Is There Something Wrong With Aussie Sport?

Is There Something Wrong with Aussie Sport? The news that Australian Olympians returning from Rio have been given a hard time by the Australian media and public for the alleged paucity of their medal haul will, sadly, have come as little surprise to Kiwi sports fans.  It is further evidence that there may be something […]

What Happened in the End?

Politicians and political journalists enjoy (if that is the right word) a symbiotic relationship.  A state of respectful and mutual dependence is not always easy to maintain – as I should know, since I have been both. Journalists depend on politicians to make the news – or at least part of it.  The politicians are […]

Not So Much Fun Now

The American Presidential election has been dominated over recent days by speculation about the mental fitness of the two main candidates.  First, Donald Trump has picked up on a stray remark by Hillary Clinton that she had “short-circuited” a process over her e-mails when she was Secretary of State so as to suggest that “she […]

Whose Interests Count?

The imprisonment of hundreds of New Zealanders in notoriously unpleasant and dangerous detention centres by the Australian authorities, and their eventual deportation back to New Zealand, is hardly what we should expect of our Anzac brothers in arms.  Yes, these are convicted criminals who have served jail sentences; but they have done their time and […]

Putting Labour Together Again

The challenge manufactured by the Parliamentary Labour Party to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership seems destined to prove an exercise in futility and impotence.  Nothing more clearly demonstrates, in both its motivation and impracticality, the gulf that has been allowed – and in some cases encouraged – to develop between Labour MPs and the party in the […]

Getting Ahead of the Game

The crisis of rocketing house prices has now reached such proportions and threatens such a calamity that it has forced an unlikely consensus to emerge.  After months, if not years, of treating the problem as one of a long-term deficiency in supply, those responsible for resolving it are now accepting, one after another, that the […]

How Did It Come to This?

It is easy to conclude, as we watch Labour’s internecine warfare, that we are witnessing the party’s death throes.  There seems to be no escape route, no compromise solution, that will achieve a resolution of the bitter dispute between the parliamentary party and a leader who was voted into office by the membership but is […]

Immeasurably Better?

It was only to be expected that David Cameron, in his farewell speech on the doorstep of Number Ten Downing Street, should have permitted himself a little hyperbole about his achievements as Prime Minister.  Even so, his assertion that he had left the economy “immeasurably stronger” than when he had taken over, was taking a […]

Well Done – More Needed

Andrew Little and the Labour party will no doubt receive deserved plaudits from the general public, and perhaps even grateful thanks from the homeless and from first-time buyers, for the housing policy initiatives they announced last week.  They are at least on the front foot, whereas the government seems paralysed by indecision and by a […]

A Frenzy of Foot-stamping Fantasy

So far, we have had a petition for a second referendum and a campaign for a retrospective change of the rules so as to require a larger majority.  We have had the promise of a legal challenge to the validity of the process and of the decision and of any other aspect of the referendum […]