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Mastering Trumpian Arithmetic: Why, in the New Political Order, 2+2=5

By   /  January 23, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

ONE OF THE MOST CHILLING ASPECTS of Donald Trump’s political style is its sheer, amoral audacity. Like all the truly great political manipulators, Trump understands that whether or not something is true is a question best left to the philosophers. What matters in politics is what people believe to be true. And, when it comes […]

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All Changed, Changed Utterly: Thoughts on the Eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration.

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  63 Comments

I have long considered those who cry “Godwin” to be not only foolish but dangerous. Anyone who attempts to prevent people learning from one of the most terrible periods of human history is, objectively speaking, a fascist. Genuine progressives do not obey “Godwin’s Law”.

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In To Win: Responding to Keith Locke’s Post on the Mt Albert By-Election.

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

After Michael Wood’s runaway victory in Mt Roskill, anything other than a straightforward walkover in Mt Albert will be very bad news for Labour. Were Labour to lose, the party would be crucified in the news media and Andrew Little would come under renewed pressure to step aside.

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Don’t Riot For A Better Society: Vote For One!

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

I learned that Rogernomics had unlocked something ugly and selfish in older and younger middle class New Zealanders alike. In the minds of those 10,000 students – the people we would come to know as “Generation X” – a free tertiary education was simply their entitlement.

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From Langley, With Love.

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

NEVER BEFORE have the puppet-masters’ strings been more exposed. Clearly, something very close to a full-scale civil war is raging across the dark institutions of the American Deep State.

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Critiquing Simon Wilson at the ‘TheSpin’ – Leading Labour’s Broad Church

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

THE SOLUTION, if there is one, to Labour’s political woes is unlikely to involve the wholesale adoption of the führerprinzip. The notion that all Labour has to do to reclaim the Treasury Benches is to find a leader capable of being admired, trusted and liked by the voters has found an enthusiastic advocate in Simon […]

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Some Rhymes For The Times

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Merry Christmas everyone

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Playing Sergeant Pepper – The B-Side

By   /  December 22, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

In the interests of fairness and balance I thought it only proper to include a retrospective squiz at the parties and groups who ended up on the debit side of the political ledger of 15 years ago.

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Playing Sergeant Pepper

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  93 Comments

“It was twenty years ago today,” according to the famous Beatles’ track, that “Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play”. Unfortunately, the files on my computer don’t go back quite that far. What I can show you, however, is how “the one and only” Helen Clark taught Labour’s band to play exactly fifteen years ago today.

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The Dangers of Political Adrenalin

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

I’VE ONLY EVER MET ONE serving agent of the Central Intelligence Agency. As far as most of us lefties knew he was a liberal American academic; friendly, generous, with a fund of interesting stories to tell. Outwardly, at least, the man seemed harmless.

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MUST READ: No Drama – No Change: John Key’s Comfortable Legacy

By   /  December 11, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

For those of us who live and breathe politics, the general indifference of our fellow citizens is perplexing. It shouldn’t be. Most people have enough to do just keeping their personal, working and family lives on an even keel. The idea that they should devote more than a moment or two of their precious time to the machinations of politicians would strike them as nuts.

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John Key And The IMF – Real News Or Fake News?

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

IS JOHN KEY really in the running for Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)? Well, yes, according to the NZ Herald’s Deputy-Political Editor, Claire Trevett, he is. Upon closer examination, however, Trevett’s story looks a lot more like fake news than real news.

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What A Way To Go! Some Initial Thoughts On John Key’s Resignation

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  57 Comments

RELINQUISHING POWER holds almost as many dangers for a political leader as the risky business of acquiring it. If John Key had chosen December 2015 to announce his intention of retiring from politics in December 2016, then the past twelve months would have been a messy combination of House of Cards and Game of Thrones.

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“Die Boomers, Die!” – A Dispatch From The Future

By   /  December 4, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

THE AGED DEFENDERS HEARD THE MOB before they saw it. The rhythmic chanting of “Die Boomers, Die!” and “Fee, Fi, Foe, Fum – we smell the blood of Boomer scum!” Moments later they were shielding their eyes from the sun-bright twinkle of a thousand smart-phone flashes. The Millennials were advancing up the road, taking selfies as they came.

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Banana Split: David Seymour’s Latest Declaration of Intergenerational War

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

THAT DAVID SEYMOUR’S latest effusion of political bile is being hosted by The Spinoff is entirely fitting. The ACT leader and his hipster enablers cannot wait to get into the political engine-room, and their chosen path to the centre of power is via fomenting an intergenerational war.

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The National Community: Why Populism in New Zealand is a Right-Wing Thing

By   /  November 27, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

BRYCE EDWARDS AND JOHN MOORE have taken the country-and-western melodies of populism and over-dubbed them with their own revolutionary lyrics. But, the resulting songs will never be sung by populists. Revolutionaries, too, are unlikely to find the Edwards/Moore mash-up inspirational. In the final analysis, revolution should be about overturning and replacing the existing order. Populism, in almost every instance, is about restoring the old one.

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