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International reaction to our spying

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, March 28th, 2015 - 77 comments

Waihopai_dome_collapsed_719999

How are other nations going to react to our spying on them? Key’s response when the question arose in Korea was very typical of him – bullshit and bluster. So far Brazil, Fiji, and Latin American countries have all proved him wrong.

The Key magic

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, March 27th, 2015 - 98 comments

sabin-osborne

“John Key heckled in Northland” – ouch.

Can National lose Northland?

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 99 comments

headless-chickens

Is Northland getting sick of National’s panicked invasion? Will having Osborne fail to front Peters in the studio help? Could National actually lose Northland?

March Roy Morgan

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, March 21st, 2015 - 61 comments

dart-board

National down again and Labour up again in the latest Roy Morgan poll.

Northland’s ghost jobs

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, March 20th, 2015 - 42 comments

ghost jobs

One of National’s big claims in the Northland buy election was that they had created 7500 new jobs in Northland. Lies lies lies.

National still attacking democracy in Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 20th, 2015 - 10 comments

democracy under attack thumb

The Nats’ takeover of Environment Canterbury is the greatest attack on democratic rights ever seen in this country. They are about to extend the period of imposed rule, because a fully elected body carries “too many risks”. If you think the people of Canterbury can actually be trusted with democracy you can sign the petition.

Defining the truth

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, March 17th, 2015 - 12 comments

truth-lies

Changes being considered at Google have far reaching implications. Who gets to decide what is true?

How much is National’s Northland panic costing the taxpayer?

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, March 17th, 2015 - 147 comments

headless chickens

So our PM is cutting short state business for the purposes of party campaigning. Since Key invented the whole silly hats game, I guess it’s fair to ask if he still gets paid as PM when he is acting in his capacity as Party Leader? If so, why?

Spying and the terrorism excuse

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, March 15th, 2015 - 25 comments

spy-eye-keyhole

The next time that John Key says that we spy so as to keep NZ safe from terrorism, could some journalist please please ask him if the PM of the Solomon Islands is a terrorist?

Chutzpah in Northland

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, March 14th, 2015 - 44 comments

petersvskey

Winston Peters has challenged John Key to a debate in Northland.

Catching up with Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, March 14th, 2015 - 140 comments

john key trust me

You can only bungle and lie for so long before people get sick of it. Seems like it’s all starting to catch up with Key at last.

Are you saving to buy a house?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, March 13th, 2015 - 164 comments

cloud-house

Are you saving to buy a house? Are you saving more than $1000 a week? If not, you are going backwards.

National’s Epsom branch to back National in Northland

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, March 12th, 2015 - 15 comments

seymourrimmer

No need for Mr Gower to get all hot and bothered over this “dirty deal”, it’s just National’s Epsom branch backing the National candidate.

Spying on penguins

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, March 11th, 2015 - 50 comments

Penguins

The latest on the spying revelations as they emerge in The Herald. Apparently we’re spying on penguins now.

Northland is not a “dirty deal”

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 9th, 2015 - 125 comments

A "private" meeting...

Despite Mr Gower’s excitable tendencies, Andrew Little’s comments that Northland voters may wish to vote to send a signal to the government is not a “dirty deal”.

National has to win Northland (plus Armstrong’s amazing U-turn)

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, March 8th, 2015 - 153 comments

ack-in-the-box

In which John Key denies the bleeding obvious, and John Armstrong risks whiplash with the speed of his U-turn.

Gender pay gap still growing – of course

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, March 7th, 2015 - 41 comments

gender-wage-gap

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. In New Zealand the gender pay gap is growing – perhaps because National abolished the Department of Labour’s Pay and Employment Equity Unit.

The Ferguson interview

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, March 6th, 2015 - 51 comments

The Big Brother Police State Control Grid

An extraordinary interview with former director of the GCSB Sir Bruce Ferguson on RNZ this morning. He confirms that NZ is conducing mass surveillance. (Any help with transcription?)

Expect more zero-hours crisis cases

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 5th, 2015 - 8 comments

No to zero hour contracts

Today is not a good day for workers. Employment law changes that take effect today weaken workers’ rights and will result in more cases of zero-hour contract “excesses”. Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway has been doing good work on this issue (sign the petition). In contrast National’s position now appears confused, with Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse acknowledging problems even as today’s changes make matters worse.

Nats getting squeamish on zero hour contracts

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, March 4th, 2015 - 61 comments

No to zero hour contracts

Zero hour contracts are the logical end point of National’s agenda for employment legislation. But last night Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse promised legislation to “prohibit the worst excesses”. “Excesses” in the free market – who would have thought?

Politicising banking

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, March 3rd, 2015 - 110 comments

bitcoin

The attack on banking services for Mega is a high profile example of the politicisation of banking. We’re on a very slippery slope here…

Key folds on pay rises

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 82 comments

beehive

Key has folded on MPs’ pay rises. Vernon Small and others are covering events on Twitter.

Live long and prosper

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, February 28th, 2015 - 13 comments

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Nats laundering donations (as ever)

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, February 28th, 2015 - 28 comments

money into pocket

National have found new ways to launder their donations. Makes you wonder what they’re hiding.

Public support for the Iraq deployment (In which the insightful and knowledgable Mike Hosking springs to the defence of the embattled PM!)

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 87 comments

spin

Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.

Obama vetos Keystone pipeline

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, February 26th, 2015 - 8 comments

smoke stacks

Too little, too late, but a victory the environment (and for sanity) none the less.

National’s fruit flies

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, February 24th, 2015 - 73 comments

queensland-fruit-fly

Brook Sabin pulls no punches laying the blame for the fruit fly outbreak at National’s feet. Key’s attempted denial is some of his worst work ever.

The Save Invermay Campaign

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 23rd, 2015 - 8 comments

save-invermay

National is letting the regions wither. None more so than (Labour voting) Dunedin, with the closure of the Hillside Workshop, the underfunding of Dunedin Hospital, and the planned closure of the agricultural research center at near-by Invermay. Check out Dunedin North MP David Clark’s video update on Invermay.

Three polls is a trend

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, February 23rd, 2015 - 79 comments

dart-board-thumb

That’s the third poll this year to have Labour well up to 30% range.

Christchurch four years on

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, February 22nd, 2015 - 42 comments

christchurch-quake-hit

It will soon be four years to the minute since the most destructive and deadly Canterbury / Christchurch earthquake. Condolences to the friends and families of the dead. Greetings to all who lived through it and remember.

Charter schools mess – what a surprise

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, February 21st, 2015 - 193 comments

Charter-schools2

One of National’s first five charter schools is a failure, and applications for new charter schools have been cancelled. Who could have predicted such a mess? Just about everybody…

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