Category Archives: politics

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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Corbyn & Sanders – the end is nigh

It has been a while but now I find the time to reflect on recent events, which have send shockwaves through the political establishment on both sides of the Atlantic. Like the tsunami crossing the pacific at the time of writing … Continue reading

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One image to shame our government

One image has shaken us out of complacency So at least we hope. People who do care are deeply shaken. Just watch Naomi Klein this weekend in the Sidney Opera House addressing the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The battle hardened author … Continue reading

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Spies’ PR campaign undone by lies

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War on drugs : The collateral damage

Propaganda vs economic reality Government propaganda from time to time feeds us figures on the war on drugs. We read of the biggest drug haul this year or ever. Just google “drug haul” to get a taste. We read the … Continue reading

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Lurch to the neoliberal right I can’t help it to have the benefit of knowledge and experience, which only comes with age. Unlike everybody under 50 who grew up under the intense ‘greed is good’ indoctrination of the neoliberal Reagan/Thatcher/Rogernomics era … Continue reading

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Don’t touch that sausage

“Making laws and making sausages are very similar. The public will generally consume the final result, but you wouldn’t want them to watch exactly how they are made.” TPP minister Tim Grosser The arrogance and contempt of this government has … Continue reading

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Public bad Private good – A myth that won’t die

The Privatisation myth lives on One of the cornerstones of neoliberal dogma is privatisation of public assets and services. PRIVATISATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals … Continue reading

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War on drugs is war on us

Drug laws are based on racial discrimination against the Chinese. This fact should get your attention in the current climate in New Zealand where everyone pretends to be so politically correct about racism against the ethnic Chinese. Drug laws are still discriminating on … Continue reading

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