.

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See Also

Tumeke: The Tumeke Media Love/Hate Awards 2012

Tumeke: Tumeke Political Review 2012 & 2013 Predictions

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Citizen A – 1 November 2012 – Online now!

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– Claudette Hauiti & Chris Trotter –

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Issue 1: How do we get affordable housing in Auckland – is the Government on the right track and should the Super City open up more land?

Issue 2: Can the Maori Party convince Pakeha to vote for them?

Issue 3: What does the latest roy morgan poll mean for David Shearer at this months Labour Party conference in Auckland?

Citizen A broadcasts 7pm Thursday Triangle TV

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Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

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Citizen A: Kim Dotcom/GCSB special with Chris Trotter & Phoebe Fletcher

29 September 2012 2 comments

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Issue 1: How does the GCSB miss a $500 000 firework display by the person they are supposedly spying on? How incompetent can the case against Kim Dotcom get?

Issue 2: Why do so many NZers blame the parents for child poverty?

and Issue 3: 600 job losses in a week equals 600 families without an income – when does unemployment start impacting politically?

Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

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Mischief making with Matthew Hooton?

21 August 2012 7 comments

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Matthew Hooton is a right-wing blogger, political commentator, and National Party fellow-traveller.  He has been an occassional  guest panellist on Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury’s excellent “Citizen A”, as well on as Radio New Zealand’s late-Monday morning slot, “Politics with…”.

In his favour, he is one of the more coherent from the neo-liberal camp and can present a reasoned opinion without resorting to cliched, right-wing rhetoric or blame-speech. In short, you can listen to him without groaning; face-palming, and eventually reaching for the “off” switch or the Remote channel-changer.

Lately though, this blogger has been hearing something unusual from the man who is a self-professed fan of the original, neo-liberal, ACT Party.

It turns out that Matthew Hooton is either a closet Winston Peters fan, or has been up to  a subtle piece of mischief-making  lately…

On Radio NZ’s  political segment  on Monday late-afternoons, hosted by Kathryn Ryan, Mr Hooton has been making some very strange noises about a National-Conservative Party-NZ First coalition.

Those with a fair memory will recall that NZ First has been in coalition with National once before, in 1996.

See: 45th New Zealand Parliament

To put it mildly,  Peters’ decision to go with National was unpopular with the public. The coalition deal did not last long and neither did it  end well.

But considering it was New Zealand’s very first coalition government under MMP,  Peters might be forgiven. It was a steep learning curve for the entire country.

So why has Mr Hooton been saying things like,

If you assume that this report makes it much more likely that the Conservative Party will come into Parliament, and if you also assume that Winston Peters  would prefer not to be  a third wheel on a Labour-Green government , then National really  can get it’s support down as low as say 40% now, and with New Zealand First and the Conservatives be assured of forming a government.

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But if the government does accept these, then National now knows very clearly it’s  path to it’s third term is through that Winston Peters-Colin Craig deal.” – 13 August

Listen:  Politics with Matthew Hooton and Josie Pagani

Then, forget about all this nonsense  flirting with these one-MP parties, and focus on forming a government – god help me for saying this – with New Zealand First and the CCCP [Colin Craig’s Conservative Party – not the USSR].” – 20 August

Listen:  Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams

It seems fairly clear that, having learned the lessons  of the late 1990s, it seems highly unlikely that Peters would risk another public backlash by coalescing with National. It would  be annihilated in the following election…

… which, may give us a clue why Matthew Hooton has been dropping little “hints” about a potential National-NZ First-? Coalition arrangement.

Could it be that, like this blogger, Matthew Hooton has seen and understood  the portents in the political tea-leaves, vis-a-vis latest political opinion polls, which show a steady decline for National?

Could it be that Mr Hooton understands that ACT and Peter Dunne are dog-tucker – especially once MMP reforms are implemented?

And could it be that a third term for National can only be guaranteed if,

  1. Colin Craig’s Conservative Party breaks the new 4% threshold, and,
  2. NZ First does not make it back into Parliament?

Without NZ First, a Labour-Green-Mana Coalition may be unable to beat a National-Conservative Coalition. It may come down to a simple one or two seat majority, as happened last year.

So why would Mr Hooton be touting a National-Conservative-NZ First Coalition?

Because, traditionally, supporters of NZ First tend to be disaffected voters.

