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Corporate welfare

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, September 18th, 2009 - 15 comments

I’ve got no problem with the government helping out those who are genuinely in need but forcing the taxpayer fork out $400 million (or is it 1.6b?) to subsidise corporate polluters is a disgrace. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2864572/Public-to-pay-tab-for-polluters This is corporate welfare at it’s worst. These businesses are simply bludging off the taxpayer. While you’re doing your bit […]

Apps.gov

Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, September 17th, 2009 - 1 comment

‘In these tough economic times, the government must buy smarter,’ said Vivek Kundra, the US federal chief information officer, as he unveiled the Obama administration’s new government storefront for cloud computing applications and services. It’s not ok for the government here to blame it’s lack of ambitious policy initiatives on the recession. What Obama is […]

Tim O’Reilly on “Gov 2.0”

Written By: - Date published: 4:52 pm, September 7th, 2009 - 26 comments

Five years ago Tim O’Reilly coined the phrase “Web 2.0”. Now, in this post at TechCrunch, he argues it’s time for “Gov 2.0”. Gov 2.0 is about more than politicians using Facebook or Twitter or whatever, more than increased transparency, more than the government moving into the ‘cloud’. Too often, we think of government as […]

Michael Laws, ambassador

Written By: - Date published: 4:15 pm, September 7th, 2009 - 5 comments

From The Guardian: It used to be loony left local government that attracted ridicule. Now it is the outpourings of mad mayors. …[UK mayoral problems seem] mild in the pointlessness stakes compared with New Zealand mayor Michael Laws, who scribbled furious replies to two children when they asked him to adopt the Maori spelling for their […]

Political debate done right

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, September 7th, 2009 - 3 comments

The last video I posted had Democratic Congressman Barney Frank taking the fight to a woman in the audience of a townhall meeting who had just compared the proposed health care reforms to Nazism. He finished by saying: “trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to have a conversation with a […]

Flood Maps

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, September 7th, 2009 - 62 comments

Marty G’s last post just reminded me of this – visualise who goes under as the oceans rise with Flood Maps. And yeah, before you start, 14m is a big big rise. Just let it serve as a warning to all you Aucklanders to swap out those incandescent bulbs.

Pwned

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, August 20th, 2009 - 68 comments

This just in from a reader… Constituent: [On Obama’s healthcare policy] “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?” Barney Frank: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?… You stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase healthcare to the Nazis … […]

Will National cave to threats from Hide?

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 pm, August 19th, 2009 - 85 comments

An email leaked to 3News suggests that Rodney Hide is holding the government to ransom over denying guaranteed Supercity representation for Maori. The email – reportedly from a senior National Party MP and sent to the whole caucus – reads, in part: Clearly we are at a crossroads. The ACT party has threatened to end […]

Brian Edwards on Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, August 19th, 2009 - 36 comments

Brian Edwards gives his take on our “Photo-op PM”. Demonising Key hasn’t and isn’t likely to work for Labour. It doesn’t accord at all with the public perception of him (as evidenced by the polls) and it positions Labour as negative and nitpicking right at the time the country is looking for positivity and vision. […]

Smackathon planned

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, August 17th, 2009 - 44 comments

Anti-violence campaigners are urging Auckland parents to be especially vigilant in the wake of news that “Vote No” campaigner Larry Baldock is planning a referrendum victory party at a secret Auckland hotel. Local supermarkets have reported selling out of wooden spoons, extension cords and lengths of copper piping in the lead up to the event. […]

3News on National Ministers double-dipping

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 pm, August 4th, 2009 - 54 comments

3News covers the story of National Ministers double-dipping at the taxpayers’ expense. UPDATE: ‘BLiP’ has bestowed a new title on Bill English: “Sir Double Dipton”. Gold.

Citizen journalism

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, August 3rd, 2009 - 5 comments

Evidently just as fed up as I am with main-stream-media “news” – which increasingly seems to consist of shallow, sensationalist stories broken up by the song and dance of weather reports* – a group of rape crisis campainers decided to conduct an impromtu press conference with London Mayor, Boris Johnston. They reckon he’d reneged on […]

Straight answers? Short supply.

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, July 29th, 2009 - 12 comments

Here’s Bennett’s answer to Chauvel’s question in the House yesterday: Charles Chauvel: Was the Minister advised that the individuals concerned had given implied consent to the release of their personal information; if so, on the basis of what precedent; if not, why did the Minister not take advice on that point? Hon PAULA BENNETT: I […]

OpenLeft

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, July 21st, 2009 - 18 comments

Launched last weekend in the UK: OpenLeft. Open Left is about rediscovering the Left’s idealism, pluralism and appetite for radical ideas. It starts from a belief that the future of the Left requires a new openness for a new era of open politics: Idealism: open about its political values and goals. Pluralism: open about disagreement […]

Simon says

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, July 17th, 2009 - 61 comments

