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When Hypocrisy Comes In Big Packages

By   /  March 24, 2014  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

On Sunday March 2 I was sitting with New Zealand peace campaigner Alyn Ware in one of those iconic American diners in New York that serve cholesterol laden pancakes and bad coffee. I was enjoying the experience if not the fare. John Kerry appeared on CBS news. His voice was stern. His demeanour serious. He was condemning countries using force to get their way…

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Why Labour and the Greens Should Say Good Riddance to Peters

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

It is noticeable at present how quiet and uncritical Labour and the Greens are of NZ First as they eye cabinet seats. No MP breaks ranks. Thus the scene is set to try and form a government with a man who refuses to tell the public who he would work with and on what policy grounds… Shouldn’t Labour say say good riddance to New Zealand First?

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When We’re As Game As Ned Kelly

By   /  December 16, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

…When a friend recently sought my advice as to whether he should consider joining Labour’s list after being asked to put his name in by eminent Labour officials, the verse cited came into my mind…

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The TPPA and the Promised Land – A Critique of the Fran O’Sullivan Doctrine

By   /  December 2, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

The obviously lefty authors whom Fran O’Sullivan would automatically, before reading them, have pigeon holed as outdated anti-free traders and nationalists will continue to surprise her as they sing the praises of globalisation and free trade…

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When NZ protects the human rights abusers against the abused

By   /  November 18, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

I still shudder when I read the MFAT briefings for Prime Minister Rowling and succeeding leaders on how to lie and pretend New Zealand would uphold international law while really setting out a strategy on how to support and cosy up to the murderers who ran Indonesia under Suharto.

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National’s Grovelling Underscores Why NZ Must Reconnect To Its Independent Identity ASAP

By   /  November 3, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

All NZ has had to do is sign up to the China containment strategy and continue to downplay its Nuclear Weapon Free Zone status. What does surrendering sovereignty matter between friends? Now, will New Zealand stay out of a future Iraq if summonsed? This craven position gives Labour a great opportunity…

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Can Labour Reinstate ‘Independence’ Into New Zealand’s Foreign Policy?

By   /  October 19, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

If Labour can restart the process of developing a foreign policy fit for an independent country and one that rigorously adheres to international law… A new generation will be won to Labour, the respect of the world regained, and an important contribution to a better world.

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A Labour-Led Govt Must Reform Its 2007 Immigration Act

By   /  October 5, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Matt Robson writes: As David Cunliffe held the immigration portfolio and steered through the current version of the act I will now give him and the Party the benefit of my advice…

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David Cunliffe Puts On His Red Socks

By   /  September 21, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I thought of David Cunliffe this week. Well it was hard not to with his Red Labour Campaign almost rivalling the wall to wall coverage of the corporate Red Socks boat race.

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The Key Doctrine Of Subservience Versus The Humanitarian Way

By   /  September 7, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

And what does Syria tell us about the National government. John Key has been cautious… But his aim is clear in not condemning outright the threat of military intervention. It is to show the US that it does not need to fear any outbreak of principle from him or his ministers.

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The Enduring Legacy That Labour Needs To Expel

By   /  August 24, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The solution is not a revolving door of leaders until the Saviour appears. The solution is a Party that rids itself of political opportunism and gains public respect by selecting MPs who work for and advocate a set of social democratic principles…

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Of Espionage, Destruction, Murder – Why New Zealand Must Become Independent

By   /  August 10, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

I was also interested in the comments on security of Helen Clark visiting this week in the role she prepared for herself as an international diplomat… But sadly her comments were largely in support of the increased surveillance planned by Key in the interests of “national security”.

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Dutch Lessons For New Zealand Labour

By   /  July 24, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

It is not the politics of compromise that Labour needs to adopt but the politics of refusing to be enmeshed in coalition alliances which corrupt the basis of being able to govern in the interests of the many and not the few.

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A Rail (and possibly a bridge) Too Far For Sky Casino To Fund

By   /  July 6, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

When big money has been needed to fund New Zealand infrastructure and thus the country’s development it is the state that has had to cough up the people’s money to do it.

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The Not So National Interest

By   /  June 22, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

“It would be really helpful to the cause of democracy in New Zealand if Labour and its Green allies stopped going after Dunne and blathering about betrayal of privileged information and sensitive state information and called for democratic parliamentary oversight of the undemocratic practices of our intelligence agencies.”

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Now Dunne Is Done Let’s Consider The Not So Grand Coalitions

By   /  June 8, 2013  /  Matt Robson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

How things have changed! Now with Banks headed for the proverbial dustbin of history and Dunne and the Maori Party looking as though they will be consigned there as well , John Key and “I will not accept the baubles of office” Peters are eying each other up. This will make Labour even more desperate to stay on his good side.

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