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Acshully John, you will be a monkey’s uncle

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, November 4th, 2011 - 44 comments
Categories: Economy, election 2011, john key, leadership, national - Tags:

John Key was really revving the crap out of his denimic environment generator today trying to discredit Labour’s costings for its policies. Labour’s plan borrows four billion more than National, but retains the assets National will sell. Of course National’s plan would actually cost a lot more than Key’s letting on because their costings assume both income from the sale of assets AND ongoing dividends from those same sold assets, but that’s denimic I guess.

Keen to shift media focus away from his history of lying and instead spread fear of Labour, Key splashed all sorts of numbers around about how much more Labour would borrow: “6 billion”, “10 billion”, “14 billion”, “17 billion”, “possibly a lot more”. All those figures from the one interview. Either Key really is shit at math or he’s no clearer on Labour’s policies than he is National’s.

One thing Key was accurate on though: “If it’s 4 billion I’ll be a monkey’s uncle”.

Denimic.

44 comments on “Acshully John, you will be a monkey’s uncle”

  1. infused 1

    Reflect on this post and you might see why Labour is sitting @ 30%.

    IrishBill: what a snide, arrogant and out of touch comment.

    • bbfloyd 1.1

      reflecting on that comment reminds me of something a wise man said to me once. he said “never underestimate the stupidity of your average kiwi. as long as you remember that, you’ll never pull that trigger”.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      Because everyone’s happy to have a monKey’s uncle as PM?

    • fender 1.3

      Most guys from Ireland named Bill are infused with a sense of humor. I think the picture is great and even Bronagh would like the improvements. And the article is spot on if one cares to listen when our PM talks in a manner that hasn’t been infused with any truth.

    • The Baron 1.4

      Out of touch with the 30%, Irish? I’m sure he will live.

  2. randal 2

    so its become a tossup.
    is he a chimp or a CHUMP?

    • Hami Shearlie 2.1

      Same thing – Give the word chimp the john key pronunciation treatment and you get chump – same thing anyway – love the picture BTW but you made JK too cute – he’s more baboon(red bottom) than capuchin!

      • thejackal 2.1.1

        Personally I think he’s more like a raging Baboon hidden inside a little cheeky Capuchin Monkey costume. Pretty sure we’ll see the mask slip a few more times before the election.

  3. lprent 3

    Aschully, this post is exactly what I was thinking today. For someone trained in accounting, Key seems to have problems keeping the slippery numbers under control. I guess it is because he was trained to deal in a dynamic environment with other peoples cash – so he doesn’t worry about being accurate..

    Mind you, the journos don’t seem to be very good at looking at numbers either. Otherwise they’d realize Key is on the con.

    • Blue 3.1

      Journos are journos precisely because they are rubbish at maths. That goes double for political journos, and is why often the only sensible analysis comes from business journos.

      • lprent 3.1.1

        I have noticed that. Like Brian Fallow at the herald writes some very good political analysis. I often disagree with him, but he always has an argument worth the time to read.

        Whereas John Armstrong is starting to read like Farrar does on his blog. Rephrasing government PR

  4. I have gone to the basement today to retrieve my Big Book of Buggers.
    This is the sacred tome in which I write the names of those who have pissed off this grumpy old man. This was not the day to offend me.
    They will also be among those who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes – and I think it was Lenin who said you can’t have a revolution without a firing squad or two.

    First up today was Claire Robinson on Breakfast this morning. WTF is she doing on national tv. The woman is not capable of rendering an unbiased assessment of events. TVNZ needs to stop giving her oxygen. She is not giving an academic, rational analysis and is obviously someone who has risen above the level of her own incompetence.

    Second was Duncan Garner on 3News tonight. Duncan sometimes makes sense and other times just misses the boat. But I have been prepared to give him some space (for which I think he has been very relieved ;-) )
    Tonight he was totally off the mark. He said that Goff was not only bested by Key on Wednesday but he was crucified by him. WTF! He was so far off the mark and driving, not a knife, but a lance into Goff at full gallop that I wonder what his motivation was. It was so uncalled for and with not even a modicum of truth to it.

    I expect some bias from everybody, if only accidentally, but this was so vicious and malicious that I wonder if Dunky boy was pissed when he went up to the gallery to give his piece to camera.

    It was incredibly unprofessional. 3News needs to investigate whether, being Friday, Duncan had been drinking in the press galley and had been under the influence when he was on camera.

    • RedLogix 4.1

      Exactly… Garner isn’t so much biased, as barely able to contain his hatred for Labour. With that kind of vicious undermining from the media it’s astounding that Goff is doing is well as he is really.

      • prism 4.1.1

        I don’t watch much TV any more. So I’m not sure of what Garner looks like. Is he a rather fat-faced jowly character with dark hair, rather a David Brent lookalike?

    • Carol 4.2

      Yess, WJ. I have been avoiding TV3 News lately, decided togive it another go last night, and switched off after that disgusting piece of inaccurate propaganda by Garner.

