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Post Truth in public transport at Wellington Regional Council

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

Herwin Bongers of Revolt Wellington makes the astute observation that New Zealand (that is, Wellington) is the only country signed up to the Paris Accord that has since removed sustainable public transport (trolley buses). Read the rest of this entry »

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What ‘problems’ are millennials trying to solve?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 March, 2017

Dear Editor:

In John McCrone’s article on the ‘millennial mind’ (26 March) Sylvia Nissen says millennials’ ability to analyse life and break down problems into small achievable goals is highly sophisticated. But what are the ‘problems’ they are addressing?  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 »


Joe Hill – lyric

Joe Hill

(lyric, as sung at memorial service for Helen Kelly, 28 October, 2016)

 

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me

Says I, but Joe, you are ten years dead

I never died, said he. I never died, said he.

 

The Copper Bosses killed you Joe, they shot you Joe, says I

Takes more than guns to kill a man

Says Joe, I didn’t die, says Joe, I didn’t die

 

And standing there as big as life, smiling with his eyes

Says Joe, what they can never kill

Went on to organize, went on to organize

 

From San Diego up to Maine, in every mine and mill

Where (working men organize/ workers strike and organize)

It’s there you’ll find Joe Hill, it’s there you’ll find Joe Hill

 

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me

Says I, but Joe, you are ten years dead

I never died, said he. I never died, said he.

 


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 »