Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 11th, 2016 - 17 comments
Last week 95bFM tweeted some audio from a Key media session, which shows his “consultation” with Māori over the TPP to be a condescending sham.
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, February 10th, 2016 - 166 comments
A “$17 billion hole in the economy”. An estimated $18 billion lost because National stopped investing in the super fund. A record national debt. And we’re still talking about tax cuts? Lunacy!
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, February 9th, 2016 - 160 comments
The TPPA could bring us charter schools on steroids, and threaten policies like free tertiary education. In general its a way of locking in a permanent, international right-wing governance which can limit and constrain the kind of social policies that any future NZ left-wing government might want to enact.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, February 6th, 2016 - 54 comments
Boring stuff about boring old jobs and wages.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 4th, 2016 - 28 comments
When the UN is issuing warnings on the TPP, don’t you think it would be wise to listen?
Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 34 comments
Apart from being a symbolic fail of epic proportions, the “wrong colour flag” fiasco highlights the fact that the candidate flag isn’t even fit for purpose…
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 29 comments
Although there have been predictable howls of outrage from the usual suspects, the media reaction to Labour’s bold tertiary education policy has been generally great.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 1st, 2016 - 283 comments
Labour has rolled out another big bold policy that will shape the national discussion for years. Critics, most of whom received a free tertiary education themselves back in the day, want to deny a younger generation the same right (and pocket a tax cut instead). Enter Steven Joyce…
Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, January 29th, 2016 - 73 comments
Yesterday the Nats confirmed the closing of a failed Northland charter school. Turns out we’ll be paying an extra $400,000 for the first quarter of this year, even though the school will not open. Brilliant.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments
The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 28th, 2016 - 56 comments
Record debt, a higher than expected deficit and a credit rating downgrade on our economic outlook. All thanks to National’s genius economic management!
Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, January 28th, 2016 - 351 comments
The news that the TPP is likely to cost 5 to 6,000 jobs in NZ seems to have been the last straw.
Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, January 27th, 2016 - 190 comments
Voluntary euthanasia is very much in the news. We have until Feb 1st to make submissions on the Bill currently before Parliament. It’s a very emotive debate, but I think the case for euthanasia choice is clear.
Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 26th, 2016 - 85 comments
The Government has released a TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’. It should be read along with TPP Legal’s extensive analysis of the costs and risks.
Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, January 25th, 2016 - 20 comments
Trump has stated that he could shoot someone in public and still not lose any voters. He might not even be be wrong. We seem to be moving beyond an old fashioned “reality-based” politics of consequences and accountability.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2016 - 113 comments
Key’s “strident” defence of the TPP was booed at Ratana yesterday. With good reason, because his glib assurance that “Not a single part of TPP cuts across the Treaty of Waitangi” is yet another Key lie.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, January 23rd, 2016 - 52 comments
An article that appeared on December 26th in the Dom Post is much too important to be left languishing in the Christmas news vacuum. “We [NZ] have been the biggest abuser of fraudulent carbon credits. Someone should be answerable as an accessory to the fraud.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, January 22nd, 2016 - 138 comments
Education is a public good, but tertiary education in NZ has been undermined by high student fees and debt. So it’s very encouraging to see a proposal from Labour for reducing fees (and not ruling out free education!).
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 21st, 2016 - 164 comments
A piece yesterday foreshadows a report on poverty from right-wing lobby group “The New Zealand Initiative”. It’s (surprise!) another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty in NZ – and it’s another big distraction…
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 19th, 2016 - 155 comments
Ever widening inequality generates ever more astonishing statistics – suck up economics in action. The super-rich are laughing all the way to the bank.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, January 18th, 2016 - 113 comments
Data released to the Sunday Star-Times shows a huge decline in numbers of tertiary students, including declines in many key skills and fields. Various explanations are offered, only one of them makes sense…