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Making official Information flow again

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, December 4th, 2017 - 31 comments

“Ministers realised they had a device through which they could reduce the surprises they suffered. And, as it went on, the surprises ministers no longer wanted to experience became greater in number and smaller in significance.Increasingly, it placed on the public service a political imperative which it had never had to shoulder. “

Reserve Bank predicts economic growth under new government

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, November 9th, 2017 - 128 comments

Leaving aside the issue of economic growth as a panacea, Bill English and many who voted for him say it is the be all and end all for NZ. The Reserve Bank isnt a communist lacky, right? So they will all be happy now, right? Read here I look forward to the discussion.

Reduce Poverty – Climate Change – Clean Rivers

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, September 28th, 2017 - 28 comments

Why the Greens can sit outside Government…

The Man who will do Anything for Power

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, September 19th, 2017 - 49 comments

Deliberately pitting Kiwis against Kiwis so he can retain power may be his worst action so far. Worse than engaging lawyers and accountants to rort $900 a week. Worse than deliberately lying about the “hole” when he ran zero budgets himself in 2014 and 2015 Worse than writing a cheque to a wealthy Saudi business […]

To REALLY help drug addicts

Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, September 7th, 2017 - 36 comments

This government will know that 50,000 people already want help with drug addiction but cannot get it. They have had 9 years to give a shit. This “bash the beneficiary drug addict” is a ridiculous  response to a real, and growing, health problem.

Dr Doolittle strikes again

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 pm, September 6th, 2017 - 31 comments

How many portfolios can Mr Zoology stuff up?

Excitement mounting for Part 2 of Audrey Young’s analysis of Parties financial promises

Written By: - Date published: 5:03 pm, September 6th, 2017 - 20 comments

After the first in her series of articles inviting a bank economist to analyse and comment upon Labour’s spending promises, tomorrow she turns to the second in the series with a close analysis of National’s promises.

I will resign before raising Super beyond 65

Written By: - Date published: 3:29 pm, September 5th, 2017 - 33 comments

John Key and Jacinda Ardern have some things in common it seems. She has a pony tail and he likes pony tails (I was drawing a long bow to say that was something they had in common, I know). National are being beaten at their own game, or the beat is in the air. So […]

Outsourcing Compassion

Written By: - Date published: 3:41 pm, September 1st, 2017 - 58 comments

They starve and freeze and rot among themselves, but they beg, steal and rob among their betters.

Regeneration Minister’s Mysterious Non-appearance

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, August 31st, 2017 - 13 comments

Nicky Wagner seems to shy away from the hard stuff. First gazing dreamily out a window wishing she was somewhere else (when being addressed by Disability groups) and now a no-show at a debate about her City and Portfolio.

Is Justice Binnie vindicated by the Teina Pora decision?

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 53 comments

What we can learn about Collins, Adams and the national Cabinet from Teina Pora’s Judicial review win.

“All I can do … is tell the Truth”

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 50 comments

“Our integrity and our role as Ministers in holding confidential information is absolutely pivotal to our role”  Bennett 2017

Public Event in Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

Thursday August 31 Cardboard Cathedral at 7pm   Meteria Turei speaks about the importance of addressing poverty, for all of us. See you there.

National announces free house for everyone!

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

Effective 2020. Terms & Conditions apply.   House may or may not resemble the one pictured. Must prove you voted National in Election 2017    

75% of group discussion is dominated by men

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, May 12th, 2016 - 211 comments

But how do they achieve that? Watch and Learn The online version is written bullying. The patronising part is the same.    

Protection of National Security Information

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, December 15th, 2015 - 10 comments

At the heart of the project is the tension between national interests and individual rights. Questions about how to balance these interests are not new, but they have been brought into sharp focus by recent international events.

Coleman to regulate high sugar industry

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, December 1st, 2015 - 32 comments

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said there is a voluntary regime in place for the manufacture and sale of high sugar food but where there is is self regulation it is often ignored.

Because of the danger high sugar foods potentially pose it’s important to have a regulatory body and licensing/education regime to ensure manufacturers and retailers only provide food that has healthy outcomes.

