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National’s caucus meeting today – nothing to see here

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 16th, 2018 - 82 comments

All eyes will be on National’s caucus meeting today.  And Simon Bridges will need to explain what Jami-Lee Ross meant when he said that he had recorded a conversation where he was asked by Bridges to break the law.

National leaks again

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, October 15th, 2018 - 107 comments

Duncan Garner has this morning revealed further leaked information from within National concerning Simon Bridges’ disastrous polling and indicating that he received a donation from a company with links to the Exclusive Brethren.

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For a Better New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, October 15th, 2018 - 40 comments

A new political party has emerged with what could be loosely described as a stunning website.

Light rail in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, October 14th, 2018 - 91 comments

There has been some push back against the Government’s light rail proposal for Dominion Road from some unlikely sources.  But they are concentrating on what is best for airport users, not what is best for the city as a whole.

Simon Bridges is totes relaxed about his leak inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, October 13th, 2018 - 26 comments

After spending over a hundred thousand dollars on the inquiry into who leaked his travel information Simon Bridges now claims that he is no longer worried about who leaked his travel expense information.

Another reminder that climate change is happening

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, October 12th, 2018 - 63 comments

Hurricane Michael is exactly the sort of weather event that climate change scientists predicted would occur because of climate change.

The leak inquiries

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, October 11th, 2018 - 37 comments

Trevor Mallard has shut down one possible conclusion of National’s leak inquiry by conducting his own inquiry into his office which has concluded that the leak of Bridges’ travel information did not come from there.

National’s firearms forums – what could go wrong?

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 10th, 2018 - 125 comments

National has launched a series of public meetings to discuss a major issue.  Not child poverty or climate change or how badly wrong Steven Joyce’s $11.5 billion hole claim was, but guns.

Grant Robertson is a financial genius

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, October 9th, 2018 - 80 comments

Remember the $11.5 billion hole that Stephen Joyce and National said Labour was going to leave the country with?  Well the 2017/18 financial books have been completed and released and the Government’s surplus was $2.4 billion greater than forecast.

Do we have cheaper fuel or do we trash the planet?

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, October 9th, 2018 - 62 comments

On the day that the IPCC has confirmed that the world is running out of time to do something to try and preserve what we have National and associated entities have complained that fuel prices are too high.

At least Labour wants to save the planet

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, October 8th, 2018 - 46 comments

The Government is consulting on changes to the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill to prevent further offshore drilling permits being issued. Locally the right are saying it will make things worse. And in the US of A the Trump administration has conceded that out of control climate change is inevitable.

Banksy piece sells at auction for record price, then shreds itself

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, October 7th, 2018 - 29 comments

A Banksy piece has shredded itself shortly after being sold for a record price.

Meanwhile in America …

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, October 6th, 2018 - 123 comments

America has had an interesting week with Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court all but confirmed, Donald Trump’s finances being the subject of an intensive review by the New York Times and Trump being filmed boarding Air Force One with a piece of toilet paper stuck to his shoe.

RIP Penny Bright

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, October 5th, 2018 - 33 comments

Veteran Auckland political activist Penny Bright has died.

What does the Taxpayer’s Union have against Callaghan Innovation?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 5th, 2018 - 57 comments

The Taxpayers’ Union’s focus on Callaghan Innovation may be evidence of an ongoing civil war within the right’s ranks, rather than evidence of socialist largesse.

National’s leak inquiry blows up

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, October 4th, 2018 - 76 comments

Newshub has been leaked a copy of an email from Paula Bennett sent to National Party staffers advising that the inquiry into who leaked Simon Bridges’s travel expense information now includes them.

The Taxpayers’ Union’s identity problem

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, October 3rd, 2018 - 45 comments

David Fisher in the Herald has reported that the Taxpayer’s Union has used numerous fictitious identities to make Official Information Act requests.

National’s leak problem

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, October 3rd, 2018 - 146 comments

National’s leak problem is developing into a full blown crisis as it struggles to deal with the repercussions of Jami-Lee Ross standing down.

Jami-Lee Ross takes time out

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, October 2nd, 2018 - 107 comments

Jami-Lee Ross has announced he will be taking time out for personal health reasons.

Ardern is the anti Trump

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, October 2nd, 2018 - 48 comments

While the local right have spent the last week nit picking at Jacinda Ardern something significant has happened internationally.  Jacinda Ardern has emerged as the western leader who is the antithesis of Donald Trump.

Kiwi values

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, October 1st, 2018 - 106 comments

New Zealand First at its conference on the weekend passed a remit to calling for immigrants and refugees to “respect New Zealand values” which are founded on Christianity.

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 30th, 2018 - 63 comments

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing last week showed two extremes, one person describing a painful event in her past life and another person angrily denying that anything happened and claiming it was all about him.

Pretty legal

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 29th, 2018 - 37 comments

National has another potential copyright problem involving the use of music without permission.

Is Michelle Boag advising Derek Handley?

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 28th, 2018 - 79 comments

Politik has reported that Derek Handley has been receiving PR advice from Michelle Boag.

The Meka leak

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, September 27th, 2018 - 229 comments

The Herald claims to have been leaked a draft copy of the report into Meka Whaitiri. And the indications are that it may have come from a National Party source.

National is now barking at Tahrs

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, September 26th, 2018 - 157 comments

National has launched an online petition against the culling of Tahrs, an animal that has been culled for years pursuant to a plan that was finalised by National in 1993.

Ardern on leadership

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, September 26th, 2018 - 102 comments

Jacinda Ardern is storming New York.  In an interview has set out her beliefs on leadership and rebelled against the idea that politics should only be about scoring hits against opponents. National has replied by trying to score political hits against her.

The War on Drugz

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, September 25th, 2018 - 68 comments

Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will not sign up to Donald Trump’s global call to action on drugs. Will Simon Bridges do the responsible thing and agree with her that the announcement is a misplaced attempt to continue the currently failing approach to drugs?

Simon says the weirdest things – shoplifting fines

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, September 24th, 2018 - 23 comments

In one interview Simon Bridges shows that he cannot do basic maths in his head and does not know a core feature of a law change he wants to support.

National will be gutted – Moodys gives New Zealand an Aaa credit rating

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, September 23rd, 2018 - 59 comments

National’s chicken little the sky is falling mantra about New Zealand’s economy has been dealt a large hole by Moody’s confirming New Zealand’s Aaa AAA credit rating.

Who is the National caucus leaker?

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, September 22nd, 2018 - 140 comments

Winston Peters said in Parliament this week that he believes he knows who the leaker of Simon Bridges’ travel information is.

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