Now that the police’s new Armed Response Teams are being used for “lower risk” events and not just “critical or high risk incidents” and the government’s top justice advisor has stated police have probably made their minds up already on their ‘trial’, the arming of police has become a political hot potato government ministers can’t dodge
The biggest sustainability question to be answered by Sustainable New Zealand may be about the survival of the party itself. Can it strike a chord when the Greens have already moved to the right? Or could there be a deal beckoning in North Shore?
Secular Stagnation is the notion that rich world economies are moving into of very low economic growth stage for a long period. What if that were true? (The economists' term ‘secular' means the long term of indefinite duration.)
There appears to be a whole lot of bother and proposed solutions for regulating social media use by politicians without anyone truly working out whether the consequences of regulation outweigh what actually can be achieved. Do we really want to put voter engagement at risk?
Is New Zealand destined to suffer the civil unrest of Chile with its youth concerns that things are not going well, that they are not being addressed, and that their future is being severely compromised?
All year - before and after the Christchurch mosque murders - Police Commissioner Mike Bush insisted he had no plans to routinely arm police officers. So why, this week, has he just put routinely armed teams on the streets to police a third of all New Zealanders?
The three year term has done its dash and in more complex times it’s time to change
New Zealand Labour has the distinction of being a first, second and third way party. Sometimes all at once! But did it fully implement a third way platform? Maybe not. Maybe it is time to look again at what the third way, with its focus on civil society/community, has to offer. .
The IMF suggests it may be necessary to cut GST; it would be better to cut bottom income taxes.
Justin Lester’s loss of the Wellington mayoralty may provide some lessons for Labour at a national level.