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The housing crisis: NZers deliver their verdict

By   /  September 16, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders appear to have rejected National’s on-going carping at the Coalition government’s ‘Kiwibuild’ programme.

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Judith Collins wins a Hypocrisy Award

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Playing politics with social issues is nothing new. National has perfected the art with it’s “tough on crime” rhetoric. It has also demonised solo-mothers; the unemployed; young people, and Housing NZ tenants with it’s meth-testing/contamination moral-panic.

Now National has added housing to it’s list.

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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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Simon burns his Teal Coalition Bridges

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

So with National’s antipathy to taking the crucial, hard steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, what was National’s reasoning to entice the Green Party into a coalition deal (or at least a confidence and supply arrangement)? The answer came from Bluegreens co-chairman, Geoff Thompson. Thompson was unequivocally clear in his stated intention to using his front-organisation as a way for National to return to power;

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Media bullsh*t vs the Bovine variety

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

A case in point where the media can misrepresent what an elected representative  has stated occurred immediately after Corin Dann interviewed Environment Minister, David Parker, on 6 May, on TVNZ’s Q+A;

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National’s new-found concern for the poor

By   /  May 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

There are times when National’s opposition to the Coalition government’s new policies leaves one shaking their head in utter dismay.  Jami-Lee Ross – a notorious union-basher and unrepentant enemy of workers – shedding crocodile tears for the poor of this country, is not a pretty sight…

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Worse than “fake news” – sloppy news!

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Sloppy as in: where a supposedly reputable mainstream media outlet presents a news story, but with a glaring error.  Case in point, TVNZ’s story on 25 March, reporting that “$1.7 million of taxpater’s money had been spent last year on airfares and escorts to deport overstayers – more than in any of the last five years”;

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Labour and NZ First sign up to TPPA – “is this capitalism with a human face”?

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders have just cause to doubt whether their own government would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to a multi-national with deep corporate pockets to launch a lawsuit against us.

We caved in the face of French demands to release two agents convicted of sabotage and murder.

We caved to (apparent) threats from Warner Bros to  move production of The Hobbit to another country. (The threat turned out to be baseless – but it nevertheless succeeded in ‘spooking’ the public.)

We (apparently) caved to demands from a lone Saudi businessman.

And then there was this curious event in June 2013, when the Chinese government may have exerted heavy pressure on the National government over a proposed fta with Taiwan – an island-state it considers a “renegade province”;

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The Mendacities of Mr English – No, I wasn’t told – Yes, I was told

By   /  February 4, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

On 2 November last year – and still smarting from a colossal rebuff from NZ First – Bill English was unabashedly vindictive at losing out on coalition talks to form a fourth National-led administration;

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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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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 – toru

By   /  January 3, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

As  Parliament recently debated the new government’s Families Package Bill, some National MPs were increasingly upset that Urgency had briefly taken the debate into their precious lunch period;

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

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Taking personal responsibility Mike Hosking-style

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Mr English: Where are National’s secret coalition negotiation papers?

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Bill English has been kicking up a shit-storm, demanding that Labour release what they have been describing as a “secret coalition agreement” between Labour and NZ First.

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National’s $11.7 billion hole is right where they left it

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The claim of an $11.7 “fiscal hole” became a dominating irritant throughout the election campaign, even though in large part it failed simply because no one else (except Bill English) agreed that it existed.  TV3’s “Newshub” even created this now-famous, handy, infograph to illustrate the fact that Joyce and English were effectively on  their own;

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