Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, October 25th, 2014 - 31 comments
I’ve read a couple of thought-provoking accounts of poverty lately. There are common themes – issues that the political right, which can only see “the poor” as separate from “us”, will never understand and acknowledge.
Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, October 24th, 2014 - 70 comments
The police and Hager are in the process of initiating legal proceedings against each other. The police action against Hager was and is designed to intimidate, to suppress debate. Rod Oram calls shame on dirty politics and the people who perpetrate it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, October 22nd, 2014 - 40 comments
The National government has always been selective about what it likes to measure, and so far refused to measure poverty. Under questioning on Morning Report this morning Key finally made a commitment to do so. We must hold him to it.
Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, October 21st, 2014 - 28 comments
Pete George has an interesting summary of recent discussion on Slater’s blog in the aftermath of dirty politics. Is Slater about to turn on Key?
Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, October 20th, 2014 - 44 comments
“OTL was born when a couple of lefty comms people got together for coffee and decided that the NZ blogosphere was lacking an accessible, well-written, interesting and above all fun group blog which provided a space for discussing and propagating left-wing ideas.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, October 18th, 2014 - 72 comments
There’s no point in state houses. Not according to the Nats anyway. Unbelievable.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, October 17th, 2014 - 34 comments
Hosking, Henry, National and SkyCity – it’s all so cozy…
Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, October 15th, 2014 - 53 comments
An excellent piece by Brent Edwards on Morning Report today, looking at official advice to the government on poverty. Underneath the politicised process the answer is as obvious as ever.
Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 23 comments
Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, October 11th, 2014 - 15 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, October 9th, 2014 - 45 comments
Terrorism is whatever John Key wants it to be.
Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, October 7th, 2014 - 241 comments
Hager has said that he will go to prison rather than reveal the identity of the Rawshark / Whaledump hacker.
Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, October 6th, 2014 - 52 comments
NZ’s universities are falling down the world rankings. This should come as no surprise, because National have systematically cut funding to the tertiary sector. How stupid do you have to be to deliberately run down our universities?
Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, October 3rd, 2014 - 10 comments
Another dirty hit, this time on an Otago academic. It features most of the regular cast of Dirty Politics, and stars Jordan Williams of the “Taxpayers’ Union” (aka a front for right-wing spin and political attacks).
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, October 2nd, 2014 - 86 comments
Every election Key is confronted with the issue of poverty. His response is always pure politics with no effective action, and this election has been no different. We will be here again in 2017.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, October 1st, 2014 - 109 comments
Key’s public position on sending troops to Iraq has (surprise!) changed since the election. His private position on the topic probably hasn’t changed since 2003.
Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 30th, 2014 - 85 comments
Key is grooming Bennett for a finance role and eventual succession. No point in Nat members making a fuss, they don’t get a say in who leads them.
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, September 29th, 2014 - 93 comments
Labour is being criticised for leadership divisions. If the party had not examined its leadership it would be being criticised for ignoring the message of the voters. So never mind the media frenzy, concentrate on running (like last time) a positive and constructive selection process and review.