Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, December 17th, 2017 - 42 comments
The Herald’s weekend political comment includes detailed analysis of the Colmar Brunton poll, now a week old, but ignored the details of the mini budget.
Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, December 14th, 2017 - 87 comments
Big day today as Labour’s mini budget is announced.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 12th, 2017 - 43 comments
National is pondering one of the realities of MMP. Without friends its chances of becoming Government are very limited.
Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, December 9th, 2017 - 70 comments
Phil Twyford has shown this new Government has a brain as well as a heart by halting National’s ridiculous state house methamphetamine policy where the presence of minuscule traces would result in eviction even though there was no proof the tenant was responsible and he has apologised to Robert Erueti for the harm caused.
Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, December 5th, 2017 - 83 comments
Jacinda Ardern has formally launched the Government’s free tertiary education policy.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 3rd, 2017 - 190 comments
The text of an important speech from Phil Twyford where he talks about the 6th Labour Government’s plans for housing.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, November 29th, 2017 - 24 comments
Hi. I’m Enzo (yes that’s my real name) and I write for The Standard now. Just thought I should introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my background – so hopefully it doesn’t become A THING. No, I have not defended war criminals in Rwanda, secretly taped staff members in an electorate office, […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, November 25th, 2017 - 111 comments
Jacinda Ardern intends to reach out to National to try and furnish a bi partisan approach to dealing with child poverty. It is a good idea, but I don’t like her chances.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 23rd, 2017 - 154 comments
The first post election Roy Morgan poll result has been released. Labour and the Greens have surged and National has gone backwards.
Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 21st, 2017 - 182 comments
National is trying to spin that Labour has adopted its position on re-entry of the Pike River mine. But the Pike River families are having nothing of this.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, November 19th, 2017 - 8 comments
Robert Peston in the Spectator has analysed the social media performance of the two big parties in the United Kingdom and has concluded that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had a significant advantage over Theresa May’s conservatives.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 16th, 2017 - 41 comments
There are major similarities between Helen Clark’s decision to accept into New Zealand refugees from the Tampa boat and Jacinda Ardern’s pushing for New Zealand to accept refugees based on Manus Island.
Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, November 15th, 2017 - 33 comments
A guest post by Christine Rose on Fishing Minister Stuart Nash’s strange decision to delay the implementation of video surveillance on fishing ships and the implications for endangered Maui’s dolphins.
Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, November 13th, 2017 - 22 comments
Greg O’Connor talks about how his time with police led him to Labour.
Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, November 13th, 2017 - 123 comments
Fortunately the TPP is still the dead walking. Now that the immediate rush for ‘momentum’ is over (a scam phrase), it is time to do some real analysis of the project. This government, if it wants to convince its own supporters to support it, needs to discard that hucksterism fostered by the John Key government. Because to me TPP is a still a crock.
Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 29 comments
“It means protecting and growing our rights as people, not just as economic units, health clients, “clients” of any kind.”
A strong start by Willow-Jean Prime.
Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 113 comments
David Parker has confirmed that the TPP11 negotiations have resulted in a considerable minimising of the ISDS provisions. But will this be enough?
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 12th, 2017 - 83 comments
Herald lifestyle columnist has published two recent opinion pieces, the first wondering if Jacinda Ardern will be able to address the many and varied problems the country faces and the second suggesting that the Government is under the control of the extreme right. Can he please make up his mind.
Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, November 8th, 2017 - 68 comments
Some aspects of the TPP no-one’s mentioning.
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2017 - 13 comments
Andrew Little has announced that the Government will increase the payout to Teina Pora by adjusting for inflation and by paying costs on Pora’s successful judicial review of the previous Government’s decision.
Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, November 7th, 2017 - 19 comments
The Paradise Papers have provided further evidence of a small group of very wealthy people are using complex trust arrangements based in tax havens to avoid paying tax.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 6th, 2017 - 94 comments
In recent years Labour has allowed National to dominate rural politics. Maybe it is time for Labour to think about reaching out to rural voters and suggest to them that a progressive vote is in their interests.