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Key’s laundry list of broken promises

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 pm, March 14th, 2012 - 56 comments
Categories: jobs, john key, privatisation, public services, tax, Unions - Tags: , ,

He must resign. Surely. Here is Key, speaking to the PSA in 2008, making very specific promises about public service jobs, tax cuts, and asset sales that helped him get elected. Promises he has since broken. There’s no excuse. He wasn’t blind-sided by events. He made these promises never intending to keep them. Key is refusing to comment but if the man has any ethics he’ll resign.

Here are the quotes from the PSA speech:

“We’re not going to cut jobs, we’re just capping at 36,000″ – 2,500 jobs gone so far. For savings of $20 million, not the billion hoped for. 2,500 more jobs to go soon.

“We’re not borrowing for tax cuts” – National’s own Budget said the 2010 tax cuts would cost $1 billion over four years. They cost $1.1 billion in the first nine months.

“We’re not proposing to change the Employment Relations Act in a way that weakens unions” – and, yet, they have by allowing employers to block workers from meeting their union representatives in the workplace.

“there will be no asset sales in the first term of a National Government and there may never be asset sales in the years ahead” – National spent $6 million in Budget 2011, before the election, on preparing assets for sale. they were getting papers as early as 2010 on what assets to sell and how to spin it to the public.

“Nor am I hell-bent on selling assets, actually. I personally think that’s not the issue that the current economy faces…actually,I don’t think selling off state assets is going to make the boat go faster.” – Treasury and just about everyone else agrees. Yet National keeps claiming that asset sales are part of its growth strategy.

“The Crown’s dividend stream from the Meridians, the Mighty Rivers of the world is large.” – Funny, because for the past year Key and English have been saying the returns are below the cost of capital on owning these companies – which raises the question of why anyone else would want them. the truth is they are highly profitable. Even English’s biased numbers so the Crown losing $100m a year from asset sales.

“We don’t have a debt problem, they’re acting highly effectively as companies, and they’re making money – There is no motivation to sell assets.” – There is Key demolishing three more of what would soon become his own arguments for asset sales. And, despite the recession (which was already happening when he gave this speech) and the earthquakes, the Crown still doesn’t have a debt problem thanks to the fact that the Fifth Labour Government bequeathed zero net debt. Net debt’s going to peak at about 30%, well below the danger zone. It’s currently 27th lowest in the 34 member OECD. And, of course, selling assets rather than taking on more debt makes no difference to net wealth. In fact it makes it worse in the long-run as the government has to borrow an extra $100m a year to make up the shortfall from foregone profits.

“We’re about creating assets, actually, not about selling assets.” – This term, all they’re about is selling assets … and cutting jobs that Key promised not to cut.

“There is no agenda to sell assets.”- That promise helped him get power in 2008 with the near-certainty of a second term. It was a lie.

Don’t give me any bullshit about Key being forced to break his promises by events. He knew there was a global recession when he made these commitments – he was speaking during the campaign in October 2008, the steepest part of the recession, a year after the subprime crisis began, most of a year after the drought here, and months after the Lehman collapse. And he broke all those promises long before the earthquakes started.

56 comments on “Key’s laundry list of broken promises”

  1. Hami Shearlie 1

    “If the man has any ethics he’ll resign”! People with ethics wouldn’t have made promises and broken them. People with ethics . Hmmmm, I’m sorry, I don’t think Jonkey knows any of them – he doesn’t rub shoulders with ethical people – he’s Merrill Lynch material!

    Jonkey can’t resign just yet anyway – he’s got too much grubby Nact laundry to wash – see you down at the laundromat John-John!!!

    • johnm 1.1

      Hi Hami Shearlie

      I agree. Shonkey made his pile at the Merrill Lynch ponzi scheme which like all ponzi schemes went bust but not before its operators got out with a lot of dough! Ethics ? Their ethics was make as much dinero for yourself as possible. Shonkey was in the London Office. The City is infamous for a total absence of any regulatory insight on financial transactions and has become with Wall Street the World Headquarters of Ponzi Schemes. AIG operated there along with Bernie Madoff.

      More of the World Shonkey comes from:

      “Goldman Exec Quits, calling firm toxic — CNN

      “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he wrote. “Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’ sometimes over internal e-mail.”

