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Border Force fiasco – how would NZ respond?

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 29th, 2015 - 10 comments

human rights

Yesterday Melbourne stood up for human rights. Would we in NZ have done the same?

Another farm death

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, August 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

health and safety crosses parliament

Last night the Nats passed their widely ridiculed health and safety legislation. This morning a Waikato farm worker died in a workplace accident. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Watkins on health and safety mess

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

Worm farm mini golf work safety

“John Key’s increasingly lacklustre defence of the shambles consists of answers that sound more like satire by the day.”

Nats losing it on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 71 comments

Angry John Key

National are trying to evade even the simplest questions on the TPP – because the truth is profoundly undemocratic. As usual Groser and Key turn to insults instead of engaging with people’s legitimate concerns.

Herald poll

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, August 26th, 2015 - 89 comments

dart-board-thumb

Another data point from the poll mill.

Those abused in state care deserve apology

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, August 25th, 2015 - 9 comments

anne tolley bling 2

The report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service highlights a shameful chapter in NZ history. What possible reason could there be for the government not to apologise directly to the victims?

Serco has yet more explaining to do

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, August 24th, 2015 - 10 comments

private prison

New allegations that at least one Serco prison guard was active involved in Mt Eden’s “fight club”. In some ways the public mess that Serco has made of Mt Eden has done us all a favour

National scared of farmers?

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, August 24th, 2015 - 41 comments

American-gothic-farmers

As the worm turns, the Nats are all over the place on health and safety. Andrew Little suggests that National is “terrified of the farming lobby”. Something sure has to explain the fact that they ended up fronting this crock.

Would the last journalist to leave The Herald please turn out the lights

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, August 23rd, 2015 - 30 comments

sinking-herald-square

The Herald is shedding journalists. Dita De Boni will be particularly missed.

Charter $chools

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, August 22nd, 2015 - 20 comments

money into pocket

Today’s Herald has an excellent piece on charter schools – School cash flows to owners’ pockets. What a surprise!

Zero integrity on zero hours

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, August 21st, 2015 - 4 comments

No to zero hour contracts

If you thought the Nats promising to sort out zero hours contracts was too good to be true — you were right.

Signs of a society under stress

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, August 21st, 2015 - 76 comments

homeless

The signs are all around us.

Gower and the 3 News ratings slump

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 20th, 2015 - 68 comments

patrick gower square

Seems like Hosking is not the only journalist attracting attention for his obvious pro-National bias.

Housing selloff – obsessive secrecy and power

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 19th, 2015 - 21 comments

shushing key

National’s selloff of our state houses is yet another example of its two main obsessions, secrecy and unaccountable power.

TPP and the Pharmac reality

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, August 18th, 2015 - 34 comments

medicine

Key glibly says that the government will meet increased costs for medicine under the TPPP, but the reality for Pharmac is that its budget is already squeezed. If the TPP goes ahead Key’s promise will quickly be “forgotten”.

MSD household incomes report

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, August 18th, 2015 - 7 comments

Poverty-in-NZ-300x224

While we devote acres of pixels to flag distractions and “celebrity” nonsense, the health of the nation goes largely unremarked. Was there any MSM coverage of the latest Ministry of Social Development report – Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2014?

Earth overshoot day

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, August 17th, 2015 - 22 comments

earth overshoot day 2015

August 13th was Earth Overshoot Day. We have already consumed what the Earth can sustainably produce in a year, for the rest of this year we are consuming “ecological capital”. This can’t go on. But it is a problem that our current political and economic systems cannot solve.

Labour is the party of economic competence

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, August 17th, 2015 - 146 comments

Burning Money natonomics2

The old myth that National are good managers of the economy should now be well dead and buried. For a recent case study see Robertson vs Joyce on dairy prices…

Obama’s climate initiative – too little too late

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, August 5th, 2015 - 48 comments

smoke stacks

Far too late in his presidency Obama is taking important action on climate change. But it isn’t enough, not nearly enough, as new research shows that we need to achieve “negative emissions” (i.e. carbon capture).

American oligarchy

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, August 5th, 2015 - 37 comments

american-oligarchy

Colin Craig is serious

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 4th, 2015 - 84 comments

Colin Craig Dirty Politics

Colin Craig is serious about suing Williams, Stringer and Slater. His pamphlet is appearing in letter boxes (as far south as Dunedin). He’s putting dirty politics back in the spotlight, reminding NZ what a sleazy and amoral government this is, and the tactics and tools to which it will stoop. Updated with the soap-opera latest developments.

Weekend reading for the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, August 3rd, 2015 - 14 comments

key-fail-thumb

There were some good opinion pieces published over the weekend. Not comfortable reading for the Nats.

Helen Clark in the news

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 2nd, 2015 - 20 comments

Helen Clark and John Key-1

A couple of good pieces on Helen Clark recently, on global challenges and on UN leadership.

Shut up and take your medicine

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 31st, 2015 - 26 comments

sucker

As commentators and dairy industry insiders warn of TPP disaster, the Nats’ message to we the people is shut up and take our medicine – oh and by the way the price just went up.

What’s a charter school gotta do?

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, July 30th, 2015 - 7 comments

money-toilet

What exactly does a charter school have to do in order to be held accountable?

We’re going to sign a rubbish deal

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, July 30th, 2015 - 105 comments

sucker

We’re not making progress on dairy in the TPP negotiations, but the smart money reckons we’re going to sign anyway.

Update: Read what a real journalist has to say on the current state of negotiations.

Giving away the shop for nothing

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 29th, 2015 - 144 comments

sucker

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.

What will National give away?

Written By: - 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

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, July 28th, 2015 - 233 comments

logo-labour-square

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.

National’s lightweight conference

Written By: - 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.

Admitting failure on private prisons

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, July 25th, 2015 - 32 comments

private prison

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

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