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LocalBodies: John Key Aspires to Mediocrity

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, April 24th, 2014 - 16 comments

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Local Bodies provides this interesting comparison on John Key compared to some of the more ethical leaders of our past. Suffice it to say that the ever forgetful John Key doesn’t measure up to past standards. He is really only distinguished the his sustained level of  pathetic mediocrity.

Polity: Shane Jones speaks out

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, April 24th, 2014 - 99 comments

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If you are going to demand that everyone else be a team player within Labour, accommodating in the caucus views they do not agree with, you can’t then turn around and refuse to be a team player in a Labour-led government with another party whose views you may not agree with. Either everyone is a team player, or nobody is. Shane Jones included.

 

Open mike 24/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, April 24th, 2014 - 216 comments

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NRT: The Greens’ “internet bill of rights”

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 pm, April 23rd, 2014 - 2 comments

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No Right Turn is critical of the implementation aspects of the Greens’ internet bill of rights. Looking at his points about its flaws, it does appear that it has few real teeth. “…if you want to outlaw ISPS shaping customer traffic for anti-competitive reasons” … “then amend the Telecommunications Act to outlaw it. It wouldn’t sound as great as an “internet bill of rights”, but it would do the job better, and with more certainty of the outcome. Trying to use a general law to do it, without checking the underlying policy details, doesn’t just risk failure – it also comes across as lazy.”

NRT: “Shoulder-tapping” vs public service values

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, April 23rd, 2014 - 57 comments

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Another angle to the Shane Jones resignation: “Mr Jones said he would leave Parliament next month after he was shoulder tapped by Foreign Minister Murray McCully for a new role as a roving economic ambassador across the Pacific.”

This is of course a total violation of public service values, and an unlawful exercise of Ministerial power.

Open mike 23/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, April 23rd, 2014 - 186 comments

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Polity: I am still holding out for a three-way

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, April 22nd, 2014 - 107 comments

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I think the pundits misjudge Peters. I think he wants a major, polity-based legacy in the 2014-2017 term, as well as baubles. Only the left can offer this. With the left, Peters can be The Man who Saved the Power Companies. National cannot compete with that. Which gives everyone on the left, including the Greens, some leverage. So count me out of the consensus that Winston in Cabinet means no Greens in Cabinet. I see a feasible three-way deal on the horizon.

Open mike 22/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 22nd, 2014 - 168 comments

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Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, April 21st, 2014 - 80 comments

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Open mike 21/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 21st, 2014 - 133 comments

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Open mike 20/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 20th, 2014 - 181 comments

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Open mike 19/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 19th, 2014 - 149 comments

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Polity: Boundary changes

Written By: - Date published: 5:16 pm, April 18th, 2014 - 20 comments

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Rob Salmond’s take on the boundary changes announced last week. In a MMP election system the actual electoral boundaries usually only really matter to a few MPs. It isn’t likely to make much of a difference unless National manages to have a cup of tea with a party with enough electoral muscle to get more than a single MP into the house and an electorate’s voters think this matters. After the John Banks/Act debacle who’d be moronic enough to think that electorate seats in a list do matter? Apart from our silly first-past-the-post stand-in-man for David Farrar of course…

Polity: Labour’s manufacturing plan

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, April 18th, 2014 - 9 comments

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This is very good stuff. Having a tax break for R&D work has always been a no-brainer, and it is great to see it reconfirmed. Adding an accelerated depreciation scheme for new plant is a helpful addition. And partnering with more local firms for more locally-sourced government procurement makes perfect sense, too. Another no brainer for parties – like Labour – that actually care about local employment.

ImperatorFish: Judith Collins explains

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, April 18th, 2014 - 30 comments

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Judith can’t believe she has to explain this all again

Open mike 18/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 am, April 18th, 2014 - 173 comments

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NRT: Needlessly shitty

Written By: - Date published: 1:18 pm, April 17th, 2014 - 12 comments

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No Right Turn points out here about a select committee filtering out submissions because they were not in an official NZ language. This seems needlessly shitty – not to mention undemocratic. Parliament is supposed to represent all New Zealanders, not just those who write their submissions in one of our official languages.

Labour’s pro Kiwi Manufacturing Policy

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, April 17th, 2014 - 76 comments

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The text of a speech delivered this morning by David Cunliffe outlining Labour’s manufacturing policy. Update – includes a short video.

LB: EDUCANZ, Professionalism and Politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, April 17th, 2014 - 8 comments

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We now have a Ministry of Education that is under the beck and call of the Minister, and where political ideology determines policy, and shortly we will have a new Teachers Council that will be governed only by political appointees. Under a National led Government, teachers will lose any professional independence and become classroom technicians that have to support politically prescribed programmes and data collection. Anyone want a career in teaching?

Open mike 17/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, April 17th, 2014 - 311 comments

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NRT: The PCE on the Environmental Reporting Bill

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, April 16th, 2014 - 2 comments

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No Right Turn on the Environmental Reporting Bill that has the watchdogs up in arms. Listening to Amy Adams last night going on about how transparent and open to public scrutiny regulations are made me wonder what bloody universe she lived in – bizarro world perhaps?. Submissions on the Environmental Reporting Bill are due on Thursday.

 

Open mike 16/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, April 16th, 2014 - 171 comments

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NRT: Climate change: Action is affordable

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, April 15th, 2014 - 34 comments

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Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable. “It doesn’t cost the world to save the planet,”. The average cost of adapting to climate change next year is less than $30. Remember that next time Bill English stands up in Parliament threatening economic Armageddon if we try and do anything about it.

Polity: Maori Party / Key fundraiser

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 15th, 2014 - 34 comments

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The Political Anorak News is full of the $5,000-a-plate fundraiser for the Maori Party hosted by John Key at the Northern Club in Auckland… Nothing illegal about this at all, or really anything immoral either. Key wants to help the Maori Party help Key, so he’s putting in an appearance. No problem. These kinds of events make it crystal clear that a vote for the Maori Party is a vote for a National government.

Open mike 15/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, April 15th, 2014 - 242 comments

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What the hell?

Written By: - Date published: 3:44 pm, April 14th, 2014 - 110 comments

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The NBR is reporting (behind the paywall) and now at TV3 news that Matt Blomfield, the person currently suing Cameron Slater in defamation, was attacked on the weekend by a male. A gunshot was fired and although it is not specified it is understood that Blomfield suffered an injury from the gunshot. The police are investigating and seeking the assailant who left the scene after the gun was fired.

Polity: Kohanga Reo trust comes out swinging

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 14th, 2014 - 14 comments

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Rob Salmond at Polity comments bluntly on the resolutions of the Kōhanga Reo over the weekend. But it’d be a damn shame to lose the good work that the Kōhanga Reo funding is meant to (and mostly is) supporting because some fools at the head office trying to avoid normal transparent accounting standards that apply to all government funding, or any legitimate business for that matter.

Open mike 14/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, April 14th, 2014 - 259 comments

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Open mike 13/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 13th, 2014 - 94 comments

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Open mike 12/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, April 12th, 2014 - 215 comments

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Open mike 11/04/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, April 11th, 2014 - 189 comments

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