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Professor Bill English lectures young New Zealanders on free education

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The notion of free education in this country has become like our “clean and green” environment and “100% Pure” rivers: a fiction. New Zealanders are deluding themselves if they believe education is still free.

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – toru

By   /  January 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

As  Parliament recently debated the new government’s Families Package Bill, some National MPs were increasingly upset that Urgency had briefly taken the debate into their precious lunch period;

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – rua

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

When born-to-rule Tories – with a bloated sense of self-worth and entitlement – slip up and let us peasant know how they really view us – it is usually unsurprising to most on the Left. Take, for example, Bill English’s candid admission that New Zealand’s lower wage rates were beneficial when it came to competing with Australia. On 10 April  2011, in an exchange with Guyon Espiner on TVNZ’s Q+A, English boasted of the benefits of low wages;

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – tahi

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Taking personal responsibility Mike Hosking-style

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Lorde takes a stand

By   /  December 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

In taking this courageous stand, Lorde follows in the steps of her parents’ generation who stood up against apartheid in South Africa; testing atomic bombs in  the South Pacific; New Zealand’s  involvement in the Vietnam War; and demanding a nuclear-free New Zealand.

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What I want for Christmas…

By   /  December 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Now is the time of the year when we send in  requests to that mysterious red-garbed being at the north pole for ‘goodies’ of one sort or another. This is my belated wish-list of gifts. But not gifts for myself. These are gifts for the whole of New Zealand…

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So “throwing money” at poverty does work, according to National?

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

One of the most commonly parroted cliches from the rightwing of politics; “throwing money at the problem” – usually with the add-on; ” – doesn’t solve anything”. Except, of course, when it comes to tax-cuts. Then it’s not so much “throwing money” at middle class and affluent voters – as labelling it a “reward”

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Only four years too late – TVNZ-Colmar Brunton catch up with The Daily Blog

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Four years ago, this blogger pointed out that then-existing polling methodologies – relying solely on landline respondents – was flawed. The 2013 Census had revealed a significant ‘chunk’ of the population had surrendered access to landlines, in favour of cellphone/smartphone usage.

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Mr English: Where are National’s secret coalition negotiation papers?

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Bill English has been kicking up a shit-storm, demanding that Labour release what they have been describing as a “secret coalition agreement” between Labour and NZ First.

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National’s $11.7 billion hole is right where they left it

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The claim of an $11.7 “fiscal hole” became a dominating irritant throughout the election campaign, even though in large part it failed simply because no one else (except Bill English) agreed that it existed.  TV3’s “Newshub” even created this now-famous, handy, infograph to illustrate the fact that Joyce and English were effectively on  their own;

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Roy Morgan poll confirms blogger’s prediction – National is in freefall

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

It’s taken faster than I thought possible, but the first post-election poll – from Roy Morgan – has the Labour-led coalition rising  whilst National’s support is falling;

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National whines about Cullen’s appointment – they should know about cronyism

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

When it comes to a repulsive cocktail of double standards, self-interest, and hypocrisy, National is the party that just keeps on giving…

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St. Steven and the Holy Grail of Fiscal Responsibility

By   /  November 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Each time the Nats open their mouths to carp about the Coalition’s reforms, it is a delight to remind them of their own pitiful track record over the last nine years. And for Steven Joyce, I offer his very own:

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Judith Collins owes an explanation to voters

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It is unquestionably the role of the Parliamentary Opposition to question the government and hold it to account. Along with the media (as flawed as it sometimes is), a strong Opposition is a necessary function of a healthy democracy. But having someone like Judith Collins, who has so many unanswered questions hanging over her, demanding accountability undermines the effectiveness of the Opposition.

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“Fool me once”…

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

In holding to ransom the election of Trevor Mallard as Speaker of the House, National bluffed it’s way to increase the number of their MPs that can be appointed to Select Committees. This was despite a clear understanding between the new Coalition government and National that Trevor Mallard would be elected unopposed as Speaker, and National’s Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker.

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Land banking – capitalism’s weeping sore

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

National’s denial is partly to blame why our horrendous housing crisis spiralled out of control. During it’s nine years in office, National continued to point-blank deny  the social problems it faced. This continuing denial will ensure they remain in opposition for the coming decade.

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