For the past nine years, there has been a political culture of absentee government, where almost any regulatory action that involved spending money fell out of favour.
This week, National leader Bill English is claiming that farmers could face a $50,000 cost increase from Labour’s water tax plans. Another phantom fear.
Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count.
Having belatedly advised Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, local authorities seem to prematurely see light at the end of the tunnel
Are we being intimidated into silence about everything that matters?