Hilary Long: GDP is no match for happiness
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at New Zealand’s move away from economic growth to a “wellbeing budget”, and how Scotland could tackle its deep-seated social and economic problems and become a happier society by doing the same
I LISTENED with interest to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, speaking about her national budget and how spending will be dictated by what best encourages “the wellbeing of citizens” rather than based on productivity and economic growth.
Smina Akhtar: The diary of a Scottish Muslim Woman after the Christchurch Massacre
Smina Akhtar, Phd student at the University of Glasgow and anti-racist campaigner, gives her thoughts in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre of 49 people in a mosque in New Zealand
Friday 15 March, 9.12pm
SNP would be wrong to adopt 'Antipodean Thatcherism' for indy Scotland, warns Kiwi MP
A New Zealand MP has said it would be a mistake for an independendent Scotland to repeat the economic mistakes of New Zealand, but said Scotland’s size would not stop its success post-independence
KIWI MP Gareth Hughes has warned Scots against following the economic path forged by New Zealand, after the SNP’s Growth Commission highlighted the countries reforms in its final report, which it claimed put its economy on a “stronger footing”.
Steve Daley: If an indy Scotland wants to emulate another small, successful country - look to Uruguay
Steve Daley, an activist in the SNP, argues that if an independent Scotland is to use other countries as a template, it could look to the small Latin American country Uruguay as an example of a nation that punches above its weight
SINCE the suggestion that the SNP growth commission is looking to template an independent Scotland on New Zealand, there has been a debate online by SNP members and the wider Yes movement on what country Scotland should emulate if it needs to emulate another country at all.
Robin McAlpine: 'Your bloody GDP, not ours' - why the Growth Commission might not change minds
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that if the SNP’s Growth Commission on the economics of an independent Scotland plums for a New Zealand high-growth model, they will have a tough job selling it to the public
IN THE wake of the first news from the Growth Commission (that New Zealand is the new nirvana) there seems to be an expectation that this is going to be some kind of battle with Common Weal. I don't want to encourage that kind of thinking if it can be avoided.
Analysis: New Zealand – the “billionaire bolthole” primed for a crash
With steady growth and a low public debt, the New Zealand model is alluring – but it doesn’t take much digging to find demons, Ben Wray finds
THE New Yorker ran a fascinating piece last year on how the world’s billionaires are dealing with their paranoia about an apocalyptic change (a revolution; environmental catastrophe; a pandemic - just something cataclysmic). To prepare for the worst, they took out “apocalypse insurance” – land in New Zealand.