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CHRIS TROTTER
Chris Trotter is a weekly political columnist and commentator. On occasion he's also been known to sing.
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CHRIS TROTTER Oct 14
A better New Zealand becomes possible only when its citizens muster sufficient democratic force to guarantee themselves a fair hearing.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 10
Perhaps, by accepting this gift of Matariki from the first arrivals in Aotearoa, we late arrivals, shorn of our ancestors’ outlandish fleeces, can draw strength from the accumulated human wisdom of our adopted home.
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CHRIS TROTTER Aug 24
Sometimes Twitter is just bloody marvelous!
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CHRIS TROTTER Aug 20
What we should all be fearing and hating, right now, is Covid-19. And if we must rage against something; if we must blame something; then let it be this frighteningly adaptive coronavirus.
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CHRIS TROTTER Aug 3
Which way will you vote in the Third Referendum - the one that asks us to decide whether Jacinda should stay or go?
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CHRIS TROTTER Jul 27
Killing the Nats with, of all things, kindness. Jacinda models a new way for women to do politics.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jul 23
Are we heading for a cross-class, cross-generational voter surge on 19 September of the sort that smashed Muldoonism in 1984?
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CHRIS TROTTER Jul 15
Dear God! Judith Collins is already over 20 percent in the Preferred PM stakes! It's now officially time for the Left to be scared - very scared.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jul 9
If National is, indeed, a party of honourable men, then why hasn't Todd Muller sacked Michael Woodhouse?
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CHRIS TROTTER Jul 2
This take on the Greens' welfare and tax policies should be read in conjunction with Simon Wilson's excellent piece in the morning's NZ Herald.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jul 1
Fetch me the butter and the Marmite, cos Todd Muller and National are toast.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jun 25
David Clark juts out his chin and Twyfordesquely apportions blame to everybody but himself. Even worse, he tried to throw St Ashley under a bus. Sack him!
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CHRIS TROTTER Jun 22
What Jacinda Ardern needs to project in the wake of the new Covid-19 cases is a no more Ms Niceperson image. She has tried to be kind, and far too many selfish bastards have taken advantage. Now it's time to kick some idiot Kiwi butt – and kick it hard.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jun 11
The challenge confronting the Prime Minister and her colleagues is to somehow muster the intellectual forces needed to move Labour’s admirably simple campaign strategy from the lofty realm of theory into the gritty world of practice.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jun 11
The democratic tree’s once wholesome fruit has been poisoned by the malodorous blight of populism. A toxic virus composed of three-parts racism, two-parts misogyny, one-part homophobia and four-parts malignant nationalism.
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CHRIS TROTTER Jun 10
If remaining in the Anglo-Saxon alliance means embracing a far-right version of populism, already indistinguishable from incipient fascism, then we must have nothing to do with it.
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CHRIS TROTTER May 28
The new two-tier benefit system is based on race, not social class. The salient fact of the socio-economic changes of the past 35 years is that the poorest and most marginalised people in our society have become steadily less white.
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CHRIS TROTTER May 28
New Zealanders are in the market for a quiet and reassuring small-c conservative political centrist. The critical question, however, is which politician is currently playing that role? Is it Todd Muller - or Jacinda Ardern?
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CHRIS TROTTER May 28
Demonstrably, it is the opinion of American law enforcement that African-Americans are members of an inferior order. So far inferior, that they have no rights which any white police officer is bound to respect.
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CHRIS TROTTER May 25
Labour's opponents are no longer where they were. National's new general has already abandoned his predecessor's indefensible position. Slap in a fresh clip, comrades. We have a fight on our hands.
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