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Bent Bill

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 pm, February 27th, 2014 - 56 comments
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What do you call someone who knowingly relies on false information to defend his case?

Bill English.

The OECD pointed out before Christmas that Treasury data was wrong, double-counting the accommodation supplement, and was presenting people to be doing better than they are.

This year, English was challenged repeatedly by David Parker in the House on rising inequality in New Zealand under the National Government.  He denied it, constantly referring to the one report that could somewhat justify his claim that inequality was static.

That report – the Perry report – we now know used the fallacious Treasury data, which “lifted” 20,000 children out of poverty.

National’s record for those in poverty, and on inequality, is dire, and we now know that the one wooden leg that National was trying to stand on is full of borer.

But English knew that last year.

So what do you call someone who uses known false information?  And how much do you trust them?

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Note: I’ve just discovered our Gini (inequality measure) numbers don’t include Capital Gains as income – a large source of income for some of our wealthiest (particularly those avoiding tax).  This means that our real Gini numbers are even worse than thought…

56 comments on “Bent Bill”

  1. Sacha 1

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

    A liar.

  2. Philj 2

    English is a very good debater though. Once you can fake it you can make it up. Sounds good. Pity about the truth or trying to help the poor.

    • “..English is a very good debater though..”

      ooh..!..hardly..!..

      ..i do commentaries @ q-time in parliament..

      ..and english..(along with joyce..)..is infamous for sucking all the life/energy out of listeners..

      ..and sending them into a coma..

      ..phillip ure..

      • Lou 2.1.1

        Oh, thank you, phillip, I was wondering whether I was the only one who is consistently sent into a soporific state by both of those two GNAT members!!

  3. RedLogix 3

    I’ve just discovered our Gini (inequality measure) numbers don’t include Capital Gains as income –

    And how does it account for the very large amount of wealth and income that is controlled by overseas people?

    At the extreme, the whole of NZ could be owned by overseas and New Zealanders could own nothing – and by this measure we’d would be a finely equal place.

    • Mike 3.1

      Gini measures income inequality, not asset inequality which is generally far worse than income inequality. Ceteris paribus, static income inequality leads to widening asset inequality over time.

      • RedLogix 3.1.1

        True – I see what you mean.

        But that still leaves the question of how much income generated in NZ is ‘exported overseas’ and thereby not captured by the statistic?

        For instance – the massive profits generated by the big four Aussie banks? How much of that lands in kiwis pockets?

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          And of course, those profits arent merely “generated” they are monies taken from ordinary Kiwi pockets and small businesses, and exported to support wealthy Australians.

          • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1.1.1

            The foreign account deficit is one good indicator of the outflow of capital in the form of repatriated profits to offshore owned corporates.

            “Blinglish”, “Double Dipton” etc has been under the radar a bit around here so good to see the spotlight on him again.

          • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.2

            I thought you kept going on about how the banks ‘printed’ money?

            • Naturesong 3.1.1.1.2.1

              You mean the Fractional Reserve banking system that all countries currently use?

              What has that got to do with all the main banks repatriating all their profits back to Australia?
              Who are in turn owned largely by US and UK banks, and repatriate profits back to the US and UK.

              • Colonial Viper

                Most countries no longer use the fractional reserve banking system – i.e. there are no real limits to the amount of credit that a private bank can extend especially given the advent of the unregulated and non-transparent “shadow banking” system which all the banks now use to fund themselves.

            • felix 3.1.1.1.2.2

              Lanth I think you’re confusing the money that banks “print” to lend to you and I with the money we pay them in interest for providing such a service.

              • Lanthanide

                But that “money that we pay them in interest” was ultimately “printed” by a bank, too.

                • felix

                  Don’t know about you, but I usually have to exchange time and labour and goods and services for it.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Bingo. It’s essentially a scam where manufacturers of this electronic credit, and their top tier of crony credit dealers, can exchange the bits and bytes that they magick up with the hard labour we put into the economy and with the real physical resources of our nations and ecosystems.

                • Mike S

                  Yes, as with all the money in our entire money supply (except notes and coins which are only around 3% of the total), the “money we pay them in interest” was originally created as a “loan” (or part of one) from a bank. The only way new money can enter the money supply is by a person (includes a company or country) ‘borrowing’ it from a bank. All money is created as a debt in this way. That $20 dollar bill in your pocket actually isn’t yours, it is owed to a bank, they are just allowing you to use it for awhile, the same with the money in your bank account.

                  The amount of money that the “money that we pay them in interest” represents however, was never created and in fact has to be paid to them out of the existing money supply. (for example, if you ‘borrow’ 10k from a bank at 10% interest, they create the 10k out of thin air, but they don’t create the amount representing the interest which you have to find from somewhere) In this way the system ensures a cycle of perpetual debt because The total amount of money in the overall money supply, which is ALL owed somewhere along the line to a bank, is always less than the total amount owed + attached interest. New money always has to be created in order to service the interest debt on the existing money, hence the rapid devaluation of our currency due to constant expansion of the money supply (inflation)

                  For anyone that has wondered how the reserve bank raising or lowering interest rates is their main tool to keep inflation low and consistent it is really pretty simple. When they raise interest rates there is less borrowing due to higher interest having to be paid thus less new money entering the money supply thus less real inflation (not cpi index which is a measure of inflation. Rising food prices are not inflation, they are a symptom of inflation, more money in the money supply or inflation means higher demand which means higher prices.) The reverse occurs when interest rates are lowered. very low interest rates in relation to reserve bank performing it’s primary function (keep inflation low), are the same thing essentially as what some call printing money, or stimulus, or QE.

