Posts on the economy, work, business, income, and labour
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, June 20th, 2017 - 23 comments
Our economic paradigm (market capitalism) and oil don’t mix. False hope (BECCS) and survival doesn’t mix. Current political settings (Paris pledges produce 3- 4 degrees C warming with the US on board) and intelligent action don’t mix. Incrementalism (time is not on our side) and AGW doesn’t mix. Whatever can’t be mixed into some AGW solution needs to be flushed.
Scary, huh? Well, yes and no…
Written By: - Date published: 6:44 pm, June 18th, 2017 - 21 comments
Tonight Newshub had new footage from deep inside Pike River mine. It showed no fire damage.
Written By: - Date published: 4:12 pm, June 18th, 2017 - 19 comments
The Wellington Regional Council has contracted its bus services but not protected its drivers’ incomes. They stand to lose an average of $200 a week.
And Wellington risks losing the great public transport system it is so proud of.
Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, June 18th, 2017 - 1 comment
A little bit of UK political parody grime…
Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, June 16th, 2017 - 51 comments
We need new thinking on the economy – zero emissions, sustainable, a big redistribution from rich to poor. But the list of current economic woe shows that even on their own old conventional terms the Nats are useless economic managers.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 16th, 2017 - 199 comments
UNICEF has another major report ranking the wellbeing of NZ kids 34th out of 41 developed countries. This is not new news, and apparently a lot of voters just don’t give a damn.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 15th, 2017 - 116 comments
The possible introduction of debt to income lending ratios will potentially have an enormous effect on New Zealand’s housing market.
Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, June 14th, 2017 - 5 comments
Something to check out if you are in Auckland tonight, the CTU’s Bill Rosenberg discusses the budget. He will “examine the Government’s priorities and look at what needs to be done”.
Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, June 13th, 2017 - 118 comments
Herald: “More than 1800 foreign trusts have told Inland Revenue they don’t want to register under new rules that require them to reveal financial information and their ultimate owners.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 8th, 2017 - 24 comments
The Sunday Star Times had some gut wrenching coverage of the conditions in some of Auckland’s slum boarding houses. How can anyone vote for three more years of this?
Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 11 comments
The Government starts to make cannabidiol more available.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 101 comments
The Ministry of Social Development illegally penalised a woman who refused to name the rapist father of her child. The case shines a spotlight on an issue that needs fixing.
Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, June 1st, 2017 - 3 comments
Part of an occasional series. It all seems to be going according to plan.
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, May 31st, 2017 - 16 comments
One of the nasty little fishhooks in the budget was the cutting of the home insulation scheme (Warm Up New Zealand). The scheme had a benefit-cost ratio of $6 for every $1 invested. Around 1,600 people die in NZ a year of cold-related factors. Hope the tax cuts are worth it eh?
Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, May 31st, 2017 - 34 comments
Thank you Robert Smellie QC, I’m sure your donation will be put to great use. Smellie said: “I am a practising Anglican and as such I see socialism as being far closer to the Gospel than free enterprise.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, May 30th, 2017 - 40 comments
Bill English knows that our low wage economy is a ticking time-bomb for the government. He must be starting to get worried. The repeated promises of jam tomorrow are well worn out now.
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, May 30th, 2017 - 92 comments
“The Budget is what allows National to govern. If National failed to pass the Budget, all its legal ability to tax and spend would dry up and the Government would fall apart. There is no way we would vote for the Budget, because that would be supporting the National Government and its agenda.” Metiria Turei and James Shaw, Green Party blog.
Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, May 29th, 2017 - 70 comments
Radio New Zealand has reported that the Government ignored two year old treasury advice to implement the increase in the accommodation supplement.
Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, May 29th, 2017 - 13 comments
Despite rumours to the contrary, the Green Party was highly critical of National’s Budget.
Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, May 28th, 2017 - 140 comments
How nice of the government to help out property investors.
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, May 27th, 2017 - 19 comments
Rohan Lord this week pulled out from being a Labour candidate because he thought his prospects of being elected were remote because he was a white middle class male. His comments displayed a complete lack of understanding of how the Labour Party works and ignores the fact that having a truly representative caucus is a virtue.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, May 27th, 2017 - 31 comments
Campbell: “As I asked Joyce at the Budget lockup: ‘What is to stop landlords from treating this increase as a green light to hike up rents?’ … In reply, Joyce said that the government would be ‘keeping an eye’ on landlords, to ensure they did not abuse the situation.”