Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


2008: Get Ready For The Rocky Road Ahead!

2008: Get Ready For The Rocky Road Ahead!

The Main Report Group, publishers of respected political newsletter Trans Tasman, and The Main Report Business, is firing a few warning shots across the bows of the country’s elite in a special report entitled 2008: Get Ready For The Rocky Road Ahead!

The Group’s top writers and analysts, Editor-in-Chief Max Bowden, Senior Editor and political guru Ian Templeton and Research analyst Tony Doe warn of tough times ahead, and are calling for the Government and other decision-makers to look further out than this year’s election and take NZ firmly into the 21st Century.

Read The Report

  • The Rocky Road Ahead
  • In what the analysts are calling a stern warning about where the country is heading they cover a wide range of areas, with some harsh words at times for those in the nation’s diving seat.

    Politics… “Give Helen Clark another term and some say she will be there for life.”

    “Helen Clark’s team is looking tired and bereft of ideas, and new talent is not living up to expectations. John Key is suffering much the same fate with many in his shadow line-up still veterans of the Shipley Govt. Change will not come easily to political veterans,”

    New Ideas and Solutions… “Too often we see the “quick fix to life” mentality get in the way of a long-term approach.

    Trade… “The nations we compete with are not standing still as they look for an advantage in the global marketplace.”

    Tax cuts… “Given the squeeze from interest rates and rising food prices on household budgets, a $20 a week tax cut may earn the Govt a derisive sniff, rather than any warm applause.”

    “The country needs a tax system which helps drive economic perfomance.”

    Broadband… “It is not just a matter of catching up, but trying to leap ahead of our Asian rivals, who are starting late, but with the very latest technology.”

    Climate Change… “What the country needs are incentives to go green, rather than more charges or taxes.”

    Infrastructure… “The Govt must find a way to provide infrastructure which will serve generations to come, at an acceptable cost.”

    Change… “NZers have watched the winds of change blowing through the US scene, with Barack Obama creating a compelling case for a new vision. John Key is NZ’s Obama, but like Obama, he has not yet delivered any real substance.”

    The Main Report Group says the odds are on change in NZ’s political arena this year, but are hopeful the change will be the kind NZers want, rather than change forced on them by the harsh demands of a global credit crunch and international recession.


    © Scoop Media

    Top Scoops Headlines


    Philip Temple: Hang On A Minute, Mate
    Peter Dunne quietly omits some salient facts when arguing for retention of MMP’s coat-tailing provision that allows a party to add list seats if it wins one electorate and achieves more than 1% or so of the party vote... More>>

    Cheap Grace And Climate Change: Australia And COP26

    It was not for everybody, but the shock advertising tactics of the Australian comedian Dan Ilic made an appropriate point. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a famed coal hugger, has vacillated about whether to even go to the climate conference in Glasgow. Having himself turned the country’s prime ministerial office into an extended advertising agency, Ilic was speaking his language... More>>

    Binoy Kampmark: Funeral Rites For COVID Zero
    It was such a noble public health dream, even if rather hazy to begin with. Run down SARS-CoV-2. Suppress it. Crush it. Or just “flatten the curve”, which could have meant versions of all the above. This created a climate of numerical sensitivity: a few case infections here, a few cases there, would warrant immediate, sharp lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, the closure of all non-vital service outlets... More>>

    Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
    If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>

    Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

    It was startling and even shocking. Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could breathe a sign of relief. Perhaps no one would notice in Washington that Australia remains prehistoric in approaching climate change relative to its counterparts... More>>

    Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

    It began just after a news interview. Time: a quarter past nine. Morning of September 22, and yet to take a sip from the brewed Turkish coffee, its light thin surface foam inviting. The Australian city of Melbourne in its sixth lockdown, its residents fatigued and ravaged by regulations. Rising COVID-19 numbers, seemingly inexorable... More>>