• Housing needs supply-side fix

    Voters should ask a simple question about any new housing proposal: Will it make it easier to build more homes? If the answer is not “yes,” these are not the policies Australia or New Zealand need to fix our countries’ housing crises. [...]
  • An open letter to Mike Hosking on housing

    Bad government policies are the main reason housing is unaffordable. Said differently, if government wants to make housing more affordable, it could do so simply by getting out of the way. [...]
  • Defrosting the trans-Atlantic relationship

    Healing US politics will be a tough challenge for Biden. If he wants an easier task, he should try healing trans-Atlantic relations first. After all, most European leaders want him to succeed so they can rule out a return to the frostiness of Trump. [...]
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    Kiwis have mothballed their ambition. We have forgotten about growing the pie so we can share it. We have given up on excellence in favour of wellbeing, kindness and not rocking the boat. [...]
  • Roll over Beethoven

    06/11/2020

    By adding Ludwig van, Beethoven shall appear a little less genial than he was. He is just another composer. At least he is dead. [...]
  • In Homer's Odyssey, the hero is eventually saved and returns home. For the US, a return to long-term economic and political stability is a long way in the future. [...]
  • wrecked ship
    It feels nice to be admired by the world. Yet I would rather live in a country that has honest conversations with itself. [...]
  • Kiwis have made it clear they do not want politics to be a handbrake on escaping the status quo. [...]
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    Perhaps Boris Johnson can be compared to his great idol Winston Churchill. Churchill was also booted from office shortly after his greatest triumph. [...]
  • silhouette photo of person standing near body of water
    Kiwis are an optimistic bunch. That is why they look likely to give Ardern a second chance – and a second term. [...]
  • adult architect blueprint business
    New Zealand’s post-modern politicians have moved past the old power philosophy and found nirvana in a place where nothing ever happens and the rulers remain untouchable in power. [...]
  • people walking on brown concrete building
    Thirty years after unification, Germany remains a big, little country. A powerless hegemon. A directionless leader. Then again, that may not be such a bad outcome. Had Thatcher and Mitterrand been right, it might have been worse. [...]
  • New Zealand won

    02/10/2020

    New Zealand’s political system is not perfect. But, unlike the US, we need not be ashamed of our democratic culture. [...]

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