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This Man Is Your Friend: He Fights For Freedom!

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Reflections On The Geopolitical Significance Of India On Independence Day

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“…And That’s How You Get Nazis” – The Polish Example

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

What if these “anti-Nazi” measures are, in point of fact, at least occasionally “how you get Nazis”?

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What’s Really Behind American Threats Against India

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

You know, it is a curious thing. When Pakistan made moves about potentially acquiring Russian-made S-400 anti-missile/anti-air system … there was, largely, silence. Yet when India goes to actualize acquisition of S-400 systems as part of a deal with Russia that was negotiated in 2016 – United States moves to impose sanctions on India.

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If You’re Serious About Southern – This Is The Next Logical Step

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

While s61 of the Human Rights Act makes it unlawful to “excite hostility against or bring into contempt” racial/ethnic groups in a variety of contexts … I am unaware of any parallel and corresponding prohibition on doing likewise against religious groups or adherents on a similar basis.

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US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council Is Cold War Caricature

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The US having issues around ‘inconvenient truths’ on human rights being brought up at the UN is not exactly a new phenomenon. This cartoon from the height of the Cold War depicts then-US President John F. Kennedy facing off against then-Premier/First Secretary of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev.

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Why I’m Not That Concerned About ACT Twerking Its Way To 2020 Victory

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

it’s probably useful at this point to take a bit of a closer look at the prediction being advanced in certain quarters that David Seymour’s efforts on a certain reality tv show of late might somehow singlehandedly revive the ACT Party. As an actual “party”, I mean, rather than an entity whose Parliamentary Caucus can currently be counted using the single finger of one hand. 

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“If This Is Marxism Then I Am Not A Marxist” – What Would Karl Think Of The PRC Claiming His 200th Birthday?

By   /  May 13, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It kinda amuses me, kinda infuriates me how much of a big deal the People’s Republic of China’s been making in relation to Marx’s birthday over the weekend.

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Juchee Vs McWorld – On The Perhaps Surprising Twilight Of The Idols Commencing In North Korea

By   /  May 2, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

So North Korea might be getting a McDonalds. Gosh, the bonanza of boons as a result of this nuclear climb-down just keep proliferating!

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On A Potential Future For The Commonwealth

By   /  May 1, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Slightly odd thought (which requires further development): The Commonwealth is at something of a crossroads at present, and understandably so. After all, it’s never truly made a ‘proper’ transition from a sort of vestigial “ashes of empire” into a properly multi-national bloc on any but a talking-shop level.

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Nothing Sensible Nor To Trust In Garth McVicar’s Sentence On Shooting

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

If McVicar’s a genuine enthusiast for summary executions in lieu of judicial process [and I’m *not* saying that that’s what yesterday’s occurrence was, by any stretch of the imagination – simply that that appears to be the logical next step to McVicar’s public advocacy], then that’s his business.

And a sorry business it is, too.

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For NZ First De Nile Is A River That Runs Through Warkworth

By   /  March 29, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Marcroft is supposed to have asked for a meeting with Mitchell, turned up, and bluntly laid out that Mitchell was to cease his support for a particular river restoration project if he wanted it to see funding from the Government.

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On The Greens’ Transition From Voice In The Wilderness To Ventriloquism Through Handing Their Questions To National

By   /  March 20, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Unquestionably the biggest news in politics of the past week – despite several somewhat sensationalized stories that’ve been in circulation recently – was the Green Party announcing a bold move to give the National Party their Primary Questions in Parliament on occasions when the former are not using them. 

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National’s Anti-Aircraft Fire At Ron Mark Proves To Be Blanks

By   /  March 16, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Good grief. The National Party’s attempted attack on Ron Mark would be farcical if it weren’t so downright facile. They’re claiming Defence Force aircraft were illegitimately used to transport Ron to official commitments in his capacity as Defence Minister from “Mark’s hometown, Masterton”.

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Get A Grip: Forcing A Handshake Is Not a Right

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

I’m not quite sure what was going through the head of the academic at the University of Auckland who sought to coerce a Muslim student into grasping hands with him, although for him to then go to the subsequent effort of attempting to run the poor girl through the University’s official complaints process for alleged sexual discrimination presumably suggests that it was quite some level of (faux) outrage. 

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On Trudeau’s Indian Posturing

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

A brief word on this whole Trudeau thing. The recent one, I mean…

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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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