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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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Dirty tricks against Corbyn not working

By   /  September 3, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Corbyn’s opponents have tried every trick in the book to dent the Labour leader’s support.

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Popular reforms being stymied by National and Labour

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Politicians lose respect when they know something needs to be done but won’t do it for fear of losing a few votes.

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Award winning book miseducates young readers about war

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  10 Comments

Being the son of Elsie Locke I was interested to see who won the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction at this year’s NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Elsie Locke Award recognises my late mother’s contribution to children’s literature.

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A victory worth celebrating, but nuclear disarmament a long way off

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

After 30 years the United States has finally accommodated to our nuclear-free status. It is a victory we should celebrate. We, the New Zealand people, stood up to the world’s superpower and refused to let nuclear-armed or powered warships into our ports. The superpower has buckled first.

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Left parties should support a big drop in house prices

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

Labour and the Greens should not be scared to support economist Arthur Grimes’ call for policies to bring down Auckland house prices by 40%. We don’t need to support all his policy suggestions. But let’s recognise that a 40% drop would only bring the Auckland median house price (now around $820,000) down to what it was four years ago ($495,000). Why not aim for that?

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The British Labour debate is really about policy

By   /  July 2, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader represented a big shift to the left in the British Labour Party. But from day one the mostly right-wing Labour MPs have been plotting to get rid of him.

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Marg Jones: the matriarch of good causes

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Marg Jones never seemed old. Well in to her 90s she could be seen on all the big protests, or running a street or festival stall for the Soil and Health Association. She was always chirpy, her mood matched by bright and often rather outrageous outfits using the best op-shop materials.

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Budgeting to be a peacemaker not a warmaker

By   /  June 19, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

When it comes to helping out the victims of war – refugees – the government says it can only afford $25 million a year for an extra 250 refugees, a derisory amount.

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The Sanders movement does not end here

By   /  June 9, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

From day one the Democratic Party establishment has been trying to count Bernie Sanders out of the presidential nomination race, using every trick in the book. The party leaders have been readily assisted in this by a tame mainstream media.

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Why NZ should leave the Five Power Defence Arrangement

By   /  May 24, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

New Zealand’s involvement in the Five Power Defence Arrangement is not well known, but it’s now getting us in a lot of trouble.

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London’s Green mayoral candidate was under Police surveillance

By   /  May 9, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Labour’s Sadiq Khan won the London mayoralty despite anti-Muslim slanders from his main opponent, Zac Goldsmith.

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Why Bernie Sanders isn’t calling it a day

By   /  April 22, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Following Bernie Sanders’ defeat in New York, many pundits are asking why he doesn’t concede the nomination race to Hillary Clinton.

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