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The end of ‘governing from the centre’?

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, January 10th, 2017 - 122 comments

And a return to the politics of division by Blinglish…

Caretaker Bill, Cigar Coleman, and Countess Homogenised

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, December 8th, 2016 - 13 comments

Around the House…

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 pm, December 1st, 2016 - 10 comments

Labour-insider Key talks to the Herald while expressing no confidence in his candidate (the one standing at his shoulder); Leggett legs it; and National shoot down kiwi businesses, kiwi workers and kiwi tenants.

Not a bad day’s work.

By-election: Michael vs Fia?

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, December 1st, 2016 - 36 comments

Whose going to be added Parliament on Saturday?  It should be Michael Wood, but his competition is Misa Fia Turner, who looks an even worse candidate than Parmjeet Parmar.

Meanwhile, Parmjeet is trying to claim she’s the local one!

Deficient newshrub

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, November 7th, 2016 - 23 comments

According to the deficient newshrub on Saturday night there was a distinct lack of support from Labour for the Mt Roskill campaign. In reality 4 buses carrying more than 200 door-knockers including all the Labour MPs other than Little, went to Mt Roskill on Saturday afternoon.

All the best to Michael Wood, who got a great reception on the doorstop.

We’re Number 1!

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, September 8th, 2016 - 16 comments

Already number 4 for housing unaffordability, we’re now number 1 for house price rises!

This is not the growth you’re looking for

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, February 16th, 2016 - 69 comments

There are different views on The Standard about growth and whether we really need it. But here’s one bit of growth that really seems pointless to me: that achieved only by increasing the number of people. Because if we’re only increasing GDP by increasing the number of people, as we are currently, we’re loading up the environment and we’re not even individually getting any richer for it.  Thanks National.

Establishment appointed Council protects Establishment

Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 39 comments

So National’s appointed ECan (undermining democracy since 2010) has decided that leading business man Hugh Fletcher & Chief Justice Sian Elias shouldn’t be fined for their cows sh!ting in a lake. National were accused of taking voting rights so they could favour dairy over Christchurch, and this seems a good example. Canterbury has suffered enough – it needs democracy back.

Are you Newstralian?

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, October 16th, 2015 - 110 comments

So John Key and the new Oz PM are having a chat today and good ol’ JK will be mentioning the issue of “New Zealanders” who are being detained for deportation after a prison sentence.  People who are being detained in police stations without exercise or dark or quiet for days on end; detained on Christmas […]

Jarrod Gilbert on National’s Lies

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 26 comments

There’s a hard-hitting piece in the Herald today – from Jarrod Gilbert on how National has lied to the country’s face and got away with it. Tolley claimed before the election that 34% of drug offences and 25% of homicides were by a small group of gang members – and here was National’s policy response […]

“Get some Guts!”

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 94 comments

Who’s willing to help those suffering in Iraq & Syria now, Prime Minister?

Whitewash

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 55 comments

Astonishing release late on a Friday afternoon (dump time!) that the police will not be pursuing any action against Slater/Ede for hacking Labour’s website. Given a whole year to investigate, they didn’t manage to find out how to spell Nicky Hager or Tim Barnett’s names.

Masters of Finance? 2

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, May 20th, 2015 - 95 comments

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Masters of Finance?

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, May 20th, 2015 - 52 comments

MastersOfFinance

And they’ll be grateful!

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, May 20th, 2015 - 15 comments

Bill English tells us that the promise that they won the election on – that they’re the only Masters of Finance who could balance the government books (because that’s all that’s important…) – now isn’t at all important to the public.

And Bill tells us: they’ll get their surplus when I give it to them, and they’ll be grateful for it.

Tolleyisms

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, May 19th, 2015 - 18 comments

We haven’t cut their funding, there’s just been a change in their contract = We’ve cut their funding $4.8 million

Mapital Mains Max

Written By: - Date published: 5:26 pm, May 18th, 2015 - 14 comments

John Key is now arguing that black is white – that a Tax on Capital Gains isn’t a Capital Gains Tax.

“Typical politician” many will say – and that shows how far John Key’s skills have fallen.

Record-breaking Government

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, April 22nd, 2015 - 4 comments

Not satisfied with setting records for biggest deficit and largest total deficit over term, the Key government is now going for most deficits in a row. They now look to equal the National government’s 7 deficits from 1966-72. And this is the stuff they want to be judged on…

By-elections are FPP

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 24 comments

Paddy Gower and Duncan Garner don’t understand our electoral system: “that’s MMP”. By-elections are pure First Past the Post – and that’s why Andrew Little didn’t need to do a deal, and Northland doesn’t stink like Epsom.

Better to Jaw Jaw than War War

Written By: - Date published: 5:36 pm, February 5th, 2015 - 112 comments

Perhaps John Key should consider a Churchillian thought before he rushes to send our young to die in Iraq.

Is Haron Monis a terrorist?

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 187 comments

Would John Key be making reference to terror attacks if Haron Monis was not from the Middle East? Our PM has a track record of jumping the gun on sensitive international issues…

Textses

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, November 27th, 2014 - 34 comments

rOb somewhat scooped me, but here’s my twitter round-up of the reaction to the PM’s office releasing the texts last night.

Scope

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 5 comments

Yesterday’s 2 reports are even worse for what they managed to conclude inside their scope. What was outside their scope shows things even more interesting.

Honourable

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, November 26th, 2014 - 16 comments

A list of things that are apparently now Honourable, even if you didn’t undermine your SFO boss.

Key: I’m Lazy, Incompetent

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 9 comments

Q&A with our fearless leader on his many reports.

#JohnKeyHistory

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 98 comments

Apparently the New Zealand Wars were just another Rugby analogy to John Key.

Country divided: Key can’t rule

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 43 comments

Election 2014 result coverage reprised…

They’re lying to you

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 18th, 2014 - 37 comments

Lies, damn lies, and statistics

Islamic Extremism: not a threat

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, November 17th, 2014 - 112 comments

Not to NZ at any rate.

Friday Fun: Thatcher and Scooby Doo Jungle Ropebridges

Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, November 14th, 2014 - 6 comments

Thatcher didn’t care about the Jungle Canyon Rope Bridges, did she?  The Tories, under Thatcher, let them fall apart…

Also: Mr Men.

National losing the middle?

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, October 28th, 2014 - 133 comments

In its first term, National was very careful to be incremental – Key hung to the middle, chipping away carefully at workers’ rights without doing anything dramatic. Having gained the public’s trust by continuing (outside the House) to be a clown they’d like to have a drink with, they went with one big hit with […]

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