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Brexit vote on Tuesday

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 10th, 2018 - 38 comments

With a vote on the Brexit deal soon and with defeat a distinct possibility both Labour and the Conservatives need a Plan B and they need it inside 48 hours.

The Reserve Bank Reform Bill

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 7th, 2018 - 11 comments

The Government is planning changes to the Reserve Bank Act to require it to seek full employment. Maybe it is time for a dramatic change to its powers so that it has the regulatory powers to properly deal with the Australian banks.

Child poverty reduction

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 5th, 2018 - 65 comments

It’s likely that Labour’s new Child Poverty Reduction Bill will get through its third reading by the end of this year.

New Privacy Law for 2019

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 1st, 2018 - 3 comments

A new Privacy law is in the process of being enacted. But in a world where privacy breaches are rampant and the consequences potentially devastating will it be enough?

China, Huawei and us

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 27th, 2018 - 50 comments

It’s high time this government woke up to the intelligence gathering capacity and ambition of China in New Zealand.

Twyford’s big announcement

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, November 24th, 2018 - 71 comments

The government has just announced the creation of the most massive and powerful housing and land development agency that we have ever seen.

What happens if housing prices really go down?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 17th, 2018 - 164 comments

So what if Labour decides to go ahead with its capital gains tax?  What happens to the equity of the remaining middle class?  What happens to the equity of those who were brought in under KiwiBuild?

14 Million Yemenis and a Diplomatic Nightmare

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, November 16th, 2018 - 19 comments

In Yemen right now, children are living in the worst humanitarian crisis we have seen in the last 100 years.

Electricity again

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, November 12th, 2018 - 146 comments

It is time for the Government to down the electricity corporates and regulate them in the interests of the citizen.

Why this mid term result?

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, November 7th, 2018 - 39 comments

What can we take from the US mid term election results?

The United States mid term elections

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, November 7th, 2018 - 101 comments

The US mid term election results are due out today and should start to appear after 12 pm NZT.

Labour Conference Random Notes

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, November 3rd, 2018 - 153 comments

Some notes from Ad about the Labour conference currently being held in Dunedin.

Our rail revival

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, October 31st, 2018 - 96 comments

Yesterday the government announced that it was reversing the previous government’s decision to kill off the electric trains.  The decision is one of many recently made that suggests that the future of rail is bright.

Oil and morality

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, October 23rd, 2018 - 44 comments

The death of Jamal Khashoggi raises the important question can we still question the morality of Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia and the United States

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, October 17th, 2018 - 21 comments

Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that the U.S. resident and investigative reporter did indeed die in their embassy in Turkey.

Retail Fuel politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, October 15th, 2018 - 53 comments

New Zealand is now getting truckie protests about fuel prices reminiscent of the first term of the Helen Clark government. This is no doubt the start of many protests to come from truckie and consumer alike.

Shake It Up, Taylor Swift, Shake It Up

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, October 10th, 2018 - 36 comments

There is a long a proud history of musicians adding their weight to the Democratic cause in the United States, but Taylor Swift’s recent action is about as on-message as you can get.

Petrol, Zero Carbon, and 15,000 Submissions

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, October 9th, 2018 - 139 comments

Get ready, according to the AA, for petrol at $3 a liter for Christmas.

It’s America Again

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, October 8th, 2018 - 113 comments

It would fit the karma of a leftie universe if the United States was now suffering from its political choices. But it’s the reverse: the United States economy is roaring and President Trump is starting to be rewarded for delivering what he promised.

What the Prime Minister actually said

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 27th, 2018 - 71 comments

What Jacinda Ardern said to the United Nations about Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Prime Minister Ardern’s Coalition Reset Speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, September 16th, 2018 - 132 comments

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to give a big speech today.  I’m hoping for something that gives some kind of plan, common purpose, and sense of direction.

Fonterra’s loss

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, September 13th, 2018 - 67 comments

Fonterra has just reported an after tax loss of $196 million for the 2018 year. It’s never had an annual loss in its history.

The Global Financial Crisis 10 Years On

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, September 11th, 2018 - 32 comments

Ten years ago this week massive financial businesses in the United States started collapsing. How has the world recovered from this?

Public Service Reform

Written By: - Date published: 4:30 pm, September 6th, 2018 - 27 comments

For a country the size of Melbourne, we have a ridiculously complex state, and this layer of accountablility is largely a complete waste of our taxpayer money and degrades our agency as citizens.  Can we do better?

Government as startup

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 4th, 2018 - 67 comments

Labour and New Zealand First Ministers under the first term of the sixth Labour government sitting in the Cabinet office.

This new government is almost perfectly replicating the burn cycle of a startup business.

Parliament and bullying

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, August 31st, 2018 - 41 comments

It should be a qualification of being a Labour Member of Parliament that they treat their worked in an exemplary manner.

Norway’s plastic bottle recycling

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 28th, 2018 - 16 comments

Norway’s recycling policies are that good that it is in serious need of more rubbish.

Australia, New Zealand, and Climate Change Politics

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 25th, 2018 - 37 comments

What are the implications for New Zealand’s climate change policies of Australia’s change of Prime Minister?

The Pope’s Letter to All Believers

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 22nd, 2018 - 64 comments

The pope missed a great recent chance to state that accused abusers should be walked to the nearest Police station, make written statements, face trial, hopefully jailed, then defrocked, and excommunicated.

Elizabeth Warren and Accountable Capitalism

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 21st, 2018 - 22 comments

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing a law change that would require US corporations to consider its workers and community in company decisions and prevent political donations from being made unless 75% of shareholders agreed.

No Waimea dam

Written By: - Date published: 2:35 pm, August 17th, 2018 - 26 comments

With the change in Government and ever increasing costs of construction it appears that the Waimea dam project in Tasman District is going to be scuppered.

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