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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on October 30th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: The election campaign kicked off proper with the party political broadcasts. Aside from the dreadful lighting and persistent buzzing sound John Key’s suit did seem to blend into the backdrop…

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The Twitter-sphere seemed to agree that regardless of which way you might vote the Labour opening address was far superior

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And again regardless of voting preference there seemed to be general surprise at how underwhelming the National Party effort was.

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There were many tweets along this line :)

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Wally of the Week: Tau’s erudite response to Labour’s opening address.

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I do enjoy the smaller party opening addresses though…

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I must admit I did think he was almost shouting at the camera

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Press Tweet of the Week: Couldn’t resist :)

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Nationals’s campaign launch today was a full on Crosby-Textor onslaught to spin asset sales as a major positive for the country because the one off hit of money would be spent on schools and hospitals (that the ongoing revenue from these assets is already being spent on)

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And a very good point re: the spin about asset sales funding “modern schools”

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And finally – the $60 million dollar question of which political party gets the all powerful John Rowles celebrity endorsement has finally been answered!

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on October 24th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: Hard to beat a picture with the Weepu brothers on #RWC victory night…

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So I guess we just need to host every world cup from now on?

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Most unexpected #RWC Tweet of the Week…

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Press Tweet of the week: I’d assumed there was some elaborate algorithm or even a psychic octopus or something. Oh well.

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And in other news – President Obama confirms troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year.

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With estimates putting the toll at nearly a million dead and unknown millions more injured it’s been an expensive and bloody conflict.

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And yet in this weeks Republican primary debate Michelle Bachmann said that Libya and Iraq should have to reimburse the USA for liberating them…. to rousing applause…. <sigh>

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Selective Amnesia Tweet of the Week: I think the staffers in Peter Dunne’s office who do his tweets for him should peruse the Wikipedia entry for United Future before doing so. They might also want to check out the pages for  “Gordon Copeland” and “Larry Baldock”.

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And finally a very compelling tweet from the #occupy movement – CEO of one of the US’s largest mortgage lending companies was prosecuted for  his role in a $3billion fraud scheme. He got 40 months in prison. A homeless man stole $100 from a bank by pretending to have a gun in his pocket. The teller gave him a pile of money and he took one $100 note and gave the rest back. He then turned himself in to police the next day. He got 15 years.

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on October 16th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: National unveiled their billboards outlining their seven key platforms for a “brighter future”. One fairly glaring omission…

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Meanwhile the nation’s interest and attention continues to be held elsewhere. After last week’s win sans Dan Carter, Piri Weepu has been elevated to Chuck Norris status.

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Or perhaps a more homegrown comparison.

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Press Gallery RWC hyperbolic Tweet of the Week: I almost didn’t give this to Paddy because I told him last week that he wouldn’t get PGToTT unless he quit the boring sports tweets…

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Back in the world of politics this gets the “If you believe that you’d believe anything” award:

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And this has nothing to do with anything. I just think it’s a very good point.

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on October 9th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: For the most part the #RWC tweets have been pretty dull but good old French-English rivalries were always going to liven things up!

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Someone had to say it…

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Funny. When I lived in France they used to say exactly the same thing…

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Press Tweet of the Week: Crazy indeed.

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Political tweet of the Week: It was only a matter of time…!

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Umm an election…?

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Of course the death of Steve Jobs was overwhelmingly the dominant trend this week.

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The Westboro Baptist church are infamous for picketing the funerals of gay people.  One of the nutty Phelps clan tweeted that they would be picketing Jobs’ funeral because he’s evil. But apparently not so evil that they can’t tweet from one of his products…

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And finally the following tribute image was created by Jonathan Mak – a 19 year old from Hong Kong. It has since gone viral and even landed him a job…

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on October 2nd, 2011

Tweet of the Week: The PM had an hour long promotion/host interviewer position on Radio Live – the only precondition being he didn’t have to talk about politics…

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Unfortunately this was the same day NZ copped two credit downgrades. But the PM (live) promised urgent action. Not on our economic woes but on the shifting of Coronation Street’s time slot from 7 to 5pm…

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Russell Brown points out the ridiculous irony in the PM’s sudden call to action for Coro…

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While Stefan sees an in for Winston!

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Press tweet of the week: I know this is late (and we lost) but I had at least ten people say the same thing to me (even though I didn’t watch coz i’m a sports jinx)

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So to the next big news of the week. Dan Carter is out. OMG. This is seriously bigger than Coro.

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This gives me vague hope?

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Press Gallery Dan Carter Tweet of the Week:

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True that.

Tweet of the Week

Posted by on September 18th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: Sick of all the rugby score update tweets so best tweet this week goes to Angus in recognition of his concerted #failpenguin campaign against Happy Feet.

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Scarily I could almost see this being true….

