Posts on government and governence at national and local level, political parties,politicians, and political participation
Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, June 29th, 2017 - 16 comments
Following an intervention by the Ombudsman the Government has been obliged to disclose the number of days that Peter Thiel spent in New Zealand in the five years leading up to his grant of citizenship. The answer is very few.
Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, June 29th, 2017 - 15 comments
A Southland Times editorial has a pretty blunt assessment of the PM: English wasn’t there for us. “In what he has done and in what he has failed to do, English has himself become a party to the deception of the public.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:12 pm, June 28th, 2017 - 33 comments
On 20 June after Melanie Read’s Newsroom interview Andrew Geddis blogged about possible obstruction of justice by a National Party Board member. That was based on new information in the Barclay case, and may be why the Police have since re-interviewed Glenys Dickson.
Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, June 28th, 2017 - 8 comments
That’s a mish-mash of Nat soundbites past and present. For the reality underlying it all, check out the excellent RNZ series “Is this the Brighter Future?”
Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, June 28th, 2017 - 84 comments
Upon what basis do they feel confident in suggesting to the public that Barclay’s – alleged – victim had been so unprofessional and out-of-control as to be accusing Barclay of being a drug dealer?
Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, June 28th, 2017 - 21 comments
Julie Fairey raises a plethora of unanswered issues.
Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, June 27th, 2017 - 82 comments
Newsroom with more revelations: “Intercepted discussions in the Clutha-Southland MP’s electorate office included talk of “sex and drugs”, a source tells Newsroom”. How dismally predictable. Eeeew.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 27th, 2017 - 52 comments
Ad explores the implications of the Americas Cup win for this year’s election.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 27th, 2017 - 32 comments
English is trying, many days too late, to shut up about the scandal in his old electorate and hope that it will blow over. It won’t – too many loose ends. In particular, Patrick Gower is right, the police must now re-open the Barclay investigation.
Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, June 27th, 2017 - 47 comments
Getting very bloody angry and speaking truth to power.
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, June 26th, 2017 - 61 comments
Through his never ending changing of the description of what happened in the Todd Barclay issue Bill English has kept the story prominently placed for six days in a row.
Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, June 26th, 2017 - 20 comments
Newsroom has another investigative piece on the Barclay debacle. This is not only about a single MP and a lying Prime Minister. It’s also about the governing structure of the political party in charge of running the country, and who was involved in the coverup and dishonesty.
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, June 26th, 2017 - 50 comments
“We remain committed to setting a resource rental for large water take for irrigation at a fair and affordable price.”
Written By: - Date published: 12:47 am, June 26th, 2017 - 20 comments
National’s conference was supposed to be a tour de force, setting them up for the home stretch to the election. Instead it was empty of policy or vision, and coverage was drowned in a rising tide of Billshit.
Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, June 25th, 2017 - 19 comments
Jeremy Corbyn’s full speech to Glastonbury 2017. “Another world is possible…”
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 25th, 2017 - 79 comments
Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly: “Come election time, there are people who will stop at nothing to land a blow on the party they most hate. And somehow, inevitably, someone will aim a kick at Māori. Insinuating that the conditions at a marae are “slum-like” is both deeply offensive and staggeringly privileged.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, June 24th, 2017 - 97 comments
Team Nat were desperate to try and divert some attention from their floundering leader, and to a certain extent they succeeded. But compare and contrast Labour and National’s handling of the issues, front up and fix vs lie harder.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 24th, 2017 - 41 comments
Nelson city councillor Matt Lawrey is to run a two tick campaign with the full backing of the party.
Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, June 23rd, 2017 - 48 comments
Ex Nat leader Don Brash, of racist Orewa speech and Iwi/Kiwi fame, is still out there fanning the flames of division in NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, June 23rd, 2017 - 23 comments
Labour and Peters have both made complaints over English’s lie to Parliament. Peters is calling on English to step down. That’s going to make any post-election NZF/Nat coalition a bit tricky.
Written By: - Date published: 10:39 pm, June 22nd, 2017 - 49 comments
Bill English’s texted electorate chair Stuart Davie on 21st February 2016 saying Glenys Dickson was given an extra payout from the Leader’s fund “to avoid potential legal action.” It was the only source available for an extra payout for confidentiality. English said today no-one in February knew there was any issue of illegality. Then what legal action and why an extra payment?
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, June 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments
A 21st century city simply has to have integrated, multi-modal public transport at its heart.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 22nd, 2017 - 37 comments
During Dirty Politics John Key was able to stand in front of a group of reporters and with complete confidence make a series of statements the veracity of which was dubious. Bill English has shown this week that he does not have that ability.
Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, June 22nd, 2017 - 8 comments
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, June 21st, 2017 - 32 comments
We may never know if Todd Barclay was one of the Simon Lusk / Cameron Slater Dirty Politics ‘clients’. However if you read the Whaleoil today, he has finally
received instructions (umm) figured out the spin line … Whatever…