Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 29th, 2015 - 10 comments
Yesterday Melbourne stood up for human rights. Would we in NZ have done the same?
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 17 comments
“John Key’s increasingly lacklustre defence of the shambles consists of answers that sound more like satire by the day.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 71 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, August 26th, 2015 - 89 comments
Another data point from the poll mill.
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, August 25th, 2015 - 9 comments
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?
Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, August 24th, 2015 - 10 comments
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
Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, August 24th, 2015 - 41 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, August 23rd, 2015 - 30 comments
The Herald is shedding journalists. Dita De Boni will be particularly missed.
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, August 21st, 2015 - 4 comments
If you thought the Nats promising to sort out zero hours contracts was too good to be true — you were right.
Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 20th, 2015 - 68 comments
Seems like Hosking is not the only journalist attracting attention for his obvious pro-National bias.
Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, August 18th, 2015 - 34 comments
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”.
Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, August 18th, 2015 - 7 comments
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?
Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, August 17th, 2015 - 22 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, August 5th, 2015 - 48 comments
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).
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 4th, 2015 - 84 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 2nd, 2015 - 20 comments
A couple of good pieces on Helen Clark recently, on global challenges and on UN leadership.
Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, July 30th, 2015 - 7 comments
What exactly does a charter school have to do in order to be held accountable?
Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, July 30th, 2015 - 105 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 29th, 2015 - 144 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, July 28th, 2015 - 108 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, July 28th, 2015 - 233 comments
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.