Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, November 24th, 2015 - 22 comments
Max Rashbrooke has another excellent piece in The Guardian, on inequality and on the ways he has been attacked for his writings on this issue.
Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, November 20th, 2015 - 71 comments
The way to keep people occupied during this period of “Pretend and Extend” is to keep a steady stream of establishment fairytales (and horror stories) flowing.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, November 19th, 2015 - 159 comments
“What differentiates the Left from the Right is the former’s fundamental rejection of the strongest human-beings’ proclivity to dominate, coerce and exploit the weakest. Without this proclivity, none of the economic and social systems elaborated by armed minorities throughout history could have endured.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 19th, 2015 - 106 comments
The Paris climate change talks will force leaders to confront climate change and the threat of terrorism at the same time. Can they show the same determination to deal with the gradual but inevitable threat of climate change as they purport to show to deal with the immediate threat of terrorism.
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, November 13th, 2015 - 13 comments
The Law? That’s not for Cabinet Members, the Law is for the lazy malcontents who don’t want to work hard.
Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 9 comments
Isn’t it amazing how many Ministers can’t wait to front up to the media when they are selling. But when it comes to after sale service they just don’t want to front?
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2015 - 68 comments
While pondering this post, I was pointed to a post from last year, in which poverty and the cost of breakfast were on the agenda. Stephanie was writing in response to the ignorance of Nikki Kaye who claimed that giving affordable nutritious breakfast to children was easy. While I haven’t taken the time to read all of the comments on the subject, I thought Stephanie proved the point quite aptly that the reality is far different than the hypothetical world of poverty in which Nikki Kaye lives.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 3rd, 2015 - 44 comments
This morning’s media has reports of increased domestic violence being reported by beneficiaries and an increase of the time and resources the police are having to put into helping the mentally unwell. And record profits earned by the Australian banks.
Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 97 comments
Guest post from Kōrero Pono on the politics and ethics of food banks.
Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, October 23rd, 2015 - 11 comments
A short film from AJ+ which clearly describes what has gone wrong in the US since the 1980s. The film is just as relevant for New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 12th, 2015 - 143 comments
Rod Oram’s Sunday Star-Times column, as made available on Facebook, is a level-headed evaluation of the TPP. He lists five points of concern…
Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, October 11th, 2015 - 66 comments
Communications Anat Shenker-Osorio has some simple messages for Labour in its quest for Government. The left’s strongest advantage is its care for people rather than the economy and the message that will resonate is a positive one emphasising the care of people and the environment.
Written By: - Date published: 5:43 pm, October 10th, 2015 - 41 comments
The proposed TPP is a protection racket – not a trade deal.
Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, October 8th, 2015 - 103 comments
Associated Press: BREAKING: Hillary Clinton says she opposes Pacific Rim trade deal, breaking with Obama.
Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, October 7th, 2015 - 161 comments
A roundup of the best analysis of and reaction to the TPP. The gains are minor and delayed, the losses are real. In NZ we don’t have any democratic input into ratification, but the US does, and the deal may fall there.
Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, October 1st, 2015 - 37 comments
Last Friday I wrote a post on Volkwagen gaming NOx emissions. This is a follow up.
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 20 comments
Goff has attempted to throw a fire-cracker into the notion of the National Party leadership and caucus being one big happy family. Is this the Labour Party’s way of sowing seeds of discontent without tainting the image of their leader? It is NOT Dirty Politics by any normal understanding of that term as captured in the book of the same name. Is this Goff’s role now? To box from the shadows?
Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 25th, 2015 - 108 comments
Been trying to get my head around the implications of Volkswagen’s rigged diesel performance tests. Predictably, and unlike most stories covering this, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse for the financial woes the company might be facing.