        • Akldnut 3.1.1.2

          “For instance – the massive profits generated by the big four Aussie banks? How much of that lands in kiwis pockets?”

          And if anything does land in Kiwi pockets – who’s pockets would they be?….. 1 %ers?

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2.1

            Bullseye

            Some low wage workers may have a couple of thousand dollars stashed up in a KiwiSaver account that they got signed up to, but realistically, its the hedgefunds and the big net worth boys who owns that whole shooting match.

  4. Ad 4

    20,000 is no mere statistic. That’s as if the entire population of Queenstown and Wanaka turned overnight from just fine to wretched poverty.

    20,000 individuals in this country, in poverty, and written off blithely by English as having no statistical bearing. Cruel.

  5. Whatever next 5

    Remembering those secret tapes at the cocktail party, Bill talking about “winning” being the main thing, said it all to me

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    For a Tory, English has been a sensible Finance Minister who has stopped the idiots in National taking us down the damaging route of austerity followed by the rest of the western world.

    • Stuart Munro 6.1

      So the shrinking of the civil service by 3000 jobs was not ideological?

      I’m afraid our Bill is a dyed-in the-wool neolib nutjob who couldn’t grow an economy if his life depended on it.

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

      A charlatan and pretender.

      Unfortunately, the corruption extends to our supposedly ‘free press’, whose concern is not to report the truth, but reassuring sound bites. Bill doesn’t give a feck, he is not merely a completely useless finance minister, but feckless to boot.

      He and Key are gaming the tolerances of our liberal democracy for personal profit. An inquisitorial justice system is required when corruption reaches the top like this. He is not merely lying, he is neutralising the systems designed to make parliamentary democracy accountable and effective. It is not to be tolerated.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        So the shrinking of the civil service by 3000 jobs was not ideological

        Oh, it absolutely was ideological.

        I’m just saying that he didn’t shrink the civil service by 15,000 jobs, as some others in National would have been very keen to do.

    • @ viper..

      ..bullshit..!

      (and i can’t be bothered listing the litany/unpacking it..)

      ..i am just gobsmacked that you wrote that..

      ..phillip ure..

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 7

    No Tories prepared to comment?

    Shame got your tongues?

  8. bad12 8

    What do you call a Minister of Finance who deliberately uses data He knows to be incorrect, i would suggest Slippery but the Prime Minister got in way ahead of English to gain that coveted title,

    i would suggest that as English has used this data in answers to the House that what He should be called is befor the Privileges Committee for deliberately misleading the House…

    • Rodel 8.1

      Don’t worry..The Chch Press reported the deception fully in a front page… oh no sorry. It was buried at the bottom of page 14 under all the nonsense about how unhappy Jim Anderton is and 15 National stalwarts leaving politics and so on.
      Ships leaving the sinking rat?

  9. srylands 9

    It seems to have been an error but it was hardly deliberate. It is not getting much press coverage.

    It is all irrelavant to most people.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      No, it isn’t irrelevant to most of us, because most of us recoil from such callous disregard for our fellow citizens, not to mention the universal damage inflicted by excessive inequality.

      Bill English knowingly gave false answers to parliamentary questions. Is that ok with you too, S Rylands?

    • Rumour Willis 9.2

      Cunliffe lies about the baby bonus and the media rams it down our throats for two weeks and tells us we can’t trust him.

      English lies about this, “it seems to have been an error but it was hardly deliberate, it is all irrelevant to most people”.

      • Naturesong 9.2.1

        I think everyone now knows that David Cunliffe was not lying.

        The speech writer hadn’t thought it necessary to explicitly state that people would be unable to double dip (otherwise known as or rorting the system).
        Though full details were available online, the précis handed out to the press also didn’t explicitly state that folks would not be able to rort the system.

        But you’re right about it going on for two weeks.
        Is the incestuous nature of the New Zealand media the reason why TVNZ didn’t crucify Gower for his incompetence? I.E. “Watch TVNZ, those idiots over at TV3 don’t know what they’re doing”

      • Rodel 9.2.2

        RW
        Cunliffe didn’t lie. Don’ be so blatantly stupidly obviously blatant in your attempt to spin and misguide people. Your attempt is so amateurish and adds nothing to the debate…..just illustrates the dimness of right winger logic if I could even call it that.

