Walking and cycling?

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

28 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

I noticed the new bright red markers on the Southern Walkway this week picturing both walker and cycle and recalled the concern expressed recently about allowing mountain bikes onto town belt walking tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Gordon Campbell on the UN Israeli settlements resolution

If the ‘2-state solution’ is a dead duck, Gordon, then what is the solution?   Is there a solution? Years ago, Edward Said (d 2003) said that the ‘right of return’ option had never been offered by Israel. Is it too late to offer a welcome to those Palestinians who wish to return to Israel? Those who would come back would challenge a notion that Israel (Zionist/nonzionist?) has no right to exist and would create new hope if actually actioned with safety. The Netanyahu factions in Israel would be put on the defensive. A practical problem involves to what would the Palestinians ‘return’? The neighbourhoods of the displaced Palestinians have been destroyed and replaced with Jewish neighbourhoods.
This has apparently become only a hypothetical solution as I never hear it discussed anymore. Can it be placed on the agenda again?

Response to Brian Easton on Pundit concerning 2016 word of the year, ‘post-truth’


Well done to list and briefly describe all those cognitive bias proclivities, but how have you used them to explain your ‘great perplexity’?  Please go on; in fact, if you are greatly perplexed then you have an obligation to delve further into it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Assad must resign

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

24 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

President of Syria Bashar al Assad has said the apparent victory in Aleppo signifies a great turning point in the civil war, a new day dawning.   To acknowledge these words Assad must resign and make way for a new democratic way in Syria.  The evidence is clear that Assad’s forces have committed mass killings with gas and other committed human rights abuses.  There is no future for democracy in Syria without addressing this recent history and that must start with the resignation of Assad.


Richard Keller

The term “populism” is a distraction.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

Much is being said about the ‘populism’ of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But that term is a distraction.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Key-English transition – response to Hon. Jefferson Smith

The Hon. Jefferson Smith makes similar observations to Gordon Campbell.  Read the rest of this entry »

Reply to Brian Easton on Pundit – Angries, Mangries, and Elitangries

Hi Brian,

Well written as usual but there is one aspect you appear not to have considered:  the elite are angry too, in fact desperate.  Read the rest of this entry »