Mike Yardley all excited

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

10/11/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Mike Yardley (street appeal, 10/11) gives a roaring misrepresented list of ‘achievements’ of the Trump presidency.  Read the rest of this entry »

Threat to South will increase with release of Aucklanders

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch


There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. Read the rest of this entry »

The hatred of the Greens is visceral

The Editor,  The DomPost,  Wellington


New Zealand First has been the destroyer of many of the main promises of the Labour Party from the last election (Cap Gains Tax), but where have been the complaints and insults of Winston?  (Thanks to Sharon Murdock, Friday, for illustrating this reality, as she always manages to do.)  Contrast that to the wave of heat against Greens Co-Leader James Shaw for a comparatively minor offence.

Yes, the Green private school grant and loan was against Green Party policy, and yes, Shaw has been out of step with the party membership for some time.  But that doesn’t explain the vitriol from pundits and politicians. The visceral hatred of the Greens is always close to the surface.  The Greens have been right too many times in vocalizing the challenging (terrifying) changes necessary to move forward in a nuclear weapon filled, climate change world with growing inequality that they exist unforgiven.


Richard Keller


Hospitality will rebound when the time is right; now is not the right time.

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland


Hospitality is not an ‘essential service’.  Nor has it ever been a steady business sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Always say, No “known” cases of community transmission

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland


Hello Sunday Star Times,

From the very beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Aotearoa/New Zealand the government had focused on getting all 5 million of us to commit to Level 4 lockdown. Read the rest of this entry »

Clark and Walker done in by ignored political party shortcomings

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland


It seems there is one similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark.  In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships. Read the rest of this entry »

Opposition (+) reveals impatience and shallowness, but government must take some responsibility for that

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington


It should be no surprize there are teething problems with the virus border control processes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Transmission Gully (again)

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project was apparently mooted as far back as the 70s when the question of sustainability of road building was ignored. Read the rest of this entry »

Transmission Gully’s real reason to be.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project has always aimed primarily at thumbing the nose at the known fundamental need to significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels by curtailing automobile use (sometimes wrongly referred to as ‘anti-car’). Read the rest of this entry »

To ThePanel (rnz) on the growth of deadly virus outbreaks

Hello The Panel,
One major factor not explicitly mentioned in your discussion is that the major growth (explosion?) of deadly (human) viruses has been from the nineties. And the major change unique to the nineties was the intense growth of globally integrated (human) food chains with concentrations of DNA similar varietal species (chicken, swine, etc) , thus opening up contact between wild and domesticated and human animals to a degree never experienced before, thus giving the viruses much more scope.

Richard Keller