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Chris Ford

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20 November 2008


Chris Ford is a freelance writer and researcher based in Dunedin.
He takes a left democratic socialist/social democratic perspective on the political issues of the day, whether they be national or global in nature.
Chris has a strong interest in social justice issues.
His work has been published in many local and international publications and he has also written not just on politics but on a diverse range of subjects ranging from real estate to economic issues.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Otago and has worked for social services agencies and as a public servant.


  • Chris Ford: War On P And Dealer Gangs - Is It Time To Decriminalise Drugs And Tackle Poverty Instead?

    John Key's pledge to wage war on gangs and in particular the very addictive drug known as 'P' (pure methametaphine) is fraught with difficulty.

  • Chris Ford: Civil Defence Needs To Get It Right!

    The tragedy of last week's tsunami in Samoa and this week's earthquake in the Solomon Islands/Vanuatu region shows that Civil Defence needs to lift it's game.

  • Chris Ford: Greens Get Caught Up In Accomodation Rort

    Last week Meteria Turei was quizzed on TV One's Q and A about two Green MP's claiming the same parliamentary accomodation perk that has gotten Bill English (or the 'Double Dipper from Dipton' as Winston Peters has labelled him) into heaps of trouble.

  • Chris Ford: Is Bill English From Dipton?

    The expenses row which has embroiled Bill English these past few weeks has raised one pertinent question - is he really from Dipton? Or is he a good ol' country boy who merely has settled in Wellington but yet claims to be from Dipton for official purposes?

  • Chris Ford: John Key's Real Top Ten Reasons For Going To New York

    This week John Key introduced himself to the American people by appearing on the popular NBC TV 'The Late Show With David Letterman.'

  • Chris Ford: Farewell Sue Bradford, You Will Be Missed!

    Sue Bradford's resignation bombshell has shocked many members of not only the Green Party but all those who wish for a better and more socially just society too.

  • Chris Ford: 'H' Bomb Dropped On Whanganui - Hooray For That!

    About two weeks ago, I blogged about Michael Laws and his insulting words to a kura kaupapa Maori immersion class at Otaki Primary School who wrote to him regarding the use of the 'h' word in Whanganui's name.

  • Chris Ford: From the Sublime To The Ridiculous - Larry Baldock's Referendum On Referendums

    Yesterday, Larry Baldock presented his latest citizens initiated referendum petition wording for approval by the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

  • Chris Ford: Undie 500 Shows University And City With Head In The Sand

    As a mature student at the University of Otago, I just have to make comment on the events which transpired around the Undie 500 at the weekend.

  • Chris Ford: Why I Support MMP And Why National Should Break Referendum Promise

    Last week John Key said that New Zealanders could now kick the tyres of MMP at the upcoming referendum on the system to be held in conjunction with the 2011 election.

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