Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, February 25th, 2013 - 82 comments
A few quick thoughts on the Labour reshuffle.
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, February 18th, 2013 - 37 comments
Despite boasting so frequently of how tough he is and how weak liberals are, Richard Prosser chickened out of face a few nabie-pambie liberal’s at the Aro community hall.
If only he’d extend that no-show to parliament. For good.
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, February 15th, 2013 - 141 comments
For those of you who’ve missed it Colin Espiner is back on the NZ interwebz with a new Stuff blog, the (rather earthily titled) Bull-Dust. Colin was a bit of a pioneer of journalist blogging in New Zealand. He was, I believe, the first Gallery journalist to run a proper blog and certainly the first to get in amongst it in the comments sections.
Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, February 13th, 2013 - 192 comments
It’s not often I agree with Judith Collins but when she describes Richard Prosser’s racist filth as an “international embarrassment” I couldn’t agree more.
Written By: - Date published: 5:28 pm, February 2nd, 2013 - 48 comments
Another day, another example of some unseemly looking stuff from the Nats. This time it’s Judith Collins choosing Robert Kee – a friend of her husband – for a $200,000 a year taxpayer funded job.
Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, February 2nd, 2013 - 53 comments
One of the mantras of the current government is the importance of charity in society. The state is not necessarily the best deliverer of social services, they’ll tell you. Which is why it’s important to get the private sector involved
Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, February 1st, 2013 - 78 comments
While National continues to deny there’s a manufacturing crisis and the main opposition wastes its time plotting clever procedural tricks the high dollar claims another 200 Kiwi jobs – this time as Summit Woolspinners closes in Oamaru.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, January 30th, 2013 - 15 comments
Now I don’t know if there will be a leadership vote in the next couple of weeks or not, but if there is, and you’re a Labour supporter, then you really want to be a Labour Party member beforehand so you can have your say.
Written By: - Date published: 9:47 pm, January 25th, 2013 - 59 comments
How many times to we have to listen to Labour MP’s claim that they can’t stand up for labour values because they won’t be seen as “reasonable”.
Yeah, because your “reasonable” has really fired up the electorate thus far.
Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, January 23rd, 2013 - 248 comments
A few passing comments on Bridges, Shearer, and Williams.
Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, January 5th, 2013 - 260 comments
As our own Labour grandee Mike Smith has pointed out, 2013 is the year Labour develops its policies.
That means Labour members (and the broader left) need to start talking about what they want before conference. And what better place to have that discussion than the Standard…
Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, January 2nd, 2013 - 18 comments
After Eddie dissed the usual beltway year in review style of column/post I was a little chary about doing this one. And then I realised the good thing about The Standard is we do real world and beltway issues. So here goes my once-over assessment of the 2012 cabinet performance and what it’s likely to mean for the future.
Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, December 26th, 2012 - 93 comments
Well it’s the end of the year and everyone else is doing it so…
Here’s my political awards of 2012.
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 18th, 2012 - 112 comments
Well it looks like the government has finally listened to all of the arguments about how unaffordable the Roads of National Significance are.
Their response? To tax you more to pay for their white elephant.
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, December 10th, 2012 - 81 comments
Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, December 2nd, 2012 - 78 comments
John Tamihere’s been let back into the party. On one hand it’s just a party membership and Labour’s a broad church. On the other hand he’s professed a desire to stand for Labour in Waitakeri, has made a big show and dance about his attempts to join, and was (still is?) a man who regularly had a wine in Ponsonby with the party leader.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, November 24th, 2012 - 37 comments
Hot on the heels of his bold stand against environmental scientists, uber-lobbyist Mark Unsworth has come out swinging against the police and crown law over their unpatriotic highlighting of crime in New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, November 22nd, 2012 - 185 comments
Well there’s not been so much focus on the Labour Party for a long time so I figure now’s the time to point out that, thanks to rule changes (and not just the contentious ones) holding a Labour Party membership has never meant so much in terms of having a say in where the party (and hopefully, after 2014, the country) goes.
Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, November 16th, 2012 - 60 comments
Labour is due to release its big housing policy at conference and I suspect it’ll be either a Kirk style subsidised mortgage scheme for first home buyers or a substantial increase in state housing stocks.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 pm, November 5th, 2012 - 99 comments
The Pike report is welcome good sense.
But why has it taken the deaths of 29 men to get attention to health and safety regulations in mining?
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 6th, 2012 - 93 comments
It looks like National are going to increase funding for food in low decile schools.
That’s great news for the kids but gives the government the chance to brush the question of why they were hungry in the first place under the carpet.
Just like any good third way policy should.
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, September 20th, 2012 - 29 comments
Well it’s official. The government has no interest in allowing you to know how your money is being spent.
That’s been made clear in their opposition to Darien Fenton’s port transparency bill – a bill designed simply to make publicly owned ports subject to the Official Information Act.
When they talk about “accountability” and “responsibility” and “the social contract”, remember they’re talking about it for you. Not for them or their powerful mates.
Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, September 18th, 2012 - 14 comments
Right now council owned ports are specifically exempted from the Official Information Act. This means billions of dollars of public money tied up in ports around the country that are under the control of largely unaccountable boards. Darien Fenton has a Bill that designed to fix this and it’s being read tomorrow. It’s a common sense Bill. It will be interesting to see who backs it.