On which side of the wall will the sun shine? – Blog No. 11.

The other evening, I got into discussion over a glass of Sauvignon with an acquaintance I have known for some time. Knowing him as I do, I would regard him as far better informed and more politically aware than the average pedestrian in High Street New Zealand.  I was somewhat surprised therefore when he told […]

Subsidiarity and NZ’s State housing. – Blog No. 10.

The government has recently announced its intention of selling off New Zealand’s $5 billion of state-owned housing stock. In the government’s previous term, $5 billion of state owned assets were removed from the ownership of all taxpayers and placed in the hands of sixty thousand or so of the better off. These sales were made […]

Victory in Europe? – Blog No. 9.

7th November 2014.  “We are aware of the reports of Russian troops and tanks crossing the border between Ukraine and Russia,” a NATO military officer told Reuters. “If this crossing into Ukraine is confirmed it would be further evidence of Russia’s aggression and direct involvement in destabilising Ukraine.”    NATO, having itself made use of […]

NZ’s seat on the Security Council – Blog No. 8.

Recently, Dr Kennedy Graham, Green Party spokesman on international affairs, made a speech to parliament. In his speech, Dr. Graham addressed the question of what New Zealand might attempt to achieve on behalf of all the nations of the world, during its tenure of a seat on the Security Council. He called for New Zealand […]

Who will rid me of this troublesome journalist? – Blog no. 7.

Spring has sprung in Marlborough. The grape vine is sprouting the first flush of green leaves and flowing with the sap of rumour. The vine has it that during the recent ten-hour long police search of Nicky Hager’s house, the officers of the law fulfilled their allotted tasks with a zeal that would make swell […]

Why Mass Surveillance Sucks… – Blog No. 6.

Following Snowden’s appearance on Dotcom’s flopped ‘moment of truth’ there can be no New Zealander who is not aware that their every electronic communication is open to Big Daddy’s eavesdropping. However, I have noticed that by no means all New Zealanders seem to consider that Snowden, by his revelations, has done them a particular favour. […]

Lessons from the last election: the Green Party’s position on the NZ political spectrum – Blog No. 5.

Dr Kennedy Graham, Green Party spokesman on foreign affairs, recently had an op-ed published in the Auckland Herald: ‘Why Green isn’t just a shade of red?’ Basically, he argues that the NZ voter is wrong to place the Greens as being left of Labour on the political spectrum. His gist is that sustainability and environmental […]

No More Truth Telling Mr Hager! – Blog No.4.

I’ve been on a business trip down south for a few days – paying no attention to the news. I noticed among the two hundred or so emails awaiting me on my return, one detailing the recent police raid on Nicky Hager’s home. Prior to reading Hager’s most recent ‘Dirty Politics,’ I had read his […]

Fools Rush In – Blog No. 3.

Alas for New Zealand: a democracy without an effective opposition party is in effect a dictatorship and subject to the whim of whoever is dominant in Cabinet. Right up to the election there was no chance that New Zealand would enter the fray against the Islamic caliphate. Just a couple of days after the election, […]

Public Misperceptions – Blog No. 2.

Recently, Dutch aviation investigators published a preliminary report into the downing of Malaysian Airlines MA-17. A full report is not scheduled until 2015. One might well anticipate that a greater sense of urgency should prevail. Not only for the sake of the relatives of the victims, but also because it was on the strength of […]