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Chris Trotter

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To those who complain that the Prime Minister is unnecessarily and unethically stigmatising the vaccine hesitant and resistant, there is only one genuinely ethical retort: They have stigmatised themselves
25th Oct 21, 9:35am
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To those who complain that the Prime Minister is unnecessarily and unethically stigmatising the vaccine hesitant and resistant, there is only one genuinely ethical retort: They have stigmatised themselves
James Shaw must know that neither New Zealanders, nor the rest of humanity, will take the urgent and transformative action that Science now deems necessary to stave-off climate catastrophe
18th Oct 21, 9:18am
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James Shaw must know that neither New Zealanders, nor the rest of humanity, will take the urgent and transformative action that Science now deems necessary to stave-off climate catastrophe
Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?
11th Oct 21, 10:05am
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Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?
There is much more evidence of Christian faith, hope and charity in Jacinda’s 'Team of Five Million,' than there is in any number of false prophets, 'Gotcha!' journalists, and 'Let the Devil take the hindmost!' business leaders – writes Chris Trotter
4th Oct 21, 7:42am
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There is much more evidence of Christian faith, hope and charity in Jacinda’s 'Team of Five Million,' than there is in any number of false prophets, 'Gotcha!' journalists, and 'Let the Devil take the hindmost!' business leaders – writes Chris Trotter
It's as well John Key declined to govern New Zealand with the ham-fistedness on display in his woeful Covid opinion-piece, Chris Trotter says
27th Sep 21, 8:47am
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It's as well John Key declined to govern New Zealand with the ham-fistedness on display in his woeful Covid opinion-piece, Chris Trotter says
To join this 'Coalition of the Waning': this AUKUS Pact created by the three military aggressors of the Iraq War; would not only be folly – it would be criminal folly
20th Sep 21, 8:02am
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To join this 'Coalition of the Waning': this AUKUS Pact created by the three military aggressors of the Iraq War; would not only be folly – it would be criminal folly
Chris Trotter argues that what Covid dissidents should be required to explain is why they refuse to be vaccinated
13th Sep 21, 7:16am
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Chris Trotter argues that what Covid dissidents should be required to explain is why they refuse to be vaccinated
New Zealanders unrepresented by the Mayor of Westland, Bruce Smith, might struggle to accept the proposition that their fellow citizens are kept alive by businesspeople rather than health professionals
30th Aug 21, 8:59am
New Zealanders unrepresented by the Mayor of Westland, Bruce Smith, might struggle to accept the proposition that their fellow citizens are kept alive by businesspeople rather than health professionals
Thanks to Cullen’s clever alchemy, the base metals of neoliberalism could be transmuted into the glittering gold of 'modernisation'; and the grim squares of betrayal transformed into happy circles of fulfilment, Chris Trotter says
23rd Aug 21, 7:34am
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Thanks to Cullen’s clever alchemy, the base metals of neoliberalism could be transmuted into the glittering gold of 'modernisation'; and the grim squares of betrayal transformed into happy circles of fulfilment, Chris Trotter says
Racism is always and everywhere the creation of elites, Chris Trotter argues. 'Perfect storms' are invariably unleashed upon us from above
16th Aug 21, 9:43am
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Racism is always and everywhere the creation of elites, Chris Trotter argues. 'Perfect storms' are invariably unleashed upon us from above
At either end of the Pacific Ocean, the Centre-Left is displaying a singular incomprehension of cause and effect, Chris Trotter argues
9th Aug 21, 10:12am
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At either end of the Pacific Ocean, the Centre-Left is displaying a singular incomprehension of cause and effect, Chris Trotter argues
Chris Trotter argues that while Pakeha males of a certain age have dozed in their comfortable armchairs, new social, economic & political forces have not only made it past the 'Establishment’s' front gate, they’re through the front door
2nd Aug 21, 8:22am
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Chris Trotter argues that while Pakeha males of a certain age have dozed in their comfortable armchairs, new social, economic & political forces have not only made it past the 'Establishment’s' front gate, they’re through the front door
Chris Trotter argues that National cannot regain power by simply hoping for the worst
26th Jul 21, 9:47am
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Chris Trotter argues that National cannot regain power by simply hoping for the worst
New Zealand owes the newly-formed Free Speech Union a debt of gratitude for commissioning Curia Research to find out exactly where the country stands on the Government’s Hate Speech proposals, says Chris Trotter
19th Jul 21, 10:08am
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New Zealand owes the newly-formed Free Speech Union a debt of gratitude for commissioning Curia Research to find out exactly where the country stands on the Government’s Hate Speech proposals, says Chris Trotter
How does a commercial enterprise enforce a legal right against an ever-expanding body of human resistance, without the conflict escalating well beyond its original causes?
