Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 24th, 2015 - 26 comments
He who pays the piper calls the tune. The killing of Campbell Live is just the latest example.
Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 27 comments
Brief reflections on a few decades of TV from an ex watcher.
Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 188 comments
An increase to the base rate of benefits is welcome, but it comes with nasty fishhooks. As the Nats are forced to address leftie / progressive issues – a capital gains tax, Auckland housing, poverty – we the people need to keep the pressure on.
Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, May 21st, 2015 - 13 comments
Grosser has confirmed that the TPPA (if it ever happens) will contain “ISDS” provisions that could limit the scope of our sovereignty by allowing foreign corporations to sue NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, May 20th, 2015 - 134 comments
We the people only learned of Treasury projections on the costs of inaction on climate change (up to $52 billion) because someone screwed up a redacted document. We were never meant to know. And National’s Minister for Climate Change Issues statement on the matter is that Treasury should have done a better job of hiding this vital information from the public.
Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, May 19th, 2015 - 24 comments
National’s policy opens the door to more effective capital gains tax, thus irritating investors and their base, while probably not achieving anything in practice. The worst of both worlds. Bonus question – does this policy effectively underwrite losses when the property bubble bursts? Plus another bonus John Key lie!
Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, May 16th, 2015 - 38 comments
What would be in your budget speech if you were leader of the opposition?
Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, May 15th, 2015 - 22 comments
I’m all in favour of holding Key accountable for his actions in general, but not when the victim herself has asked McCready to desist. McCready should respect her wishes.
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, May 14th, 2015 - 24 comments
Pulling ponytails and calling people names – I guess it’s true, the PM is 11 years old.
Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, May 14th, 2015 - 54 comments
Why is it left to the Reserve Bank to try and tackle the property bubble? It’s true – this government is recklessly complacent.
Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, May 13th, 2015 - 40 comments
As widely reported today, the TPPA has taken a probably fatal hit in the US Senate. Good riddance.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 12th, 2015 - 40 comments
Two opinion pieces yesterday make uncomfortable reading for Key.
Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, May 9th, 2015 - 15 comments
Well who among us hasn’t forgotten a massive illegal domestic spying programme?
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, May 8th, 2015 - 11 comments
113 more jobs to go at Solid Energy’s Stockton Mine. Bill English killed Solid Energy, these job losses are his.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 8th, 2015 - 7 comments
If National were serious about their “social housing” spin they would place restrictions on the use and resale of these houses. Without such protections its just another privatisation of public assets.
Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, May 7th, 2015 - 45 comments
The UK votes tomorrow. A hung Parliament is predicted, and the UK enters uncharted warters, guided only by a cabinet manual. Will Cameron dig in at No. 10?
Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 42 comments
Not that I wish any ill on Californians, but in the grand scheme of things it is probably good for our global chances of action to limit climate change that such a clear example of the damaging effects are playing out in the USA’s back yard.