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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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    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • The boldest, most creative and dynamic policy on employment for two generat...
    If you watched TV news last night you could be forgiven for thinking that a circus was on when Internet MANA launched its election campaign today. The reporting was abysmal but I won’t rehash it here because it’s been described...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Internet MANA announce free tertiary education & full employment – me...
    Internet MANA launch their campaign after an extraordinary road tour and after gaining 4% in the Colmar Brunton Poll, today should have been the start point for a momentous occasion  in progressive political history. It was, but sadly most won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Privilege denies true representation of disability rights
    The human right of people with disabilities in New Zealand has come back into the spotlight by the Human Rights Commission. The report named ‘Making Disability Rights Real’ highlights some of the main issues as being adequate data collection, accessibility,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Election TV campaign ads – Opening Night
    . .The infamous National Party ‘Dancing Cossacks’ Attack advert  NZ, 23 August -  The election campaign “kicked off” on Saturday evening, with a one hour “televisual feast”. Party advertisements were broadcast for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, United Future/Peter Dunne,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Blogging vs Journalism vs Politics – The 7 latest revolting revelations
    So we now enter the most dangerous phase for National, the phase where the minutia of detail is so great now, the media have all the ammunition to keep asking questions that clearly show Key isn’t being honest in his...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A positive story of political co-operation!
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 23 August - The following is a true story and shows how the natural inclination of the rank-and-file of our main left-wing parties is to work together… I’ve been in contact with both the Green...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • “Dirty Politics” – the fall-out continues…
    . . As the shock-wave from Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics” continues to engulf everything in it’s path, it’s worthwhile looking at the damage caused by the ever-expanding fallout… Fallout Dispersal Zone: 1oom Farrar wrote on 19 August  (and later...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • #TeamKey’s sinking boat
    #TeamKey’s sinking boat...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Cat vs Key – I know nuffin
    Cat vs Key – I know nuffin...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas
    Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible
    Headline: A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible Analysis by Selwyn Manning. Prime Minister, John Key.WITHIN NATIONAL’S STRATEGY TEAM there is an acceptance that the facts revealed in the book, Dirty Politics, is chewing away at the party’s popular...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Toke the Vote 2014: NORML’s guide to NZ cannabis policies
    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference , is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Internet Mana List Embodies Modern Aotearoa
    An impressive mix of personal and professional skills, cultural backgrounds and ages marks the release of Internet MANA’s combined party list. “Our list highlights the calibre of talent woven throughout Internet MANA,” said leader Hone Harawira....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • The Dirty Politics Fallout
    Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National. The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te reo Māori trending at New Zealand Fashion Week
    Language and fashion express culture and identity so it’s fitting for the Māori Party to launch its te reo Māori policy at New Zealand’s premiere fashion event in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Party And Candidate Lists for 2014 Election Released
    The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Take Steps Against Child Poverty with Us!
    TAKE STEPS AGAINST CHILD POVERTY WITH US! Britomart to Aotea Square, Auckland, 11am, Saturday 6 Sept Music * Interactive Art * Stilt Walkers * Great Speakers * Plus more!...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Leading politicians to debate NZ’s role in the world
    Have you ever wondered where New Zealand stands when it comes to issues beyond our borders? Join Amnesty International's North Shore Group on Monday 1 September for a lively cross party debate and the chance to find out the answer...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Livestream
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence is happy to announce the upcoming 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 invite representatives...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Politicians ignore 20% of New Zealanders
    Despite 20% of New Zealanders supporting it, none of the parties currently represented in Parliament endorse the legalisation of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Company tax rates
    The Op Ed pages of the left-leaning New York Times are full of articles by economists supporting proposals to dramatically lower Company Taxes. These economists are urging the United States to lower company taxes and point to Canada where the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Stephen Dudley Case: No appeal or review of discharge
    On 8 August 2014 Crown Law received a request from the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor to consider a Crown appeal against the discharge without conviction entered in respect of M in the High Court at Auckland on 7...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Dudley Family Statement
    “We are utterly devastated at the news regarding the law not allowing for this unjustified discharge without conviction to be appealed....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Chief Judge: Chief Sized Offender Bias
    “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Confusion over BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Results
    A survey has revealed widespread confusion – even amongst professionals in the justice sector – about what the government’s reducing crime and reoffending progress reports actually mean....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Commission condemns violent attack on Gay Wellingtonians
    The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • One down, 12 to go says Community Housing Aotearoa
    The Waimahia Inlet is a step in the right direction for community housing to deliver 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, says Community Housing Aotearoa. CHA Director Scott Figenshow says the sector has been set a...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Research considering changes to pedestrian crossing laws
    A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest of the world....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • NZ on Air Refuse to Condemn “Kill the PM” Song
    New Zealand On Air has refused to condemn @peace’s 'Kill the PM' song, and will not provide any assurance that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate. Earlier today the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #32
