Should Labour turn to the right ?

After a crushing election defeat the Labour Party is  looking to solve its leadership problems. However more importantly it should be and hopefully will be looking at its policy direction.
Some say it should lurch back to the right while others like columnist Dita de Boni in the NZ Herald say : Instead of trying to appeal to ‘middle New Zealand’, the party should stand by progressive values. Read full article here
Some central questions need to be answered like :
What if any progressive values are left within Labour since the 1984 Rogernomics experiment ?
What is the party’s purpose in politics anyway, to stick to and promote its core values or to gain power at any cost ?
Let us assume that the answers are no core values left worth fighting for or even worse that the purpose in politics is just to win power the result would be dire for our democracy. If this would be true for mainstream political parties we would be left with everyone aiming for the elusive ‘middle ground’ and the voter left with no other choice than the same milk either in a bottle or a carton.
Thanks to MMP we have a choice to vote for principled parties like the Greens without wasting our vote. Low fat milk in a green bottle.

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NZ Election Results – Why ?

New Zealand or rather New Zealanders who bothered to vote in the last election voted over 60% for right wing parties.
Among the many reasons like popularity of the incumbent PM, better resources, strategy, polling, spin of the ruling party, media bias, detractions etc two main reasons really stand out.
1.   As so often the “Left” was divided and fighting each other over policies within the main opposition party and between the parties, which wanted to change the government. The “Right” on the other hand did not let policies get into the way to keep the eye on the ball, which is power. They had helped each other into safe seats and had the post-election deals already nicely sawn up.
2.   The children of Ronald Reagan, Margret Thatcher and Roger Douglas are now coming home to vote. Everyone under 50 lived through his formative years under the neo-liberal / conservative ideology, which has become the new orthodoxy. Traditional values like support for or even empathy with the poor, co-operation for the common good, solidarity with your fellow men have been replaced by everybody for himself and “greed is good”.

Why is anybody surprised by the election results ?

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John Key’s little Henchman

Saturdays NZ Herald editorial (Read full article) made us speechless. It put totally different “crimes” in the same extradition pot. Cairns charged with perjury in the UK is called “brave” for going back to London to face the charges as if he had any choice. In the other category Kim Dotcom finds himself lumped together with a peadophile priest who is also fighting extradition.
The editor obviously does not or does not want to understand a few fundamental differences between these cases, which make the call for Dotcom to do the “honourable thing in law” quite ridiculous.
Let me tell you as a former lawyer that there is no such thing as “honourable in law”. It is either legal or not.
The main point however is that perjury and sexual offending are long established serious crimes and the UK and Australia have a non-political judiciary and the principle of fair trial.
In Dotcom’s case copyright violation is not even an extraditable offence and the US prosecutors had to tag on the spurious charge of money laundering to get extradition proceedings going. You thought and had legal advice that you had a legitimate business and invested its profits. Years later after unprecedented criminal proceedings – normally these cases are dealt with in civil law suits – you find that your business model broke copyright law and all of a sudden you also committed money laundering rules by investing the profits.
Secondly from the day of the raid on his mansion it has become clear that in the US Dotcom cannot expect a fair trial by an independent non-political judiciary. Unlike Mr Cairns Dotcom would not get bail in the US and the means to defend himself. He would simmer in jail on a thin mattress till he is done and accepts a plea-bargain. That is what is called justice in the US. If Dotcom would be my client I would also advise to take his chance with the NZ justice system rather than the US.

The Herald editorial is just another extension of government spin to malign a NZ resident now called “a guest” who invites “the likes” of Assange, Snowdon and Greenwald for voting advise. We followed their appearances closely and did not get any voting advice just journalists, lawyers and a whistleblower telling us things our government doesn’t want us to know.

Who is John Key’s little henchman in the Herald’s editorial office then?

Something spotted in Facebook:
“In the last week of the NZ election campaign 40 armed police and 2 helicopters descended on John Key’s mansion on behalf of an US rapper for copyright infringement”

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Welcome all

It has been 15 years since our last cyber presence with our web-site
Economic Myth Busters”. Reading the editorial after all that time it looks like it could have been written yesterday.
Inequality was a major issue during the recent election campaign even if “in the end” (JK) New Zealand voted for the status quo.
The only thing, which seems to have changed is the technology. We hope that you still manage to view the old web-site. The word “blog” was not even invented.
We hope that you will follow and comment on the sequel. We will try to not only make it relevant but also entertaining. Our own thoughts will be complimented with links to other articles and comments we like.
Have fun and we hope to hear from you.


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Dita De Boni: Kim Dotcom – the unwanted entrepreneur

Dita de Boni always worth reading. Read full article

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Economic-Myth Busters

Economic-Myth Busters.

This is still valid after 15 years

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Peter Lyons: Tax flaws creating economic apartheid – Opinion – NZ Herald News

Peter Lyons: Tax flaws creating economic apartheid – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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