Category: Guest Posts

Jean-Dominique Michel

Covid-19: The game is over?!

The only strategy that makes sense is to screen massively, then confine the positive cases. Neither Hong Kong nor Taiwan nor Korea nor Singapore, territories with the lowest mortality rates for Covid-19, have imposed confinement on healthy people.


Michael Coote

COVID-19 pretext for sweeping Maori tribal territorial claims

Any restrictions anywhere in New Zealand on public movement under COVID-19 Level 4 national emergency criteria should apply equally everywhere and to everybody, regardless of race, and only be imposed and enforced by legitimate authorities of the state and not Maori amateurs.


Professor Dale Fisher

Singapore’s coronavirus response worked – what we can learn

Looking at what Singapore does differently, the biggest one is Singapore doesn’t let positive patients back into the community.


Frank Newman

Financial Contagion

Investing is an act of optimism. The greater threat for our economy is the damage that has been done to business confidence. Pessimists don't invest.


Clive Bibby

The kids aren't the only ones who've had a guts full

What we have here is a slick manoeuvre by the current government to gain public approval for a community programme that will make them look good in election year...


Dr Matt Ridley

Why have so many of our recent viruses come from bats?

This is not the first disease bats have given us. Rabies possibly originated in bats. So did, and does, Ebola, outbreaks of which usually trace back to people coming into contact with bat roosts in caves, trees or buildings.


Dr Edward A. Hudson

House prices

The cause of rising house prices is basic economics – demand exceeds supply. In the short run, excess demand bids up prices. In the longer run, high prices lead to an increase in supply, particularly in new construction. But we are not yet in a balanced demand-supply situation.


Melanie Phillips

It’s all about the narrative. Who controls it, wins

In Britain and much of the west, the risible pretence is maintained that the religion has nothing to do with Islamic extremism. From the moment this threat emerged in Britain more than three decades ago, the establishment has refused to acknowledge that what we are facing is Islamic holy war, rooted in religious doctrines which are as genuine as they are contestable.


Brian Giesbrecht

An Endless Cycle of Despair

Alongside a variety of administrative shifts allowing for greater Indigenous control over child welfare, the bill’s most significant item is adding a new duty of “cultural continuity” to the familiar tension between the best interests of children and the rights of parents in deciding whether a child should be apprehended.


Anthony Willy

Colonisation by a nation of shop keepers

"Colonisation by a nation of shopkeepers". So said Napoleon Bonaparte of the English, and as with many things he was close to the truth. He meant it as an insult of course but found to his dismay as did the Kaiser and Hitler that when poked with a big enough stick the shop keepers had a nasty bite.