    The combined wisdom of iPredict’s 8000 registered traders suggests National has begun a recovery after its prospects crashed last week following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics . The governing party’s forecast party vote is back...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Juicy carrot for prisoners alarming suggestion – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar says the public will be alarmed to learn that the only tool the Corrections Department has available to get prisoners to behave is to offer them a juicy carrot....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Panel: Fiji’s Return to Democracy
    Fiji’s post-coup elections and their impact in the Pacific o What is the role of the media in the Elections? o How might New Zealand help Fiji on its return to democracy?...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Cross-party consensus on climate change critical
    Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow
    Organisers of tomorrow night's transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Society Applauds Proposed NZ-Wide Risk Assessment
    The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment. The Green Party has also formally acknowledged support for the Wise...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Iwi Leaders welcome Labour policy on climate change
    Labour’s policy to stamp out price – gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low – income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Auckland Broadcasting Debate this Sunday
    Auckland Broadcasting Debate 6.30pm, August 31st 2014 (doors open 6.15pm) Pioneer Women's Hall High Street, Auckland City...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • New Zealand First Party List 2014
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the Party list for the 2014 election. We believe the list is a balance of experience, youth, skill and ability. These candidates, many of whom will be in Parliament after the election, will...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Refugee Policy in Election Year
    Leading politicians representing major political parties will be highlighting their policies, answering questions and ebating the issues in the lead-up to the coming election in an event organised by RCNZ this coming Saturday in Auckland. The present...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Intueri shareholders celebrate corporate welfare
    New Zealand's largest tertiary education company Intueri, which announced a $1.6 million profit yesterday, has received an increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Response to “Kill The PM” Song Coverage
    I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let's not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything. Last I seen famine was still going pretty...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment resource consent approved
    Mayor Annette Main has welcomed the granting of resource consent for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui redevelopment project....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • How much tax does PM pay compared to a minimum wage worker?
    John Minto, MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson Tuesday 26 August, 2014 MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Aucklanders to March in Solidarity with Iraqi Christians
    Hundreds of people are expected at a march this weekend in Auckland's Queen St, calling for solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Why not let Robin Hood help our children thrive?
    Why have we been so willing to accept the fact that a quarter of our children live in poverty? And why are we so unwilling to do anything about it when some simple measures would give all New Zealand’s kids...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Te Mana o Te Wai – the quality and vitality of water
    The Māori Party intends introducing legislation that gives the status of taonga to freshwater and will prioritise the improvement of its quality and vitality making it safer for drinking, swimming and gathering food....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • “Kill the PM” Band @Peace with Taxpayers’ Money
    Responding to the Fairfax article that hip-hop group @peace have released a track that threatens to kill the Prime Minister and have sex with his daughter, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • New Zealanders are right to be afraid of burglars
    “A poll in a major morning newspaper shows New Zealanders are afraid they will be burgled. They are definitely right about that,” said Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT Leader. “Official Police statistics report less than half of the burglaries that actually...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • National and Labour to outline economic visions
    The deputy leaders of National and Labour will outline their visions for the New Zealand economy in two upcoming public lectures hosted by Victoria University of Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Objectionable Hip-Hop Song Offensive to All NZ’ers
    Family First is slamming Auckland hip-hop crew @peace for their new release containing lyrics that threaten to kill Prime Minister John Key and have sex with his daughter....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Maori party Candidates Announced
    Maori Party Candidates Announced The Māori Party has today announced its list of 24 candidates to contest the 2014 General Election. "The list is headed by our co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and followed by two brilliant young candidates, number...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Commercial Industry Opposes Recreational Fishing Policy
    Press release from Alan Simmons. United Future Outdoors spokesperson and Candidate for Taupo. United Future Party President....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Statement on William Yan
    The Internet Party has noted published comments from Mega Ltd. about a shareholding in the company being subject to a Restraining Order by police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act in relation to Mr William Yan....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Conservatives will abolish Parole – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman says that one of his first tasks when he gets to Parliament will be to overhaul the Parole system. On current polling and the fact he is ranked No 3 on the Conservative Party list...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • ONE News & Facebook – Election Coverage Collaboration
    Auckland - ONE News and Facebook are collaborating to offer an interactive and social experience for the 2014 General Election utilising data insights and trends. This collaboration provides a new way for the electorate and candidates to share their...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Vote Compass Reaches 200,000+ Respondents
    On Friday 22 August the total number of respondents to Vote Compass reached an impressive 200,000 - and that number continues to grow rapidly (the total was more than 204,500 as of 5.00pm Sunday 24th)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Climate Policies Commit to Single Most Important Reform
    Labour’s response to climate change includes the single most important reform required - a Carbon Budgeting process and a Climate Commission to drive it....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Foodies come out for a CAN DO government
    Wellington culinary celebrities will be joining the call for a “can-do government” and supporting “can-do people getting out to vote” as they help build the beehive out of cans tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Nicky Hagar – Auckland Public Meeting
    A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hagar will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Remote Pacific atoll challenge lures Christchurch planner
    How do you come up with an urban development plan for a city which consists of tiny islets connected by causeways located in a remote Pacific atoll and subject to flooding on the next king tide?...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
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