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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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Roy Morgan poll confirms blogger’s prediction – National is in freefall

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

It’s taken faster than I thought possible, but the first post-election poll – from Roy Morgan – has the Labour-led coalition rising  whilst National’s support is falling;

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Judith Collins owes an explanation to voters

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It is unquestionably the role of the Parliamentary Opposition to question the government and hold it to account. Along with the media (as flawed as it sometimes is), a strong Opposition is a necessary function of a healthy democracy. But having someone like Judith Collins, who has so many unanswered questions hanging over her, demanding accountability undermines the effectiveness of the Opposition.

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“Fool me once”…

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

In holding to ransom the election of Trevor Mallard as Speaker of the House, National bluffed it’s way to increase the number of their MPs that can be appointed to Select Committees. This was despite a clear understanding between the new Coalition government and National that Trevor Mallard would be elected unopposed as Speaker, and National’s Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker.

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Land banking – capitalism’s weeping sore

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

National’s denial is partly to blame why our horrendous housing crisis spiralled out of control. During it’s nine years in office, National continued to point-blank deny  the social problems it faced. This continuing denial will ensure they remain in opposition for the coming decade.

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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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The Neverending Story in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

The media role is reporting post-election politics has not been an edifying spectacle to watch. Put simply, the most exacerbating aspect of three weeks of coalition negotiation has not been the length of time – remarkably short by international standards – but the interminable, inane,  media commentary we’ve had to endure.

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RIP Neo-Liberalism in New Zealand: 1984 – 2017

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

A coalition with Labour and the Greens offers a fresh start. It puts NZ First into a brand new government, with a fresh  leadership, new ideas, and none of the baggage offered by a tired government that had simply run out of ideas.

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