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    Chris Trotter

    Chris Trotter is a weekly political columnist and commentator. On occasion he's also been known to sing.

    Looking Down the Road

    [...] Over the course of the next few weeks, New Zealanders will learn how much their freedom of expression is going to be curtailed by the Coalition Government. The Justice Minister, Andrew Little, will make known his Cabinet colleagues’ position on “hate speech” and to what degree it will soon be possible to claim that one’s culture and/or religion has been “defamed”, and to seek legal remedies for the “harm” inflicted.

    Labour’s ‘Sex Scandal’ Turns Out to Be a ‘Media Scandal’

    [...] It was at this point that a responsible media organisation should have held up its hands and said “Woah! This positively reeks of multiple personal and political agendas! Thanks, but no thanks.” What was it, then, that persuaded The Spinoff to take up “Sarah’s” story and run with it?

    Boris’s Moment

    WHOOH BOY! What a day for the Right! Not so much Game of Thrones’ “Red Wedding” (although there certainly was a lot of blood) but the day when...

    To Keep the Over-65s on Side, Two Conservative Parties May Be Better Than One.

    [...] the elderly’s enthusiasm for National’s traditional beliefs and values is readily understood. Unfortunately, for Simon Bridges, exactly the same factors are present in the equation that delivers elder support to NZ First.

    Whose Mountain Is This?

    THE POSTCARD says it all. There stands Auckland’s Mt Albert/Owairaka, circa 1910, gloriously naked. Not a single tree in evidence. None. If the Tupuna Maunga Authority (TMA) truly wishes to restore Owairaka to its original condition, then it will not limit itself to cutting down 345 trees, it will cut down every last tree on the mountain!

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