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.
An interview with Labour leader Phil Goff
Making a living on the Net
The battle to bridge the gender pay gap in New Zealand.
The ‘Fourth World’ cinema of Barry Barclay
How California has screwed up the funding of education
Children’s book illustrator Garth Williams and The Rabbits’ Wedding
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter doowop.
Talking Sport. Are heavyweight boxers these days are getting way TOO big
“Only if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” [Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic]