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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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What Does It Mean to Be A New Zealander?

When, in 1962, as a 23 year-old, I boarded the Northern Star to sail to Britain where I was to
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What Do We Do About Hate Speech?

I usually disagree with Mike Hosking because I do not share his fundamental social attitudes and beliefs. But, as to
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he Christchurch Slaughter

The immediate response of most Kiwis to the Christchurch slaughter will have been shock and incredulity. But as the full
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Trade Should Be Between Equals

A couple of developments in the past week or so have cast a fresh light on a familiar question -
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The Health of the Public Debate

In a Westminster-style, parliamentary democracy such as ours - and one that, despite MMP, remains essentially a two-party contest -
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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.