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Greece to reclaim its future?

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, January 27th, 2015 - 248 comments

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Greece has voted to reclaim its future from the banks.

Monbiot on state media and the corporate elite

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, January 26th, 2015 - 43 comments

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George Monbiot wrote recently on how Canadian and United Kingdom public media reporting on corporate news are hopelessly pro business and lacking in any sort of balance. And how the volume of articles concerning environmental issues is declining. Is it the same in New Zealand?

The last gasp of oil

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, January 23rd, 2015 - 109 comments

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Fracking has created a short term oil glut. That’s bad news for climate change. Could we at least find a silver lining in this carbon cloud, or will it be business as usual?

An interesting milestone

Written By: - Date published: 4:22 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 37 comments

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An interesting milestone in inequality is about to be passed.

Sacrificing our Sovereignty in the name of Free Trade

Written By: - Date published: 1:24 pm, January 15th, 2015 - 30 comments

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The United Kingdom is debating entry into the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which like the TPPA will allow investor-state disputes to be resolved by unappealable unaccountable private arbitration. George Monbiot in the Guardian describes the issue well and has suggestions on how the proposal can be challenged.

Dirty Politics in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, January 13th, 2015 - 81 comments

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Political Scientists Bronwyn Hayward and Mark Boyd were interviewed on Radio New Zealand yesterday on New Zealand politics in 2014 and what happened during the election.  They talked extensively on dirty politics, on the role of the media and how things can be improved in 2015.

The Socialist Pope

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, December 29th, 2014 - 54 comments

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Pope Francis has created a stir recently.  He has been instrumental in the ending by the United States of sanctions against Cuba, he has criticised the Curia for being inwardly focussed and not sufficiently concerned for the poor and he has reached out to Muslims.  And to top things off he is intending to issue a Papal Encyclical on climate change and will be urging countries to enter into a meaningful agreement on climate change.

Bill Gates on Piketty and inequality

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 26th, 2014 - 63 comments

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Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century came to the strong conclusion that capitalism left by itself will increase inequality and cause increased risk of social, economic and democratic upheaval.  He has an unlikely supporter, albeit critical, in Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world.

USA pimpin for its mega corporates

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, December 18th, 2014 - 19 comments

TISA1 beware

Another day, another crucial leak of information relating to a relentless drive by the USA  to have control of as much data as they can, in as many countries as possible.

Inequality – two excellent pieces

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 14th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Inequality has been very much in the news recently. Friday saw the publication of two really excellent pieces that between them provide a comprehensive, if depressing overview.

Christmas at the extremes

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, December 13th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Two New Zealands will shortly celebrate Christmas, the poor and the rich. Here’s a crazy thought…

‘Ditch the [misleading] rhetoric’

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, December 12th, 2014 - 16 comments

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On RNZ this morning PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff criticised Bill English for his misleading rhetoric about rises in “average wages”.  NZ’s income and wealth gaps have increased in recent decades.  The lowest income remain low; the top earners get big salary increases.

None so blind

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, December 12th, 2014 - 181 comments

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Message to today’s anonymous Herald editorialist – competition doesn’t close the inequality gap, it widens it. In other news, black is black not white, and water is wet. How can you write such drivel?

Local Bodies: “Government Given the Bums Up”

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, December 10th, 2014 - 5 comments

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From the Local Bodies blog, 2 posts on the government’s “head in the sand” approach to climate change and the environment.  A critique of the government’s approach to business, mining and the environment & a report on the protest against the government’s head in the sand approach.

Profits before Botulism

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, December 9th, 2014 - 40 comments

The new report from the Government finds Fonterra woefully inadequate in its food safety culture putting profits before the safety of people. The Ministry doesn’t escape either. “The ministry had no single, coherent (or reviewed or rehearsed) crisis plan for a food incident that it could implement straight away after receiving notification of C. botulism. […]

it’s not censorship, it’s market forces

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, December 8th, 2014 - 77 comments

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the addition of judith collins as a columnist has some people calling for people to cancel their subscriptions.

the response has been the usual.  there are claims that this is censorship.  even though the choice to not purchase a product that no longer appeals to you is hardly censorship.

Dirty Politics and the health advocates

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 6th, 2014 - 58 comments

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How is it that Katherine Rich can be the head of the Food and Grocery Council and look after the interests of suppliers yet at the same time be on the Health Promotion Agency and not have a conflict?

Tip of the iceberg

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, November 23rd, 2014 - 99 comments

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Looks like exploiting petrol station workers by docking their pay for circumstances beyond their control was just the tip of the iceberg of this kind of behaviour.

Clarke and Dawe: G20 Growth

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 4 comments

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The excellent Clarke and Dawe on the G20 and growth.

The casualisation of work

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 14th, 2014 - 147 comments

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Zero hour contracts, where an employee’s work hours are determined solely at the whim of the employer, are becoming increasingly common. The implications for the fight against poverty are dire.

Social housing providers

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, November 12th, 2014 - 46 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

Is Key planning to flog off state houses at half price to a liquor company?

The cost of terrorist rhetoric

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, November 11th, 2014 - 38 comments

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When John Key takes to the media to over-hype the risks of ISIS terrorism to NZ, there is a cost.

Effects of privatised power

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, November 11th, 2014 - 120 comments

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The entirely predictable effects of privatising much of our electricity generation capacity are arriving thick and fast.

Lessons from the ’30s and 40’s: culture and the left

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, November 10th, 2014 - 70 comments

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We often look to the first Labour Government for core left wing values, & a political way forward.  As well as massively restructuring of the NZ economy, work, welfare & housing, that Government aimed to restructure NZ culture & to combat capitalist-dominated popular culture.

Fifty year mortgages

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, November 9th, 2014 - 79 comments

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Fifty year mortgages are here, and as usual the game is rigged against the ordinary buyer. Madness.

The working poor

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 8th, 2014 - 183 comments

We cant feed the poor

The Nats’ line on poverty is that beneficiaries need to get in to work. The rise of the working poor both in NZ and internationally, shows what nonsense that excuse is.

Campbell & Gould on neoliberalism

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, November 4th, 2014 - 49 comments

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Yesterday’s Werewolf contained a fascinating discussion between Gordon Campbell and Bryan Gould on neoliberalism and the economy. It should be required reading for Labour leadership contenders!

EEO Commissioner blasts employment law changes

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, November 1st, 2014 - 43 comments

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Workers have lost the statutory right to meal breaks and smokos. Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner Jackie Blue – who happens to be an ex Nat MP – pulls no punches in setting out the consequences.

Opposition to Nats’ attack grows

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, October 25th, 2014 - 79 comments

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Labour’s petition against National’s attack on Kiwi’s rights including the right to a break at work is growing like topsy with over 22,000 people signing up to it in the last day and a half.

The power & the pressure

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, October 14th, 2014 - 115 comments

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We need a new green left direction, now and for the future.  A future Labour-Green-Mana coalition government could provide such a direction.  The original NZ Values Party Manifesto provides an important Blueprint.

Cause of poverty and inequality found!

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, October 8th, 2014 - 36 comments

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Good news citizens! The National government has revealed unto us today the cause of poverty and inequality.

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