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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Mycoplasma bovis, foot and mouth, National Party, and other nasty germs

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

The Mycoplasma bovis crisis confronting New Zealand is a story that will be dissected and commented on for decades to come.

This was not simply a matter of a bacteria infecting cattle. This was a  story on many levels; of flouted rules; a significant inadequacy of the “free market”; critical under-funding by National (no surprises there);  and the best silver-lining that farmers could possibly hope for…

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – “hidden borrowing”?!

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

National is at it again;  indulging in rank hypocrisy by criticising the Labour-NZ First- Green Coalition Government of policies that they themselves carried out.

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Tracy Watkins – Getting it half right on the “Decade of Deficits”

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

Writing in the new, tabloid compact-sized Dominon Post on 2 May, political columnist Tracy Watkins mentioned the oft-parroted cliche from the Right, the so-called “decade of deficits”;

“Labour spent years in the wilderness after the global financial crisis gave it a “decade of deficits” as its legacy.”

Watkins left out a crucial factor in National’s ongoing deficits – a fact to be pointed out;

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Newsflash: apparently our public hospital system is in crisis?!

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Regardless of headlines, the content confirmed years of media reports and countless blogposts  on The Daily Blog, The Standard, and elsewhere, that New Zealand’s public healthcare system was critically under-funded; over-stretched; and staff were burning out from over-work. The story confirmed nine years of National’s gross under-funding and mis-management of the health system as successive ministers demanded that DHB managers and health-workers “do more with less”;

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St. Steven and the Holy Grail of Fiscal Responsibility

By   /  November 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Each time the Nats open their mouths to carp about the Coalition’s reforms, it is a delight to remind them of their own pitiful track record over the last nine years. And for Steven Joyce, I offer his very own:

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Election ’17 Countdown: Joyce – let the lolly scramble begin!

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

You can tell it’s election year; the lolly-scramble (aka, hint of tax cuts) has begun;

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Tax Cuts Galore! Money Scramble!

By   /  November 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Since National has not thought twice at under-funding the Health Budget, it certainly does not seem troubled at using tax-cuts as an election bribe, and undermining this country’s future superannuation savings-fund for selfish political gain.

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The cupboard is bare, says Dear Leader

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Not only will National abandon any serious work to alleviate growing child poverty in this Country of Plenty, but it seems that the viability of community organisations doing invaluable work are threatened by chronic under-funding.

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