United we stand by Trevor Plumbly

Some things need a total rebuild to function in line with their original purpose and I wonder if this isn’t the case with the United Nations. In a time of high global uncertainty, it seems about time for an overhaul. Dreamers and schemers In 1942, 26 countries signed the ‘Declaration by United Nations’ to form a joint war effort against the German, Italian and Japanese forces. This was followed by the signing of a formal charter in 1945. In those days the UN Security Council was all but governed by its five… Read More

And I think to myself by Trevor Plumbly

….What a wonderful world! As we head into a new year, it’s a healthy time to look back as well as forward. Being born during the second world war, I was educated to believe that England was the haven of fair play as well as invincible. The books and comics turned war into an adventure playground with a simple formula: the villains were mainly fat or ugly Germans and the good guys clean shaven, rakish Brits who largely did the biz single handed. War at that level was fun, only the baddies… Read More

I Wanna Bang the Drum by Trevor Plumbly

Out of Pocket It’s within living memory when Germany’s currency was scarcely worth its paper content; million mark notes were worthless and workers were paid thrice daily to combat inflation. In more recent times, Zimbabwe went through a similar situation, yet it’s hard to imagine those responsible for that economic lunacy suffering any great hardship from the events. There’s the odd exception, but in the main, financial folk do indeed dwell in marble halls and rarely end up with the ‘have-nots’. For them, recession becomes opportunity and tax liabilities a solvable puzzle…. Read More

Herstory Today by Trevor Plumbly

Isn’t it time we all had a bit of a rethink? Blokes that is. Ange’s piece on the suffragettes highlighted the historical injustices inflicted on women by the so-called civilised society of the day, but I wonder if things have changed that much. I’m more inclined to suspect that the blokes have just got better at polishing the facade. In America (I hate using that country as an example for anything, but you’ll just have to bear with me on this one), you have three main contenders for the presidential race: a… Read More

New Zealand Leads the World! By Angela Caldin

It may not be the most exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve, but going to see the film Suffragette in my favourite cinema at Mission Bay was definitely both rewarding and thought-provoking. Votes for Women in the United Kingdom It’s hard to believe that only about a hundred years ago, the women of the UK had to resort to sustained violent action to advance the cause of votes for women. In the film, which is set in 1912/13, it is made clear that the women of all classes of society were… Read More