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Key’s sham “consultation” an insult to Māori

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 11th, 2016 - 17 comments

Waitangi Day

Last week 95bFM tweeted some audio from a Key media session, which shows his “consultation” with Māori over the TPP to be a condescending sham.

National the party of economic lunacy

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, February 10th, 2016 - 166 comments

here's-johnny

A “$17 billion hole in the economy”. An estimated $18 billion lost because National stopped investing in the super fund. A record national debt. And we’re still talking about tax cuts? Lunacy!

The TPPA could blight public education

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, February 9th, 2016 - 160 comments

money into pocket

The TPPA could bring us charter schools on steroids, and threaten policies like free tertiary education. In general its a way of locking in a permanent, international right-wing governance which can limit and constrain the kind of social policies that any future NZ left-wing government might want to enact.

TPPA snippets and media coverage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 7th, 2016 - 24 comments

TPPA down with this sort of thing

Snippets from recent pieces on the TPP, including The Spinoff’s José Barbosa an his take on the media coverage of the Auckland protest.

Jobs and wages

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, February 6th, 2016 - 54 comments

peanut pay packet wages

Boring stuff about boring old jobs and wages.

20,000 protesters – 0 arrests

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 5th, 2016 - 230 comments

tpp-protest-auckland-10

Despite the travesty inside SkyCity, what was happening outside was in many respects a democratic nation at its finest.

UN experts issue warning on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 4th, 2016 - 28 comments

united-nations

When the UN is issuing warnings on the TPP, don’t you think it would be wise to listen?

Key’s second waitress bungle

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, February 3rd, 2016 - 78 comments

no ponytail  pulling

Key’s badly dented “political antennae” took another solid beating yesterday, with his second high-profile bungle involving a waitress.

Candidate flag not fit for purpose

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 34 comments

dunce

Apart from being a symbolic fail of epic proportions, the “wrong colour flag” fiasco highlights the fact that the candidate flag isn’t even fit for purpose…

Garner’s TPP rant rejected by the silent majority

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 81 comments

tpp-online-poll

Praise for Labour’s tertiary bombshell

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 29 comments

Andrew Little backing the dream-1-2

Although there have been predictable howls of outrage from the usual suspects, the media reaction to Labour’s bold tertiary education policy has been generally great.

Newshub (and another flag poll)

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 6 comments

newshub

3 News is dead, replaced by Newshub. That’s News Hub, not New Shub. Though New Shub would be funnier.

Another policy to be proud of

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 1st, 2016 - 283 comments

tertiary-graduation

Labour has rolled out another big bold policy that will shape the national discussion for years. Critics, most of whom received a free tertiary education themselves back in the day, want to deny a younger generation the same right (and pocket a tax cut instead). Enter Steven Joyce…

Postcards from the brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, January 31st, 2016 - 18 comments

brighter-future-sinking

Part of an occasional series.

Good money after bad into the bottomless pit of charter schools

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, January 29th, 2016 - 73 comments

money-toilet

Yesterday the Nats confirmed the closing of a failed Northland charter school. Turns out we’ll be paying an extra $400,000 for the first quarter of this year, even though the school will not open. Brilliant.

National – trying to provoke TPP violence?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments

Angry John Key

The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?

Anyone seen the rockstar economy lately?

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 28th, 2016 - 56 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

Record debt, a higher than expected deficit and a credit rating downgrade on our economic outlook. All thanks to National’s genius economic management!

Little on TPP: “I don’t support it, we don’t support it”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, January 28th, 2016 - 351 comments

tpp-not-worth-much

The news that the TPP is likely to cost 5 to 6,000 jobs in NZ seems to have been the last straw.

Voluntary euthanasia

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, January 27th, 2016 - 190 comments

euthanasia-right-to-die

Voluntary euthanasia is very much in the news. We have until Feb 1st to make submissions on the Bill currently before Parliament. It’s a very emotive debate, but I think the case for euthanasia choice is clear.

TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’ – get both sides

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 26th, 2016 - 85 comments

spin-thumb

The Government has released a TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’. It should be read along with TPP Legal’s extensive analysis of the costs and risks.

Trump and post reality-based politics

Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, January 25th, 2016 - 20 comments

Thank you god for trump

Trump has stated that he could shoot someone in public and still not lose any voters. He might not even be be wrong. We seem to be moving beyond an old fashioned “reality-based” politics of consequences and accountability.

Key deserved boos for his TPP lies at Ratana

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2016 - 113 comments

Truth-and-Lies spin

Key’s “strident” defence of the TPP was booed at Ratana yesterday. With good reason, because his glib assurance that “Not a single part of TPP cuts across the Treaty of Waitangi” is yet another Key lie.

NZ participating in climate fraud

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, January 23rd, 2016 - 52 comments

smoking-chimneys

An article that appeared on December 26th in the Dom Post is much too important to be left languishing in the Christmas news vacuum. “We [NZ] have been the biggest abuser of fraudulent carbon credits. Someone should be answerable as an accessory to the fraud.”

Another housing policy screwup?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, January 22nd, 2016 - 38 comments

cloud-house

Bennet’s proposal to incentivise / coerce state housing applicants to leave Auckland for housing elsewhere seems to have hit a snag…

Tertiary fee drop – excellent proposal from Labour

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, January 22nd, 2016 - 138 comments

StudentDebt

Education is a public good, but tertiary education in NZ has been undermined by high student fees and debt. So it’s very encouraging to see a proposal from Labour for reducing fees (and not ruling out free education!).

2015 hottest year. By. Far.

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 21st, 2016 - 231 comments

2015-heat-map

Another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 21st, 2016 - 164 comments

child-poverty

A piece yesterday foreshadows a report on poverty from right-wing lobby group “The New Zealand Initiative”. It’s (surprise!) another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty in NZ – and it’s another big distraction…

Sanders vs Trump

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, January 20th, 2016 - 132 comments

feel the bern

Sanders is increasing his lead over Clinton in early states. Trump has just been endorsed by Palin. A Sanders vs Trump face off doesn’t seem as unlikely as it used to.

62 vs 3.6 Billion

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 19th, 2016 - 155 comments

inequality 62 people

Ever widening inequality generates ever more astonishing statistics – suck up economics in action. The super-rich are laughing all the way to the bank.

Skill shortages and reaping what you sow

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, January 18th, 2016 - 113 comments

student debt

Data released to the Sunday Star-Times shows a huge decline in numbers of tertiary students, including declines in many key skills and fields. Various explanations are offered, only one of them makes sense…

Not all research is created equal

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, January 17th, 2016 - 191 comments

stand_back_try_science_shirt_product-01

A recent “research” report on alcohol, funded by brewing company Lion, has been in the news lately. Sadly, not everything that purports to be research is honest research.

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