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This is not the growth you’re looking for

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, February 16th, 2016 - 69 comments

auckland-rail-crowd

There are different views on The Standard about growth and whether we really need it. But here’s one bit of growth that really seems pointless to me: that achieved only by increasing the number of people. Because if we’re only increasing GDP by increasing the number of people, as we are currently, we’re loading up the environment and we’re not even individually getting any richer for it.  Thanks National.

Establishment appointed Council protects Establishment

Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 39 comments

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So National’s appointed ECan (undermining democracy since 2010) has decided that leading business man Hugh Fletcher & Chief Justice Sian Elias shouldn’t be fined for their cows sh!ting in a lake. National were accused of taking voting rights so they could favour dairy over Christchurch, and this seems a good example. Canterbury has suffered enough – it needs democracy back.

Are you Newstralian?

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, October 16th, 2015 - 110 comments

AUS_and_NZL_hybrid

So John Key and the new Oz PM are having a chat today and good ol’ JK will be mentioning the issue of “New Zealanders” who are being detained for deportation after a prison sentence.  People who are being detained in police stations without exercise or dark or quiet for days on end; detained on Christmas […]

Jarrod Gilbert on National’s Lies

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 26 comments

truth-lies

There’s a hard-hitting piece in the Herald today – from Jarrod Gilbert on how National has lied to the country’s face and got away with it. Tolley claimed before the election that 34% of drug offences and 25% of homicides were by a small group of gang members – and here was National’s policy response […]

“Get some Guts!”

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 94 comments

John Key Deep dreaming

Who’s willing to help those suffering in Iraq & Syria now, Prime Minister?

Whitewash

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 55 comments

whitewash

Astonishing release late on a Friday afternoon (dump time!) that the police will not be pursuing any action against Slater/Ede for hacking Labour’s website. Given a whole year to investigate, they didn’t manage to find out how to spell Nicky Hager or Tim Barnett’s names.

Masters of Finance? 2

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, May 20th, 2015 - 95 comments

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Masters of Finance?

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, May 20th, 2015 - 52 comments

MastersOfFinance

And they’ll be grateful!

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, May 20th, 2015 - 15 comments

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Bill English tells us that the promise that they won the election on – that they’re the only Masters of Finance who could balance the government books (because that’s all that’s important…) – now isn’t at all important to the public.

And Bill tells us: they’ll get their surplus when I give it to them, and they’ll be grateful for it.

Tolleyisms

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, May 19th, 2015 - 18 comments

Tolley-and-Key

We haven’t cut their funding, there’s just been a change in their contract = We’ve cut their funding $4.8 million

Mapital Mains Max

Written By: - Date published: 5:26 pm, May 18th, 2015 - 14 comments

Zombie Key

John Key is now arguing that black is white – that a Tax on Capital Gains isn’t a Capital Gains Tax.

“Typical politician” many will say – and that shows how far John Key’s skills have fallen.

Record-breaking Government

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, April 22nd, 2015 - 4 comments

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Not satisfied with setting records for biggest deficit and largest total deficit over term, the Key government is now going for most deficits in a row. They now look to equal the National government’s 7 deficits from 1966-72. And this is the stuff they want to be judged on…

By-elections are FPP

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 24 comments

You are NOT the story

Paddy Gower and Duncan Garner don’t understand our electoral system: “that’s MMP”. By-elections are pure First Past the Post – and that’s why Andrew Little didn’t need to do a deal, and Northland doesn’t stink like Epsom.

Better to Jaw Jaw than War War

Written By: - Date published: 5:36 pm, February 5th, 2015 - 112 comments

war-on-terror-thumb

Perhaps John Key should consider a Churchillian thought before he rushes to send our young to die in Iraq.

Is Haron Monis a terrorist?

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 187 comments

terrorMeter

Would John Key be making reference to terror attacks if Haron Monis was not from the Middle East? Our PM has a track record of jumping the gun on sensitive international issues…

Textses

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, November 27th, 2014 - 34 comments

texts

rOb somewhat scooped me, but here’s my twitter round-up of the reaction to the PM’s office releasing the texts last night.

Scope

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 5 comments

project_scope

Yesterday’s 2 reports are even worse for what they managed to conclude inside their scope. What was outside their scope shows things even more interesting.

Honourable

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, November 26th, 2014 - 16 comments

judith collins gun

A list of things that are apparently now Honourable, even if you didn’t undermine your SFO boss.

Key: I’m Lazy, Incompetent

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 9 comments

Q&A with our fearless leader on his many reports.

#JohnKeyHistory

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 98 comments

twitter_politics

Apparently the New Zealand Wars were just another Rugby analogy to John Key.

Country divided: Key can’t rule

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 43 comments

divided

Election 2014 result coverage reprised…

They’re lying to you

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 18th, 2014 - 37 comments

statistics

Lies, damn lies, and statistics

Islamic Extremism: not a threat

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, November 17th, 2014 - 112 comments

islamicStateFlag

Not to NZ at any rate.

Friday Fun: Thatcher and Scooby Doo Jungle Ropebridges

Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, November 14th, 2014 - 6 comments

mr muddle

Thatcher didn’t care about the Jungle Canyon Rope Bridges, did she?  The Tories, under Thatcher, let them fall apart…

Also: Mr Men.

National losing the middle?

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, October 28th, 2014 - 133 comments

the_middle

In its first term, National was very careful to be incremental – Key hung to the middle, chipping away carefully at workers’ rights without doing anything dramatic. Having gained the public’s trust by continuing (outside the House) to be a clown they’d like to have a drink with, they went with one big hit with […]

Sherman Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 308 comments

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Surely this should put Paddy Gower and co to bed once and for all. With great grace despite Shearer’s baiting, and with great clarity, Cunliffe has declared he will never seek the Labour leadership again. It was Shermanesque. Now surely he can get on with using his great talent for Labour and not have him […]

OIA: Rotten

Written By: - Date published: 5:42 pm, October 16th, 2014 - 70 comments

rotten_mould

As story after story comes out, it shows how much contempt for transparency and the law this government has, and how little  it intends to be held to account.

Dishonourable Judith Collins

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 62 comments

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Even John Key can’t bring himself to call Judith “Honourable”

National education

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, September 27th, 2014 - 10 comments

seymourrimmer

So National will continue their rorts by giving ministries to their tame poodles, Rimmer and the Hair.  Despite each making the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party look like it has a serious electoral mandate.  I guess it makes it look like National has friends, and Act and UF appreciate the extra cash. But Seymour will probably […]

Where’s the Whip?

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, September 23rd, 2014 - 146 comments

whip_it

Our Labour MPs seem to be in disarray.  Somehow the party that teaches solidarity keeps on being fractured, while the party that teaches individualism is a strong union.

Why are they talking to each other through the media instead of picking up the phone?

Slip, slip, slip

Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, September 16th, 2014 - 82 comments

John Key gcsb

John Key will no doubt – like with Dirty Politics – keep saying that “most of it is proven false” about the Snowden revelations… while slowly admitting most of the charges against him.

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