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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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WTF: Why Trump Fired – The Tomahawks Of April

By   /  April 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

The world now waits and watches with amply baited breath to see what Putin and Russia will say or do in response. Not for the first time, the hopes for continued (broad) peace in our time rest upon burly Russian shoulders and pragmatic Slavic restraint.

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On NZ First’s Anti-Smacking Referendum

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

I’m therefore going to break ranks somewhat with many of the other voices on the liberal left and respectfully suggest that maybe Winston IS on to something here, and that there is, in fact, a case to be made for getting rid of the present section 59.

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Reflections On Trump’s Failure With ‘Ryancare’

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Late last week, the abysmal healthcare ‘reform’ proposal of Paul Ryan’s which Trump had inexplicably chosen to support … failed fairly unequivocally. How badly did it flounder? It didn’t even make it to First Reading, on grounds that even other Republicans could not bring themselves to vote for it.

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On Recent Opinion Polling

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

In any case, whilst my affection for the Roy Morgan poll is well known, it is certainly not the only game in town. And the Reid Research material out the same day makes for some decidedly interesting comparison-work between the two analyses.

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Inter-Generation Collaboration, Not Age-Based Warfare Needed To Defeat Neoliberal Scourge

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  60 Comments

Earlier this week, several minorly amazing things happened. National decided to breach its nine-year commitment to leave the retirement age untampered with; Labour found itself with an MP in a leadership position whom the public actually seem to like; and I caught myself red-handed agreeing with David Seymour.

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In Defence Of Ron Mark’s Record

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

In all of my dealings with Ron over the last few years, and from my ongoing observation of the ‘second phase’ of his Parliamentary career, if I could pick but two phrases to sum him up they would unquestionably be “man of principle”, and “fighting for a just cause, to defend our country”.

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You’d Have To Be High To Believe That Record Migration Is Due To Drug Use

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

It’s become a depressing pattern. Every time news of record migration numbers come out in the media, the National Party leap into action with another excuse for why they’re justified.

The most recent “alternative facts” laden argument for adding tens of thousands of people to the New Zealand labour market … is that apparently the workers already here can’t pass drug tests.

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Why I’d Be Voting For Joe Carolan In The Mt Albert By-Election

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I want Labour to run ‘to the left’ of where they were in 2014 – both because I’m sick of quasi-center-right warmed-over neoliberalism masquerading as progressive economic policy … but also because I genuinely believe that moving to the left will help Labour’s prospects later this year in September.

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What If I Told You That Labour Has Walked Into A Trap In Mt Albert…

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

You’d probably shoot me a somewhat incredulous look. Mt Albert, as the received wisdom goes, is a safe Labour seat – so safe, in fact, that National’s not even standing a candidate there. Apart from a minimum modicum of expended campaign-funds, what possible detriment could Labour incur by winning in the Mt Albert by-election to be held later this month?

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