Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, April 22nd, 2019 - 38 comments
New Zealand is too small for high-achievers and star-performers and does not offer enough challenges and rewards.
Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 18th, 2019 - 230 comments
With the benefit of hindsight the decision not to proceed with a capital gains tax was almost inevitable.
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, April 16th, 2019 - 30 comments
Donald Trump has considered taking some extraordinary steps to quell a surge in migration through the southern boarder of the United States.
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, April 15th, 2019 - 32 comments
Simon Bridges has given a train wreck of an interview this morning on Radio New Zealand’s morning report about National’s culture review. It appears that National is keeping the report secret because of fears that the report may be leaked.
Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, April 11th, 2019 - 36 comments
The emotional junior staffer incident shows that National’s internal discipline is poor and that leaks are continuing.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 am, April 10th, 2019 - 73 comments
The government has been rightly lauded for swiftly acting to ban assault weapons after the Christchurch massacre, but is its failure to decisively call social media giants to order just as weak and unacceptable as the failure to act on Aramoana massacre back in 1990?
Written By: - Date published: 11:12 pm, April 8th, 2019 - 122 comments
Political leaders must have expert knowledge on many topics and near-perfect recall. No naps allowed and no room for error.
Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, April 5th, 2019 - 53 comments
Donald Trump and his supporters have been celebrating Mueller’s finding as interpreted by William Barr. But with Congress formally requesting his tax records and with the Mueller report not being yet released the celebration could be premature.
Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, April 3rd, 2019 - 13 comments
David Seymour has done something even more embarrassing than twerking on Dancing with the Stars.
Written By: - Date published: 6:24 pm, April 2nd, 2019 - 28 comments
Theresa May is entering the Brexit death spiral. Her last real chance to get her own preferred deal over the line will happen in a Tory cabinet meeting overnight. But what are the other options?
UPDATE: May has now invited Jeremy Corbyn for talks on a soft Brexit. But will the Labour leader be in a mood to help?
Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, April 1st, 2019 - 67 comments
Today marks the day that the largest ever increase in the minimum wage will occur.
Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, March 30th, 2019 - 16 comments
The Herald is reporting that Gun City the business that sold the military style semi automatic weapons to the Christchurch Mosque killer, has urged customers to sign a petition against banning military style semi automatic weapons.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, March 29th, 2019 - 73 comments
Jacinda Ardern will get a very warm welcome in Beijing based on immense respect for her and for New Zealand. Xi Jin-Ping has just returned from a very successful visit to Europe, joining Italy to the Belt and Road initiative and buying 300 jets from Airbus. Pepe Escobar outlines the implications for Eurasia. Much food for thought.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, March 29th, 2019 - 194 comments
Recent criticism of Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman over their drawing links between racism and the Mosque murders is misplaced.
Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, March 26th, 2019 - 564 comments
The Free Speech coalition has attacked the Chief Censor’s decision to rule the Christchurch Mosque killer’s manifesto as objectionable as an attack on free speech. But the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties has characterised the Censor’s decision as being entirely conventional.
Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, March 25th, 2019 - 46 comments
The most important comment in the Tax Working Group’s Final Report is that even the reasonably comprehensive capital gains tax proposed is likely to have only a minor impact on addressing inequality — what is needed is a more progressive income tax system that lifts the top marginal tax rate
Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, March 25th, 2019 - 138 comments
The Mueller report apparently clears Donald Trump of collusion. However, charges of obstruction of justice against his team remain possible.
Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, March 23rd, 2019 - 120 comments
The Mueller report has dropped. The next few days are going to be crucial for the Trump presidency.
Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, March 22nd, 2019 - 128 comments
Now that I’ve had time to look through what has been implemented and what is proposed to happen with changes to gun laws and think about it. I’m almost satisfied. Since that so seldom happens that I suspect a gotcha, I’m now going to keep debugging until I am sure that it is actually as good as it looks.
Written By: - Date published: 4:39 pm, March 21st, 2019 - 80 comments
Jacinda Ardern has announced an effective ban by an order in council on the current sales of all military-style semi-automatic weapons and all assault rifles. There will be legislation passed to remove them from the hands of the public including a buyback and prison terms for possession. Not quite far enough yet. (Updated as I see other details)