Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, April 27th, 2015 - 32 comments
I’m planning to enjoy a day off today – the first “mondayised” public holiday – thanks to the work of David Clark, Grant Robertston, and others in Labour and the parties that supported the Bill. National and ACT voted against this holiday.
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, April 24th, 2015 - 270 comments
Of all the ways Key could have shot his leadership and his legacy in the foot – this really was the stupidest.
Image from Emmerson in The Herald – definitive.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 22nd, 2015 - 46 comments
If the latest ad running in Malaysia and Singapore is anything to go by we can expect more fuel to the Auckland property price flames. “How would you like people in New Zealand, to give you around half their weekly wages?”…
Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 19th, 2015 - 100 comments
So great, now we’re trying to spy on China. What could possibly go wrong?
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, April 18th, 2015 - 89 comments
This week the Reserve Bank recommended adopting the Labour / Green capital gains tax, the National party denied and dithered, and Don Brash explained the truth about the property bubble.
(Image credit Foxy.)
Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, April 17th, 2015 - 6 comments
A Wikileaks dump of documents relating to Sony shows a close working relationship with the US government. Implications also for Kim Dotcom.
Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, April 16th, 2015 - 61 comments
National is leading by example in creating a culture of intimidation and fear. The latest case, a threat to withdraw funding a rape prevention group for speaking out.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 16th, 2015 - 52 comments
On Alastair Thompson’s “Media Bloodbath” piece and more. Privately owned media will not in the future have a hope of delivering quality news services in this country. If we think that matters, then a strong publicly funded media presence is the only way forward.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, April 15th, 2015 - 8 comments
Key’s attempts to drum up enthusiasm for this year’s upcoming budget have fallen absolutely flat. And as usual, promised funding actually represents an ongoing cut in real terms.
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, April 15th, 2015 - 53 comments
Key won’t take any action over Simon Bridges’ clear breach (excellent work by Rob Salmond at Polity) of the Cabinet Manual. So, might as well burn the thing, at least for the remainder of this government’s term. Key has no intention of being held to account, or holding his ministers to account, by or for anything at all.
Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, April 14th, 2015 - 69 comments
Apparently this budget surplus that the Nats have been going on about for the last 6 years is an “artificial” target that is “like trying to land a 747 on a pin head”.
Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, April 12th, 2015 - 20 comments
UK Labour have promised “all-out war on tax avoidance and evasion”. NZ Labour should follow suit.
Written By: - Date published: 3:21 pm, April 11th, 2015 - 112 comments
Well knock me over with a feather. The disaster that is NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions has broken out of the ghetto of Twitter and Parliament TV, and made it on the front page of the (digital) Herald.
Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, April 11th, 2015 - 139 comments
So it’s not just loonie leftie bloggers noting the political element to the attack on Campbell Live.
Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, April 9th, 2015 - 15 comments
On the one hand the government are pushing for more and more NCEA passes to feed the league tables, and on the other they are acknowledging that those passes are no longer enough to suggest success at Tertiary level and tightening criteria to exclude students. Mixed messages, perverse incentives, a giant shambles.
Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, April 8th, 2015 - 6 comments
The office of the Children’s Commissioner is cutting back work due to funding pressure. Not that you would know about it, from the almost complete lack of media coverage.
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, April 8th, 2015 - 22 comments
Last week National shut down Peters’ attempt to introduce a Bill on paedophile name suppression. Presumably this was out of petty spite at Peters’ Northland victory, but in the context of the Thatcher revelations this was surely an issue that would have been worth debating.
Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, April 5th, 2015 - 50 comments
No, not a typo. Just in case you’re short of things to worry about, you can add soil to the list.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, April 3rd, 2015 - 96 comments
More economic genius from the Nats.
Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 49 comments
Evidence on levels of welfare and willingness to work suggests that yet another nasty right-wing myth is wrong. Reality and its well known liberal bias strikes again.
Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, April 1st, 2015 - 30 comments
In which NZ, along with many other countries, flunks the first test of the Paris climate change talks.