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Japan restarts commercial whaling

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 27th, 2018 - 10 comments

Japan have withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling.

The Taxpayers’ Union* responds to the Clark and Thompson spying fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 24th, 2018 - 9 comments

* not a real union.

China; Hack to the Future!

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, December 21st, 2018 - 287 comments

China has apparently been sprung hacking hundreds of western businesses and Government agencies, including some here in NZ. Should we be worried?

National’s varied response to the Thompson and Clark report

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, December 20th, 2018 - 26 comments

Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee have offered diametrically opposed versions of how to respond to the crisis presented by the report into Thompson and Clark’s activities.

Review into Thompson and Clark finds widespread breaches of Citizens’ rights of privacy

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, December 19th, 2018 - 129 comments

A State Services Commission investigation review has released a damning report into the use of private investigator Thompson and Clark’s services by a number of Government agencies.

National’s dead cat strategy

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.

Jesse Mulligan deserves a medal

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 4th, 2018 - 24 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.

Another National MP accused of bullying

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.

TERFed Out: UPDATED

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.

Go Bus Lockout; Hypocrites Ngai Tahu and Tainui Screw Workers

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, November 19th, 2018 - 70 comments

Ngai Tahu and Tainui remind us that they like exploiting working people as much as the next capitalist. They’ve locked out their Waikato bus drivers for asking to be paid the Living Wage.

ILG, a Rock, and a Hard Place

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 pm, November 8th, 2018 - 91 comments

The Sroubek beat up is still with us. Why won’t National tell us what they knew and what they agreed to?

Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, November 8th, 2018 - 27 comments

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the President’s request and has been replaced by someone who thought that Mueller’s investigation into POTUS went too far.

Bryce Edwards: Just another political simpleton

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 am, November 5th, 2018 - 68 comments

I can only describe Bryce Edwards spin about what a “The Standard” post means is that it is complete bullshit. This site is not the editorial and political monolith. But what else do you expect from a political simpleton with a limited understanding of actual debate. Like Mike Hosking, he is far more suited to a broadcast medium where he doesn’t get robust debate on their inane explanations of real world politics.

Lime Sour

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 pm, October 25th, 2018 - 56 comments

Lime scooters are this year’s finger spinner. The problem is that unlike last year’s must have toy, e-scooters are a public menace.

Ross saga quiescent, but donations scandal needs addressing

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, October 25th, 2018 - 21 comments

The Jami-Lee Ross scandal may have quietened down but issues raised by his explosive tape recording of Simon Bridges still need addressing. Does the $100k Zhang Yikun donation suggest we are going down the US track and, if so, what needs to be done about that

Australia’s refugee problem

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, October 24th, 2018 - 89 comments

The Liberal Party has potentially lost one of its safest seats to an independent who campaigned on doing something about climate change and the Nauru refugees.

Everything is awesome

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, October 21st, 2018 - 463 comments

National is trying to say that everything is fine with Simon Bridges’ leadership, that he has handled the Jami-Lee Ross crisis well and that his leadership is assured. I beg to differ.

Saudi Arabia Admits Killing Khashoggi

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, October 20th, 2018 - 66 comments

Saudi Arabia sensationally fesses up to killing missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But it was all his own fault, apparently.

Jami-Lee Ross: But Wait, There’s More!

Written By: - Date published: 6:09 pm, October 19th, 2018 - 191 comments

Jami-Lee Ross has twisted the knife a little further into Simon Bridge’s back this arvo, releasing a second tape and announcing he won’t be quitting Parliament. Turns out he may need the income to fund a divorce.

No smoking gun but plenty of sunlight from Bridges tape

Written By: - Date published: 3:32 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 207 comments

Maybe not a smoking gun, Jami-Lee Ross’s tape recording of Simon Bridges sheds plenty of sunlight on the influence that money can buy within the National Party, casual racism endemic within National, the manipulation of ethnic communities and, most importantly, insights into the wielding of “soft power” by China.

Censorship again.

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 13 comments

I’m not a great fan of George Monbiot. And Alex Jones is rubbish. But …

The Jamilee tweets

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, October 18th, 2018 - 246 comments

Jami-Lee Ross has released the tape of his talking with Simon Bridges where the suggestion was made that two Chinese MPs would be more valuable than two Indian MPs. And Melanie Reid has published an article containing the allegations of four women against Ross of inappropriate behaviour.

Ross resigns, to lay corrupt practices complaint against Bridges with police

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, October 16th, 2018 - 171 comments

Jamie-Lee Ross will seek to win a by-election as an independent. Says that Simon Bridges is corrupt and unlikeable and that he could prove it.  Refutes Simon Bridges claim against him of harassment of women. Said the by-election would be a referendum on Bridges’ leadership. Updated: Simon Bridges responds – what he doesn’t say is more interesting

 

Reprehensible People.

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, October 13th, 2018 - 80 comments

“Kavanaugh” – the name lends itself to being enunciated with a certain pluminess, don’t you think?

Second Kremlin Killer Unmasked, Putin Untroubled

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, October 9th, 2018 - 185 comments

We know the real names of the Russian spies who bungled the Salisbury novichok poisoning. Will it make a difference to the Kremlin’s plans?

RIP Penny Bright

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, October 5th, 2018 - 33 comments

Veteran Auckland political activist Penny Bright has died.

The Taxpayers’ Union’s identity problem

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, October 3rd, 2018 - 45 comments

David Fisher in the Herald has reported that the Taxpayer’s Union has used numerous fictitious identities to make Official Information Act requests.

Failed Estate – the ABC of Trust

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, September 30th, 2018 - 7 comments

In Australia this week the Liberal Government has become embroiled in a scandal relating to political pressure being brought to sack the head of the ABC and one of its most senior reporters.  Failed estate has the details.

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 30th, 2018 - 63 comments

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing last week showed two extremes, one person describing a painful event in her past life and another person angrily denying that anything happened and claiming it was all about him.

Pretty legal

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 29th, 2018 - 37 comments

National has another potential copyright problem involving the use of music without permission.

National forgets it apologised for Housing Corp meth hysteria

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, September 22nd, 2018 - 31 comments

Three months ago National apoligised for getting dud advice and evicting hundreds of state house tenants where miniscule amounts of methamphetamine were discovered. This week National backed off from that very proper apology.

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