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How Green Left succeeded in the Dutch election

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Green Left succeeded because of its strong green and left policies, as articulated by its young leader, Jesse Klaver. “What I would say to all my left-wing friends in Europe: don’t try to fake the populace,” said Klaver. “Stand for your principles. Be straight. Be pro-refugee. Be pro-Europe… We can stop populism.”

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America’s crazy war in Yemen

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It is shameful that the New Zealand government supports the American/Saudi war on Yemen, which is causing such suffering. The UN reports that 7,700 people have been killed so far, including 1500 children. Millions have been displaced, primarily as a result the Saudi bombing of homes, hospitals and other infrastructure. It is a catastrophe.

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Lessons for the Greens from the Mt Albert by-election

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

In my opinion it is important for the Greens to continue to challenge Labour’s orthodox economic model, where success is measured by GDP growth. This leads to bad Labour policies, including supporting deep sea oil drilling, excessive dairy farm intensification, and trade and investment treaties that serve corporate interests.

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Labour’s law and order stance bad for the Left

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Failure to properly address the roots of most offending, especially poverty, condemns us to a higher crime rate than we need to have, and poor communities to an alarming rate of incarceration. Tough policies, imprisoning more of the poor, is not the answer.

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Israel’s anti-nuclear whistleblower more deserving of NZ citizenship

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

No self-respecting country sells its passports to rich people who don’t even live there, which is why it was so bad to grant NZ citizenship to the American multi-billionaire Peter Thiel.

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Mt Albert by-election good opportunity for the Greens

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The Mt Albert by-election is a good opportunity for the Greens to get their message out. It will essentially be a two-horse race between two capable candidates, the Greens Julie Ann Genter and Labour’s Jacinda Adern. Whoever wins, both will still be in Parliament, as both are now sitting party list MPs.

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Scott Watson denied parole again as the case against him falls apart

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

The evidence now shows that Watson did not kill Olivia Hope and Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds on or after New Year’s Day, 1998. Since the trial, the Crown case against Watson has collapsed on all essential points, as demonstrated in books by Mike Kalaugher (The Marlborough Mystery) and Keith Hunter (Trial by Trickery), articles by Mike White, and two major TV documentaries, Murder on the Blade? and another, Doubt: the Scott Watson Case, on TVNZ two months ago.

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Don’t buy National’s spin on by-election result

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

I was disappointed that the mass media largely bought the National Party’s spin on the Mt Roskill by-election. National said a loss would be catastrophic for Labour (and Andrew Little would be toast) but a loss for National wouldn’t mean a thing.

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Why the world mourns Fidel Castro

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

When he dismissed Fidel Castro as a “brutal dictator” Donald Trump again showed how out of touch he is. Most of the world is mourning the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader.

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How do we counter Trumpism?

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

How do we counter the right-wing populist currents emerging in several Western countries? The Trump victory shows that backing a liberal establishment alternative, like Hillary Clinton, is not a successful strategy.

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Vote-swapping app highlights unfairness for third parties in America

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Vote-swapping app highlights unfairness for third parties in America

Amit Kumar’s vote-swapping app for the US presidential election shows up how third parties are disadvantaged by the one round, first-past-the-post race.

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NZ media gullible in reports on terrorism

By   /  November 7, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The first rule of journalism is that you can’t accept the word of a public official unless there is evidence to back it up. However, this principle goes out the window when there are allegations of a terrorist threat, as we’ve seen this past week.

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MUST READ: Bill opens door to extensive GCSB surveillance of New Zealanders

By   /  October 18, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

I recommend the Select Committee not proceed with this Bill in its present form. Overall it puts New Zealanders in a worse situation than in already existing legislation, in relation to both their personal privacy and their right to untrammeled freedom of expression.

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Green candidate Jill Stein makes her case for the US presidency

By   /  October 12, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Up until now most progressive Americans have been backing the “lesser evil” in the US presidential contest. They don’t particularly like Hillary Clinton’s establishment politics but they’ve been scared into her camp because Donald Trump is so terrible.

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The meaning of Jeremy Corbyn’s epic victory for the new, progressive politics

By   /  September 26, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

For anyone pessimistic about the possibility of progressive change, Jeremy Corbyn’s epic victory should be a confidence boost.

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Key’s shameful support of Fiji arrests

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Key’s posture is that human rights don’t really matter, or at least are secondary to maintaining warm relations with repressive governments.

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