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Chris Ford

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13 August 2009

Bio

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. Disclosure statement: Any views expressed within his blog are strictly his own. Also, for the purposes of transparency, Mr Ford is currently a member of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Posts

  • Chris Ford: Dirty Politics: Like Watergate a slow burning issue

    Today, National MP Jamie-Lee Ross (a member of the Collins/Slater faction) came out on TV3 and said that New Zealanders weren't interested in John Key's and Cameron Slater's text message exchanges this week.

  • Chris Ford: Ebola - one more sign of environmental catastrophe

    This week the world learned the link between the spread of Ebola and climate change.

  • Chris Ford: Andrew Little - just a little jump to the Right?

    Labour's leadership election is finally over with the winner being Andrew Little. I just wonder though, with Little's election, as to whether (in the immortal words of the Rocky Horror Picture Show) Labour has taken a slight jump to the Right?

  • Chris Ford: The Phillip John Smith escape- why National flubbed a major chance to change things

    The daring escape of convicted killer, fraudster and paedophile Phillip John Smith last week brought glaring discrepancies in our justice, corrections and border control systems to light. And one of these aspects could have been fixed by National years ago.

  • Vale: Gough Whitlam 1916-2014: A great Australian progressive

    Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, who passed away at age 98 today, was and is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, progressive leader of all time in Australia.

  • Chris Ford: National - the key reasons why they won

    I've been thinking about why National won on September 20. There are a whole host of reasons but I'll go into the key elements (pun intended) from a left perspective of why they did so.

  • Chris Ford: No to Isis and no to attack on Syria

    The United States and some of its Arab allies attacked Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria this afternoon. Consequently, the US has now entered as a combatant into the bloody and convoluted conflict that is the Syrian Civil War.

  • Chris Ford: No to Isis and no to attack on Syria

    The United States and some of its Arab allies attacked Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria this afternoon. Consequently, the US has now entered as a combatant into the bloody and convoluted conflict that is the Syrian Civil War.

  • Chris Ford: Lessons for the Left in election result

    I'm back again blogging after what has been a long election campaign. I chose to stop blogging as I had campaign related duties to fulfil for the Green Party. I can say, having been a list candidate for the party in last weekend's poll, there is much to digest.

  • Chris Ford: The Anzac Day blog - WWI conscientious objectors due an apology

    I believe that, as we mark the 99th Anzac Day tomorrow, that our Government should apologise to the World War I conscientious objectors who were treated so badly.