Bill and Andrew deserve condonation

New Zealanders are perhaps among the most unforgiving beings when it comes to politics and political leaders. Possibly because public memory is short, they demand immediate reparation from defaulting leaders- which is often removal from the political landscape. Helen and John Some political leaders have survived the worst crises in their careers- Helen Clark and John Key are among the…

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Voter apathy must end

Editorial Two Although voting is not compulsory in terms of the existing provisions of the New Zealand Electoral Act, the country has been consistently witnessing a high turnover at the polling booths for several years. Declining trend Electoral Commission statistics show that New Zealanders are keen to exercise their franchise with a high percentage of votes polled in 1987 (89.1%),…

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Budget seizes on economic opportunity

In his speech to Parliament in 1953, the late Sir Winston Churchill who was defending his government’s budget, said, “In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.” No Finance Minister before or after that statement was made has ever been so popular as to be left unscathed during a budget session. Opposition attacks…

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