Copy cats

It seems common sense that people are more likely to obey rules or laws if they understand and agree with the reasons behind them. Perhaps this explains why many, otherwise law abiding citizens, appear to have no qualms about downloading copyrighted material. The recent amendment to New Zealand’s copyright law is problematic at best, and at worst a perversion of natural justice. When considering a legal framework, the rights of artists and producers need to be balanced against the enjoyment consumers lose when copyrighted material is priced prohibitively.

History in the making

Most of us can recall what we were doing when major eventsoccurred like when the twin towers came down, when Princess Diana died orduring the stock market crash of 1987.  The global financial crisis of 2007/08 isfast shaping up to be one of the defining periods in world history.  But theenormity of what is happening on world markets can be hard for New Zealandersto comprehend.   Twelve figure sums are being thrown around by governments and massivecompanies are going bankrupt.  As we deal with our current economic challenges,the deteriorating world economy has New Zealanders wondering what else may bein store.

Time to value hard work again

National’s plans for the Domestic Purposes Benefit (DPB) have drawn a predictable response from the far left, while others have hailed the changes as well overdue. The DBP has always run a fine line between making solo-mum an attractive career choice and providing reasonable assistance to those in genuine need. More workers mean more money to go around and working towards financial independence can be very empowering for a person. Although most people do see handouts as a temporary last resort, we need to avoid having a welfare system that encourages dependence.