Category New Zealand Politics

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 […]

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 […]