Written By: - Date published: 12:47 am, June 26th, 2017 - 20 comments
National’s conference was supposed to be a tour de force, setting them up for the home stretch to the election. Instead it was empty of policy or vision, and coverage was drowned in a rising tide of Billshit.
Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, June 24th, 2017 - 97 comments
Team Nat were desperate to try and divert some attention from their floundering leader, and to a certain extent they succeeded. But compare and contrast Labour and National’s handling of the issues, front up and fix vs lie harder.
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, June 24th, 2017 - 44 comments
Burying the last shred of his credibility in a deep hole forever, Bill claims that nobody realised Todd Barclay recording of secretary might be a crime. It’s like the events of 2008 and 2011 never happened.
Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, June 23rd, 2017 - 48 comments
Ex Nat leader Don Brash, of racist Orewa speech and Iwi/Kiwi fame, is still out there fanning the flames of division in NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, June 21st, 2017 - 31 comments
‘Tis the time in the electoral cycle when Winston Peters bestirs himself to life. And tweets thus…
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, June 19th, 2017 - 39 comments
RNZ: The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment ignored advice from the Reserve Bank over its new housing affordability measure, and made houses appear to be more affordable than they actually were.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 17th, 2017 - 18 comments
Simon Bridges tried to block the release of a report on a Kiwirail proposal. The Ombudsman warns against flouting the Official Information Act. But it’s a well established pattern of behaviour with this government.
Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, June 16th, 2017 - 51 comments
We need new thinking on the economy – zero emissions, sustainable, a big redistribution from rich to poor. But the list of current economic woe shows that even on their own old conventional terms the Nats are useless economic managers.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 16th, 2017 - 199 comments
UNICEF has another major report ranking the wellbeing of NZ kids 34th out of 41 developed countries. This is not new news, and apparently a lot of voters just don’t give a damn.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 15th, 2017 - 37 comments
Those arguing for unrestricted immigration are – wittingly or unwittingly – fueling higher levels of exploitation in NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 14th, 2017 - 20 comments
The numbers aren’t looking good for The Sun or Breitbart. It would be great to see these hate mongers slip further into irrelevance.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 13th, 2017 - 35 comments
Labour is right to stress the many advantages that immigration brings to NZ, and right to address the major way in which it is being abused – student visa scams. Bill English has made National’s position clear, they would rather have the quick bucks.
Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, June 12th, 2017 - 94 comments
On first impressions Labour has done a good job of trying to balance the needs: to acknowledge the positive role of immigration in NZ, slow down immigration while infrastructure catches up, and target immigration effectively.
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 12th, 2017 - 60 comments
The mess surrounding and “affordable” housing development in Manukau highlights a dilemma that sets ratepayers against those in need of a home. This needs leadership from central government. I won’t hold my breath.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 10th, 2017 - 159 comments
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour just reshaped the political landscape of the UK.
Lessons for NZ?
Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, June 8th, 2017 - 114 comments
If the campaign was a month longer I have no doubt that Labour would win outright. As it is they will I think they will probably lose, and this will be a good thing for UK Labour long term.
Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, June 7th, 2017 - 27 comments
As Patrick Gower puts it, “English tries to hide from the reality of Trump’s America”. Fortunately ordinary Kiwis were not so supine.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 7th, 2017 - 120 comments
The political right try it on every election year, in an attempt to sow a bit of discord. I expect this sort of obvious and clumsy wedge politics from Hooton and the like, but I was a bit surprised to see Duncan Garner having a go.
Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, June 4th, 2017 - 43 comments
Once upon a time this country stood up to American and said no to nuclear weapons. Now we dare not say yes to saving the planet.
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, June 3rd, 2017 - 41 comments
Guess which two NZ broadcasters have disgraced themselves by lining up behind Trump’s lunatic fringe denier posturing.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 103 comments
The Ministry of Social Development illegally penalised a woman who refused to name the rapist father of her child. The case shines a spotlight on an issue that needs fixing.
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, May 31st, 2017 - 16 comments
One of the nasty little fishhooks in the budget was the cutting of the home insulation scheme (Warm Up New Zealand). The scheme had a benefit-cost ratio of $6 for every $1 invested. Around 1,600 people die in NZ a year of cold-related factors. Hope the tax cuts are worth it eh?
Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, May 31st, 2017 - 34 comments
Thank you Robert Smellie QC, I’m sure your donation will be put to great use. Smellie said: “I am a practising Anglican and as such I see socialism as being far closer to the Gospel than free enterprise.”