Dave Armstrong on the Green’s wealth tax proposal hits the mark

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.


Richard Keller


War as policy; war on the planet

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

Assassination of an official of a sovereign nation is clearly an act of war. But with the invasion of Iraq in 2003, on the pretence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction with no evidence of such, it became clear that war was being groomed as a normal course of relations between peoples. 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?


Richard Keller

published 4/6/2019