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Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 5 comments
Breitbart’s loss is the White House’s gain as the revolving door continues. And the question will be asked. Was it Trump’s appallingly bad handling of the Charlottesville riots that caused Bannon’s demise?
Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 7 comments
They ran away from equal pay.
Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, August 19th, 2017 - No comments
Labour’s campaign launch is this Sunday in Auckland.
Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, August 19th, 2017 - 41 comments
Can we please get on with the real mahi now?
Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, August 19th, 2017 - 16 comments
In the style of how John Key’s contribution to the truth was discussed, lets take a wee look at National’s record on the environment
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 19th, 2017 - 8 comments
Lawyers for the villagers in the area allegedly hit in Operation Burnham are taking the Government to court over its refusal to hold an independent inquiry. English responds with some particularly vile spin.
Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, August 18th, 2017 - 75 comments
Matthew Whitehead on MMP and the threshold, along with some commentary on the current polling situation.
Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, August 18th, 2017 - 74 comments
Early days but Labour’s surge should result in an outstanding array of talent entering Parliament.
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, August 18th, 2017 - 87 comments
What Jacinda Ardern has accomplished here is nothing short of astonishing. As a one-off bump in the polls it rivals Brash’s infamous Orewa speech. But Ardern’s rise is based on optimism and positivity rather than racist dog whistles.
Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, August 18th, 2017 - 10 comments
Tips on helping people to enrol to vote.
Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, August 18th, 2017 - 54 comments
National has let regional rail services rust away but the Greens in government will restore rail as the backbone of New Zealand’s transport system, for freight and for people
Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 5 comments
In the wake of devastating earthquakes in Canterbury, National’s treatment of mental health needs in the region has been absolutely shameful. Yesterday Jacinda Ardern released new policy to help address the crisis. Great work from Labour in an area that National have cruelly neglected.
Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 7 comments
In America Donald Trump has abandoned business think tanks that he established not that long ago. During the last Labour Government Helen Clark established the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board with mixed results. What should a Jacinda Ardern led Labour-Green coalition do?
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, August 17th, 2017 - 14 comments
Expect plenty of Nat boasting on “the economy” in the election campaign. They’ll be desperate to hide the inconvenient fact that ordinary workers are going backwards.
Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, August 16th, 2017 - 53 comments
Key: “The camera likes Jacinda. Paul Holmes once said to me ‘on TV they see your heart’ – she responds well to that so that works really well for her…”, “Labour made the right decision to make Jacinda Ardern leader”
Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 16th, 2017 - 14 comments
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has called on the UN to tell the government to hold an independent inquiry into the abuse of children and people with disabilities in state care. (Some of us were wrong about Devoy!)
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 16th, 2017 - 162 comments
Over the ditch the Australian Government has accused New Zealand Labour of using Parliament to undermine Barnaby Joyce. But an analysis of the claim suggests that anyone claiming this should be regarded as being a whacka because the media was onto the claim two days before the questions were asked.
Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, August 15th, 2017 - 10 comments
Most major political parties apart have agreed to a commitment which would set up a government agency to take over Pike River Mine and reclaim the miners’ bodies. Naturally the exception is National – isolated on this issue prior to the election….
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, August 15th, 2017 - 5 comments
I/S at No Right Turn: ”
This isn’t a “Pandora’s box”. The model for an easy, full and final settlement to resolve this exists, and iwi are keen. What is lacking is goodwill from the government to sign it. And Finlayson knows all this – so he is actively trying to mislead the New Zealand public about it, trying to appeal to the racism of rednecks in order to protect the stolen “rights” of a privileged few”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 15th, 2017 - 30 comments
English’s “boot camp” policy is pure politics. As much as he tries to deny it, it’s more or less an exact repeat of Key’s failed 2008 attempt, it would do much more harm than good if ever implemented. More than any other flailing to date, this mess is a sign of National’s desperation.
Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, August 14th, 2017 - 100 comments
“Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit will help students learn to drive, understand practical budgeting, be equipped with workplace skills, and learn how our political system operates through civics education at school. Every secondary school will be resourced to provide these courses.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 14th, 2017 - 53 comments
What a weekend of National panic that was. From desperate lies on water costs to repeating failed policy from 2008 to plans to wake parents up in the middle of the night to administer “instant fines” in a youth curfew. Jacinda Ardern’s Labour has got them on the run.
Written By: - Date published: 7:13 pm, August 13th, 2017 - 28 comments
National are going to send our most “hardened” youth offenders to the Army to be trained up. If that fails, they’ll send them to adult prisons to learn their craft better.