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Chris Ford: Watch Out For Thursday's 'Dark Grey' Budget

This week's budget from Finance Minister Bill English has already been labelled the most important budget since Roger Douglas brought down his first Rogernomics budget in 1984.

Chris Ford: The Week of The Pig

It's truly been a week for pigs, both of the genuine swine variety and of the human political one.

Chris Ford: Gerry Brownlee Should Make Power Companies Cough Up!

This week's Commerce Commission report into power company price fixing arrangements simply verified something that we knew all about as consumers but which the power companies have been denying to us all along - that they have been fleecing us to the tune of $4.3 billion over the last seven years (a

Chris Ford: Christine Rankin - Here We Go Again!

I have very un-fond memories of Christine Rankin, the newly appointed Families Commission commissioner.

Chris Ford: The Campaign for Mount Albert - Nats Have Faltering Scud Missile In Melissa Lee

During the first Gulf War in 1991, the Iraqis under Saddam Hussein deployed their feared long range weapon, the Scud, against both Saudi Arabia and Israel - and it proved to be a faltering dud in that it didn't strike it's intended target most of the time.

Chris Ford: Obama Goes Over 100 Day Mark

President Barack Obama has now served in the Oval Office for just over 100 days as America's first African-American chief executive.

Chris Ford: Remembering Thatcherism

A little noticed anniversary passed largely un-noticed this past Sunday, that is the thirtieth anniversary of the election of Margaret Thatcher as UK Prime Minister.

Chris Ford: Swine Flu Might Test Nats Further

The possible outbreak (yet to be confirmed) of swine flu in a number of Rangitoto College and Northcote College students and teaching staff returning from Mexico and other parts of Central America probably marks the second serious test of the National Government's ability to manage a crisis situatio

Chris Ford: Tony Veitch Case Shows Gender and Class Imbalances

The Tony Veitch affair, it is true, has been played out too much by our news media. I admit that my writing a column on this issue will only contribute to this media frenzy in some small way.

Chris Ford: Time To Deal With Fiji's Thugocracy

The time has come to deal firmly with Fiji's thugocracy following Colonel Frank Bainimarama's Good Friday auto coup. The moves to abolish the constitution and abrogate civil liberties are the most alarming developments in Fiji's short, but turmultuous, coup-driven history.

Chris Ford: Greens Taking Risk In Working With Nats

The announcement that the National Party and the Greens are to work together on formulating a new energy strategy and home insulation scheme has probably been in the pipeline for some time.

Chris Ford: It's A Bird, It's A Plane!!!....No, It's Auckland, Super City!!!!

Anybody living in Auckland might soon be proclaiming those words after the National Government's announcement that Auckland is to become a super city following next year's local government elections.

Chris Ford: Can the Nat's Make Up For Mad Max's Electricity Market Stuff Up?

This week the National Government's favourite Bovver Boy, Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee launched a ministerial inquiry into this country's now dysfunctional market-driven electricity sector.

Chris Ford: The Race For Mount Albert Begins

Amongst all the hoopla about Helen Clark being appointed as the new Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week, there has been minimal commentary about the race for the Mount Albert electorate that will inevitably follow.

Chris Ford: Nats Going Back To Nineteenth Century With Charity Call

Prime Minister John Key's call for those fortunate enough to receive tax cuts after April 1st to consider donating them to charity is just another sign that the National Government is steering this country back to the 19th Century.

Chris Ford: L Is For Liberal Or Labour?

Anybody who is a fan of British comedy might possibly recognise the name Harry Enfield. Enfield, in one of his BBC comedy sketch series, parodies an old British Liberal Party advertisement 'L is for Liberal' by substituting it with 'L is for Labour'.

Chris Ford: ACC Scaremongering Shows Nats Ready To Privatise

In the last week, it has been revealed that the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) non-earners account is in deficit to the tune of $1.4 billion. This figure is projected out over a four year period and comes in the midst of the worst recession in recent memory.

Chris Ford: The Nats Are Truly In Honeymoon Mode - But For How Long?

The new National Government is in honeymoon mood as recent opinion polls attest - but for how long?

Chris Ford: Will Winston Make A Come Back?

Winston Peters will be hoping after New Zealand First's devastating electoral loss in November that he can repeat the feat of his Christian namesake and make a come back worthy of Lazarus.

Chris Ford: Use Existing Laws To Get At Boy Racers

Chris Ford: Why Gaza Has Paid The Price

The Gaza war maybe over - for now. The reality is that the fighting will resume for one reason - Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestine.

Chris Ford: Is Obama Mania All Hype?

Chris Ford: Action Needed On Jobs - Not Talk

Chris Ford: No Ma'am - The Case For Abolishing The Monarchy In NZ

Over the New Year's weekend, a Research New Zealand poll disclosed that a growing number of New Zealanders are wanting to do away with the monarchy.

Chris Ford: Israel Should Look To History And Stop Gaza Offensive

The Israeli air offensive over Gaza has been horrifying in both its share scale and disproportionality. Israel, being the world's only Jewish state, should look at its own history and that of the Jewish people to see that it is committing an erroroneous mistake in taking on Gaza.

Chris Ford: 2008-The Year Of Great Political Tests

The year 2008 has proven to be a year of great political tests for a whole range of reasons on both the domestic and international fronts.

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