My Labour Party Caucus and Rankings

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, December 1st, 2015 - 61 comments

I’ve just finished reading all the comments on the reshuffle thread. It gave me an idea. Post here YOUR rankings of the top 20 Labour Party  MPs, the role you would give them and WHY. So that is 3 criteria for posting   Rank the top 20 of current Labour Party MPs; and The Role […]

Something Smells, Honest John

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, November 18th, 2015 - 53 comments

Seems Ms Adams is the latest prepared to jump under a bus to save the beloved Honest John. Self interest is strong in this one.

Groser flips the bird to the Judiciary and NZ Laws

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, November 13th, 2015 - 13 comments

The Law? That’s not for Cabinet Members, the Law is for the lazy malcontents who don’t want to work hard.

Making the Opposition the Enemy –

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 am, November 13th, 2015 - 18 comments

It takes fortitude to admit you are wrong. That’s right, not weakness but, strength, courage, resilience, grit, determination, endurance, guts, and staying power.  When you won’t admit you are wrong you end up having to justify wrong decisions. That takes time and energy (and money) away from what actually needs to be done for the greater good. John Key won’t admit he is wrong. Because of this he has to keep going down several paths of “wrongness”, and because he is Prime MInister, he is taking us all with him.  Some people think he does admit he made mistakes. But when you examine the few instances closer (if you can find them), it looks like something else.

Minister declined to comment…

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 9 comments

Isn’t it amazing how many Ministers can’t wait to front up to the media when they are selling. But when it comes to after sale service they just don’t want to front?

4 days Left to answer Ombudsmen Survey

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, November 3rd, 2015 - 5 comments

People have just four days left to tell the Chief Ombudsman about their experiences of making requests to government agencies under the Official Information Act if they are to inform her enquiry into government agencies’ OIA practices.

Pressure mounts to force Auckland to open up land

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, October 22nd, 2015 - 45 comments

Serious Fraud Office, Productivity Commission, Council failings, under-supply of houses, Developer Greed… a recipe for disaster

I LOVE these kinds of stories

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, October 20th, 2015 - 3 comments

““We had an 83-year-old man walking in here to vote for the first time in his life,” she said from near a polling station in Tsuut’ina Nation, near Calgary.”

Jane Kelsey on Groser’s proven breach of duty

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, October 16th, 2015 - 24 comments

“Throughout the TPPA negotiations Minister Groser sought to justify their obsessive secrecy with a mantra that ‘it’s always done this way’. That was parroted unquestioningly by every fellow travelling journo and politician, and others who were unwilling to challenge the Minister, despite being told that was untrue.

Groser changed his tune during the case, arguing that ‘every agreement is different’ and the TPPA is special. Why the shift?

 

Obama says “sorry” but…

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, October 9th, 2015 - 19 comments

Will New Zealand (John Key), as a signatory to the Geneva Convention Protocol I, support Medecins sans  Frontieres call for an independent fact finding commission into the bombing of their hospital,  and the deaths of Doctors and children and 37 injured? Or will he pretend he never got the letter?

Even Catherine Isaac thinks Parata has no idea

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, October 8th, 2015 - 18 comments

When Catherine Isaac (wife of Roger Kerr (deceased) of the former Business Round-table and ACT party stalwart) is at odds with Parata, something must be amiss.

Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, September 29th, 2015 - 115 comments

Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions or has the World Finally Gone madder?

From out of the Shadows

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

Goff has attempted to throw a fire-cracker into the notion of the National Party leadership and caucus being one big happy family. Is this the Labour Party’s way of sowing seeds of discontent without tainting the image of their leader? It is NOT Dirty Politics by any normal understanding of that term as captured in the book of the same name. Is this Goff’s role now? To box from the shadows?

Bugger the Truth – Getting elected means fooling the poeple

Written By: - Date published: 1:15 pm, September 19th, 2015 - 34 comments

So, its is not that the voters are idiots, as some suggest the Left are claiming, it is that the Right deliberately lie and mislead to get a vote, on false pretenses. It is the Right who constantly treats voters as gullible idiots, And a media, strangled by shrinking budgets and reduced personnel with less and less time to research rather than regurgitate. Couple that with an increase in non-journalists hogging the space set aside for reporting and elucidating news events… what chance the voter?

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