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Oram on Nats’ economic bungles

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, August 19th, 2013 - 59 comments

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The first of two required reading pieces from the weekend. Financial journalist Rod Oram sums up the Nats economic performance in an excellent piece in the SST. “Is damage control an economic development strategy?”

John Key – GCSB fool (or liar)

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, August 16th, 2013 - 141 comments

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On Campbell Live, and on other occasions, John Key has claimed that critics of the GCSB spying bill were all wrong. The Human Rights Commission – wrong. The Law Society – wrong. The Privacy Commissioner – wrong. Dame Anne Salmond – wrong. Everyone else wrong – only he – John Key – and his secret advisors were right, and we the sheeple have nothing to fear.

Now in a stunning embarrassment it is Key that has had to admit that he was wrong. Or a liar.

The budget’s flawed premise

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, May 15th, 2013 - 25 comments

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The whole austerity driven focus of the budget and National’s economic policy is based on a premise which is in turn based on a spreadsheet error.

A float with no %name%

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, April 16th, 2013 - 44 comments

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The Nats have spent $48.7 Million of our money “preparing” Mighty River Power for sale, and they couldn’t even get the very basics right.

The 3D printer peril!

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, April 12th, 2013 - 108 comments

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3D printers. Maurice Williamson thinks your family is at risk!

Systemic privacy breaches

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, April 10th, 2013 - 62 comments

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PM John Key reckons that there is no systemic problem with the security of the government’s data handling. He’s wrong – three separate incidents yesterday cap off a litany of recent breaches. Even Bill English now admits that the government cannot guarantee that public information is protected.

Attack of the Knuckleheads

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, April 6th, 2013 - 97 comments

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I wonder how far the knucklehead rebellion will spread…

Key needs time to get his story straight

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, April 5th, 2013 - 130 comments

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In an interview this afternoon Key said that: “There will be no more answering of questions straight away, if I need to get details”. Defensive and petulant, Key is backing away from accountability.

Dithering Nats

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, April 1st, 2013 - 49 comments

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Changes to the tax rules that kick in today reverse two decisions made earlier by the government. Dither dither dither.

The wage gap and the productivity lie

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, March 28th, 2013 - 23 comments

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New figures show that the wage gap with Australia is still increasing. National has nothing to offer but useless policies and excuses, while the captains of industry trot out the old productivity lie again.

What have the Nats got right?

Written By: - Date published: 3:51 pm, February 23rd, 2013 - 186 comments

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The list of National’s failures is long – and getting longer. So what have the Nats got right in their 4 years in office? What have they accomplished? Genuine questions, Nat supporters, I’m interested to know what you think Key and co. have achieved.

NZ economic forecast “deteriorating”

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, January 23rd, 2013 - 50 comments

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According to an international credit reporting agency our economic “risk profile” is “deteriorating”, due in part to rising unemployment. Good work National.

Postcards from the “brighter” future

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, August 6th, 2012 - 11 comments

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Hey John – where’s our “Brighter Future”? Hey National voters – was this what you voted for?

What price an apology?

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, June 12th, 2012 - 23 comments

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Parents and teachers are calling for Key to apologise over the stress and anxiety that Key’s government has caused them over the last 2 weeks. Want to guess how Key handled it?

Postcards from the “brighter” future

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, June 5th, 2012 - 18 comments

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Hey John – where’s our “Brighter Future”? Hey National voters – was this what you voted for?

An arrogant PM

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, April 26th, 2012 - 41 comments

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Ignoring public opposition, attacking the media, “advising himself” to do whatever he wants, it doesn’t add up tp a very pretty picture.

Meanwhile the economy…

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, March 23rd, 2012 - 15 comments

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Plenty of high-profile bad news headlines for the Nats. At least it takes the focus of the boring old economy.

Postcards from the “brighter” future

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, March 10th, 2012 - 24 comments

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Hey John – where’s our “Brighter Future”? Hey National voters – was this what you voted for?

False economy

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, March 6th, 2012 - 16 comments

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Nationals bungling on the economy continues to damage NZ. Even their misguided state sector job cuts have failed to make significant savings…

How we got where we are

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 24th, 2011 - 39 comments

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Last election we had a choice between competent economic management and a bunch of hollow promises. We made a poor choice then, and the record shows that we have wasted three years as a result.  Coming up to this election we don’t need more tired Nat excuses, we need solutions. Bring back Labour!

$22 Billion minutiae

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 pm, July 6th, 2011 - 131 comments

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There can’t be many Kiwis who don’t know about the severity of the leaky homes crisis.  Or can there?  Oh don’t worry, he’s only the PM after all…

lprent: pushed this up the page again now that the program has aired.

Who has the ideas?

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, May 26th, 2011 - 61 comments

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Last week we had National’s budget and Labour’s conference.  A chance for both parties to set out their ideas for the future.  National’s do-nothing budget went down like a lead balloon, while Labour started setting out promising new policy.  Looks like the 2011 election campaign will  be a contest between ideas and schoolboy mockery.

100% Clueless

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, May 13th, 2011 - 86 comments

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When confronted with the scientific evidence on the hollowness of our “100% Pure” slogan John Key, as usual, tried to attack the credibility of the source.  Key said “He’s one academic and, like lawyers, I could provide you others who would give a counter view”.   Now the source (Dr Mike Joy) has called the PM on his clueless claim.

Friday photo op

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, November 5th, 2010 - 41 comments

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Labour Party leader and PM of  Japan John Key talks to visiting US President Hillary Clinton.

A noose around students’ necks

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, October 22nd, 2010 - 21 comments

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Every time I think John Key can’t get any more cynical and hypocritical in his messaging, he manages to take it to a new level.  Apparently spending money on the education system will create “a noose around the neck of young New Zealanders”…

Key’s economic bravado now reduced to whining

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, October 21st, 2010 - 24 comments

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In three short years John Key and National have gone from economic bravado, to failure, to lies, excuses and whining.  As the economy languishes they will have nothing to offer except more lies and excuses.

This is a time for fresh thinking, both globally and locally.  But we won’t get it from National.

For the economic record

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, August 3rd, 2010 - 119 comments

John Key The Rapture Election night 2008

John Key trotted out a huge lie in Parliament last week: “It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy; it might take a bit longer than that for us to sort it out”. Let’s compare National and Labour’s economic records shall we.

Labour 12% ahead in the polls!

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, August 2nd, 2010 - 30 comments

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I’m very pleased to report that Labour has leapt to a dramatic 12% lead in the opinion polls over National! It’s looking good for 2011! Bravo Phil Goff and the rest of the Labour team.

Key a dim bulb

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, May 17th, 2010 - 40 comments

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Our PM is now an international laughing stock, having been nominated by the San Francisco Examiner as “Dim bulb of the week” for his cannibal joke. Nor are Key’s most recent comments on the Tuhoe deal likely to help matters…

Clueless forgot to pay the bill?

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 22nd, 2010 - 15 comments

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I regret to inform the world that John Keys domain has run out of money and is in the process of expiring (much like this government will eventually do). This is a pity as http://johnkey.co.nz has probably has the highest hit rate of any of the National party websites.This is because there has been a […]

John Key discovers new word. Country celebrates.

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, February 23rd, 2010 - 17 comments

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This morning the DomPost ran an article by Tracy Watkins about several ministers misusing their ministerial credit cards for personal entertainment. They obtained the information by doing OIAs (Official Information Act requests). Now I’ve come to expect that NACT ministers will do (in John Keys words) “stupid” things in office. But what I found significant was that John Key appears to have discovered the use of a new word “disappointment”. This is a major advance for the NACT political vocabulary.

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