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“Fool me once”…

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 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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Dollars and sense – Joyce’s hypocrisy

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

You’d think that after the humiliation of being dumped from government, that National’s ex-Ministers would keep a relatively low profile in the next few months.

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Tracey Martin – The Children’s Champion

By   /  October 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

On 25 October, incoming Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced that NZ First’s talented Tracey Martin would be appointed to the new Labour-NZF-Green cabinet as a full-ranking Minister;

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The Neverending Story in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

The media role is reporting post-election politics has not been an edifying spectacle to watch. Put simply, the most exacerbating aspect of three weeks of coalition negotiation has not been the length of time – remarkably short by international standards – but the interminable, inane,  media commentary we’ve had to endure.

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RIP Neo-Liberalism in New Zealand: 1984 – 2017

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

A coalition with Labour and the Greens offers a fresh start. It puts NZ First into a brand new government, with a fresh  leadership, new ideas, and none of the baggage offered by a tired government that had simply run out of ideas.

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An Open Letter To Winston Peters

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Kia ora Mr Peters,

With the counting of Special Votes, a clearer picture has emerged as to what voters in this country have chosen. The majority have voted against National and it’s allies.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (tekau)

By   /  October 8, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

At 2PM today (7 October 2017), the Electoral Commission announced the final vote results, including some 446,287 special votes cast (17% of  total  votes cast).

As a result, National has lost two seats and the Greens and Labour each pick up one seat in Parliament. The Green’s  Golriz Ghahraman and Labour’s Angie Warren-Clark enter Parliament on the Party List.

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Once Upon a Time in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land…

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

You can feel mainstream media’s frustration with the news-vacuum created by the two week period necessary to count the approximately 384,072 (15% of total votes) Special Votes that were cast this election.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Iwa)

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Red-Green, Blue-Green? There is mischief-making afoot. Suggestions for a National-Green coalition are being floated by various right-wing commentators, National Party figures, and some media pundits. Despite Green Party Leader, James Shaw, repeatedly ruling out any such possibility – the suggestion continues to circulate. On  election night, as TOP leader Gareth Morgan realised his […]

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Waru)

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

At the next election, Labour and the Greens must be better placed to strategically address “fake news” from the National Party. Labour and Green strategists must  be conscious that the Nats will stoop to lies if their pre-election polling shows them at-risk of losing. A rapid-response task-force should be ready and well-resourced to counteract such lies; to do it immediately,  and with energy.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (whitu)

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The final day of campaign is upon us. Tomorrow is the “official” Election Day and nine years of National government is about to either end – or win a rare fourth term.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (ono)

By   /  September 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

The jaw-dropping, gob-smacking, forehead-slapping gall of Winston Peters! For him to demand clarity and full disclosure from others – when he himself has made a fetish of not disclosing to voters who he will coalesce with, post-election  – takes the Hypocrisy-of-the-Year Award from National and plants it firmly on his own Italian suited jacket-lapel.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (rima)

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

I call upon ACT Leader, David Seymour, to publicly announce that his party will be putting forward legislation to ban low-income families from having children. He can advise the public how much people must earn before the State will issue a permit to breed.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (wha)

By   /  September 6, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The 2017 Pre-Election Fiscal Update (PREFU) revealed that the Nats had achieved a respectable $3.7 billion surplus – contrasting sharply  with the $1.6 billion forecasted surplus in the May 2017 Budget. How did National achieve such a remarkable feat, despite reduced revenue from tax cuts in 2009 and 2010 and the re-build after the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes?. One doesn’t have to search far to find one possible answer where cuts were made to achieve their much-vaunted surplus;

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (toru)

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The leaking  of Winston Peter’s superannuation over-payment is well known. Also known is that Ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley were briefed by Ministry of Social Development and State Services Commission, respectively, on Peters’ private details regarding the over-payment before it was leaked to the media and made public knowledge.

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