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What is more important for Christchurch? A rugby stadium or social housing?

By   /  May 25, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Christchurch city councillors hearing submissions on the council’s long-term plan. A vast range of community groups and individuals, fronted by positive, passionate people concerned for Christchurch’s wellbeing, have presented funding wish lists both great and small. However, there is a finite amount of money and hard decisions need to be made.

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Budget 2018: Tinkering with neo-liberalism

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

“Transformation” is a politically expedient and specifically misleading term. Labour knows the expectations are high and by describing it as the first of three budgets which will “transform” New Zealand, Labour is offering future hope from a government which has no intention of any transformation outside the rigid confines of neo-liberalism.

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Pampered landlords – our biggest beneficiaries

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Pampering landlords has been a consistent feature of New Zealand economic policy by successive governments. Leaving housing to the market has meant plenty of quality homes and good choices for higher-income tenants and families but the reverse for everyone on modest and low incomes. Today’s housing crisis means impossibly high rents and steadily reducing quality for private-sector tenants.

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Come on Phil Twyford – the government can do better than this!

By   /  May 6, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

It is stupid of the government to spend tens of millions on motel accommodation for homeless families when we have 33,000 empty homes in Auckland.

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Your fellow citizens need YOU!

By   /  April 28, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Yes – I know most readers of the Daily Blog are very cynical about the Tax Working Group. I share the cynicism. The TWG is stacked 8 to 2 with people who have spent most of their lives earning huge money to advise corporate New Zealand how to avoid tax. I blogged about it here.

But we have to build an alternative tax framework and you can help get your thoughts together on this through preparing a brief submission THIS WEEKEND.

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Time for an Empty Homes Tax

By   /  April 27, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The Christchurch Progressive Network has written to Housing Minister Phil Twyford urging the government to consider implementing an Empty Homes Tax similar to the tax recently introduced in Vancouver, Canada.

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Breaking the billionaires’ grip on our economy and our lives

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Our lives have been hijacked by billionaires.

They cream off the wealth we create and leave us and our families struggling.

Most of us work longer hours for poor pay in insecure jobs. We have less money, less choices and face lives of increasing struggle. Most of our children will never own a home and face bleaker life chances than us today.

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Barack Obama – champion of the rich

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Obama won decisively on the basis of a fervent campaign driven by his supporters believing he would bring real change. Obama’s two terms did nothing of the sort. He bailed out the banks, increased weapon production and delivered 10 times more drone strikes than his predecessor George Bush.

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Racism and capitalism go hand in hand in Australia and South Africa

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

There are occasional lovely moments when a politician’s carefully arranged façade of decency and respectability is stripped away to reveal their inner person with all its ugly racism and stupidity on display.

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WE just signed this petition — “Save Christchurch’s water, stop the water bottle exports”

By   /  March 16, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

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David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill is an affront to humanity and must not proceed.

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  66 Comments

The bill has been promoted as providing the option for a terminally ill person who is suffering intolerably to get assistance to end his or her life in a dignified manner at a time of their choosing. It isn’t. Seymour’s Bill is much broader with wording which opens a wide spectrum of people suffering from a wide variety of conditions to the scope of the proposed legislation.

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Simon Bridges and Maggie Thatcher

By   /  March 1, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

When Maggie Thatcher was elected the first female Prime Minister of the UK in 1979 there were many who hailed her victory as a victory for women. The argument went that irrespective of your political views it was worth celebrating the fact that a woman had finally made it to the top political job in the UK by popular vote.

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Charter schools – using the poor to advance the agenda of the rich

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

The ACT Party were out on the weekend with 100 people supporting their Auckland march to oppose the closure of charter schools.

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100 days and the first broken promise

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

In their first 100 days Labour has offered us “not-National” policies but little else – unless a Woman’s Weekly Prime Minister is considered in the common good.

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Labour Party’s Tax Working Group stacked 8 to 2 with corporate representatives

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

Most of these people spend their working days earning fat salaries advising wealthy corporates and rich listers how to minimise their taxes.

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One of Maggie Barry’s tracks

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

DOC has great people doing a fantastic job but it’s had nasty, venal ministers like Nick Smith and Maggie Barry who have done their best to drive it into the ground.

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