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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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Pitfalls for the Greens and NZ First in coalition discussions

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

One thing the Greens and NZ First won’t want to repeat is the Alliance experience in coalition with Labour from 1999 to 2002. With Ministers inside the Cabinet, committed to Cabinet solidarity, they had difficulty differentiating from Labour. This frustrated the party’s support base.

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The inhumanity of Zionism

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Last week saw the 35th anniversary of the Israeli war crime known as the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, when thousands of unarmed Palestinian refugees were slaughtered between 15 and 18 September 1982.

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What If? Some Random Thoughts about The Next Three Weeks

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

WHAT IF, three weeks from today, National decides that an acceptable deal with NZ First just isn’t on “the cards that count”?

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A victory for lies, media thuggery and lazy prejudice

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

The vilest incident of the campaign was not red-neck farmers protesting their right to pollute and degrade our waterways at our expense. It didn’t even involve the National Party directly. It was the vile, despicable, media-run campaign to denigrate Green MP Metiria Turei and drive her from the co-leadership of the party.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Waru)

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

At the next election, Labour and the Greens must be better placed to strategically address “fake news” from the National Party. Labour and Green strategists must  be conscious that the Nats will stoop to lies if their pre-election polling shows them at-risk of losing. A rapid-response task-force should be ready and well-resourced to counteract such lies; to do it immediately,  and with energy.

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Election 2017 Live Results

By   /  September 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

REMEMBER: Anyone who enrolled when they advance voted will be counted as a ‘special’ vote & special votes won’t be counted for another 2 weeks. If there was a youth surge for the Left, it will be found there – we may not have a clear decision tonight

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Sorry – The Daily Blog is closed until 7pm for the NZ election

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

No comments or blogs published today. The argument and debate has finished. Let all New Zealander’s take the time today to focus on one thing and one thing only, voting as citizens.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (whitu)

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The final day of campaign is upon us. Tomorrow is the “official” Election Day and nine years of National government is about to either end – or win a rare fourth term.

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Opinion, education and social development

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Genevieve McClean, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

In this country, we have always been so proud of our social policy. The danger is to segregate social policy from fiscal policy from education and military… this mechanical approach to governance has been a hijacking, but it will always be a dysfunctional governance if it does not consider the synergies of melded societal aspects.

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You’re Wrong Keith: We Have To Do This NOW.

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

KEITH RANKIN IS WRONG about Jacinda needing to lose this election. If that’s what happens on Saturday: if National somehow hauls itself back onto the Treasury Benches; then it is the purest folly to suppose that the election of 2020 will be a Labour walkover. If the Centre-Left cannot win in 2017, then the question that begs to be answered is: “Can it win at all?”

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Let’s make sure the Greens get well over the threshold

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

The Greens hold the key to this election. If the Greens don’t get 5% and leave Parliament its unlikely Labour will be in government. If the Greens get 5% (or 6%, 7%, 8% or 9%) a Labour/Green government is likely.

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Gareth Morgan’s TOP: My Hopes and Doubts

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Although I remain interested in TOP’s policies and hopeful about their prospects in the upcoming general election, I am not without my doubts.         

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NORML’s Guide to Cannabis Policies of NZ Political Parties

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Cannabis is well and truly an election issue. For the first time ever, most parties now have written policies or have taken a stance supporting reform of some description. There is a lot to consider so to help we have assessed the cannabis policies or public statements of party leaders against NORML’s three core policies:

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The only votes that count is the party vote – except in………

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Given the momentum shift in the last few weeks it seems inevitable there will be a change in government.

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Transforming New Zealand

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There’s a lot at stake in this election. We face huge challenges ahead, including tackling climate change and building a more equal society. The Greens have put transformative proposals on the table. If we succeed in forming a government with Labour, we will usher in an era of progressive change for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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