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The Air New Zealand Industrial dispute

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, December 11th, 2018 - 19 comments

Air New Zealand has provoked industrial action from its workers by trying to wind back wages and conditions at a time it is making near record profits.

Labour’s education reforms

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, December 9th, 2018 - 58 comments

The Government has released a discussion paper proposing radical change to our education system, including the establishment of regional hubs to improve cooperation between schools and provisions to strengthen the proposition that kids should attend their local well resources and well run school.

Nutjobs and the UN Global Migration Pact

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 7th, 2018 - 123 comments

National and ACT have alleged that a United Nations Pact supported by New Zealand in 2016 will take away sovereign rights even though the pact itself says that it is not legally binding.

National’s dead cat strategy

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 6th, 2018 - 56 comments

National has attempted to drown out news of further leaks, bad poll results and a reference of Maggie Barry’s behaviour to the Auditor General by staging a big stink in Parliament.

Jesse Mulligan deserves a medal

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 4th, 2018 - 23 comments

Maggie Barry is facing fresh allegations of staff bullying. And Jesse Mulligan has responded to her criticism of him by saying it shows he was doing his job properly.

We’re dreaming of a White Christmas

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 3rd, 2018 - 116 comments

Social media has erupted because a Santa Claus was not a fat old white guy with false facial hair.

Latest Colmar Brunton poll

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, December 2nd, 2018 - 189 comments

The latest Colmar Brunton poll result is out suggesting a slight rebound in National’s fortunes.

Another National MP accused of bullying

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, December 1st, 2018 - 135 comments

The Herald has reported this morning on allegations of bullying being made by staff against Nati0nal MP Maggie Barry.

National wants there to be no unions

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, November 30th, 2018 - 76 comments

Dan Bidois this week in Parliament confirmed what we have always known, that National want there to be no unions around.

Stuff is banning climate change deniers from articles and comments

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, November 29th, 2018 - 261 comments

Stuff have adopted a policy of banning opinion pieces and comments from climate change deniers on the basis that the science is settled and allowing space for deniers is a dangerous waste of time.

The dinosaurs are clinging on

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, November 28th, 2018 - 32 comments

The Trump administration has produced an official report outlining the perils of climate change which the POTUS has rejected. And in Australia the dinosaur Liberal Party has suffered a huge loss in Victorian State elections, the loss of their Parliamentary majority and ScoMo has criticised school students taking direct action against the Government’s totally inadequate policies.

The strange case of the missing text from Bridges’ speech

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, November 27th, 2018 - 25 comments

National’s social media team have sent out a tweet with a quote from Simon Bridges that does not appear in the speech that he gave.

National and its no tax promises

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, November 27th, 2018 - 38 comments

National have got out the old “no new taxes” songbook and are singing it as loudly as they can.

Bridges believes fictional character is definitely a male

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, November 27th, 2018 - 91 comments

Simon Bridges is going for the under 10 misogynist vote by claiming that Santa Claus is definitely a man.

Academic freedom and relationships with China

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, November 26th, 2018 - 108 comments

A number of prominent academics and researchers have signed an open letter to Jacinda Ardern urging her to take the allegations of Chinese involvement in crimes against Professor Anne Marie Brady seriously and to make a clear statement in defence of academic freedom in New Zealand.

Judith is getting ready

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, November 24th, 2018 - 125 comments

Judith Collins appears to be ramping up a leadership campaign using Fox News type references to climate change, social change and young people.

Bridges Billion dollar bungle

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, November 23rd, 2018 - 126 comments

Simon Bridges has claimed that Labour’s Kiwisaver fund is $18 billion short of the amount needed to meet the Government’s goals of constructing ten thousand Kiwibuild houses a year.  The claim has as much credibility as National’s claim that Labour’s budget figures had an $11.5 billion hole in them.

Simon who?

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, November 22nd, 2018 - 43 comments

National MP Simon O’Connor is thinking of a tilt at Auckland’s mayoralty.

Auckland Council is investigating online voting

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 21st, 2018 - 63 comments

Auckland Council wishes to conduct a trial of online voting at next year’s local government elections. Is it time to try this out as a voting system?

Another day and more Simon Bridges f*&k ups

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, November 19th, 2018 - 54 comments

Simon Bridges has in the last 24 hours blamed Labour law changes for increasing rentals but has forgotten which ones, and has disagreed that an apology is owed to the families of the Pike River miners on the 8th anniversary of the disaster.

Will Andrew Little be responsible if the Pike River mine gets hit by a meteor?

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, November 18th, 2018 - 102 comments

Stacy Kirk has made the outlandish claim that Andrew Little is prepared to risk someone’s life in his desire to have the Pike River mine properly investigated.

Has Julian Assange been charged?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 pm, November 16th, 2018 - 67 comments

In breaking news it appears that the reason for Donald Trump’s grumpiness may have been the impending release of news that Julian Assange has had charges laid against him.

May’s Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, November 15th, 2018 - 91 comments

The unsolvable problem that is Brexit is reaching it’s denouement with Theresa May’s leadership on the line, talk of a no confidence motion, a very leaky cabinet, and no possible achievable resolution in sight.

The strange case of the astroturfed Energy Voices organisation

Written By: - Date published: 3:34 pm, November 13th, 2018 - 18 comments

It has been discovered that the person behind the Energy Voices website is a National Party operative and former staffer.

American midterms – revenge of young people and the decline of the NRA

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 12th, 2018 - 51 comments

In the midterm US elections a number of candidates supported by the NRA have lost out to opponents with strong anti gun views.  And the youth vote surged.  Were these events related?

All that is wrong with America’s democracy

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, November 10th, 2018 - 40 comments

In Georgia, despite the Repbublican candidate who oversaw the election process engaging in the mass disenfranchisement of Democrat voters, the removal of voting machines to make voting in Democrat areas more difficult and baseless smearing of the Democrat candidate, the result is on a knife edge and a second vote is a possibility.

Latest poll results – National in freefall

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, November 9th, 2018 - 81 comments

A recent UMR poll has put National support at 37%, deep in danger territory for Simon Bridges.

Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, November 8th, 2018 - 27 comments

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the President’s request and has been replaced by someone who thought that Mueller’s investigation into POTUS went too far.

ScoMo’s flying bus tour

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, November 8th, 2018 - 20 comments

In an effort to revive sagging support levels Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on a bus tour of Australia involving him flying and being picked up by the bus, drinking lots of beer, wearing different hats and saying fair dinkum a lot.

Triumph the insult dog meets Beto and Cruz

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, November 7th, 2018 - 6 comments

If you have 10 minutes to waste and enjoy laughing uproariously I can recommend this video. Warning should not be watched while you are drinking coffee and the contents may be sprayed on your screen …

Simon’s sure fire way to deal with difficult questions

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, November 6th, 2018 - 45 comments

Simon’s strategy is that cunning you could be tempted to pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.

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