Tag Archives: Labour

Print some money for Christchurch

The debt problems of the Christchurch and Auckland City Councils have been in the news of late. Now I’m not going to defend the records of the last few administrations in those cities. In Auckland in particular there seems to be a meglomaniac desire to become a “global centre” with all the trappings, to play […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thomas Frank on Thomas Piketty

I haven’t read Thomas Piketty’s best seller Capital in the Twenty-First Century yet but I found much to applaud in Thomas Frank’s review of it on Salon. It resonates what the best heterodox economists/economic historians like Steve Keen and Michael Hudson have been saying for years. The criticism goes to the heart of of the fallacy of neo-liberalism, […]

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 […]

Police – Protecting you or the status quo?

Britain has a long and disgraceful history of not only the intelligence services but also the police trying to both infiltrate and act as agent provocateurs inside peaceful protest groups. A recent Guardian newspaper article on how the police tried to recruit (not realising he was being filmed) a Cambridge student into spying on different […]

Chris Hedges – The corporate state, faux liberalism & the sham of democracy

A fantastic interview with Chris Hedges (somewhat long – the first 60 minutes is the best). Hedges is a prolific author(9 books) and New York Times journalist with an interesting CV including training in a seminary and a long period as foreign correspondent. He reiterates many points I have made in previous posts, that it doesn’t […]