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Synovate lockout lifted

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 15th, 2009 - 18 comments

Indymedia reports that the lockout at research company Synovate has been lifted and a settlement has been reached: Late last night, union and company negotiators reached a settlement at the Department of Labour. Pay rises will be 50c now and 50c in 6 months. People will get paid for stat. holidays over the lock-out. And […]

Public service numbers

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, April 14th, 2009 - 44 comments

I’ve just stumbled across this killer graph from the PSA on public service numbers under Labour and National. It helpfully puts in graphical form what we’ve known all along – that for all the bleating we’ve heard from National and its sycophants about how Labour’s bloated public service was sucking the nation dry, the reality […]

Barbaric

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, April 14th, 2009 - 22 comments

Restaurant Association chairman Mike Egan on how to treat your staff during a recession: “if some of our employees cannot adapt fast enough we will drag them out of the cave and leave them to the sabre-tooth tigers and find staff who can and will adapt”. Most of the people he’s talking about are on […]

American Dream

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, April 14th, 2009 - 5 comments

Mana enhancement: Fail

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 8th, 2009 - 30 comments

Russian oligarch urges dump MMP

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, April 8th, 2009 - 43 comments

So, the Business Roundtable has resorted to calling in Russian oligarchs to aid their campaign against proportional represenation. Here’s what “Taranaki-born former Treasury economist-turned-Russian oligarch” Stephen Jennings had to say following last night’s Sir Ron Trotter address. MMP, he says, must go. We need political leaders who can lead and manage change. “They need to […]

Cullen to chair NZ Post and Kiwibank

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, April 7th, 2009 - 10 comments

Trans-Tasman reports: the Government will offer former Deputy PM and Finance Minister Michael Cullen the post of Chairman of the Board of NZ Post and its subsidiary Kiwibank, succeeding Jim Bolger who is due to retire this month. Cullen is announcing his retirement from Parliament today. Good on him. UPDATE: Stuff reports Cullen will be […]

Garrett lying to his own supporters

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, April 7th, 2009 - 25 comments

Not content with lying to the New Zealand public, ACT MP David Garrett has now been busted lying to his own supporters about his Three Strikes Bill. In the email to supporters last Friday: [Garrett] claimed that if the “three strikes” bill had been in place in May 2008, 78 lives wold have been saved, […]

New Left blog

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 pm, April 6th, 2009 - Comments Off on New Left blog

Loco Burro Politics.

Talleys: Corporate scum

Written By: - Date published: 2:14 pm, April 6th, 2009 - 41 comments

I’ve long been of the opinion that the Talley family, owners of the Talleys food empire, are a corrosive force in this country who have a complete contempt for their workforce, the public and our democratic institutions. Sure enough, they’re at it again. NZPA reports: The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) plans to call […]

National dumps worker reps from ACC board

Written By: - Date published: 5:49 pm, March 31st, 2009 - 13 comments

Nick Smith announced National’s changes to the ACC board this afternoon. As expected they’ve kicked Wayne Butson and Ross Wilson off the board, meaning ACC no longer has any worker representation. In their place are a mixed bag of company directors and consultants headed by an affiliate member of the Business Roundtable. This isn’t just […]

Cold.

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, March 31st, 2009 - 18 comments

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“Corrupt!”

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, March 30th, 2009 - 62 comments

National rode to power off the back of years of rhetoric accusing the last Labour government of corruption. Who can forget the screams from the Nats? – “Corrupt! Corrupt! Corrupt!” they cried. The boys in blue were going to deliver us a new era of transparency and accountable government. Interesting then to see a report […]

New Left blog

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, March 30th, 2009 - 1 comment

Fickle Cycle, a left-wing Kiwi blog with an international focus.

Ralston’s hackery continues

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, March 29th, 2009 - 12 comments

Earlier this week we pointed out that John Key has started running a new line. Now instead of calling touchy-feely liberal policies on things like climate change and public health ‘PC gone mad’ (too Don Brash), National is referring to them as ‘hug a polar bear’ programmes. Right on cue, Key cheerleader Bill Ralston is […]

Standing up

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, March 28th, 2009 - 7 comments

This week Sealord confirmed it would lay off 130 staff to improve its already healthy return on capital. The other 400 have been threatened with the sack if they don’t accept pay cuts. The Service and Food Workers Union has put together a youtube clip about community resistance to corporate greed, focusing on the rally […]

Sack Henry Now.

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, March 27th, 2009 - 241 comments

When I first saw this clip of Paul Henry publicly ridiculing Greenpeace’s Stephanie Mills for (in his view) having a moustache I decided not to give it any more oxygen. But now that it’s on the Herald website I guess the horse has bolted. There’s nothing else to do now but call for his immediate […]

Who cares?

