Taxing the super rich by Susan Grimsdell

NZ’s richest man, Graeme Hart, got headlines not long ago for donating fishing boats, tractors and a container of breakfast food to Tonga.  Well, good on him, but where was the accompanying headline reporting that he is one of the super rich people who, thanks to a rigged economic system, grew his fortune by $3.4 billion during the Covid pandemic which has caused the worst recession since the 1930s.  Avoidance of tax Recently, Hart lost a tax fight in Chile, a battle he had been fighting in the courts for 6 years. … Read More

Jugglers and clowns by Trevor Plumbly

When the circus came to town I remember they used to parade down the street with elephants, clowns on funny bikes and sexily dressed female acrobats prancing around. But these days it’s a different circus: the latest parade is as far from entertaining as it gets. Though they’re a lot less exotic, this crew still march to the beat of the drum. They don’t dress up and the razzle-dazzle’s been replaced by a mindless chanting, which I presume carries a message for the uninitiated. Protest is very much a part of democracy;… Read More

A short history of tomorrow by Trevor Plumbly

The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore They’re all at it! Even my blog mates are doing the gloom and doom stuff, so I reckon it must be my turn to announce that the world is going to hell in a handcart. Like the man said back then, ‘The times they are a-changing’. I don’t mind change as long as it’s properly handled, but latterly I’m beginning to doubt the competence of the folk dishing it out. I’ve never had much truck with the ‘those were the days’ culture some oldies cling to,… Read More

Calling bluffs by Susan Grimsdell

No jab no job There are places where you can find true information, based on well-designed impartial research, rather than fake, so-called information, based on people’s opinions and gut reactions.  For example, we hear a lot of people yelling that they would quit their jobs if the “no jab no job” policy goes ahead.  When it comes to the crunch however, people seem to have second thoughts, most of them take a closer look at their household budgets alongside their pay packets, and lo – their carefully contrived objections to the vaccine… Read More

Dad’s Army by Trevor Plumbly

Onward Christian Soldiers! Temptation’s got more sophisticated since I was a kid. Back then, the fight against it was pretty simple: Sunday school, prayer and moral parables, along with three or four uplifting hymns supposedly insulated you against anything the Devil could chuck at you for the next few days. It wasn’t a perfect system; divine guidance kept the ‘chosen ones’ on the righteous path, but the rest of us had to wrestle Satan on our own, thus we tended to stray and needed correction, a clip round the ears was the… Read More