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Once Upon a Time in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land…

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

You can feel mainstream media’s frustration with the news-vacuum created by the two week period necessary to count the approximately 384,072 (15% of total votes) Special Votes that were cast this election.

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Adults In The Room?

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  67 Comments

WHAT’S GOING ON, JACINDA? Why has the former Labour Finance Minister, Sir Michael Cullen, and Helen Clark’s former Press Secretary, Mike Munro, been invited on to your team of negotiators with NZ First? And, while we’re on the subject of Labour’s Rogernomics Generation, why was Annette King sent to ride shotgun alongside you for the duration of the election campaign?

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Bryan Gould To Labour: This Is No Time For “Conventional Answers”

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

BIG UPS TO BRYAN GOULD. Perhaps anticipating a disappointing choice from NZ First on 12 October, the former Vice-Chancellor of Waikato University has put the rhetorical boot into Labour’s fiscal and monetary caution.

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Dave Macpherson: Strong bullying/suicide links?

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Two current Radio NZ stories in quick succession have shown the strong link between some suicides and bullying. In one, an MSD investigator wrongly told a beneficiary she had been overpaid $22,000 and that she would be prosecuted to recover the money – less than a day later she was a suicide victim, yet the MSD shortly afterwards told the victim’s mother that the claimed debt was incorrect, and it was eventually waived.

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Evolving a Multi-Party Democracy

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Mainstream journalists continue to struggle with multiparty governance. And the amplified rhetoric resulting from their struggle creates doubts amongst the captive consumers of mainstream media. While we wait for the votes to be counted in our 2017 election, now is a good time to review the evolution of party-based government in New Zealand, and to consider the impediments to progress towards mature multiparty democracy.

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The Difference Between Jeremy And Jacinda, Is The Difference Between Government And Governance

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  62 Comments

Even if Winston Peters deigns to make her our next Prime Minister, Jacinda has made it very clear that she hasn’t the slightest intention of frightening the Establishment’s horses; and that her own – and Labour’s – determination to provide good and responsible governance to all New Zealanders, from the top down, will not falter.

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Theo Spierings: An Icon of Inequality

By   /  October 1, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Mahatma Ghandi said the true measure of any society is its treatment of its most vulnerable members. Others say inequality is the measure of fairness in society. The massive levels of inequality in modern capitalist societies reflect badly by any measure. Egalitarian New Zealand is a myth.

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The Last Thing Progressive New Zealand Needs Is A Coalition Of Contradictions

By   /  September 30, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  47 Comments

IT IS POSSIBLE to want something too much. The New Zealand progressive community’s hunger for power – so shamelessly on display since Election Night – has led it to treat Labour, the Greens and NZ First as unambiguously progressive entities capable of working together without fault or friction.

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The problem for every potential government is that they have very limited spending options given they are all committed to not increasing taxes on anyone (including the very wealthy).  But if Winston wants to claim any policy “wins” that he can be allowed to identify himself and his party with it seems much more likely that Labour and the Greens could deliver them.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Iwa)

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Red-Green, Blue-Green? There is mischief-making afoot. Suggestions for a National-Green coalition are being floated by various right-wing commentators, National Party figures, and some media pundits. Despite Green Party Leader, James Shaw, repeatedly ruling out any such possibility – the suggestion continues to circulate. On  election night, as TOP leader Gareth Morgan realised his […]

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MMP With FPP Characteristics: New Zealand’s DIY Electoral System

By   /  September 27, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about who “won” the 2017 General Election. Sharp differences have emerged between those who have judged the outcome as a clear National victory, and those who insist that Labour, with the assistance of the Greens and NZ First, has every right to anticipate forming a new government.

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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 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  /  20 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  /  8 Comments

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  /  12 Comments

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  /  58 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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