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 »


Cognizance of individual mortality is integrated with cognizance of species mortality

The Editor,  The Post Weekender,  Wellington

15 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jo Randerson’s personal reflection on death and life (Weekender, 6 Jan) was especially gratifying in the frank description of the societal / global death threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. A person’s understanding of individual mortality is integrated with that of the possible mortality of the human species.  Read the rest of this entry »

Last letter to Wellingtonian

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

08 December, 2017

 Dear Editor:

 It’s a sad day that the Wellingtonian is ceasing publication.. But the best part of it went out earlier this year when the Letters to Editor section was dropped.  Subjects which the readership wants to bring up will generally be the most stimulating and useful for democracy.  We are living in a time when it is most important to bring new perspectives into the conversation because the world has changed fundamentally. Read the rest of this entry »

Letter to Sunday Star-Times on the ‘big lie’ election

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

2 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

So much for the old shallow saw, “three terms for one lot, then throw them out for the other lot”. The post-truth era has arrived in New Zealand, not just the States.  Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Kathryn Ryan’s discussion on negotiations (2 October)

Hello Kathryn,

Understanding negotiations to ‘form a government’ must take into account the deeper influences on the voting result or more surprizes (‘post truth’,’donald trump’) could confound you.  Read the rest of this entry »

David Slack and ‘for any damn reason’ to vote

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

David Slack (27 Aug) says that “ . . . you can vote for whatever reason you like. . . It doesn’t have to make any sense at all”. Analysts and speech writers like Slack have thought that a good rational argument was their best friend, but now know that that was “Wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »

Brexit and Trident – Putting the Great back into Great Britain?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.

Auckland 1141

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Brexit seems to be creating the current politics of Great Britain with the surprize announcement of an early election, revealing an authoritarian tendency which must have been lurking just beneath the surface. Read the rest of this entry »