Sunday, April 26, 2009

Piratical OECD


A view of the OECD's call for mass privatization in New Zealand. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of April 20.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Intensive care ward


If the Chinese stop buying US Treasury bonds, you can bundle the skeleton into a coffin. (From today's edition of the Manawatu Standard.)

Next holiday in Fiji...or maybe in Foxton


This blog seems to have turned into a record of business/economy-related cartoons from the Manawatu Standard and Dominion Post. Maybe that's not a bad thing, as a cartoon often summarizes a situation far better than an article. I will, however, eventually get around to commenting again on the economic situation in New Zealand. All I will say at this juncture is that I have not yet been affected by the international crisis. Even my secondhand bookshop, Autumn Leaves, has been making some sales, after launguishing in the doldrums for a few months. Perhaps those who still have jobs (unlike the fellow above) are easing up a little, and thinking that, in the meantime, they may as well get on with life.

The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of April 16.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The party goes on


For some, the guzzling at the trough continues unabated. Meanwhile, the rest of us are told, when we timidly inquire about the likelihood of a pay rise: "You're lucky you have a job" (if, indeed, we do have a job).

"SOE heads," by the way, are the heads of state-owned enterprises.

(The above cartoon is from yesterday's edition of the Manawatu Standard in Palmerston North.)


Friday, April 10, 2009

G20 'rocket' a fizzer?


The above cartoon is from yesterday's edition of the Manawatu Standard, which brought the news that six science research positions at Massey University in Palmerston North are likely to be abolished.

"It is understood six horticulture, farm systems management and earth sciences academics will lose their jobs at the Institute of Natural Resources, a branch of the College of Science," the lead story on Page 1 by Michelle Duff says.