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What To Do About Window-Washers

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The people engaging in window-washing are, for the most part, unemployed and to a certain extent possibly unemployable. They may be subsisting on a benefit [which, let’s remember, even the Minister of Social Development herself implicitly stated one couldn’t survive on without engaging in criminal behavior]; and one has to wonder – if prevented from attempting to earn a bit of extra cash window-washing, where else might they go in order to try and make ends meet.

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WTF: Why Trump Fired – The Tomahawks Of April

By   /  April 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

The world now waits and watches with amply baited breath to see what Putin and Russia will say or do in response. Not for the first time, the hopes for continued (broad) peace in our time rest upon burly Russian shoulders and pragmatic Slavic restraint.

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On NZ First’s Anti-Smacking Referendum

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

I’m therefore going to break ranks somewhat with many of the other voices on the liberal left and respectfully suggest that maybe Winston IS on to something here, and that there is, in fact, a case to be made for getting rid of the present section 59.

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Reflections On Trump’s Failure With ‘Ryancare’

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Late last week, the abysmal healthcare ‘reform’ proposal of Paul Ryan’s which Trump had inexplicably chosen to support … failed fairly unequivocally. How badly did it flounder? It didn’t even make it to First Reading, on grounds that even other Republicans could not bring themselves to vote for it.

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On Recent Opinion Polling

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

In any case, whilst my affection for the Roy Morgan poll is well known, it is certainly not the only game in town. And the Reid Research material out the same day makes for some decidedly interesting comparison-work between the two analyses.

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Inter-Generation Collaboration, Not Age-Based Warfare Needed To Defeat Neoliberal Scourge

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  60 Comments

Earlier this week, several minorly amazing things happened. National decided to breach its nine-year commitment to leave the retirement age untampered with; Labour found itself with an MP in a leadership position whom the public actually seem to like; and I caught myself red-handed agreeing with David Seymour.

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In Defence Of Ron Mark’s Record

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

In all of my dealings with Ron over the last few years, and from my ongoing observation of the ‘second phase’ of his Parliamentary career, if I could pick but two phrases to sum him up they would unquestionably be “man of principle”, and “fighting for a just cause, to defend our country”.

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You’d Have To Be High To Believe That Record Migration Is Due To Drug Use

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

It’s become a depressing pattern. Every time news of record migration numbers come out in the media, the National Party leap into action with another excuse for why they’re justified.

The most recent “alternative facts” laden argument for adding tens of thousands of people to the New Zealand labour market … is that apparently the workers already here can’t pass drug tests.

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Why I’d Be Voting For Joe Carolan In The Mt Albert By-Election

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I want Labour to run ‘to the left’ of where they were in 2014 – both because I’m sick of quasi-center-right warmed-over neoliberalism masquerading as progressive economic policy … but also because I genuinely believe that moving to the left will help Labour’s prospects later this year in September.

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What If I Told You That Labour Has Walked Into A Trap In Mt Albert…

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

You’d probably shoot me a somewhat incredulous look. Mt Albert, as the received wisdom goes, is a safe Labour seat – so safe, in fact, that National’s not even standing a candidate there. Apart from a minimum modicum of expended campaign-funds, what possible detriment could Labour incur by winning in the Mt Albert by-election to be held later this month?

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On The Left-Wing Case For Willie Jackson

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

In any case, while there are good and solid reasons for Labour to put Jackson forward as a candidate, many of these seem to have been lost recently amidst the rush-to-recondemn from some on the left.

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EXCLUSIVE: #NeverShane

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

This has not been an easy piece for me to write. Watching in mounting horror as somebody – or something – you love and care deeply about gears up to do something self-destructive is never easy. And yet, that’s the apparent position which quite a few of us dedicated New Zealand Firsters appear to be […]

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Did Gareth Morgan At Ratana Just Demonstrate Political Nous?

By   /  January 25, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Having witnessed yesterday’s excitement at Ratana, I am starting to wonder whether Gareth Morgan may actually be a surprisingly good political strategist.

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Arguments In Favour Of Raising Cigarette Prices Are A Costly Smokescreen For Revenue-Raising

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Another year, another hike in the price of cigarettes.

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What The Hell Is Going ON With Donald Trump #GoldenShower

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The 2016 election season continues to be quite the wild ride. No matter whether one is following events through the regular media and traditional outlets, or braving the wilds of social media feeds, each new day brings some shocking “revelation”which would have seemed utterly inconceivable the day before … yet there it is in print.

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On Cassus Belli-aching with Israel

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

There are many reasons why states may be said to go to war with one another.

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