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Children should never be used as bargaining chips

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, June 21st, 2018 - 39 comments

Donald Trump has announced a “backdown” of the policy of separating children of refugees from their parents at the US border. Instead they will be imprisoned with their parents potentially for extended periods of time.

The United States is becoming a rogue state

Written By: - Date published: 4:57 pm, June 20th, 2018 - 46 comments

The United States of America in its support for Israeli trashing of Palestinian rights and the withdrawal of support for the United Nations Human Rights Council as well as the mass incarceration of children of parents who have tried to enter the United States without permission is displaying concerning signs.

Givealittle legal fund set up for Renae Maihi for defence against Bob Jones’ claim

Written By: - Date published: 3:50 pm, June 19th, 2018 - 54 comments

Bob Jones has threatened Renae Maihi with a defamation lawsuit for seeking to have his knighthood taken off him.  Laura O’Connell Rapira of Action Station has responded by starting a givealittle page to cover Renae’s legal costs.

Hosking poll shows overwhelming support for cycle lanes

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, June 19th, 2018 - 53 comments

Mike Hosking created an online poll which he must have thought would show opposition to cycleways but which has indicated that cycleways are very popular with Aucklanders.

Bottom feeding fish redux

Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, June 18th, 2018 - 24 comments

Newsroom has released details of media emails sent to the police about the Clarke Gayford rumours.

Sage refuses permission to mine conservation land

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, June 18th, 2018 - 94 comments

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has incurred attacks from the right by refusing to allow the desecration of conservation land on the West Coast.

Does National really want climate change to be a bipartisan issue?

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, June 17th, 2018 - 94 comments

National has cautiously pledged to support the Government’s proposed Climate Change Commission. But is it looking for opportunities to delay or weaken urgent action that New Zealand needs to be taking now rather than signing up for urgent action being started now?

Government announces living wage to be paid to all core public servants

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, June 15th, 2018 - 42 comments

The Government has announced that all employees in the core public service will be paid a living wage from September 1, 2018.

In defence of Eugenie Sage

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, June 15th, 2018 - 152 comments

Eugenie Sage has been criticised for granting OIO consent to the foreign buy out of a water bottling company and a piece of sensitive land.  But from the looks of the details that have been released she may have had no choice.

Nats indignant that Twyford is not fixing their housing crisis quickly enough

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, June 14th, 2018 - 95 comments

Judith Collins has criticised Phi Twyford because after eight months as Minister he has not fixed a crisis that took nine years to create.

Kiwis trust in Government surges

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, June 13th, 2018 - 61 comments

At the same time that business confidence is in negative territory overall trust in the Government has surged. Why is this?

Winston sues

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, June 12th, 2018 - 78 comments

Winston Peters has commenced legal proceedings against Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett because of the leaking during last year’s election campaign of private information about a superannuation overpayment he received.

Donald Trump’s unusual diplomatic behaviour

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, June 11th, 2018 - 44 comments

Donald Trump has chosen to insult Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and buddy up to North Korean leader Kim Jon Un all in the same week.

Who gives a hooton about climate change?

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, June 10th, 2018 - 125 comments

Matthew Hooton and Fran O’Sullivan have claimed that the Government’s decision to ban off shore petroleum exploration is “Orwellian”, part of an attempt to divert attention from other issues, bad for the environment and bad for jobs. Are they right?

The Northcote by election

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, June 9th, 2018 - 212 comments

The Northcote election could be be extremely close.

lprent: Update. It was close. The preliminary results show a 1362 margin, reduced from about 6210 last election. The turnout was a bit under half of the previous election – not bad for a by-election.

Collins keeps Housing Corp P debacle in news cycle

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, June 7th, 2018 - 122 comments

Judith Collins has managed to keep the Housing Corp methamphetamine story alive for another news cycle by attacking poor people who take drugs.

Dud advice

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, June 6th, 2018 - 84 comments

The methamphetamine debacle continues with questions raised about if the Auckland District Health Board provided confidential information to Housing New Zealand about its tenants.  And Simon Bridges directly contradicts Bill English by claiming that the last Government had no idea the guidelines were not fit for purpose.

Forward to the 70s

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, June 6th, 2018 - 112 comments

National thinks that getting back to full employment, having wages and conditions sufficient to allow a working family to live in decency on one full time wage, and home ownership rates of about 70% are a bad thing.

Boilover in Northcote?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, June 5th, 2018 - 57 comments

With five days to go the Northcote by election result is far from settled.  And a surprise may be on the cards.

Doofus of the week – June 3, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, June 3rd, 2018 - 44 comments

Finalists this week are David Farrar for recklessly misrepresenting Labour’s view on the three strikes repeal proposal, Judith Collins for thinking a two year old photo used on the Standard was a current photo and evidence of the police being politicised and Paula Bennett for at the same time not knowing and knowing but being unable to do anything about the terrorising of state house tenants. And the winner is …

Simon Bridges, the three strikes law and the Bill of Rights

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, June 2nd, 2018 - 17 comments

National obviously desperately want to divert attention away from the Housing Corp methamphetamine fiasco. After five days of continuous bad news who can blame them.

Labour does not want to let them all out

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, June 1st, 2018 - 170 comments

Andrew Little has proposed the repeal of the irrational three strikes law.  But signs are that National will not engage in a reasoned debate about what the law should be.

National’s strategy on the Housing Corp P fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 31st, 2018 - 83 comments

National is all over the place in its response to Peter Gluckman’s Housing Corp methamphetamine report with three different justifications being provided by three different senior MPs.

Gluckman: Methamphetamine policy was a crock

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 30th, 2018 - 80 comments

The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser Peter Gluckman has described the previous Government’s policy on methamphetamine in Housing Corp houses as hysterical and concluded that there has never been a documented case of someone getting sick from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine.

Draining the swamp

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, May 29th, 2018 - 32 comments

One Nation has made an appearance in Aotearoa New Zealand, complete with all the nuttiness of its Australian counterpart, some Donald Trump insanity and some support for the hard right in the United Kingdom.

Comrade Simon supports Nurses Strike

Written By: - Date published: 3:52 pm, May 28th, 2018 - 21 comments

For the first time possibly ever a National leader has supported the right of the rank and file to engage in industrial action to improve their living conditions.

Bridges copies Bill Clinton on abortion

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, May 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Simon Bridges has appropriated phrasing used by Bill Clinton in describing his position on abortion but made his personal view even more restrictive.

Doofus of the week – May 27, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 27th, 2018 - 28 comments

Lots of competition this week with Katie Hopkins preferring to be called a racist to being described as being on drugs, Judith Collins for fronting the most naff scandals in the last decade, and Simon Bridges for going on tour to strange places.  But the real contest was between Paula Bennett and Gerry Brownlee …

#twyfordaccusations

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, May 26th, 2018 - 52 comments

The Twitter hashtag #twyfordaccusations has been set up to allow people to speculate on what other nefarious allegations will be made against Phil Twyford by Judith Collins.

National loses the plot in Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 91 comments

National’s show down with Trevor Mallard today did not go as well as they hoped.

Paula’s petulant parliamentary outburst

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, May 24th, 2018 - 247 comments

Paula Bennett stormed out of Parliament yesterday after Trevor Mallard correctly applied the standing orders and ruled out a question containing an unparliamentary term.  And National has responded by questioning if Jacinda Ardern was actually described as a “silly little girl” but has refused to question its MPs.

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