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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: A possible solution to Party campaign funding rorts

By   /  October 31, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

If Jami Lee Ross has achieved anything, it is casting the full glare of public scrutiny over Party donations. His methods may have been unorthodox – but he’s got our attention. We can no longer feign lack of awareness of this dark shadow over our democracy.

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EXCLUSIVE: Some troubling questions about the Ross Affair

By   /  October 25, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The bottom line is that a donation was made. The question is: how was it made? Both claims of a single $100k donation  and “eight donations” cannot be reconciled.

Someone is lying. By now the Police probably have a good idea who.

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Israel and Saudi Arabia: the rise of rogue states

By   /  October 14, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The West should choose it’s friends in the Middle East more carefully.

And New Zealand should have as little as possible to do with Israel and Saudi Arabia as possible. They are both rogue states.

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That was Then, This is Now #29 – Joyce’s $11.7 billion hole – goneburger!

By   /  October 4, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It would appear that Ms Kaye has inadvertently ‘sunk’ Steven Joyce’s claims of Labour’s $11.7 billion “hole” made during last year’s election campaign.

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A funny thing happened at the Mall…

By   /  October 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

If ever New Zealand draws up a constitution, our Second Amendment should guarantee the right to bear balloons. And that’s it: balloons.

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War – the line between rememberance and glorification

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

the depictions of the 2.4 times human scale figures of soldiers in various poses – from tragic weariness to stoic determination – raises questions surrounding those assertions. One particular aspect of the Te Papa display is deeply troubling when it’s implications are carefully considered.

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The housing crisis: NZers deliver their verdict

By   /  September 16, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders appear to have rejected National’s on-going carping at the Coalition government’s ‘Kiwibuild’ programme.

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Kicking a person when they are down is never a good thing

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

A seasoned professional like Jane Patterson, working for the most respected media outlet in this country, should know better.  Dumping on a person when they are down and out, at their most vulnerable, has no other name: bullying.

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I spy with my multitude of Eyes – the mass surveillance of a Supermarket in Kilbirnie

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

In an age of tracking by online corporations like Google and Facebook; by the apps in our smartphones; by CCTVs in buildings, streets, offices, etc – we have reached a surveillance state far surpassing anything envisioned by George Orwell.

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“Free speech” – The Rules according to the Right

By   /  August 29, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

For the Right-wing, free speech is fine. It just depends on who’s doing the speaking.
Did anyone seriously believe even for a nanosecond that it would be otherwise?

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Gerry Brownlee, David Farrar, and Brett Hudson win Hypocrisy Awards

By   /  August 26, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Ms Curran’s gaffs have sparked the usual and tedious pious pontification from the National Opposition benches. Former Christchurch Re-build Minister, and airline security hazard, Gerry Brownlee, climbed the rarified heights of Mount Moral Highground to demand Ms Curran’s sacking;

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While the Left fiddles, the Right beats their war-drum

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

While the Left has been fiddling about with much gnashing of teeth and tears of concern over the right of two Canadian neo-fascists to speak at an Auckland City council venue – National’s focus has been laser-like at regaining power in 2020.

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The Free-market, Hyper-individualism… and a Culture of Cruelty?

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

A certain amount of callousness; disdain; and outright hatred must replace  compassion, egalitarianism, and a sense of community cohesion if the neo-liberal version of “society” is to operate successfully.

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The Legacy of a Dismantled Prime Minister – Revisited

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Following John Key’s sudden (and largely unexplained) resignation on 5 December 2016, I wrote a piece lamenting that he had left no positive  legacy of significance; . . … much  has been said of Key’s “legacy”. Pundits have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out what  “legacy” can be attributed to eight […]

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The Many Mendacities of Mr Bridges – National’s fair-weather “commitment” to a Climate Change Commission

By   /  June 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Current National Party Leader, Simon Bridges has been making ‘noises’ about his Party’s new-found revelation that climate change is a major environmental issue…

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The Many Mendacities of Mr Bridges – The ‘Claytons’ Apology

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

When National’s Simon Bridges, fronted up on Radio NZ on 5 June, he apparently apologised for his role in the unjust evictions of 300 state house tenants for meth-testing results that have been shown by Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, as bogus.

Bridges said;

“I’m sorry that the advice we got was wrong and has made this situation what it is.”

Except – it’s not an apology for the wrongful evictions at all. It’s a lamentation that “the advice we got was wrong”.

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