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Chris Ford

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13 August 2009


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.


  • Chris Ford: Should Peter Dunne be New Zealand's Bradley Manning?

     Should Peter Dunne be New Zealand's Bradley Manning?

  • Chris Ford: Dirty deeds - Dunne dirt cheap!

     In the wake of Peter Dunne's resignation as a Cabinet minister I can't but help think of the old AC/DC classic song Dirty Deeds.

  • Chris Ford: The Lusk Papers and National's post-Key leadership Cold War - could it turn hot?

    The Beehive's Ninth Floor struck out against Judith Collins and the National Party's Far Right faction over the weekend through the release of what have become known as the 'Lusk Papers.'

  • Chris Ford: The bouncing polls

     We've been treated to the latest series of opinion polls and they've been bouncing around like crazy.

  • Chris Ford: That Al Nisbet cartoon - "That's what they're all thinking!" - British-style welfare bashing is here!

     "That's what they're all thinking! That cartoonist guy is saying what people are afraid to say openly!"

  • Chris Ford: The 2013 Budget - The devil is in the detail

     Yesterday, the media trumpeted the Government's 2013 Budget as the first light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Chris Ford: Why did National put Aaron Gilmore on its list in the first place?

     I have a simple question to ask and it's this - why did the National Party put Aaron Gilmore on its list when they knew he was a plonker?

  • Chris Ford: The Boston Bombings - many questions arise

     This morning's terrorist actions against the Boston Marathon were horrific. 

  • Chris Ford: Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013: The Left needs its own Thatcher to counter Thatcherism

     Margaret Thatcher passed away overnight in London. Her death will be a sad one for her family, friends and former colleagues. 

  • Chris Ford: Having Danish right-wing MP at Maori powhiri rather like having Louis Crimp at one

     Having Danish right-wing MP Marie Krarup at a Maori powhiri has turned to be like having ACT's Louis Crimp attend one. Their reactions on race relations issues aren't far apart it seems.