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My name is Daniel Farrell. I do lots of things, from making radio shows to studying at the University of Waikato. But this is not about me. It’s about being Politicalised.

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Share details set, left decide to be wrong


Image by Robert Linder Source

This evening, the Government has announced the final details of the Mighty River Power share offer, which will be officially listed on Friday. The share price is going to be $2.50, and about 113,000 share packages are being purchased. It will create about $1.7 billion for the Government. Read the rest of this entry

Why I was wrong about drugs


Note, in this post, I was referring to recreational drugs. Hard drugs are obviously a whole different ball game.

This isn’t exactly topical, but I’ve been doing a little thinking recently. Up to a couple weeks ago, I’ve said that I don’t support legalisation of drugs because I don’t feel that there’s enough of a mandate to do it. By mandate, I mean not enough people support the idea. That was my view. Read the rest of this entry

A living wage – not at crazy as the right says


I’ve just seen a very backward and unusual article that Rodney Hide has written for the New Zealand Herald. It talks of the left’s “latest cause” for a “living wage”. Personally, I disagree with both the left’s “let’s raise the minimum wage” stance on a living wage, and the right’s “the market doesn’t agree so neither do we” stance. But more on that later. Read the rest of this entry

“Gambling” and “Problem Gambling” are NOT Synonyms


You know what really gets me? When people talk about gambling as if it’s mere existence destroys the fibre of society. With the SkyCity Convention Centre deal being okayed by the Auditor-General, there’s a bunch of comments going around Facebook. Read the rest of this entry

Auckland does NOT have a land supply shortage!


In today’s state of the nation speech, John Key talked about housing affordability. Specifically, he singled out a favourite whipping boy of the right – local councils – for allegedly failing to open up enough greenfield land for development. Specifically, he was implying that Auckland Council needs to open up more greenfield land and get over its compact city fetish.

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