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Archive for July, 2011

On the Lieutenant O’Donnell inquiry

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The New Zealand Defence Force never ceases to amaze. Yesterday’s report into the death last year in Afghanistan of Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell has found shortcomings in the training of New Zealand troops (a) with respect to IEDs or Improvised Explosive Devices, (b) with the ability to call in air ...

On the Norway massacre

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com As the work of a homegrown right wing dissident, the Norway massacre clearly has more in common with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing carried out by Timothy McVeigh than with the jihadist attacks launched on 9/11. Unfortunately, the lack of any links to Islamic ...

On the SAS defence of Afghanistan’s drug barons

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com A typical day at the office for the New Zealand forces in Afghanistan. On one hand, we passed the command of the Bamiyan provincial reconstruction team project over to our Afghan allies, while - on the other – our SAS forces “helped” Afghan forces ...

On Labour’s tax package (and Rupert Murdoch)

Friday, July 15th, 2011

There could hardly have been a better set of Dom-Post headlines yesterday – Fruit and Vege Prices Rocket / Healthy Choices Off The Menu As Bill Mounts” – to greet the Labour tax package, which includes its promise to remove GST from those very same essential items of household ...

On Don Brash’s race gambit (and Hugh Grant’s finest hour)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It must have been a grim moment indeed in the Act Party offices when the Resurrection of Orewa went up on the whiteboard as the last, best chance to revive the party’s fortunes. The prelude hadn’t been too flash, either. Clearly the second coming of Don Brash has proved to ...

On the capital gains tax debate

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com The fact that, at last, one of New Zealand’s major parties has embraced the kind of tax on capital gains common in every other developed country on the planet marks a turning point in the country’s economic history. If they were smart, National’s leadership should ...

On the bailout in Greece

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com Evidently, the recent attempt by EMA boss Alisdair Thompson to justify the gender pay gap has been just the tip of the iceberg. In the Dom-Post yesterday, columnist Richard Long used similarly immutable stereotypes to analyse the Eurozone’s bailout package for Greece: ….The hard-working Germans, funders ...

On National’s neglect of the armed forces

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com Only a National government could get away with the changes in the New Zealand Defence Force now taking place – ie in the wake of the so called “civilianisation” drive – without a hue and cry about how these outbreaks of rampant ideology and short-sighted ...