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What deal do we get?

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, July 30th, 2014 - 94 comments

Penny Bright ACT

Key’s promised to do his best to bring in ACT and UnitedHairdo. Last election this brought us the likes of Charter Schools – unmentioned by any party during the campaign. What policies will National foist upon us through this outsourcing deal this time?

When will John Key hold his ministers to account?

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, July 30th, 2014 - 20 comments

Key cabinet

The list of National ministers with dodgy dealings is growing. But John seems desperate to keep them all. Higher standards are only something you talk about in opposition apparently. I guess when you have a list that’s brought in the likes of Aaron Gilmore and Claudette Hauiti there’s not much of a pool to be choosing new ministers from; but have National never heard of responsibility for one’s actions?

Nick Smith must resign

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 pm, July 28th, 2014 - 66 comments

nicksmith

I agree with Fish and Game: Nick Smith has severely overstepped the mark – again – and must resign as a minister. He may as well stand down as an MP as he should never be back in a ministerial capacity given the list of times he’s been caught lying and cheating are longer than his arm.

Male, Pale and Stale

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, July 28th, 2014 - 121 comments

Key cabinet

It’s the National Party list!

National’s arrogant problems

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 pm, July 26th, 2014 - 26 comments

national-brighter future

Claudette Hauiti, Gerry Brownlee, Jonathan Coleman… 3 National MPs mired in scandal this week. A serious lack of discipline, and each in their own way they betray an attitude of lack of concern for the public they’re meant to serve.

Is the $15,000 even true?

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, June 20th, 2014 - 214 comments

smear-mud

John Key’s alleging that hundreds of thousands flowed to Labour from Donghua Liu, but as the Nat’s smear campaign unravels, even the $15,000 can’t be found. Who do we trust – an unnamed ‘party source’ in the Herald, or Party records? $15,000 is a sizeable donation that is likely to be noted or remembered. And where’s Donghua himself in all this – surely he could clear this up very quickly…

Herald loses perspective

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, June 18th, 2014 - 73 comments

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So apparently forgetting about signing a form letter for a constituent 11 years ago is a resignable offence now.

Update: Key memory lapses

OU Vote Chat programme goes sour

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, June 13th, 2014 - 17 comments

dunce cap

So it appears the intended non-partisan deeper engagement with politicians that is the Otago University Vote Chat has been taken over by the National Party.

Pot: Kettle, you’re black!

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 pm, May 22nd, 2014 - 33 comments

keyparliament

John Key has warned MPs to behave in parliament. I hope he’ll be taking his own advice.

The Woodhouse Family

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, May 21st, 2014 - 32 comments

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Veterans Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse dropped a clanger deciding he was related to a Gallipoli hero, and offending the Trooper’s real relatives. Twitter is as Twitter does, so they’ve dug up a few more family relatives…

John Key challenged!

Written By: - Date published: 4:57 pm, May 13th, 2014 - 24 comments

key bullshit

Nah, just kidding, here’s a few more examples of journalists just printing what he says…

Culture of Impunity

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, May 7th, 2014 - 32 comments

buck stops elsewhere

It now appears that Judith Collins would have to commit murder to be relieved of her ministerial warrants - or perhaps not.

Final final final warning

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, May 6th, 2014 - 59 comments

john key judith collins

How many more things does Collins need to do or have come out after her final warning to get the sack?

Another Quality Selection

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 pm, April 29th, 2014 - 29 comments

toddbarclay

So many things wrong with what poor Clutha-Southland are having foist upon them by National. A very young man whose experience of life is National Party jobs and Tobacco company lobbying. Fortunately democracy gives them a very good choice…

Wealth and the wealthy

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, April 22nd, 2014 - 28 comments

refusing money

A NZer in Britain and a Briton in NZ – 2 CEOs complaining they get paid too much. And science shows the US is ruled by a bunch of oligs.

