The Big Operation

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Date published: 12:26 pm, February 23rd, 2019 - 9 comments
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A life changing operation is a big decision and there are no easy answers.

In defense of taxing the family home

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Date published: 7:53 pm, February 21st, 2019 - 118 comments
Categories: capital gains, tax
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Let’s talk about why houses, art, and basically everything should be in the new Capital Gains Tax that Labour and New Zealand First should get onboard with, contrary to their reservations.

Open mike 23/02/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 23rd, 2019 - 125 comments

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Daily review 22/02/2019

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 22nd, 2019 - 12 comments

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GCSB head Hampton gazumped by Pompeo

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Date published: 1:15 pm, February 22nd, 2019 - 15 comments

On Wednesday GCSB chief Andrew Hampton told a Select Committee there was absolutely “no pressure” publicly or privately on his decision to block Huawei. On Thursday US Secretary of State Pompeo publicly warned that “United States would not be able to partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies Co Ltd systems.” What a difference a day makes.

It’s the kiwi way

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Date published: 8:41 am, February 22nd, 2019 - 69 comments

National is engaging in hysterical levels of hyperbole in its response to the Tax Working Group’s reform package.

Open mike 22/02/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 22nd, 2019 - 129 comments

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Daily review 21/02/2019

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 21st, 2019 - 40 comments

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The Tax Working Group proposals

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Date published: 12:38 pm, February 21st, 2019 - 314 comments

The Tax Party working group’s recommendations have been released.

Musing on independent breakaways in the UK.

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Date published: 9:35 am, February 21st, 2019 - 6 comments

Britain has an interesting political system, one that in many respects we share. The effect is to realise new streams of political effect without revolution. Usually not as a result of actual electoral success, but because it causes shifts in the positions of the major parties that form the governments. 

The Independent Group Grows

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Date published: 9:06 am, February 21st, 2019 - 21 comments

In the UK, 3 Conservative MP’s have now aligned themselves with the 8 dissenting Labour MP’s in the ‘Independent Group’. What does this mean for both parties and how will it affect Brexit?

The handling of Pike River evidence was diabolical

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Date published: 7:39 am, February 21st, 2019 - 30 comments

The Pike River families have released an internal police document describing the handling of evidence from the crime scene as diabolical.

Open mike 21/02/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 21st, 2019 - 63 comments

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Daily Review 20/02/2019

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 20th, 2019 - 134 comments

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23 dinosaur councils refuse to sign Climate Change commitment

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Date published: 9:29 am, February 20th, 2019 - 78 comments

Thames-Coromandel mayor and former National Party MP Sandra Goudie has called a request to sign up to LGNZ’s Climate Change declaration irresponsible at the same time as the Council has entered a coastal inundation notation on the titles for a Retirement Village development it issued consent for.

Bernie runs again

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Date published: 7:22 am, February 20th, 2019 - 250 comments

Bernie Sanders has announced he will seek the Democratic candidacy for the presidency and has described Trump as being a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy.

Open mike 20/02/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 20th, 2019 - 159 comments

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Pollwatch: Colmar Brunton 18/02/2019

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Date published: 8:29 pm, February 19th, 2019 - 13 comments

Do good things come in twos? This Pollwatch suggests that perhaps they do, and that maybe the news is rosier than the last one suggested.

Daily review 19/02/2019

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Date published: 5:39 pm, February 19th, 2019 - 77 comments

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Digital Corporations: Pay Us What You Owe Us

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Date published: 7:17 am, February 19th, 2019 - 75 comments

The Government has indicated that it will seek to tax digital companies from overseas.

Open mike 19/02/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 19th, 2019 - 160 comments

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Colmar Brunton Feb 2019

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Date published: 8:24 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 84 comments

Another poll, another sizzling result for Jacinda Ardern and the Coalition team. Mansplain that, Simon.

Daily review 18/02/2019

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 62 comments

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What China crisis?

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Date published: 12:58 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 52 comments

Claims that New Zealand is at a crisis point in terms of its relationship with China appear to be somewhat overegged.

Lock ’em Up!?

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Date published: 12:33 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 15 comments

Unionist and former MP Darien Fenton takes issue with a major weakness in our law. That’s the ability of guilty bosses to just ignore the rulings of the Employment Court. Can’t pay? Won’t pay!

Pike River mine evidence went missing

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Date published: 7:52 am, February 18th, 2019 - 74 comments

It has been alleged that a potentially vital piece of evidence in the Pike River mine fatality that may show the cause of the explosion may have gone missing.

Open mike 18/02/2019

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Date published: 7:13 am, February 18th, 2019 - 200 comments

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Open mike 17/02/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 17th, 2019 - 182 comments

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How To Get There 17/2/19

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Date published: 6:57 am, February 17th, 2019 - 145 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.  

The NZ National Party is the Wizard of Oz

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Date published: 2:57 pm, February 16th, 2019 - 32 comments

The National Party is a sad, confused, slightly dazed white old man behind the curtain.

Walls and Bridges

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Date published: 11:56 am, February 16th, 2019 - 54 comments

It’s been a horror week for two leaders and a leader who will never be leader.

TRP casts a wary and weary eye over three political zombies whose time appears up.

And, oh, Jeremy Corbyn.

 

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