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Dave Armstrong satirically on WCC Library discussion

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

29/07/2020

Dave Armstrong’s satirical depiction of the Library conversation (28/07) at WCC as an argument over bikkies hits the mark.  Read the rest of this entry »


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

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

02/07/2020

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.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 


Mayor Foster needs to get serious about stopping Conven-19

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Hello Mayor Foster,

Dave Armstrong’s creation of the Conven-19 moniker for the proposed convention centre captures the threat of it to the future of the City of Wellington. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington councils should not rely on suggestions of ‘officials’

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
22/04/2020

WCC Cr Diane Calvert says they should follow WCC official’s advice on council funding response to the Covid-19 crisis. But the ‘officials’ of both WCC and WGRC are where our society’s neo-liberal desperation has settled. These are the officials (GWRC) who advised the bus changes, and who (WCC) advised simply locking up the library without a plan even though it had experienced no earthquake damage. And where did the decision to remove the electric trolley buses replacing them with diesel come from. And then there is the new giant white-elephant-in-waiting, the convention centre (dubbed Conven-19 by writer Dave Armstrong).

Cr Paul rightly says all councillors were elected on their merits in their own constituencies. To disrespect other councillors such as Calvert has done in this case illuminates the frustration and arrogance that she and the other neo-liberals feel now that they (and Mayor Foster for that matter) seem to be in the minority on council now.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller


Water privatization still on the cards

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
13/03/ 2020

Dear Editor:

In Dave Armstrong’s rambling discussion of water in Wellington (10/3) he does recall that there was fear that water supply would be privatized in what I would call the ‘there is no other way’ neo-liberal hysteria of the 80s/90s introduced by the Labour government then carried on by National. What we need to understand is that the neo-liberal has quietly settled in and the threat remains. The overriding mentality is still money over conservation. Primarily water meters would still be used as a tool to privatization. Armstrong mentions that Iona Pannett is one who still fears privatization. Keep in mind that Pannett is and was a Green which has not been neo-liberal, unlike Labour and National.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller

 

published 23/03/20  ??


What is bias of WCC staff?

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
18/12/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Dave Armstrong (17/12) is right to note that the ‘bureaucrats’ (council staff) who came up with the plan for the bus changes (‘bustastrophy’) are still intact. Not much has been said about that advice, nor the background and inclinations of those who provide so-called ‘expert’ advice. Read the rest of this entry »


The absurdity of Barbara Donaldson as GWRC chair approaches

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
05 September, 2019

Dear Editor:

Hey Dave, (Armstrong, 03/09) I think it was satirist song writer Tom Lehrer, who had a penchant for alliteration (“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”), that said he retired from satire after Henry Kissinger was awarded co-winner of the Noble Peace Prize. Read the rest of this entry »


Dave Armstrong right on runway extension

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
01 July, 2019

Dear Editor:

Dave Armstrong is his usual reasonable self in discussing the airport runway extension (25 June). It’s widely understood by now that to stand much of a chance at addressing climate change (“Climate Emergency”) there will need to be less air travel and less tourism. So leaving the notion of extending the runway behind is a no-brainer. Yet many, including the mayor seemingly, still hold out, even some who you would expect would understand the need to avoid the extension.

This may lead one to think the Wellington climate change discussion is about to descend into farce. But actually it is part of a larger existential question. Some anthropologists (notably Jared Diamond) have seen that civilisations in the past have reached similar dilemmas: change in order to survive fundamentally new conditions, or keep the old ways even if it means extinction; choices have varied. That is the situation global civilisations today face. So far there is no evidence that the choice to change and survive has been made here in Wellington.
Sincerely,

Richard Keller