Category Archives: In the news

Trump Mark Two

It is a great shame for Mr Trump’s current credibility that he has insisted on making some of his more bizarre past threats and boasts in front of the TV cameras. Certainly in the wake of the recent letter bomb … Continue reading

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ARE HUMAN RIGHTS FAILURES IN THE USA JUST AS BAD?

Unfortunately (and we hope coincidentally) the just announced withdrawal of the US from the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) looks suspiciously like an attempt to avoid scrutiny for America’s own mounting list of human rights embarrassments. The self-perception of citizens … Continue reading

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EROSION OF CONFIDENCE IN THE LAND OF TRUMP

The US under the leadership of President Trump appears to be reflected in a massive slide in global confidence in the standing of the US. The Pew polls based on a variety of international markers have shown a serious drop … Continue reading

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Trump versus the Economists

A short time ago, over a thousand (actually 1,140) economists sent President Trump a letter. They were clearly appalled at President Trump’s economic protectionism, his tough and erratic rhetoric on the Trade requirements of the US and in particular, his … Continue reading

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SOME MISPLACED METHODIST TOLERANCE?

One aspect of the disparate family that now constitutes the Methodist Church in New Zealand is starting to concern me. Don’t get me wrong. I rejoice in a Church which is sufficiently “family” to encompass progressives and conservatives. We find … Continue reading

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Happy to be Hitched?

Some thoughts on the debatable wisdom of being hitched to a once rising stellar body …. Up until recently I had been attracted to the notion of hitching one’s wagon to a star. Now it occurs to me that this may well … Continue reading

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Tax Rebate: Now you see it – now you don’t ?????

Apparently Donald Trump’s degree in real estate didn’t include a topic entitled “common sense in economics”. 1. Yes, we can see that some (especially the rich) can now look forward to a federal tax rebate. 2. Yes, we can see … Continue reading

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