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Follow the money

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 pm, June 22nd, 2017 - 49 comments

Bill English’s texted electorate chair Stuart Davie on 21st February 2016 saying Glenys Dickson was given an extra payout from the Leader’s fund “to avoid potential legal action.” It was the only source available for an extra payout for confidentiality. English said today no-one in February knew there was any issue of illegality. Then what legal action and why an extra payment?

Ratepayers vs affordable housing

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 12th, 2017 - 60 comments

The mess surrounding and “affordable” housing development in Manukau highlights a dilemma that sets ratepayers against those in need of a home. This needs leadership from central government. I won’t hold my breath.

Helen Clark farewelled by UN

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, April 16th, 2017 - 17 comments


Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Labour’s leadership team

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, April 15th, 2017 - 54 comments

Big turnouts for Labour meetings. Some commentators just can’t quite get to grips with how well the new leadership team is working.

Labour’s leadership team

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 6th, 2017 - 39 comments

Labour’s new tactic of featuring a leadership team seems to be working well.

Labour Green fiscal framework

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, March 24th, 2017 - 97 comments

As widely reported this morning, Labour and the Greens have set out an agreed fiscal framework. Smart politics.

Labour’s Māori electorate MPs will not be on the list

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 58 comments

In breaking news, Labour’s Māori electorate MPs to stand as electorate candidates only (not on the list).

Nats’ attack on Ardern backfires

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 17th, 2017 - 34 comments

National’s nasty, obvious, hamfisted attack on Jacinda Ardern has backfired on them big time.

“All show and no substance”

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 16th, 2017 - 145 comments

The attack on Ardern as “all show and no substance” is a curious one for a party that was led for so many years by John Key.

Congratulations Jacinda Ardern!

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, March 7th, 2017 - 21 comments

Will Collins make a move?

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, March 7th, 2017 - 40 comments

The crisis around English’s amateur-hour handling of the super announcement is an opportunity for Judith Collins.

Coalition building – deft politics from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 87 comments

Helen Clark wrote the book on MMP coalition government, shoring up alliances on the left and the right. Looks like Andrew Little has read the book. Labour + Green + NZF = government.

Great reaction to Jacinda move

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, March 2nd, 2017 - 72 comments

The (presumed) move to Jacinda Ardern as deputy leader has been very well received.

Rogue MP publicly disagrees with leader – party in disarray!

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, February 9th, 2017 - 52 comments

With these deep divisions exposed the party is clearly in total disarray.

English – “8 months to answer Labour’s challenge”

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, February 7th, 2017 - 21 comments

Anonymous Herald editorial: “Bill English has 8 months to answer Labour’s challenge”.

Waitangi Day 2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 6th, 2017 - 19 comments

Well the lead-up to Waitangi Day this year has certainly had its fair share of drama!

You can read Andrew Little’s thoughts on the day here: Andrew Little: Waitangi a day for all of us to come together

A good week for Labour and Greens

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, February 4th, 2017 - 25 comments

Following on from their joint “state of the nation” it’s been a good week for the political left in NZ. Here’s a roundup.

A PM but not a leader

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, January 31st, 2017 - 34 comments

Bill English has failed his first test of real leadership. Compare and contrast, English and Little’s responses to the Muslim ban.

Update: The image is Emmerson’s take in The Herald.

Crushed Collins to ACT?

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 19th, 2016 - 53 comments

What next for Collins? Burning ambition, a significant personal following, no future in National. Time jump to ACT? She must fancy her chances of taking over that pretend party and building it up to a “kingmaker” role.

Out with the old – in with the old

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, December 12th, 2016 - 110 comments

Bye John, out with the old. And in with the old. Shortly the Nats will anoint the chosen one, Bill English. A pre-failed leader. Mr 21%. The greedy double dipper. The boring, conservative choice for a boring conservative party.

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 1:14 pm, December 6th, 2016 - 46 comments

bunch-of-nats

Nat MPs one week window of relevance

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, December 6th, 2016 - 48 comments

Key has been so dominant for so long that Nat MPs have become invisible. But now, for one glorious week, they enjoy a brief window of relevance. And the infighting has begun.

Labour landslide – media roundup

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, December 4th, 2016 - 169 comments

Audrey Young: “The Labour leader has described the win as ‘a bloody nose for National’. It is more like a bloody nose, a black eye and broken jaw.”

Update: As of 11am not a single story on Mt Roskill appears on the online front pages of either The Herald or Stuff. What a surprise!

Labour sticks to the high road

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 3rd, 2016 - 128 comments

As the confused media pile-on to Labour continues, it’s good to hear that the party is planning to stick to the high road.

TPP: An epitaph for self-interested treaties done in secret

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 39 comments

The misogynist buffoon, under-skilled charlatan and ignorant bigot that the Americans have elected to be their constitutional monarch for the next four years appears to have effectively killed the constraint of trade agreement known as the TPP. From a freer trade advocate, avid exporter, and labour movement supporter with a touch of green :- Good riddance.

Working with Helen

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, October 15th, 2016 - 17 comments

I worked with Helen at the CTU for about seven years from 2008.

Helen Kelly: Just plain good

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 14th, 2016 - 41 comments

I’m going to miss you, mate.

Launch of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA)

Written By: - Date published: 1:36 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 35 comments

There is a new leftie think tank in town. Congratulations to Sue Bradford and her team. We hope to hear plenty more from ESRA!

Robertson: Lessons from the Future of Work Commission

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 10 comments

Robertson: “What is the economic paradigm that will meet the challenge of world of less secure work, more automation?”

Andrew Little on housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 109 comments

Andrew Little: “John Key will give you all the excuses you can stomach for his failure to stabilise house prices and boost incomes but the truth is clear: if we want to change the path we’re on, we need to change the government.”

The cross-party inquiry into homelessness is under way

Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 48 comments

After National blocked a proposed official inquiry into homelessness, Labour, The Greens and The Maori Party went ahead with their own. It will no doubt come up with useful recommendations. But to see them implemented we will need to change the government.

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