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Twelve fun facts about National’s failed housing policies for Parmjeet Parmar to consider

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  67 Comments

National’s List MP, Dr Parmjeet Parmar, has launched a scathing attack on Housing NZ on social media and in a story in the NZ Herald;

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David Farrar – fomenting happy mischief at other people’s expense

By   /  January 6, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

One of the roles that bloggers/citizen journalists is to hold the mainstream media to account when they omit facts or are inaccurate in the way facts are presented. In this case, the Fairfax/Stuff reporting was so carelessly written as to make it utterly worthless.

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2018 – the year that weirdly was (2)

By   /  January 1, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

In many respects, 2018 was a strange year in politics. From weird gender-focused terminology to ongoing subterranean machinations within the National Party as it came to grips with being in Opposition – 2018 was one for the history books.

Now concluding my assessment of the weird year that was…

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2018 – the year that weirdly was (1)

By   /  December 30, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

In many respects, 2018 was a strange year in politics. From weird gender-focused terminology to ongoing subterranean machinations within the National Party as it came to grips with being in Opposition – 2018 was one for the history books.

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First they came…

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

A brief history of some of my political activism, set to a certain poetic style…

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A Tom Scott cartoon on Saudi Arabia…

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

Some things never seem to change.

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SPECIAL REPORT: David Seymour – A Valid ‘Hit’ and a Colossal ‘Miss’

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

For lone ACT MP, David Seymour, November has been a “mixed bag”.  The leader of a near-non-existent Party scored this month – though only one was a try/goal/bowled-out. The other was a foul/offside/no-ball that all but negated his previous success.

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Democracy denied – Labour’s saddest failing

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

Labour’s most tragic failing to date has largely flown under the media radar: to reinstate the right of prisoners to vote. Labour’s inaction is made worse in the knowledge that it would have taken little effort and very little cost to undertake.

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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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