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Capitalism kills and maims daily

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Burn of fast food worker Kiwi workers are being killed at the rate of one a week and on average someone is seriously injured every day. These grim statistics are contained in a report by the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety. The numbers reveal that over 51 Kiwis a year are killed at […]

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The problem for every potential government is that they have very limited spending options given they are all committed to not increasing taxes on anyone (including the very wealthy).  But if Winston wants to claim any policy “wins” that he can be allowed to identify himself and his party with it seems much more likely that Labour and the Greens could deliver them.

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The only votes that count is the party vote – except in………

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Given the momentum shift in the last few weeks it seems inevitable there will be a change in government.

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Come on Labour – please stop digging holes!

By   /  September 15, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  51 Comments

The middle-class leaders of the Labour Party do not feel the deep resentment working people have to being taxed to death and then having charges imposed on us for things that should be free – like health and education.

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Stunning poll lifts prospect of a change in government

By   /  September 1, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

…if the Maori Party were to get two seats like now, which is certainly possible, then that would theoretically be enough to forms a Labour/Greens/Maori Party government. I believe the Maori Party would be desperate to form a government with Labour to prove they can go with either party – that they aren’t National’s poodle. 

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Resignation fever! Who is advising our political leaders?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

I really wonder what sort of advice is being given the leaders of the Labour Party and the Greens.

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Can Labour add substance to style?

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The installation of Jacinda Adern as Labour Party leader is the last throw of the dice for Labour in terms of trying to achieve a greater resonance with voters by simply changing the leader.

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Migrant worker exploitation to continue under new policy

By   /  July 28, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

The government has partially backed down from some changes to immigration policy that would have reduced the flow of cheap labour to New Zealand employers. The changes maintain the essence of the policy which was to keep access to cheap labour from abroad, and keep that labour vulnerable and easily exploited when here.

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NZ First squirms over Maori seats abolition

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

I was a little surprised when NZ First leader Winston Peters announced that a binding referendum on the abolition of the Maori seats and reducing the size of Parliament would be bottom line issues for him. It is impossible for Labour and the Greens to agree to these terms. That means NZ First is saying that they will only form a government with National – assuming they agree.

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The left and the elections – don’t mourn, organise

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

As the election gets closer, everyone has an opinion on what needs to be done for their party to be successful.

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Working people’s share of income – a brief New Zealand history (Not written by me)

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Summary of the June, 207, CTU Economic Bulletin

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The “Third Way” of running capitalism has failed

By   /  June 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

The days of capitalism are numbered because it can’t get the basics right – including the right to life itself. People need jobs, housing, health care, education. To achieve those goals for all requires a radical attack on wealth inequality.

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Trumps anti-Cuba policy should be condemned

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.

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Danger! The economic bubble is bursting

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Statistics NZ figures released this week have confirmed that New Zealand is in recession on a per capita basis as the economy has declined for two-quarters when measured on this basis.

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A victory for left in extaordinary UK election

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Corbyn and the left now need their mandate to clean house within the Labour Party to ensure the loyalty of all MPs to the new left-wing party programme. It is probable a number will simply retire and take job offer from their big business mates rather than be part of a Corbyn-led party.  Others may want to start another centrist Blairite type party. But it is the absolute democratic right of members to go through a selection process for MPs before the next election.

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On the eve of UK election, here was my meeting with Labour shadow chancellor – a socialist leader of working class

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Having strong left-wing leaders of the Labour Party is an unusual phenomenon for the UK. Corbyn was elected leader with the overwhelming support of the party members but opposition from the overwhelming majority of Labour MPs. This is a contradiction that cannot last indefinitely.

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