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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 22m
Is it not the case that both Maori and Pakeha were the playthings of historical forces too vast for blame, too permanent for guilt?
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CHRIS TROTTER 1h
When did our universities' vice-chancellors send out the memo informing staff that "we are all commissars now"?
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CHRIS TROTTER Oct 16
Simon Bridges may come across as ever-so-slightly bonkers to the well-off, well-educated and woke - but they're not the people he's talking - at least not on social media.
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CHRIS TROTTER Oct 14
With nothing "left" to say on his RNZ 'Politics' slot, it's hard to see how Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, adds anything of value to the progressive cause - especially when he is regularly outflanked on the left by Matthew Hooton!
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CHRIS TROTTER Oct 11
Labour has made it clear that any Green Party ministers who believe themselves free to act independently, according to the evidence, to save the planet, should think again.
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CHRIS TROTTER Oct 9
The obvious solution to the many deficiencies of postal voting is a return to voting at a polling station. Such elections are extremely difficult to steal - unlike those conducted on-line.
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CHRIS TROTTER Oct 7
With the arrival of Captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 30
Ever wondered why Jacinda performs so brilliantly offshore, but struggles to get anything progressive done at home? Could it have something to do with NZ First?
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 28
Wouldn't we make faster progress towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions if we simply bought the farmers off? If we "stuffed their mouths with gold"?
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 26
Like the Trojan seeress, Cassandra, Greta Thunberg looks into the future and sees the ruin that awaits her generation, bears witness fearlessly to the truth, and is viciously derided for her trouble.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 25
Thanks to her Supreme Court justices, Elizabeth Windsor may soon be faced with a daunting choice: to become the “People’s Queen” – or their last.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 24
As we prepare to cast our votes, it is important to bear in mind that our representatives are elected to DO something - not to BE something.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 21
Labour President Nigel Haworth and He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named. Will the Labour Sexual Assault Scandal claim a third victim?
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 19
"In politics, as in chess, the ultimate objective must be to protect the King." - Richard Harman. In this regard, Labour scores 4/10!
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 18
Has our Race Relations Commissioner never heard Kiwis refer to someone as "a little Hitler"? Has he never seen a bullied worker give a mocking Nazi salute to her boss's back?
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 16
To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 15
Though the pressure on him to do so is immense, Winston Peters should think long and hard before incurring the wrath of the Israeli PM by condemning his plan to annex the Jordan Valley. These days the Zionists play for keeps - just ask Jeremy Corbyn.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 12
“To preside over one sex scandal, Mr Haworth, may be regarded as a misfortune; to preside over two looks like carelessness.”
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 11
Jeez, Jacinda! How did it ever come to this? Yes, the people around you have let the sexual assault complainants - and their party's leader - down. But, more importantly, you've let yourself down.
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CHRIS TROTTER Sep 9
What the hell has gone wrong with the Labour and Green parties? What has happened to their decision-making processes? How in-touch are they, really, with the values of progressive NZers?
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