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While the Left fiddles, the Right beats their war-drum

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

While the Left has been fiddling about with much gnashing of teeth and tears of concern over the right of two Canadian neo-fascists to speak at an Auckland City council venue – National’s focus has been laser-like at regaining power in 2020.

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Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft calls for a fairer, egalitarian New Zealand

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

This weekend (26/27 May), two disparate voices called for a more egalitarian society in our country. The voices of Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, and Chief Executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern), Kim Campbell, both made statements on  TV3’s The Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A (respectively), that only a few years ago would have been heresy to neo-liberal orthodoxy.

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Handouts to the Racing Industry? So no more homeless then?!

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Deputy PM, Racing Minister, and de facto godfather, Winston Peters  announced on Sunday (28 January) that the New Zealand racing industry was due for tax-cuts for horse breeders and a taxpayer-funded all-weather horse racing track;

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So “throwing money” at poverty does work, according to National?

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

One of the most commonly parroted cliches from the rightwing of politics; “throwing money at the problem” – usually with the add-on; ” – doesn’t solve anything”. Except, of course, when it comes to tax-cuts. Then it’s not so much “throwing money” at middle class and affluent voters – as labelling it a “reward”

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Tracey Martin – The Children’s Champion

By   /  October 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

On 25 October, incoming Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced that NZ First’s talented Tracey Martin would be appointed to the new Labour-NZF-Green cabinet as a full-ranking Minister;

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

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

I call upon ACT Leader, David Seymour, to publicly announce that his party will be putting forward legislation to ban low-income families from having children. He can advise the public how much people must earn before the State will issue a permit to breed.

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The Mendacities of Mr English – Social Services under National’s tender mercies

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

English’s bland assertion that “government actually with a good record on addressing, in fact, some of the toughest social issues” is at variance with actual, real, mounting socio-economic problems in this country.

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