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Worse than “fake news” – sloppy news!

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Sloppy as in: where a supposedly reputable mainstream media outlet presents a news story, but with a glaring error.  Case in point, TVNZ’s story on 25 March, reporting that “$1.7 million of taxpater’s money had been spent last year on airfares and escorts to deport overstayers – more than in any of the last five years”;

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Mark Mitchell – Flights of fancy?!

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

Former Defence Minister; failed National Party leader aspirant;  one-time mercenary-for-hire, and current (for the moment) National defence spokesman, Mark Mitchell, may have opened a 44-gallon drum-of-worms with his assertion that Coalition Defence Minister, Ron Mark, has been “using the Air Force as a personal taxi service”.

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Labour and NZ First sign up to TPPA – “is this capitalism with a human face”?

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders have just cause to doubt whether their own government would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to a multi-national with deep corporate pockets to launch a lawsuit against us.

We caved in the face of French demands to release two agents convicted of sabotage and murder.

We caved to (apparent) threats from Warner Bros to  move production of The Hobbit to another country. (The threat turned out to be baseless – but it nevertheless succeeded in ‘spooking’ the public.)

We (apparently) caved to demands from a lone Saudi businessman.

And then there was this curious event in June 2013, when the Chinese government may have exerted heavy pressure on the National government over a proposed fta with Taiwan – an island-state it considers a “renegade province”;

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The many mendacities of Mr Bridges – a few volts short of an EV

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Is it any surprise the Greens wanted nothing to do with National during coalition talks last year?

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The “free” market can’t even build a bloody hotel?!

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Our crisis in construction reaches tipping point! According to recent reports in the media, New Zealand is no longer able to build and complete major projects…

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National’s housing spokesperson Michael Woodhouse – delusional or outright fibber?

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The recent Housing Report reveals National’s ineptitude when it came to homelessness and housing unaffordability. Even retiring baby-boomers do not escape National’s incompetence when it came to unrestrained migration; insufficient housing stock; spiralling speculation; and poorly-planned infrastructure to cope with a rising population;

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The Mendacities of Mr English – No, I wasn’t told – Yes, I was told

By   /  February 4, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

On 2 November last year – and still smarting from a colossal rebuff from NZ First – Bill English was unabashedly vindictive at losing out on coalition talks to form a fourth National-led administration;

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Handouts to the Racing Industry? So no more homeless then?!

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Deputy PM, Racing Minister, and de facto godfather, Winston Peters  announced on Sunday (28 January) that the New Zealand racing industry was due for tax-cuts for horse breeders and a taxpayer-funded all-weather horse racing track;

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Professor Bill English lectures young New Zealanders on free education

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The notion of free education in this country has become like our “clean and green” environment and “100% Pure” rivers: a fiction. New Zealanders are deluding themselves if they believe education is still free.

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – toru

By   /  January 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

As  Parliament recently debated the new government’s Families Package Bill, some National MPs were increasingly upset that Urgency had briefly taken the debate into their precious lunch period;

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – rua

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

When born-to-rule Tories – with a bloated sense of self-worth and entitlement – slip up and let us peasant know how they really view us – it is usually unsurprising to most on the Left. Take, for example, Bill English’s candid admission that New Zealand’s lower wage rates were beneficial when it came to competing with Australia. On 10 April  2011, in an exchange with Guyon Espiner on TVNZ’s Q+A, English boasted of the benefits of low wages;

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – tahi

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Taking personal responsibility Mike Hosking-style

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Lorde takes a stand

By   /  December 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

In taking this courageous stand, Lorde follows in the steps of her parents’ generation who stood up against apartheid in South Africa; testing atomic bombs in  the South Pacific; New Zealand’s  involvement in the Vietnam War; and demanding a nuclear-free New Zealand.

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What I want for Christmas…

By   /  December 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Now is the time of the year when we send in  requests to that mysterious red-garbed being at the north pole for ‘goodies’ of one sort or another. This is my belated wish-list of gifts. But not gifts for myself. These are gifts for the whole of New Zealand…

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So “throwing money” at poverty does work, according to National?

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

One of the most commonly parroted cliches from the rightwing of politics; “throwing money at the problem” – usually with the add-on; ” – doesn’t solve anything”. Except, of course, when it comes to tax-cuts. Then it’s not so much “throwing money” at middle class and affluent voters – as labelling it a “reward”

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Only four years too late – TVNZ-Colmar Brunton catch up with The Daily Blog

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Four years ago, this blogger pointed out that then-existing polling methodologies – relying solely on landline respondents – was flawed. The 2013 Census had revealed a significant ‘chunk’ of the population had surrendered access to landlines, in favour of cellphone/smartphone usage.

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