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National’s Moderates May Win This Leadership Battle – But Can They Win The War?

By   /  February 20, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

With the serried ranks of the now largely unified National Caucus arrayed against her, Collins could elect to either fight it out to the bitter end, or, to lower her banners and join in Adams’ victory feast.

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EXCLUSIVE: “The data is simply not available, Minister.”

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

IS LABOUR getting Sir-Humphreyfied on housing?

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MUST READ: The Second Coming of National’s Rough Beasts

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

WHAT ROUGH BEAST SLOUCHES towards Wellington to be born? What sort of National Party are the people who brought down Bill English trying to establish? And will there be enough reasonable men and women in National’s caucus on Tuesday, 27 February to stop them?

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Taking Stock: Is the Government Doing Enough to End the Housing Crisis?

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The policies advanced by the Labour-NZF-Green government in response to New Zealand’s housing crisis – most particularly Labour’s KiwiBuild initiative – no longer impress informed observers as either bold or comprehensive enough to bring about a speedy resolution of the crisis. On the contrary, they seem doomed to fail: there being neither the material, nor the human, resources required to make them succeed.

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Hard Choices: Genter’s Candidacy Lights-Up The Greens’ Internal Divisions

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Assuming the fight remains a straight-forward contest between Davidson’s symbolism and Genter’s pragmatism, the pragmatist will, almost certainly, join Shaw at the top of her party’s greasy pole.

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Blowing Smoke: Why Jacinda needs to talk less and do more.

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

The “other half” of New Zealand is crying out to this government for brave deeds – not fine words. The last thing Jacinda needs to be remembered for is substituting stardust for substantive action.

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Can Sovereignty Be Shared?

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Jacinda’s intentions and those of her Maori caucus colleagues are unquestionably benign. But in political circumstances as fraught as these, good intentions are seldom enough. If, as the revisionist historians insist, Maori sovereignty was never ceded to the Crown, then the descendants of the Waitangi signatories’ determination to reclaim it; to exercise it; is entirely reasonable.

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Hypothetical Questions

By   /  February 2, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and his White House staff are convinced America’s “Deep State” is out to get them. They’re probably right.

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Long Live The Sun Queen!

By   /  December 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

I have participated in, and written about, politics for close to 40 years, but in all that time I can honestly say I have never witnessed anything like Jacinda Ardern’s first media conference as Labour Leader.

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Governing For The “Other Half” Of New Zealand

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

THE LABOUR PARTY has never been very tolerant of dissenters. It is, therefore, unsurprising that very few within its ranks have reacted positively to my recent posting on The Daily Blog. No matter how many private reservations Labour supporters may be harbouring about Grant Robertson’s “fiscally responsible” economic policies, they would rather his critics refrained from giving public voice to their concerns.

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Grant Robertson’s “Mini Budget” Presents Progressives With A “Maxi-Problem”

By   /  December 15, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

IT’S OFFICIAL – there is now no prospect of this government living up to its promises of introducing “transformational” change. Thanks to Grant Robertson, the Labour-NZ First-Green Government will, with one exception, be fundamentally indistinguishable from the Clark-Cullen ministry of 1999-2008.

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Yanis Varoufakis Would Tell Grant Robertson That Neoliberalism’s Rules Are For Breaking – Not Keeping.

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

IMAGINE THE REACTION if Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, announced a broad-ranging, government-sponsored seminar on progressive economics chaired by Yanis Varoufakis. Vilified and demonized by EU bankers and politicians for his heterodox economic ideas, Varoufakis resigned as Greece’s Finance Minister rather than impose yet another of the European Central Bank’s crushing economic diktats on his impoverished homeland.

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Warning Signs: The Briefings To Incoming Ministers Reveal A Country Gripped By Multiple Crises

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The grim picture painted in the BIMs is the consequence of National’s class-driven programme of austerity. Labour’s seeming helplessness in the face of the multiple crises they reveal, is the direct consequence of its refusal to accept that the wounds of austerity can only be healed by applying the sovereign remedy of substantial increases in state spending – facilitated by a radical expansion of the tax base.

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Trump Recognises Jerusalem: The Zionist End-Game Begins

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

By announcing the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump has sent two very important messages to the extreme Zionist elements in Israeli society. The first message is brutally simple: the so-called “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead. The second, to the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, is that, as the political logic of the two-state solution’s demise is followed to its inevitable and brutal conclusion, the United States has got Israel’s back. Not just at the UN Security Council, but everywhere Israel needs American support.

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Radical Transformers? Doesn’t Sound Like It.

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

TO ACCUSE POLITICIANS of being part of a “tax and spend” government is just another way of calling them social-democrats. By the same token, politicians who explicitly renounce the policies of tax and spend are signalling that they are anything but social-democrats.

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Green Party Lesson No. 1: Anticipating The Direction Of Political Sniper Fire

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

IN POLITICS, as in war, the aggressor’s first strike is almost always directed against the defender’s weakest point. That being the case, the National Opposition has clearly identified the Ardern Government’s lacklustre political management skills as its primary target. Their secondary target, equally clearly, is the Greens

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