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Our Independent Foreign Policy

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Our lack of independence is now all too clear to those who voted for our position as a Security Council temporary member. Further, we have abandoned diplomacy and a cross-sector long term approach to resolving the issue of ISIS in favour of a short term aggressive strategy employed by our big brother ally.

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Letter from Pakistan

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

It is not for me to pontificate on what Pakistan should do or why this happened. I have been here less than a year – I know nothing. To do so only serves to enforce my self-description of being privileged and arrogant meaning I join the ranks of speculators.

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My insecurity about the Security Council

By   /  October 25, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

We campaigned on a platform of being a small, independent nation. Unafraid to speak up, represent other small nations too, and not be influenced by these power games. We also campaigned on a platform of reform. The unfortunate thing is that I see no evidence of this government being able to meet those commitments.

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The Dust Settles

By   /  October 11, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Post election carnage

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Seeing an Economic Vision

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took the opportunity to read Dirty Politics.

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National’s Election Strategy

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Over the weekend at TV3’s The Nation we saw conclusive evidence of National’s 2014 Election Strategy: DO NOT TALK POLICY.

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Positive and Solution Based Politics

By   /  July 8, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The challenge for you, dear reader, is to not buy into this fog of distraction. Demand and seek out the policy ideas for our country. Bring these discussions to your family and friends, and do not fall for the pre-determined narrative.

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What a drone!

By   /  June 14, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

I thought it might be helpful for our TDB readership to provide a Reader’s Digest version of the preliminary issues concerning the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) to kill under international law.

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Taking freedom for granted

By   /  June 11, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

At the moment I am writing this in Quetta, Baluchistan, scene of a current insurgency with simmering sectarian violence thrown in as well. There are differing reports, but there was a bomb here this weekend killing over 20 people. Regular news in these here parts.

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Crony capitalism and voting against self-interest

By   /  May 17, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

When we look at the content of the Budget, how does the Budget address the fundamental challenges we face?

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Calling for a GCSB debate

By   /  May 5, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

I am calling for a GCSB debate. Let’s have informed speakers on both sides bring their best arguments to an open, public forum. If they can do it in Toronto featuring those intimately aware and informed of these issues, why can’t we do it in New Zealand?

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Our government: still no idea

By   /  April 19, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”. Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more New Zealanders achieve a decent standard of living. Well, they still have no idea.

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A voting lesson from Afghanistan

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

I am currently in Islamabad.

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Judith Collins and Masterchef

By   /  March 22, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Judith Collins has, if further evidence was required, revealed her true nature and contempt for the New Zealand electorate these last two weeks.

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George Jetson, the video phone, and GCSB

By   /  March 8, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

In Britain, the timidly named Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been conducting surveillance of individuals through a programme called “Optic Nerve”.

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Spooky Spooks

By   /  February 22, 2014  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The Prime Minister’s childhood buddy, Ian Fletcher, has had to apologise for filing a botched Annual Report. They got the numbers wrong.

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