“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”. Clapping is a common gesture across all cultures – even babies clap. There is nothing scary about clapping, is there? Read more
Toby Fitzsimmons is a Research Intern at The New Zealand Initiative. He is currently between his second and third year as an undergraduate student studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Durham in the UK.
Toby has experience of think tank work, having completed educational programmes at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.
Phone: +64 4 499 0790
“In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve,” said the 19th century French philosopher Joseph de Maistre. Read more
“Look in the mirror long enough and monsters will come out of it,” says an old wives’ tale. Read more
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times” – Mark Twain Read more
“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes,” said Douglas Adams of the Silastic Armourfiends of Striterax in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.The aliens believed they could control their anger by punching potatoes. Alas, once they started doing that, it did not take long for them to get bored and shoot people instead. Our government on earth seems to be taking policy advice from the Armourfiends, pursuing a potato obsession without care... Read more
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the quintessential English conservative. The so-called ‘honourable member for the 18th century’ has a taste for double-breasted jackets and vernacular pedantry. Read more