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TPP roundup

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, October 7th, 2015 - 104 comments


A roundup of the best analysis of and reaction to the TPP. The gains are minor and delayed, the losses are real. In NZ we don’t have any democratic input into ratification, but the US does, and the deal may fall there.

WINZ dysfunctional

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, October 5th, 2015 - 21 comments

work and income winz

I guess it’s not exactly news that WINZ is dysfunctional, but its interesting to have some actual data on one of the symptoms. Bonus feature – one of the Nats’ worst excuses ever.

Exxon knew

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, October 5th, 2015 - 23 comments


Exxon knew all about global warming and the “hockey stick” all the way back in 1981. Naturally the course of action they decided on was to lie and deny.

Speech to UN height of hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, October 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments


Key’s little lecture to the UN would have been delivered with a lot more moral authority if it wasn’t built on the heights of hypocrisy.

Stephenson beats his critics

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 2nd, 2015 - 27 comments

scales of justice_sq

Respected journalist Jon Stephenson has extracted an apology and payment from the NZ Defence Force for their attack on his work in 2011. He is owed an apology from John Key too…

Pandas WTF?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 1st, 2015 - 41 comments


Pandas – one lightweight piece of fluff too far?

Dunne: Our foreign policy lacks any commitment to human rights

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, September 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne doesn’t hold back in his assessment of the craven foreign policy – that is the creation of his government.

Commentary on research cuts

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 10 comments

shoot in foot

It’s not just lefties such as yours truly who think it’s mad to cut agricultural (especially emissions) research.

No particular reason

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, September 29th, 2015 - 28 comments

bowie life on mars

Goff: Collins planning her move

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, September 28th, 2015 - 74 comments


Goff: “Judith’s column this week is the opening shot in her campaign to succeed John Key as National’s leader.”

Nats and reproductive rights

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 208 comments


The Nats are obsessed with the reproductive rights of those they deem “unfit”. Once again they are floating the idea of compulsory controls.

Pope Francis speaks

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, September 26th, 2015 - 98 comments

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has given two important speeches recently.

AgResearch cuts include greenhouse gas research – of course

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 28 comments


Cutting research into greenhouse gases? With our emissions profile? Now? This can’t possibly be mere stupidity. This must be willful blindness.

Welcome returns

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, September 25th, 2015 - 7 comments

journalist stock image

Great to see two much needed voices back on line, Dita de Boni now writing for TVNZ, and John Campbell doing what he does best for RNZ. (Update with Andrea Vance’s more to TVNZ).

Government by Twitter

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 24th, 2015 - 66 comments


We have passed an interesting milestone in the evolution of NZ politics. Key’s poll-driven pandering has just been taken to the next level. Political / media dinosaurs will never be able to dismiss “The Twitterati” again.

Flagging a dead horse

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, September 23rd, 2015 - 212 comments


Gareth Morgan pulls no punches on the flag fiasco, and a breaking story on the Greens’ move to add Red Peak.

Folding on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 23rd, 2015 - 39 comments


As last ditch efforts to pass the TPP continue, Key is softening us up to sign a bad deal. Coincidentally, two articles yesterday highlight the risks to NZ.

Is this what Key meant by investing in research?

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 22nd, 2015 - 32 comments


Yesterday Key listed, among the “achievements” of his government for this term: “investing in … research and development”. Was this an example of what he had in mind?

The flag poll

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, September 21st, 2015 - 88 comments


OK I confess I’m only writing this post because the chance to use that title tickled my fancy. But anyway – almost 70% of us oppose changing the flag.

Fact checking Key on government performance

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 21st, 2015 - 22 comments


A year after the last election John Key lists his government’s achievements. It’s a pretty desperate effort.

Briefing Papers (AUT)

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, September 20th, 2015 - 5 comments


As our media becomes increasingly shallow, you might be looking for some solid content reading on a quiet Sunday. Check out Briefing Papers from AUT.

Economic doldrums

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, September 19th, 2015 - 16 comments


Two pieces this week on how National’s mismanagement of the economy has left us in the doldrums.

The Roy Morgan roundabout

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, September 19th, 2015 - 17 comments

merry go round

The “Roy Morgan roundabout” poll has swung round to the left again, with National at 44.5% (down 6), Labour 31% (up 4) and Greens 15% (up 4).

More Herald journalists sacked

Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, September 18th, 2015 - 67 comments


Very bad news for all those losing their jobs, commiserations to you. It’s a pretty heartless economy out there, and pretty soon there won’t be anyone left to comment on it. Consumers of celebrity gossip will still have it good though, so I guess that’s something.

Nat insider condemns flag jack-up

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, September 18th, 2015 - 75 comments


Grant McLachlan (a former Parliamentary researcher and a Nat campaign director) calls National’s flag process “a jack up”, and says “Everything the National Party has done around the flag debate is dodgy”.

Paid parental leave bill progresses – towards veto

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 17th, 2015 - 30 comments

Sue Moroney paid parental leave

Last night in Parliament Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks passed its first reading by one vote, with only National and ACT opposed.

Corbyn rides a commie bike!

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 16th, 2015 - 100 comments


The subtle and not so subtle demonisation of Jeremy Corbyn by England’s establishment media is going to be something to behold.

Hot hotter hottest

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, September 15th, 2015 - 102 comments


Plenty of distractions in the political circus at the moment, but meanwhile

UK – Cameron loses his shit, new members flood to Labour

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, September 14th, 2015 - 183 comments

Cameron hysterical tweet

Stuff piece on Red Peak

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, September 13th, 2015 - 23 comments


Refugee crisis a taste of things to come

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, September 12th, 2015 - 74 comments


The current refugee crisis is but a taste of the climate refugee crisis to come. But it according to Key it’s fine, because it won’t be a problem in the next year or two.

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