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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 »


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 »


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  ??


To Grant Robertson: Labour’s infrastructure spend is misguided

Grant Robertson
MP for Wellington Central
Minister of Finance
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Hello Mr. Robertson:

As identified leader of the new infrastructure spend I’m addressing this letter to you. Spending on infrastructure can be a good thing. In some cases it is a new investment and some cases ‘deferred maintenance’. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Shane Jones and New Zealand First are not ‘transformative’

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland
07 October, 2019

Dear Editor:

So Shane Jones tries to hijack the so-called ‘transformative’ label of the current government with his Northland port proposal just after the climate strike success has laid out the most important transformative requirement for the government, in fact for our nation and our culture. 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 »


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 »


Former PM’s declaration on Afghanistan no longer believeable

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

14 February, 2018

Dear Editor:

The cultural changes required to contain the worst of climate disruption and the threat of nuclear weapons are fundamental and terrifying to people of most political persuasions.   National won the last election (a continuing 44% vote) primarily because it has been so persistent in doing nothing significant about climate change, thus blunting that terror.  Read the rest of this entry »