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Brexit and Trident – Putting the Great back into Great Britain?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.

Auckland 1141

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Brexit seems to be creating the current politics of Great Britain with the surprize announcement of an early election, revealing an authoritarian tendency which must have been lurking just beneath the surface. Read the rest of this entry »


Key’s fog

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

10/12/2016

Dear Editor:

A weight seems to have been lifted off my back, somehow allowing me to stand taller and breathe easier now. The heavy fog created whenever John Key spoke to the nation has weighed heavily on the country for eight years, but now there is an opportunity for us to wake up and recreate our self-respect to face a world of climate change and increasing inequality.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 14/12/16


The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

11/11 2016

Dear Editor:

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – the armistice of WWI was signed. That’s the date we should be celebrating in New Zealand, an end to the slaughter of young men of all nationalities. 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 »


Mayor Wade-Brown is unable to accept the desperation in front of her.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

05 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

The reason why Mayor Wade-Brown (Dom Post Weekend, 3 Sept) can so shallowly misrepresent mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan’s “four lanes to the planes” campaign slogan is that she refuses to respect the open desperation evident in it. Read the rest of this entry »


Submission on Open Government

This is a last minute, short, one item submission to the consultation on Open Government:

Hi Martin,
Apologies for such a short statement at the last minute today.
The most important thing that NZ could do to promote open government would be to narrow the criteria and limit the use of “urgency” by government.  A government is not elected to be a dictator but this government is using their popularity to shove through much important legislation that deserves a national discussion, even clearly unpopular legislation.  Urgency is meant to keep the government working, not to shut off debate.

Richard Keller


Why warship visit invitation?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

12 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

Now that there is a small concession for NZ dairy exports into North America in the released TPPA text the government is saying ‘no problem’ for all the dangers to our democratic governance system in it through so-called investor state dispute tribunals,  restrictions on Pharmac, internet freedom, and other threats.   Read the rest of this entry »