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Bryan Gould was a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar who pursued a career in the UK as a diplomat, Oxford law don, television journalist and politician. He was a member of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and contested the Labour Party leadership in 1992. He returned to New Zealand to become Vice-Chancellor of Waikato University in 1994. He has written a number of books on politics and economic policy. Read more…

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Mike Hosking’s Special Pleading

Mike Hosking’s musings on current affairs usually follow a fairly predictable course.  But his piece in Wednesday’s Herald on the
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Fairy Stories Are Not the True Explanation

Shane Jones’ plan to help unemployed youngsters, particularly Maori youth in Northland, to join the workforce has received a mixed
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Dealing with Housing Demand and Bank Lending

Any relaxation of the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on bank lending for house purchase will be welcome to those who would
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Recession? Surely Not!

I confess I did a double-take when I saw the headline “Recession Likely Under Ardern” this week.   I wondered what
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Why Is Mike Hosking So Hard to Watch?

I feel sorry for Mike Hosking.  Fronting a show on television may seem like a doddle but it’s not as
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Latest Book: “Call to Action”

I am delighted to report that a new book, co-authored by my long-time colleague, John Mills, and myself was published in London last week by W H Allen.  The book is called “Call To Action” and comprises a powerful argument for addressing the major problems that have now held back the British economy for decades.  Those problems include a damaging loss of competitiveness, a policy blind spot on the importance of the exchange rate, a perennial and debilitating foreign payments deficit, the perilous decline of manufacturing, and the futile focus on the government deficit as the prime goal of policy.  The book provides a carefully researched case for taking action now before it is too late and could offer the way to better outcomes following the May election.

Call to Action by John Mills and Bryan Gould

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This book is also available as an ebook.