Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, December 13th, 2017 - 189 comments
The Herald has equated Jacinda Ardern’s desire to temper the worst excesses of capitalism with the full embrace of marxist communism.
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. “
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:17 pm, November 26th, 2017 - 154 comments
A rebuttal of Nick Smith’s claim to have “won the 2017 election, but lost the coalition negotiations.”
Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 25th, 2017 - 59 comments
No competition in this one, Nick Smith for showing that despite the 27 long years he has spent in Parliament he still has no idea how our electoral system works and for claiming there is an electoral convention that simply does not exist.
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, November 8th, 2017 - 99 comments
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, November 5th, 2017 - 68 comments
Just before the election news broke that National MP Jian Yang had previously taught in a Chinese University training spies. A recent OIA release of his immigration application raises further issues.
Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, October 28th, 2017 - 62 comments
The predictable reactions of regional and world leaders.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 16th, 2017 - 27 comments
A long and interesting read in The Atlantic. “The very roots of the electoral system had been destabilized.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 13th, 2017 - 63 comments
It’s starting to feel a lot like 1996 all over again. Another term of the Nats would be bad news for the institutions of democracy. We’ve had recent warnings on the state of the justice system, press freedom, and the public service.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 22 comments
Anarchism and democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 34 comments
Today is the last day you can enroll to vote in the election. Historically far too many people in the 18-24 age group have not enrolled. The same again would suit the Nats very well indeed.
Update: Newsroom: “A record turnout of early voters suggests a youthquake in action – and the polls might be wrong.”
Update: If you are trying to enrol and the queues are long, here are the other ways you can do it, including online!
Update: you can enrol up until midnight Friday online, and then vote at a polling station on Saturday. Details here.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 17th, 2017 - 23 comments
“This continues National’s desperation to see a TPPA at any cost”
Written By: - Date published: 8:37 pm, September 12th, 2017 - 83 comments
National up, NZ Labour down, Greens dead? Really!?
Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, September 11th, 2017 - 32 comments
For progressive Epsom voters the best way to change the Government may be to give your electorate vote to Paul Goldsmith.
Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, September 9th, 2017 - 61 comments
A strong Green Party presence in government is the best way to prevent the TPPA, and is critical in protecting NZ’s environment and social and political sovereignty.
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, September 8th, 2017 - 27 comments
National has tried to divert attention from the budget hole fiasco by promising to get even tougher on beneficiaries.
Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, September 5th, 2017 - 23 comments
The Nats are not backing down from their $11.7bn lie. The media need to call it loudly for the big lie that it is. This is now a test for NZ’s democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 50 comments
“Our integrity and our role as Ministers in holding confidential information is absolutely pivotal to our role” Bennett 2017
Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, August 28th, 2017 - 47 comments
Bomber Bradbury has succeeded in getting the Privacy Commissioner to rule that Police accessing his bank records without a search warrant was illegal.
Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, August 9th, 2017 - 11 comments
This post was written and ready to go and then news of Metiria Turei stepping down hit. Some of it might read a little strangely because of that. I’ve changed some of the tenses used.
Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, July 30th, 2017 - 22 comments
Social media offers a rich tool for profiling voters and targeting election advertising or informal messaging. There’s a good piece on RNZ today looking at the issue. How long before we see the methods used by Brexit and Trump campaigns employed in NZ?
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 12th, 2017 - 52 comments
Forest and Bird: ““The Government is seeking to give themselves the powers to push through controversial and damaging projects that would otherwise fail because they breach environmental limits.”