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PM English trying to act like John Key or not?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

15 April, 2017

Dear editor,

The SAS Afghanistan incident centres on the story of the villagers. Unless any analyst goes directly to the villagers, or at least to the testimony of the villagers, then s/he cannot claim to have examined all the relevant information on the subject.  Read the rest of this entry »


Conspiracy theory accusations are growing, version 2

The Editor,  The Listener,  Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

18 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Attempts to denigrate critics with the accusation of ‘conspiracy theory’ are growing. Not that it is an unknown tactic; in fact it is time honoured.  Read the rest of this entry »


Accusations of ‘conspiracy theory’ are growing

The Editor,  The Listener,

Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.

Auckland 1141

15 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Attempts to denigrate critics with the accusation of ‘conspiracy theory’ are growing. Not that it is an unknown tactic; in fact it is time honoured.  Read the rest of this entry »


The church needs to be an agent of change

Following are the opening paragraphs of the regular column (April 2017) of Jim Stuart in ‘Touchstone”, the monthly paper of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.  Jim is a past minister of St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington and is now retired in Christchurch. Read the rest of this entry »


The Greens are important for displaying honesty – short version

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

05 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

It is understandable that a political party would be interested in being in government. But the Greens with their roots in environmental and social activism have always been more useful to society in demanding honesty in the public discourse.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Greens are important for displaying honesty – long version

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

05 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

It is understandable that a political party would be interested in being in government. But the Greens with their roots in environmental and social activism have always been more useful to society in demanding honesty in the public discourse.  Read the rest of this entry »


What ‘problems’ are millennials trying to solve?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 March, 2017

Dear Editor:

In John McCrone’s article on the ‘millennial mind’ (26 March) Sylvia Nissen says millennials’ ability to analyse life and break down problems into small achievable goals is highly sophisticated. But what are the ‘problems’ they are addressing?  Read the rest of this entry »