Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, February 16th, 2016 - 69 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 39 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, October 16th, 2015 - 110 comments
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 26 comments
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 94 comments
Who’s willing to help those suffering in Iraq & Syria now, Prime Minister?
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 55 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, May 20th, 2015 - 15 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 5:26 pm, May 18th, 2015 - 14 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, April 22nd, 2015 - 4 comments
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…
Written By: - Date published: 10:38 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 24 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 187 comments
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…
Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 5 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 9 comments
Q&A with our fearless leader on his many reports.
Written By: - Date published: 11:25 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 43 comments
Election 2014 result coverage reprised…
Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, November 17th, 2014 - 112 comments
Not to NZ at any rate.
Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, November 14th, 2014 - 6 comments
Thatcher didn’t care about the Jungle Canyon Rope Bridges, did she? The Tories, under Thatcher, let them fall apart…
Also: Mr Men.
Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, October 28th, 2014 - 133 comments
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:50 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 308 comments
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 5:42 pm, October 16th, 2014 - 70 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, September 27th, 2014 - 10 comments
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, September 23rd, 2014 - 146 comments
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?