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response to Lindsay Shelton on Scoop

Labour claims to be planet friendly, but what will be their policies and projects which get funded?  Good to remind them of that responsibility.

I notice a few comments on transfers.  Transfers would ideally be kept to a minimum and could be accomplished if routes were retained, looking at light rail as being an addition to the system and less as a replacement.

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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 »


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 »


Wellington transport misfires were to promote the ‘super city’ under Wilde

30 June, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

The editorial writer of the 18th (Fran Wilde’s Contribution) must be a great fan of the so-called Airport Master Plan, or is nostalgic for the days when Fran Wilde was leading liberal social change in Wellington to say, “there is nothing to support the notion. . .” that “Wilde wanted a super-city so she could be its leader.”   He should be looking at what has been happening in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »


Greens new co-leader less scary?

The Editor, The Wellingtonian,

15 June, 2015

Dear Editor;

The problem with Gordon Campbell’s observation (Wellingtonian, 4 June) that some pundits say voters might be less reluctant to vote Green with James Shaw as co-leader is that it rests on the notion that the electorate looks on the Greens as a bit flaky or worse.   Read the rest of this entry »


Gareth Morgan is exhibiting narcissism

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

08 February, 2015

Dear Editor:

Gareth Morgan has been involved with several environmental projects in recent years and that is good and he should be proud of that.  But his call for the Greens to become an “environmental party” devoid of left wing economics is narcissistic.  Read the rest of this entry »


Ian McKinnon on Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

25 July, 2014

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

Ian McKinnon (Wellingtonian Interview, 17 July) reveals his tendancy to right wing ideology in describing Mayor Celia Wade-Brown as “quite ideologically driven”.   Ms Wade-Brown has always put herself forward honestly as a “common sense” green even though her positions come short of leading the degree of change required to move toward a sustainable future.  That’s not “ideologically driven”. Read the rest of this entry »