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In Short…

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 14th, 2018 - 49 comments

A post puzzling over our collective state of mind in the face of incredible danger and suggesting the only course of action we can take. Covering our eyes and blocking our ears isn’t it.

There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 pm, July 11th, 2018 - 185 comments

There’s never been Free Speech and that’s not actually much of a problem according to Te Reo Putake, who is no stranger to the downside of Saying Things.

Progress.

Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, July 8th, 2018 - 10 comments

I don’t pay much attention to news channels these days, and realise this will have been all over the place in the shape of headlines and lead stories. So I’m sorry for simply echoing that which is already being amplified, but hey…

Smile!

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, July 7th, 2018 - 98 comments

The extent and limits of current politics.

Apparently Labour was to blame for the global financial crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 5th, 2018 - 65 comments

These sorts of debates do my head in. Essentially because they are so removed from reality that anyone with any sense would know that Labour was not responsible for the last global financial crisis.  But apparently the opposition spokesperson does not understand what happened in 2008. Does this seem a bit harsh? Well it is […]

Arses and Elbows

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, July 1st, 2018 - 50 comments

Deserving workers and undeserving workers in the public service.

updated

Flying Kites.

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, June 26th, 2018 - 21 comments

If we can’t see the wood for the trees, shouldn’t we simply step back a bit and look again?

A Question from a Room.

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 am, June 19th, 2018 - 113 comments

Take a look around the room you’re in. Or if you’re out and about and reading this on some mobile device, then take a look around the next room you enter. Closely.

Let’s Build a Hospital!

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, June 14th, 2018 - 19 comments

…on reclaimed land. (Dunedin) – because water features are nice things to have.

Liberalism Uber Alles

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, June 13th, 2018 - 32 comments

If the political class think liberalism has failed, then why is it that the process of killing off NZ Post is approaching completion?

New World Disorder.

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, June 12th, 2018 - 45 comments

Liberalism was meant to be the New World Order and even (so the briefly celebrated  Fukiyama reckoned anyway) an End to History. Big stuff then. But it seems the placid and complacent consensus is fraying round the edges.

Killing Them Softly With…

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, June 11th, 2018 - 48 comments

In New Zealand there is sufficient evidence to show that poor peoples’ lives are cut short because of poverty related  poor nutrition. While food banks are alleviating the worst impacts of hunger, their kindness may well be contributing to the problem. Food poverty is a systemic issue and requires a systemic response, a response that successive governments are able to avoid while charities continue to provide a buffer for the system.

Is it OK to bring a hand grenade to a business meeting?

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, June 11th, 2018 - 15 comments

Darien Fenton writes about Business New Zealand’s early approach to the Fair Pay panel.

Forward to the 70s

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, June 6th, 2018 - 112 comments

National thinks that getting back to full employment, having wages and conditions sufficient to allow a working family to live in decency on one full time wage, and home ownership rates of about 70% are a bad thing.

Steaming cow poo.

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, June 2nd, 2018 - 54 comments

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth according to a Guardian headline.

Yeah. No it’s not.

Comrade Simon supports Nurses Strike

Written By: - Date published: 3:52 pm, May 28th, 2018 - 21 comments

For the first time possibly ever a National leader has supported the right of the rank and file to engage in industrial action to improve their living conditions.

Why is Mark Richardson such a Nimby and …?

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, May 25th, 2018 - 46 comments

Being a nimby is the least of Mark Richardson’s problems. His disguised hate speech is harmful to his victims and anyone else in need of help who are left feeling the shame imposed upon them by such careless dialogue.

Deep Trawling.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, May 24th, 2018 - 21 comments

Is NZ’s fishing industry just a domestic version of the tobacco companies? And how much would that really matter?

Call for Royal Commission into Banking

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments

Sam Stubbs, a longstanding outspoken commentator in New Zealand’s financial industry, continues to advocate for a Royal Commission into banking and insurance.

Fudget for Austerity

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2018 - 71 comments

Some proposals on why we just got the budget we did.

Squeeze

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, May 13th, 2018 - 40 comments

This is as good a year as it is going to get to squeeze your employer for a fair wage.

Kites.

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, May 12th, 2018 - 3 comments

Flying kites is…

Most kiwis support more tax

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 11th, 2018 - 199 comments

The CTU have commissioned UMR to poll kiwis on their attitude to tax.  The vast majority believe that more money is needed to fix infrastructure.  And a remarkable number support the imposition of a Tobin Tax.

Is Karl Marx dead?

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 8th, 2018 - 60 comments

2018 marks several anniversaries of Karl Marx whose significance for the critique of capitalist society is hard to diminish. But what now for his beliefs?

A Great Business Opportunity

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, May 6th, 2018 - 55 comments

410 ppm. And rising.

The Australian banking system review

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 2nd, 2018 - 17 comments

The review into Australia’s banking system really matters to New Zealand and is doing New Zealand an almighty good service.

National is yeah nah on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, April 30th, 2018 - 34 comments

National’s Blue Green conference on the weekend suggests that the party has moved on from outright denial that cliamte change exists to grudging acceptance that it is a phenomenon but “balance” requires that it is tolerated.

Thank you Metiria.

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, April 25th, 2018 - 94 comments

Some movement on social security (a thing we all deserve)

Is capitalism obsolete?

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, April 23rd, 2018 - 303 comments

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has given a speech where he has stated that capitalism is coming to an end because it is making itself obsolete.

Why Can’t We Hold Vector Accountable?

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, April 19th, 2018 - 85 comments

For those of us who were without electricity to their houses in Auckland for several days, it’s worth turning our thoughts to Vector.

Does New Zealand need more immigration?

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, April 18th, 2018 - 186 comments

The Australian Federal Treasury has put out a think piece that has come out strongly in support of the government policy of adding 190,000 non-humanitarian migrants a year with a focus on taking skilled workers.  Should New Zealand do the same?

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