Category Archives: Society

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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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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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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“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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One picture worth a 1000 words

Recently former first lady Nancy Reagan – the one who introduced astrology into all the important White House decision making – has died. At her funeral this photo was taken : President Bush II & Hillary Clinton If there was … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Valentine’s Gift

Is it a gift to New Zealand ? If we like it or not the US Supreme Court matters to us in New Zealand as much as the rest of the “Western” world. We just signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement … Continue reading

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Waitangi Week with a Happy Ending

Lets not get into the annual Waitangi Day racist redneck rants of the uneducated idiots populating our media. They are just a sad indictment of their barren minds and of their media handlers’ desire to find an ever lower common … Continue reading

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