Category Archives: Economics

The world gone mad or is it just me ?

A mad world out there where ever we look The year 2016 is shaping up as one of the craziest in living memory. And mine goes back to World War II. Bristol Mural That was the opening sentence of this … Continue reading

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Brexit : “Without a single shot being fired”

Brexit: The unthinkable has happened One of the most amazing facts of the whole Brexit story is that the political and business elites and the so called “market” did not see it coming. Or rather they would not believe that it could … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism: The Beast Thou shall not name

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems One of the most interesting pieces I read recently was by George Monbiot in The Guardian about Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems It opened … Continue reading

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Switzerland of the South: The Kim Dotcom Defence

Key’s Vision: Switzerland of the South In the Weekend Herald of March 26 Fran o’Sullivan wrote about John Key’s Vision for New Zealand. She is known to be comfortable with the present neoliberal economic system. She is close enough to give us valuable insight into the thinking … Continue reading

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US Elections : Reality TV with Consequences

Consequences for New Zealand Even as far removed as we possibly can get from the US election circus we cannot avoid watching it. It is on our TV, radio and in the newspapers. Lets asses if the media got it right … Continue reading

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Church of Neoliberalism

Traditional Religions I was baptised and raised as a Christian with Sunday school and later confirmation. To be precise I was a Protestant, which according to Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life” allowed me to buy condoms. However before I ever had … Continue reading

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We are better than this

The recent Canadian election campaign, which ended in the defeat of the conservative Harper government featured one outstanding campaign ad. It was not produced by the opposition but Adbusters, the Vancouver based anti-consumerist organisation. Even if it is pretty shocking … Continue reading

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TPPA : No bus but sheep truck

TPPA – more of the same old same old This cartoon appeared in the Listener Magazine in 1999. Slane could recycle it for today. Nothing has changed. Then it was the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference in Auckland. New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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TPPA : Dining out on dead rats

TPPA – what we don’t know All governments involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have kept negotiations deliberately secret. This enables them to brush of any criticism from its sceptical citizens as uninformed scaremongering. They won’t release the full text for some … Continue reading

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VW emissions scandal: Any surprises ?

Emission Scandal The various emissions standards and testing regimes in the US, EU and individual countries are complex. Like most of us I was only superficially informed by news reports about the VW scandal but not the background and long … Continue reading

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