Tag Archives: Bill English

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]