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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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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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