Even with much different leadership, Nats polling remains the same. Why?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

18 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

The New Zealand electorate is often characterized as a sensible one which uses a rule of thumb test: Is this or that political party capable of getting on with it.  But eight years of a PM who said nothing of significance during that whole time (John Key) should lead us to wonder what the electorate today thinks is sensible. Read the rest of this entry »


Response to A.C. Stark’s post on the existential crisis of climate change

Right on the money, A.C.  (sort of a pun, perhaps?)  This ‘existential crisis’ which you describe is necessary to understand the politics of the day in New Zealand.  Read the rest of this entry »

Island Bay uproar is still about cars, not a cycleway

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

06 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five).  What has been happening in Island Bay? Read the rest of this entry »

PM English trying to act like John Key or not?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

15 April, 2017

Dear editor,

The SAS Afghanistan incident centres on the story of the villagers. Unless any analyst goes directly to the villagers, or at least to the testimony of the villagers, then s/he cannot claim to have examined all the relevant information on the subject.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile Phones, Media, and reality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

07 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Rosemary McLeod (Tuesday, 2 Feb) for describing a common reliance on social media to attempt to find meaning, “as if only by filming it does it make it real.”   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 »

The Key-English transition – response to Hon. Jefferson Smith

The Hon. Jefferson Smith makes similar observations to Gordon Campbell.  Read the rest of this entry »