Category Archives: politics

A New Zealand good-news-story

 Good-news-story New Zealand style Watching the 6 o’clock news on a Sunday night you expect a good news story somewhere to end the weekend on a positive note. Last Sunday the state broadcaster TVNZ managed the impossible feat of literally knitting the worst of the worst … Continue reading

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The New Zealand I fell in love with is gone

Neo-liberalism the source of most evil The other day I talked to my political correspondent up North and I raved about the ills of these times. I was talking about all the mundane things everyone is concerned about especially during … Continue reading

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There actually is an Alternative

Light at the end of the tunnel Of all the unexpected crazy political events of the last twelve months one will prove to be more significant than all the others. We have seen Brexit, the election of a self-confessed mass … Continue reading

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Barbie & Ken – America’s Choice 2016

US Elections 2016 Anybody who does not live in a cave and has contact with any media at all cannot avoid being exposed to the circus of the US election campaign 2016. However this year’s spectacle is unlike any other we … Continue reading

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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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Labour – Green : Was that so hard ?

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) A couple of weeks back I got the heads up from a Green Party insider to look out for an announcement / press conference that afternoon, which would make the news that day. And did it … 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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“Criminal” gang shows more compassion than Government

Dangerous Drug Laws There is no law more harmful to the common good than the drug laws still enforced in most countries around the world including New Zealand. The hideous thing about it is the fact that they have been deliberately designed to … Continue reading

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