Dave Armstrong on the Green’s wealth tax proposal hits the mark

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington


Another on the mark observation from Dave Armstrong Tuesday, highlighted and not distracted, by his usual satirical brilliance.  The reduction of inequality as an economic consequence of taxing high wealth (assets) has become mainstream knowledge today, especially from the work of French economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st Century.

The description of the Greens modest tax on wealth in excess of 1M$ as a ‘far-left’ policy is laughable.  A wealth tax is so main stream today that to not adopt this tax indicates an intent to increase inequality.  The adoption of that policy or not by Labour will be the main indicator of ‘who they are’ this election.


Richard Keller


Comment to Talk Wellington about TOD (transit oriented development)

The TOD article mentions ‘mass transit’ without defining it.  The conversation in Wellington is inadequate because of the term. Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Daily Kos posting on Trump’s ‘winners and losers’.

‘Winners and Losers’ is a lot more common than one Donald Trump would expose.  Read the rest of this entry »

Opposition (+) reveals impatience and shallowness, but government must take some responsibility for that

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington


It should be no surprize there are teething problems with the virus border control processes.  Read the rest of this entry »

“Military intelligence is an oxymoron”, especially in the virus world.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington


“Military intelligence” is an oxymoron.  Read the rest of this entry »

Covid-19 response submission

Submission of Richard Keller

COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill Read the rest of this entry »

New coronavirus cases not surprising – government knows it

From the very beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Aotearoa/New Zealand the government had focused on getting all 5 million of us to commit to Level 4 lockdown.   They did not tell us they were not going to do enough testing to be sure they knew the extent of community transmission.  It worked through Level 4.  But then the quick movement through the other Levels engendered some complacency and a lot of impatience amongst many of the 5 million.

Things were happening so quickly at the start that there was some inevitable looseness (“self isolation” is loose) but we managed to prevent devastating spread which other countries have had no chance with.  But this was also because we are a small outlying island which had fewer borders for the virus to be brought in over.  The lack of dedication to protocols evident in the current case of the two over from the UK and not tested is a sign of this impatience within a traditional feeling of moat-like isolation.  This may not be surprizing but the government could have told us early on they would not be testing enough to have confidence in knowledge of community transmission.  Likely there would be less impatience now.

Need to look at history dominated by ideology of exploitation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

In America, blacks don’t dominate baseball the way they do gridiron or basketball; it seems strongly Latin at the top today. Read the rest of this entry »

Reply to Scoop, Public Library article by Helene Ritchie

Thanks Helene (Ritchie),
The current elected council would surely be amenable to a stabilize / open process for the Library. Read the rest of this entry »

“it feels … like it’s been a long time coming all at once”

Title is a quote from a resident of Minneapolis (first-time protester Hunter Reeve) where the city council has just passed a resolution aimed at abolishing the police department. Read the rest of this entry »