Category Archives: politics

Media attack on New Zealand’s democracy

MMP in New Zealand Twenty five years ago New Zealand voted in a first referendum for the (more) democratic proportional voting system called MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) as recommended  by the Royal Commission after the most thorough investigation into all electoral … Continue reading

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Jacinda, You can do this – again !

Dear Jacinda The most interesting and in my mind most appealing feature you disclosed about yourself during the election campaign was the fact that some time back you left the Mormon Church. You indicated that this had not been easy. … Continue reading

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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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