Tony Burton

Tony Burton is a former deputy chief economic adviser at Treasury.

Politics
Oct 15, 2019

How to spend a surplus: The opportunities, and pitfalls, of fiscal stimulus

A monument to Winston Peters and Think Big projects would both boost the economy, but Argentina learned the hard way they can also impoverish a nation, writes Tony Burton.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2019

Boris Johnson's historic Supreme Court defeat, explained

In the face of the disaster zone that is UK politics New Zealanders can feel superior that our democracy works heaps better than theirs.

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Politics
Sep 3, 2019

What is Boris Johnson? An evolutionary biologist had the perfect term

The prime minister of Britain neatly fits the description of a ‘sneaky fucker’

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Politics
Aug 28, 2019

Our unemployment statistics are ignoring those most in need of help

When is being unemployed not unemployed? A true measure would show more teens are without jobs than people who have supposedly 'retired', writes Tony Burton.

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Politics
Aug 15, 2019

The census cock-up is no outlier. Stats NZ has become a lumbering brontosaurus

The review of the 2018 census backs up his experience that Statistics New Zealand is a monster with a small but distant brain, writes Tony Burton.

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Politics
Jul 1, 2019

Crocodile in the river: How public servants avoid being eaten by the OIA

Random attacks are only a moment's inattention away so government officials learn to watch their step when committing anything to the written record, writes Tony Burton.

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Business
Jun 20, 2019

How bosses’ obsession with vapid slogans borked the public sector

Public service chief executives are now more interested in making their mark than providing government ministers with decent advice – and it's having disastrous consequences.

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