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A Diet Of Lies

By   /  November 13, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Very few New Zealanders ever grasped what the rest of the world saw when it looked upon the British Empire: a huge blood-smeared lion whose sharp teeth and vicious claws struck terror into the hearts of all those too weak to resist them.

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MUST READ: The White, Male, Losers’ Liberator Wins Again

By   /  November 8, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  52 Comments

VERY LITTLE on this earth can match the agony of being trapped inside your own skin. To be aware that you are not what those whose opinions you respect wanted you to be. Your parents, your family, your pastor, your teachers, your boss, your friends: all of them at one time or another believed in you; thought you had what it took to succeed. Except you didn’t succeed, you failed. You are not a winner, you’re a loser. A loser trapped inside his own skin.

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MUST READ: Labour’s Dunedin Conference: Returning To The Scene Of The Crime

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

THE LAST TIME the NZ Labour Party held its conference in Dunedin the stakes could not have been higher. Those for whom the Labour Party represented democratic-socialism were pitted against those for whom the Labour Party represented electoral pragmatism and the fulsome praise of New Zealand’s leading capitalists. In other words, it was a straight-out fight between the Left and the Right.

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Why Lime Is Leaving A Sour Taste In My Mouth

By   /  November 2, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

WHAT DOES IT SAY about the times we are living in that electric scooters are permitted to share our footpaths? These vehicles are capable of speeds of up to 27 kms p/hr –  constituting a significant threat to the health and safety of riders and pedestrians alike.

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Nightmare On Bolsonaro Street

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

PRESIDENT-ELECT JAIR BOLSONARO and Halloween are made for each other. If you’re attempting to evoke feelings of fear and dread, then the next President of Brazil is indisputably the right man for the job. For sheer terror, however, nothing beats contemplating the people whose votes propelled him into office.

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The Long-Term Green Advantage of Uncommon Sense

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  71 Comments

THE MAINSTREAM NEWS media’s constant and effusive praise for Green co-leader, James Shaw, draws into sharp focus the party’s fundamental contradiction. That the supra-political character of the present planetary crisis must doom to failure any attempt to present the Greens as just-another-political-party. Undaunted, Shaw exploits with considerable skill the urgent need of the status-quo’s defenders’ to keep “common-sense solutions” in play. Were in not so tragic, this acquiescence to the short-termism that defines both the intractability of climate change, and of modern politics, would be hugely and comically ironic.

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Who Do The Greens Think They Are?

By   /  October 26, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

Not to worry, though, because Marama Davidson is rehabilitating the word “cunt” and sticking it to the misogynist “bros” on social media. Right-on, sister!

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Questions, Questions, Questions

By   /  October 25, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Questions, questions, questions: there is still so much that we don’t know about the extraordinary events of the past ten days. And perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the whole saga is how unwilling all but a handful of journalists have been to dig too deeply for the facts the public is so anxious to learn.

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Missing

By   /  October 23, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

Who has that acid now? Who is in possession of Ross’ property? His family? The unnamed mental health facility detaining him? The Police? The National Party? What, if any, obligation are those holding Ross’s phone, his laptop, his hard-copy files, under to keep them safe from prying eyes? What, if anything, has been happening at Ross’s home and/or his parliamentary and electorate offices in the time that has elapsed since he was taken into state custody? Has anyone come calling? If so, who was it – and what were they after?

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A Quick Update

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

REDACTED: Well, as REDACTED predicted, SB’s refusal to grant JLR everything he asked for back in February sent him into a black fury and made him extremely receptive to the idea of getting his own back. It really was very clever of you, REDACTED, to identify JLR’s acute sensitivity to even the slightest of slights. I’ve seldom encountered anyone more willing to allow their passion to over-rule their reason.

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How Much Damage Has Jamie Lee Ross Really Done?

By   /  October 18, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING inside the National Party Caucus? Are we witnessing a genuine intra-party meltdown or merely the political and personal disintegration of a single individual? When all the dust has settled, will very much have changed?

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No Country For Dishonourable Men

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

NICKY HAGER’S latest revelations concerning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) could not be more timely. In the year of #MeToo, he has exposed a culture of toxic masculinity extending from the top to the bottom of New Zealand’s armed forces.

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Donald Trump And The Art Of Populist Grotesque.

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

IN A RECENT POST Jane Kelsey identifies some of the more important challenges posed for the Left by Donald Trump. His peculiar mix of worker-friendly policies and corporate concessions. His willingness to advance protectionism – along with a host of other ideas long-declared “verboten” by neoliberal ideologues. His brazen rejection of globalism. His reaffirmation of the citizen’s indissoluble duty of loyalty to the nation state – and vice versa.

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A Change Of Plan

By   /  October 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

IT WAS LATE and the fire was dying. The wine bottle was definitely not half full. In the far corner a couple of vapers appeared to smoke. But up this end, nearest the fire, I was alone. Until she turned up.

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Petrol Pump Politics

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

“AT A DOLLAR a gallon we can’t afford Rowling.” Given his latest media release,  “Government pricing Kiwis out of their cars”, someone’s obviously been schooling up young Simon Bridges on the way Rob Muldoon smashed Labour in 1975.

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The Political Amnesia Of Winston Peters’ Critics

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Far from undermining our parliamentary democracy, the Electoral Integrity legislation which NZ First insisted form a central part of this new coalition government’s programme now stands as a solid protection against any repetition of the constitutional outrage of 1998. That blatant attack on MMP which Winston Peters perennial critics either cannot, or will not, acknowledge.

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