Category Archives: politics

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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John Key Minister of Double-standards

It seems a long time ago actually just earlier this year that Minister Maurice Williamson rang the police on behalf of a Chinese immigrant. His explanation that he rang in his capacity not as Minister but the electoral MP or just … Continue reading

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Old Snake Oil Merchants driven out of Town ?

Brian Fallow in the 23 Oct Herald alerts us to a change in economic debate with the publication of the The Piketty Phenomenon a collection of essays dealing with the groundbreaking work of the French economist’s Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century. “His careful … Continue reading

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Beware of call for Police State

We are witnessing a very dangerous trend of liberal democracies with universal human rights and freedoms mutating into a authoritarian police states. One example for this concern is a recent speech and the underlying thinking of the FBI Director James Comey … Continue reading

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Rod Oram : Defend the right to debate

If you haven’t read Rod Oram’s latest column yet please do ! It hasn’t stopped to amaze me how brilliantly the government spin worked in the lead-up to the recent election. It had almost an Orwellian quality of turning the meaning of … Continue reading

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A seat at the Big Table – let’s live up to our good ‘brand’

Even if you don’t suffer from Colonial cringe and overly rejoice at every sporting win over the Imperials or the bigger cousins across the ditch and every other occasion where we ‘punch above our weight’ you have reason to celebrate that New … Continue reading

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The Dogs of War, again – how ‘odd’ ?

We are just being prepared for joining another war, again ! I will not argue about the evil of our latest enemy. However I have a nagging question ever since I arrived in this county well over 30 years ago … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Sale of the Power Companies

Could it be a Blessing in Disguise? Many commentators, including this blog, have chastised the government for selling half of its power companies despite strong opposition from the general public. In the early nineties, I myself was involved in a … Continue reading

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