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Why does Simon hate pensioners?

Written By: - Date published: 5:31 pm, May 21st, 2018 - 130 comments

In a welcome move by Labour to relieve energy poverty on those with fixed, low incomes, all beneficiaries (including pensioners) are to get up to $700 extra automatically over winter.

National obviously hate this.

National the anti-environmental party

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, September 28th, 2017 - 50 comments

You can stop the silly chat now media – the Greens can’t go into coalition with National because of their members, their social polices… but mainly because of their environmental policies.

Blue Dragons

Written By: - Date published: 5:08 pm, August 28th, 2017 - 30 comments

Mark Jennings: ‘A hundred or so young Chinese wearing blue T-shirts with “Blue dragons” written on the front marched in to the stadium in a highly-organised fashion.  I randomly asked two of them why they had come. They seemed to find the question confusing but told me they were overseas students.’

The Newstralian Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, August 14th, 2017 - 44 comments

Policy idea for any party: Can we please keep making Aussie govt MPs citizens until they give NZ citizens in Oz the rights to education, health & social security they should get under CER? Oh, and a vote. Best blackmail EVER.

National promises stronger, more skilled criminals

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 pm, August 13th, 2017 - 28 comments

National are going to send our most “hardened” youth offenders to the Army to be trained up. If that fails, they’ll send them to adult prisons to learn their craft better.

#IamMetiria for NZer of the Year

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 12th, 2017 - 104 comments

Newshub reports a surge in nominations for Metiria to be the New Zealander of the Year.

I just love this idea and would encourage others to nominate her too.

“It’s still the same Labour Party”

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, August 3rd, 2017 - 58 comments

Steven Joyce wouldn’t front yesterday, but today National have worked out their attack lines.  Leave popular Jacinda alone and attack Labour as tired and lacking in new ideas (projection, much?).  Labour has a raft of new policy, to go with needed older one’s like 2013’s Kiwibuild of 100,000 affordable homes.  Journos need to learn their policy so they don’t let National’s fake news through…

Trying to bury bad news

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, August 1st, 2017 - 29 comments

It’s a busy news day, so… Government axes Lifeline contract. Yes, we still top the western world on youth suicide.  We still have regular stories like this today. So what does the Government do?  Cancel the money that Lifeline uses to train thousands in suicide prevention. $800,000 – a massive amount to Lifeline and the […]

Little gone

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, August 1st, 2017 - 187 comments

Andrew Little has stepped down – expects Jacinda to replace him.

Brownlee admits he’s struggling

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, May 9th, 2017 - 12 comments

English: “in this world of diplomacy each word matters”. Brownlee expresses regret that he “used some language that perhaps made that less than clear” – and is getting schooling from his Ministry.

Auckland 3rd most expensive for PT

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, May 5th, 2017 - 14 comments

The same study that trumpeted Wellington as the most liveable city in the world, has Auckland as the 3rd most expensive for Public Transport, behind London and Dublin.

Unpopular PM

Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 46 comments

Bill English has premiered at 25% in TV3’s preferred PM poll. Even incumbency can’t make Bill look popular.

The end of ‘governing from the centre’?

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, January 10th, 2017 - 124 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

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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.

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