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How Much Damage Has Jamie Lee Ross Really Done?

By   /  October 18, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING inside the National Party Caucus? Are we witnessing a genuine intra-party meltdown or merely the political and personal disintegration of a single individual? When all the dust has settled, will very much have changed?

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Post-TPPA, we have to make the changes happen

By   /  October 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Our unprecedented protests against the TPPA, from small rural towns to the main cities,  moved the political ground on secretly negotiated international treaties that entrench corporate rights, handcuff elected governments and disempower peoples. Politicians were shaken. The Holy Grail of free trade agreements was now a political liability.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Ructions in the national caucus

By   /  October 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I bet Simon Bridges wishes he had been born a Smith, Jones or almost anything rather than bridges.  After Winston’s little musical stunt “Burning Bridges”, and extremely punny headlines in the Press two days running, he will be sick of his own name.

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No Country For Dishonourable Men

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

NICKY HAGER’S latest revelations concerning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) could not be more timely. In the year of #MeToo, he has exposed a culture of toxic masculinity extending from the top to the bottom of New Zealand’s armed forces.

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What should be our response to the “fines” handed down by an Israeli court against Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab?

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The most important lesson to learn from the Israeli court case which saw “fines” handed down to Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab is just how important and effective the BDS campaign has become in fighting for Palestinian political and civil rights. Justine and Nadia wrote a letter to New Zealand singer Lorde which asked her […]

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Dr Liz Gordon – Embarrassment

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Neither Melania nor Donald inspire much human sympathy.  While the story of Charles and Diana was a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, D and M are simply a farce, albeit one whose consequences the world is forced to live with. Melania is certainly not a Diana.  I can’t see her holding babies with Aids in her arms. It might muck up her pristine white shirt.

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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  /  34 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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Budget surplus means quicker access to medicinal cannabis

By   /  October 13, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

News that the Government’s books are better off, to the tune of several billion dollars, means access to medicinal cannabis can now be made quicker.

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Donald Trump And The Art Of Populist Grotesque.

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

IN A RECENT POST Jane Kelsey identifies some of the more important challenges posed for the Left by Donald Trump. His peculiar mix of worker-friendly policies and corporate concessions. His willingness to advance protectionism – along with a host of other ideas long-declared “verboten” by neoliberal ideologues. His brazen rejection of globalism. His reaffirmation of the citizen’s indissoluble duty of loyalty to the nation state – and vice versa.

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A Change Of Plan

By   /  October 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

IT WAS LATE and the fire was dying. The wine bottle was definitely not half full. In the far corner a couple of vapers appeared to smoke. But up this end, nearest the fire, I was alone. Until she turned up.

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Christchurch City Council subsidises building homes for the wealthy but refuses to rebuild council rental housing destroyed in the earthquakes

By   /  October 10, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It should make an uncomfortable juxtaposition for the mayor and councillors.

One week they vote an extra $220 million for a new rugby stadium without public consultation and the next they are consulting on whether they should give a $30 million loan to the council’s housing arm – the Otautahi Community Housing Trust – to build 130 more council rental homes. 

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Lessons for the Left from NAFTA Mark-II

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

We underestimate Trump’s people. We don’t have to support their visceral racism and sexism and cynical manipulation of populist sentiment to recognise that something significant is happening. The rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico released last week poses crucial challenges for the left that we need to understand if we are to shape a genuinely alternative, progressive new strategy for the future – the goal of our hui in Auckland on 19-20 October.

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First World Problems

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Reckless, provocative and dangerous as Trump is, and despite the gravity of our first world concerns, they’re convenient distractions from unpalatable everyday wars and tyrrany of the world’s evil affecting the already most vulnerable and dispossessed. We’re just lucky Trump’s not at war with us.

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Petrol Pump Politics

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

“AT A DOLLAR a gallon we can’t afford Rowling.” Given his latest media release,  “Government pricing Kiwis out of their cars”, someone’s obviously been schooling up young Simon Bridges on the way Rob Muldoon smashed Labour in 1975.

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Should There Be A Statute Of Limitations In Politics?

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It is a curious thing. By the end of last week, a pretty appreciable portion of my newsfeed were discussing Clayton Mitchell’s “NZ Values” proposal. Or, at least, that’s what they *thought* they were doing.

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Dr Liz Gordon: The very odd case of Clayton Mitchell MP

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The other day I heard a passing mention on my car radio to some MP promoting legislation to ensure that immigrants upheld kiwi values.  Good old NZ First as its worst, I thought. I listened on and heard that one of those values was a commitment not to campaign against the legality of alcohol. I nearly drove my car off the road.  I then decided that I must have misheard or misunderstood and put it out of my mind.

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