All political parties are churches. As with churches, there are a small group of any membership who are able to provide a sober reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of their parties, the leadership are realists but the large majority of the membership are believers. The policy platform is a hope; a description of salvation.… Read More Election reflections. NB potentially unpopular.
Amongst the key messages that the National Party wanted to highlight from their 2017 election campaign launch was their proposed education policy package. The third part of that package is “a $160 million investment to give all primary school children the opportunity to learn a second language, if they choose.” The policy deserves the criticism… Read More National’s second language policy is an attack on te reo Māori
We are now officially in election year. In under 307 days, we will have a new government. Or not. We may have the same government. Our freshly minted Prime Minister, made out of retreaded National party leader Bill English, will be leading his party to what he hopes is a fourth term of a National-led… Read More Crystal Ball Gazing: election predictions at the start of 2017
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (either the TPPA or the TPP) is the next step in our neo-liberal pilgrimage to economic Mecca. Our government, in particular John Key, Steven Joyce and Tim Groser are trying to tell you it is too dense and complicated for you to understand, but you can trust them to do what… Read More TPPA: Resistance is fragile, but not futile
It’s been a bad news week so far. The Ferguson Grand Jury has decided that Darren Wilson, the US policeman who shot an unarmed black youth, Michael Brown, will not stand trial for that shooting. This has led to two nights of community protests that have been caricatured as ‘riots’ and ‘looting’ by mainstream media,… Read More Ferguson, the SIS, IS & Kōhanga Reo: signs of an incoming storm for the 1%
Since the release of Dirty Politics, my timelines in various media have been full of activists and party workers from the Left enjoying the discomfort of the National Party and forlornly encouraging people to vote to get rid of them. Their contention is that some combination of Labour, Greens and Internet Mana will be a… Read More Dirty Politics: it’s not about getting rid of them, but getting rid of the us & them