      And today Vernon Small , rather than foregrounding the differences and counter claims about figures, following Labour’s unprecedented release of detailed costings, highlights the colourful rhetoric.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/policies/5913446/War-of-numbers-descends-into-farce

      It was only Key that stepped towards farce with his monkey’s uncle comment (wrongly attributed by Small as being initiated by Goff as an insult of Key).

      Small does discuss the figures later in the article – this should have been the main focus of the article. As a result Small is diverting from the fact that Labour’s costings are too detailed to have only been put together in the last couple of days. Key had been claiming that Labour didn’t have the figures.

      Indirectly Small is reinforcing the myth, that Key is trying to accelerate, that National and Key are good on the economy and finances, and Labour isn’t. Labour’s well-considered figures belie this myth, and aside from differences in interpretation of the stats, show a differnet underlying approach to the economy by each party.

      • Puddleglum 4.2.1

        Hi Carol,

        Yes, I read that in the paper today. I’m not sure that Small gets to choose the headline (or even the final sequencing of paragraphs). I think the sub-editors do that (at least that’s what I’ve assumed/picked up, but I’m no expert on newspaper production).

        The ‘take away’ from the article, as you point out, was the level of detail provided by Labour in their costings. It’s worth extracting the relevant quote from the article:

        Yesterday finance spokesman David Cunliffe, Mr Parker and Mr Goff made public an unprecedented amount of financial detail for an opposition party during a campaign.
        Its spending and tax plans were written in a style similar to Treasury’s Budget documents, supported by 20 pages of analysis, tables and graphs and projecting the impact of the party’s policy out to 2026.”  (emphasis added)

  5. ak 5

    Woooo hooo! Here he is! Get your fat arse over over here ya cunt! Har har har! No! Over here! You little cunt! Har har har!

    Heh heh. Howzit. Binaddit I see. Heh heh.

    Har har! PENNY! TELL MARISE DUNK’S HERE! Ya cunt! Ya cunt! Har har! Come ear. Ya cunt!

    Heh heh. Hey look, can’t stay long, but ah

    FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF!

    nah nah honest, don’t send those cars any more, fuck me days if anyon

    FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF! wHo the FUck do U thUInk yErr torking to…. HEAD of the Sis, its wwept, sewept every day, no cunt knows any….

    yeah yeah, but some prick on the standard notice we get on the pisss an

    HEY! HEY! RELAX ya cunt! We know that bitch, shes fucked. SIS head mate. No worries, know what I mean. FUCK ME! look at your life now, compared to before what can i say

    Yeah yeah. But I still love my job and hey

    HEY! What’d I tell ya firs time i methcha? COULD NOT GIVE A FUCK. COULD NOT GIVE A FUCK. Remember? Hang onto that Dunc, and hey don’t try to send any more money overseas mate, but HEY! CRUCIFIED! CRUCIFIED genius mate, fucking genius, I fucking love ya

    [lprent: is there a point to this? ]

  6. Jim Nald 6

    I confess I am not that familiar with the expression but Godgle sheds some light:

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/I%27ll_be_a_monkey%27s_uncle

  7. Talking about chimps and chumps, the latest comments from Farrar and Key demanded this response: http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/johnkey-pythons-flying-circus/

    I rather enjoyed writing that one.

    • nice work frank, well worth reading:

      Farrar lying about Key’s lying:

      “Key’s change of stance was on the back of an independent report that recommended reducing income tax and lifting GST so that there are greater incentives to work and save. That allowed the public to understand the change of stance”

      • fmacskasy 7.1.1

        Thanks, Sprout.

      • prism 7.1.2

        Great quote from Farrar. The ordinary joe and jolene being encouraged to work and save, on wages deflated each year by miniscule wage rises and large price rises on basic items, I don’t think so. The better off do build a nest egg so that private equity types and robber finance companies can offer the moon when they know their rocket will only travel as far as the Bahamas. And they take those nest eggs with them. And when they are taken to task for their misdemeanours they want the country to pay for their defence.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      “…reducing income tax and lifting GST so that there are greater incentives to work and save.”

      I’m getting really pissed off with that line from the RWNJs. When people are already working as hard as they can a switcheroo with the taxes that gets them paying more tax* isn’t going to incentivise them except possibly into moving to Australia where they would actually get higher wages.

      *Unless they’re rich in which case they got a massive tax cut but they won’t work any harder either – they’ll probably take more holidays though

      • rosy 7.2.1

        Yes, it bugs me too. And according to the political right the poor need lower benefits as incentives to work and lower wages and higher GST will not be a disincentive to those already employed; whereas the rich need higher pay and lower tax – as if their motivations were different to the rest of the world.

      • fmacskasy 7.2.2

        *Unless they’re rich in which case they got a massive tax cut but they won’t work any harder either – they’ll probably take more holidays though

        Indeed, Draco. And like John Key, who takes his holidays in Hawaii, holidays taken overseas does not help our economy.

