Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, February 20th, 2017 - 42 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”.)
Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, January 19th, 2017 - 24 comments
Matt Nippert continued his excellent work on foreign trusts yesterday in The Herald. Will Bill English clean up the mess that John Key was determined to ignore?
Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, January 16th, 2017 - 35 comments
Oxfam’s report on wealth inequality in NZ has some staggering headline numbers.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, January 14th, 2017 - 53 comments
Bill English has co-opted the old term “social investment” to replace another old term “targeted welfare”. Simon Wilson (writing at The Spinoff) has bought into the spin and written a deeply confused piece about it.
Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, December 18th, 2016 - 85 comments
Stuff this morning: “Lord of the Rings actor says NZ tourists shocked by polluted ‘sewer’ Middle-earth”
Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, December 16th, 2016 - 31 comments
A scapegoat for the failure of the Nats’ first “social bonds” programme has been found. Turns out it was the fault of government officials! Shocker!
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, December 15th, 2016 - 53 comments
In March the Nats were still rejecting the idea of a crackdown on multinational companies’ tax avoidance. But there has been – in large part due to the work of Matt Nippert in The Herald – a partial back-down. Another Labour policy adopted!
Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, December 14th, 2016 - 88 comments
A depressing feature in The Herald this morning explores the exploitation of migrant workers. The same pattern as the private sector’s treatment of foreign students. This paints a shameful picture of New Zealand. Greed has made us forget who we were.