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Virus ignorance has led to a major shakeup in NZ politics

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

17/07/2020

 

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 »


Labour needs a wealth tax

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

10/07/2020

The work of French economist Thomas Piketty, author of “Capital in the 21st Century”, has shown that to reduce inequality requires taxing high wealth (assets).  This is now mainstream thinking.  The Greens proposed tax on wealth in excess of 1M$ is a modest attempt to take advantage of this new realization.  There is still work to be done to determine what $$ thresholds should apply.

The description of this modest tax as a ‘far-left’ policy is laughable, but also provides a chance to look at an important indicator of “who we are” here in Aotearoa New Zealand.  A wealth tax is so main stream today that not to adopt this kind of tax indicates intent to increase inequality.  Is Labour still intending to characterize its government as ‘well-being’?  The adoption or not of some form of a wealth tax will be the main indicator of ‘who they are’ this election.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published Mon, 13/07


Clark and Walker done in by ignored political party shortcomings

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

09/07/2020

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 »


Dave Armstrong on the Green’s wealth tax proposal hits the mark

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

02/07/2020

Another on the mark observation from Dave Armstrong Tuesday, highlighted and not distracted, by his usual satirical brilliance.  The reduction of inequality as an economic consequence of taxing high wealth (assets) has become mainstream knowledge today, especially from the work of French economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st Century.

The description of the Greens modest tax on wealth in excess of 1M$ as a ‘far-left’ policy is laughable.  A wealth tax is so main stream today that to not adopt this tax indicates an intent to increase inequality.  The adoption of that policy or not by Labour will be the main indicator of ‘who they are’ this election.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 


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.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller

 

published 23/03/20  ??


Infrastructure spend reveals surreal NZ Politics

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland
04/02/2020

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 »


Alan Jones and the Australian government are practitioners of the Post Truth Era

The Editor
The Listener
Auckland
25 August, 2019

Hello The Listener,

King Coal is dead! Long live King Coal! The openness of the desperation and denial of Australian commentator Alan Jones when attacking Prime Minister Arden should not deflect our attention from the substantial political limitations the PM faces on global warming and climate change. Read the rest of this entry »


Labour government roots centered in the Cold War and their Neo-liberalism

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

11 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

The nature of this government’s reluctance to get on with upgrading the remuneration of teachers and nurses, to name but two, which had stagnated under the previous government is revealed more by their plan to spend an extra $Bln or so on an attack warplane than its current reaction to the surplus in the national books revealed by Treasury. Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to PM Arden on the P-8A warplane

17 October, 2018

Jacinda Ardern,  Prime Minister

Parliament Buildings,  Wellington

Hello Ms Ardern:

Spending an extra $1B+ on a warplane (Boeing P-8A) while claiming there is not enough money for necessary pay increases for nurses and teachers, to name but two, is not a good look for a Labour government.  Read the rest of this entry »