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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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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Mycoplasma bovis, foot and mouth, National Party, and other nasty germs

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

The Mycoplasma bovis crisis confronting New Zealand is a story that will be dissected and commented on for decades to come.

This was not simply a matter of a bacteria infecting cattle. This was a  story on many levels; of flouted rules; a significant inadequacy of the “free market”; critical under-funding by National (no surprises there);  and the best silver-lining that farmers could possibly hope for…

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Judith Collins wins a Hypocrisy Award

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Playing politics with social issues is nothing new. National has perfected the art with it’s “tough on crime” rhetoric. It has also demonised solo-mothers; the unemployed; young people, and Housing NZ tenants with it’s meth-testing/contamination moral-panic.

Now National has added housing to it’s list.

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Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft calls for a fairer, egalitarian New Zealand

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

This weekend (26/27 May), two disparate voices called for a more egalitarian society in our country. The voices of Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, and Chief Executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern), Kim Campbell, both made statements on  TV3’s The Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A (respectively), that only a few years ago would have been heresy to neo-liberal orthodoxy.

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – 2,000 more state houses?!

By   /  May 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Soon after criticising the Coalition for “hiding debt in SOEs” – a capital offense that National was guilty of in 2009, and which contributed to  bankrupting Solid Energy by 2015 – National Party’s finance spokesperson, Amy Adams, was at it again.

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – “hidden borrowing”?!

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

National is at it again;  indulging in rank hypocrisy by criticising the Labour-NZ First- Green Coalition Government of policies that they themselves carried out.

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Simon burns his Teal Coalition Bridges

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

So with National’s antipathy to taking the crucial, hard steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, what was National’s reasoning to entice the Green Party into a coalition deal (or at least a confidence and supply arrangement)? The answer came from Bluegreens co-chairman, Geoff Thompson. Thompson was unequivocally clear in his stated intention to using his front-organisation as a way for National to return to power;

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