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The hatred of the Greens is visceral

The Editor,  The DomPost,  Wellington

04/09/2020

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.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 


Brexit marks fearful end of 500 year period of UK colonialism

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
01/11/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Joe Bennett and friend (30/10) in casual conversation discuss how close we can be to disaster or at least fundamental change of some kind, like the fall of empires. But he chooses to highlight the example of Trump’s America rather than the closer to home example of Brexit in the UK which seems to be marking regret of the final end of a 500 year period of the British Empire. Read the rest of this entry »


P5 warplanes ruin characterization of the budget as “wellbeing”

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

1 June, 2019

Dear Editor:

It’s ludicrous calling this budget ‘wellbeing’ when military spending continues to rise. UN Secretary General António Guterres when recently visiting New Zealand reminded us that states need to build security through diplomacy and dialogue. Increasing military spending globally is taking resources away from the desperate needs of war torn parts of the world and the same can be said about this budget.  At best worthless, the new attack warplanes will take 2B$ out of education, health, you name it.  At worst these increases are dragging the NZ character down into the abyss of a fearful world view insisted upon by the Five Eyes spy network magnified today by US President Donald Trump.  This view is consistent with a colonial history but contradicts an anti-nuclear vision of the future.  Which will define ‘who we are’ as a nation?

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 4/6/2019

 


We need to respect deep cultural influences newly revealed in the Post Truth Era

The Editor,  The Weekender of the Dominion Post,  Wellington

02 April, 2019

Dear Editor:

Saturday Weekender’s (30/3) Insight article by Andrea Vance is only one of several in the media these days noticing that cultures old and new seem to be at the heart of the narrative of various groups defining ‘who they are’.

Vance casually makes fun of ‘Thor worship’ and points out dangers of it but that begs a deeper discussion of the dangers arisen from our own cultural heritage.

Culture has a big influence in the development of any individual though our ego sometimes hides it from us. (Note that my thesaurus says the antonym of the word ‘culture’ is ‘ignorance’.)

But in times of fundamental change like today, necessitated by climate change and the growing threat of nuclear weapons, unprecedented realizations arise naturally (with extraordinary discomfort!) from that which was hidden.

We should look at institutional manifestations of our cultural history that are dangerous. The media is concentrating now on the racist history of British colonialism.  But there are many manifestations and the most mainstream, hence perhaps the most insidious, is holding economic growth in GDP as the centre of our political and economic planning.  This kind of growth is killing the planet and reveals an international cult mentality much more dangerous than Thor worship.

Richard Keller

 


EU not the ‘bully’ that Jane Clifton claims it is.

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

14 January, 2019

Hello The Listener,

Jane Clifton awards her ‘Bully of the Year’ to the European Union for its response to the UK’s Brexit vote. But the UK was asking for it.  Brexit is a desperate attempt to preserve the image of the empire, the British Empire of by gone days.  Read the rest of this entry »


‘Vice’ gives impetus to explore where the ‘murk’ comes from

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

06 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jeff Weiss’ Washington Post article (SST Escape, 30 December) on the movie ‘Vice’ and its director, Adam McKay, is a joy, at once informative, entertaining, and hard hitting. But while my wife and I thought the movie itself was close to that we wondered if it had really made it clear what McKay was trying to say about Cheney. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington Suburban Newspapers apparently going strong in 2019

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 January, 2019

Dear Editor:

It is great to see WSN General Manager Stephan van Rensburg extoll the benefits of an independent local news media covering local news. Read the rest of this entry »


Arrest of Chinese businessman over Iran is very provocative

07 December, 2018

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

Dear Editor:

The US law regarding aid to Iran is not a United Nations law and is viewed internationally with suspicion as unhelpful in dealing with Iran’s nuclear weapon intentions. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Nuclear Deterrence’ on the attack again

07 December, 2018

The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington

Dear Editor:

The nuclear powers once again resort to the existentially deadly cliché that so-called ‘nuclear deterrence’ is undermined by disarmament treaties like the current Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner) (Dom Post 04/12/18).    Read the rest of this entry »


Trump and Putin nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

24 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin (SST 22 July) discusses the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent naivety in dealing with Russia’s Putin. But she doesn’t mention the place that Russia has in Trump’s world view which is potentially more dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »