Climate Change or Climate Catastrophe?

Blog No. 130. This blog, minus the picture of the two, trusting dinosaurs, is due to be published as an article in the July/August issue of the New Zealand International Review, the house journal of the NZ Institute of International affairs. I stand by my claim that “…as the 21st Century moves on, climate change, […]

The NZ Cabinet is above the Law.

  The NZ Cabinet is above the law. Blog No. 129. As I will be in Australia for most of the next fortnight, I am bringing the posting of this blog forward. Life will become less turbulent after that and the next blog will be posted on Saturday 8th July – inch’a’Allah. Last week, the […]

A fortnight’s potpourri

    Blog No. 128. My attempt to keep to a fortnightly blog schedule has come under severe strain this past two weeks. I have been caught between an olive harvest, the PR demands of my wife’s newly established addiction clinic and fresh and apparently separate initiatives by the government and Fairfax Media to attack […]

How billionaires fix democratic elections.

Blog No. 127. I have written many times about the exceptional treatment that my friends and business partners, Harmon and Carolyn Wilfred, have received at the hands of the New Zealand Immigration Department. There is no doubt that their treatment has been exceptionally harsh and represents nothing short of a prolonged and deliberate abuse of […]

Nuclear jeopardy

Blog No. 126. Trump supplanted? In my last blog I demonstrated how the Trump presidency appeared to have surrendered its foreign policy to the demented zealots of the American deep state. Trump had entered office with sound instincts about the redundancy of the conflict with Russia and the folly of allying the USA with […]

The first hundred days: the netting of Donald Trump.

Blog No. 125. President Trump’s hundred-day, ‘honeymoon’ period has just drawn to an end. As forecast in a previous blog on the subject of his domestic policy, he has been enduring a rocky ride. Several of his most publicised best intentions, his policies on immigration and the trashing of Obamacare, appear to have already […]

Decline of the Fourth Estate and investigative journalism: Part II: an enhanced role for the Ombudsman?

  Blog No 124. Part I to this blog can be found at Constitutional Matters. The New Zealand constitution differs from the Westminster model in that it no longer has a counter-balancing, second parliamentary chamber. Recent societal changes include the decline of investigative journalism and the rapid decline in grass-roots party membership. Associated with […]

Decline of the Fourth Estate and investigative journalism: Part I.

Blog No. 123. Many years ago, attending a business luncheon in London, I found myself sitting next to an executive of a Russian shipping company. We got into conversation and found that we both had past military service in common. I had spent ten years in the British infantry and he had been conscripted into […]

The World after Trump: Part II. Foreign policy outcomes. Blog No. 122 This is the sequel to Blog 121, ‘The World after ‘Trump Part 1: domestic policy outcomes.’ “We will serve the citizens of the United States of America, believe me… There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, or a global flag.” “My job is not […]