Gordon Campbell on the travel expenses of MPs

July 31, 2009 0

The issue of MPs’ travel expenses – and its disreputable cousin, government spending – have thrown up a pretty interesting moral distinction. Government spending, which provides services to the general public, is seen to be an intrinsically bad thing that must be rationed. MPs’ travel spending on the other hand, is seen as an intrinsically good thing that does not even need to be justified. It just is – here’s the amount we spent, don’t ask to know the purpose. The worth is assumed, and is beyond challenge.

The Winston Peters Comeback

July 16, 2009 0

Only Winston Peters could say the hardest word in the political lexicon – “Sorry” – by implying that his mistakes were really due to his […]

The bogus benefits of PPPs

July 14, 2009 0

Occasionally, someone in business lets the cat out of the bag in a way that is impossible to satirise. Thus in the NZ Herald this […]

Worth Fighting For

Catriona MacLennan July 7, 2009 0

The battle to bridge the gender pay gap in New Zealand.

The Erosion Of Justice

July 6, 2009 0

As the civil rights we enjoy get whittled away, the pattern is becoming very familiar. Initially, fresh powers of search, detention, use of secret evidence […]

Paula Bennett’s welfare abuse

July 1, 2009 0

To date, the government’s response to the recession has been faulted on the demand side – for not giving sufficient stimulus to the economy, as […]