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… To my blog. I’m a social democrat, with centre-left tendencies in some areas; centrist in others; and centre-right in bugger-all (if any).
If you look over to the right (excuse the implications), you’ll see a brief list of my beliefs for a better New Zealand. Funny thing – we used to have so many of those things in this country, once upon a time…
And below that, a list of my Recent Posts. Feel free to have a read and, if you’re inclined, leave a comment. I welcome your ideas and responses to my comments.
My blog, my thoughts, my five cents plus 15% gst worth. Hopefully it didn’t leave you bored…
- Frank Macskasy
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Charter Schools – Another lie from John Banks!
2 August 2012
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister, John Banks, today announced the framework for the New Zealand Model of Charter School – or, as they have euphemistically branded them, the Orwellian-sounding “Partnership Schools”, or pandering to culturally-sensitive niceties, “Kura Hourua” .
In effect, ACT and National will be using tax-payer’s money to fund private schools. Not since farming subsidies has National come up with such an odd way to throw our taxes at private companies and organisations…
Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How (Part # Rua)
28 April 2012
Despite numerous company name changes; newly registered companies; and a lengthy trail of shareholders, the one link that does stand out between Shanghai Pengxin and financial donations to the National Party is Terry Lee…
Labour: the Economic Record 2000 – 2008
16 November 2011
There has been considerable commentary made by Labour’s critics and political opponents that Labour was an incompetant economic manager, during their nine year term in office. The reality, though, is somewhat different. There are many things that Labour did well and some not-so-well.
But the records speaks for itself…
Greed is good?
28 August 2011
Prior to the introduction of “Rogernomics” in 1984 (and National’s addition from 1990 onward), education in this country had been free (or as close as possible to free) to nearly all New Zealanders. Education whether at Primary School or University was funded by the previous generation; our Mums & Dads; Grandmothers & Grand dads. The idea was terribly simple; education was a right, and not to be determined by ability to pay…
Can we do it? Bloody oath we can!
3 August 2011
The shortage of state housing is a serious matter. This critical problem of decent, affordable housing is not helped by the fact that the Fourth National government (1996-1999) sold around 13,000 State Houses in the 1990s. These properties were supposedly made available to tenants – but actually went mostly to property speculators (who later sold them for tax-free capital gains)…
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