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The Free-market, Hyper-individualism… and a Culture of Cruelty?

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

A certain amount of callousness; disdain; and outright hatred must replace  compassion, egalitarianism, and a sense of community cohesion if the neo-liberal version of “society” is to operate successfully.

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The Legacy of a Dismantled Prime Minister – Revisited

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Following John Key’s sudden (and largely unexplained) resignation on 5 December 2016, I wrote a piece lamenting that he had left no positive  legacy of significance; . . … much  has been said of Key’s “legacy”. Pundits have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out what  “legacy” can be attributed to eight […]

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The Many Mendacities of Mr Bridges – The ‘Claytons’ Apology

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

When National’s Simon Bridges, fronted up on Radio NZ on 5 June, he apparently apologised for his role in the unjust evictions of 300 state house tenants for meth-testing results that have been shown by Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, as bogus.

Bridges said;

“I’m sorry that the advice we got was wrong and has made this situation what it is.”

Except – it’s not an apology for the wrongful evictions at all. It’s a lamentation that “the advice we got was wrong”.

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“Spinning” in a post-truth era

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

Two recent media stories, on two utterly disparate issues, were clear examples of how tax-payer funded media “spin doctors” were guiding government ministers to respond to questions in a certain way.

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