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Giving away the shop for nothing

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Date published: 9:29 am, July 29th, 2015 - 48 comments
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We are giving away the shop and we don’t know what if anything we will get in terms of dairy access yet. Our negotiators have signaled that they are weak. And even if we get what we want it is probably worth bugger all anyway.

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Breathless children

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Date published: 12:39 pm, July 29th, 2015 - No comments

tim groser and john key

Tim Groser has some advice for us on the TPP – “We need adults to do this, not breathless children to run off at the mouth when the deal is not actually finished.”

Jumped tripped or fell

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Date published: 11:36 am, July 29th, 2015 - 4 comments

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Kia kaha New Zealand First

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Date published: 9:28 am, July 29th, 2015 - 51 comments

Winston Peters h-s-square

Winston Peters was thrown out of Parliament yesterday and New Zealand First MPs walked out in sympathy for raising points of order following a personal explanation from Anne Tolley where she corrected an answer to a parliamentary question that was clearly wrong.

Open mike 29/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 29th, 2015 - 66 comments

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Daily Review 28/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, July 28th, 2015 - 26 comments

John Key Deep dreaming

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The great Chinese sharemarket selldown

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Date published: 11:48 am, July 28th, 2015 - 70 comments

China share market crash

The Chinese Stock market sell off has started again a couple of weeks after rather desperate measure were put in place.  The question has to be what will the Government do now?

What will National give away?

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Date published: 9:14 am, July 28th, 2015 - 108 comments

Labour-tpp

Labour has set out its bottom lines for supporting the TPP. My question to National and its supporters – which of Labour’s bottom lines are you prepared to give away, and why?

Update: We can cross off point 1, Key sells out Pharmac.

Internal polling apparently good

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Date published: 6:57 am, July 28th, 2015 - 231 comments

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It’s not a good idea in general to comment on internal polling. But since they were discussed on other blogs yesterday – Labour’s current numbers are looking good.

Open mike 28/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 28th, 2015 - 143 comments

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Daily Review 27/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 45 comments

National clowns key parata smith english brownlee

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Oram on the regions

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Date published: 4:17 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 15 comments

Rod-Oram

Rod Oram looks at the way the regions are stifled in his Sunday Star Times piece.

20 years of preferred PM

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Date published: 12:12 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 68 comments

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Then they came for the Health Boards

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Date published: 8:26 am, July 27th, 2015 - 79 comments

jonathan coleman

It appears that the Government has a radical proposal to undermine democratic participation in our Health Boards.  Although the Minister claims not to know about it.

National’s lightweight conference

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Date published: 6:30 am, July 27th, 2015 - 25 comments

H&S protest 291 crosses

National had a conference in the weekend. They used it to re-announce some Labour policy, but otherwise if you noticed it was probably because of the protest outside.

Open mike 27/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 27th, 2015 - 153 comments

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Voters want foreign buyer ban – but LAB doesn’t benefit

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Date published: 7:09 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 116 comments

TV3NZ Twitter house of cards

Most Kiwis back a ban on foreign property buyers but this hasn’t translated into a boost for Labour. Critically, Key’s popularity drops under 40%.

3News Poll: National Lose Lead

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Date published: 6:55 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 109 comments

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The latest 3News/Reid Research poll continues the trend of bad results for National. On these numbers, National are knackered. And, surprise, surprise, Kiwis don’t want non-residents buying up our houses.  Not a great way to finish a conference weekend, is it?

291 workers dead since Pike River: where’s the law we were promised?

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Date published: 12:02 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 45 comments

H&S protest 291 crosses

National Party delegates were greeted at their conference today by a sea of crosses representing the 291 workers who have died on the job since the Pike River disaster.

National’s week from hell

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Date published: 8:30 am, July 26th, 2015 - 43 comments

brighter future national

This was the week from hell for National when they experienced the Serco fiasco, news that they responded to a suggestion they close a failing Charter School by giving it more money, the Judicial spanking of their undermining of the Problem Gambling Foundation and the ruling that their legislation removing the rights of some prisoners to vote was a breach of the country’s human rights.

Paula Bennett feeds raw meat to the base about Social Housing waiting lists

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Date published: 8:00 am, July 26th, 2015 - 65 comments

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Paula Bennett wants us to believe that people on Housing Corporation’s waiting lists are choosy.

Open mike 26/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 26th, 2015 - 143 comments

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It’s not just Serco, it’s state operated prisons

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Date published: 12:14 pm, July 25th, 2015 - 72 comments

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Recent focus has been on the tragedy and incompetence of a Serco run private prison. But problems extend further than that, into the entire way NZ views its prison system. We need fundamental penal reform.

Admitting failure on private prisons

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Date published: 8:45 am, July 25th, 2015 - 31 comments

private prison

The Nats have been forced to call in the good old-fashioned state to clear up Serco’s mess.

National’s law ruled a violation of human rights

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Date published: 7:48 am, July 25th, 2015 - 16 comments

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The High Court has ruled that a law passed by National in 2010 is a violation of the Bill of Rights Act. This is a first for NZ, and another “proud” item to add to National’s legacy.

Open mike 25/07/2015

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Daily Review 24/07/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 17 comments

Greedy selfish fools destroy planet

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Weekend social 24/07/2015

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Date published: 3:02 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Health and Safety

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Date published: 2:20 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 2 comments

pike river fire

The CTU’s excellent campaign to get a stronger version of National’s post-Pike River Health and Safety law has produced this excellent video, and you can sign to support Iain Lees-Galloway’s amendments to improve the bill.

Failing Charter School punished by increase in funding

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Date published: 1:33 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 31 comments

hekia parata and john key

The Friday afternoon bad news dump is on with news that Education Minister was recommended to close a poorly performing charter school.  She has elected not to do so and to instead give the school extra money.

WMBAD: The Auckland Housing Bubble

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Date published: 11:48 am, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

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The White Man Behind A Desk is back, with equal opportunity satire and a special message to rich people.

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