by Daniel Miles on 01/23/2014 inUncategorizedwithComments Off on Internet Policy in New Zealand, or, Why Kim Dotcom Needs A Figurative Slap To The FaceTweet
I unashamedly admit to being a nerd – in fact, of the names I get called on a daily basis, that one is by far the nicest. I’m also a student of politics who has no particular loyalty to any party. It’s because of these two things, Kim, that I feel an overwhelming need to grab you by those mountainous figurative shoulders and figuratively slap some literal sense in to you.
Regardless of any other motives you may have around your extradition, I have absolutely no doubt that you believe what you are doing is best for New Zealand’s internet policy. After all, a lot of the things you believe in would be wonderful for this country — for example, a competitor for the Southern Cross cable. Continue reading →
by JJW on 06/04/2012 inCoveragewithComments Off on Now and soon — Greens in political time and spaceTweet
An after-dinner speech to the Values/Green gathering on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Values Party
June 1st, 2012
»Beyond Tomorrow (introduction)
Two score and nought years ago you — our fore mothers and fathers — bought forth on these tiny islands in the South Pacific a new political party, conceived in ecology and fairness and dedicated to the proposition that the earth and it’s people only had so much to give.
As Christine sang earlier, the times they are a’ changin’. Before this talk Christine and I discussed the possibility of singing a song that summed up my generation, Gen Y.
I cast around for ideas. I racked my brain. None came. I asked Twitter. I asked Facebook — the oracles of my generation. But to no avail. Continue reading →