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Armstrong: Brownlee’s big idea turning to custard

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 1st, 2010 - 18 comments

Herald chief political commentator John Armstrong writes “Gerry Brownlee’s search for El Dorado in this country’s supposedly mineral-ridden national parks has so far been more akin to King Midas in reverse. The only gold to be seen is the colour of the custard to which the whole exercise has rapidly been turning.”

David Cameron is like a hollow Easter egg, with no bag of sweets inside. He’s nothing. He’s no one

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 pm, April 26th, 2010 - 31 comments

A classic opinion piece on David Cameron by Charlie Brooker. It was written 3 years ago, but arguably more relevant now with Cameron poised to take 10 Downing St. Also, one can’t but help make comparisons with John Key: “David Cameron is an idiot. A simpering, say-anything, dough-faced, preposterous waddling idiot with a feeble, insincere voice and an irritating tendency to squat near the top of opinion polls…”

Goff: I’ll reverse unfair tax cuts for the rich

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 pm, April 24th, 2010 - 125 comments

Labour leader Phil Goff has come out swinging against National’s proposal to cut the top tax rate. It’s great to see Phil living up to his promise to stand up for the many, not the few. National’s plan to cut the top rate will only benefit the very wealthy, like John Key. Now we can stand assured, the 6th Labour Government will fix that injustice.

Mining spin: Govt try improve palatability of unpalatable plan

Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, April 24th, 2010 - 26 comments

The Government is trying to run a campaign to try and minimise public outcry of its plan to desecrate areas areas of our National Parks. By purposefully releasing its mad initial plan, Minister of Energy Gerry Brownlee hoped his second-choice would appear more palatable. Well, let’s be very clear here Mr Brownlee. You have no right to pick and choose to desecrate any of our special National Parks.

Full extent of Nats’ mining plans revealed

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, April 24th, 2010 - 27 comments

The full extent of just how far the Government would like to push mining on conservation land has been revealed in documents obtained by Radio NZ. The documents show the Nats wanted 90% of Rakiura/Stewart Island, which is still on the table, open to mining activities. In total opening 467,517 hectares for mining were initially signed off for mining (roughly one and half times the area of Samoa).

John Key to slash public services

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 pm, April 22nd, 2010 - 48 comments

John Key is planning to slash and burn $2 billion out of our public services. Key says the slashing is needed to pay for increasing health and education costs. Bullshit. It’s about paying for John Key’s and his rich mates’ tax cuts.

Lib Dems surge ahead in Britain

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, April 18th, 2010 - 30 comments

Just checked out the latest polling numbers over in the UK. It seems Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s performance in the first leaders debate is paying off. Clegg’s party has surged ahead at the expense of the Conservatives, taking the lead in several polls. (Latest BPIX poll, LDEM 32%, CON 31%, LAB 29%). This could have huge implications.

Key’s vomit-inducing Herald interview

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, April 17th, 2010 - 42 comments

If you want to read something vomit-inducing this morning, there’s no need to go any further than Audrey Young’s interview with Key about his overseas trip. Key talks about touching Barack Obama, sharing secrets with Stephen Harper, discussing Berlusconi’s boat, and how Angela Merkel knew Helen Clark quite well. If only Audrey Young were taking the piss, it wouldn’t be so yellow and chunky.

Will Winston be back in 2011?

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, April 10th, 2010 - 100 comments

In politics nothing lasts forever. That is it seems, except the Rt Hon Winston Peters. The latest Roy Morgan poll has NZ First at 3%, just below the 5% threshold (Nats 49%, Lab 33%). With Peters once again creeping back into the media spotlight, you’ve got to wonder: Will Rodney Hide’s nightmare come true with the return of Winston Peters to Parliament in 2011?

John Key received gold-nugget donation from mining industry

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, March 30th, 2010 - 69 comments

According to a West Coast Times article sourced by norightturn, John Key received a $1000 donation in the form of a gold nugget from a mining company. It’s becoming very clear just how close the connections are between the mining industry and John Key’s National Party are.

Nats losing support over mining plan

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, March 28th, 2010 - 24 comments

According to a poll in the the Sunday Star Times, John Key’s mining plan has turned off one in six National voters. The government claims not to be worried by the negative public relation. John Key is starting to sound very out of touch on the mining issue, and that could be his biggest mistake yet.

John Key heckled in Levin

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, March 26th, 2010 - 14 comments

The smile is wearing off. John Key visited Levin today to open a new district court. The visit didn’t go to plan as he was heckled by 150 locals over health cuts – which will see the region lose 24 beds.

Wait till the mining issue heats up.

The Economist slams John Key’s mining plan

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, March 24th, 2010 - 40 comments

The flagship publication of the global free market The Economist has attacked John Key’s mining plan for undermining New Zealand’s 100% pure brand. It seems the Greens have a better understanding of market economics than John Key. Maybe Mr Key should’ve asked for advice after all on how his plan might hurt the Kiwi brand?

Nikki Kaye hits out at Key’s mining plan

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, March 23rd, 2010 - 29 comments

National Party MP Nikki Kaye is hitting out at her own leader John Key’s plan to mine Great Barrier Island. She joins the growing list of conservative opponents against the plan, with Auckland Mayor John Banks also voicing his opposition. It shows just how toxic this mining plan is.

