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

By   /  September 2, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Nearly everyone has seen National’s “running ad” – a variation on last election’s rowing-boat advertisement – but without the plagiarised and illegal use of an artist’s music.

The messaging is fairly uncomplicated and straight-forward; the blue (actually, more like teal) team is a metaphor for National running together as a team, whilst other “joggers” – representing Labour, Greens, and NZ First – are limping along. It’s about as subtle as burning a cross on a Black American’s front lawn.

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Election ’17 Countdown: The Promise of Nirvana to come

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

The great mistake made by National is that, at the beginning when they dreamed up these feel-good gimmicks, they set target-goal dates too close to the present. For example, when John Key and Bill English published a document entitled “Better Public Services” in February 2014, issuing a whole raft of target-goals, they set the date for accomplishment at 2017 (for most, though not all).

That left National minister in office only three years later having to explain their failure to achieve their target-goals.

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Congratulations Dr Smith!!

By   /  September 5, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Who would have thought that after eight years in Opposition, Labour still wields such powerful influence? Who thought it possible to govern from the Opposition benches?

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MUST READ: TDB Investigation into what is happening in our water

By   /  August 21, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  68 Comments

On 7 September, 2008, John Key said that “…we should always measure a Government’s environmental rhetoric against its environmental record.”

Indeed we should.

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National’s blatant lies on Housing NZ dividends – The truth uncovered!

By   /  September 13, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

Recent statements by Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith, and Prime Minister John Key, have been shown to be deceptively misleading – and in many instances, outright lies.

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The Mendacities of Mr Key # 12: No More Asset Sales (Kind of)

By   /  May 10, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

On 25 February 2014, Dear Leader John Key announced to the nation that his government’s asset sales programme was over;

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