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Second thoughts about Judith Collins

Emotional commitment almost always precedes rational conviction: becoming a loyal party supporter is a lot like falling in love . . .

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Could New Zealand have ended up like Venezuela?

They say that individuals are only two or three bad decisions, or unlucky breaks, away from penury and rough-sleeping. As Venezuela is currently demonstrating to the rest of the world – so are countries . . .

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Frankly pretty appalling: The chances of Jim Bolger’s ‘Fair Pay Agreements’ actually achieving very much

[...] Denied a credible level of union density and forbidden from striking, the workers for whom Labour’s FPAs are intended are being asked to fight for “fair” pay and conditions with both hands tied behind their backs . . .

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Memo to Jacinda: Sack Twyford!

Not one to miss an opportunity to inflict maximum pain and suffering on her political opponents, Collins hit Twyford over the head a devastatingly blunt soundbite . . .

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Onward, Christian Soldiers!

As Massey’s censorious Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, demonstrated in 2018, they are much better at silencing their opponents than they are at debating them. Social-conservatism should engage enthusiastically with social-liberalism in plain sight, and defeat them the old-fashioned way . . .

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To woo NZ First, or lay it waste? That is the question.

John Key’s solution to this strategic dilemma was characteristically simple: destroy Peters and his party. Drive NZ First out of Parliament and leave his fundamentally conservative followers with nowhere to go except back to National . . .

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Making heavy weather of the worst job in the world

Bridges needs to decide, and quickly, if the 46 percent of New Zealanders who declare their preference for National are, indeed, the sort of people who spend all their time watching Fox News . . .

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National doesn’t need a friendly ghost, it needs a free spirit

Who, then, are the free spirits in the National Party’s present caucus? Who among them is brave enough to think differently? To behave unexpectedly . . .

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Could John Tamihere win an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ contest for the Auckland mayoralty?

One possibility might be to pick up the fallen banner of the late Penny Bright. This eccentric campaigner never stopped asserting that Auckland City’s opaque accounting practices have hidden, and continue to hide, hundreds of millions of dollars expended annually on contractors. Money that has brought no discernible benefit to Auckland’s citizens . . .

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Not Duck-hunting with John Kerry: Why the Republicans keep beating the Democrats.

Not that the DNC cares a whole hell of a lot. To the likes of Hillary and her supporters, the White working-class, with their awful attitudes and their love of guns, are simply “deplorables . . .

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