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias has kicked off a debate on whether our justice policy is working [PDF  link]. Her view is that the frequent failure of punitive sanctions demands a rethink. Her analysis is supported by over 40 years experience in the criminal justice system and in the TV3 clip (below), her views seem […]

Video piracy, it turns out, isn’t new

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 16th, 2009 - 2 comments

60 Minutes on “Video piracy” – 1979 – part 1 of 2 60 Minutes on “Video piracy” – 1979 – part 2 of 2 (Via Gizmodo)

Crusher Collins to launch McPrisons

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, July 16th, 2009 - 18 comments

Crusher Collins to launch McPrisons(TM) Clearly envious of the regular stream of complimentary Happy Meals arriving at Paula Bennett’s Parliamentary office (Paula tells us she has already managed to collect seven out of the eight of the new Ice Age figurines), Crusher Collins has attempted to go one better than Bennett’s McJobs scheme with a […]

A National disgrace

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, July 15th, 2009 - 13 comments

Judith “Crusher” Collins, postergirl for uncompassionate conservatives, proudly announces in her latest press release: “Prison numbers set to be highest ever”. Odd thing to be proud of when what it really shows is a justice system that’s failing. Our rate of incarceration – the second highest in the western developed world – should be a national […]

YL video: Join the opposition

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, July 14th, 2009 - 18 comments

Not to be outshone by their leader’s latest efforts, looks like Young Labour have been busy with a little video project of their own. Nice. (Hat-tip: Red Alert)

The power of images in politics

Written By: - Date published: 3:15 pm, July 14th, 2009 - 7 comments

The shots above are small versions from this site where you can find other great images from Obama’s first 167 days in office. The official Whitehouse Flickr photostream is pretty impressive too. [UPDATE] Not to be outdone, as of yesterday, National’s photostream features Kate Wilkinson with a giant lump of earwax block of cheese.

Credit where credit’s due

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, July 13th, 2009 - 16 comments

You may have noticed that we’ve taken to offering Labour a little unsolicited comms advice of late. Irish recently told them to get some decent key lines. I asked them (as have many others) to start talking about their vision, and when they do, to keep it simple. Phil Goff’s latest video (below) looks like a step […]

From the archives

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, July 10th, 2009 - 14 comments

I figured this was deserving of a post of its own. It’s a cartoon from The Standard (v1.0) sent in by Anita in reference to the post on Labour and Nazis below. Thanks! Front page, 23 May 1940. Click for enlargements.

Trevett, Watkins, simultaneously jump shark

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, July 10th, 2009 - 14 comments

Yesterday Eddie pleaded for some real reporting from the journos accompanying Key on his tour of the Pacific. Just a day later they confirm that, yes, that is indeed too much to ask for. Claire Trevett and Tracy Watkins have simultaneously jumped the shark – both running stories on John Key dancing at a reception […]

So whatcha gonna to do about it then?

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, July 2nd, 2009 - 40 comments

I reckon there’s a mood developing. People are getting sick and tired of what feels like a government that’s got the country in reverse. But what they’re looking for is an alternative. Increasingly people are starting to ask of the opposition “So what are you going to do differently?” They’ve asked it in relation to sow […]

Lost in translation

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, July 2nd, 2009 - 8 comments

Dear Labour I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes my attention span isn’t the greatest. Between Twitter and Facebook and texting it’s frankly a wonder I have time for much of anything else. I’m mostly in a hurry and I think that’s probably part of the reason I often don’t know what you’re trying […]

Is it any wonder the papers are dying?

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, June 18th, 2009 - 19 comments

Taken just now from the front page of Stuff.co.nz: Here’s something a little more substantial you might enjoy.

With friends like these…

Written By: - Date published: 2:29 pm, June 17th, 2009 - 13 comments

Judy Kirk claims she didn’t show at Lee’s election night gathering because Coleman had told there was ‘plenty of support’. John Key didn’t show because of the proverbial “long-standing family engagement” and he’s passing the buck on the distinct lack of senior National figures present, saying pointedly that he didn’t organise the event. So now Party […]

Bullsh*t

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, June 16th, 2009 - 45 comments

During his time in parliament Richard Worth has cost the taxpayer well over a million dollars yet John Key won’t even be straight with the public as to why he’s gone. First Key wouldn’t tell us because he claimed he didn’t want to contaminate a police investigation, now he won’t tell us because, having resigned […]

Nice touch

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 16th, 2009 - 4 comments

Stolen from the Grassroots Labour site.

A sign of things to come

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, June 10th, 2009 - 41 comments

Audrey Young: Goff right, Key wrong

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, June 9th, 2009 - 19 comments

The Herald asked this morning whose word was more credible on the Worth issue, John Key or Phil Goff. Their political editor Audrey Young has just answered the question for them. “One politician was bound to be deeply embarrassed today, Phil Goff or John Key. One would be right and one would be wrong. And […]

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