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John Key – Mr 2%

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 20th, 2017 - 42 comments

John Key’s support as preferred Prime Minister has plunged in the latest Colmar Brunton poll.  And he has been seen playing sponsored golf for a Japanese businessman with unusual characteristics.

The new world order

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 60 comments

With former adversaries USA and Russia now the best of friends and with China now emerging again as the preeminent economy in the world the question is will the transition of power be handled smoothly?

Kia Kaha Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

It seems almost inevitable that the recent fires in Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay are the result of climate change and the harbingers of things to come.

Hypocrisy watch – Michael Flynn

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, February 15th, 2017 - 35 comments

Over in the United States of Trumpsville National Security Advisor to the Trump White House Mike Flynn, who famously said that Hillary Clinton should be locked up for threatening national security by having a private email server, has been sacked for threatening national security and for lying to the vice president.

Government will not support victims of domestic violence

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 14th, 2017 - 19 comments

The Government is refusing to support Jan Logie’s bill aimed at helping the victims of domestic violence despite the bill receiving support from the ANZ and Business New Zealand supporting the bill going at least to select committee.

Medicinal Cannabis law reform

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, February 8th, 2017 - 30 comments

The Government is finally moving to adopt Labour policy and loosen requirements for the use of medicinal cannabis.

The SOE sell down three years on

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 7th, 2017 - 78 comments

Some time in the next 12 months it is likely that the forgone dividend payments and loss in share value from the Power Company shares and Air NZ share sale will be greater than the amount received, only three years after the sale.

Smartest guy in the room

Written By: - Date published: 1:43 pm, February 4th, 2017 - 93 comments

The Government signed a deal with Peter Thiel that socialised the losses and allowed him to privatise the gains of the joint venture fund that the parties entered into.

The Peter Thiel citizenship grant

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, February 2nd, 2017 - 77 comments

The Peter Thiel paper dump raise more questions than they answer and hints at ongoing communication with National ministers and that John Key approached Thiel to make the donation subsequently made to Key’s earthquake fund.

The Labour Green 2017 campaign launch

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, January 30th, 2017 - 33 comments

Yesterday’s joint Labour Green state of the nation event was effectively a campaign launch for the 2017 election. And it went well.

Godzone for billionaires

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, January 26th, 2017 - 91 comments

Peter Thiel’s fast tracking of his citizenship application needs some explaining by the Government.

RIP TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, January 24th, 2017 - 70 comments

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and leaving the agreement effectively dead in its tracks.

T Day

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 am, January 21st, 2017 - 124 comments

Donald Trump has now been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  And we are in unchartered territory.

Bill English thinks he was pro Springbok tour

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, January 20th, 2017 - 102 comments

Bill English says that he was probably for the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand although has hinted that he has since changed his mind.

The Trump Dossier

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 12th, 2017 - 176 comments

Buzzfeed’s release of the Dossier suggesting that Russia has considerable leverage over Donald Trump has caused ructions the effects of which will be felt for months.

The great Taxpayers Union fraud and corruption discovery

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, January 11th, 2017 - 114 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union has shown a concerning inability to comprehend in its criticism of MFAT for supporting an aid initiative to address malnutrition in Africa.

Refining that dog whistle

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments

Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced.  And most of the media bought it.

The St Johns Industrial Dispute – #HealthyAmbosSaveLives

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, January 7th, 2017 - 51 comments

St Johns is one of the first organisations to use new Industrial powers brought in by the Government and is attempting to refuse to negotiate with First Union and is docking workers pay for wearing a campaign t-shirt.

The Centrelink fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, January 6th, 2017 - 29 comments

In Australia the Turnbull Government is implementing a policy that will demand in 12 months at least 200,000 Australians repay benefits they were entitled to because of faulty data mapping.

Some lighthearted banter

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 5th, 2017 - 154 comments

Peter Leitch has hired Michelle Boag to deal with publicity issues caused by his comment that Waiheke is a white man’s island.  She has not helped.

The return of Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party and the NZ journalist seeking asylum in Russia

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, January 2nd, 2017 - 369 comments

In strange news Kim Dotcom is talking about resurrecting the Internet Party and claims have been made that a New Zealand journalist is seeking asylum in Russia. Update: I am satisfied the application is for real.

New Zealander of the year

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, January 1st, 2017 - 42 comments

The Herald has managed to overlook choosing Helen Kelly as its New Zealander of the year.

Obama’s last days

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, December 30th, 2016 - 150 comments

Barak Obama is using the last few days of his presidency to do some quite radical stuff.

The ten most commented on posts of 2016

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, December 30th, 2016 - 7 comments

The list of the top ten commented on posts for 2016.

Netanyahu accuses New Zealand of committing a declaration of war

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, December 28th, 2016 - 126 comments

Israeli Prime Mininster Benjamin Netanyahu told Murray McCully that New Zealand supporting the rights of Palestinians in the homeland areas would be regarded as a declaration of war.

Pauline Hanson declares jihad on Vegemite

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, December 27th, 2016 - 37 comments

Pauline Hanson is upset that vegemite has achieved Halaal status.

Israel threatens sanctions against New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 27th, 2016 - 131 comments

Israel has responded to New Zealand’s principled stand in seeking to uphold the rights of Palestinian citizens by threatening sanctions.

Facebook, fake news and Donald Trump’s election

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, December 26th, 2016 - 72 comments

Donald Trump’s success in the recent Presidential Election may have had a lot to do with very judicious use of targeted Facebook advertising and the proliferation of fake news stories.

Well done Murray McCully

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 pm, December 24th, 2016 - 286 comments

Murray McCully has had New Zealand co sponsor a successful Security Council resolution condemning Israel for violating International Law through its resettlement policy.

Reason #3751 progressives should oppose Donald Trump presidency

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, December 23rd, 2016 - 26 comments

President Donald Trump reckons that the US must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability to make the world come to its senses regarding nukes.

Steven Joyce rewrites history

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 20th, 2016 - 62 comments

Steven Joyce believes that doing something is the same as not doing something.

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