Tag Archives: John Key

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, the lowest level of unemployment at which inflation remains stable. (Also known as the “non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment” (NAIRU).) Economists start to […]

MAD DOGS and whales

It seems ironically fitting that the “whale”, as Cameron Slater likes to refer to himself, should be in Israel when Dirty Politics broke cover. This is because not only is Israeli politics a hornets nest of internecine warfare, but also because of Israel’s promotion of its “Mad Dog” persona and the Samson Option, the threat to bring […]

nz youth: Burn more flags and shout all you like

The Internet/Mana alliance has been a breath of fresh air into the stale status quo of New Zealand politics. Not for Hone Harawira or Kim Dot Com the poll driven, focus grouped, bland pronunciations of Labour and National, and increasingly the Greens, boldly trying to offend as few of the smug bourgeois “centre” vote as […]

Israel beyond rogue state – now a pariah state

The continued invasion of Gaza by the IDF and its systematic destruction from the air has moved well beyond disproportionate to criminal. Yet despite the wanton and calculated destruction of homes, mosques and public infrastructure and the senseless and counterproductive murder of its civilians, western nations including New Zealand remain on the sidelines and essentially mute, issuing […]

Ponzi nation

As we enter the last couple of months before the general election it is worth talking about the unspoken cancer at the heart of New Zealand’s economic system. It seems to be off the election agenda. Sure it is not a purely kiwi disease but there is post GFC a smugness among many New Zealanders […]

John Key – Obsequious sycophant

Has there ever been a more obsequious New Zealand Prime Minister than John Key? Far from his reputation as the “smiling assassin” there seems no end to how far he will go to ingratiate and prostrate himself with the US President or his Secretary of State. To be fair he has history. As a new […]

Is David Cunliffe a National Party plant? You’d think so!

Our leading politicians are morons or so arrogant that they don’t expect journalists to follow up a lead with a Official Information Act request. First National and now Labour have been caught out with cash for access deals with the same dubious character, Chinese “businessman” Donghua Lui. These latest revelations will only confirm once and for […]