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Tony Veitch: I’m the Real Victim Here.

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, May 8th, 2016 - 137 comments

Domestic abuser Tony Veitch has written a self absorbed piece about how domestic abuser Tony Veitch is better now. Good on domestic abuser Tony Veitch!

UPDATE: Veitch’s victim’s father calls for a real apology.

Your Favourite Conspiracy Sucks

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 198 comments

The return of the X Files has got me thinking. Just how hard is it to keep a big conspiracy secret? Happily, a British scientist has the answer; it’s bloody hard. More or less impossible, actually, according to his new formula. It seems the truth really is out there.

Pagani dead wrong

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 19th, 2011 - 66 comments

Former senior Labour party strategist John Pagani has written an extraordinary blog post where he says Labour ought to cuddle up to National because its policies are so popular and then, somehow, convince people to vote Labour for some reason. If this has been Labour’s strategy for the past few years, it explains a lot.

Dealing with the DIA website-harvest parasite

Written By: - Date published: 2:27 am, February 3rd, 2011 - 12 comments

Periodically I run a scan to identify network parasites that are sucking up our bandwidth and processing resources in excess. Of course I leave the benign parasites that provide search facilities alone. But I stomp on the nasties.

Tonight the biggest parasite appears to have been a New Zealand government department – the Department of Internal Affairs.

I don’t buy it for one second

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, February 25th, 2010 - 111 comments

Has Phil Heatley really resigned his ministerial portfolios over a bottle of wine?

Or is there more to this story than meets the eye?

Excel magic

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, August 13th, 2008 - 12 comments

Insight into Mr Key costing his tax policy (lots of clever bits, best viewed in fullscreen) – hosted by 08wire

So National DO have a policy, errr sorry…

Written By: - Date published: 3:29 pm, July 30th, 2008 - 7 comments

So the news went out! National DID have some policy said Colin James: …in behind the bland one-pagers lies quite a lot of study, consultation with outsiders and internal shadow cabinet debate. A 34-page paper backed the workplace relations one-pager. Law and order policy was well footnoted… But no, Colin James seems to have got […]

Put it on the kids’ tab

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 29th, 2008 - 4 comments

Some may have noted an odd series of questions in Parliament and press releases from Bill English around government borrowing over the last month. The questions purposely conflated the idea of maintaining current debt levels with increasing debt. We noted this at the time and Tane correctly picked the strategy: First, sow confusion about debt […]

A broadband world

Written By: - Date published: 2:24 pm, April 23rd, 2008 - 5 comments

So John Key has announced that a National-led government would spend “up to” $1.5 billion on fibre optic cable to the home. Well that’s a good thing right? Even I can appreciate the importance of Kiwi homes and businesses getting access to high speed broadband (even if it is solely for the use of my children’s […]

What’s the future of Working for Families?

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, February 28th, 2008 - 13 comments

One consquence of the expectations around tax cuts is an examination of some of the policies already have in place – Working for Families for example. This was the topic of a recent article from Ruth Laugesen in the Sunday Star Times. “Coopers chairman John Shewan said that under Working for Families, many households effectively […]

Bill’s Wikipedia edits

Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, February 27th, 2008 - 38 comments

Again from a Parliamentary address, the following passage was deleted from Bill English’s Wikipedia entry in June last year: He married a Catholic GP, Mary, and they now have six children – five boys: Luke, Thomas, Rory, Bartholemew and Xavier; and one daughter, Maria. He is a devout Catholic himself, and upholds his churches opposition […]

National Party U-turn on student loans

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, January 31st, 2008 - 78 comments

National have just backed down on their opposition to interest free student loans. Back in 2005 Key called this ‘a policy that tells young New Zealanders to go and borrow to the hilt What a cost to the country! What an unaffordable and irresponsible cost to the country! It is a sad day National members […]

Inoculation, part one

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, September 10th, 2007 - 3 comments

Twenty years ago this year, the fourth Labour government passed legislation that made New Zealand nuclear free. At the time, the legislation was controversial and was opposed by National. Jim Bolger ever called it “an exercise in futility”. In the intervening years, parties opposed to the legislation have tried to change it. Only two years […]

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