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Letter to the Editor – Key’s credibility, blown in the wind…

 

 

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Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

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from:        Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to:             Otago Daily Times <odt.editor@alliedpress.co.nz>
date:         Sat, Aug 23, 2014
subject:    Letter to the editor

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The editor
Otago Daily Times

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And the questions for John Key remain;

1. What will he do about Judith Collins who leaked private information on a civil servant to far-right blogger, Cameron Slater, which resulted in hate speech and death threats against that person?

2. Why did Cameron Slater get OIAs so quickly?

3. If he’s not responsible for SIS briefings – who is? And how does this sit with National’s ideology of taking responsibility?

As they say, once he starts explaining, he’s lost the argument.

I’m now wondering what Whaledump has in store for the same day as National’s campaign launch? If Whaledump is as clever as I think s/he is, they will have saved the best for last…

Regardless, it’s game over for Key.

National will drop to low/mid 40s, and they will lose the election.

In fact, I think they already lost. If Key has some spare time between now and September 20, he’ll be drafting his concession speech.
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-Frank Macskasy

[address and phone number supplied]

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Skipping voting is not rebellion its surrender

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My political compass…

23 August 2014 6 comments

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20-september

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TVNZ are doing a very interesting on-line political survey, where respondents are asked to give feedback to various political issues. It’s a New Zealand version of an overseas political compass that has been in existence for soime years.

I enourage people to go online and complete the survey. I’m sure a lot of politicians will be taking some interest in the outcomes.

I present my own compass here;

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How much you agree with the parties

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I agree only 90% with boththe Greens and Mana?! Hmmm, methinks I’ll have to check my middle class privilege…

But even more disturbingly, I agreed 23% with ACT?!?! And 37% with the Conservative Party?! What the heck is up with that?! I’m not going to be able to sleep well tonight…

Interestingly, this highlights a very real dilemma for me; who to give my Party Vote to?

Both the Greens and Internet-Mana are worthy parties to support. This is a real “sophie’s Choice” for me…

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How you fit in the political landscape

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Well, the above chart shows me clearly to the left on economic and socially progressive issues. Thank goodness. (In my teens and early 20s I would’ve been closer to National or ACT. But then, I was young and stupid.)

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How you rate the party leaders

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I think I was overly generous for Winston Peters…

I voted ‘1’ for Colin Craig based on,

  • his opposition to state asset sales,
  • his opposition to selling farmland to overseas investors,
  • his regular  contributions to the legal fraternity,
  • entertainment value.

One of the questions asked was what was the most pressing issue for me this election? I put child poverty. All else flows from that.

I encourage folk to take the Political Compass survey. (Just be careful before answering the questions as some are double-negatives.)

Have fun!

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References

TVNZ: Vote Compass

 


 

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john key is scared of your vote

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I do not condone this…

23 August 2014 1 comment

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Banks' mudslinger  -  'I did it, but I'm not guilty'

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I won’t spend too much time on this – it’s not worthy of attention except from the Courts.

I’ll state the obvious that I am no fan of right wing politics; neo-liberalism; the ACT Party, or John Banks’ beliefs. We are diametrically opposed in our world-view.

I will say, though, that throwing a bucket of manure at another person is not a political statement. It is a lazy, inane, brainless way to make a point. Any buffoon with barely two inter-connecting neurons can do it.

A real, effective, political statement may be more time-consuming but is one that ultimately gets people thinking. The only thought that crossed my mind about Sam Bracanov’s behaviour is “silly old bugger”.

Trying to justify his assault by saying,

“I’m not guilty. I protect New Zealand people not to behave like sheep.”

– is a limp joke.

All that Sam Bracanov has achieved is garner sympathy for John Banks and make left-wing activists look like nutters.

No thanks.

That is not how New Zealanders – Left or Right or Up or Down – should be doing politics.

Grow up, Sam.

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References

NZ Herald:  Banks’ mudslinger: ‘I did it, but I’m not guilty’

 


 

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20 september 2014 VOTE

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