Government Buildings Shouldn't Subsidise a Pet Industry
Government Buildings Should Strive for Value for
Money, Not Subsidise a Pet Industry
target="_blank">Calls by the timber industry
for the Government to use wood as the primary material in
new government buildings of up to four stories should be
rejected, says the Taxpayers’ Union. Executive Director,
Jordan Williams, says:
“Taxpayers want value
for money, not government buildings designed to subsidise
“The signals from Labour's forestry
spokesperson Shane Jones are disappointing. Wooden
buildings make sense if the economic and environmental
benefits stack up. But a policy of ‘wood-first’ just
means that taxpayers pay more to subsidise a pet industry.
It is economic foolishness and a sop to the timber
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>