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The Kiwi Motörhead – New Zealand First Convention Coverage 2017

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

I realized something the other day. New Zealand First is basically the Kiwi Politics equivalent to Motorhead. And while I’d not be entirely surprised as to which of Winston or Lemmy would be more potentially insulted by a comparison to the other … even looking beyond the black-and-white colour-scheme, snaggly-toothed attitude, and frequent fan-base amongst […]

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EXCLUSIVE: #NeverShane

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

This has not been an easy piece for me to write. Watching in mounting horror as somebody – or something – you love and care deeply about gears up to do something self-destructive is never easy. And yet, that’s the apparent position which quite a few of us dedicated New Zealand Firsters appear to be […]

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Expose: Winston Peters; the 1997 speeches; and neo-liberal tendencies

By   /  September 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

in a speech made in 1997, when Peters was Treasurer in the National-NZ First Coalition Government, he told the NBR Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Government to Business Forum that he would be pursuing conservative fiscal management; supporting an “open, internationally competitive economy”; lower taxes; and a de-regulated market.

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TV Review: The Nation

By   /  July 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

TV3’s The Nation on 2 July was probably the most incisive investigative journalism this blogger has seen for a long time. The only “fault” is that The Nation is ‘buried’ at the ghetto time-slot of early Saturday (and repeated early Sunday morning). Mediaworks is wasting a tremendous opportunity to use their current affairs journalistic team as a critical lynch-pin of their broadcasting line-up.

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Flying the Red-Green Banner of Resistance

By   /  June 14, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

At the moment, the public sees the National-Maori Party-Dunne-ACT coalition, and understand it. But one thing that voters want to know is; what would an alternative to a National-led government look like?

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The Flag Referendum – A strategy for Calm Resistance

By   /  July 13, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

Nothing better illustrates the deep contempt which John Key holds the public and democracy than his inconsistent attitudes on these two referenda.

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John Key’s government – death by two cuts

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

What has not been examined by the MSM is that should National face another by-election, even Dunne’s support will not be sufficient for National to pass legislation, and reliance on the more independent minded Maori Party would put Key’s administration into an untenable situation.

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A Message to Winston; A Message to John Key; and a Message to the Regions

By   /  March 29, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Message to Winston Peters: don’t stuff this one up.

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