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The strange case of the missing Oregon Republican State senators

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, June 24th, 2019 - 67 comments

Republican State Senators in the state of Oregon have headed for the hills and are being protected by a local nut job militia in an effort to thwart the democratically elected majority from doing passing a law to address climate change.

Same old dirty National

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 30th, 2019 - 179 comments

National is still embedded in Dirty Politics.

In praise of Judith Collins

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, May 17th, 2019 - 35 comments

In what is possibly a first ever occurrence the Standard is publishing a post in praise of Judith Collins for standing up for Green MP Golriz Ghahraman.

Tough, swift leadership needed to police social media

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 am, April 10th, 2019 - 73 comments

The government has been rightly lauded for swiftly acting to ban assault weapons after the Christchurch massacre, but is its failure to decisively call social media giants to order just as weak and unacceptable as the failure to act on Aramoana massacre back in 1990?

From dirty politics to compassionate politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, February 28th, 2019 - 43 comments

Newshub has revealed that Jacinda Ardern instructed her ministers not tp publicly discuss National’s problems with Jami-Lee Ross.

‘Taxpayers union’ – too ‘stupid’ to understand tax?

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 26th, 2019 - 59 comments

There is a classic piece of waffle in the NZ Herald about when capital gains tax will apply to the family home. But the conditions when this applies are extremely simple and obvious. However professed experts on taxation like the so-called ‘taxpayers union’ can’t understand them. Probably because they are paid not to.

Tamihere has some strange friends

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, February 26th, 2019 - 20 comments

John Tamihere has been endorsed by Jordan Williams for Auckland’s mayoralty. And his campaign has commissioned the Taxpayers Union to do a cost cutting exercise.

Blomfield beats Slater

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, February 16th, 2019 - 26 comments

Matt Blomfield has obtained judgment in his long running defamation case against Cameron Slater.

Trump’s Worst Day

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, January 26th, 2019 - 141 comments

The Trump shutdown is over, as the doofus President waves the white flag. And in Florida, his trusted advisor Roger Stone is led away in handcuffs to face charges of lying to the Mueller enquiry. Good times, people, good times!

Karma Cameleon

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, January 21st, 2019 - 120 comments

Cameron Slater is seriously ill. The Whale Oil blog will carry on without him, but in the meantime, Cam is asking for help.

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.

National; Leaking Like a Sieve

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, December 4th, 2018 - 60 comments

Another day, another leak from the National Party. If it’s not JLR, just who is poking the borax inside the Tory caucus?

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?

Proxy Music

Written By: - Date published: 5:37 pm, November 7th, 2018 - 39 comments

Jami-Lee Ross has passed his proxy vote to NZ First, elevating waka jumping to an Olympic sport. How bad does it have to get before the Tory caucus puts Simon Bridges out of his misery?

Simon Bridges wants a new senior social media advisor

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 6th, 2018 - 36 comments

Simon Bridges has advertised for a Senior Social Media advisor.

The Jami-Lee tapes

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, November 5th, 2018 - 141 comments

Newshub has released a further Jami-Lee Ross tape which contains a promise by Simon Bridges that if Ross stood down for health reasons he could come back in the new year and be promoted.

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.

National’s Judith problem

Written By: - Date published: 4:54 pm, October 30th, 2018 - 50 comments

Judith Collins has landed herself in trouble for publicising details of a young couple who just bought a Kiwibuild home.

Eye of the storm

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, October 27th, 2018 - 106 comments

Simon Bridges thinks that he is past trouble caused by the Jami-Lee Ross incident.  But the way things are developing he may be in the middle of things.

Duped?

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, October 25th, 2018 - 136 comments

Were you just taken for a ride?

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.

Two Chinese are more valuable than two Indians

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, October 19th, 2018 - 87 comments

The repercussions of Jami-Lee Ross’s expulsion continue to be felt.  Disclosures about complaints regarding Ross’s behaviour are difficult to reconcile with what Bridges and Bennett have said recently. And National’s relationship with ethnic groups has taken a battering.

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.

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

 

Jami-Lee Ross Doubles Down; Resigns From Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, October 16th, 2018 - 60 comments

Jami-Lee Ross is to resign from Parliament amid further claims about unlawful activity from Tory leader Simon Bridges. Ross says he will stand in the Botany by-election. Ross also says he will lay a complaint against Bridges with the Police.

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?

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.

The right work themselves into a frenzy about Ardern and Curran

Written By: - Date published: 3:52 pm, September 7th, 2018 - 65 comments

The latest right wing beat up is that Jacinda told a porkie this morning to Chris Lynch on Newstalk ZB. A closer inspection reveals that nothing of the sort happened.

Wool. Eyes. Pull.

Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, July 16th, 2018 - 8 comments

As though politicians with a social democratic bent don’t have enough to contend with…

The Stuart Nash fundraiser

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, June 23rd, 2018 - 9 comments

Stuart Nash this week withdrew from a fundraiser organised for him by Matthew Hooton.

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