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Chris Ford: Is David Shearer now safe?

 Is David Shearer now safe? Prior to the 6pm evening news broadcasts last night, he wasn't as safe as houses. But after the TV One and TV3 news bulletins, he could breathe a little more easier.

Chris Ford: Peter Dunne and his amazing fast u-turn

People love their dogs, it seems. At least, that's what Peter Dunne found out over his cornies and toast yesterday.

Chris Ford: International Day of Disabled Persons - much achieved but still much more to do

Today is the International Day of Disabled Persons. This United Nations created day celebrates the diversity that disabled people (like me) bring to the world and also confronts society with the need to take down the barriers that hold us back from realising our full potential.

Chris Ford: Post-Leveson: Does New Zealand need more media regulation? At least we need our own Leveson!

 Lord Justice Brian Leveson produced his historic report on British media behaviour this week. It called for a sweeping independent media regulator to be created to regulate the excesses of sections of the media - i.e., the infamous print tabloids.

Chris Ford: Yes vote for Palestine at UN a great day - and bad news for Israel

 The yes vote for Palestine to be admitted as a non-member state of the United Nations is a positive move. And it's a slap in the face for Israel, especially after its recent threats to invade and annihilate Gaza.

Chris Ford: Greens and NZ First will gain out of Labour's political crisis

 I predict that the biggest gainers out of Labour's leadership crisis will be the Greens and New Zealand First.

No doubt, a new series of year end opinion polls are about to come out. And they will not make good reading for Labour.

Chris Ford: Israeli invasion of Gaza would be a mistake

 Israel is preparing to invade Gaza. All the signs look pretty ominous.

Chris Ford: Is David Shearer a goner or not?

 Is David Shearer a goner or not?

Chris Ford: Hillside Workshop bites the dust

 Kiwi Rail's Hillside Workshop in Dunedin has finally bitten the dust.

Chris Ford: The Royal Tour - Camilla and the hairdresser

This week's royal tour of Charles and Camilla should illustrate one more reason as to why we should axe the monarchy - we taxpayers had to pay for her hairdresser!

That's right - we have had to fork out money for a royal hairdresser for Camilla at a time when: