Tag Archives: Labour Party

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Part-time, self-employed or unemployed?

A provocative opinion piece by Paul Mason in The Guardian titled The young, skint and self-employed need a radical new labour market. It highlights the struggle for the low paid and involuntary “self-employed” in Britain, how precarious their lives have become and how for many the global market and immigration has not opened opportunities in their field but merely […]

Time to talk immigration

Depending on how the next few weeks evolve, 2014 may well become the election where immigration becomes a major, if not the major issue in deciding the outcome. National has taken a firm position that high levels of inward migration are beneficial to the economy and society in general; that migrants have little to no […]

1935 – Labour, Fletchers and State Houses

New Zealand has a long history of government provision of state housing – well built homes funded by the state but built by private enterprise and rented to low income families. The first Labour government wasn’t the first to build them. That honour goes to the Seddon Liberal Government with its 1905 Workers’ Dwellings Act. But […]