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Big political news of the week of course was the Government “takeover” of the Rugby World Cup by Murray McCully. I guess we erroneously assumed he was already in charge when he was appointed Minister in charge of the Rugby World Cup. Our bad.

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Vernon fears we’re on a slippery slope. They’ll never take Gisborne! (Actually given the sheer volume of Namibian flags around town I think they may be too late.)

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And where does it end…

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Press Gallery Tweet of the Week: Claire has a promising alternate career lined up with Crosby-Textor

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And finally – In a week where Minister Paula Bennett arrogantly rubbished the Child Poverty Action Group’s latest report, maybe this is how she justifies cutting the very assistance she received to help her study and get off the DPB from all other DPB recipients

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on September 4th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: After more than 130 years the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) is closing it’s doors. As a provincially based MP this is particularly sad news as our media have been more reliant on NZPA for their NZ-wide news than the bigger media businesses that produce publications such as the DomPost and New Zealand Herald. Thanks to all those journalists who have over the years provided this invaluable service.

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And in a prime example of why diversity of media is important, apparently the most pressing political question for Fairfax this week was ‘Who would you trust to babysit your children?’…. Seriously…

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I guess “Are you going to sell my assets” not high on the list of questions for potential babysitters.

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The Egonomist sees an ulterior motive at play…

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Press Gallery Tweet of the Week: Given that there are more people named John or Don on ACT’s list than women you would think a sitting female MP being binned would’ve attracted a little more attention….

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on August 28th, 2011

Tweet of the Week: ACT announced it’s list today with a reality TV-esque PR stunt “mystery candidate at number 3″…

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The very funny Brash parody floated numerous ‘Number three’ potentials…

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The Egonomist reminds us that perhaps the hype around the mystery candidate was meant to distract us from ACT PR vs ACT reality…

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Press Gallery Tweet of the Week: Only because I was driving to Whakatane when this was on and unwittingly found myself singing along to ‘Joyride’…

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I am a happy convert to Apple products (other products are available) so was sad to see Steve Jobs having to stand down from CEO duties. There were many Tweets like this but I thought it summed it up nicely:

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This weekend Canadian Leader of the Opposition and NDP leader Jack Layton is being farewelled in Toronto. An amazing man who was taken far too soon.

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on August 7th, 2011

Tweet of the Week :The Greens launched their plan to lift Kiwi kids out of poverty  joining Labour in advocating for the welfare of our kids to be put at the centre of government decision making. A serious topic to be sure but did result in some amusing tweets. My fave:

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And this one from the very funny Don Brash parody (at least I assume it’s a parody..??)

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Press Tweet of the Week: Sometimes we forget that we really do speak a different language…

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And of course the USA debt drama has been trending on Twitter all week. Probably not exactly what President Obama imagined he’d be doing on his 50th birthday.

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And I know it’s lame but this one really cracked me up… :)

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on July 31st, 2011

Tweet of the Week: Hopefully it’s not too soon….

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Press Tweet of the Week: The gall of Paula Bennett to actually talk about an evidence-based approach to policy given her track record. I think if she walked into a University she’d be struck down by lightning.

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Can’t say I ever heard this one in Gisborne either.. Could it be an urban (or in this case rural) myth?

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And thanks to Clare for stepping in last week when technology failed me!

Tweet of the Week

Posted by on July 10th, 2011

Tweet of the Week – Happy 25th birthday to the Homosexual Law Reform Act!

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Press Gallery #replaceawordinafamousquotewithduck Tweet of the Week: Many worthy contributions…

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My favourite though was this one from NZ Herald’s Derek:

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Social Networking Epic Fail of the Week: A few weeks back Chris Hipkins blogged on Bill English’s ambitious pledge to answer one whole question every week via Twitter.

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Apparently it was slightly too ambitious for New Zealand…

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So Bill tried another tack – the personal website online poll. Surely this will be a hit with the kids!

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Only to have to hurriedly pull it down when it didn’t go quite as planned. Not a good week for @honbillenglish!

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on July 3rd, 2011

Parliament is in recess so another relatively slow week on Twitter..

Tweet of the Week: Don’t forget the ‘Something borrowed’ – more than $300 million a week to pay for unaffordable tax cuts.

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Initiative of the week: A lot of work has gone into getting the Sister Suburbs initiative up and running – check it out.

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Press Gallery Tweet of the Week: Not much competition this week as I think Felix is the only member of the press gallery not in India!

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Fox news – up to it’s usual high journalistic standards

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And what is this new beverage that apparently we’re all drinking?

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And Tau attempts to rebrand National as the party of innovation. I can just imagine him wandering around Parliament attached to a long extension cord:

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on June 26th, 2011

Politically it’s been a pretty interesting week but in terms of Twitter there really was only one game in town. The only thing that even came close to the number of tweets about Alasdair Thompson’s outburst was the number of spelling variations of his name…

Tweet of the Week:  Classic limerick. Someone had to do it.

