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Metiria’s attempt to bring more honesty into the political debate on poverty

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

22 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

Trying to inject more honesty into the political discussion on poverty apparently is unforgiveable to a significant section of the body politic. That is what Metiria Turei was trying to do and was viciously attacked for it. Read the rest of this entry »

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PM English trying to act like John Key or not?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

15 April, 2017

Dear editor,

The SAS Afghanistan incident centres on the story of the villagers. Unless any analyst goes directly to the villagers, or at least to the testimony of the villagers, then s/he cannot claim to have examined all the relevant information on the subject.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Greens are important for displaying honesty – short version

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

05 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

It is understandable that a political party would be interested in being in government. But the Greens with their roots in environmental and social activism have always been more useful to society in demanding honesty in the public discourse.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Greens are important for displaying honesty – long version

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

05 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

It is understandable that a political party would be interested in being in government. But the Greens with their roots in environmental and social activism have always been more useful to society in demanding honesty in the public discourse.  Read the rest of this entry »


Mobile Phones, Media, and reality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

07 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Rosemary McLeod (Tuesday, 2 Feb) for describing a common reliance on social media to attempt to find meaning, “as if only by filming it does it make it real.”   Read the rest of this entry »


Reply to Brian Easton on Pundit – Angries, Mangries, and Elitangries

Hi Brian,

Well written as usual but there is one aspect you appear not to have considered:  the elite are angry too, in fact desperate.  Read the rest of this entry »


Key was never more than a front man.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

07 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

John Key lasted a year longer than I expected; I’ll give him that. But his demise goes back two years to the 2014 election and the stoush that followed from Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, out of which Judith Collins was sent to the bench for a while. Read the rest of this entry »