The unstoppable march of China continues, according to Insider.com (and in turn according to Chinese scientists). China’s latest satellite can take pictures at a resolution which eludes US satellites.
Subtext: start learning Mandarin – now!
But you might be better employed seeking out stuff like the latest from George Magnus, a quirky former financier, writing in the Guardian – no less.
Continue reading “China’s rise – delayed again”
Finance Minister Grant Robertson went on the offensive this week to counter the gloom engendered by political opponents and business leaders about the state of the New Zealand economy.
He cantered through a field of positive statistics to show everything is hunky-dory—- well, almost everything.
Yes, there are some problems over low levels of productivity, the challenges of digital change, and mixed signals over future tax and workplace legislation.
But Robertson in his speech in Auckland accents the positive : Continue reading “Finance Minister is gushing but some economists are less bullish”
The global impact of the birth of the Prime Minister’s baby at Auckland Hospital cannot be over-estimated. It has won headlines around he world, all for the right reasons, for NZ. Congratulations poured in from many world leaders.
There was great rejoicing at Point of Order, too. We extend our heartiest congratulations.
The symbolism was what counted for many of those reporting the event. For example, a report from Lucy Hawkins, the BBC correspondent in Moscow who is moderating reports of the World Cup, was headlined “the baby a nation was waiting for.”
She saw it as a message for girls around the world:
“You can aspire to be a leader of the country and at the same time have a family”
The combination of motherhood and prime minister has only once before been recorded, when Benazir Bhutto led Pakistan. Continue reading “We welcome the PM into motherhood, too (but oops – did our GDP per capita just shrink a tad?)”