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Paul Bailey: Thank you Judith and Simon

Last week we had visit from Simon Bridges, who was in Hawke’s Bay on a fact finding mission. To find out what were the concerns of the business community locally. What amuses me is that nothing has really changed in the last 100 days, apart from a new government of course, so why has it taken a trip to the opposition benches for Bridges to come out and find out what people's concerns are? Did he not know this after nine years in government? Wasn’t he listening then . . .

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Simon Lusk: What will replace neoliberalism?

Over the past several years I have asked a number of thoughtful people what they think is going to replace neoliberalism. Many left wing thinkers blame neoliberalism for all societies ills. Rather than engage them on how they are so dismissive of a system that has made humankind far, far better off, I ask them “what will replace neoliberalism . . .

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Chris Trotter: How will neoliberalism be replaced?

Earlier this week, Cameron Slater mounted a sterling defence of the free-market capitalist system which has transformed the world over the course of the past 200 years – the system to which its left-wing opponents have, more recently, attached the moniker of “Neoliberalism”. Cam’s praise for capitalism’s power and effectiveness was unstinting, and yet, not so fulsome in its unalloyed admiration as Karl Marx’s . . .

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Cam Slater – Market failure vs Government failure

The evidence around the world suggests that contrary to the bald assertions of our Prime Minister that it is socialism that has failed, and capitalism that has succeeded. In fact no capitalist nation on earth has ever failed, yet there is a long list of failed socialist states with the appalling human cost of such failures that simply do not exist in capitalist nations. Venezuela is but the latest example where the average citizen has lost significant wight as a result of the failure of the state to provide for its citizens. I blame the failed state in Venezuela because . . .

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Paul Bailey: Who will replace Turei as Green’s co-leader?

With the upcoming election of it’s female co-leader the Green Party sits at an historical cross roads. The candidate who is elected will give a strong indication of where the members feel the future of the party lies. Marama Davidson has all but announced her candidacy but the other front runners, Eugenie Sage and Julie-Anne Genter have been playing their cards close to their chests . . .

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Chris Trotter: Think very carefully before changing your leader

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Paul Bailey: Where have all of Bill’s friends gone?

The first rule of politics is learn how to count. If the Nats ever want to recapture the Beehive then they have to find friends. After last years election if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me why the Greens didn’t consider going into coalition with National I’d be a rich man. Even without their memorandum of understanding with Labour, because the Greens stand for more than the environment a National/Green government was never going to happen in 2016 . . .

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Phil Quin: English would be “mad to budge, and his colleagues would be mad to roll him”

There’s only one conceivable reason that should force Bill English from office: that he’s had enough. Otherwise, he be mad to budge; and his colleagues would be mad to roll him . . .

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What National needs to do to win in 2020

Nikki Kaye & the Monkeys in a tree - why she will never be leader, and why listening to her will doom National to more opposition.

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Nikki Kaye represents is the sopping wet liberal wing of the National party. Under John Key's leadership National became so broad-church it had people who should really have been in the Labour party. Nikki Kaye was one of those, Wayne Mapp was another. She has always been a favourite of Bill English and close to Murray McCully and Michelle Boag. Being closely associated with both of them alone should bring more than enough concern . . .

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