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Professor Bill English lectures young New Zealanders on free education

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The notion of free education in this country has become like our “clean and green” environment and “100% Pure” rivers: a fiction. New Zealanders are deluding themselves if they believe education is still free.

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2017: Parting shots from the Right: tantrums, bloated entitlements, and low, low expectations for our Youth – rua

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

When born-to-rule Tories – with a bloated sense of self-worth and entitlement – slip up and let us peasant know how they really view us – it is usually unsurprising to most on the Left. Take, for example, Bill English’s candid admission that New Zealand’s lower wage rates were beneficial when it came to competing with Australia. On 10 April  2011, in an exchange with Guyon Espiner on TVNZ’s Q+A, English boasted of the benefits of low wages;

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

By   /  September 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

So many little occurrences and huge events have transpired over the last couple of months, to brand this as one of the most intriguing (and tumultuous) of election campaigns in my life. Only the 1984  and the 2014 General Elections rank as memorable. In all three, there were two threads weaving through the campaigns;

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Andrew Little’s “dangerous” speech – a cunning plan for the Middle and the Left

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Speaking to a fully packed downtown conference centre in Wellington, on a cold, gloomy rainy afternoon, Labour-leader, Andrew Little launched into a fiery attack on the current National Government focusing on it’s inarguably lack-lustre track record for the past eight years.

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So Who are the Real Greedies?

By   /  May 22, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

It is amazing how many blame the victims of neo-liberal ideology, rather than looking at the causes of why things happen. Are some people really so simple-minded that they can’t see beyond their immediate prejudices…?

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The Mendacities of Mr Key # 16: No one deserves a free tertiary education (except my mates and me)

By   /  February 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  53 Comments

Prior to 1992, tertiary education at Universities was mostly free, with minimal course fees. On top of which, a student allowance plus part-time paid employment, was usually sufficient for students to graduate with minimal debt hanging over them.

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