Ruminations of an Old New Zealander
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
To Apologise For Your Country's History, Is To Admit That You Don't Understand it.
Retrospective Moralising: Ideas that have, generation after generation, been ingrained in the minds of children by their parents, taught in...
Friday, 27 November 2020
The Second Term (With Apologies To William Butler Yeats)
Yearning and yearning for a comforting liar The people will not hear the truth, nor trust the truth-teller; Stories fall apart, the centre i...
Spit & Polish: A National Party Story.
Consensus Politician: Following his victory in the 1960 general election, National’s second prime minister, Keith Holyoake, stretched himse...
Thursday, 26 November 2020
A Caucus Of Velvet Gloves.
Uniformly Diverse: There is one very simple reason why this government, comprised overwhelmingly of members of the Professional-Managerial ...
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
"Goodfellas": The Neoliberal National Party Shows Its Ugly Face.
Unaccountable? A reasonable National Party member might have anticipated that a president who led his party to the second-worst defeat in i...
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Meeting The Overwhelming Quantum Of Need: A Modest Proposal For Ending New Zealand’s Housing Crisis.
Deja Vu: Architectural drawing of the mass housing development planned for Auckland by the Ministry of Works in the mid-1940s. Had the Firs...
Friday, 20 November 2020
The Political Economy Of Pride And Prejudice.
For The Few, Not The Many: In the face of the widening gulf between the rich and the poor, successive New Zealand governments have opted for...
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