$135 million to John Key’s mates

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, April 17th, 2014 - 24 comments

money bag

That’s how much National gave away today, by setting the price too low on Genesis. They were scared that they couldn’t attract enough buyers and it would be clear how unpopular their policy is, but they made it enough of a lolly-scramble that the few percent at the top who can afford it, couldn’t resist. […]

Labour and the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 1:42 pm, April 11th, 2014 - 162 comments

LabourGreen

It’s not that complicated.

iPredict needs “Next National Minister Resignation”

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 pm, April 10th, 2014 - 35 comments

national cabinet meeting

Who will it be?  Judith? Simon? Hekia? Amy? Or a surprise?

Hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 pm, April 9th, 2014 - 27 comments

hypocrisy

The levels of hypocrisy of John Key and National are astounding. Nanny State, borrowing’s bad, too many public servants… all while doing far more of their supposed “crimes” than any government previously.

NZ Herald: Key cracks joke

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, March 24th, 2014 - 18 comments

mediawarning-questionsnotasked

Yes, this is an actual number 3 story (and top politics story) on the NZ Herald.

Scandals

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, March 13th, 2014 - 8 comments

judith collins gun

Just a wee list to try and keep track of the current scandals our dear friends in the National party are dealing with.

The Race is Set

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, March 10th, 2014 - 66 comments

Young Labour chance the Government

BREAKING: And we’re off – the Election Date is September 20.

Overreach

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 pm, March 9th, 2014 - 32 comments

media warning some people claim

The attacks on David Cunliffe have got a bit silly, with the latest from the Herald being to pretty much charge him with the crime of having a wealthy friend.

How short are memories?

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 pm, March 3rd, 2014 - 216 comments

Hollow-men

John Key is attacking David Cunliffe for using a trust to obscure some donations – whilst repeating the word ‘tricky’ about Cunliffe as many times in one sound-bite as humanly possible. It’s an astonishingly brazen stone to throw given National’s glass house. Do no reporters remember John Key, Hollow Man, or anything about National’s funding […]

Bent Bill

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 pm, February 27th, 2014 - 56 comments

bill english see no evil

What do you call someone who knowingly relies on false information to defend his case?

Bill English.

Turning around the books

Written By: - Date published: 5:44 pm, December 13th, 2013 - 23 comments

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So according to John Key, turnout in the referendum is so low it doesn’t mean anything to him (despite his government working hard to get turnout down).  But he reckons it does mean David Cunliffe needs to promise to buy back the assets..?

Smile and Wave

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, December 10th, 2013 - 54 comments

smile and wave key

Confronted with a protest about the government’s lack of action on child poverty, John Key’s response is: “So yeah, they just protest because that’s all they’ve got to do all day.” As though protesting – participating in our democracy – was a particularly unimportant thing to do. Also, if the people he was writing off […]

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, November 17th, 2013 - 55 comments

surprised newspaper reader

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: science vs the internet, the UK public is wrong about everything, Russell Brand, feminism and austerity from a golden throne.

Inequality meeting plus…

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, November 13th, 2013 - 11 comments

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Max Rashbrooke talking about his book Inequality: a New Zealand Crisis and more on Monday 18 November, 5.30pm @ Auckland Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

Gambling harm: “commercially sensitive”

Written By: - Date published: 5:40 pm, November 5th, 2013 - 23 comments

gambling

Are we to expect that next time a cigarette company wants to withhold the evidence that smoking will take 11 years off the life of every second smoker, they just need to do a dodgy deal with National to build a convention centre with added ciggie sale points right? Or the booze barons could build a convention centre / mega-bar and no papers will be allowed out on alcohol harm either presumably? At what point do the best interests of New Zealanders get to trump the best interests of foreign corporates?

Govt responsible for 7 NZ deaths

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 pm, November 4th, 2013 - 25 comments

cross road death

National has agreed to lower the drink drive limit. Over 2 years ago they blocked a Labour amendment to do exactly the same thing. Their dithering has cost 7 New Zealand lives by their own measurements – 7 lives unfulfilled and families faced with unnecessary grief.

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