      — This is an amazing OpEd. Please read all of it. It’s in the NY Times.

      You know, there’s a part of me that perceives this as very significant moment. Someone from deep inside the Infinite Growth beast is condemning its inevitable devolution into blatant, open criminality, lacking all pretense of moral values. Greg Smith has done the world a valuable service and redeemed himself in many ways. GS is at or near the top of the pyramid (scheme) and the moral climate Smith describes is ubiquitous throughout the financial world, from the IMF, to the World Bank, to… everything.”

      “I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,'”
      Shonkey is so separated from the ordinary kiwi not wanting our assets sold off I am sure we might as well be muppets to him. He’s a neoliberal auto pilot zombie.

      Link:http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/6931-goldman-exec-quits-calling-firm-toxic

      • rosy 1.1.1

        “I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,”

        That’s one of Key’s favourites isn’t it – calling people muppets – the opposition, his adminstrative staff… even his wife, if I recall correctly. Hmmm I wonder where he picked that up from…

        • johnm 1.1.1.1

          Hi rosy
          Yes! Refer this standard article of 2009 “Memo from a muppet”

          “So John Key thinks I’m a Muppet.

          “[when I'm in Hawaii on holiday] they’ll send me stuff … those Muppets in the background who send it all to me”*

          Well f#ck you, John.

          While you’re off in Hawaii with your DPS pouring you drinks, I’ll be working. The days I do get on ‘holiday’ I have to be online and on-call to respond to the government’s latest stuff up. Christmas morning, first thing I’ll have to do is check the wires for any news I need to respond to or send off to the minister (if I can get hold of him). And, yeah, then I will sing Snoopy’s bloody Christmas with the kids, and I’ll have an eye on the phone the whole time.

          I don’t get to go to Hawaii. I don’t get six weeks holiday a year. I don’t get your wage. I don’t get to bribe journalists to like me with fancy bottles of wine paid for by my taxpayer salary (and, yeah, we got an inflation adjustment this year, whoo hoo). But I do the work because it needs to be done and I believe in it. I’m proud to work for the people of New Zealand, John. I don’t need your insults, you lazy, showboating, do-nothing, weak excuse for a Prime Minister.”

          Link: http://thestandard.org.nz/memo-from-a-muppet-2/

          Goldman Sachs MDs have: “Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors
          refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’ sometimes over internal e-mail.”

          Link:http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/6931-goldman-exec-quits-calling-firm-toxic

  2. ropata 2

    http://keyholes.co.nz/post/13195497123/capital-gains-tax-and-rents

    Capital gains tax and rents
    John Key say that a CGT will push up rents …

    Now rents and property are still bubbling along and making wealthy NACT voters happy.
    Thanks to Key’s short sighted attitude to CGT low income earners are worse off

    Shameful behaviour from the boy who was raised in a state house.

  3. fender 3

    ”………if the man has any ethics he’ll resign”.

    It’s safe to say he won’t be resigning then!

    He will quit however once the wealth transfer has been completed, though the extent of the wealth transfer potential should be knee-capped in 2014. For the sake of our country 2014 can’t come soon enough.

  4. Bazar 4

    ““There is no agenda to sell assets.”- That promise helped him get power in 2008 with the near-certainty of a second term. It was a lie.”

    That promise was made and held.
    There were no assets sold in the first term, as Key said.

    You seem to think that because they were elected in 2008, the NZ population is unable to change their mind, forced into some bizarre 6 year election cycle.

    Newsflash, the New Zealand population voted for this government, well aware that assets sales were part of the national policy.

    I’m amazed at the inability for a leftwinger to grasp such a simple premise.
    National said they would sell assets if they got into power this term, they made it clear, labour made it clear, greens made it clear, every party, reporter, and informed voter made it clear.
    There was no uncertainty in this, and people still voted for national, and thus for asset sales.

    And now you attribute nationals victory at the polls to little more then a old promise that held no relation to 2011, and as such proclaim Key as a liar.

    Hell you sound like a child having a tantrum while looking for an excuse to explain why their party lost.

    Grow Up.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      So you’re running the “Key has a mandate from the electorate” line.

      Well, why doesn’t Key spend $10M from the $6000M asset sales to run a referendum on the issue then?

