Tag Archives: Steady State

What constitutes radical politics in 2017?

The latest policy release by TOP leader Gareth Morgan that they would like to introduce a $10,000 pa Universal Basic Income for all New Zealanders, starting with parents of under 3’s, and make National Superannuation a means tested top up, is the most “radical” policy announcement from a political party in years. It set me […]

Labour’s future policy direction

As Andrew Little and the rest of the Labour Party heirachy sit down to decide policy and strategy for the next 3 years, they would do well to consider this Gordon Campbell interview with Bryan Gould. Yes Gould is part of a review committee that is reporting back to Labour on its election defeat but I […]

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 […]

Housing Crisis? Affordability Crisis more like

The “Housing Crisis” is somewhat of a misnomer. What New Zealand, and Auckland in particular has is not a shortage of dwellings but a lack of affordable housing, and two main political parties dead set on keeping it that way. For all their talk, Labour does not want to see any price correction for existing […]

Have the New Zealand Green Party become banal?

Realpolitik, the belief that politics should be pragmatic and based on “reality” rather than any form of utopian or moral ideology. By moving to the banal center of New Zealand politics, that empty wasteland where policies and ideas are reduced to a single sentence or 30 second sound bite, where the debate is framed by […]