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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.

Right loses its shit after former criminal lawyer discovered to have acted for bad people

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, November 28th, 2017 - 85 comments

Elements on the internet have claimed that Green MP Golriz Ghahraman must be a genocide supporter because she once acted as a defence lawyer in a war crimes tribunal.

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.


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.

#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.

Dear Winston.

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, August 30th, 2017 - 135 comments

How many of these did you receive over your 7 years of over-payments?

What are our SAS up to? An easy to digest guide!

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, August 15th, 2017 - 8 comments

A short video looking at the major issues in the Hager/Stephenson book ‘Hit and Run’

Bridges and flouting the OIA

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 17th, 2017 - 18 comments

Simon Bridges tried to block the release of a report on a Kiwirail proposal. The Ombudsman warns against flouting the Official Information Act. But it’s a well established pattern of behaviour with this government.


Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 16th, 2017 - 124 comments

The politics of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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.

So sheepgate was Key’s fault

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, November 7th, 2016 - 66 comments

According to Fran O’Sullivan the cause of Sheepgate was Key’s decision to abandon leadership of a business mission in 2010. As to the subsequent scandal – Watkin and Hooton voice the anger we should all be feeling.

NRT: Charter schools are corrupt

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, July 25th, 2016 - 318 comments

I/S at No Right Turn: “ACT appears to be using charter schools to channel public money to government donors and cronies”…

The silence of the lambs – media (not) on McCully

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, July 5th, 2016 - 21 comments

Interesting discussion on the silence of the lambs. Where have all the journalists gone?

More Panama papers and other dirty money

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, May 30th, 2016 - 143 comments

Both One News and The Herald have pieces this morning highlighting different cases of dirty money being “filtered” through NZ. Panama papers, National donors, SkyCity and more…

Take action on tax haven corruption? NZ says – meh

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, May 14th, 2016 - 51 comments

The Nats are all over the place on this, and they’re trashing our reputation in the process.

Panama leaker’s statement singles out John Key

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, May 7th, 2016 - 162 comments

Over night the Panama Papers leaker “John Doe” released a “manifesto”.

In it he/she mentioned just one national leader by name, singling out our very own John Key, for his “curious silence”…

Another Panama dump on NZ links

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 6th, 2016 - 80 comments

Australia’s Financial Review has just published more details of NZ’s starring role as tax haven in the Panama Papers.

Update: Claims that Key’s lawyer never dealt with Mossack Fonseca seem to be – untrue.

NRT: A Poor Choice

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, May 6th, 2016 - 26 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the irony of sending Judith “Minister of Corruption” Collins to an an anti-corruption summit in London next week.

Key and McClay sorting out their lines

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 4th, 2016 - 16 comments

On the nobbled IRD tax haven review Key has been sorting out his lines. Then he had to feed McClay his. The concept of just telling the truth probably never occured to either of them.

NZ – The underarm bowlers of climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 17 comments

NZ under the Key government has hit new depths of ignominy as per capita the world’s biggest climate change cheat. And we plan to keep using the fraudulent “credits” we have purchased.

Trying to spin the Hagaman donation

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, April 21st, 2016 - 122 comments

Little is doing his job. Dirty Politics Farrar is spinning like mad. The real questions are – who knew about the donations, when did they know, and were they involved in awarding the contract?

Gould on Nats’ sleaze and corruption

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, April 20th, 2016 - 138 comments

Bryan Gould has some choice words on the latest Nat donations scandal.

The whiff of corruption follows McCully around

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, April 19th, 2016 - 89 comments

There is a clear conflict of interest in the Niue resort case.

Panama papers – the dark side in a nutshell

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, April 15th, 2016 - 77 comments

terrorism civil liberty and tax evasion

Christchurch, keyisms and this state we’re in.

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 86 comments

There was a gathering in Cathedral Square in Christchurch on Sunday the 21st of February.

A one and a half hour recording of the event was put on youtube. Speaking begins at around 13min.

New Zealand drops down World corruption free index

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, January 28th, 2016 - 21 comments

New Zealand used to be rated as the least corrupt country in the world.  Over the past couple of years we have dropped to second and now to fourth.  The cynical way that the Government handles OIA requests is the main reason for this occurring.

Jarrod Gilbert is tilting at windmills

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, November 27th, 2015 - 36 comments

The Official Information Act is now moribund and access to information beyond its scope is granted only to a chosen few and under strict conditions.

Nats campaigning with public money

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, November 26th, 2015 - 45 comments

Campaigning with public money. Politicising the public service. Cabinet club is cash for access. This is a corrupt government.

Power Corruption and Lies

Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, November 13th, 2015 - 78 comments

A National List MP has been snapped trying to heavy the Housing Ministry into funding a lift in her personal profile. Remember John Key’s ‘higher standards in Government’? Nick Smith’s Ministerial office apparently doesn’t care too much about about such trifles. Worse, the Housing Ministry has been caught trying to cover up for the Tories by redacting an OIA request. Here’s your Brighter Future, folks. Enjoy.

Diesel Bomb

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, October 1st, 2015 - 37 comments

Last Friday I wrote a post on Volkwagen gaming NOx emissions. This is a follow up.

NOx-ious shit all around.

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 25th, 2015 - 108 comments

Been trying to get my head around the implications of Volkswagen’s rigged diesel performance tests. Predictably, and unlike most stories covering this, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse for the financial woes the company might be facing.

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