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Let’s Do This NOW, Jacinda – NOT “As Finances Permit”

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

THIS IS THE TIME of maximum danger for Jacinda Ardern. Caught off-guard by their stop-gap leader’s astonishing energy and confidence, the tired grey men of the Labour Party could only look on in wonder like the rest of us. As public expectations of Jacinda have soared, however, the men and women of Labour’s political apparatus are beginning to close in around her.

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The Zombie TPPA: what the opposition parties say

By   /  August 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The National government has got its wish – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is off the front pages and back into the shadows of secret negotiations. Big dangers lurk in those shadows!

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The Greens’ Campaign Reset: Normal Ideological Transmission is Resumed

By   /  August 15, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

WATCHING THE GREENS’ campaign reset unfold, I couldn’t help but regret the demise of the pre-Dotcom Mana Party. Because sure as eggs-is-eggs, the Greens have put poverty behind them. Not rhetorically, of course, as James Shaw, now the party’s sole leader, made clear to the assembled journalists: “[W]e will continue to talk about poverty. That conversation makes a lot of people uncomfortable. I’m comfortable with that.” Except, of course, he isn’t. Not in the least. Not on your Nelly.

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National’s (“New”) Boot Camps Policy – HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER? Or Will That Just Be The Criminals

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It has been said by a mind far wittier than myself that whilst history doesn’t repeat … it sure does rhyme. The commentator who uttered that forgot to add that on certain occasions, it just outright plagiarizes. But looking at National’s recent announcement over the weekend of what looks set to be one of its […]

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Black and white or 50 shades of grey?

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  35 Comments

In 1994 CPAG was formed in response to the truly appalling changes Ruth Richardson rammed through in the early 1990s that saw rates of child poverty soar along with rates of 3rd world child diseases. Do people really understand that a sole parent’s benefit was cut below the poverty line but if they tried to earn extra money, they lost most of it?

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Metiria Turei and the debate on poverty and inequality

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Poverty and inequality are topics our two main political parties would prefer not to talk about. It was their political decisions in the 1980s and 1990s which led directly and predictably to poverty for beneficiaries and low-income families and their political decisions which have maintained and entrenched it since.

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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  82 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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Election 2017: No Country For Old Men

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

How are Bill English and Steven Joyce supposed to defeat a young woman who can set the cold, cold heart of Paddy Gower aflame? How do a couple of guys on the wrong side of 50 fight a social-media phenomenon? Sure, they can say that elections are about policies – not personalities – but, after ten years of relying on John Key’s winning personality, who’s going to believe them?

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Zionism’s slow demise

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The silence from Israeli politicians over settler attacks on the Zionist state’s armed forces is but one aspect of profound historic developments that Israel and its founding ideology now face.

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The hypocrisy, vindictiveness and viciousness of the far right against Metiria was stunning

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The hypocrisy, vindictiveness and viciousness of the far right was stunning if not surprising. They think they own the poor, that those on a benefit must account to them, and they cannot tolerate the poor retaining any dignity. And that is why they pounced so hard on Metiria.

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A vile media pack forced Metiria out

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

I’m utterly dismayed that Metiria Turei has been forced out of the co-leadership of the Greens by a vile media pack determined to seize the opportunity of Metiria’s personal struggle to drive down the Greens.

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Avenge Metiria!

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  48 Comments

IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER MARAMA DAVIDSON’S impassioned appeal to Metiria Turei’s devastated supporters, that the “Avenge Metiria” meme made its first appearance. No one’s entirely sure who started it, but pretty soon it was all over social media. Then the ideas for action started pouring in to the Green Party HQ. Though expressed in a multitude of ways, the message was clear: “If Metiria is to be avenged, then we have to get her supporters to the polls!”

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Metiria – she fought with the workers and the poor

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Joe Carolan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

As a Socialist, I say Thank you Metiria for being on our side fighting when it counts.

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Jacinda Effect > Metiria Affect – Why The Greens’ Polls Are Down

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

In the coming days, as the vultures of various news outlets attempt to pick clean the carcass of a once-indomitable woman in their pursuit of sensationalized post-mortems, you are going to hear a lot about how Turei’s transgressions in the court of public opinion rendered her resignation both unavoidable and vital for the Green Party’s […]

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Resignation fever! Who is advising our political leaders?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

I really wonder what sort of advice is being given the leaders of the Labour Party and the Greens.

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Have The Greens Entered Their Jacobin Phase?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

THE JACOBINS, along with “Madame Guillotine” and Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, will forever be associated with political extremism. So, the mere suggestion that our very own Green Party might be entering its Jacobin Phase is unlikely to be well received – especially by the Greens!

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