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National’s (“New”) Boot Camps Policy – HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER? Or Will That Just Be The Criminals

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It has been said by a mind far wittier than myself that whilst history doesn’t repeat … it sure does rhyme. The commentator who uttered that forgot to add that on certain occasions, it just outright plagiarizes. But looking at National’s recent announcement over the weekend of what looks set to be one of its […]

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Jacinda Effect > Metiria Affect – Why The Greens’ Polls Are Down

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

In the coming days, as the vultures of various news outlets attempt to pick clean the carcass of a once-indomitable woman in their pursuit of sensationalized post-mortems, you are going to hear a lot about how Turei’s transgressions in the court of public opinion rendered her resignation both unavoidable and vital for the Green Party’s […]

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THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES – What Ardern/Davis Means For NZF & MANA

By   /  August 2, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

By the end of this week, a quantity of ink fit to fill Lake Rotoiti – and sufficient electrons to power Tiwai Point for about the space of half an hour – will no doubt have been marshalled in service of commentating upon what Jacinda Ardern’s ‘shock’ elevation to the leadership of Labour means for that party. And, for that matter, the prospects of actually securing ‘progressive’ governance in 2017.

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BATTLEGROUND WAIRARAPA

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Every Election, there’s a seat or several whose outcomes are fantastically interesting to watch. This is because they are the ones that are actually balanced upon the knife-edge – where a few dozen votes one way or ‘tuther will actually help to determine the shape and course of our politics for years or even decades to come.

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The Kiwi Motörhead – New Zealand First Convention Coverage 2017

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

I realized something the other day. New Zealand First is basically the Kiwi Politics equivalent to Motorhead. And while I’d not be entirely surprised as to which of Winston or Lemmy would be more potentially insulted by a comparison to the other … even looking beyond the black-and-white colour-scheme, snaggly-toothed attitude, and frequent fan-base amongst […]

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On Why The Greens REALLY Tore Into NZ First Over The Weekend

By   /  July 11, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

I’ve taken awhile off commenting on a .. certain area of New Zealand Politics for personal reasons; but looking at my newsfeed for the past 24 hours, it’s pretty clear a number of things need to be said about the Green Party’s recent comments on New Zealand First.

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Are Todd Barclay And National High-Ups Guilty Of Witness Tampering?

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

There’s just something about living in a small, insular ‘everybody-knows-everybody’ kinda place that makes attempts at pulling off a genuine “cover-up” something of a fool’s errand.

Todd Barclay, apparently, is that fool.

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A Point To Consider On s59 ‘Anti-Smacking’ Debate

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

There’s a point to be made on this whole ‘Anti-Smacking’/s59 debate which New Zealand First has brought back to the limelight, that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else making.

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Only Thing “Rancid” About Butter Chicken Comment Is Shane Jones

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There are a few things to be said in response to Shane Jones’ recent declaration that New Zealand’s immigration policy is as “rancid” as “butter chicken”. The first of these, is that this is rather rich criticism coming from Mr Jones. The last time he was in Parliament, he was part of a party that […]

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“Oh Snap” – Storming Into The New And Excellently Populist World Post-UK General Election

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

At the time of writing, we are perhaps a mere forty-eight hours after the results of the UK’s General Election came in. And already, it seems like an entire Amazonian forest of trees, and a fairly literal Black Sea of ink have already been spilled in attempting to make sense of what has happened.

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“And Not A Reason To Be Missed – If You’re On Their Little List” : Thoughts on the Green Party’s 2017 List

By   /  May 31, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

The ‘draft’ iteration released some weeks ago has already inspired considerable debate [and/or jeering]; and it is interesting to note that the finalized version put out yesterday appears to ‘double down’ on some of the things which rendered the previous List such a lightning-rod for commentariat controversy.

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This Is Your [Former] Police Minister On Drugs

By   /  May 24, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Earlier this week, somebody asked Judith Collins what she thought of Gareth Morgan. Ever the diplomat, her curt response was that if she wound up having to deal with him … she’d “probably take up drugs”. No word, as yet, on whether she’d also find this necessary working with Winston.

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A Radically Reasonable Proposal For Cigarettes And Dairy Owners

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The ongoing travails of our nation’s convenience store and dairy operators have grown to such a scale that even those perennial champions of Ostrich Economics in our Government are unable to ignore them.

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Why Our Government Really Has No Interest In “Solving” The Kiwi Mental Health Crisis

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

I will be genuinely surprised [and inestimably pleased] if any of our political class dare – as part of what’s set to become this year’s election debates – to name the specter whose rapacious possessionary antics have fed so perniciously into the mental health crisis of today.

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Viva La What Exactly…?

By   /  May 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Well, the dust has already started to clear; and the inevitable, inordinate triumphalism appears to have begun in earnest. No sooner had news of Macron’s 65-35 victory over ‘the dreaded’ Le Pen become public, than the caterwauling chorus of ‘usual suspects’ had come out of the woodwork to proclaim this some combination of the Midway and the D-Day in the ongoing fight of once-dominant neoliberal globalism back against the newly resurgent ‘spectre’ of more economically left nationalism.
But was it really?

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What To Do About Window-Washers

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The people engaging in window-washing are, for the most part, unemployed and to a certain extent possibly unemployable. They may be subsisting on a benefit [which, let’s remember, even the Minister of Social Development herself implicitly stated one couldn’t survive on without engaging in criminal behavior]; and one has to wonder – if prevented from attempting to earn a bit of extra cash window-washing, where else might they go in order to try and make ends meet.

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