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Abortion and the US Republican Party

Before I start, I should note I am unapologetically pro-choice. I’ve been pro-choice for as long as I can remember. I recall thinking women should be able to have an abortion, if they want one, when I was just eight year old (1972-73). (New Zealand’s Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Bill was making its way through parliament at the time. It was naturally controversial, and was in the... read more

To Impeach or Not to Impeach: That is the Question

Following the public release of the Mueller Report, I spent some time writing the second post, in what I thought would be a series, on that topic. However, everything I was writing was written about elsewhere. It’s easy enough to find all the information if you look. The real question is what to do about it. Now that we know what President Trump and others did, what next? In the case of Trump... read more

US Politics of Single-Payer Healthcare and Abortion

As regular readers know, I’ve written multiple posts over the years about why I think the US needs a single-payer healthcare system. The most recent was less than two months ago: ‘The Benefits of a Single-Payer Healthcare System’. As the only OECD country without such a system, the US is an outlier. In my opinion, there is a direct causal link between this and three other facts. The... read more

Is the Democratic Party Nicer Than Republican Party?

Over and over again the attitudes of the US Republican party shock me. I just don’t get how they can even propose some of their policies, let alone enact them. From the point of view of the majority of the First World, the Republican party is simply cruel. It doesn’t matter what area of policy we’re talking about; selfishness and greed seem to be the order of the day. Furthermore, this... read more

The Mueller Report: Part I

This won’t be my only post on the Mueller Report, so it will be a short one. However, there are a few things I think need to be said at this early stage. Firstly, that we are at an early stage. In relation to the report itself, the most important thing to say is this: it’s really important we remember that all we have now is a 3½ page summary by a partisan Attorney-General who got the job... read more

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