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On English’s Billexit And Why This Means National Is In Trouble For 2020

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

I’m frankly a bit puzzled when it comes to yesterday’s shock political news, and for one simple reason: Contrary to what a number of people are saying (particularly the “SECOND ELECTION LOST IN A ROW” style of comments) – Bill English leaving the National Party Leadership and Parliament may not actually help contribute to a National-led government in 2020.

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On National’s Recent Leadership Rumblings

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

I was thinking about the recent rumblings in the National Party towards their ‘leadership team’, and something didn’t quite add up.

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On Pregnancy-Induced Irrationality & Mood-Swings In The Nation’s Electorate

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The specter of a woman having a child out of wedlock whilst drawing tens of thousands of dollars a year from the state in income must cause absolute paroxysms of political pyroclasmis! 

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A Point Being Overlooked In The Trump-Haiti “Shithole” Controversy

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

[Author’s Note: Due to some confusion derived from people not reading beyond the first few lines, it’s probably necessary to include a disclaimer at this point – I’m NOT defending Trump here. Read the whole thing before angrily writing in to suggest otherwise, please.] 

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On Donald Trump’s “Stability” – Mental Health & Politics: Tarred, Feathered & Straightjacketed

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Let us be clear about this: if you’re going to oppose Donald Trump or anyone else … please let it be for actual, tangible reasons rather than motivated by a media-fostered fear and loathing of the victims of mental illness.

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Bitcoin – A Glimpse At Our (Grim) Economic Future

By   /  December 14, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

There’s been quite a lot of mainstream media attention on the Bitcoin phenomenon recently. And while any amount of prognostication about whether its runaway increases in value represent a bubble can be found pretty much wherever one cares to look, there’s one aspect of the present Bitcoin boom that I think’s been somewhat under-discussed. 

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“It’s Not Hypocrisy When We Do It” – The National Party’s All-Out Attack On Michael Cullen Chairing Labour’s Tax Working Group

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Now here’s a curious thing … right now the National Party is going absolutely hammer-and-tong attempting to attack the Labour Party’s Tax Working Group – for, among other things, the fact it’s set to be chaired by former Labour Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen.

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Why New Zealand Is REALLY Under Pressure Over Russian Trade From Atlanticists With An Agenda

By   /  November 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Well this is interesting, isn’t it. No sooner does New Zealand start talking openly about pursuing a trade policy that is more independent of the Atlanticist E.U.-American block, than the threats start being issued unto us by their diplomats and local mouthpieces; with pliant domestic (yet invariably foreign-owned) media haplessly buying into the hysteria.

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“Inflamatory Remarks”

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

You know, it is a peculiar thing to wake up to various people demanding the expulsion of an Iranian diplomat for remarks he made at a private gathering about the state of Israel. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong about this … but it was not Iran which boldly threatened a state of war with our country only a few months ago, now, was it.

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Will The New Zealand Election Outcome Mean A Fair Go For Russia?

By   /  October 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

[Author’s Note: this piece was originally prepared for an international audience; and is presented unaltered from its original form] Late last month, New Zealanders went to the polls for our most recent General Election. The final results have just a few days ago been announced, and they place the nationalist New Zealand First party of […]

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The Golden Path Mk.II: NZ First’s Quantum Superposition Of Solitude

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Many moons ago – back when the notion of replacing Andrew Little with Jacinda Ardern was the sort of pie-in-the-sky idea dismissed by almost all serious commentators as almost assuredly fatal to both her party and her person, rather than some form of titanic/cthonic masterstroke capable of apparently singlehandedly reshaping the political landscape upon a whim – I sat down to pen a piece entitled “The Golden Path”.

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Does Labour’s Man In The Wairarapa Have A Gaping Gulf Betwixt Rhetoric And Reality?

By   /  September 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Earlier in the week, Wairarapa Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty made some pretty stirling remarks about the problems of social housing and housing affordability at a local Meet The Candidates event. He’s quoted by the Wairarapa Times-Age as stating an intent to “prioritise” sorting the present situation wherein denizens of the local Trust House social housing scheme have […]

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A “Rumour” For Ron Shows The Race Is On In The Wairarapa

By   /  September 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I got a lead on a major party poll that had just been done in the Wairarapa, and which basically confirmed what I’d been saying. It ranked the contenders for the seat both in terms of their support out there in the electorate (i.e. how many folk were likely to vote for them) – but also in terms of their ‘likeability’, relatability, recognizability and such.

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WTF – [W]inston’s Pension; [T]he #MotherOfAllScandals; and [F]ilthy Politics in 2017

By   /  August 30, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Look “behind the curtain”, if you will. 

The timing of events is, in politics, almost never coincidental. 

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Purple Rain Man: The Brief History Of Thirty Three Years Of Peter Dunne In Parliament

By   /  August 23, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

I remember once upon a time remarking that Peter Dunne’s occupancy of the Ohariu seat was one of the great certainties in life, almost equivalent to those other inevitabilities – “Death” and “Taxes”. Which, given his previous positions as Minister of Revenue and Associate Health Minister, was a perhaps apt comparison. The other (slightly disappointed) […]

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Why I’m Not Celebrating Steve Bannon’s Ouster From The White House

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

At the time of writing, it’s been perhaps sixteen hours since news of Steve Bannon’s resignation broke. And dependent upon which side of the aisle you’re sitting on, this is either the best news since the Emancipation Proclamation because an alleged far-right apocalyptic ideologue has been turfed out of a position of power … or […]

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