Waiting for Godot, political endurance gets testy

Venkat Raman The current political impasse and the ‘Will he?’ or ‘Won’t he?’ questions dominating the two main political camps is somewhat akin to the two characters in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot.’ Those of us who have watched the play would have wondered how, two persons – Vladimir and Estragon – from different, if not antithetical backgrounds, must wait…

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Negotiations should not try to settle old scores

Peter Dunne In 1940, the notorious Labour politician John A Lee was expelled from the Labour Party after writing a sensational article, ‘Psycho-Pathology in Politics,’ a thinly veiled attack on the dying Labour Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage. The article’s essential argument, drawing on examples from the United States, Britain and New Zealand, was that ailing politicians can have a…

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Applications for international students funding opens

$750,000 for current year for GOs and NGOs Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced allocation of $750,000 for the government’s ‘International Students Wellbeing Strategy’ for 2017-2018 fiscal year. The money would be taken from the Export Education Levy and follow a collaborative cross-agency funding model to encourage cooperation between agencies and communities, a ministry communique said. It said that…

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