Posts Tagged ‘Garth George’

Garth George’s best column … ever

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, January 6th, 2014 - 117 comments

Garth George’s latest newspaper column has a progressive prescription for the abolishing of poverty, some marxist analysis, a heavy criticism of Australian Banks and a conclusion that laissez-faire capitalism has to go.  I never thought he was a radical …

ImperatorFish: Uncle Ernie: Hidden In Plain Sight

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, December 16th, 2011 - 53 comments

Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

Garth George: Social Engineering is wrong unless it’s my social engineering. Those Greens are sinister and dangerous…

George on tax

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, August 5th, 2011 - 57 comments

It isn’t often that I find myself in agreement with Garth George.  But he’s written a scorching indictment of right-wing greed that feels right at home here on The Standard…

Garth George’s China syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, April 16th, 2011 - 66 comments

I don’t read Garth George columns.  Life’s too short eh?  But I could hardly miss this one, with its bizarre anti-China quote plastered on the front page of The Herald.

Garth George & the limits to growth

Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, October 17th, 2010 - 62 comments

In his last column Garth George laments how foods he regularly enjoyed in his childhood (1870s?) are now priced beyond the reach of most New Zealanders. It’s easy to dismiss the complaints of an old man about prices these days but there’s a deeper story: with population growth and resource depletion, there increasingly isn’t enough to go around.

Rumblings in Nats’ base

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, March 18th, 2010 - 19 comments

There’s a danger in being a government that does nothing except pay of its rich mates, and that’s losing faith with the conservative base. Garth George is the slightly mad, always irritable voice of this demographic, so it’s worth watching as his initial love for John Key wears off to be replaced by despair (and rising anger) at Key’s failure to deliver the brighter future he promised.

The kneejerk and the jackboot

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, March 11th, 2010 - 3 comments

Sometimes you get a really pleasant surprise and I got one today from Garth George. Despite being a pretty old school conservative he gives a stunning rebuke of the knee-jerk authoritarianism/fascism/randianism that so often characterises the thinking of the Right these days and was recently highlighted by David Garrett’s call for sterilisation of the poor.

Collins and the fist of the state

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, March 4th, 2010 - 38 comments

An ugly side of the Right, one that a lot of people thought was long defeated, has reemerged in recent weeks. Yesterday we had David Garrett’s ‘sterilise the poor because they might become criminals or breed criminals’ and last week we had arguably more disturbing comments from Judith Collins about how she wanted to restore “fear” of the Police.

Words of wisdom from the 19th century

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, December 3rd, 2009 - 4 comments

One of the most amusing things in the granny today is Garth George, our iconoclast from Rotorua ripping another hole into the credibility of the Brash Taskforce 2025. Absurdities abound, the first of which was the appointment of people like Dr Brash and Mr Caygill who, along with their soulmate, Act Party seat-warmer Roger Douglas, […]

The Obama of the South Seas

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, April 30th, 2009 - 30 comments

The bizarre project to try to portray John Key as the Obama of the South Seas continues. Garth George today writes: “The new politics is being generated by two relatively young leaders, Prime Minister John Key and President Barack Obama, both of whom overcame less than desirable childhoods to succeed in business.” “succeed in business”… […]

Thank God somebody’s awake at Granny Herald

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, January 29th, 2009 - 31 comments

Surprise, surprise, it’s Garth George. “The economic situation is without a doubt the most urgent of predicaments to be dealt with, but so far this year all John Key and Co have offered is a talkfest scheduled for next month. Now we all know that the one thing that one does these days when one […]

A World Environment Day Carol

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, June 5th, 2008 - 18 comments

Garth George surprised me today, and a welcome surprise it was. Here’s an extract from his article – I decided that in this week’s column I would have a bit of fun at the Greens’ expense in the wake of their annual meeting. But since the spartan media coverage given to that conference was insufficient […]

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