Monthly Archives: September 2014

Patrick Gower “Harden up!”

If you want a great example of why people in this country are disillusioned with politics and the media, look no further than Patrick Gower’s latest effort on TV3 to manufacture some heat, to try and provoke some conflict and a good headline out of Internet-Mana’s cannabis reform policy. Gower is breathtaking in his cynicism […]

Automation, immigration and low wages

Following on from other recent posts on the effect of automation and immigration on employment comes this Sydney Morning Herald article by Tony Featherstone – The white-collar jobs turning light blue. It goes further in criticising the over selling of tertiary education as a solution. Read the comments. The resentment of Australians towards immigrants, or […]

Why can’t we have full employment in New Zealand?

Somewhere in the last 30 years politicians and economists decided real full employment was “inefficient” and damaging to the economy. So they redefined full employment as the natural or equilibrium rate of unemployment,┬áthe lowest level of unemployment at which inflation remains stable. (Also known as the “non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment” (NAIRU).) Economists start to […]

Luddites versus machines. Is there a middle ground?

Further to two recent posts on technology and employment, how robots and computers, and eventually artificial intelligence, will replace an ever increasing range of skilled and unskilled jobs, is this thought provoking article by Bryan Appleyard in New Statesman. In one post I suggested if the technology is harnessed correctly the futuristic utopian ideal of […]

Labour and National in housing twilight zone

Both the Labour Party and the National Party are deluded when it comes to affordable housing. This weekend on The Nation, Housing Minister Nick Smith said $460,000 was “within reach” of first home buyers. Seriously? Phil Twyford was no better, referring to targeted prices for affordable housing in Auckland under their Kiwibuild policy of a […]