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Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, December 11th, 2018 - 21 comments
Air New Zealand has provoked industrial action from its workers by trying to wind back wages and conditions at a time it is making near record profits.
Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, December 9th, 2018 - 58 comments
The Government has released a discussion paper proposing radical change to our education system, including the establishment of regional hubs to improve cooperation between schools and provisions to strengthen the proposition that kids should attend their local well resources and well run school.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 pm, December 8th, 2018 - 60 comments
I like my Huawei phone. Apparently the US National Security Agency can’t break its encryption. That’s presumably the “security” issue why Spark is being blocked from using Huawei, and why Meng Wanzhou is held hostage in Canada at the behest of US neocons.
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, December 8th, 2018 - 26 comments
Meat company AFFCO has lost yet another court case over their unlawful lockout of workers in 2015. Will the penny ever drop for the Talley family?
Written By: - Date published: 8:08 pm, December 7th, 2018 - 31 comments
Pete Shelley, lead singer of ground breaking punk band Buzzcocks has died. And Ed Sheeran still walks among us. Where’s the justice?
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 7th, 2018 - 123 comments
National and ACT have alleged that a United Nations Pact supported by New Zealand in 2016 will take away sovereign rights even though the pact itself says that it is not legally binding.
Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 7th, 2018 - 11 comments
The Government is planning changes to the Reserve Bank Act to require it to seek full employment. Maybe it is time for a dramatic change to its powers so that it has the regulatory powers to properly deal with the Australian banks.
Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 6th, 2018 - 56 comments
National has attempted to drown out news of further leaks, bad poll results and a reference of Maggie Barry’s behaviour to the Auditor General by staging a big stink in Parliament.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, December 5th, 2018 - 104 comments
Simon Bridges appears to have deliberately maligned the position of the speaker of the house of representatives, and did it before he had any cause to do so. While he may think that it is in the public interest to do so, he isn’t special. He should expect what every other social activist knows will happen. You suffer the consequences..
Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, December 5th, 2018 - 33 comments
Keep it seemly.
Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, December 5th, 2018 - 23 comments
The Standard has been leaked an internal memo from Crosby Textor to the National Party concerning its current situation.
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 4th, 2018 - 23 comments
Maggie Barry is facing fresh allegations of staff bullying. And Jesse Mulligan has responded to her criticism of him by saying it shows he was doing his job properly.
Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, December 2nd, 2018 - 189 comments
The latest Colmar Brunton poll result is out suggesting a slight rebound in National’s fortunes.
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, December 1st, 2018 - 135 comments
The Herald has reported this morning on allegations of bullying being made by staff against Nati0nal MP Maggie Barry.
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, November 30th, 2018 - 76 comments
Dan Bidois this week in Parliament confirmed what we have always known, that National want there to be no unions around.
Written By: - Date published: 10:56 pm, November 29th, 2018 - 327 comments
Labour MP Louisa Wall has written an opinion piece in response to Herald columnist Rachel Stewart’s attack earlier in the week on the trans community and their LGBTIQ+ allies. It’s very good.
UPDATE: Rachel Stewart, as predicted, has blocked me on twitter. But not before going full on racist.
Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, November 29th, 2018 - 29 comments
The GCSB ban on Spark’s use of Huawei technology means this government has gone from “honest broker” to poodle in a very short time. Pressure has been applied by the US and others, apparently fearing we are the “soft underbelly” of the Five Eyes spy network. Maybe its time we got out of that too – it was designed for war.
Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, November 29th, 2018 - 23 comments
We wouldn’t tie a rope to a heavy load and then push on the rope with the expectation of achieving anything, right? So why is the Guardian’s Environment Editor entreating that we do just that? Is he merely stupid? Or is there something more cynical at play?
Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, November 29th, 2018 - 261 comments
Stuff have adopted a policy of banning opinion pieces and comments from climate change deniers on the basis that the science is settled and allowing space for deniers is a dangerous waste of time.
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, November 28th, 2018 - 32 comments
The Trump administration has produced an official report outlining the perils of climate change which the POTUS has rejected. And in Australia the dinosaur Liberal Party has suffered a huge loss in Victorian State elections, the loss of their Parliamentary majority and ScoMo has criticised school students taking direct action against the Government’s totally inadequate policies.
Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, November 27th, 2018 - 25 comments
National’s social media team have sent out a tweet with a quote from Simon Bridges that does not appear in the speech that he gave.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 27th, 2018 - 50 comments
It’s high time this government woke up to the intelligence gathering capacity and ambition of China in New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, November 27th, 2018 - 91 comments
Simon Bridges is going for the under 10 misogynist vote by claiming that Santa Claus is definitely a man.