They vote against the incumbent government (in this case National), just as  voters cast their ballot for NZ First in 1996, believing it to be a vote against the incumbent Bolger-led National government.

If a meme can be developed that  there is a possibility that NZ First may opt to join a National-Conservative Party coalition (even though there is zero indication of this happening), then that may alienate potential voter-support for Peters.

After all, what would be the point of voting for Peters if he simply props up the current government? That would be the subtle, psychological message that Hooton may well be trying to implant in Voterland’s collective psyche.

It’s a kind of reverse psychology; “a vote for NZ First is a vote for a John Key-led government”. Which would put off voters who don’t want a Key-led National coalition, thereby reducing NZ First’s chances of breaking the 4% threshold.

They may instead vote for the Conservative Party, which presents itself as the new “maverick kid on the block”.

(And yes, I know the Conservative Party is most likey to coalesce with National. But, like voters who opposed asset sales still voted for John Key, those who vote for Colin Craig may not consider that eventual outcome. All they see is an new Alternative Option.)

So when the likes of Matthew Hooton drop little hints of a National-NZ First deal – just ask yourself; what’s Matthew up to?

Is he happily fomenting mischief?

Or is he really a closet fan of the Dapper Suited One?

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Citizen A – 27 June 2012 – Online now!

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– Matthew Hooton & Dr Wayne Hope –

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Issue 1 : John Key releases his latest 10 point plan for the country ‘s public services – are his aspirations realistic or ridiculous?

Issue 2: Labour strikes back – Cunliffes third speech given in West Auckland is aimed at stemming the voter flow to the Greens – will it succeed?

Issue 3: What now for public broadcasting with TVNZ7 shut down in 2 days time.

Citizen A broadcasts 7pm Thursday Triangle TV – This blogger recommends ‘Citizen A’ as intelligent analysis of current affairs.

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Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

Tumeke

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Citizen A – 21 June 2012 – Online now!

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Issue 1 : The Pacific Island communities marched up queen street last week in protest – what are their concerns and does NZ give the Pacific Island community enough political and cultural voice?

Issue 2: The Ports of Auckland dispute has been settled, but are there still moves to sell and move the Port? Should Local Councils be privatizing their assets?

Issue 3: Len Brown has organized a new task force to look into the drinking culture – what should he be doing?

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Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

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Citizen A – 14 June 2012 – Online now!

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Issue 1: In light of the Bronwyn Pullar fiasco, is ACC out of control and does a culture of bullying exist to keep NZers needing compensation from accessing it?

Issue 2: As far as the Prime Minister is concerned, the backlash to larger class room sizes was just bad marketing. Should public education be worried?

Issue 3: The Maori Party this week voted for Paula Bennett’s welfare reforms and their leadership are reconsidering retirement – is there a future for the Maori Party?

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Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)

Tumeke

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Citizen A – 7 June 2012 – Online now!

16 June 2012 2 comments

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Issue 1: Has National underestimated smaller class sizes? Was Hekia set up?

Issue 2: Stopping abusers and killers from having babies – Child protection or divisive bennie bashing for political gain

Issue 3: The Greens hold their party conference in the weekend, what are the challenges facing them taking a serious role in any Government post 2014?

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Citizen A – 31 May 2012 – Online now!

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– Matthew Hooton & Phoebe Fletcher

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Issue 1 – Key senses danger and backs down on classroom sizes. Keen political instincts or self inflicted mutilation?

Issue 2 – Raising retirement. Economic sense or more baby boomer intergenerational theft?

Issue 3 – Tame Iti get’s two and a half years, Rena captain gets seven months . What have we learned from the Urewera terrorism trials?

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Citizen A – 24 May 2012 – Online now!

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What are the economic, social and political ramifications of National’s zero budget?

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Citizen A – 10 May 2012 – Online now!

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Issue 1: What are the odds of an Epsom by-election and are the Conservative Party John Keys new best friends?

Issue 2: When is Nanny State not Nanny State? When it’s beneficiaries and contraception!

Issue 3: Is the GC the new low point for Public Broadcasting?

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Another stake through the heart of quality broadcasting…

1 January 2012 12 comments

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Stratos TV has closed down… Gutted!

