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Moving on after FJK

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, December 12th, 2017 - 64 comments

One year after resigning as Prime Minister and nine months since leaving parliament, a look at FJK’s fine legacy.

Shaking the Tree

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, December 11th, 2017 - 69 comments

When an apple tree is shaken, pips can fall to the ground and germinate. And then things grow back more or less as before.

Voltairine de Cleyre

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, December 9th, 2017 - 15 comments

When history buries treasures, those treasures don’t have to remain buried.

Twyford reverses National’s flawed methamphetamine housing policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, December 9th, 2017 - 70 comments

Phil Twyford has shown this new Government has a brain as well as a heart by halting National’s ridiculous state house methamphetamine policy where the presence of minuscule traces would result in eviction even though there was no proof the tenant was responsible and he has apologised to Robert Erueti for the harm caused.

Trump trashes chance of Middle East peace for giggles and a diversion

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, December 7th, 2017 - 50 comments

Donald Trump is expected to controversially announce the movement of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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. “

Flynn cuts a deal while Trump scrambles

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, December 4th, 2017 - 147 comments

Donald Trump’s response to news of the arrest of Michael Flynn suggests that charges closer to the office of the President may be close.

Deranged Golriz Syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 3rd, 2017 - 102 comments

David Farrar has continued his crusade against Golriz Ghahraman with a claim of 15 instances where she has by implication deceived us.

Key and Mass Surveillance: Was this the reason for the Golriz distraction?

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, November 29th, 2017 - 98 comments

David Fisher has written an in-depth article for the Herald that suggests that John Key’s promise, three years ago, that the Government had cancelled the Speargun project which would have allowed for the mass surveillance of New Zealanders was not actually correct.

Appalling men and great art

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, November 27th, 2017 - 49 comments

There have been some great artists face some appalling allegations.  Would they have been as successful if their great crimes had been exposed?

National spams the Beehive

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 27th, 2017 - 90 comments

National has been clogging Parliament’s written question system by asking questions that even David Farrar thinks seem silly and are over the top.

Mugabe hangs on

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 20th, 2017 - 16 comments

Despite expectations to the contrary Robert Mugabe has refused to resign as leader of Zimbabwe.

TPP, Corporate Coup or “Free trade”?

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, November 8th, 2017 - 99 comments

However. TPP ( The trans Pacific partnership) is NOT a “Free trade” agreement. It is an attempt to cement in corporate power, to override inconvenient  local Democracy, and collect rents from local communities in perpetuity.
Since when was giving large companies extra rights in law, and rights to extract even more economic rents, “Free trade”?

Justice for Teina Pora

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2017 - 13 comments

Andrew Little has announced that the Government will increase the payout to Teina Pora by adjusting for inflation and by paying costs on Pora’s successful judicial review of the previous Government’s decision.

Suck it up political sleazers.

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, November 8th, 2017 - 113 comments

Winston Peters has launched a legal fishing expedition to identify who exactly breached privacy on his superannuation over payments. A problem that he shares with about 50 thousand other pensioners. Unlike them, his problem wasn’t trying to find money to repay it. It was that the breach was deliberately timed to be a classic dirty politics ploy, almost certainly by National, in the leadup to the  recent election. I wish him good fishing.

 

NRT: About time too

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, November 7th, 2017 - 3 comments

Idiot/savant writes about Labour’s legislation to extend paid parental leave.

National reverts to type

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, November 3rd, 2017 - 224 comments

Bill English has claimed that it is not the role of National to make Parliament run properly.

The repeal of the Hobbit law

Written By: - Date published: 12:24 pm, October 29th, 2017 - 70 comments

Labour has indicated that as a priority it wishes to repeal the Hobbit law, a clumsy attempt in breach of International Law to prevent workers in the film industry from organising collectively and to divert attention from the fact that the National Government had been played by Warner Brothers.

Catalonia

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, October 28th, 2017 - 62 comments

The predictable reactions of regional and world leaders.

Spare a thought for Steven Joyce

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 26th, 2017 - 36 comments

Steven Joyce had a bad day yesterday. His claim that National’s use of one of Eminem’s song was “pretty legal” was shown to be anything but. And he stuck to his claim that there was a $11 billion dollar hole in Labour’s budget, casting doubt either on his honesty or on his competence.

Loans to feed kids are income and disqualify benefit, says MSD

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 26th, 2017 - 85 comments

Lawyer and journalist Catriona MacLennan explains the details of a case before the High Court this week. Anyone who wants to understand how the Ministry of Social Development and WINZ are utterly failing as a government department needs to read this.

“Reporters”.

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 54 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Sean Plunket resigns from Broadcasting Standards Authority

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, October 14th, 2017 - 44 comments

Anyone feeling for Sean Plunket?

The Nobel Peace Prize

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 13th, 2017 - 12 comments

Last week, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). This is a coalition of NGO’s from over 100 countries, which has led the charge to convince nations to outlaw nuclear weapons. The committee honored ICAN for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic […]

Anatomy of a plonker

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, October 12th, 2017 - 29 comments

“Anyone else feeling for Harvey Weinstein?” – Sean Plunket

Spare a thought for ACT and David Seymour

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, September 25th, 2017 - 45 comments

David Seymour and the ACT Party are back in Parliament but their role this term will be nothing other than nodding lap dog.

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 […]

Our Nation’s Stolen Generation Moment

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, September 16th, 2017 - 8 comments

A guest post by @invisiphilia on the recent Mahinarangi Forbes interview on the Hui on the abuse of children in foster care and why the Government is wrong in refusing to have a proper independent inquiry into what went wrong.

#sheepgate: National paid out money to settle a non existing dispute without legal advice

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, September 15th, 2017 - 26 comments

In a case of extraordinarily bad timing for National it has been confirmed that despite claims to the contrary MFAT never provided National legal advice about the merits of any possible claim made concerning New Zealand’s banning of live sheep exports.

National intends to sell another strategic asset

Written By: - Date published: 4:13 pm, September 14th, 2017 - 37 comments

National again intends to sell off publicly owned assets for its own ideological reasons. This time it’s Landcorp farms, thus depriving the government of another avenue for leading the way on environmental protection for farmers and climate change action.

Is NZF positioning itself for a 4th term National government?

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, September 12th, 2017 - 33 comments

It’s a timely reminder that 12 days before the election Winston Peters has just reaffirmed the door is very much open to a coalition or Confidence and Supply agreement between National and NZF. If you want to change the government, a vote for NZF is a risk.

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