New Zealand

John Key’s real legacy is his lack of blunders

5 December 2016 16:48

Imagine a Tory Prime Minister stepping down after nearly ten years at the top on his own terms. The budget was back in…

New Zealand’s flag vote makes me proud to be both Kiwi and British

24 March 2016 18:46

I’m technically 3/4 Kiwi and 1/4 British, although having lived in the UK most of my life, it doesn’t often feel…

I’ve discovered a new way to annoy holier-than-thou rugby fans

26 October 2015 13:13

Some advice. Don’t watch the rugby world cup final with anyone too politically correct. My friend Tom and I were so…

The case for decriminalising prostitution is overwhelming. Look at New Zealand

16 May 2014 15:00

Every so often our politicians declare that ‘it’s time to prosecute men for buying sex’; most recently with Caroline Spelman’s…

Playing down Australia and New Zealand’s role in the Great War is shameful

10 January 2014 16:08

Back in the 1950s my grandmother wrote her memoirs of childhood in Edwardian London, a story that ends in the…

Australia are just New Zealand in disguise (plus Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris)

13 August 2013 14:08

Thumping Australia is grand; thumping Australia without playing well almost feels like cheating. But in a good way. This is…

It’s all in a name

7 May 2013 15:37

Having a baby and stuck for a choice of name? Let the eminently sensible and well-adjusted people of New Zealand…

Borgen and Scotland: A Love Affair Founded on Self-Congratulation

6 February 2013 17:37

Borgen – the title refers to the Danish equivalent of Holyrood or Westminster – has been terrifically popular amongst those…

Test Cricket, Eh? Bloody Hell.

13 December 2011 3:15

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh when reading about Australia’s latest cricket crisis and, reader, I’ve…

Is Scotland a Nordic Country?

12 December 2011 19:13

This is a question that meets the classic definition of John Rentoul’s famous-to-them-that-ken series of Questions To Which The Answer…

Pulling off a public finance rescue mission

16 September 2010 17:14

This is the next of our posts with Reform looking ahead to the Spending Review. Earlier posts were on health,…

A lesson from New Zealand

9 September 2010 18:16

This is the next of our posts with REFORM looking ahead to the Spending Review. Earlier posts were on health,…

What you need to know ahead of the Spending Review: the New Zealand experience

3 September 2010 14:22

This is the latest of our posts with Reform looking ahead to the Spending Review. The first five posts were…

Who’s Afraid of a Hung Parliament?

27 April 2010 0:06

So it seems you have to vote Conservative to accept the party’s invitation to join the government of Great Britain?…

The State We’re In

3 November 2009 11:42

Deficits aren’t necessarily the end of the world but they’re not your best chum either. This chart, pinched from Burning…

School’s Out: The Swedish Model is Not the Only One.

5 October 2009 16:22

Like other sensible people I’m encouraged by the Tories plans for education in England. The Swedish system of Free Schools…