      Or are you afraid that the NZ public will vote 80% or more against asset sales? Some mandate.

      • Bazar 4.1.1

        Because we only just had a referendum on the issue, and it was a binding referendum.

        Your asking for a non-binding referendum, that won’t have anywhere near the same coverage and detail, and just isn’t needed.

        I will add though, that i do believe if a referendum was given, that it’d be against asset sales.

      • Mark 4.1.2

        Should we have a referendum on the Ports Dispute as well?

    • rosy 4.2

      …”that held no relation to 2011″

      Worth remembering when righties go on about ‘they did it too’ whenever opposition to asset sales (or anything else) is directed from Labour to National.

    • starlight 4.3

      If nz’ers were in favour of asset sales they would have voted so he had ‘unbridled power’
      key did not get that,he had to get the support of maori,act,united future,to get a 1 seat majority,
      maori are not supporting asset sales.

      • Bazar 4.3.1

        “maori,act,united future,to get a 1 seat majority”

        National, Act, and United are enough at 63 Seats.

        The maori party are not needed, but as with the last term in government, included for stability and long term relations.

  5. Debatewatcher 5

    Interesting.

    John Key gave the speech to the PSA on 25 September 2008.

    Lehman collapsed on 15 September 2008.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00271.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bankruptcy_of_Lehman_Brothers

  6. Blue 6

    It’s not really news that Key is a liar. His 2008 promise to cap, but not cut the public service was broken with impunity and he got away with it scot-free because the media and the public don’t care about public servants losing their jobs.

    The fact that it 100%, no arguments, no excuses, made him a liar fell by the wayside.

    I seem to remember some classless journalist clubbing Phil Goff for calling a spade a spade during one of last year’s election debates.

    Political reality check here – after nine years in Opposition, National and John Key would have promised any fucking thing under the sun to get back into power, with no intention whatsoever of keeping those promises, only doing whatever they needed to do to get a second term as well.

    And the media, compliant little sycophants that they are, whitewashed it all because it suited them to have a change, to have something new and shiny rather than another three years of the same. No responsibility, no ethics, just selfish, shallow greed.

    • rosy 6.1

      “after nine years in Opposition, National and John Key would have promised any fucking thing under the sun to get back into power”

      Would have… They did! I remember well ‘the yeah, yeah we’ll do that too’ from Key whenever labour came up with a policy decision that might trump tax cuts. The blatant cheek – and the MSM just laughed along with him – how cute they all were.

    • Peter 6.2

      Sad, but you are right!

  7. seeker 7

    “but if the man has any ethics he’ll resign.”
    He doesn’t and he therefore he won’t. I’m not at all sure that you can really call him a “man” either, I am sad to say. Very good post though Eddie.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    LOLZ Eddie. Your article can only be an attempt at distraction from the performance of Labour’s bumbling charisma-void of a leader.

    So, am I right in saying, that by the logic advanced in your article, Labour, if elected next time, will be breaking promises big time, they don’t scrap GST on fruit and veges, extend the in-work tax credit to the unemployed, introduce a capital gains tax etc etc. And before anyone advances the obvious and pathetic excuse that there is a new leader for Labour now, let me remind them that there is a thing called collective responsibility and the new leader was part of the team that crafted those promises.

    • felix 8.1

      If they were elected on those promises, yep.

      So no.

      Moran.

      • tsmithfield 8.1.1

        “If they were elected on those promises, yep. So no.”

        Well, Key wasn’t elected last year on the promises alluded to in the article, either. In fact, so far as asset sales goes, he specifically promised no asset sales in that previous term, and that asset sales would be put to voters in the next election, which is exactly what happened.

        So, it is comparing apples with apples and so the same goes for Labour, if promises from previous elections are to be considered relevant.

        “Moran.”

        Are you suggesting I am part of a historical Australian drug family?

        Or maybe you meant “moron”. In which case, the title would apply more aptly to you for not being able to spell it.

        • Te Reo Putake 8.1.1.1

          Whoosh! A joke goes flying over TS’s head. The world moves on …

        • felix 8.1.1.2

          “So, it is comparing apples with apples and so the same goes for Labour, if promises from previous elections are to be considered relevant.”

          Rot.

