Donald Brash, racism, and political advantage

I almost feel sorry for ordinary members and supporters of the Act party.  Most of them base their support on a shared belief in laissez faire free market capitalism; a preference for a small, ‘non-interventionist’ state; and a form of social liberalism that gives primacy to the rights of the individual. That’s not a worldview […]

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More signs of Green change from Germany

The Green Party’s election victory in the Baden-Wurttemberg state parliament highlights the emergence of the Green movement as a major political force. For the first time in Germany the Greens will lead a coalition government with the traditional left party, the Social Democrats, taking the minor party role. The road to political success for the […]

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Ghost of Melissa Lee haunts Mana by-election

Public meetings on the Kapiti expressway have been postponed until after the Mana by-election, but Stephen Joyce had nothing to do with it…honest. It is apparently pure coincidence that the NZTA announced the postponement of the public consultation process on 2nd November, the same day that Kapiti residents protested against the expressway outside the campaign […]

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Bradford’s Truth – Mt Albert, motorways and Melissa

My regular column in the New Zealand Truth: The Government’s decision to go ahead with the Waterview motorway extension will certainly be doing nothing to help National’s chances in the Mt Albert by-election. If it goes ahead, the Transport Agency’s preferred option will see 365 properties demolished and $1.4 billion squandered on a motorway slashing […]

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Universities under pressure to keep wages low

The Tertiary Education Union reports today that some universities are under great pressure to keep the wages and salaries of university staff as low as possible. The government’s document Expectations for Pay and Employment Conditions in the State Sector seems to be placing pressure on many tertiary-education institutions to depress wages rather than face explaining […]

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Kennedy Graham comes home

It’s official. The electoral commission has published the final results of the election, and the Green Party is up one more MP than previously announced. Kennedy Graham, the number 9 on the party list, is officially in parliament. Ken teaches (taught?)  international politics and international law at the School of Law, Canterbury and Victoria University, […]

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