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Don Brash’s attitudes a relic of colonialism

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Don Brash also overlooked the historical and contemporary diversity, and complexity of New Zealand, saying ‘New Zealand values are British values’, and that a lot of socio-economic deprivation among Maori is because they ‘don’t speak English properly’.

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Reflections on racial exclusion in an EziBuy catalogue

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The absence of ethnically diverse women in fashion magazines as part of media bias, ‘defines the contours of society’, shapes our understanding of the world, how we see ourselves, how we are seen, and helps create ‘social identities and realities’. It’s a form of ‘racial framing’.

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On calling out the excesses of capitalism

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

It’s true that capitalism has failed low income earners who live in poverty at one of the highest rates in the developed world, and indeed, all over the world. It’s failed the children who live in those low-income homes. It’s failed the homeless. But capitalism has also failed our rivers, our oceans, biodiversity, future generations and our atmosphere.

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NZ companies complicit in culture of violence, intolerance and oppression

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

War is great for business. About $1.68 trillion worth of business globally as of 2015. Defence market reports say global tension and conflict will drive ongoing defence spending, “leading to global market opportunities for exporters”. Even here in NZ, our comparatively small defence budget is increasing, and NZ based military technology manufacturers are poised to […]

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Theo Spierings: An Icon of Inequality

By   /  October 1, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Mahatma Ghandi said the true measure of any society is its treatment of its most vulnerable members. Others say inequality is the measure of fairness in society. The massive levels of inequality in modern capitalist societies reflect badly by any measure. Egalitarian New Zealand is a myth.

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Little chance of system change, but change in government is a good place to start

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

For those of us who also want a more fundamental change than just rearranging the parliamentary seating order, and minor changes by degrees, in some ways, hope competes with despair. I’d like to take a vote on neo-liberalism itself but it’s not even on the agenda.

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National Party sacrifices human rights to politics

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Bill English and Paula Bennett admitted the new powers would stretch human rights laws, but would only apply to serious criminals who had ‘fewer human rights than others’ anyway, clearly misunderstanding human rights. We should be wary when the Prime Minister and his Deputy are prepared to trade off these rights as a pawn in desperate election politics.

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NZ’s huge criminal underclass created from political choice

By   /  August 19, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Criminals aren’t born, they’re created. They’re created in response to a combination of factors such as socioeconomic status (poverty) and class (social marginalisation and exclusion), family dysfunction, illiteracy, unemployment, substance abuse and mental ill-health. And they’re created by punitive laws, ‘penal populism’ leading to policies ‘strong on law and order’, unconscious bias in the police force, and subsequent distortions in remand terms and conditions, sentencing and incarceration.

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Labour’s prospects after its (latest) leadership change

By   /  August 2, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Labour definitely couldn’t afford to poll any lower – without risking key senior MPs. So the departure of Andrew Little probably couldn’t damage the party any more than if he were to stay. Even though it’s extraordinary (but not unprecedented) for a leader to resign so close to an election, desperate times call for desperate measures.

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G20 meeting highlights the crisis of capitalism

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The self-selected ‘cabal’ of ‘Caesars’ meeting at the G20 represented 85% of the world’s GDP, had limited political mandate to make decisions, and excluded most of the ‘Global South’. They embodied the world’s richest elites making decisions affecting the world’s poorest, behind closed doors.

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When Winston Came to Town

By   /  July 5, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

Winston Peters came to my home town of Kumeu last weekend. I thought I’d go along to check him out. I’d wondered why people vote NZ First, though a number of good people I know are keen supporters. I wanted to see if the hype was true about his alleged charisma and charm, get to the bottom of those provocative immigration policies, try to get a measure of the man.

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Grenfell Tower – an Epitaph to Epic Failure

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Only when inequality, deregulation, austerity and privatisation are reversed, will justice be done for the Grenfell dead.

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British Election Results are a Moral Victory for Corbyn’s Alternative Political Possibilities

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

The loss of Theresa May’s clear Conservative majority has already rocked conventional assumptions, agendas and elites. The realm of the politically possible has been blasted open – because the electoral support for Corbyn doesn’t just reflect a resurgence for British Labour, it has allowed a publicly popular discussion about a whole different political economy.

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The war on terror fails innocents everywhere

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  52 Comments

The war on terror has desensitised the western world to senseless waste of life and acts of arbitrary justice in the Middle East, and hypersensitised us to terrorism risks at home.

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Fertiliser causes social injustices in Western Sahara and environmental injustices here

By   /  May 14, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

New Zealand farmers are out of step. As a developed agricultural nation selling our produce and our brand to the world, our companies should be among those showing social responsibility in refusing to buy rock phosphate fertiliser from Moroccan occupied Western Sahara.

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Anti-immigration rhetoric blames the victim not the system

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Instead of standing of the side of the cultural and capitalist oppressor and adopting its discourse of exclusion and the antagonism of difference, thinking workers of New Zealand, and elsewhere, should show solidarity with other workers and stand for better standards of living and workplace rights. Don’t blame the victim when the system itself is the problem.

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