Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 24th, 2014 - 38 comments
A few simple questions on democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, June 19th, 2014 - 123 comments
So, the Deputy Prime Minister insists that no-one from the ruling National Party knew of an eleven year old letter from Labour’s David Cunliffe asking Immigration about time frames for decision making. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister states he knew of the letter for some weeks. Scandalously, some ministers from the ruling National Party have sought […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, May 12th, 2014 - 26 comments
Behind the passive receiving of cards, chocolates and flowers.
Written By: - Date published: 7:36 pm, April 8th, 2014 - 46 comments
The 18th of September 2014 is a big day.
On that day, people living in Scotland will decide if they want to become citizens in a nation that will have reclaimed its sovereignty.
Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, March 11th, 2014 - 49 comments
Spot the difference?
Update: The referendum on the flag will be after the election.
Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, March 6th, 2014 - 55 comments
For anyone who’s had enough of the media being footloose and fancy free with their reporting.
Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, February 28th, 2014 - 13 comments
When did the left leave the left? Or, perhaps more accurately, why do we continue to regard liberals as being of the left?
Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, February 11th, 2014 - 45 comments
Governments are holding on to their traditional roles and functions, but the world has changed. We need something else.
Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, February 7th, 2014 - 6 comments
Brief occasional updates were requested on the public meetings being held in Dunedin. I’ll be straight up about this. I’m not altogether comfortable about submitting these posts because some readers might see the meetings as being synonymous with me. They’re not. But since I’m the only person with posting rights and because it wouldn’t be be appropriate to post an opinion under ‘notices and features’…
Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 24 comments
This post isn’t a ‘contrast and compare’ piece on the policy announcements of National, the Greens and Labour. Enough to say that National are pursuing privatisation while both Labour and Green are at least trying to do good things.
Shame about the reality of the bigger picture then.
Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 19th, 2014 - 11 comments
A very brief and broad brushstroke account of yesterday’s meeting at Dunedin Botanic Gardens.
Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, December 30th, 2013 - 165 comments
There’s a rumour going around that we live in a democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 5:43 pm, December 15th, 2013 - 17 comments
…and into the world.
Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 30th, 2013 - 18 comments
Some things don’t require much in the way of brains. Shame then that we tend to let no brain people determine shit so often.
Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, November 18th, 2013 - 339 comments
You don’t have to be white and male and financially wealthy to assume a prominent position within systems of patriarchy, but it helps. And you don’t have to be financially strapped and black and female to feel the full weight of patriarchy always pressing down on you, but it helps.
Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, November 5th, 2013 - 282 comments
The attitudes put on display by the young men calling themselves the ‘Roast Busters’ aren’t a glitch or the product of some unsavoury sub-culture. Those young men and the attitudes they hold are the product of very long and complex processes whereby some very fucked up shit has become normalised.
Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, November 3rd, 2013 - 47 comments
While some hold that the Labour Party conference being held this weekend could mark a watershed in NZ politics, something else that might constitute a somewhat more marked watershed is happening across the Pacific.
Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 15 comments
“I just utter one fear…”
Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, September 3rd, 2013 - 24 comments
Widespread and ongoing poisoning of civilians demands decisive and immediate international action, so…
Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, September 1st, 2013 - 26 comments
So Barack Obama is going to adhere to the US constitution this time around ( unlike as was the case with Libya) and await the potential green light of Congress before commencing with any military action in Syria.