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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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Life in Opposition Is Not So Easy

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Mr Micawber ifs Not A Good Guide When It Comes to Public Finances

It was Charles Dickens’ Mr Micawber who famously defined the principles of successful economic management, when he said “Annual income
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Hit Him in the Slats Bob

As we wait for Joseph Parker’s bid to become undisputed world heavyweight champion this weekend, how many of us recall
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What Matters to our “National” Airline – Profits or Customers?

Reports that Air New Zealand have been charging Kiwis twice as much for domestic flights out of Auckland as they
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Skilled Diplomacy is the Answer

Many years ago, as I completed my studies at Oxford, I had to decide what to do next.  I was
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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.