So congratulations on this progressive step – perhaps you could tell me when New Zealand’s own history will be an everyday part of the curriculum with the necessary resources made available in schools.Read more
The reason for this letter is to suggest that the time has come for the sixteen countries that recognise you as head of state become republics. After you were lied to by your Prime Minister last year and the subsequent election returned the same Prime Minister to power, I felt – along with many others – that it was time for all Commonwealth countries to become truly independent nations. This position does not reflect on you or the consistently hard work you have undertaken throughout your life. Rather it reflects on the current values and principles displayed by your UK government.Read more
I didn’t think I’d be writing to you again so soon but as the sky overhead turned a bloody orange, the sun was obliterated and the birds silenced I felt another letter was necessary.
Governments worldwide have been pussy-footing around environmental issues for decades – and look where we are. Parts of Australia have run out of water and, unless we see rapid and dramatic change, the continent will be faced with an internal migration of climate refugees that has never been seen before.
A few decades ago, when the political adviser was a mewling new-born concept, chaos reigned in council buildings up and down the country as the ‘spads’ (special political advisers) locked horns with non-political people employed to do a fair and balanced job in accordance with the law. The tussle across the political-operational line has continued through the years – until today of course. You have managed, perhaps by some Faustian pact, to win the joust.Read more
True leaders do not flagrantly abuse their power, threaten to commit war crimes or have a complete disregard for human life. All wars come at great cost. In commencing this war of distraction – apparently initiated for your own gain – you have endangered the lives of millions.Read more
From the sidelines, it appears you urgently need some lessons in leadership and I am writing to suggest actions, that, as a leader, it is best to avoid. First, the matter of your holiday. Don’t leave the the country you lead during a major disaster. It is neither sensible nor appropriate. As a national leader your job is to put your country and the people of your country first.Read more
Speaking up can change things so this year I’ll be adding my small voice, sharing with you the letters I write to people in leadership positions. People who have the power to create change and improve people’s circumstances – if they so choose. I do this in the hope you’ll add your voice – write, question, ask, demand – and speak up. Many small voices together make a loud noise and the more voices we can muster, the greater the chance of change.Read more