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, March 26th, 2009 - 15 comments

Over the last few days the online news media have been getting increasingly wound up over some Australian expat guy who’s apparently said some rude things about New Zealand on his blog. I usually don’t bother with this kind of insufferable tabloid crap, but as the outrage continued my curiosity got the better of me […]

Mission-On off

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, March 26th, 2009 - 21 comments

If the definition of PC is doing things because they fit an ideology, not because they make sense, then it’s clear National and ACT are pushing their own PC agenda. It’s out with successful and value-for-money programs like Mission-On. For a small cost now in helping kids develop healthy eating habits we will save ourselves […]

Douglas gets it

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, March 25th, 2009 - 15 comments

Roger Douglas in a press release today: National’s goal of a top personal, company and trustee tax rate of 30 cents in the dollar is laudable – but it must remember that there is no such thing as a free lunch, ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Sir Roger Douglas said today. “It is pointless setting […]

Stunning

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, March 24th, 2009 - 42 comments

This is just stunning: Mr Key was yesterday questioned about an employment situation where a person was offered a job paying $40,000 a year and told that the fourth week of leave would have to be included in this or the job would go to the “next in line”. He said this would not happen […]

Gustafson on National’s strategy

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, March 23rd, 2009 - 7 comments

Not many people know more about the National Party than Barry Gustafson, so I found it interesting to read his take on the Nats’ ‘softening up’ strategy in the Sunday Star Times [offline*]: A new govenment tries to “discredit things that you know you are going to change or try to change in the future. […]

Ralston

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, March 23rd, 2009 - 28 comments

Bill Ralston: Key used a great example at a Combined Trade Union conference on productivity when he pointed out only 10 luxury 7 series BMWs were sold in the whole of the USA last month. Ah, so that’s what CTU stands for. Why would anyone employ this fool as a commentator?

More on the Commerce Commission

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, March 21st, 2009 - 14 comments

On Thursday I linked to a piece in the NBR that suggested Simon Power’s appointment of Dr Mark Berry to replace Paula Rebstock at the Commerce Commission hinted at a radical shakeup of the consumer watchdog. Today John Drinnan has an in-depth piece in the Herald that suggests radical reform is indeed on the way, […]

Redistributing the wealth

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, March 20th, 2009 - 104 comments

In a speech to the International Fiscal Association Conference today, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said the Government’s goal over the next 18 months is to start moving towards a top personal tax rate of 30%. This would be a whopping 9% cut from the current top tax rate, almost exclusively going to the rich, and […]

Out of her depth

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 20th, 2009 - 41 comments

Paula Bennett’s performance on Morning Report today didn’t just bring home how completely out of her depth she is as a Minister, it also exposed the limits of National’s strategy of government-by-PR. If you haven’t heard the interview yet, download it now. You won’t be disappointed. What’s clearly happened here is Bennett was sent into […]

Fox in the henhouse

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, March 19th, 2009 - 19 comments

The National Business Review has an interesting article online that suggests Simon Power’s recommendation of Dr Mark Berry to take over from Paula Rebstock as chair of the Commerce Commission is a sign the government is planning a radical deregulation of the competition landscape. The piece even goes as far as to describe Dr Berry […]

Key on wages

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 pm, March 18th, 2009 - 93 comments

Key’s speech to the CTU today showed an interesting inight into how he thinks you lift wages. NZPA reports: He said it was not good enough for New Zealand to be in the bottom third of the OECD for per-capita incomes, but was cautious about tackling the issue by lifting minimum wage rates. “In reality, […]

National’s cargo cult mentality

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, March 18th, 2009 - 32 comments

Over the weekend I pointed out that National’s plans to review the Overseas Investment Act would lead to even more foreign control of New Zealand and, ultimately, even more of our national wealth sucked offshore to pay the dividends of overseas shareholders. Murray Horton from the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa weighs in today, […]

Healthy Homes, Healthy Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, March 17th, 2009 - 42 comments

Well I’ll be, it seems Labour is finally starting to act like an opposition. They’ve set up a campaign website on home insulation – Healthy Homes, Healthy Kiwis – and have started a petition calling on the Government to commit to a home-insulation retrofitting programme. It’s not a bad looking website, and they’ve even managed […]

Jonathan Coleman on TVNZ

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, March 17th, 2009 - 42 comments

Jonathan Coleman on TVNZ. Parliament, 10 May 2007. Dr Jonathan Coleman When the Minister says that the Government is committed to the core objective of building national identity and will do so through television, does he not realise that New Zealanders do not want to be told by the Government what their identity is, and […]

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