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Pharmac underfunded and education cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 6th, 2016 - 14 comments

stop the cuts

It’s a steady attrition, the death of a thousand cuts.

Unemployment jumps

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, May 5th, 2016 - 172 comments

dole street

After eight long years of National there are almost 40,000 more unemployed than when they came to power.

Indiana vote

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, May 4th, 2016 - 148 comments

liberty-weeping

Keep an eye on the Indiana US primary vote today. Trump has crushed all opposition and Bernie is going to pull off an upset win.

Update: Rumours that Cruz is dropping out of the race! Update: True – Cruz is gone.

National standards – a failed crusade

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 258 comments

pink-floyd-another-brick-in-the-wall

National told us “New Zealand elected a Government that promised to introduce national standards so that every single child could read, write, and do maths when they left school.”

Budget month

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, May 2nd, 2016 - 14 comments

boring-asleep-at-desk

National’s budgets are boring affairs, but they will be hoping for some distraction from current events.

Tax haven questions for National

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 2nd, 2016 - 36 comments

money into pocket

The weekend saw the pressure stay on National over our tax haven status, and the role Key might have played in protecting it.

Who needs water anyway

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, April 30th, 2016 - 45 comments

dirty-water

Or waterways are starting to stink as much as our murky tax havens.

Trade deficit worst in seven years

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, April 28th, 2016 - 118 comments

brighter-future-sinking

Add it to our record debt, our record pollution, our record housing unaffordability, our rising inequality, our terrible carbon emissions…

Key’s land tax – too weak

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 28th, 2016 - 76 comments

Emmerson land tax

Reaction to Key’s land tax has been luke warm at best, with strong calls for more effective action. Labour is promising “a ‘tidal wave’ of big housing reforms”…

RSNZ report – Transition to a low-carbon economy

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, April 27th, 2016 - 30 comments

royal-society-nz

Today the Royal Society of NZ released the second of two reports into climate change and the actions NZ should be taking. Great work. Now all we need is great action.

The poll shift and the flag fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, April 27th, 2016 - 37 comments

John Key with the runner-up for the 2016 Dick Of The Year, Sean Plunket

A straight 3.5% swap National to NZF looks to me like the impact of the flag fiasco.

Technology and democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, April 26th, 2016 - 23 comments

graph-social-media

Preliminary evidence shows how social media giants like Facebook and Google could influence elections. Should we be worried?

NZ – The underarm bowlers of climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 17 comments

underarm-bowling

NZ under the Key government has hit new depths of ignominy as per capita the world’s biggest climate change cheat. And we plan to keep using the fraudulent “credits” we have purchased.

Housing crisis solved!

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 22nd, 2016 - 26 comments

the-stupid-it-burns

I don’t like to boast, but I have solved the housing crisis.

Key launches war on P

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 89 comments

key fail

“My message to the gangs is clear. This Government is coming after your business and we will use every tool we have to destroy it. We will be ruthless in our pursuit of you and the evil drug you push.”

Leftie Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, April 21st, 2016 - 66 comments

Vote-being-made-into-a-ballot

Received political wisdom is that NZ is a conservative country, tending to the right. Interesting then, to see this data on our voting preferences re American presidential candidates.

Stalled global economy and helicopter money

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, April 20th, 2016 - 21 comments

printing-money

The global economy has been stuck in an ongoing crisis since 2008. Printing more money won’t fix it, but it looks like we’re going to try it anyway.

National gets a smacking on the housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, April 20th, 2016 - 59 comments

cisis-what-crisis-supertramp

Fair to say that Simon Bridges’ claim that there is no housing crisis has – not gone down well. National – you have a problem.

Housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, April 19th, 2016 - 51 comments

money-house

Housing is very much in the news again. Short term profit and bugger the consequences!

Climate change – that ship has sailed

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, April 18th, 2016 - 57 comments

burning-earth

Our models and our plans for responding to climate change are already out of date.

What tax evasion robs us of – in NZ

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, April 18th, 2016 - 111 comments

tax-blocks2_1

Gareth Morgan estimates that NZ could be missing out on up to 25% of total income tax because the rich aren’t paying their fair share. What could a government do with an extra $7.5bn a year?

Opinion pieces on Labour

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, April 17th, 2016 - 51 comments

megaphone-guy

Two opinion pieces on Labour this weekend offer a full spectrum from insight to inanity.

Job losses everywhere

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, April 16th, 2016 - 57 comments

National less debt more jobs

Brighter Future. Cusp of Something Special. Tell it to the newly jobless.

Only way to deal with tax evasion

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, April 16th, 2016 - 78 comments

sunlight-disinfectant

Post everyone’s tax details publicly. Everyone.

The solar surcharge

Written By: - Date published: 2:39 pm, April 15th, 2016 - 98 comments

electric power lines

Profit gouging or genuine need?

Holding back our productivity

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, April 14th, 2016 - 72 comments

lazy-rich-guy

Our “business leaders” are doing an objectively poor job. Perhaps instead of insulting Kiwi workers as “pretty damned hopeless”, Bill English should be taking aim at these captains of industry.

PM forced to release his tax details

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, April 12th, 2016 - 46 comments

key panama lie 220

Not our PM, the UK’s David Cameron. Our PM is under pressure to do the same, but refuses. He claims that all his taxes are “beyond reporach”. But he has form (TranzRail shares) on lying about his financial affairs.

Key changed the law to extend NZ as a tax haven

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, April 11th, 2016 - 281 comments

key panama lie 220

John Key personally directed the 2011 law change that turned NZ into an attractive tax haven.

It’s part of a complicated context involving his failed plan to turn NZ into a “financial hub”.

Kiwis to be implicated by Panama papers

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, April 10th, 2016 - 120 comments

key panama lie

Yesterday The Nation interviewed the Centre for Public Integrity’s Peter Bale about the inevitability of New Zealanders being implicated by the Panama Papers.

Shameful tactics on beneficiaries

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, April 8th, 2016 - 42 comments

work and income winz

Why does it take a volunteer organisation like Auckland Action Against Poverty to help people get the benefits that they are entitled to?

Panama vows action – NZ closes its eyes

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 8th, 2016 - 18 comments

key panama lie

The cycle of corrupt money. 100% tax haven. And we’re being put to shame by Panama.

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