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Chris Ford: Government should KO Mike Tyson visa bid

Chris Ford: Government should KO Mike Tyson visa bid

 It seems that Mike Tyson's backers are preparing to go a few more rounds with Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson.

Chris Ford: Paying young people peanuts won't solve youth job crisis

 Paying young people peanuts won't solve the youth unemployment crisis we're facing.

National's plans to introduce a youth minimum hourly rate of $10.80 on April 1 next year for 16-19 year olds won't create a single new job. In fact, completely the opposite.

Chris Ford: Printing money can work but not in isolation

 The Greens have been castigated for their calls to the Reserve Bank to engage in quantative easing, i.e. the printing of more money.

Chris Ford: Going Gangnam Style - another one hit crazy dance wonder?

Chris Ford: Going Gangnam Style - another one hit crazy dance wonder?

PSY's hit Going Gangnam Style will be just another of a long list of one hit, crazy dance tune wonders!

Chris Ford: Save Big Bird from Romney's axe!

Americans, save Big Bird from Mitt Romney's axe!

While Mitt professed his love for my yellow feathered friend from childhood and Sesame Street, in the next breath he wanted to cut him and his friends down to size.

Chris Ford: Is this the beginning of the end for National?

 Is this the beginning of the end for National?

A bad fortnight in politics does not necessarily make a defeat. But things are beginning to slip out of National's control, all thanks to a series of blunders.

Chris Ford: Obama Versus Romney: a surprise debate result

Chris Ford: Obama Versus Romney: a surprise debate result

 I'm no fan of Mitt Romney but today he won his first televised encounter with Barack Obama.

Chris Ford: The New Zealand and global economies on thin ice

 The job losses within the New Zealand economy over the few weeks show how much our economy and the global economy is again on thin ice.

Chris Ford: Why the left should not venerate Kim Dotcom

Chris Ford: Why the left should not venerate Kim Dotcom

 I believe the left is in danger of wrongly venerating Kim Dotcom.

Chris Ford: Could Kim Dotcom be the undoing of National (and some other people)?

 Could Kim Dotcom be the undoing of National in government?

While I'm not predicting that the National Government will fall as a result of Kim Dotcom, it's no doubt that his ongoing presence is doing further significant long-term damage to the government's credibility.