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Those Who Do Not Learn The Lessons Of History …

By   /  March 26, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

MARAMA DAVIDSON and Golriz Ghahraman would be well advised to take a break and read a little history. Not the history of colonial New Zealand: they seem very well-acquainted with that dismal narrative. No, the history they should familiarise themselves with, is the history of the Alliance in the weeks and months that followed the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

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Keeping The Devil Down In The Hole.

By   /  March 22, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  69 Comments

The proposition being advanced by Davidson, Ghahraman, and many others on the left, is that terrorist acts are the by-products of societies steeped in racism and xenophobia: that they constitute the merely the awful apex of a much larger pyramid of prejudice. By discouraging the expression of the milder prejudices embedded at the base of this grim pyramid, they argue, their transmission upwards to damaged individuals like the Christchurch shooter can be interrupted, and lives saved.

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What Happened Here?

By   /  March 17, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

Part of the answer, the most important part, we have already seen. In the floral tributes outside the nation’s mosques. In the images of the imam and the rabbi embracing each other. In the Pasifika voices raised in a hymn of heart-breaking poignance. In the Maori and Pakeha faces wet with tears, yet set in grim defiance. In the passionate cry of the massacre survivor: “This is not New Zealand!” In the nearly $5 million already raised to support the victims’ families. The answer already given by the people of New Zealand, united in grief, is unequivocal: When confronted with such reckless hate, the only possible answer is aroha – love.

The wrong answer; the answer the terrorist is always hoping the strategic targets of his rage will give; is to meet recklessness with recklessness; hate with hate.

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MUST READ: Listening To Kate Raworth On Nine To Noon

By   /  March 15, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

It is a tragedy that in the eighteen months this government has been in office there’s been so little evidence of the renegade economics made popular by writers like Raworth. The Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, schooled by his mentor – the former Finance Minister, Sir Michael Cullen – is a ploddingly orthodox economic manager. The economic settings he has chosen to steer by, being virtually identical to those the previous National Government chose to steer by, will inevitably deliver New Zealand to a very similar destination.

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By Other Means

By   /  March 14, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

When the US Government warned the rest of the world that, when it comes to securing regime change in Venezuela, “nothing is off the table”, most observers assumed it was talking about some form of military intervention. (An impression encouraged by a video-clip of National Security Advisor John Bolton’s hand-scrawled aide memoire “5,000 troops”.)

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Why Isn’t JA Channelling AOC?

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

WHY ISN’T JACINDA ARDERN channelling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)? This is not a frivolous question. Labour found itself swept into a winning position at the end of 2017 almost entirely on the strength of Jacinda’s extraordinary appeal – especially to voters under 40.

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Separating The Singer From The Song

By   /  March 8, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

BACK IN THE DAYS when I boasted much more hair and carried far fewer kilos, I was right into (as we said back then) writing songs. One of those songs, The Other Side of Town, opened like this:

Well, the street has been my teacher
And poverty my nurse

Oh dear, how my family and friends chortled. “You wouldn’t know how to live out on the street if your life depended on it!”, snorted one.

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Jacinda’s Magic Politics

By   /  March 7, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

WHAT IS IT? This weird, emotionally energetic style of politics that promises “transformational” change and then, mysteriously, fails to deliver it? What should we call it? Something less than the old-fashioned left-wing populism of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn. Much more, however, than the cynical deployment of standard PR techniques. It is a style which […]

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EXCLUSIVE: CTU Resolution Backs The Junior Doctors – Over Its President’s Strong Objections

By   /  March 4, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The carrying of the resolution thus represented a rare assertion of the interests of private sector workers within the CTU – as well as an important breaking-of-ranks within the usually dominant “Big Four” public sector unions. Together, Wagstaff’s opponents have delivered a stunning blow to his presidential mana, greatly reducing his chances of being re-elected to a second term as leader of the CTU.

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The Media’s Double Standards.

By   /  March 1, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

The questions that arise from the Hanoi Summit are all about diplomatic and journalistic consistency. The United States and the Western news media both need to explain why the measured diplomacy and largely accurate reporting on display in Hanoi, has been so conspicuously absent with regard to Venezuela. The naked diplomatic aggression and outright lies which have characterised the West’s treatment of the Venezuelan Government could hardly be more different from its handling of the DPRK’s “Supreme Leader”.

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The Greatest Crime In Human History?

By   /  February 28, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

So overwhelming was this sudden depopulation of the Americas that it ended up affecting the global climate. Human communities across the Americas had relied upon wood for heating and construction. Forest clearance was also necessary for the cultivation of crops. The sudden elimination of millions of human beings, leading to the disappearance of entire communities, led to the rapid advancement of forests across thousands of square miles on both continents. The increased sequestration of carbon which resulted from this natural process of reforestation lowered the level of atmospheric CO2 and triggered what became known as the “Little Ice Age” of the Seventeenth Century.

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How Big Is Your Army?

By   /  February 26, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

POLICE NUMBERS just topped 13,000. Forty years ago there were fewer than half that number – considerably fewer. Astonishingly, we now have almost as many cops as we do soldiers. At last count the New Zealand Defence Force numbered 14,921. Put those numbers together and the state’s coercive potential turns out to be not far shy of 30,000 highly-trained and fearsomely-equipped men and women. Those who allow expressions like “revolution” and “class war” to trip so merrily off their tongues should be required to explain where their 30,000 highly-trained and fearsomely-equipped men and women are currently hiding – just waiting for the word.

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Is Corbyn Allowing Yesterday’s Enemies To Win Again?

By   /  February 24, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

What the world is currently witnessing in the UK, is the “pre-emptive split” that simply has to happen if the looming, uncontrolled, disintegration of the British Right, and the left-wing victory such an unmediated break-up would permit, is to be circumvented.

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Dying In A Ditch For A Capital Gains Tax That Half The Country Doesn’t Want

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

THE LABOUR-GREEN TECHNOCRATIC LEFT is clearly preparing to die in the very same ditch in which the Right hopes to bury the proposed Capital Gains Tax (CGT). This is unfortunate, since one of the more annoying, if unintended, consequences of such folly is likely to be the fall of the Coalition Government. Assuming, of course, that Winston Peters and NZ First are willing to die alongside their Labour and Green comrades. The sheer improbability of that happening is really the only ray of hope illuminating what is otherwise a pretty dreary situation.

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Just Like “Rogernomics”, A Capital Gains Tax Would Traumatize The New Zealand Economy

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

LATER THIS WEEK, the recommendations of the Tax Working Group will become public. It is highly likely that a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of some description will be near the top of the Working Group’s “To Do” list. How should Labour handle this extremely hot potato? The tax which all the experts tell us we have to have has much to recommend it theoretically, but, in the bluntest of practical political terms, it could very easily destroy this government.

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Political Sadism, Or Moral Inertia? Explaining David Clark

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

David Clark does not appear to have a metric for moral force. The calculation of our health system’s ethical obligations seems beyond him. How, when all is said and done, does one measure a family’s sorrow, or calculate a young doctor’s dedication?

What is the market-price of kindness?

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