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Why do people who are ‘the people’ appear duped by Trump?

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

July 8, 2018

Hello The Progressive,

Jim Hightower (Apr/May Vox Populist) addresses the provocative, yet inappropriate and lazy, term “populist” when it is used to describe the “angry spasm of discontent” supposedly fueling the Trump politics. Hightower captures the real meaning in the phrase “everybody does better when everybody does better”. Read the rest of this entry »

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LGWM a ‘plan on steroids’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out their options for transport changes a while back they seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection not panic. Read the rest of this entry »


Time for introspection on Wellington Transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

08 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out its options for transport changes a while back it seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection not panic. Read the rest of this entry »


It is possible to claim too much for Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral achievements

May, 2018

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine

Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

Hello The Progressive,

It is possible to claim too much for Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral achievements (Sarah Jaffe, Apr/May 18). The electoral backlash against Theresa May’s policies came much because of her arrogance, and especially because of her misunderstanding of her political strength after the Brexit election.  Read the rest of this entry »


Denial is a global thing.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

13 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

David Slack (“she’ll be right”, 10 June) keeps repeating himself throughout the article to make it clear: we are so clever here in “godzone” at finding ways to deceive ourselves about how clever we are. Read the rest of this entry »


Transport Plan on Steroids

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out their options for transport changes a while back they seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Read the rest of this entry »


Taranaki needs to catch up

18 April 2018

Taranaki Daily News
PO Box 444
New Plymouth 4340

Dear Editor:

New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom says not granting off-shore oil exploration licences was ‘a kick in the stomach’.   Why is there such surprize evident in those words?  Where has he been? Read the rest of this entry »