Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, January 16th, 2017 - 32 comments
The Herald’s John Roughan is not impressed with Bill English so far. And today English put his foot in it again.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments
English – “One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.” Nice contrast to the usual Nat hysterical style. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 9th, 2017 - 190 comments
I don’t think it does a PM any harm to shut up and listen for a change instead of talking, but this does not seem to be possible for the Nats.
Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 19th, 2016 - 53 comments
What next for Collins? Burning ambition, a significant personal following, no future in National. Time jump to ACT? She must fancy her chances of taking over that pretend party and building it up to a “kingmaker” role.
Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, December 16th, 2016 - 198 comments
The English honeymoon came to an abrupt end yesterday as the new PM copped an earful in Kaikoura. And bad goes to worse as Brownlee loses his rag (again). Key would have handled it better.
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, December 11th, 2016 - 15 comments
Tax cuts – the Nats are continuing to rule them both in and out for the election. Incoherence or deliberate strategy? Either way – Key got away with this kind of bullshit for 8 long years – are we going to let it continue?
Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, December 9th, 2016 - 108 comments
Charter schools are fiddling their results. Just another example of the way that education for profit is all about profit, with education hardly getting a look in. All of National’s ideological interventions in education are failures.
Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, December 6th, 2016 - 144 comments
Key has long craved a “historic” 4th term. Interviewed on 24 September he was still saying he wanted it, he now claims he had already decided to quit. While rumours are hard to believe, something doesn’t add up here.
Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, November 30th, 2016 - 45 comments
Thanks National: “NZ kids worst at maths in English-speaking world”.
Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, November 25th, 2016 - 88 comments
The first application of “three strikes” is an example of exactly one of the main problems that opponents of the law raised. Remove discretion and you can get perverse outcomes.
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, November 25th, 2016 - 11 comments
English admits that the government has done a poor job of maintaining state houses, and uses it as an excuse for privatisation – its by design. The attempted sale in Christchurch, incuding Key’s childhood home, is a powerful symbol of the way this government likes pulling up the ladder that they used behind them.
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, November 22nd, 2016 - 207 comments
Nat MP Chester Borrows is to stand trial for injuring a protestor with his car. Barry Soper is outraged, because “elderly female, placard waving protesters” just don’t deserve the protection of the law.
Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, November 20th, 2016 - 76 comments
Disaster response is about more than showing up for photos and cancelling a trip or two. National has made a mess of Christchurch and comprehensively failed to learn its lessons. They should in no way be rewarded with a 4th term.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 18th, 2016 - 74 comments
Oh look, National are nakedly politicising government earthquake response.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 62 comments
Damien O’Connor and Denise Roche have taken it to Nick Smith in the House today over the government’s plan to seal Pike River mine forever.
Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 63 comments
A couple of dirty politics related stories that slipped under the radar in the last hectic week.
Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, November 11th, 2016 - 24 comments
The Nats are determined to keep flogging the TPP horse in Parliament. Someone should buy them a newspaper.
Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, November 7th, 2016 - 66 comments
According to Fran O’Sullivan the cause of Sheepgate was Key’s decision to abandon leadership of a business mission in 2010. As to the subsequent scandal – Watkin and Hooton voice the anger we should all be feeling.
Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, October 31st, 2016 - 22 comments
As a government National is no friend to women, and as a party National has structural problems with selecting and supporting women. Stacey Kirk in the SST writes on National’s lack of female depth.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 27th, 2016 - 29 comments
Why has Housing NZ ignored repeated advice and misused meth tests to evict tenants? RNZ: “Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said Housing New Zealand had caused a huge amount of harm by knowingly misusing the guidelines.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, October 25th, 2016 - 49 comments
Latest fear mongering sounds like a rerun of the jihadi brides lie, which as an editorial summary put it – “raises serious questions about the accuracy of claims made by John Key, SIS boss Rebecca Kitteridge and Security Intelligence Minister Chris Finlayson.”