Posts on the economy, work, business, income, and labour
Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, April 10th, 2020 - 5 comments
The Taxpayer’s Union has applied for government support to pay wages during the lockdown.
Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, April 8th, 2020 - 62 comments
I feel that many kiwis are quite unaware exactly how exceptional our plague performance has been so far. It is interesting reading the perspective published in the Washington Post by a recently returned kiwi. Less interesting was the mathematical illiteracy on the MP David Seymour who managed to ignore all medical facts while advising on how to bulk kill our citizens.
Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, April 7th, 2020 - 92 comments
New Zealand, like many other nations, is hurtling towards economic depression faster than Covid-19 spreads. “We are going to have a depression”. “This is like an asteroid hit the global economy”. “We can print our way of this”. Reflections on what lies ahead by Simon Louisson, Bernard Hickey and others.
Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, April 6th, 2020 - 78 comments
It’s time to plan the re-launch the very idea of New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 9:56 pm, April 5th, 2020 - 32 comments
Bill and Melinda Gates have been plowing wealth into mitigating and preventing epidemics over the last decade. Like the World Health Organisation and just about anyone with any sense of medical history, he predicted very accurately the type of epidemic we are now facing – a worldwide respiratory pandemic. He talks about the current pandemic, and how to prevent the next one.
Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, April 5th, 2020 - 113 comments
I’m always intrigued at the capacity of most humans to be self-delusional in the way that they favour to believe regardless of facts. Nothing else could explain the delusional idiots like David Farrar and his mischievous minions wanting to go back to their business as usual – their ministerial scalp collection. It’d be nice if such dimwits thought and established facts before they wrote.
Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, April 3rd, 2020 - 63 comments
The Covid-19 lock down has and will tip media companies already struggling to survive into closure.
Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, April 2nd, 2020 - 29 comments
More was achieved by and for Americas throughout the Franklin D. Roosevelt era than ever before or since in American history. This may provide us with a model for how we get things back on track.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, April 2nd, 2020 - 22 comments
Idiot/Savant writes: “While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in”
Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, March 31st, 2020 - 26 comments
Shouldn’t this global shock from this COVID-19 virus make us all wake up to the power of collective global action on climate change?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 31st, 2020 - 34 comments
When Opposition Spokespersons behave like concern trolls, we have a problem.
Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, March 30th, 2020 - 27 comments
The Council of Trade Unions has launched an online tool allowing employees to log complaints against ill treatment by employers during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, March 29th, 2020 - 45 comments
Anyone who has read even briefly into written human history is going to be aware that it is as much defined by our epidemics and pandemics as by any of our technical and societal achievements. This post is essentially a quick range over the history of pandemics and epidemics with links and some focus on COVID-19.
Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, March 25th, 2020 - 10 comments
Fairly soon every group and their dog are going to come out with recovery plans for New Zealand. First off the block – even before we went into lockdown – is the ten point plan from Infrastructure New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, March 24th, 2020 - 182 comments
What will our future now look like?
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, March 22nd, 2020 - 19 comments
America has a question.
Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, March 20th, 2020 - 71 comments
There’s a world where, apparently, people shake hands with other people all day. I don’t know that world. I couldn’t tell you the last time I shook some-one’s hand. And I suspect those who inhabit a world of hand-shakers have as little insight to my world as I do theirs. But in “one world”…
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, March 18th, 2020 - 23 comments
One of Simon Bridges’ caucus supporters has raised the possibility of a leadership coup. Let’s hope not, people!
Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, March 17th, 2020 - 24 comments
The Minister of Finance says that we are facing the worst of any of the scenarios that they had been preparing for. In response the government’s rescue package is bigger than anything New Zealand has ever seen.