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Why would any self-respecting New Zealander oppose the TPPA when National was in government and then excuse Labour for signing up to it?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Labour says it has negotiated a softening of some of the most odious of the TPPA’s provisions, but this doesn’t pass the sniff test. The ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) process remains intact. All that has been negotiated is a small reduction in the circumstances where it can be used.

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Capitalism, tax and New Zealand

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

It was sad reading Stephen Hickson’s defence of capitalism in the Press (25 October 2017). Sad because capitalism has delivered so much outright misery to so much of humanity over the last 300 years that it’s hard to believe anyone could be so blinkered.

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TPPA – Jacinda Ardern’s foreshore and seabed moment

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion.

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Avoiding another pledge-card government

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

There are some encouraging signs this Labour-led government will not be a “pledge-card” government. If it can develop and maintain programmes of change across housing, health, welfare, the environment, employment rights etc then while it will never be a revolutionary government, it could be a transformational government.

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A breath of (almost fresh) air

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The most interesting aspect of Winston Peter’s announcement of a coalition deal with Labour was his acknowledgement that capitalism had become the enemy of so many people. He said he wants a government of change which, among other things, will do something real about poverty.

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Urewera 10 years on – any lessons to remember?

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

On the 10th anniversary of the Urewera raids we should recount the lessons – and we should remember. Breathless police and media commentary about a cocktail of napalm bombs, terrorist cells, guns, ammunition, Maori extremists, guerrilla warfare, assassination threats against politicians, greeted the public on the 15th October 2007. You name it – the police claimed it and the media hyped it.

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Galipolli or Mangatawhiri? – selective memory of war

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It would be much more appropriate for New Zealand to scrap ANZAC DAY (25 April – dated for the landing at Gallipoli in World War I) and shift our national remembrance of war to 12 July – the day in 1863 that imperial troops crossed the Mangatawhiri River and the great war for New Zealand began.

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A victory for lies, media thuggery and lazy prejudice

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  58 Comments

The vilest incident of the campaign was not red-neck farmers protesting their right to pollute and degrade our waterways at our expense. It didn’t even involve the National Party directly. It was the vile, despicable, media-run campaign to denigrate Green MP Metiria Turei and drive her from the co-leadership of the party.

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Who to vote for?

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Voting involves a moral choice.

In a capitalist economy you either vote with capitalism’s winners or with the losers. With those who have used the system to enrich themselves at the expense of others or those forced to struggle at the margins.

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After that adrenalin-pumping rush of blood to the head – two weeks to think strategically

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  45 Comments

Unless progressive voters maximise Green Party support. In the current political situation only the Green Party has a realistic chance of dragging the neo-liberal Labour Party significantly to the left in a post-election government. Without the Greens Labour will tinker here and tinker there while leaving the free market to run a country bitterly divided by poverty and inequality.

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Another forum – another Amy Adams no show

By   /  September 7, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

I’m not sure how widespread it is for government ministers to refuse attendance at public meetings when they are asked to front for unpopular policies but in the case of Minister of Social Housing Amy Adams it is certainly true.

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Rubbish reporting by rubbish journalists

By   /  August 28, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

It seems media corporates think politics is too boring for mass media broadcasting – just look at the Herald’s website – and so the job of political journalists is to sex it up to increase ratings. Baiting politicians provides the entertainment to squeeze into the small gaps between the advertisements.

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“Pussycat” Collins and “Hollow Man” Joyce back down to corporate thieves

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

It’s no surprise to see the National government backing away from measures to enforce tax rules against multinational corporations operating in New Zealand.

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Metiria Turei and the debate on poverty and inequality

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Poverty and inequality are topics our two main political parties would prefer not to talk about. It was their political decisions in the 1980s and 1990s which led directly and predictably to poverty for beneficiaries and low-income families and their political decisions which have maintained and entrenched it since.

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A vile media pack forced Metiria out

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

I’m utterly dismayed that Metiria Turei has been forced out of the co-leadership of the Greens by a vile media pack determined to seize the opportunity of Metiria’s personal struggle to drive down the Greens.

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Jacinda washed her hands

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

I’m sceptical we will see any significant policy differences from a Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party compared to what we have seen in the past 30 years. Will it be about beneficiaries, the working poor, eradicating child poverty, the living wage and housing for all? I don’t think so.

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