Key’s mining plan worse than Bush’s

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 am, March 23rd, 2010 - 51 comments

John Key’s mining plan released yesterday is true madness. It sacrifices New Zealand’s natural heritage to make a buck for a few multi-national mining companies. The full list of changes make it clear: Key is mounting an attack on our conservation areas on a scale that even George W Bush couldn’t stomach.

Govt to open National Parks for mining

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, March 22nd, 2010 - 117 comments

John Key’s discussion document is out and is proposing slice more than 7000ha out of our most precious conservation lands. Forest and Bird’s information was right. It includes: Coromandel, Paparoa National Park, Great Barrier Island. With Northland and Stewart Island on the wish-list too!

National Parks, not National’s parks

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, March 15th, 2010 - 82 comments

Forest and Bird has obtained information that Prime Minister John Key is looking to mine Paparoa National Park [pictured right], Great Barrier Island, and areas surrounding the Thames township. The final details of the discussion doc will be decided at Cabinet today. Mr Key, you’re in for a fight on this one.

Brash emails hit headlines again…for the wrong reason

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 pm, March 8th, 2010 - 62 comments

The leaked emails which helped bring about the downfall of former Nat leader Don Brash hit the headlines again today, for all the wrong reasons. The story of who “stole” the emails was nothing more than a successful Tory decoy. Journalists have already forgotten the insidious tricks used by the top echelons of the National Party.

John Key lies about “surgical” mining

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, March 6th, 2010 - 25 comments

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee is refusing to rule out landscape-scarring mining on our most precious conservation land. This makes a liar of John Key who promised the government was considering “surgical mining”.

John Key – Conservation Enemy No.1

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, February 21st, 2010 - 28 comments

Prime Minister John Key is the worst enemy New Zealand’s conservation estate has had in decades. Not content with the destruction caused by mining our most precious conservation areas, Key is pushing to sell off access to the conservation estate to the highest bidders.

Brownlee lying over mining on conservation land

Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, February 17th, 2010 - 24 comments

According to The Press Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee is denying he trimmed a South Island conservation park after being lobbied by mining company L&M. However, documents posted on The Standard and No Right Turn show he was lying.

Key’s “sloppy” excuse on uranium shares

Written By: - Date published: 6:22 pm, February 16th, 2010 - 19 comments

John Key has tried to excuse himself from owning shares in a uranium company by saying he was “sloppy”. I’m afraid that’s not good enough for a Prime Minister worth millions, who likely pays top dollar for a lawyer to advise him on just these kind of problems.

I won’t raise GST

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, February 12th, 2010 - 5 comments

This is pretty classic. Found it on one of The Standard’s old posts. I think we’ll be seeing a bit more of this image around.

Evidence on drugs ignored

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, February 12th, 2010 - 21 comments

Minister of Justice Simon Power has unfortunately decided to completely ignore recommendations made by the Law Commission on drug reform. This is an unfortunate missed opportunity. I absolutely agree with David Farrar who says: Simon Power must have a very sore kneecap after what was an un-necessary kneejerk rejection of pretty much everything in the […]

Destroying our heritage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 10th, 2010 - 84 comments

John Key is hell bent on carving up our most pristine National Parks for mining. No matter what. The areas most at risk are Kahurangi and Coromandel (rumour has it that Aspiring is a decoy to soften the blow). Well, these are amazing areas that do not derserve to be destroyed at the whims of […]

The victims of Brand Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, February 7th, 2010 - 52 comments

Remember the struggling Auckland family that John Key used in 2007 to help build his brand? Well, according to the Herald: The mother of the 12-year-old girl John Key took to Waitangi three years ago says she has been let down by the Prime Minister, and her daughter now wants nothing to do with him. […]

Brown promises electoral reform in UK

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, February 4th, 2010 - 28 comments

The British PM Gordon Brown has announced he will push through legislation giving citizens the chance to vote on whether to dump First Past the Post (FPP) in favour of Alternative Vote (AV). According to The Guardian: Brown staked his authority on committing his party not just to a referendum on the alternative vote, but […]

Welcome to the 1990s

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, February 4th, 2010 - 28 comments

Unemployment is now 7.3%. The highest since the 90s. What, you don’t remember that decade? Well, you’re in a for a treat. Govt says population rise behind high unemployment Social Development Minister Paula Bennett pointed to an increase of 14,500 people in the working age population. “There are simply more people joining the workforce, which […]

DPMC: The “Key” to increasing the PM’s power

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, February 3rd, 2010 - 14 comments

Last October I posted on National’s plan to fold the State Services Commission into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Yesterday, Labour’s Grant Robertson revived the rumour. And since then Government pollster David Farrar has spent much of his energy reserves vigorously defending any transfer of power that may occur. But we should watch closely to […]

Key admits mistake: Tolley and Groser shuffled out

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 pm, January 26th, 2010 - 44 comments

Today John Key admitted his mistake in two Ministerial portfolio appointments, as two long overdue changes were announced. 1) Chopper Tolley has rightfully been shuffled out of the Tertiary Education portfolio, which goes to Steven Joyce. Tolley’s record has been appalling, most infamously taking a chopper ride to get a “helicopter view” of the AUT […]

Massachusetts not about health care

Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, January 26th, 2010 - 39 comments

I’m getting a bit sick of commentary suggesting Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate race was a thumbs down for Obama’s universal health care package. It wasn’t. Health care was not an issue in the Massachusetts senate election. Why? Because in 2006 state-wide health care and coverage was enforced by Massachusetts law. Wikipedia’s […]

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