          Labour didn’t get elected on any of the promises you list. If they did, I’d expect them to stick to them. But they didn’t, so they can’t, and you’re arguing hypotheticals while the rest of us are talking about what National actually said and did.

          Trouble is you don’t have many options arguing in favour of John Key breaking his word so you’re finding it easier to argue about what might have happened in a parallel universe where National weren’t elected.

          Even that moran Matthew Hooton manages to mount a coherent argument in support of Key’s broken promises. Why can’t you?

        • Frank Macskasy 8.1.1.3

          No, Key was elected,

          * to create 170,000 new jobs.

          * Not to raise GST.

          * Capping state sector numbers – not cutting.

          * Stating that he didn’t want to see NZers “tenants in their own country”.

          * Raising wages.

          * Creating an economy where NZers would prefer to stay in NZ rather than migrate to Australia.

          * Yada, yada, yada.

          I’m sure I’ve left out a few things, TS – but you get my drift.

          What’ve we got instead…

          * Well, he’s combining several ministeries into one Soviet-style super-ministry.

          That’s it. Yay.

  9. TT 9

    It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Key is a white collar criminal. He shouldn’t resign; he should be removed from power and spend the rest of his life in prison along with the rest of the ruling NACT junta.

  10. AAMC 10

    The only thing surprising here is the surprise with which the news delivered it. Why wasn’t this dug out pre election? Because the 4th estate has an established mantra around us Kiwi’s being good sorts and giving a Govt a couple a cracks at it before we start to hold them to account?
    This is a failure of the media, and it presentation as some great scoop when we’ve all been ranting on here and to friends about exactly these issues for years…

  11. vto 11

    .

    Hands up who would trust John Key.

    • vto 11.1

      Tell you who wouldn’t and no doubt didn’t and that is the audience at that speech. You could see it in their eyes, it was like they were watching a snake-oil salesman. Surprising that.

  12. insider 12

    I think John Key should do what Helen Clark and Michael Cullen did after interest free student loans didn’t cost what they said they would and what Pete Hodgson did after the $500m carbon credit cheque got lost in the post.

  13. vto 13

    Why does everyone pussyfoot around politicians who lie?

    It is like the fact that an MP is not allowed to be labelled a hypocrite in the house apparently. Weak and pathetic.

    It just stinks… “oh no, don’t call him a liar because he might call me a liar for a lie I made back whenever”. “No, don’t say anything too bad, lest it happens to me in reverse.” “Lighten the accusation in order that I only receive light accusations in return”.

    The participants in the political world are at these times complete shams. On all sides. The most lies in the country get spoken by politicians and it is unacceptable that it is permitted.

    If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck …..

    Bullshit on a grand scale.

  14. He also must resign for the simple fact he has encorporated Goldman Sachs in auckland
    into national party policies.
    Just released to the media is an insider of Goldman Sachs in the US has waged a stinging
    attack on these ‘financial terrorists’,the sale of our assets came from GS in auckland,the ports
    in auckland and tauranga requiring a higher return came from GS,the first idea of asset sales
    to ‘pay down debt’ was mis-leading nz,then it changed to schools,health etc another GS
    offering to ‘soften’ the public’s acceptance.
    NZ is being governed by GS in auckland via their man key,when there are other options
    for nz including a capital gains tax.
    Key must step down,he is taking nz on a path to total distruction and needs to stop,a vote
    of no confidence by the public and in parliament needs to be held before it gets totally out
    of control.
    His statement of 2008 is a reflection on key’s character and integrity,missing in action.

    • johnm 14.1

      Hi starlight
      I agree Shonkey is GS material
      Would you be able to explain the connections you have alluded to more clearly? It is very important because GS is a criminal organisation that makes the MOB in terms of getting money out of muppet clients and daft governments bailing them out with taxpayer’s money look like amateurs.

      • starlight 14.1.1

        Interest.co.nz had an article on the goldman link with key,asset sales and the ports were discused at a meeting.

      • starlight 14.1.2

        There is an article by gareth vaughn also one about Goldman managing the sale of our assets.

        • johnm 14.1.2.1

          Thanks starlight I will look those references up. This is a scandal GS are the biggest bunch of financial terrorists in the World today. They are criminals who have committed massive fraud in the U$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so big the Government couldn’t touch them so they employed them! If Key is connected to these Bastards that should sink him permanently. This should be highlighted by the docile MSM here. Hope eh!

