Labour, Greens and NZ First Is Scary

Matthew Hooton writes another interesting NBR column where he argues that the latest polling data make a Labour/Green/NZ First alliance the frontrunner for the next government. He’s titled his column “Dump those rental properties now“….

No Recovery Can Be Guaranteed

  A recovery from the global financial crisis can’t be guaranteed. There’s no reason why employment, consumer spending and business confidence have to recover in New Zealand. The unwinding of what George Soros calls the…

Trends In Government Spending

I was concerned the other day when someone told me that NZ government spending was on a downwards trajectory because of “austerity”. From The Treasury’s Budget 2012 Summary Of Trends we can see actual total…

Increase The Retirement Age Now

 I don’t think baby boomers realise what current trends in emigration, average tax paid, average transfer payment received and attitudes towards older people will converge to. The inability of people to perform basic math means…

More European Union Powers Won’t Work

The theory of Optimal Currency Area first written about by Robert Mundell had several key requirements in order for a currency union to work. They were labour mobility, capital mobility, flexible prices and wages, similar…