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ReACTionary Politics

By   /  June 18, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Building mass support in 2019-20 is all about pitting oneself and one’s party against the “elites” and the impermeable “Establishment” those elites are pledged to defend. Seymour appears to believe that he can offer the right-wing populists the protection they need from New Left “intolerance” while, in the same breath, promising “the big end of town” the gift of tax cuts and a permanent deregulatory crusade.

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Ripped Away From Their Parents

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

That this regularly involves burly police officers carrying distraught and screaming children from their family home is a fact which Oranga Tamariki is very keen to keep from the public.

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Opinion Polling In 2019: More Art Than Science?

By   /  June 11, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Is it possible that opinion polling, like black-and-white television, was something peculiar to a particular historical era? To a time when everybody had a landline telephone; read the same newspapers; watched the same shows, at the same time, on television; and were limited to a choice between two very large and broad-based political parties?

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Climate Change Survivalism Is Not The Answer

By   /  June 7, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Buried amid the many very sensible suggestions for making this country as self-sufficient as possible, I noticed one proposal that sent a chill down my spine. There must be, according to Martyn, a “large scale increase in Navy, Army & Airforce”. Clearly, like so many survivalists, Martyn anticipates the arrival of unwelcome visitors, and he is determined to be ready for them.

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The Tamakis Quest For Dominion: More “Handmaid’s Tale”, Less “Modern Family”.

By   /  June 6, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

WHAT ARE THE TAMAKIS trying to do? Is the “Coalition Party” a serious political project? Or, is it merely another example of the flim-flam for which religious hucksters the world over are notorious? Certainly, Brian and Hannah Tamaki would not be the first evangelical religious pairing to enlist the aid of politics when too many of the seats in their expensive megachurches remain unoccupied.

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Simon Opens Fire – And I Apologise For Going Off Half-Cocked

By   /  May 30, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

SIMON BRIDGES this morning delivered the political performance of his career. Controlling his anger (but not hiding it) he sheeted home the blame for one of the most spectacular political omnishambles New Zealanders have witnessed for many years. Quite rightly, he demanded the resignation of the Treasury Secretary, Gabriel Makhlouf, and (with only marginally less justification) that of the Finance Minister, Grant Robertson.

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Simon At The Toll-Booth?

By   /  May 30, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

HAS SIMON BRIDGES been set up? Or, has he set himself up? Whichever explanation you prefer in relation to the Budget Leak/Hack, the conclusion is unavoidable. Bridges is simply too dumb to get out of his own way. Labour must love this guy: while he leads the National Party, Jacinda Ardern has nothing to fear. For Opposition MPs, however, the time has surely come for Bridges to be replaced by Judith Collins. The man’s political judgement is appalling. His response to bad news is to make it worse. He has to go.

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