Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, February 10th, 2023 - 15 comments
“This election is a pivotal one. We have a choice between maintaining the status quo or building a bright green future for everyone in our community; between divisiveness or solidarity; between quibbling over the definition of “crisis” or taking real action to address the cost of living, housing, climate change and environmental exploitation.”
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, October 14th, 2016 - 125 comments
In Year Eight of this National government, the idea of a budget surplus is a joke. They’ve promised it for nearly a decade. They’ve fiddled the books. The truth is, there is no surplus.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 7th, 2016 - 134 comments
It’s year 8 of a National/ACT government and things are looking pretty bleak. And it’s really, really easy to spin down into a spiral of bleakness and anxiety. But we can make it through.
Written By: - Date published: 6:09 pm, September 26th, 2016 - 13 comments
Since first posting Who should you vote for? a week ago I’ve been directed to even more endorsement lists and voting guides for local body candidates up and down the country. So if you still don’t know who to vote for, check them out.
Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 39 comments
All the local body election endorsements you could possibly want.
Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, September 18th, 2016 - 154 comments
This week has been a revelation in how willing Pākehā are to throw Māori under the bus for the sake of environmentalism.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 16th, 2016 - 28 comments
The Dominion Post has received not one, but two polls on the Wellington mayoralty. So who’s coming out on top?
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, September 14th, 2016 - 82 comments
An old handle flickered back into life briefly this afternoon: In 2014 I dumped: https://t.co/UhZSYEYyar — Whaledump2 (@whaledump2) September 14, 2016 Rawshark – presuming the account is still held and operated by the hacker who exposed the dodgy shenanigans between the WhaleOil blog, corporate lobbyists and senior National Party politicians – started with a screenshot from […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, August 7th, 2016 - 98 comments
Cross-posted from Boots Theory. Where to start with Anat Shenker-Osorio’s Don’t Buy It: The Trouble With Talking Nonsense About The Economy? This review seems redundant, because literally every person I’ve encountered in the past year has been subjected to my near-evangelist recommendation of it. I don’t know every lefty in New Zealand (despite what Matthew […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 30th, 2015 - 250 comments
Who will be the big winners from Andrew Little’s caucus reshuffle – and who will be the big players taking Labour into the 2017 election?
UPDATED: With new rankings/portfolios and media release.
Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 24th, 2015 - 35 comments
What to do with these ballot papers that just arrived in the mail?
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 12th, 2015 - 45 comments
Previously posted at Boots Theory. Content note: discussion of sexual violence and the experience of survivors. Yesterday I did a round-up of the women’s voices on Twitter talking about recent events in Parliament, where women MPs from the Opposition, many of them survivors of sexual violence, were thrown out of the House for taking exception […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 54 comments
The question of identity politics and Labour’s direction just never go away. But maybe we’re just thinking about it all wrong.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, July 12th, 2015 - 30 comments
Who would have suspected that Michael Woodhouse would be completely ineffectual in cracking down on zero-hour contracts?
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 11th, 2015 - 40 comments
It turns out Labour does have a good set of principles – why don’t we know more about them?
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 10th, 2015 - 164 comments
What does it actually mean when we say “my values are Labour’s values”?
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, June 28th, 2015 - 166 comments
That’s not my headline. That’s Stuff’s business section’s headline.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 27th, 2015 - 77 comments
The term “tone argument” refers to the regular pleas directed at feminists, anti-racism activists, etc to stop being so aggressive and ask nicely for fundamental human rights and dignity instead of shouting so much. It’s a derailment, a troll move, a way to undermine and ignore the actual arguments being made.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 26th, 2015 - 44 comments
The Labour Party has had a sneak peek at the process our government is using to pick “providers” for its mercenary social impact bonds scheme, and it’s like something off television.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 23rd, 2015 - 51 comments
Beyond discrimination against women, there’s a broader set of assumptions we make about work and workers, and it’s hurting us – workers, society, and business.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 22nd, 2015 - 42 comments
It’s 2015, and we’re constantly told that sexism is over, feminism has had its day – so why can’t this woman find a job?
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 15th, 2015 - 116 comments
Whenever unionists talk about the bad employers who put profit over people’s lives, the right wave it away as fear-mongering. Well, here it is straight from the horse’s mouth.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, June 14th, 2015 - 43 comments
This is the true irony of National governments. Their entire platform is one of “fiscal responsibility” and “good economic management” yet time and time again they spend money the way I did when I was a teenager: false economies and short-term wish fulfilment.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, June 13th, 2015 - 123 comments
A few stories of recent weeks which show exactly what kind of government we have.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, May 14th, 2015 - 68 comments
One of the biggest political deceptions in our lifetime? Or just an honest mistake by our noble Finance Minister?
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 6th, 2015 - 30 comments
Two politicians with very similar names and practically identical, terrible excuses for their lies. But does it mean the honeymoon’s over for John Key?
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, May 4th, 2015 - Comments Off on Support Wellington Rape Crisis this week
This week is Wellington Rape Crisis’ annual appeal.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 7 comments
One of these principled statements is not like the other.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 23rd, 2015 - 10 comments
A brief numbers-y overview of what your honoured authors have gotten up to since September.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 21st, 2015 - 69 comments
Everyone else is giving their reckons on the treatment of ANZAC Day this year, as we commemorate the centenary of the first year of World War I. So here are mine.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 14th, 2015 - 88 comments
When the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety doesn’t know the first thing about his portfolio, there’s only one option left: he’s lying.