Martin van Beynen

Self-defeating terror alerts

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OPINION: So what does a heightened terror threat really mean and what are we supposed to do about it?

Memorial needs a home

Christchurch cenotaph

OPINION: People have been arguing about where to put the Christchurch war memorial since before the design was finalised.

War memorial needs a home

Christchurch cenotaph

OPINION: So just where should the Christchurch war memorial go? | RSA names official

Polls apart over election

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OPINION: I think up to 20 per cent of people went into the ballot box not completely decided.

Bloody-mindedness a key factor


OPINION: I am proud to count Scottish nationalism as one of the great international movements I have influenced in a small way.

We deserve answers on surveillance

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OPINION: Have we been misled by our leaders, namely Prime Minister John Key, about the scale of surveillance and, if we have, why?

Tax is not so bad

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OPINION: A government trying to run a surplus after huge borrowings should not offer tax cuts.

Fanatics much the same


OPINION: Islamic State fighters call to mind many totalitarian movements but none so much as the Communist Khmer Rouge.

Dead men don't count

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OPINION: In violent conflicts there's an acceptance that men will be killed and that's just life.

Book won't clean up politics

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OPINION: Dirty Politics has dominated the news for 10 days but interest is no doubt starting to wane.

Feminists must look to real issues

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OPINION: Feminisim is being given a bad name by those who take offence to every trivial, supposed slight against womenhood

Comfort too tempting to pass up

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OPINION: I would like to be rich but not too rich.

Plus ca change

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OPINION: Lessons learned from ECan CEO's $74,000 trip to a French business school.

The dummy who drove with jet lag

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OPINION: The view when I wake up is not good.

No more Football World Cup

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OPINION: Most top football players are cheats. And the World Cup is entirely predictable.

Welcome to the fat years


OPINION: Obesity is a contender for the worst of all self-inflicted problems in the world.

Don't judge by off-the-cuff comment

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OPINION: Aren't there more important things to get worked up about?

Football a force for unity

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OPINION: Wolfson College has unleashed the demons of football nationalism.

Lock them up before they offend

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OPINION: What does society do with a prisoner who has served their time but who is certain to commit another violent offence?

Unable to speak your mind any more

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OPINION: In these over-sensitive times, frank conversation might be more at risk than English pubs.

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