Virus ignorance has led to a major shakeup in NZ politics

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland



There was a 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 »

Government and NZ likely not prepared for Level 3

The government’s stretch of level 4 past the holiday weekend is a no-brainer.  Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Richard Keller


published 23/03/20  ??

Infrastructure spend reveals surreal NZ Politics

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

Dear Editor:

The surreal nature of New Zealand politics was on open display last week within the context of the Labour Party having continued its unnatural condescension to New Zealand First policy thus putting paid to its ‘transformational’ label. Read the rest of this entry »

Greens cautious, not careless

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
08/11/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Peter Griffin (04/11) in his grumble about the Greens caution toward the new gene modification technologies compares it to the enthusiasm the Greens show toward climate science. But he ignores the differences between the two situations which is primarily ethical. Read the rest of this entry »

It was Anderton, not the Alliance, who lost his way.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

09 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jim Anderton could see that the neo-liberal Rogernomics of his Labour Party in 1984 was a backward step for working people in New Zealand. But it was also a desperate backlash against the new realities of the increasing attack on the planet, and the consequent  fundamental priority for societies through  their governments to rein that attack in, which he refused to admit. Read the rest of this entry »

Correspondence with my friend Mike in Columbus, Ohio

(from Mike) – I am anxious to hear about your elections and the new PM. She sounds like someone you would have supported. What is your perspective? Read the rest of this entry »

Metiria’s attempt to bring more honesty into the political debate on poverty

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

22 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

Trying to inject more honesty into the political discussion on poverty apparently is unforgiveable to a significant section of the body politic. That is what Metiria Turei was trying to do and was viciously attacked for it. Read the rest of this entry »

The Greens are important for displaying honesty – short version

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

05 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

It is understandable that a political party would be interested in being in government. But the Greens with their roots in environmental and social activism have always been more useful to society in demanding honesty in the public discourse.  Read the rest of this entry »

Reply to Gordon Campbell on ‘populism’

Gordon Campbell’s attempt to define populism leads him to claim there is much equivalence of Trump to Podemos, for example. Does he really think Trump is “truly and aggressively in opposition to the politics of ‘business as usual'”?  Read the rest of this entry »