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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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National’s Wellington Mayoral candidate, Jo Coughlan – four lanes to nowhere

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Right-wing mayoral candidate, and current Wellington City Councillor, Jo Coughlan, has ducked answering questions relating to her campaign policy advocating for a four-lane motorway from Transmission Gully to Wellington airport.

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The Mendacities of Mr English – Fibbing from Finance Minister confirmed

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

English’s own words reveal that he wilfully misled Lisa Owen on 28 May, on ‘The Nation’. Unfortunately, fact-checking politicians who spin untruths is not easy, and requires quick-thinking and an encyclopedic memory.

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Budget 2016 – Who wins; who loses; who pays?

By   /  June 2, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

There is absolutely zero doubt in my mind that the 2016 Budget is geared 100% toward building up a surplus for tax cuts to be announced next year. Just in time for the 2017 Election. John Key and Bill English have strongly indicated as much with their “kite-flying” with hints of cuts-to-come.

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Budget 2016: Did Bill English try to pull a swiftie on ‘The Nation’?

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

On TV3’s “The Nation”, Lisa Owen asked Finance Minister Bill English if funding for health and education had been cut on a per-capita basis. The response from English was jaw-dropping;

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EXCLUSIVE: State house sell-off in Tauranga unravelling?

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

In none of the Minister’s correspondence was he able to provide specifics as to where State houses were in the “wrong place”. The ‘best’ he could do was list five regions; Auckland East & South; Auckland North West & Central; South Island, Central North Island, and Lower North Island.

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When National is under attack – Deflect, deflect, deflect!

By   /  April 17, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

As I have pointed out in previous blogposts, when threatened with bad headlines or a scandal of some description, National’s automatic defense is generally to default to one of three* deflections;

Blame previous the Labour government
Release story on ‘welfare abuse’
Blame Global Financial Crisis or similar overseas event

There are plenty of past instances of this kind of strategy.

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