12th Jul 21, 9:43am
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How does a commercial enterprise enforce a legal right against an ever-expanding body of human resistance, without the conflict escalating well beyond its original causes?
Not only is it highly unlikely that the Government’s 'hate speech' proposals will change the behaviour of bigots, they may end up making them worse, Chris Trotter argues
5th Jul 21, 9:30am
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Not only is it highly unlikely that the Government’s 'hate speech' proposals will change the behaviour of bigots, they may end up making them worse, Chris Trotter argues
Chris Trotter ponders whether Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has found the same electoral sweet-spot that kept John Key’s National Party in the mid-to-high 40s for the best part of a decade
28th Jun 21, 9:44am
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Chris Trotter ponders whether Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has found the same electoral sweet-spot that kept John Key’s National Party in the mid-to-high 40s for the best part of a decade
Could former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s radical right-wing doctrine of 'Traditionalism' offer conservative New Zealand a way out of its deep political funk?
21st Jun 21, 9:46am
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Could former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s radical right-wing doctrine of 'Traditionalism' offer conservative New Zealand a way out of its deep political funk?
It is, quite simply, wrong to insist that the tragic events of 15 March 2019 belong to anything, or anyone, but History itself, Chris Trotter argues
14th Jun 21, 7:21am
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It is, quite simply, wrong to insist that the tragic events of 15 March 2019 belong to anything, or anyone, but History itself, Chris Trotter argues
Given the events of the week just past, National’s Paul Goldsmith’s unfortunate remarks concerning colonisation could be considered the least of its worries, say Chris Trotter
7th Jun 21, 8:59am
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Given the events of the week just past, National’s Paul Goldsmith’s unfortunate remarks concerning colonisation could be considered the least of its worries, say Chris Trotter
Is New Zealand at risk of becoming a nation of 'Stepford Citizens': people who smile politely, nod encouragingly, and recite word-perfectly the bi-cultural and multi-cultural slogans of their masters?
31st May 21, 10:03am
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Is New Zealand at risk of becoming a nation of 'Stepford Citizens': people who smile politely, nod encouragingly, and recite word-perfectly the bi-cultural and multi-cultural slogans of their masters?
The only real question, after Thursday’s Budget, is: How long will it take National to realise how profoundly the political game has been – and is being – transformed by Covid and Climate Change? Socialism is no longer a dirty word
24th May 21, 9:17am
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The only real question, after Thursday’s Budget, is: How long will it take National to realise how profoundly the political game has been – and is being – transformed by Covid and Climate Change? Socialism is no longer a dirty word
A state broadcaster rigorously excluding any and all voices dissenting from the official line, is something most New Zealanders would expect to encounter in Moscow or Beijing – not in Wellington
17th May 21, 9:38am
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A state broadcaster rigorously excluding any and all voices dissenting from the official line, is something most New Zealanders would expect to encounter in Moscow or Beijing – not in Wellington
Chris Trotter argues that Labour has thrown out the old Political Rule Book, and that the new game they’re playing is no longer called 'Democracy' but 'Holding On To Power At All Costs'
10th May 21, 9:33am
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Chris Trotter argues that Labour has thrown out the old Political Rule Book, and that the new game they’re playing is no longer called 'Democracy' but 'Holding On To Power At All Costs'
Chris Trotter probes worrying signs that New Zealand’s long democratic history has produced a sense of complacency among its citizens
3rd May 21, 8:30am
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Chris Trotter probes worrying signs that New Zealand’s long democratic history has produced a sense of complacency among its citizens