Category Archives: politics

State’s “social” role : Corporate Welfare

I have to thank Brian Fallow for his article in the NZ Herald of 28 November to have alerted me to the “Productivity Commission’s” inquiry into how to improve the market for social services. My old nightmare predictions were confirmed. Our neo-liberal … Continue reading

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Planet Key

Toby Manhire in the NZ Herald on 21 Nov 14 quotes John Key talking on a Northland radio station “When we talk about the Treaty and sovereignty and all those matters, you take a step back and say, well, what was really … Continue reading

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Open letter to Andrew Little

Dear Andrew Little The commentariat is running hot over your narrow victory in the Labour leadership contest. Bryce Edwards in a most comprehensive piece with many links gives a good summery. And there is the NZ Herald editorial under the headline: Daring policies will … Continue reading

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From toll debacle back to the future for the Transport Agency

The editor has opposed toll for over 10 years. He recently was in the High Court in an appeal hearing defending himself against charges for not paying toll on the Northern Gateway toll road. The decision has not come out … Continue reading

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Big money in politics – final proof that TPP is bad for you

New Zealand businesses tell Key they plan campaign to sell Kiwis on trade deal’s merits once it’s signed so the NZ Herald tells us. This raises some interesting questions. One is the role of money in politics in general. The other … Continue reading

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Banksters getting away with it

In 1969 I was lucky enough to spend half a year at the University of California at Berkeley. It was the height of the Vietnam war, the civil rights movement and general student unrest shaking the foundations of the complacent American political … Continue reading

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Our War Heroes have died in vain

The ‘Heroes’ of all our wars have died in vain, betrayed by today’s government. We are continuously reminded of the democratic freedoms our ancestors lost their lives for on the battlefields, which is the ability of parliament to legislate on behalf of the … Continue reading

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SIS chief: We’re about security not spying – Yeah right

New head of the SIS Rebecca Kitteridge wants to change the image of the spy agency. What is obvious is that she is on a public relations drive to change the public’s image of SIS agents. She obviously doesn’t want to change … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is not olone

Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world’s major conflicts ( The Independent) Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of undermining global stability, and warned that the world will face new wars if Washington does … Continue reading

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