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Break out the champagne! City Care victory

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

After a two-year battle KOA was successful in not only stopping the sale of the council works company City Care but also in pressuring the council to restore the company to the strategic assets list.

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Christchurch council helps National’s social vandalism

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It is deeply disappointing to see the Christchurch City Council lining up to help the government sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch.

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What does the Corbyn result in the UK mean for New Zealand?

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

New Zealand’s Labour Party is a neo-liberal, free market party with policies to match. If NZ Labour wins in September then income inequality and wealth inequality will continue to increase while the rest of us struggle to add that extra lining to the pockets of the idle rich.

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Why do we give knighthoods to losers?

By   /  June 6, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

What has that man done to deserve a knighthood? Was it the pulling of ponytails? Was it the flag referendum? Was it the lies about mass surveillance? Was it the hundreds of thousands of our kids he left in poverty? Was it the failure of the housing market? Was it the exponential rise in electricity prices? Was it for running down the public health system? Was it for underfunding education? Was it for screwing the poor?

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A reality check on the budget

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The simple truth is that the bulk of high wage and salary earners, low-wage employers and parasitic landlords are National Party supporters. This is their budget.

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Budget 2017 – here we go again

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

All indications are National is about to outflank Labour on the left with its 2017 budget and leave the party that claims to represent working New Zealanders struggling to appear relevant.

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Gerry Brownlee’s new “kith and kin”

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

In one of his first acts as Foreign Minister he has written to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to get our diplomatic relations “back on track” after Israel withdrew its ambassador to New Zealand last December following our co-sponsoring of a security council resolution which condemned Israel for continuing to build Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land.

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“I do not care for the word ‘peacekeeper'” – Head of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Tim Keating

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

ANZAC Day should be a time when we pledge to use every means possible to avoid war. It should be a time when we assert an independent foreign policy with New Zealand’s foremost role as peacemakers and peacekeepers.

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Doug Myers, morality and business

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

Across the media Myers is being praised as a business leader and philanthropist yet he made money not through his own efforts but through using his massive inherited wealth to exploit the free-market economic policies he championed, as a leading light in the Business Roundtable, alongside the Labour Party of the 1980s. That wealth he gained was at the expense of middle and low-income New Zealanders who continue to struggle today to provide that triple lining to the pockets of the super wealthy.

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The new Ministry for Roger Douglas’s Children

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The new Ministry should be called the Ministry for Roger Douglas’s Children because it was the brutal policies of Douglas and his Labour Party cohorts unleashed on New Zealand from 1984 which, several decades later, are continuing to devastate communities, families and children.

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Labour and the Greens prostrate themselves to corporate capitalism

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

I think pitiful is the best single word to sum up this deal.

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New Zealand SAS directly implicated in unjustified cowardly killings

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

We should all feel a profound sense of shame.

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Helen Clark and John Key share the blame for the fiasco in Afghanistan

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

As the government does its best to squirm its way out of holding any inquiry into the killing of civilians during an SAS-led raid on two villages in Afghanistan its worth looking back at why we were there in the first place – or better still – why we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

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What the National Party does best – social vandalism

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Even National’s $25 per week benefit increase last year pales into insignificance with the news that reductions in the real value of Working for Families payments since National took office have taken a cumulative $2 billion from the homes of families on low incomes.

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Christchurch City Council housing failure a tragedy for low-income families

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The real devastating failure of the city rebuild is the plight of low-income families left high and dry by the Christchurch City Council.

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It’s not a “perceived conflict of interest” – it’s corruption

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

What this situation shows most clearly is the complete lack of public service ethos in these individuals. It is a lack of ethical behaviour which now pervades the senior levels of our public services across the country – both in government and local body organisations.

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