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: 8:02 pm, October 13th, 2015 - 285 comments
Today, Labour showed the commercial world that its non-negotiable “bottom lines” are actually very negotiable, and even disposable.
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 107 comments
When European and NATO countries participate in destabilising and destroying nearby countries, the human tragedy doesn’t stay neatly confined to the other side of the border.
Written By: - Date published: 10:12 pm, August 24th, 2015 - 121 comments
Wall St opens for trading in a few hours. When websites like MarketWatch start headlining using words like “brutal”, “rout”, “panics” and “carnage” you know it’s time to grab the popcorn and buckle in for what might potentially (and finally) be the start of GFC 2 proper.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, August 24th, 2015 - 118 comments
Jeremy Corbyn announces the potential renationalisation of privatised state assets, with minimal compensation. While 41 leading economists back his anti-austerity stance. This is what left wing leadership and courage looks like.
Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, August 23rd, 2015 - 139 comments
As Mike Smith’s post last night relates, Rob Salmond makes the case that a properly left wing Labour Party is always going to lose. Screw that. More like a Tory Labour doesn’t deserve to win.
Written By: - Date published: 5:16 pm, August 21st, 2015 - 65 comments
July was hot hot hot. Meanwhile, let’s keep focussing on economic growth and more exports (and not making the middle classes too nervous that life is going to change radically, one way or another).
Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, August 18th, 2015 - 94 comments
Most of the allegations against Assange have been dropped but Swedish authorities still refuse to question him in London. And Assange still hasn’t been charged with a single crime.
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 pm, August 16th, 2015 - 70 comments
According to a new poll, Corbyn appears very electable indeed, despite more squeeling from Tony Blair and the right wing establishment of UK Labour.
Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, August 2nd, 2015 - 127 comments
A UBI would allow ordinary people to shift their daily focus from doing paid jobs making money for others, to doing useful work of their own choice, under their own control.
Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, July 29th, 2015 - 25 comments
Hard lefty Jeremy Corbyn has a 22 pt lead in the UK Labour leadership race. The Labour Party Blairites are definitely not happy.
Written By: - Date published: 7:09 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 118 comments
Most Kiwis back a ban on foreign property buyers but this hasn’t translated into a boost for Labour. Critically, Key’s popularity drops under 40%.
Written By: - Date published: 12:14 pm, July 25th, 2015 - 72 comments
Recent focus has been on the tragedy and incompetence of a Serco run private prison. But problems extend further than that, into the entire way NZ views its prison system. We need fundamental penal reform.
Written By: - Date published: 7:14 am, July 17th, 2015 - 58 comments
Home ownership rates have been crashing since the 1990’s. Auckland house prices have been classed as “seriously unaffordable” since 2006 or earlier. The answer is to make sure that houses are no longer considered a financial asset for capital gains.
Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, July 14th, 2015 - 390 comments
Phil Quin: “I cannot, however, belong to an organisation that considers racial profiling fair sport. It really is that simple. I will rejoin once this or any future leader publicly repudiates such tactics.”
Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, July 14th, 2015 - 101 comments
Just like there clearly are first class Euros and second class Euros, it is just as clear that there are first class Europeans and second class Europeans. Nothing is settled and the chance of further conflict is high.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, July 10th, 2015 - 26 comments
Trillion dollar bank bail outs, interest rate apartheid and GREXIT. The ingredients for GFC 2 and another round of shock capitalism are quietly simmering. Graphic is of what US$1B looks like in printed notes.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 8th, 2015 - 222 comments
Europe must agree to slashing Greece’s debt so that economic growth can begin again. Germany should understand this better than most.
Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, October 30th, 2013 - 160 comments
Raising the super age is not only unnecessary, it further entrenches intergenerational inequity, reduces community incomes and makes Māori and Pasifika pay too high a price. Conference delegates: make Labour think outside the orthodox economic box and vote it down.
Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, October 20th, 2013 - 333 comments
You can get buried in the minutiae of policy detail, House speeches and daily news cycles, thinking that success there will win an election. Outside the Thorndon Bubble however, nothing is further from the truth. A reconnected Labour Party presenting gutsy alternatives using a narrative quite different to the old neoliberal consensus is starting to get serious voter attention. Now is the time to press ‘turbo boost’.