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2017 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

All unemployment data from Statistics NZ should therefore be treated with caution. Unemployment is likely to be much higher than Statistics NZ figures indicate.

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The Mendacities of Mr English – Social Services under National’s tender mercies

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

English’s bland assertion that “government actually with a good record on addressing, in fact, some of the toughest social issues” is at variance with actual, real, mounting socio-economic problems in this country.

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2016 – Ongoing jobless tally and why unemployment statistics will no longer be used

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

This blogger previously reported how Statistics NZ recently implemented a so-called “revision” which would materially affect how unemployment stats were counted and reported;

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National exploits fudged Statistics NZ unemployment figures

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

A person job-searching using the internet was “not actively seeking work“. Predictably, at the stroke of a pen, unemployment “fell” over-night from 5.7% to 5.2%.

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TV Review: The Nation

By   /  July 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

TV3’s The Nation on 2 July was probably the most incisive investigative journalism this blogger has seen for a long time. The only “fault” is that The Nation is ‘buried’ at the ghetto time-slot of early Saturday (and repeated early Sunday morning). Mediaworks is wasting a tremendous opportunity to use their current affairs journalistic team as a critical lynch-pin of their broadcasting line-up.

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Lies, Damned lies and Statistical Lies – ** UPDATE **

By   /  July 6, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

At the stroke of a pen, unemployment fell from 5.7% to 5.2%. Simply because if a person was job-searching using the internet they were “not actively seeking work“. Which beggars belief as the majority of jobseekers will be using the internet. It is the 21st century – what else would they be using?

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Lies, Damned lies and Statistical Lies

By   /  July 3, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

This government has done what few other Western democracies have achieved; a state of Orwellianism that Stalinist Russia, Nazi Germany, and other dictatorships required unrelenting brute force to achieve.

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2016 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  May 5, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

So by the numbers, for this year;

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When National is under attack – Deflect, deflect, deflect!

By   /  April 17, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

As I have pointed out in previous blogposts, when threatened with bad headlines or a scandal of some description, National’s automatic defense is generally to default to one of three* deflections;

Blame previous the Labour government
Release story on ‘welfare abuse’
Blame Global Financial Crisis or similar overseas event

There are plenty of past instances of this kind of strategy.

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Unemployment, Christchurch, dairy prices – Bill English confirms blogger’s analysis

By   /  November 7, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

There we have it – the three basic “legs” comprising National’s economic development policy. One is predicated on fluctuating international market-prices; another is an unsustainable property boom funded by billions borrowed from off-shore; and the other is the epitomy of ‘disaster’ capitalism.

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2015 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  November 7, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Continued from: 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
So by the numbers, for this year;

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2015 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  August 6, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

So by the numbers, for this year;

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2015 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

So by the numbers, for this year;

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Have the media finally learned to ask the right questions?

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

When right-wing, normally pro-National, columnists like the NZ Herald’s John Armstrong question the veracity of this government’s assertions, then it is another indication that things are not going well for John Key’s six-year old administration.

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Unemployment jumps from 5.4% to 5.7% – NZ Herald thinks it’s great news

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

If this is a ‘rockstar’ economy the beneficiaries and working poor didn’t get a ticket.

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Deep thought vs Deep prejudice

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

. . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless breeding“. The previous letter writer, a Mr Smith,  parrotted the usual prejudice, For too long, […]

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