Dedicated to the word – I write prose and poetry, have strong views on how the world “should” work, creator of ‘The Why Series’ – translate (from Norwegian to English and vice versa), read lots, travel a bit.

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The problem with Trump

The Naked President

The problem with Trump is not Donald Trump. The really scary part is that nobody is standing up to him.

Three Pillars of Democracy

The Three Pillars of Democracy are Shaking!

Democracy is a system of government designed to protect and uphold the rights of the people. And to protect the people from government. In that sense, the case of the ‘Canberra Two’ is both scary and illuminating.

democracy broken turkey

We need to talk (about) Turkey

Democracy is under threat. From Vienna to Washington, Caracas to Istanbul, men with scant regard for the institutions that uphold democracy have been elected, threatening civic freedoms not just in their own countries, but setting dangerous precedents for others to follow. Could it happen here?

Why Democracy is Broken

Why Democracy is Broken – A Blueprint for Change

The first book in The Why Series is out now! A democracy upgrade is long overdue. My book outlines a clear and concise plan for how to modernise our democracy, and restore our collective faith in those chosen to govern our future.

Political Donations is a Scourge on our Democracy

Despite the many rules in place to regulate it, political donations remain a scourge on our democracy. The ill conceived ‘Funding and Disclosure’ bill is stalled in the Senate. What we need are simple regulations or maybe even banning political donations altogether.

the longevity vacuum

The Longevity Vacuum

Short term thinking has taken hold of our society at all levels – our political leaders rarely see beyond the next poll or the next election, and in many ways they are responding to a populace that is equally sucked into the demands of the moment – resulting in ‘the longevity vacuum’ – putting us all at the mercy of an unplanned future.

It’s not that hard!

Whether we like it or not, we are all highly dependent on technology. As a self-confessed technology nerd, I regularly get asked by friends to help with the little challenges that the use of technology in our daily lives throw at us. And I generally don’t mind, although a recent gentle admonition by my girlfriend – “do you think everyone should know as much about technology as you do?” – reminded me that I may not always be the most patient “support person” around.

It’s all about respect!

The debate on Cultural Appropriation needs to be put into perspective, and the hoary old chestnut of Political Correctness derails proper debate – it is all about respect!

Blog Posts

The Naked President

The Naked President

The problem with Trump is not Donald Trump. The really scary part is that nobody is standing up to him.

read more
The Three Pillars of Democracy are Shaking!

The Three Pillars of Democracy are Shaking!

Democracy is a system of government designed to protect and uphold the rights of the people. And to protect the people from government. In that sense, the case of the ‘Canberra Two’ is both scary and illuminating.

read more
We need to talk (about) Turkey

We need to talk (about) Turkey

Democracy is under threat. From Vienna to Washington, Caracas to Istanbul, men with scant regard for the institutions that uphold democracy have been elected, threatening civic freedoms not just in their own countries, but setting dangerous precedents for others to follow. Could it happen here?

read more
Political Donations is a Scourge on our Democracy

Political Donations is a Scourge on our Democracy

Despite the many rules in place to regulate it, political donations remain a scourge on our democracy. The ill conceived ‘Funding and Disclosure’ bill is stalled in the Senate. What we need are simple regulations or maybe even banning political donations altogether.

read more
The Longevity Vacuum

The Longevity Vacuum

Short term thinking has taken hold of our society at all levels – our political leaders rarely see beyond the next poll or the next election, and in many ways they are responding to a populace that is equally sucked into the demands of the moment – resulting in ‘the longevity vacuum’ – putting us all at the mercy of an unplanned future.

read more
It’s not that hard!

It’s not that hard!

Whether we like it or not, we are all highly dependent on technology. As a self-confessed technology nerd, I regularly get asked by friends to help with the little challenges that the use of technology in our daily lives throw at us. And I generally don’t mind, although a recent gentle admonition by my girlfriend – “do you think everyone should know as much about technology as you do?” – reminded me that I may not always be the most patient “support person” around.

read more
It’s all about respect!

It’s all about respect!

The debate on Cultural Appropriation needs to be put into perspective, and the hoary old chestnut of Political Correctness derails proper debate – it is all about respect!

read more
Why I’ve changed my mind…

Why I’ve changed my mind…

Growing up in a privileged environment, in a small country that owed a great debt of gratitude to America, I held values and ideals consistent with my background and the times. Today I see the world quite differently.

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Political Donations Must End!

Political Donations Must End!

Political donations are a scourge on democracy. No business, corporation, organisation or individual gives without the expectation or hope of an outcome, and it fundamentally undermines the democratic decision making process. Banning all donations to political candidates, representatives and political parties is the simple solution.

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Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Arms

If we are to ever eradicate war from the human existence, we must first stop celebrating it and start seeing warfare for what it is – the ultimate folly of man. For the sake of our children and to truly honour those who sacrificed their lives, let Armistice Day become the Day of Disarmament.

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