Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 17th, 2017 - 218 comments
Fewer people, particularly young people, are voting. How do we turn this around?
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 10th, 2017 - 17 comments
Mike Pompey is Donald Trump’s chosen head for the CIA. He is someone who believes in the mass collection of all metadata and combining it with all publicly available information. Are we going to see the unprecedented destruction of rights of privacy?
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments
Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced. And most of the media bought it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments
Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 15th, 2016 - 125 comments
Democracy is difficult. Government is far too complex and ordinary people have neither the time nor the inclination to spend time to understand it properly. So what are the alternatives?
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 11th, 2016 - 104 comments
A wee reflection on our psychological fuck-edness.
Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 27th, 2016 - 91 comments
The Ombudsman is to investigate John Key’s failure to disclose communications with David Farrar and Cameron Slater
Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, September 23rd, 2016 - 12 comments
Robbie from WBMAD analyses the current trend to make politics a truth free phenomenon, offers funny yet incisive comments on the effect of social media on politics and finishes with videos of cats.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, September 11th, 2016 - 36 comments
Reporter Eugene Bingham who broke the story on how Papakura police were doctoring crime statistics by recoding burglaries as other offences two years ago has written about how his attempts to get to the truth of the matter has effectively been thwarted by the police.
Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, September 3rd, 2016 - 8 comments
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) brings leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world to the Sydney Opera House stages and online to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.
Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, August 25th, 2016 - 17 comments
What are the New Zealand institutions other than the State who can achieve good for New Zealanders?
Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, July 20th, 2016 - 80 comments
UK Labour continues to embarrass progressives throughout the world after a majority of MPs voted to support renewal of the Trident program.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 19th, 2016 - 130 comments
Liberal society is in reverse in many parts of the world. What do we do to arrest this?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 23rd, 2016 - 219 comments
GPS may offer the perfect way to enforce a fuel tax but how do we feel about the Government knowing where we are and where we are heading every minute of the day?
Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 25 comments
In a guest post, regular commenter Tony Veitch takes some learnings from Noam Chomsky’s latest documentary Requiem for the American Dream. The neo-liberal plan has been in place for over thirty years. How come we’re only just starting to understand it?
Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 48 comments
Before government spending cuts there was The Riot for Austerity, a grass roots Climate Change movement that showed how it was possible for ordinary people to change and significantly reduce their carbon emissions without someone forcing them to.
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 20th, 2016 - 139 comments
Recent polling makes it clear that neither National or Labour can win power without the support of NZ First. So should the left be worried that Winston Peters will take his party back over to the blue team?
Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, March 11th, 2016 - 172 comments
In the wake of the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau, it’s time NZ had a cold, hard look at our gun culture. We need an inquiry that addresses both legal and illegal gun ownership. But there’s a related matter that also needs looking at …
Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, February 13th, 2016 - 21 comments
In Australia Stuart Robert has been dumped from Cabinet for mixing Ministry and personal business on a trip to China. Imagine what would happen if a Minister did that over here?
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 18th, 2015 - 128 comments
Justice Clifford’s decision that the police raid of Nicky Hager’s home was illegal raises serious questions about what political pressure was applied on the police.
Written By: - Date published: 8:57 pm, December 16th, 2015 - 32 comments
Crikey! My Little Ponytail meets the Parnell mind meld. Cancel Xmas, I’ve already got my pressie!
Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, December 15th, 2015 - 10 comments
At the heart of the project is the tension between national interests and individual rights. Questions about how to balance these interests are not new, but they have been brought into sharp focus by recent international events.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 13th, 2015 - 24 comments
A public private organisation with the acronym CERT was announced this week along with the new cyber security strategy. CERT’s role is to provide information to government so it can protect against cyber threats. Which is one of the roles of the GCSB.