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Labour Campaign Launch this Sunday

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, August 19th, 2017 - No comments

Labour’s campaign launch is this Sunday in Auckland.

Are Government-business Think Tanks worthwhile?

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 7 comments

In America Donald Trump has abandoned business think tanks that he established not that long ago.  During the last Labour Government Helen Clark established the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board with mixed results.  What should a Jacinda Ardern led Labour-Green coalition do?

Labour’s policies

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, August 15th, 2017 - 65 comments

A list of Labour’s announced policies to date and an easy way to compare them to other parties’ policies.

Reviving

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 8th, 2017 - 45 comments

Is Jacinda Ardern’s rise to power evidence of a change of approach to political campaigning by Labour?

Labour’s Auckland Transport announcement

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, August 6th, 2017 - 102 comments

Labour has announced its Auckland Transport policy.

The Democrats and Russia

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 26th, 2017 - 66 comments

The Trump presidency appears to be in a death spiral because of the Russia issue.  But the Democrats are not taking advantage.  Why?

Imagine the world without America

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 23rd, 2017 - 63 comments

America used to be the most powerful nation in the world.  But things are changing.

Why be a public servant?

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, July 20th, 2017 - 28 comments

Today thousands of IRD workers face the prospect of losing their jobs while two MOT workers who lost their jobs for whistle blowing are vindicated.  Who would be a public servant?

Waimea a good dam?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 14th, 2017 - 54 comments

The proposed Waimea Dam in Nelson is attracting opposition from the Green Party but support from the Labour Party.  Is there such a thing as a good dam project?

The Game

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 9th, 2017 - 80 comments

If a Rugby series was an election campaign.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 4th, 2017 - 9 comments

Ad asks is the world more secure than a year ago? Is the danger of serious economic crisis higher or lower? Are the institutional arrangements and norms that resolve conflicts and enhance the prospects for international cooperation more or less robust than they were in July 2016.

On winning the America’s Cup

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 27th, 2017 - 52 comments

Ad explores the implications of the Americas Cup win for this year’s election.

A proposal for a Remarkables National Park

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 25th, 2017 - 9 comments

Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand and supported by Forest and Bird have proposed that a new National Park including the Remarkables be created.

New Zealand First

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 24th, 2017 - 61 comments

New Zealand First could have a pivotal role in the next Government. What are their principles and what are they committed to?

Should The Left Do Authoritarian Populism Like The Right Does?

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, June 21st, 2017 - 54 comments

What if the left had an authoritarian populist in power and got some stuff done?

Why the America’s Cup is better than Rugby

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, June 19th, 2017 - 135 comments

And now for something completely different.  Is the America’s cup a more potent example of New Zealand’s unique place in the world than the Rigby World Cup.

Debt to Income Loan Limits

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 15th, 2017 - 116 comments

this is not the hope you were looking for

The possible introduction of debt to income lending ratios will potentially have an enormous effect on New Zealand’s housing market.

Act’s Euthanasia Bill

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, June 12th, 2017 - 83 comments

Following the selection of David Seymour’s private member’s bill euthanasia will be debated this year in Parliament.

The 50th anniversary of the Six Day War

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 6th, 2017 - 55 comments

This week marks the anniversary of the Middle East six day war.  How have things developed and what can be done to achieve lasting peace?

Eight years to an electric transport world

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, May 31st, 2017 - 66 comments

The pace of change in transportation may mean that some time soon private ownership of petroleum cars may disappear.

A lesson from South Korea

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 30th, 2017 - 16 comments

The history of the Korean peninsular suggests that there is more than a remote chance of nuclear war breaking out some time soon.

How to rescue Trump – and make up with Putin

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, May 18th, 2017 - 22 comments

What can the U.S. security collective do to work with their government and achieve something positive with Donald Trump?

The looming battle over property

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, May 15th, 2017 - 122 comments

Housing may be the issue that decides this year’s election.  And if Labour wins Andrew Little will have a major crisis to deal with, one that he has to solve.

A lesson from South Korea

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 10th, 2017 - 9 comments

South Korea has responded to corruption allegations by electing a new president who plans to dump their equivalent of the SIS and oppressive security laws, greatly tax the wealthy, clean out corruption, and hugely strengthen the public sector.

Macron and Trudeau mean yes for Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 8th, 2017 - 96 comments

The election of Trudeau in Canada and Macron in France suggest that the path to electoral success may be with younger fresh faced and untainted candidates.

The patriotic millionaires

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 3rd, 2017 - 127 comments

In America a group of millionaires have emerged who are advocating for increased taxation for the wealthy and increased democratic rights to everyone else.

Is the Labour Housing policy even possible?

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, April 30th, 2017 - 128 comments

If Labour wins in September what state infrastructure can it utilise to deliver on its promise to build tens of thousands of affordable homes?

Donald Trump and Florida

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, April 27th, 2017 - 11 comments

The US economy may start unravelling when because of rising sea levels boats in Florida are no longer able to clear canal bridges.

The French Presidential Runoff

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 26th, 2017 - 79 comments

The French Presidential run off presents worrying signs for progressives.  Why is the electorate sliding to the right?

The first 100 Global Trump days

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, April 24th, 2017 - 19 comments

Donald Trump’s had his first 100 days ruling his big chunk of the world.  Things have changed dramatically from Barack Obama’s time.

Reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, April 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

Bill English is to announce a cabinet reshuffle today.  What should he do?

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