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  • A predictable Brexit disaster

    May’s abject failure to deliver Brexit would always pulverise her party and the political system with it. Somewhat naively, I thought she and her party would not let it come to that. How wrong I was. [...]
  • Le cultural clash

    It took the Australian Government years to decide whom to task with building its next generation submarine fleet. It was still not enough time to prepare them for the cultural clash that followed. [...]
  • Disagree more constructively

    Haidt is one of America’s most important and innovative thinkers, contributing regularly to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. With his plea for people to disagree more constructively with one another, he has an important message for New Zealand as we deal with our own divisions. [...]
  • A crisis brewing in German politics

    While the German and European economies are slowing, while Brexit remains unresolved, and while challenges aplenty wait for the EU, Berlin will be absorbed by domestic issues. [...]
  • Trump on everything

    18/04/2019

    Life can be so simple when you are Donald Trump. [...]
  • While the EU has been gazing into the timeless Brexit black hole, the next crisis could thus be just as severe. We can already see it on the event horizon. [...]
  • By focusing on the organisational aspects of our education system, we are neglecting what is going on inside classrooms. How do children learn? Are our children learning? How can schools best teach students how to learn? [...]
  • “What do we want? Evidence-based journalism. When do we want it? After switching off your prejudices.” [...]
  • Of all the people in the world, former British Prime Minister David Cameron is probably the last person anyone wants to listen to on Brexit. But there is no person better qualified to give advice now. [...]
  • Chatham housing

    29/03/2019

    When Housing Minister Phil Twyford spoke at the Initiative’s retreat last week, I had only one regret about having invited him: Our event is held under Chatham House rules. [...]
  • Germany and Switzerland have long been famous for exporting cars, machinery and chemicals to all parts of the world. They are now becoming well-known as exporters of their dual education model. [...]
  • In der letzten Woche ist das Weltgeschehen nach Neuseeland gekommen. Als Neuseeländer wünscht man sich nichts mehr, als dass es möglichst bald wieder verschwinden möge. [...]
  • They are us

    18/03/2019

    We hope that over this difficult time, New Zealand will come together. To mourn the dead. To uphold our values. To defend our common humanity. [...]
  • Even in a developed country like New Zealand, a significant number of parents are voluntarily keeping their children from vaccinations. With each rejection, parents are not only increasing the risks for their own family but also for others in the community. [...]

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