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Press tweet of the week: I think he should do this. Although it does sound a bit like she’s planning to take him out.

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Ironically it did get people talking about pay equity at least. And other things….

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When Tau thinks you’ve gone too far you know you’re in trouble:

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And finally just coz it’s funny :)

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on June 19th, 2011

Tweet of the week: It’s nice to finally know why he did it…

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Press Gallery Tweeter of the week: Felix is obviously feeling refreshed after a decent holiday away from us all.

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MP tweet of the week: Hehe…

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And finally – you gotta love good old provincial common sense:

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on June 12th, 2011

Tweet of the week: I am no fan of Margaret Thatcher but I thought this was brilliant. Link to Guardian article is here.

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Of course the story that captured the media’s attention this week was the Speaker kicking my colleague Clare Curran out of parliament for wearing a highlanders jersey (original version).

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At issue was the fact that this kind of thing has been accepted in the past when National MPs have done it.

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Heather Roy reminds us that the issue of “appropriate business attire” for women MPs is not new.

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I think this is the best suggestion I’ve seen:

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Press Gallery Tweet of the Week: Must…Resist…Obvious…Jokes…About…NZ…Herald…

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on June 5th, 2011

Tweet of the week: Is it wrong that I really really want to know more about this scam??

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Press gallery Tweet of the week: The humble pun. Can’t beat it. <Awaiting endless posts from the grammar police telling me it isn’t actually a pun>

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Compliment of the week: Excellent. I think Grant should get this embroidered on to a pillow.

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Twit of the week: I hate picking on Heather because she is great on Twitter but these claims about costs are just rubbish given that Parliament would be sitting anyway.

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And Grant points out the hypocrisy:

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on May 29th, 2011

Bit of a slow tweet week what with it being recess. Come on colleagues – we need to lift our game next week!

Tweet of the week: I’m sure many people would be happy to pitch in.

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Press Gallery tweet of the week: Definitely Idol.

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And on the biggest event of the week on Twitter – don’t actually know what he’s saying but if I was going to express my feelings about the American Idol final in another language it would be something like this tweet – starting with “nonononono”, involving dramatic hand gestures and excessive almost violent punctuation (apologies to Carmel who has an aversion to exclamation marks.)

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And just to show that MPs from across the political spectrum can put aside our differences and come together on the important issues:

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on May 22nd, 2011

Tweet of the Week: Jacinda captures Chippy’s entrepreneurial moment at Friday night Urgency fish and chips. And yes he did feel sick afterwards.

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Press gallery Tweet of the Week: Worst. Idea. Ever.

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And after the Budget the second biggest fizzer of the week had to be the promised imminent end of the world:

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Hands down best explanation for why the rapture did not happen:

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Tweet of the Week

Posted by on May 15th, 2011

Tweet of the week: Following a hard hitting interview on BBC Hardtalk in the UK the PM was asked in Question time about some of the answers he’d given.  In not answering the question he managed to take evasiveness to a whole new level even for him…

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Press Gallery Tweet of the Week: Vernon Small’s unauthorised spell check comes up with an amusing alternative when he types in ‘Te Tai Tokerau’…

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(My personal favourite spellcheck is when the iPhone changes ‘Matthew Hooten’ to ‘Matthew Hootenanny”)

Twit of the Week: As if you needed another reason not to vote for these guys then this statement shows how stuck in the past they really are (even though they tend not to use this language anymore – Tau obviously didn’t get the Crosby-Textor memo).

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And someone please explain to Alex that Aaron Gilmore invented Parliament (and gold stars) so he can sit wherever he wants!

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Tweet of the week

Posted by on May 8th, 2011

Tweet of the week: I know the UK vote on electoral reform wasn’t the biggest story of the week by a long shot but I think it’s a very good point well made!

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On to the big story of the week. On Monday Twitter was abuzz when President Obama called a late night (US time) press conference. As predicted Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden (or “OBL” as he is now known). Jubilation followed in the streets of America although some were relieved for other reasons:

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Then the inevitable Dems vs Reps battle over who should get credit:

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Stephen Colbert – always manages to brilliantly send up the right’s arguments:

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Nearly a week later the US media are exhausting EVERY possible angle:

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And in the midst of it all Tau Henare reminds us of the more pressing issues here at home:

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Twit of the week: <sigh>

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Press gallery Tweet of the week: The Don reappears in the House on Tuesday to keep an eye on the team following his corporate takeover of ACT.

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And from the “It’s kind of you to say so but we don’t really believe it” file – Heather teaches Sir Roger to tweet:

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Not that we’ll ever know for sure because Sir Roger has regulated who can see his tweeting efforts:

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So much for liberty and freedom…