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.
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 »
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
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.
published Mon, 13/07
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 »
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
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.
The government’s stretch of level 4 past the holiday weekend is a no-brainer. Read the rest of this entry »
The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington
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.
published 23/03/20 ??
The Editor, The Listener, Auckland
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 »
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 »