In recent weeks, locals have been raising with me the issue of modern slavery in New Zealand – goods like clothes, toys, and electronics that come into our country made by forced or child labour. World Vision and Trade Aid, along with many New Zealand businesses, are calling for legislation to be introduced and this is something I am exploring. Join me as I talk with Grant Bayldon, National Director of World Vision, as we discuss what this issue means for all of us.
This latest podcast is for those interested in international intrigue, corruption, and how the good guys can fight back. Listen to my talk with Bill Browder – who someone once described as Vladimir Putin’s public enemy number one – and how New Zealand might be part of the Magnitsky movement.
Excited to share my latest podcast featuring my friend Tom Tugendhat MP – Chair of the UK Foreign Affairs Committee. We discuss a wide range of foreign policy issues; from the CCP to Russia, Climate Change to Covid – and many more. Listen below and let us know your thoughts.
Recently a young schoolboy was asked to stand to up in front of his peers and list his 'white privileges'. Meanwhile, some in the Ministry of Education consider education itself to be a form of 'symbolic violence' and are instructing its teachers to ask themselves what their own privileges are. In this episode I'll address these topics – particularly on how the concept of privilege itself contradictory and indeed, a tool used to mask one's own prejudices.
Some thoughts on language – specifically how it tends to be controlled by the left. Should some people, and not others, have rights over certain words – simply out of offence? And should these kinds of decisions be made on your behalf, without rational discussion?
Join me as I talk with Dr David Cumin of the Israel Institute of NZ about the ensuing conflict in Gaza, including its recent background. We also discuss how the conflict is playing out here in New Zealand.
Many would agree the Government's vaccination roll-out so far has been a bit of a shambles (to say the least). Constituents tell me they're experiencing mixed signals, long wait times – asking if Labour are simply 'making things up as they go' – and I'm inclined to agree, as we are falling behind the rest of the world Is this good enough?
Following a few interesting discussions on Anzac Day – two things in particular have been on my mind. The first being the importance of free speech, and what was faught for. And the second being more geopolitical in nature; and how we must 'stand with our mates' in these precarious times. Have a listen – and I'd love to know if you have any thoughts on this.