          • starlight 14.1.2.1.1

            You also may be interested to learn that on the board of directors of the ports of auckland
            is Philipa Dunphy (deputy chair) asumed the position in 2010,with a 3yr contract, she
            was executive director of investment banking and head of debt capital for goldman
            sachs JB Were.
            There sure is shonkey deals going on,but we wont see it on main stream media.

            • johnm 14.1.2.1.1.1

              Criminal. Nz must stop being muppet sodomised by this criminal rubbish and bring back democracy. Otherwise its curtains for a decent society. Hi kiwi sheeple Baa Baa go back to sleep you stupid uninformed la la land fuckwits. AKA Mad cancerous ridden Mad fucking butcher.

            • johnm 14.1.2.1.1.2

              Hi starlight
              Again the GS connection with Shonkey and others boarders on the criminal.Why? because GS are criminals!

              These are the rich ponzi scheme mates Shonkey is getting advice from to sell OUR ASSETS. Makes you proud to be a New Zealander eh?

              The People vs. Goldman Sachs

              “They weren’t murderers or anything; they had merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye. But then they went one step further. They came to Washington, took an oath before Congress, and lied about it.

              Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-people-vs-goldman-sachs-20110511#ixzz1pE6NO6Zz

          • johnm 14.1.2.1.2

            Evidence to back up my assertion:

            Goldman Sachs Criminality?

            The People vs. Goldman Sachs
            Matt Taibbi: A Senate committee has laid out the evidence. Now the Justice Department should bring criminal charges

            Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-people-vs-goldman-sachs-20110511#ixzz1o1kkRbuz

            Goldman Sachs: Master Of The Universe

            By Stephen Lendman
            Link: http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman200410.htm

            “The scheme was to sell toxic asset-backed securities (ABSs) to unwary customers (including foreign banks, pension funds, insurance companies and others), then apparently use credit default swaps (CDSs) to profit when they defaulted, or in other words the equivalent of buying life insurance on an undisclosed terminally ill patient. More still, given Paulson & Co.’s role in helping to structure and select assets, then buying CDSs to short them, betting they’ll decline. Paulson thus far faces no charges. Goldman’s so far are civil. If criminal ones are filed, prosecutors will have to prove intent, perhaps coming given enough evidence to proceed.”

            Key is totally compromised using these crims to sell OUR ASSETS.

            • johnm 14.1.2.1.2.1

              Key is a sodomised muppet of Goldman Sachs albeit well paid! But must NZ become a sodomised muppet of these Bastards too? Decide Kiwi sheople BAA Baa.

              • johnm

                Further explanation of the World these psychopaths inhabit

                The World of John Key ex Merrill Lynch operative.
                Now flogging off our assets.

                “Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, announced his resignation Wednesday in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, denouncing the bank’s “toxic” culture of avarice and fraud.”

                Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29782

                “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” he describes a corporate environment that encourages and rewards big short-term returns gained through the bilking of clients and the general public. “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he writes.

                Speaking of one’s clients as “muppets” and describing deal-making as “ripping eyeballs out” are commonplace at Goldman, according to Smith.

                “It confirms from the inside that three-and-a-half years after Wall Street’s manic pursuit of super-profits triggered a global financial meltdown and the deepest slump since the Great Depression, nothing has changed in the boardrooms of corporate America. The same fraudulent and often illegal practices that enriched the financial aristocracy and plundered the rest of society continue unabated. The criminals at the top, having been bailed out with trillions of taxpayer funds, are making more money than ever, while millions of ordinary people are being driven into poverty and homelessness.”

                “The criminalization of the American corporate-financial elite cannot be separated from the capitalist system itself. It is the product of a decades-long process of crisis and decay, in which the ruling elite has increasingly separated its wealth-making from the production of real value.”

        • johnm 14.1.2.2

          Further info on GS who are The Standard Bearers of the U$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ NeoLiberal establishment. That any NZers including Key would go to these people for assistance on selling our assets is an outrageous scandal.

