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Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics, spies and conspiracies, and tragically way too little on policy. Those stories will no doubt continue to be discussed long after the vote counting stops but with election day upon us, at least a little attention to the […]
At 12:30pm I will be doing an “ask me anything” live chat on election 2014. Topics I would like to talk about are around the environment, tax, welfare, inequality, economics. Everyone is welcome, leave your indifference at the door. Live Blog Ask me anything re election – With Gareth Morgan
Transport has been one of the big dividing lines between the parties in this election. How is a voter supposed to make an informed decision? Given the current state of public information, they can’t. On one hand we have the incumbents National, which has been investing in Roads of National Significance on the basis of […]
One of the more populist catch phrases of the Left in this election has been to ‘feed the kids’. With both the Greens and Internet Mana backing the policy, it seems to be a vote winner for politicians. But is it actually a good idea? Ultimately feeding kids lunch is the ambulance at the bottom […]
Over the weekend income politicians were falling over themselves to agree that poor people in this country have it tough and that their policies are the answer. Winston Peters ‘common sense’ response is to take GST off food and rates. But this is a grossly expensive and ineffective way of dealing with poverty. As a […]
Over the last few weeks a range of economic development policies have emerged from across the political spectrum. They vary from the weird to the wonderful, but all of them suffer from the same problem – the delusion that the government can always create jobs and stimulate regions and industries. Yesterday we looked at job […]
Over the last few weeks a range of economic development policies have emerged from across the political spectrum. They vary from the weird to the wonderful, but all of them suffer from the same problem – the delusion that the government can always create jobs and stimulate regions and industries. Today we will look at […]
One in three Kiwis fish in the ocean. Perhaps fearing a backlash at their decision to reduce the snapper quota in the Hauraki Gulf, Northland and Bay of Plenty, National have vowed to set up two recreational fishing parks in the Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf. The announcement from the Nats comes out of the […]
The Dirty Tricks Food & Drink Companies Use to Target Your Kids An angry father has called out Monster energy drinks for their appalling actions in handing out energy drinks to children. He is right in calling for regulation, this is yet another example that the food industry self-regulation over advertising to children is failing. […]
As part of our election season, one of the questions I was asked was why the Government sold down assets to pay off debt. The simple answer is that the asset sales were nothing to do with paying off debt. I actually backed the partial sell down of assets, but not for the reasons that were […]