New Zealanders like to think that we are, in most respects, up with - if not actually ahead of – the play. Sadly, however, as a new government is about to emerge, there is no sign that our politicians and policymakers are aware of recent developments in a crucial area of policy, and that, as a re...
Published: 03 January 2018
The scene is set. The players and the situations are in position. Sneaking away in the Coalition government's agenda are the words "corporatise water delivery".
Published: 11 December 2017
A Labour, Greens, NZ First government should be given a chance to govern and make substantial positive changes to people's lives in New Zealand. That it's a hotch potch of egos, varying policy objectives and no real sense of united vision make the achievement hopes, of many New Zealanders, somew...
Published: 08 November 2017
I can't remember a more shambolic election. Opinion polls jumped up and down like a hyperactive yo-yo reflecting the vagaries of the offers made by media-recognised political parties.
Published: 25 September 2017
Long ago my old Dad talked to me about horse racing – surprising, because he never gambled a penny on anything. He said there was a racehorse named Integrity and added thoughtfully, "They wouldn't name a horse Integrity these days because nobody would know what it meant."
Published: 10 September 2017
It's awful. It's boring. To quote Victor Meldrew “I do not believe it”. We're in the middle of an election campaign and we've heard nothing (well, I haven't) that will convince voters that whoever becomes the government has any vision to bring us all into a better New Zealand.
Published: 06 September 2017
A rock star economy? Really? National has far outdone Labour this year as the biggest ‘Nanny State’ of modern times. Despite the economy showing “solid economic growth” more people than ever were placed on government handouts in June’s budget.
Published: 14 August 2017
Earlier this year the Herald declined to publish my rebuttal of Don Brash’s repeated attempts to deny the truth about money creation, with the consequence that he had the l ast word and, yet again, the establishment was able to obfuscate on a subject of huge importance to all of us.
Published: 04 August 2017
The change to Jacinda Arden in the leadership of the Labour Party reminded me of a story of life. In an office where I worked was an attractive, dynamic young woman. Day after day she looked promising, and then I heard her speak. Her attraction disappeared immediately. Ever since that time, I've b...
Published: 01 August 2017
The great political and economic disaster affecting mostly the middle and bottom layers of our society is the now 30 year old neoliberal economic philosophy which reduces many of us to being denizens of what Professor Guy Standing calls ‘The Precariat’.