    • freedom 9.3

      oh srylands, you really are amusing at times
      four message points in three sentences
      mad skills on display

  10. bad12 10

    SSLands, lift your game wont you, it is irrelevant not irrelavant, yes your declaration of English’s innocence is par for the course, and Bill, being a powerful person didn’t even have to cough up 3 odd million bucks to anyone to prove this innocence unlike another newsworthy individual obviously did,

    If English did not have prior knowledge of the correct information then i should imagine He would relish the chance to prove this befor the Parliaments Privileges Committee…

  11. tricledrown 11

    So blinglish and Benetto have claimed child poverty haven’t got worse on their watch.
    Child Poverty has nearly doubled under National up from 170,000 to 285,000.
    Nothing to worry about Shonkeys reply.
    Ladder pulling double dipping eletist arsholes.

  12. fender 12

    But it’s ok, treasury insisted that there were no “real world” implications.

    So even if there’s another 50 or 100 thousand living in poverty than expected it will have no real world consequence, nothing to see here and no need to do anything about it.

  13. Tracey 13

    apparently lying is only of media interest if you are len brown and lied to your wife.

  14. karol 14

    and Blinglish was all over the place this evening on Checkpoint on Paid Parental Leave.

    The government will probably veto Moroney’s Bill because it costs too much – Bill said they have other higher related priorities. On continuing questioning from Mary, Bill said beneficiary mothers, and some others were a higher priority. Under pressure Bill said he’s not saying he will spend the money saved from PPL by making more provisions for non-working parents…. etc…. not even slippery, just struggling to support his positions on low income parents.

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    • xtasy 14.1

      “The government will probably veto Moroney’s Bill because it costs too much – Bill said they have other higher related priorities.”

      Hah, “priority” is election year now, and whatever gets votes is ok and counts. Of course they will pull that one off, to sink Sue Moroney, who is a bit of a gullible one, I must say, and then they will come and present their “new policy” on “parental leave”, being just a tiny bit “more conservative and responsible”, but financially affordable. So they will bring in a gradual phasing in of more parental leave payments and get the voters say, hey that makes sense, we cannot afford to o much now, but bringing it in gradually “makes sense”.

      Labour need to wake up a bit more, and I hope Matt will hold some internal caucus tutorials about REAL POLITIK and agendas soon, so the slow and gullible lot in caucus bloody wake up and get their grips together.

      The Nats will steal and undermine your policies, 24/7, and that is what the y are doing now in election year.

  15. xtasy 15

    Surely, our Finance Minister cannot be wrong, at any given time, he is also the DEP (UTY) PM!

    English is an expert in misleading the public, and he is always very careful with figures and facts, and usually he does not really get caught out, as whatever he says is very ambiguous, wishy washy or can be interpreted in one way or another. That ensures some “protection”.

    Even when he gets it wrong, he will always have explanations. I expect that for this he may simply say, he relied on “more conservative figures”, before “jumping to conclusions” to perhaps accept other (more current or reliable) figures.

    I think he is quite an expert on this. He is not “Bent Bill”, he is “Bill the (Figure) Bender”, that is a subtle difference, I suppose.

    There is always “farming” for an alternative, I suppose, but I suspect, after years in Wellington and Parliament, he would not want to get “his hands dirty” again, pulling the teats of cows or digging “dirty” soil.

    I wonder whether he is lined up for a Royal list title, or whether he may get a nice overseas posting, like embassador, perhaps in a neat place close to the champagne bars.

    • Mike S 15.1

      “English is an expert in misleading the public”

      Sadly, that seems to be an increasingly less difficult thing to be an expert at..

      (Hmmm, “increasingly less difficult”…. anyway, you know what I mean.)

  16. Lloyd 16

    Surely this cock-up and lying should result in a month long campaign by the New Zealand Herald urging a replacement of Bill by a more competent minister, in a similar manner to its campaign against Len Brown?

  17. xtasy 17

    Thisw is all a bit “difficult” stuff, but we are all guilty of not taking it FURTHER! So al l this leads to little, I am going to wait and see, as there are a few other things happening on the fringe matter. Take care all the best.s

  18. RedBaronCV 18

    This is a refreshingly troll free thread isn’t it.
    Frankly, I wonder why he continues to hang around with the Nact’s. I always feel that he sorta argues against a measure then does what everyone else wants and then lies about it. I assume he doesn’t have much internal Nact power as he’s a failed leader so is unlikely to challenge again.

    Any one know – Did he go on the list because he wants to just slip quietly away when he gets a high paying job elsewhere or because his electorate committee where going to dispose of him or both?

  19. RedBaronCV 19

    Oops spoke too soon

  20. Brian 20

    I’d call him a liar.

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    It wasn’t till I read John Armstrong’s column in the NZ Herald last week that I realised what a huge impact the Internet MANA tour has had, but the reality is that we achieved what no other political party has...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Eight children were killed in Gaza last night, they were playing in an...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    The end of the disastrous Novopay system must not serve as a stalking horse for the next big threat National poses to schools - the bulk funding of teacher salaries, the Green Party said today."Today's announcement that the National Government...
    Greens | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “That will put around...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue the failed payroll system two years after it was introduced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says....
    Labour | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics New Zealand’s latest building consent figures show consents in Auckland are down for the second month...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world's smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui's dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party's environmental priority this election: clean rivers and beaches.The key policy points in...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media rele...
    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
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