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response to Gordon Campbell’s article of the media normalisation of Trump.

“Because it is deemed to be good for the citizenry to believe that there is nothing that cannot be resolved by a rational debate, conducted politely between parties who supposedly have the same democratic goals in mind. ”  Read the rest of this entry »


response to Gordon Campbell on ‘Putin, etc’

Gordon,
You say ‘it isn’t a binary world’ in regard to the rise of the right and Trump, Putin, and China.  Read the rest of this entry »


response to Gordon Campbell on post earthquake transport options.

Rail is more efficient for land travel than road vehicles and that has been known for some time now.  That is why National has always feared rail as it keeps the question of efficiency, pollution, and climate change in the discussion. Read the rest of this entry »


Shop til you drop, cover, and hold

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

22 November, 2016

Dear Editor:

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has used the government’s cliché mantra of ‘get them back shopping, get them back working’ approach to earthquake threats. Though it would be fair to say that weeks of delay would be discouraging, applying it to Wellington’s current situation, not knowing how much damage there has been, to come back within a day or two shows more of an inclination to neo-liberal correctness than to an understanding of how people are actually feeling and to the realities of the shaky isles. Read the rest of this entry »


“Nuclear-Free” and “Anti-Nuclear”

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

16 November, 2016

Dear Editor:

Kate Shuttleworth (Focus – Under Fire, 13 Nov) implies the visit by the USA warship USS Sampson allowed under the terms of New Zealand’s nuclear free law entrenches the country’s anti-nuclear sentiment.  But just how far does that law go in being anti-nuclear?  Read the rest of this entry »


e-mail to John Campbell on Checkpoint 18/11/16

Hi John,
Mayor Lester quoted the government in saying that the most important thing after a quake is to get back to normal as soon as possible.  This scary advice implies that shopping and working is more important than safety and caution.  “Shop til you drop!”  maybe should become “Shop til you drop, cover, and hold!”
Thanks,
Richard Keller

response to Gordon Campbell’s Werewolf column of 18/11/16

“Making America great again” is something Trump repeated often but didn’t elucidate that I heard. Read the rest of this entry »