The Guardian Political Review

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Published by NZ Democrats for Social Credit
Editor: Tony Cardy

The Guardian Political Review

New Zealand's foremost political magazine, specialising in the monetary reform question. It has a world-wide distribution and contains articles from experts in taxation, water purification, health, housing affordability, international energy situations and other current issues not prominently featured elsewhere. We hope you find our archive informative and thought provoking.

The Society of Friends
When preparing the obituaries for this issue I was struck by the lifetime commitment of Margaret Hook, Charles Sitwell and Les Hunter to the ideals in which they believed. Their efforts must not be wasted.

Colin Weatherall's comments are most appropriate: "The Election is over and although numbers for us were not encouraging the worse thing we can do is to pack up and go away, as I can see that our solutions are going to be needed - sooner rather than later."

DSC leader Stephnie de Ruyter says "this presents the DSC with a sizeable, but not insurmountable, challenge. And we'll be working hard to stand taller, speak more passionately, and make better sense than our political opponents to make sure New Zealanders know who we are and what we stand for"

Deputy leader John Pemberton agrees: "How many general elections must go by before people rise up and say 'Enough is enough - we will no longer accept the weasel words, the excuses, the blame, the bribes of the status quo politicians - and we will no longer accept that there is no alternative'".

Margaret Hook, Charles Sitwell, Les Hunter and all those caring people who have gone before and are still with us are linked through a desire for common good - a sense of purpose - a camaraderie.

The Quakers have a name for it: "The Society of Friends"
A sparkling occasion
This is our Diamond Anniversary issue - No.60 in its present format.

Twenty-three years ago, the Party’s Guardian publication was changed from a newspaper-style broadsheet into the more compact A4 size Guardian Bulletin. This was at the instigation of Don Bethune, who edited the first issue in February 1988. In November 1988 the editorial baton was passed to the current editor. Five years later, the Bulletin suffix was dropped and in 2004 its changing style was reflected by the use of the present name.

The Guardian Political Review covers a wide spectrum of political material from New Zealand and overseas. In this issue we highlight the problems in Christchurch – and the solutions. Katherine Ransom shows how “Christchurch can be rebuilt without impoverishing the rest of us.”

Overseas, US President Barack Obama expresses concern about the level of US debt and declares: “doing nothing is not an option”.

Meanwhile, New Zealand continues to borrow and hope, and there are “clearly vast gaps in Prime Minister John Key’s experience” to deal with the situation.

John Pemberton hits the nail on the head: “Tried and tired Budgets such as Bill English presented shore up a global financial system that is no longer sustainable.”

But there is good news. DSC leader Stephnie de Ruyter calls for a programme of new economics that would benefit everyone. “The debt crisis will be averted, we will be free to determine our own destiny, and our nation’s sovereignty will be secured.”
A whole lotta shakin’
Jerry Lee Lewis‘ rocking number is appropriate for the Christchurch 2010 DSC Conference.
The Conference theme of ‘New Economics’ calls for a ‘seismic shift’ away from failed financial ideology to a modern system. One that would yield a prosperous, secure future.
Stephnie de Ruyter said the solution is simple: “Democrats for social credit policies would revitalize the New Zealand economy whilst reducing debt, creating employment and
stimulating domestic industry”.

In this issue Heather Marion Smith draws attention to one aspect of DSC policy: the  Financial Transaction Tax – also known as ‘The Robin Hood Tax’ pointing out that “we social creditors have been aiming our arrows straight for nearly three decades”.

Colin Whitmill adds another metaphor: “People sinking in a sea of debt may look for a lifeboat which can rescue them. And the DSC would be that lifeboat.”

John Pemberton sums up: “We must be ready to show the way to a better future for New Zealand, for humanity and for the Earth.”
Far, far more.
It’s time to rethink the tax system. Not patch it, not tweak it – but change it. DSC has the way to start, with its FTT – a financial transactions tax, currently being promoted worldwide as the “Robin Hood Tax”.
According to Sunday Star-Times feature writer Finlay Macdonald: “The idea of a tax on global financial transactions, despite appearing almost too good to be true, really is hard to fault”. The adoption of DSC financial policies would yield many benefits, starting with abolishing GST – not raising it!

But, as experienced contributor Colin Whitmill points out: “There is far, far more to the DSC than monetary reform”. There are 34 distinct areas of policy. In this issue we cover but a few: health, forestry, seniors, electoral reform, environment, compulsory medication, and binding referenda. However, financial reform is the key to the successful implementation of many areas of policy. In the words of DSC leader Stephnie de Ruyter: “New Zealand needs a new economic system which meets the needs of a modern, 21st century New Zealand. The Democrats for Social Credit Party offers a wide-ranging policy platform underpinned by a programme of social credit monetary reform which presents a viable alternative to the present debt-based system”.
The future beckons.
“In this dynamic creation, our beautiful blue/green planet of gift and ceaseless creativity, there are no orthodoxies; differences of approach are to be embraced and encouraged. May bright ideas and persistent commitment affect all the deliberations.” (p24) This greeting from Rev Canon Peter Challen set the scene for the recent DSC Conference. Vice president Katherine Ransom reports: “Delegates worked hard at deliberation, discussion and decision-making, accepting the challenge of looking forward.” (p4) In the words of Party president Neville Aitchison: “We are engaged in a struggle that can free the world of senseless debt. These are extraordinary times, and we face an extraordinary challenge.”(p5) Deputy leader John Pemberton agrees: “The whole world is heavily burdened with compounding debt,causing poverty, famine and continuous war. We are the guardians of a truth so profound it is not an option to back down under threat or ridicule.” The next step “is for us to share our vision with coming generations. The future beckons.”(p6)

The world is experiencing a period of deep social, environmental and economic change, says leader Stephnie de Ruyter: “This is an exciting time of transition during which the structural flaws inherent in
our century-old industrial society have become blatantly apparent.” It is a time that offers the opportunity to “lead the way towards the establishment of a vibrant, diverse, dynamic, robustly democratic society.”(p3)

The future beckons.