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Nat tactics Ngaro and third term arrogance

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 24th, 2017 - 41 comments

Ngaro has fronted up with another grudging apology. English should have fired him and it speaks volumes of third-term arrogance that he hasn’t.

National’s long history of intimidation

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, May 16th, 2017 - 36 comments

It isn’t just third term arrogance. Ngaro is merely the latest example of National’s long history of attacking, intimidating, and trying to silence critical voices and facts. Take a stroll with me down memory lane…

NZDF changes story on Operation Burnham photos

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, May 13th, 2017 - 10 comments

Why did the NZDF wrongly claim that there were no photographs of the mission? Intelligence analyst Dr Paul Buchanan has a suggestion.

Seymour on Nat properties and policy

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, May 10th, 2017 - 28 comments

A lesson from South Korea

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 10th, 2017 - 9 comments

South Korea has responded to corruption allegations by electing a new president who plans to dump their equivalent of the SIS and oppressive security laws, greatly tax the wealthy, clean out corruption, and hugely strengthen the public sector.

Chester Borrows in court

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, May 8th, 2017 - 74 comments

With the Eminem case on the go too its a busy time in court for National.

Pike River – who to believe?

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, May 2nd, 2017 - 45 comments

The Pike River families call Bill English a liar.

Protecting our biggest export income earner

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, May 2nd, 2017 - 51 comments

Tourism Export Council: “The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) in its current form is nothing more than a PR-stunt from Government who continue to ignore scientists and expert opinion re the state of our freshwater. The NPS-FM does not address the serious problems facing our waterways and, in fact, will make them worse.”

Pike River – what did the government know and when did they know it?

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, May 1st, 2017 - 34 comments

Bill English claims to have been unaware of the video footage, but the night before Nick Smith’s spokesperson said the government had been “advised”. It would have been extraordinary if they had not. Pike River families deserve the truth.

Parata fleeing education mess

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 37 comments

Parata can believe whatever brings her comfort of course, but the fact is that this National government has made, as usual, a mess of education.

The NZDF’s transparent fig leaf

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, April 23rd, 2017 - 18 comments

According to David Fisher (Herald) the NZDF never investigated allegations of civilian deaths at the time of Operation Burnham. They received only a summary of the whitewash ISAF report. They refuse to look further. This is the behaviour of an organisation with plenty to hide. Hager and Stephenson have facts, the NZDF are hiding behind a transparent fig leaf of deliberate ignorance.

Housing affordability data suppressed?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 83 comments

Bill English would have you believe that there is no housing crisis. He desperately needs you to believe it until after the next election. Is Nick Smith deliberately suppressing housing data?

Mental health needs vs. cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

The People’s Mental Health Review report puts the deterioration of our mental health system firmly in the spotlight. Despite a 60 per cent increase in demand since 2007/08 National has been slashing funding. Lives are at risk.

Climate change, political heroes, political culture

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 13th, 2017 - 117 comments

How ironic that Parliament is to debate climate change today, as the latest in a torrent of warming-fueled extreme weather events bears down on the country, and as the government charges Russel Norman and the other heroes trying to end oil exploration in NZ waters.

Little’s court win good for democracy

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, April 12th, 2017 - 109 comments

The defamation case against Andrew Little has been an unwelcome distraction while he should have been free to do his job as leader of the largest opposition party. The consensus is that the process delivered a qualified win for Little, and a clear win for democracy.

Small on the Nats’ Key deficit on Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, April 6th, 2017 - 24 comments

Vernon Small thinks the B Team is missing Key.

The truth will out

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, April 5th, 2017 - 93 comments

English can squirm and deny, but according to Stephenson there is more Hit and Run to come.

Nurses ask us to vote for our health

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 5th, 2017 - 50 comments

You could vote for three more years of “brighter future”. Or you could listen to the nurses.

Land of the long white wash

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 4th, 2017 - 89 comments

In ruling out an inquiry Bill English insults both our intelligence and our integrity. Next stop the International Criminal Court? (Alas the title is not mine, take a bow Finlay MacDonald.)

The NZDF will never clear its name – and neither will Bill English

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 3rd, 2017 - 154 comments

It’s likely that some time this week Bill English will announce that there will be no inquiry into operation Burnham. The NZDF will lose any opportunity to clear its name. Fronting up to the truth, whatever it may be, is better than the perception of a shabby coverup.

Update: And there it is – no inquiry.

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp: “As a nation we owe it to ourselves to find out”

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 45 comments

Mapp: “Part of protecting their reputation is also finding out what happened, particularly if there is an allegation that civilian casualties may have been accidentally caused. In that way we both honour the soldiers, and also demonstrate to the Afghans that we hold ourselves to the highest ideals of respect of life, even in circumstances of military conflict.”

Hit and Run developments

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 36 comments

It appears that the questioned NZDF attack took place at the location claimed by the force, but hit the villages named by the book (coordinates used by various parties are off by 2km).

Isn’t that convenient

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 29th, 2017 - 50 comments

A full report into the Havelock North water crisis has been delayed until (surprise!) after the election.

NZDF credibility on the line

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, March 27th, 2017 - 80 comments

There were several significant developments on Hit and Run and the NZDF over the weekend. Which version of the NZDF story is it that Bill English backs 100%?

Impossible to refuse an inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 67 comments

Bill English should stop being evasive and just get on with an inquiry into the fiasco outlined in Hit and Run. The latest developments make any other outcome ridiculous. The longer English delays the worse he looks.

Wayne Mapp does not deny civilian deaths in botched raid

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 84 comments

Good on you Wayne. Hit just got real.

Oil prospecting on the shores of Lake Te Anau?

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments

The Nats are buying another fight with NZ’s nature lovers. Last time they tried something like this 50,000 marched in Auckland and they were forced to back down.

Hit and Run – time for an inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit and Run makes a compelling case for the Government to conduct a full inquiry to see if New Zealand forces were complicit in the killing of innocent men and women and if there was a cover up.

NRT: “Too hard”

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 20th, 2017 - 53 comments

No Right Turn: “The real barrier to National … acting on this is because that “no-one owns water, first come, first served” policy disproportionately benefits one group and allows them to profiteer from a public resource while destroying its value to others. That group is farmers – and they donate to the National Party.”

There are no surpluses

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, March 14th, 2017 - 38 comments

There are no surpluses in NZ right now, not in any real sense. There is only debt, negative externalities and deferred costs.

Racist campaigns and attack ads

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 10th, 2017 - 32 comments

A couple of racist groups seem to be hawking their wares recently. Unfortunately this may herald the start of a dirty election, dragged down by well funded and unaccountable pressure groups.

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