There is an alternative to Trump. It looks like this

Wolfgang Munchau is a favourite European political commentator.  You have to love a guy who ran the argument that Germany and Britain should team up to run the European Union.

Naturally you’d like to know his views on the new German governing coalition, which has just published its 178-page policy agreement.

The most interesting thing about the coalition is that it brings together the enviro-statist Green party with the right-liberal Free Democrats, who, as Munchau says can’t stand the sight of each other”.

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Covid-19 has helped Kiwi tech companies – but could they become our biggest export sector?

Technology  is  leading  NZ’s  economic  growth and  the  tech   sector could be on track   to  become the  country’s  biggest   export  industry, according  to some  familiar with the  breadth  of the industry here.

Not  surprisingly,  perhaps, Covid-19 travel restrictions levelled the playing field for Kiwi tech companies as companies around the world were forced to communicate online.

Authorities  within  the  sector  say  companies  in the   industry  have been growing faster than ever and profitability which grew three-fold between 2018 and 2019, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), is still  accelerating.

Again, Covid-19  has   been  a  factor,  particularly  for Fisher  and  Paykel  Healthcare,  whose  technology   has been  in  heavy demand.,  as a  result of  the  pandemic. Continue reading “Covid-19 has helped Kiwi tech companies – but could they become our biggest export sector?”

A week of turmoil, but like the Terminator, Boris and Brexit keep going

Boris Johnson’s opponents celebrated wildly the overturning of his prorogation gambit in the UK Supreme Court earlier this week.  Their exultation showed how much they crave a game-changer. But this doesn’t feel like it.

The government’s strategy is still on track. Continue reading “A week of turmoil, but like the Terminator, Boris and Brexit keep going”