Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.

I have just finished watching, and then reading, Donald J. Trump’s speech at his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. It probably wasn’t a great use of an early Saturday morning. Trump is obviously no orator. When he uses a teleprompter, as he did today, he has all the presence… Read More Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.

Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment

Always looking for a helpful angle to keep you interested in a story, the New Zealand Herald decided that mere suffering and pain wouldn’t suffice to keep you interested in the Kaikōura earthquake, so decided a dose of outrage was needed and decided to report on the strange, strange world of Bishop Brian Tamaki and… Read More Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment

A developer’s wet dream: even with concessions, the RMA reforms are an environmental disaster

In an example of life imitating art, the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has been resuscitated like every big screen Marvel character you thought had died (except Quicksilver. No great loss). This bill to amend the Resource Management Act has been a source of some embarrassment to the Government as it asphyxiated in the Select Committee.… Read More A developer’s wet dream: even with concessions, the RMA reforms are an environmental disaster

Praying for Trump and the worldwide church’s silent acceptance of his election

Tomorrow, in the United States, millions of people will attend church. Their service this week will be a thanksgiving service, with worship, voices lifted in joyous prayer, tears, shaking, tongues, hugs and sharp sermons filled with triumphant words. They will be thanking the judeo-christian God for the election of Donald Trump to the highest office… Read More Praying for Trump and the worldwide church’s silent acceptance of his election

How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change

Amongst the fear, loathing, rage and acceptance of my Twitter feed (that was mostly my tweets), @LewSOS from over on kiwipolitico asked a compelling question that I have been pondering myself for a while. What can we do here in Aotearoa New Zealand to avoid our own Brexit or Trumpocalypse. What lessons are there? First… Read More How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change