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

What About The Workers? By Trevor Plumbly

  Labour pains I’ve always voted Labour, partially due to my background, but mainly because its basic aims seem more laudable than those of their Tory counterparts. Now, sadly, that political divide isn’t so sharply drawn. But these days it seems no-one with a political pulse wants to enter the fray with any warlike intentions; it’s ever been thus, but the buggers are a bit more cunning now. Left or right isn’t a comfortable enough place for today’s breed, it’s probably too close to the firing line. The coveted position these days… Read More

The Decline of the Species by Trevor Plumbly

You don’t know what you’ve got… Till it’s gone. But is whatever’s going, really that important? Lots of things die off in the course of natural order or our unwillingness to preserve them, and others just seem to clutter up the planet for no apparent reason. The fun starts when it comes to deciding what’s worth saving. One of New Zealand’s most endearing characters, Gareth Morgan, recently suggested that if we took a harsher line to cat ownership our native bird population would be a heck of a lot better off. I… Read More

Is a problem halved? By Trevor Plumbly

Cause and effect The trouble with high speed internet news is that it burns too brightly to have lasting value. Yesterday’s news, it seems, regardless of its horror or educational value is routinely discarded in favour of ‘breaking news’. Stories on the plight of refugees flooding into Europe dominate world news, and rightly so, but for how long? And sadder still, to what effect? As I’m writing this, the story is being aired of a dead toddler washed ashore on a Mediterranean beach along with the bodies of his brother and mother…. Read More