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The Scalise Shooting: this solves nothing!

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

. . A few days ago; Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in critical condition on Wednesday night after he and three others were shot as they practiced for a charity baseball game. […] Also wounded were a congressional aide and one former aide who now works […]

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Aftermath of Israel’s 1967 war

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

On 8 June 2017, Amnesty International launched an urgent appeal to the international community to support BDS and fully boycott Israel. Amnesty’s Secretary-General, Salil Shetty, commented: “States that continue to help [illegal Israeli] settlements flourish economically are blatantly undermining their international obligations and the very policies they have pledged to uphold.” Failure to uphold the […]

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Only Thing “Rancid” About Butter Chicken Comment Is Shane Jones

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There are a few things to be said in response to Shane Jones’ recent declaration that New Zealand’s immigration policy is as “rancid” as “butter chicken”. The first of these, is that this is rather rich criticism coming from Mr Jones. The last time he was in Parliament, he was part of a party that […]

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NZ’s cowardly apology to Israel over settlements

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

When challenged directly on Morning Report, Brownlee wouldn’t criticise Israel’s settlement building policy, saying it was a matter for the parties concerned. Why bother to have a foreign policy if everything is just a matter for the parties concerned – despite, in this case, one having all the power over the other. The theft of Palestinian land is backed by Israel’s huge military machine.

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5 lessons we learnt from the British election result

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Tony Blair`s dismissal of Labour`s election chances was entirely misplaced. Jeremy Corbyn increased Labour`s vote share by more than any leader since 1945. Labour received more votes in England than in Tony Blair`s landslide win of 1997. The success of Labour`s campaign slogan `For the many not the few` retrospectively exposed the vacuity of Tony Blair`s `third way` ideology.

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Letter to the editor – Bill English admits immigration driving economy

By   /  June 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

On 16 June last year, then-Finance Minister, Bill English attributed our growth to “other sectors” of the economy;

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“Oh Snap” – Storming Into The New And Excellently Populist World Post-UK General Election

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

At the time of writing, we are perhaps a mere forty-eight hours after the results of the UK’s General Election came in. And already, it seems like an entire Amazonian forest of trees, and a fairly literal Black Sea of ink have already been spilled in attempting to make sense of what has happened.

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Mean and petty and wrong

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  18 Comments

It is bad for the democratic process when government to fails to address such a clear injustice especially in this case when it poses little fiscal cost. But we don’t seem to know how to do sensible retirement policy any more.

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What does the Corbyn result in the UK mean for New Zealand?

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

New Zealand’s Labour Party is a neo-liberal, free market party with policies to match. If NZ Labour wins in September then income inequality and wealth inequality will continue to increase while the rest of us struggle to add that extra lining to the pockets of the idle rich.

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Letter from London 2 – Chris Trotter blogging election from UK

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The Tory base may be larger than Labour’s, but its vision of Britain’s future is limited, backward-looking and profoundly hostile to all claims of social solidarity and progress. By contrast, the Corbyn-led Labour Party’s radical manifesto, and its direct campaigning style, has drawn tens-of-thousands of young and formerly disillusioned voters into the thrilling business of pursuing political, economic and social change.

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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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Celebrating 30 years of Nuclear-Free Aotearoa — the Pacific connection

By   /  June 11, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

While the New Zealand campaign and success with the nuclear-free legislation was tremendously inspirational for the Pacific and globally, it should not be forgotten that some small Pacific countries and communities were actually ahead of the game.

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A fairer electoral system would have helped UK Labour to power

By   /  June 11, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

UK Labour did fantastically well in Thursday’s general election, despite Jeremy Corbyn being painted as an “unelectable” leftist by the media commentariat – and even by most of his Labour colleagues. Labour’s advance was not really a surprise. As I wrote in my Daily Blog post a year and a half ago, Corbyn’s “Keynesian policies are considerably more popular than the austerity championed by Cameron and the Labour right.”

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National continues to panic on housing crisis as election day looms

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

National’s “grand plans” for 220 new social and transitional places remains woefully short of the 1,138 houses that National sold off to IHC’s Accessible Properties at the end of March. It is also unclear what is meant by ” transitional places”. Are these actual houses? Or motel units, à la Auckland-style;

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British Election Results are a Moral Victory for Corbyn’s Alternative Political Possibilities

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

The loss of Theresa May’s clear Conservative majority has already rocked conventional assumptions, agendas and elites. The realm of the politically possible has been blasted open – because the electoral support for Corbyn doesn’t just reflect a resurgence for British Labour, it has allowed a publicly popular discussion about a whole different political economy.

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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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