Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 2 comments
Surprising no one: “A newly declassified report obtained by Fairfax Media reveals Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken solely to enhance our alliance with the US.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, February 25th, 2017 - 85 comments
Being tenants in our own country is starting to look like the good old days.
Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, February 24th, 2017 - 80 comments
All the best to all candidates, and thank you to Julie Anne Genter and Jacinda Ardern for showing us all such a model of cooperation.
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 120 comments
That Orwell was ahead of his time.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, February 21st, 2017 - 71 comments
Can anyone work out what English stands for? His actions and his words are at odds. Vernon Small tries and fails to pin English down on electoral deals, Winston Peters, abolishing the Maori seats, and more.
Written By: - Date published: 8:27 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 8 comments
We sometimes give employers a bit of a hard time on this blog, so it’s nice to occasionally celebrate a good one. Dunedin gaming company Rocketwerkz is in the headlines for all the right reasons.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, February 20th, 2017 - 46 comments
As Finance Minister Bill English effectively ruled out tax cuts, but it’s election year, and so of course the Nats can’t help but trot out their one-trick election pony again.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 17th, 2017 - 65 comments
Hey Bill English, it’s not the case that “no one could have anticipated the large-scale fire on the Port Hills”. Just about every relevant organisation could and did predict it. Most of the other predictions relating to climate change will come true too.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, February 15th, 2017 - 10 comments
Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, February 12th, 2017 - 22 comments
Constructive and positive ‘conservative’ organisations everywhere should be outraged at the way the use of ‘traditional family values’ gets corrupted, and they should be doing more to speak out against it.
Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, February 8th, 2017 - 57 comments
“The absence of any meaningful progress in reducing child poverty rates over the past decade—and the lack of interest by Government in using welfare and income support programmes to do so—points to wilful indifference toward the long-term personal and social impacts of this avoidable harm.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 7th, 2017 - 23 comments
So apparently the PM managed to get through a 15 minute call without “upsetting” Trump. That’s where we set the bar these days.
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, February 4th, 2017 - 43 comments
Socioeconomic status is a major health risk factor. Not exactly a surprise is it.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, February 2nd, 2017 - 71 comments
Like many, I have mixed feelings about these developments, but on balance I am in favour of the “broad church” approach
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, January 31st, 2017 - 34 comments
Bill English has failed his first test of real leadership. Compare and contrast, English and Little’s responses to the Muslim ban.
Update: The image is Emmerson’s take in The Herald.
Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, January 28th, 2017 - 14 comments
National needs to do something to address spiraling education costs in both the secondary and tertiary sectors.
Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, January 26th, 2017 - 65 comments
This is what an unfettered right-wing government looks like.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2017 - 53 comments
Any increase in the minimum wage is better than nothing, but National’s increases have not kept pace with the real cost increases (notably housing) faced by low income earners. That is why we are seeing the rise of the working poor, and increases in homelessness and poverty.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 195 comments
The Trump / Spicer claim that the inauguration crowds were “the largest audience ever to witness and inauguration, period” are such an obvious lie that it seems unhinged. But there could be method to the madness.
(Update: Apparently in Trump speak these are “alternative facts”.)