Monthly Archives: June 2014

Automated Payment Transaction Tax (APT) – Level the playing field

Tax policy in New Zealand seems to be a perpetual game of fiddle and tweak by the two major parties, with one unintended consequence after another as various forms of income are taxed at different rates (or not at all). As Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie pointed out in the Big Kahuna, many of the […]

Greed is not good – now what are we going to do about it?

If Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme Wheeler believes what he said to Brian Fallow at the Herald, that in the financial sector; “The compensation levels are outrageous in many cases for the added value truly generated.” The Occupy Wall St movement had a lot of powerful points to make. “But they didn’t have a […]

Iraq, Wikileaks and military force – here we go again

Julian Assange has just had his second anniversary of being holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. A good time to remember why Wikileaks and Assange became so hated by those in authority. I don’t know if Assange is more egotistical and misogynistic than your average bloke – his personal attributes or failings have nothing […]

David Fisher – Please “Lose” your notes

Accidents happen. Hard drives fail. Things get lost. Journalists like politicians can have memory lapses. The Police and GCSB have convinced (or rather their legal counsel has – the Police and GCSB aren’t that bright) a High Court judge that senior New Zealand Herald writer David Fisher’s research for his investigative book The Secret Life of […]

Is David Cunliffe a National Party plant? You’d think so!

Our leading politicians are morons or so arrogant that they don’t expect journalists to follow up a lead with a Official Information Act request. First National and now Labour have been caught out with cash for access deals with the same dubious character, Chinese “businessman” Donghua Lui. These latest revelations will only confirm once and for […]

If it’s not big brother, it’s mr plod watching you

Yet more news out of Britain about police abuse of surveillance powers to spy on peaceful and completely legitimate politicians and activists who deviate even modestly from the status quo consensus. This time it is two Green Party politicians who have been spied on for over a decade despite never breaking the law or being arrested. […]

Democracy and the right to dissent

Neither Walter Nash, Peter Fraser or Michael Joseph Savage were communists. Nor in the context of the first Labour government particularly radical. Yet it turns out they were subject to covert surveillance by both the Police and the intelligence service at the time. At one level this is hardly surprising. In an earlier post I […]