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Democracy, Faux Democracy and Terror.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 19th, 2018 - 6 comments

Facebook, Putin, poisoning and Ghouta have all given fairly extensive media coverage of late. Nothing much on Afrin. Afrin has just fallen to terrorists backed by Turkey.

Sanctions. Weapons of War.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 18th, 2018 - 45 comments

When elite’s tussle, shouldn’t we look after us and ours?

Some neigbourly advice for Kirikiriroa from a concerned JAFA

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, March 16th, 2018 - 27 comments

Hamilton or Kirikiriroa? I don’t even know why this is a question. Well, I do, it’s a question because white people are stupid, but I mean there’s no question in my mind which name I prefer. Kneejerk reactions to this sort of suggested change are a bit odd when you think about it. Everything in […]

Where is our economic leadership?

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, March 16th, 2018 - 38 comments

This government has not yet developed an economic strategy.


Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 14th, 2018 - 32 comments

A more productive economy – and society – has been an elusive goal for many of New Zealand’s previous governments.  The last National Government failed.  What will Labour do to succeed?

Food security in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, March 14th, 2018 - 28 comments

The Standard regular commenter Macro takes a look at the state of food security in NZ

Housing needs a builder not a crusher

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, March 12th, 2018 - 82 comments

Phil Twyford has the perfect response to National’s claim that Judith Collins’ appointment as Housing Spokesperson would cause him to lose sleep.

Post TPPA signing

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 am, March 12th, 2018 - 34 comments

It’s Our Future spokesperson Oliver Hailes was on RNZ yesterday succinctly pointing out the problem with Labour and NZF’s u-turn on the TPPA. He also recently co-authored an article in the NZ Medical Journal on the TPPA, climate change and health.

Is youth the new political divide?

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, March 11th, 2018 - 44 comments

There is evidence in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand that youth and not class may be the new political divide.

Was National a good economic manager?

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 10th, 2018 - 75 comments

Bill Rosenberg from the CTU has stated convincingly why National is not and was not a sound manager of the economy.

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, March 9th, 2018 - 73 comments

Ad argues that the merits of banning overseas ownership of local land is not as simple or as virtuous as we may think.

Tripling down on financial illiteracy with Amy Adams (and MMT)

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 8th, 2018 - 128 comments

A 500-million Mark bank note from pre-war Germany

Amy Adams won’t commit to $11.7b, but she too has now become the third person to fall down the imaginary fiscal hole. How can National claim to have any soundness on finance if they won’t admit their criticisms on the economy are unreasonable and unfounded? And besides, aren’t National actually worse fiscal managers if ordinary people tend to get paid less under their regimes? We dive into some theory to thoroughly dispute even Steven Joyce’s/Amy Adam’s secondary criticism of “fiscal tightness,” although concede that two of the Budget Responsibility rules are probably stupid in order to do it.

Justice for the family carer claimants

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, March 8th, 2018 - 28 comments

National’s constitutionally outrageous attempt to stifle the claims of family carers for compensation for discrimination should be repealed and a just settlement reached with the caregivers.

TPP2: Electric Boogaloo

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 8th, 2018 - 82 comments

The TPP is due to be signed today. For those who aren’t done to death with hearing about it, why is it still bad, why hasn’t it met Labour’s bottom lines, and why are we even signing it?

March 8 2018: the TPPA and our nuclear free moment

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, March 8th, 2018 - 18 comments

As Labour picks up the pen to sign the TPPA, environmental critics argue that the new agreement has done nothing to allay fears of New Zealand being sued by corporations to prevent the government from taking action on climate change.

TPPA rally at parliament today

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, March 8th, 2018 - 8 comments

Protestors will gather outside Parliament at midday on Thursday 8 March to hear from a range of speakers in opposition to the TPPA signing ceremony in Chile

Cullen says 2020 election effectively a referendum on tax

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, March 7th, 2018 - 32 comments

Don’t hold your breath for recommendations of radical tax reform from the Tax Working Group. Chair Sir Michael Cullen says the 2020 election will be a referendum on tax and he is already kicking for touch

Reports from the TPPA protests this week (and please sign the petition)

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 6th, 2018 - 44 comments

The message coming out is hold the line, sign the petition, regroup, and protest on Thurs the 8th, the day Labour puts our name to the agreement.

Putting some steel into trade

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 4th, 2018 - 82 comments

Does anyone want to take a punt on where the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum will go?

NRT: Past time to end fossil fuel exploration

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, March 3rd, 2018 - 64 comments

“The foreign shareholders in that toxic industry will kick and scream, but its basicly them or the planet – and if we want to save the world and keep our own coastal cities above water, they have to go.”

Some Trash.

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, March 1st, 2018 - 27 comments

Being anti-plastic is all the rage these days. How might business respond?

Golriz Ghahraman in the House on the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 am, March 1st, 2018 - 177 comments

“As Greens, what’s particularly chilling to us is that we know elsewhere in the world where ISDS clauses have been accessed to sue Governments, corporates have used them to stop environmental protection.” … “The Indonesian environmental Minister had to admit, ‘If we shut them down, they will need compensation and Indonesia can’t afford it.’ That is chilling.”

Facebook Bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, February 26th, 2018 - 70 comments

A very cursory glance at Facebook, Palantir Technologies, Cambridge Analytica, AggregateIQ, click bait, targeted ads…and what the hell is the FBI playing at?

Auckland Rail Industrial Action

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, February 26th, 2018 - 50 comments

RMTU members are working to rule to oppose Auckland Transport and Transdev’s attempts to weaken security arrangements on Auckland’s trains.

Special laws for rich people

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, February 24th, 2018 - 47 comments

Queenstown Lake District Council wants to protect the uber wealthy from Labour’s new overseas house buying ban.

It’s Our Future: Complete U-Turn by Labour and NZ First on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, February 21st, 2018 - 131 comments

The TPP might have been re-branded as the CPTPP but it’s still the same bad deal says Professor Jane Kelsey, New Zealand’s expert on international economic regulation.

“Calling it “Comprehensive and Progressive” doesn’t make it any better.

Tax Haven Man in Town

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 pm, February 20th, 2018 - 11 comments

The Lord Mayor of the City of London is visiting New Zealand. Its not Sadiq Khan, Charles Bowman is a PwC partner leading London’s financial centre lobby. He’s here to talk to business and regulators. He’ll no doubt be talking up  more deregulation.

Us and them – what will Labour do about WINZ?

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, February 20th, 2018 - 106 comments

What we need is a government that shares power with beneficiaries.

TPPA-11 update and actions

Written By: - Date published: 6:23 am, February 16th, 2018 - 70 comments

The TPPA-11 is set to be signed on March 8. There are still huge problems with the agreement for NZ. Jane Kelsey provides an update.

Global Sharemarkets

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 15th, 2018 - 63 comments

Recent volatility in the U.S. stockmarkets has attracted calls that capitalism is facing a crisis.  But the reality appears to be different.

Fletcher Chair resigns but directors retain huge fees despite staggering loss

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, February 14th, 2018 - 123 comments

Fletcher announces more huge losses but directors still laughing all the way to the bank

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