Aside from another damned good channel going down the gurglar, that leaves us bereft of good, alternative, thought-provoking shows like Citizen A, War on News, Al Jazeera, The Beatson Interview, et al…

Stratos CEO, Jim Blackman, posted this statement on their website,

It is with a heavy heart and a huge amount of regret, particularly at this time of the year, that I have to tell you that Stratos Television has ceased broadcast as of today.

The transmission costs coupled with the economic environment and general lack of support at all levels has meant that it simply could not survive.

We know the channel had a significant number of viewers across the country that were steadily growing. We are sorry to have let them down.

I want to pay tribute to the dedication of our staff, presenters, programme providers and contractors who have worked with such passion and pride over the years Stratos has been on air.

The contribution made by these folks has been outstanding. I am so proud of them and I am just sorry they won’t see it blossom into the vision we started out with.

For further information please refer to http://www.stratostv.co.nz. Please feel free to leave messages on the guest book on that page. Email contact can be made at info@stratostv.co.nz This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Auckland viewers will be able to access most of Stratos’ programming on the Triangle Television analogue service.

We will not be making any other statement at this time.

– J W Blackman, CEO

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‘Tis a sad day for broadcasting in this country.

And it will be made sadder when TVNZ7 is canned by this current soulless, visionless, valueless, government and replaced by a shopping channel…

A shopping channel, for chrissakes!?

Once upon a time, my fellow New Zealanders, we had one television broadcaster with one channel; the NZBC,

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One channel, and I recall that it used to screen a wide variety of programmes.

Even when we acquired a second channel in 1975, our public broadcasting system was a healthy mixture of entertainment, information, news, current affairs, sports,   and a growing reflection of our own cultural identity.

Our TV journalists fronted investigative-reporting current-affairs shows, such as ‘Gallery‘,   that held our elected representatives to account. Even Rob Muldoon was not above scrutiny, before the attentive eyes of New Zealanders glued to “The Box”.

Fast forward to 2011: we have umpteen tv channels, both free-to-air and pay-per-view; 24 hour broadcasting; high-tech services such as On Demand; satellite reporting of international events as they are happening; etc.

And yet people are turning away from television in droves. The constant criticism of our present-day television is that it offers a bland ‘diet’ of reality shows; infomercials; grim and ghastly crime “dramas”; and an endless stream of cooking programmes.

Welcome to television, 21st Century-style.

TVs 1, 2, 3, 4, et al, are the personification of Dumbing Down for the Dumbed Down. Only the advert-breaks offer any hint of original wit.TVNZ’s public charter was scrapped and it was effectively turned into a corporate cash-cow. If they could broadcast hard-core porn to make a buck; return a better dividend to this current cash-strapped government; and get away with it – they would.

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Stratos TV, Maori TV,  and TVNZ7 are perhaps the last remaining bastions of intelligent tv for intelligent viewers, who crave something more substantial that a gory crime show that depicts the latest act of misogyny against women, or semi-clothed  “survivors” on some out-of-the-way spot on Planet Earth, or yet another cooking show with background music that promises  “action packed conflict”.

With Stratos gone from Freeview and TVNZ7 facing cancellation in June, viewers will be left with the bland for the brain-dead (Maori TV excepted?). With a myriad of channels to choose from, it appears to be a choice of crap, crap, and more crap. Anything of value will be either on pay-per-view Sky (such as the taxpayer owned-and-funded ‘Heartland TV‘ – now firmly  a part of Skytv) or ‘buried’ at ungodly hours which only moreporks and insomniacs will watch.

Stratos was a good attempt at presenting a credible  alternative to viewers. It may not have been perfect, and it may have needed some “tweaking” – but it offered something more tangible to viewers than chefs screaming blue-bloody-murder at each other.

It’s interesting to note that the NBR article on this matter – though short and basically a re-hash of Jim Blackman’s media release – has generated 116 comments posted by readers. Many of those comments being quite passionate in their views of Stratos’ demise, and the apalling state of our public and private television.

I sincerely hope that Stratos may rise again, perhaps in a new style, but with old, traditional values in broadcasting.

God knows we need it.

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Additional

TVNZ Public Charter

Brian Edwards: The TVNZ Charter – a toothless tiger out of its misery

David Beatson: Stratos is Dead – Who’s Next?

NBR:  Plug pulled on Stratos Television

Where to now for NZ public broadcasting?

How the badly maimed BBC can stand up to parasitic Sky

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