        So much for Dear Leader being Minister of Tourism.

  8. aerobubble 8

    Key lies for political advantage. Now think about that.
    Its obvious what’s he doing. So your in business, you
    know people who support National, and they support
    Key, are they also lying for economic and political
    advantage.

    A older lady brought a lotto shop, she didn’t read
    the fine print, when the lease runs out, the lotto
    shop can be taken over. She believed falsely that
    her life savings had gone into a business for the
    long term.

    Read the fine print on National policies, there is
    nothing in there that provides care or comfort.
    Investing in National for even another three
    years could easily, 1 in 5 chance, see us all lose
    our shirts. Greece defaults, Banks get a cold,
    European Markets shrinks, oil spikes in price,
    demand for milk drops, lower price, people
    start making soya milk themselves across
    the world. Its not hard to see how flaky
    National are, we don’t care, we can lie and lie
    and don’t have to account for the lies.

  9. freelunch 9

    Can someone explain why Labour are now incorporating the NZ Superfund in the net debt calculation when Cullen didn’t?

    “Financial assets of the NZS Fund are excluded from the calculation of net debt as they are set aside to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand Superannuation.” Budget 2008

    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/befu2008/befu08-pt4of9.pdf

    • nadis 9.1

      6.1 billion dollar sleight of hand. If Cullen was doing the analysis, the debt position would be 6.1 billion worse on labour’s plan.

      But the simple answer is don’t borrow for the Super fund. The smartest way to treat contributions is as a fiscal lever – when we have surpluses crank up the contributions, when we don’t, crank them down. That would take some pressure off the reserve bank. who only have monetary policy tools.

      The Super Fund isn’t the silver bullet it’s made out to be. Look at the difference it makes to the super burden in 2029 onwards. Less than 1% of GDP.

      But if you believe in trickle down economics thank god it has 60 employees earning over 100k per annum and injects a bunch of fees into fund managers here and globally. Plus the 12 billion of notional exposure to offshore financial institutions (9 billion to Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Duetsche Bank and Barclays). Trickle, trickle.

  10. KJT 10

    Keys, stance and the way he debates bought back some bad memories from my schooldays.

    Keys posturing and aggressive body language at the “show me the money” moment reminded me of a school bully.

    And the monkey metaphor is not far off. Gibboons and chimps use the same sort of dominance display.

    The same sort of inaccurate and hurtful taunting that bullies use.
    Far too many of his followers remind me of the miserable sycophantic gits who used to follow the bully around at high school.
    The constant repetition of a taunt that he knew to be wrong, makes Key a blatant lair. Goff is entirely accurate. Key constantly makes things up when debating, knowing memories of the debate will have faded long before it is corrected.

    I sure Goff was too flabbergasted, at the bare faced bull, to respond.
    and maybe taken aback by the threat display.

    • RedLogix 10.1

      An insightful point KJT.

      If Goff had turned on Key at that point and called him out, the next day media would be running “Goff calls Key a liar” headlines again.

      Frankly if I had been in that situation with Key using such a scummy underhand debating tactic, I’d be absolutely pissed with the bastard. In responding to it and shutting Key down, I’d run the huge risk of losing it and saying something very pointed, nasty even, that the media would use against me the next day as well.

      Personally I think Goff handled the situation reasonably well; he kept his cool, even when the audience joined in the baiting… and came back strongly once Key had run out of steam. Handling that sort of pressure gracefully takes years of experience.

  11. prism 11

    I have found a good use for Jokey Hen’s promotion card that came with my newspaper I think.. It is a nice weight about 140 gsm, though not thick enough to scrape up gunk, cat vomit etc.

    But very handy for the catch the white tailed spider routine. Method – Fly spray a clear container, place over spider, slide the card along the wall to cover opening and then remove from wall holding firmly in place.. Keep covered and the spider will soon be dead, without spray going everywhere including up your nose. Just leave it to Key to do that.

  12. Copra 12

    I frankly don’t know how seriously to take this whole affair. I have still not discovered the link
    to the streamed debate between Goff & Key, and cannot help wondering how many have actually
    seen it. What we seem to have is a debate between the cognoscenti (read: wired) with Joe/Jean Blow, the average voter, catching references to the debate in secondary media such as talkback radio.

    Move on. For most NZers Key is part of the problem, not the solution.

    His refusal to fairly engage in reasoned debate is a symptom of panic in financial circles.

    The Roman empire morphed into feudalism because the costs of running the whole thing outpaced its capacity to fund it.

    I’d rather survive, like Uderzo’s Asterix the Gaul, in a mutually supportive self-reliant community.

    Without earthquakes.

  13. Vicky32 14

    ‘Scuse me, maybe I haven’t caught up, but what on earth did he mean by ‘denimic’? Was it meant to be ‘dynamic’? :D

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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
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
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