Author Archives: Stephen Keys

Intensification won’t make Auckland affordable

It’s demand stupid! Housing affordability in Auckland has very little to do with supply and a lot to do with demand; from rampant, out of control immigration in particular, stoked with speculative fever, fueled by easy, irresponsible bank lending and up to $10B pa of laundered money. The failure of the Auckland Council to agree to […]

Why the establishment really fear Jeremy Corbyn

Of all the initiatives proposed by Jeremy Corbyn, the one least discussed by the media but most threatening to the political and financial establishment is his QE for the people. It remains to be fleshed out. However its basic premise is that, rather than austerity, what Britain needs is for the Bank of England to “print” money, […]

Lest we forget

Perhaps I’m missing something, but I want no part of the predictable pantomime being played out around the 100th Gallipoli commemoration. The RSA sanctioned chocolates in the shape of helmets are the tackiest manifestation of ANZAC fever (is the mint filling supposed to be brains?) The joint use of ANZAC mythology by Prime Minister Key and […]

Policy ideas for Andrew Little and Grant Robertson

As Andrew Little, Grant Robertson and the rest of the Labour caucus scratch around for relevant economic ideas, they could do worse than to go past Mariana Mazzucato, an academic at the University of Sussex and champion of state led innovation and intervention in a mixed rather than pure market economy. In 2013 Mazzucato wrote […]

SSC – how much are our senior bureaucrats really worth?

The fallout over Roger Sutton’s resignation and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie’s handling of it raises issues beyond inappropriate behaviour and its sterilisation by the old boys network. The golden handshakes available to those at the top of the government department/quango/SOE food chain, on top of their excessively high salaries, and the very different treatment meted […]

Labour’s future policy direction

As Andrew Little and the rest of the Labour Party heirachy sit down to decide policy and strategy for the next 3 years, they would do well to consider this Gordon Campbell interview with Bryan Gould. Yes Gould is part of a review committee that is reporting back to Labour on its election defeat but I […]

Congratulations Andrew Little – now where’s the vision?

Bland and boring have been words bandied about in the last few weeks with regard to the Labour Party leadership contest. I did it myself in September prior to the election in a post titled Labour Party – Bland, Cynical and Lacking Conviction If Labour want to keep following National down this vacuous, cynical “realpolitik” route relying on […]