Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 26th, 2018 - 30 comments
Damien Grant thinks that National is a relic and should fracture into libertarian and conservative parties.
Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, February 25th, 2018 - 61 comments
Judith Collins has indicated that the chances of a mature debate about Criminal Justice are slim.
Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, February 22nd, 2018 - 76 comments
National’s leadership contest is one week old. The latest is a central edict that all candidates have to be nice to each other and a claim that candidates are not offering senior positions to MPs in exchange for their support.
Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, February 21st, 2018 - 25 comments
Nicky Hager and the publishers of Dirty Politics have released into the public arena the chapter dealing with Mark Mitchell’s campaign to be selected as National’s Rodney candidate.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 20th, 2018 - 47 comments
In this second edition of Pollwatch, we note the impact of Jacinda Ardern at the height of her powers, track the likelyhood of current government support partners of clearing our high Party Vote threshold, and note the small likelyhood that English’s eventual successor will have of sneaking into the Beehive even if we held a snap election right now.
Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, February 18th, 2018 - 154 comments
Judith Collins has picked on the campaign term strong and decisive for behaviour better described as brutal and obdurate.
Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, February 14th, 2018 - 20 comments
Simon Bridges has announced that he too will be seeking the National Party leadership.
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, February 14th, 2018 - 77 comments
Following Bill English’s resignation the question is who will be National’s next leaders. The Standard authors have put their heads together and come up with some suggestions.
Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, February 13th, 2018 - 353 comments
Bill English has resigned. Apparently his confidence of last week had a limited lifespan. RNZ has the live feed. Now we can really speculate on which one of the no-hopers will assume the position to fail at the next election.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, February 12th, 2018 - 154 comments
The disclosure of Chris Bishop’s snapchat engagement with young teenage females raises the question of who leaked the information to the media and why.
Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, February 11th, 2018 - 295 comments
The Government is moving to stop the creation of new charter schools and require existing charter schools to integrate with the public system.
Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, February 9th, 2018 - 75 comments
National is united. There are no murmurings about leadership and Bill English’s and Paula Bennett’s positions are secure.
Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, February 4th, 2018 - 25 comments
Last year’s electorate expense returns have now been made public.
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, February 4th, 2018 - 108 comments
Changing National’s leadership will not help the conservatives regain power if they fail to address questions of why they lost the 2017 election. National may be the biggest single party but it is unlikely to stay that. And they have no remaining parliamentary partners.You can’t form a MMP government from that…
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, February 1st, 2018 - 24 comments
Speculation is rife that Paula Bennett’s reign as Deputy Leader of the National Party may be under threat.
Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 31st, 2018 - 27 comments
Since reading the news that the Nats are thinking about ditching Bill English, I’ve been trying to decide what my (completely honest and in no way disingenuous) advice to them would be on the topic. It’s a tough one! There are clearly pros and cons for them. Starting with the cons: Bill is experienced – […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 31st, 2018 - 34 comments
Helen Kelly championed the liberalisation of drug law to allow those suffering from significant ill health to have access to cannabis for medicinal purposes. National is still struggling with the concept despite it having overwhelming public support.
Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, January 30th, 2018 - 116 comments
Bill English has criticised the Government for only offering an officer briefing on the day that legislation is due to be introduced into Parliament. But appears to have forgotten an offer made by Jacinda Ardern 48 days ago.
Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, January 21st, 2018 - 33 comments
A feature in yesterday’s Domion Post Weekend lays bare the extent of the scandalous selloff of huge tracts of our high country. The tenure review of the high country has been conducted since 1992 to privatise some of the land and also bringing parts into the conservation estate. The process has been followed by both National and Labour governments.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, January 19th, 2018 - 22 comments
Rather than apologise, it’s time the Left and the new government embraced “nanny state” as a positive, just as the gay community claimed the previously pejorative term “queer”. A nanny state is clearly economically and socially more efficient. We should celebrate our nanny state and not apologise for it.
Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, January 16th, 2018 - 68 comments
The language is the life force of the mana Māori. Which is why the Government and the Opposition should pledge support to ensure it survives and thrives.