          Our msm are pretty useless they should have picked up on this:

          “11 Reasons Why America Would Be A Better Place Without Goldman Sachs”

          Link: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/11-reasons-why-america-would-be-a-better-place-without-goldman-sachs

          “#7 Goldman Sachs is working very hard to help state and local governments sell off our highways, water treatment plants, libraries, parking meters, airports and power plants to the highest bidder. Much of the time foreigners are the highest bidders for these precious infrastructure assets.

          The following is how Dylan Ratigan described what is going on….

          On Wall Street, setting up and running “Infrastructure Funds” is big business, with over $140 billion run by such banks as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Australian infrastructure specialist Macquarie. Goldman’s 2010 SEC filing should give you some sense of the scope of the campaign. Goldman says it will be involved with “ownership and operation of public services, such as airports, toll roads and shipping ports, as well as power generation facilities, physical commodities and other commodities infrastructure components, both within and outside the United States.” While the bank sees increased opportunity in “distressed assets” (ie. Cities and states gone broke because of the financial crisis), the bank also recognizes “reputational concerns with the manner in which these assets are being operated or held.”

          Gs have more than enough fiat U$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ juNk currency to buy up OUR ASSETS.Or charge interest on funding those who buy our assets.

          Shonkey is totally beholden to these Wall Street crims and virtually in bed with them. They’rehis ex mates from the Merrill Linch Ponzi scheme days. How he made his $50,000,000 dinero pile: He sure didn’t do any real work for it like say a Wharfie has to work!

  15. I also add to my post,Goldman Sachs is one of three ‘financial terrorists’ that are going
    to manage the sales of our tax payer owned assets, key,looking after his business mates,
    he is here for a reason and its sure isn’t to look after the citizens.

    • johnm 15.1

      Hi starlight
      more on Goldman Sachs

      These are the guys giving advice to their ex mate Shonkey on the sale of OUR ASSETS!
      “Goldman Sachs – Making
      Money By Stealing It
      By Stephen Lendman”
      Link: http://www.rense.com/general95/goldmanss.html

      “Money power in private hands and democracy can’t co-exist. Wall Street crooks transformed America into an unprecedented money making racket.

      Goldman symbolizes master of the universe manipulative fraud. It’s been involved in nearly all financial scandals since the 19th century.

      It makes money the old-fashioned way. It steals it through fraud, grand theft, market manipulation, front-running them, scamming investors, bribing political Washington, having its executives in top administration posts, and getting open-ended low or no interest rate bailouts when needed.

      It’s business model and culture assure billions of bonus dollars for company officials, complicit traders, and others on the take. It’s a crime family, not a bank. It’s connected to others like it on Wall Street and corrupt politicians”

  16. This stuff should have been all over the MSM for the last 3 years, but since Key had the longest media honeymoon in history they didn’t touch him with anything he couldn’t spin in his favour. Nat’s victory in the 2011 election is purely on the shoulders of the media for not informing people of what their government was doing. Most people don’t go to look this stuff up for themselves.

  17. aerobubble 17

    Key buys some expensive dresses, after hearing that the world is in the greatest
    global debt crisis in history, returning home he tells wifey that debt will blow out
    and she has to cull her spending, and how much is her family gold airloom again? He
    said he was not going to sell them, or sack the hired help, but now wifey just needs
    to get with the program and go back to work in the real economy (unpaid housework), and his explanation? The world global debt crisis he did not see coming.

    Key keeps abreast of the world economy, he made millions doing so, so its hard to fathom how the PM can argue he did not have a clue about the global debt crisis, and still doesn’t. Our debt is held privately and Key has increase government debt by lowering taxes for the wealth and raising them for the poorest. Two faced.

  18. “Don’t give me any bullshit about Key being forced to break his promises by events. He knew there was a global recession when he made these commitments – he was speaking during the campaign in October 2008, the steepest part of the recession, a year after the subprime crisis began, most of a year after the drought here, and months after the Lehman collapse. And he broke all those promises long before the earthquakes started.”

    Correct.

    The Banking Crisis was in full swing in 2008, and Cullen took Key to task on all his promises. Slippery John simple employed his usual trick; deny, deny, deny.

    By the time Joe Public began to realise what was going on, it was too late and Dear Leader had been elected.

  19. johnm 19

    Selling the cow to buy the milk
    Nats are selling off our Power Company assets to prove to their ideological mates they’re still part of the club. Why does predatory finance want Public Wealth so much?

