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Housing selloff – obsessive secrecy and power

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 19th, 2015 - 21 comments

shushing key

National’s selloff of our state houses is yet another example of its two main obsessions, secrecy and unaccountable power.

And they’ll be grateful!

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, May 20th, 2015 - 15 comments

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Bill English tells us that the promise that they won the election on – that they’re the only Masters of Finance who could balance the government books (because that’s all that’s important…) – now isn’t at all important to the public.

And Bill tells us: they’ll get their surplus when I give it to them, and they’ll be grateful for it.

Twelve mistakes National made in Northland

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 30th, 2015 - 86 comments

Key my work here is done

There are many specific reasons why National lost Northland, but arrogance is the thread running through all of them.

Nats illegally gaming the OIA process

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, October 16th, 2014 - 74 comments

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It is clear to anyone who has read Dirty Politics that the National government illegally games the OIA process for political gain. Now we have Key’s confirmation of the fact.

No one wants Key’s convention center

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, June 28th, 2013 - 71 comments

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Key’s grubby little deal on the Sky City convention center is about as popular as halitosis. Public opinion is against it, and so is the Auckland City Council. But Key will carry on regardless, because he is much too arrogant to back down.

Then why don’t you release the advice John?

Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, May 21st, 2013 - 151 comments

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A legal expert has raised the alarm over the Nats’ latest outbreak of constitutional arrogance. So too has the Attorney General, and the media. Key says it’s all OK (of course), but why should anyone believe him when his government won’t release the advice that it has received?

Constitutional arrogance

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, May 18th, 2013 - 85 comments

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The invaluable Andrew Geddis has yet another good post on Pundit, describing National’s latest outbreak of constitutional arrogance. Add to the long list. These are the actions of politicians who are drunk on power, and not being held to account for it.

Popularity doesn’t make it OK

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 7th, 2013 - 21 comments

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Even Peter Dunne is getting disgusted with Key’s arrogance. Trouble is, Dunne assumes that being popular makes it OK. It doesn’t.

Bugger the environment

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, January 22nd, 2013 - 41 comments

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The Greens have learned (via OIA) that National ignored its own official advice in canceling the standard five-yearly State of the Environment Report.

National declines to discuss policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, November 17th, 2011 - 15 comments

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RNZ has a great Policy Q&A site up.  Labour and the Greens have replied to the questions (most parties have or will do so), so you can find out where they stand on the issues.  But National’s non-participation shows that they’re too arrogant to even bother engaging on policy.

Nats’ retrospective surveillance backdown

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, October 5th, 2011 - 27 comments

The Big Brother Police State Control Grid

The Nats most recent attack on democracy – the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill –  was outrageous in many ways.  It was almost universally condemned, and now Labour has secured significant concessions.

Contempt for democracy

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 am, September 17th, 2009 - 45 comments

Gerry Brownlee in Question Time yesterday. He’s asked a question, just sits there and refuses to answer. Doesn’t even open his mouth, just sits there with a smug look on his face. Lockwood, out of his depth like always, just ignores the rules to cover Brownlee’s arse. Only ten months in and this Government is abusing or […]

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