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On the economy and tax cut bribes

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, December 18th, 2014 - 9 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

National are not responsible for the eventual recovery, they are responsible for delaying it.

Terrorist attack in Pakistan

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, December 17th, 2014 - 192 comments

condolences

Condolences feel pretty meaningless in cases like this, but they are all that one can offer.

Surplus sunk

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 73 comments

wave goodbye billboard surplus

The Nats are going to miss the only target they ever cared about hitting – the mythical surplus. Seven wasted years and counting…

Another failure at Lima

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, December 14th, 2014 - 70 comments

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While I have come to expect nothing from the annual climate change talks, this years’ failure is particularly galling because of the active role that NZ played in it.

Christmas at the extremes

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, December 13th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Two New Zealands will shortly celebrate Christmas, the poor and the rich. Here’s a crazy thought…

Rushing in to Freed?

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, December 13th, 2014 - 28 comments

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Herald journo John Drinnan seems all excited about Freed. That’s the dirty politics model that you’re celebrating John. You really want journalists to become pawns to paid attack politics? WTF?

None so blind

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, December 12th, 2014 - 181 comments

inequality-nz

Message to today’s anonymous Herald editorialist – competition doesn’t close the inequality gap, it widens it. In other news, black is black not white, and water is wet. How can you write such drivel?

Denying the truth no way to run a country

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 15 comments

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Right-wingers recently got all hot and bothered about the idea of “recall elections”. Perhaps we do need them, not for the scandal of a Mayor having a bathroom, but for governments that systematically and cynically deny the truth, to the detriment of us all.

Climate change is too important to lie about

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, December 8th, 2014 - 149 comments

head in the sand

First instinct, lie. When caught, trivialise and try to deny the science. When pushed, argue that we have to wait for others. When cornered, plead that it’s all about the economy, and promise to act later. Groser is as bad as Key.

NZ Media and blogs vs blogs

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, December 6th, 2014 - 42 comments

Media

Snippets from a detailed and interesting report on the ownership of NZ media, media trends and issues, and the role of blogs post dirty politics. One major quibble – not all blogs are created equal, no more than all TV is game shows, than all radio is talkback, or than all websites are porn.

Police neutrality

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, December 5th, 2014 - 113 comments

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If anyone thought that David Parker was content to fade quietly into obscurity, they been proven thoroughly wrong. Parker has confronted one of politics’ sacred cows – police neutrality.

Brownlee catches Key’s thirdtermitis

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, December 4th, 2014 - 34 comments

Sometimes it just gets too much

What could possibly have Gerry behaving so erratically?

Nothing to hide nothing to fear?

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, December 3rd, 2014 - 93 comments

shushing key

I guess we can conclude that Key has something to hide, otherwise what could he possibly have to fear?

Exploited workers need union protection

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, December 1st, 2014 - 30 comments

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Another example of a bad employer unfairly docking a worker’s pay. But this worker was a union member…

Too much noise

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 1st, 2014 - 36 comments

Key Liar

The next time Key repeats the lie that there was “too much noise”, I suggest that the interviewer play the audio of the event to the audience, and let them hear for themselves.

Armstrong still pulling his punches

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, November 29th, 2014 - 41 comments

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What does it take for Armstrong to call for Key’s resignation, the way he called for Cunliffe’s?

Impeach John Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, November 29th, 2014 - 142 comments

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The honour system is broken, exposing the flaws of our political model.

Two lies in 20 seconds

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, November 28th, 2014 - 48 comments

Stop Digging square

Contrary to Key’s claim he was directly asked about the Inspector General’s (Gwyn) inquiry. Contrary to Key’s claim the questions were asked in perfect silence. Updated with video

Key’s repeated reflexive lies (and giving back double)

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 am, November 27th, 2014 - 158 comments

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It is now clear that Key lies repeatedly and reflexively. It is all catching up with him. From the confusion of emails and texts that emerged last night it also looks like the Collins / Slater faction is back, and giving back double.

John Key vs the truth

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, November 26th, 2014 - 99 comments

dirty6

Trying to dodge the fallout from the Gwyn report Key simply lies and refuses to accept the facts. He can’t get away with it. Can he?

Chisholm enquiry whitewash

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 7 comments

emerson on collins enquiry

Just as almost everyone predicted, the enquiry into Collins (dumped today to confuse coverage of the Gwyn enquiry) delivered a nice big bucket of whitewash.

Gwyn Report to confirm dirty politics

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, November 24th, 2014 - 201 comments

dirty11

What did Key know and when did he know it?

National identity

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, November 24th, 2014 - 49 comments

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A recent report from the Waitangi Tribunal questions the “constitutional” foundation of NZ and challenges the received wisdom of our history.

Tip of the iceberg

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, November 23rd, 2014 - 99 comments

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Looks like exploiting petrol station workers by docking their pay for circumstances beyond their control was just the tip of the iceberg of this kind of behaviour.

Who needs $4.8 billion anyway

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, November 21st, 2014 - 106 comments

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Yesterday a report from the NZ Super Fund (the Cullen fund) provided further evidence of National’s economic “genius”. We could have used the $4.8 billion that they just chucked away.

One law for the rich

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, November 20th, 2014 - 77 comments

rich-man-poor-man-thumb

And, as ever, one for the poor.

Andrew Little should…

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 20th, 2014 - 217 comments

Andrew Little

All the usual suspects are lining up to give advice to new Labor leader Andrew Little. Why shouldn’t we have a go?

Labour and the unions

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, November 19th, 2014 - 109 comments

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In which I ponder my 2c on the leadership race, and the path ahead for Labour and the unions…

John Key and the Fart Tax

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, November 17th, 2014 - 35 comments

Momentum is building for action on climate change – but Key reckons it’s all just too hard for little old NZ. If only the Nats hadn’t killed of funding for research into the reduction of agricultural emissions…

Nats’ economic genius at work in the property market

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 14th, 2014 - 44 comments

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On Monday Bill English reckoned that pressures in the property market were “easing”. Yesterday’s headline “Spring house price surge in October”…

Nats’ climate negligence

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 13th, 2014 - 37 comments

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Yesterday was a big day for climate news, highlighting yet again the irresponsible negligence of this National government.

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