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: 5:36 pm, February 5th, 2015 - 112 comments
Perhaps John Key should consider a Churchillian thought before he rushes to send our young to die in Iraq.
Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, November 27th, 2014 - 34 comments
rOb somewhat scooped me, but here’s my twitter round-up of the reaction to the PM’s office releasing the texts last night.
Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, November 26th, 2014 - 16 comments
A list of things that are apparently now Honourable, even if you didn’t undermine your SFO boss.
Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 98 comments
Apparently the New Zealand Wars were just another Rugby analogy to John Key.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 18th, 2014 - 37 comments
Lies, damn lies, and statistics
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: 6:25 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 62 comments
Even John Key can’t bring himself to call Judith “Honourable”
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?
Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, September 13th, 2014 - 33 comments
Is Cunliffe inauthentic? Does Key get to have his own facts? And when will we get proper (ie not game) analysis from our pundits? (spoiler warning: praise for Josie Pagani)
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, September 7th, 2014 - 69 comments
Name one new thing you’d do in the next 3 years in government. Bill English: “-“
Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, September 4th, 2014 - 34 comments
NetworkOnNet posts about the Ministry of Education under Tolley bullying good principals though WhaleOil. And also in Education news: this week all 4-7 year olds will be eligible for a free hot school lunch… in the UK.
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 4th, 2014 - 20 comments
National’s been lying about increased teacher numbers, and the state of the economy – and now they’re promising unaffordable tax cuts.
Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, September 3rd, 2014 - 36 comments
If John Key has nothing to hide, sure he has nothing to fear from a full government inquiry into Dirty Politics?
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, September 2nd, 2014 - 34 comments
There’s an excellent post at The Political Scientist I want to highlight, plus a few other of today’s Dirty Politics reads…
Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, August 30th, 2014 - 227 comments
Press conference is running late, but Judith’s statement is out – resigning as Minister, but not as MP.
New allegations of her undermining SFO head Adam Feeley have finally been too much.
Update: email attached to post