Tag Archives: National

What Whale Oil says about us

With a face only the most one eyed mother could love and an oral orifice that delights in spewing forth personal bile, Cameron Slater is either a very clever, self promoting narcissist or a self loathing creep looking for attention. Maybe both. The saddest thing Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics causes us to reflect on, is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Labour could stop SOE sales tomorrow

If Labour really wanted to stop National’s asset sales in their tracks they only need to come out and say they will buy them back at cost or even better yet promise to nationalise them on their own terms. No one will touch the shares with a barge pole with such a threat hanging over […]