    Huge funds (like sovereign wealth funds) are frustrated by the near zero rates of return on offer (due to central banks refusing to let rates rise with their QE programs), use their considerable political leverage to get governments (like NZ) to change or modify laws allowing them to buy key income producing assets like Power Companies – so that their return on investment bumps up to 8 – 9% (from 1/2 %)( Power Companies were returning 15% I believe). Citizens end up losing the key income producing asset that their taxes built and maintained for generations. They also will be subjected to rampant extra ticket clipping cost rises – as reckless, loose monetary policies continue to debase the currency – forcing the new owners to ‘keep up with inflation’ by jacking up utility access costs. This is a clear wealth transfer scheme orchestrated by John Key and Bill English at the expense of the New Zealand tax payer.

    • KeepOurAssetsDon'tSell. 19.1

      It all boils down to the Ponzi Monetary system.
      The Financialization of everything by robbing country’s of their infrastructure via selling out to private interests with the help of the Bank’s Fake Money.
      show me a place, in the World today, where financial turmoil doesn’t exist. We are all locked into this shit. Every hedge fund manager is shitting themselves, no one knows where the safe bets are. All talks of any escape is just blowing off steam and ‘the grass is greener’. I’m ready to emigrate but waiting to see which land provides some shelter from the storm by disassociating itself from the ‘free market’.

  20. stuart 20

    key has promised 170000 new jobs by 2014 it was bs at election and total bs now the only promise this prick will keep is to steal our assets i still think he will resign before 2014 job done !why should we except worthless paper money for hard assets at the very least we should ask for gold

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  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Why is the “Progressive” Coalition so Regressive?
    Have you ever, when parallel parking, got yourself wedged into the curb? The car in front is centimetres away and your rear wheel is touching the curb at an angle. This is a metaphor for the state of economic policy-making...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Of course the Greens could work with National
    A warm soy latte with John Key?   Sharp in take of breath moment as TVNZ last night reported Greens could work with National post the election if National win. It’s a smart move. The Greens are so viciously anti-tribal...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Quality of Journalism
    “Skilled journos getting unwarranted shit from hack bloggers & online warriors could earn big $ in PR/marketing, so thank you for what you do”. As this tweet rolled across my screen this morning the irony had me rolling my eyes. Why on...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – #BlueGreen2014 – Or: The Media Jetskiis O...
    During Thursday’s iteration of One News, I was virtually shocked off my seat to hear a reasonably well-known political pundit slash nominal “journalist” prognosticating about the likelihood of the Green Party “switching gear” on its electoral strategy … and deciding...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Conservatives Break through 5% Threshold
    Reports in today’s Dominion Post that the Conservative Party is polling at 6% in Nationals internal polling are not surprising says the Conservative Napier candidate Garth McVicar....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Hundreds of Students Turn Out for Political Debate
    With only a few days left before the general election, over 500 Victoria students packed the central Hub space on campus today to listen to a political debate on student issues organised by the Students’ Association. Victoria University of Wellington...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life
    It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme,...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works
    Federated Farmers believes the experience of a husband and wife farming team in Taranaki underscores why the 90-days provision is so important to small businesses. “Yesterday a member called 0800 FARMING to alert us to a guy doing the rounds...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eye to Eye Uploaded
    Leading Maori broadcaster and political commentator Willie Jackson previews Eye to Eye Uploaded, a multi-platform series of interviews that he’s aiming to put in front of media radars next year....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Party Rankings against Inequality
    Revealed: which party will do the most to reduce New Zealand’s growing inequality crisis...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Maritime Union backs change of Government
    The Maritime Union says a change of Government is required to deliver secure jobs and decent wages for New Zealand workers....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Green Party package for newborns welcomed
    16 September 2014 Media Release The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed a policy announced today by the Green Party which would provide a package of essential items for every newborn baby. The College is a non partisan organisation...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • ALCP Release Election Manifesto
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has released its manifesto in the lead up to the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Election Daily Update #9
    John Key’s National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night’s “Moment of Truth” event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party
    Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws
    Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parents Smacking Down Prime Minister
    "John Keys failure to deliver on his promise to change the anti-smacking law is costing National votes, and helping the Conservative Party," says Colin Craig....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
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