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Archive for May, 2018

Yulia wants to go home.

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, May 25th, 2018 - 59 comments

Oops. Was this desire meant to be in the script?

New Zealand’s Energy Future

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 25th, 2018 - 53 comments

New Zealand has a low carbon energy future plan.  What is the strategy to achieve this?

Open Mike 25/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2018 - 170 comments

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A study in contrasts

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 120 comments

Minister Twyford’s resignation has been refused by the Prime Minister after he took a call against Civil Aviation rules, in the second ministerial scandal of the Ardern administration.

Daily Review 24/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 8 comments

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National loses the plot in Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 91 comments

National’s show down with Trevor Mallard today did not go as well as they hoped.

Deep Trawling.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, May 24th, 2018 - 21 comments

Is NZ’s fishing industry just a domestic version of the tobacco companies? And how much would that really matter?

Paula’s petulant parliamentary outburst

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, May 24th, 2018 - 247 comments

Paula Bennett stormed out of Parliament yesterday after Trevor Mallard correctly applied the standing orders and ruled out a question containing an unparliamentary term.  And National has responded by questioning if Jacinda Ardern was actually described as a “silly little girl” but has refused to question its MPs.

Open Mike 24/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2018 - 109 comments

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New Zealand trade negotiations with Europe

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 7 comments

On Thursday 31 May at the University of Auckland, the Fabians are hosting Max Harris on the topic “Is it time for an independent foreign policy?” What would be the costs of a really independent foreign policy, over the benefits of salving our conscience with greater national independence?  And where does Trade fit in?

Call for Royal Commission into Banking

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments

Sam Stubbs, a longstanding outspoken commentator in New Zealand’s financial industry, continues to advocate for a Royal Commission into banking and insurance.

Open Mike 23/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 20 comments

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Daily Review 22/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 22nd, 2018 - 9 comments

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Trouble within National’s ranks?

Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, May 22nd, 2018 - 126 comments

It looks like the National collective has doubts about Simon Bridges’ pulling power.

What’s happening inside UK Labour.

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, May 22nd, 2018 - 4 comments

Factional infighting within UK Labour.

David Seymour blows the dog whistle, hard

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, May 22nd, 2018 - 34 comments

David Seymour has hit a new low by drumming up public opposition to a small social housing development planned by Housiung Corporation in Epsom by claiming some of the potential tenants may have mental health problems.

The law and order debate and the grade one tosser

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, May 22nd, 2018 - 36 comments

The Government has announced it will not proceed with the Waikeria mega prison as part of its policy to decrease the prison muster by 30%.  And the called for public debate starts off with one of the major players using a study the author of which subsequently retracted because the data he relied on was wrong.

Open Mike 22/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 22nd, 2018 - 56 comments

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Why does Simon hate pensioners?

Written By: - Date published: 5:31 pm, May 21st, 2018 - 130 comments

In a welcome move by Labour to relieve energy poverty on those with fixed, low incomes, all beneficiaries (including pensioners) are to get up to $700 extra automatically over winter.

National obviously hate this.

Daily Review 21/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, May 21st, 2018 - 8 comments

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Wipeout

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, May 21st, 2018 - 31 comments

How many wake up calls does it take?

National is all over the place on the budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, May 21st, 2018 - 131 comments

National has made a meal of its first critique of Labour’s budget with a poor performance by Simon Bridges and with four claims about the budget that are clearly wrong but which National keep repeating.

Open Mike 21/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 21st, 2018 - 130 comments

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Doofus of the week – May 20, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 20th, 2018 - 20 comments

Aaron Schlossberg, American Attorney and Trump Supporter, and someone who thinks people speaking Spanish to each other in a New York restaurant poses some sort of existential threat to the Union is this week’s doofus of the week.

Marama Davidson – This is what a real Government looks like

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 20th, 2018 - 103 comments

Marama Davidson’s speech to Parliament during the Budget debate.

Open Mike 20/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 20th, 2018 - 68 comments

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Fudget for Austerity

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2018 - 71 comments

Some proposals on why we just got the budget we did.

Shouty Simon’s strange budget claim

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 19th, 2018 - 64 comments

National’s claims about Labour’s health spend suffer from the not insignificant problem that they do not make any sense when analysed.

Open Mike 19/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 19th, 2018 - 98 comments

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Daily Review 18/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:24 pm, May 18th, 2018 - 8 comments

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An Existential Threat.

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, May 18th, 2018 - 30 comments

Is it a propaganda ploy these days to present the “utterly ridiculous” so that people, unable to engage or compute, turn away?

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