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Response to A.C. Stark’s post on the existential crisis of climate change

Right on the money, A.C.  (sort of a pun, perhaps?)  This ‘existential crisis’ which you describe is necessary to understand the politics of the day in New Zealand.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump is scamming us on energy technology

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

7 June, 2017

Dear Editor:

Picking up on a comment here and there from Donald Trump, and reading between the lines of some others, it is possible to see the scammer at work here. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


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 »


Collins, poverty and consumerism

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington,

26 October, 2016

Dear Editor:

It would appear that Judith Collins is the real leader of the National government when she can get away with such grossly misleading comments about the connection between crime and poverty. John Key is just a front man. Read the rest of this entry »


George Monbiot – “lies, fearmongering, and fables”

The Editor,  The Guardian Weekly,  London

27 October, 2016

Dear Editor:

George Monbiot observes weaknesses in representational democracy (“lies, fearmongering and fables”, 14-20 Oct 2016). These have been evident in numerous situations across the years in the US and other places he points out.  Read the rest of this entry »