Category New Zealand Politics

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 […]

Pilger compares ISIS to Khmer Rouge – US complicit

Love him or loathe him, John Pilger cuts to the chase in a recent article on ISIS, From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves” ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington and London who, in destroying Iraq as both a state and a society, conspired to commit an epic […]

TPP and the fallacy of free trade

Tomorrow there will be nationwide protests around New Zealand against the TPP agreement. Most of the opposition quite rightly centers around the agreement being less a pure free trade agreement between equal partners but rather a Corporate Bill of Rights, challenging national sovereignty on a whole host of areas that potentially crimp corporate profit making […]

Guaranteed Minimum Income, Mana and the MSM

One of the most galling aspects of this election to me was the ganging up on the Mana Party and Hone Harawira by the entire political establishment. As far as I know, even the Greens were silent. Not only did the other parties conspire to remove Harawira from his Te Tai Tokerau seat, the media completely […]

Labour Party – Bland, cynical and lacking conviction

I’m loathe to add too much to the focus on personalities surrounding the current ructions in the Labour Party. It is mostly self inflicted with a dose of predictable (and contemptible) media hyperbole and desire for a good headline. Click-bait I think it’s called. What the leadership debate does do is focus attention on modern […]

How the current economic system fails

To reinforce many of the ideas I have expressed or highlighted over the last few years, this documentary is an excellent summary of many of them. Well worth a view, if a little American centric, but the messages are global. Extreme competitive individualism, extreme consumerism and extreme environmental degradation will destroy capitalism and perhaps western society.

Election 2014 – Looking out for number one

The sharp divisions in this election, the polarisation, the cognitive dissonance should be no surprise to anyone. What we are seeing is the end result of 30 years of neoliberal ideology, the separation of the electorate into three; those who are convinced that its okay, indeed welfare enhancing for everyone, if you only look out for yourself […]

XKEYSCORE – Nah, yeah

In a remarkable admission John Key has been forced to admit that Edward Snowden’s claims about the Five Eye’s comprehensive spying platform XKeyscore may very well be true but the data is not coming from mass surveillance on New Zealanders by the GCSB. This is how Key was reported in the NZ Herald; Prime Minister […]