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Where have our rights gone?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 20th, 2018 - 47 comments

Great to see that the State Services Commissioner has widened the investigation into the use of private investigators hired by the state against its citizens. But. They should go further.

Sage refuses permission to mine conservation land

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, June 18th, 2018 - 94 comments

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has incurred attacks from the right by refusing to allow the desecration of conservation land on the West Coast.

Does National really want climate change to be a bipartisan issue?

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, June 17th, 2018 - 94 comments

National has cautiously pledged to support the Government’s proposed Climate Change Commission. But is it looking for opportunities to delay or weaken urgent action that New Zealand needs to be taking now rather than signing up for urgent action being started now?

Solitary man

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, June 14th, 2018 - 30 comments

Gerry Brownlee has been caught playing solitaire during Question Time in Parliament.

Kiwis trust in Government surges

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, June 13th, 2018 - 61 comments

At the same time that business confidence is in negative territory overall trust in the Government has surged. Why is this?

Winston sues

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, June 12th, 2018 - 78 comments

Winston Peters has commenced legal proceedings against Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett because of the leaking during last year’s election campaign of private information about a superannuation overpayment he received.

Collins keeps Housing Corp P debacle in news cycle

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, June 7th, 2018 - 122 comments

Judith Collins has managed to keep the Housing Corp methamphetamine story alive for another news cycle by attacking poor people who take drugs.

Dud advice

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, June 6th, 2018 - 84 comments

The methamphetamine debacle continues with questions raised about if the Auckland District Health Board provided confidential information to Housing New Zealand about its tenants.  And Simon Bridges directly contradicts Bill English by claiming that the last Government had no idea the guidelines were not fit for purpose.

Forward to the 70s

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, June 6th, 2018 - 112 comments

National thinks that getting back to full employment, having wages and conditions sufficient to allow a working family to live in decency on one full time wage, and home ownership rates of about 70% are a bad thing.

Boilover in Northcote?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, June 5th, 2018 - 57 comments

With five days to go the Northcote by election result is far from settled.  And a surprise may be on the cards.

Were Etu union delegates threatened at a select committee?

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, June 4th, 2018 - 133 comments

National MP Parmjeet Parmar has been accused of threatening to tell the employers of submitters to a Select Committee what they had said in evidence if they did not withdraw their statements.

 

Doofus of the week – June 3, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, June 3rd, 2018 - 44 comments

Finalists this week are David Farrar for recklessly misrepresenting Labour’s view on the three strikes repeal proposal, Judith Collins for thinking a two year old photo used on the Standard was a current photo and evidence of the police being politicised and Paula Bennett for at the same time not knowing and knowing but being unable to do anything about the terrorising of state house tenants. And the winner is …

Simon Bridges, the three strikes law and the Bill of Rights

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, June 2nd, 2018 - 17 comments

National obviously desperately want to divert attention away from the Housing Corp methamphetamine fiasco. After five days of continuous bad news who can blame them.

National tags parody account in Northcote by election tweet

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 31st, 2018 - 6 comments

The difference between running a professional well organised campaign and a chaotic shambles can be slight.

National’s strategy on the Housing Corp P fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 31st, 2018 - 83 comments

National is all over the place in its response to Peter Gluckman’s Housing Corp methamphetamine report with three different justifications being provided by three different senior MPs.

Gluckman: Methamphetamine policy was a crock

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 30th, 2018 - 80 comments

The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser Peter Gluckman has described the previous Government’s policy on methamphetamine in Housing Corp houses as hysterical and concluded that there has never been a documented case of someone getting sick from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine.

Doofus of the week – May 27, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 27th, 2018 - 28 comments

Lots of competition this week with Katie Hopkins preferring to be called a racist to being described as being on drugs, Judith Collins for fronting the most naff scandals in the last decade, and Simon Bridges for going on tour to strange places.  But the real contest was between Paula Bennett and Gerry Brownlee …

#twyfordaccusations

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, May 26th, 2018 - 52 comments

The Twitter hashtag #twyfordaccusations has been set up to allow people to speculate on what other nefarious allegations will be made against Phil Twyford by Judith Collins.

National loses the plot in Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 91 comments

National’s show down with Trevor Mallard today did not go as well as they hoped.

National is all over the place on the budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, May 21st, 2018 - 131 comments

National has made a meal of its first critique of Labour’s budget with a poor performance by Simon Bridges and with four claims about the budget that are clearly wrong but which National keep repeating.

Shouty Simon’s strange budget claim

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 19th, 2018 - 64 comments

National’s claims about Labour’s health spend suffer from the not insignificant problem that they do not make any sense when analysed.

No class National

Written By: - Date published: 5:39 pm, May 15th, 2018 - 97 comments

National MPs are refusing to own up to who used a sexist comment in Parliament against Jacinda Ardern.

Bridges believes in trickle down

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, May 14th, 2018 - 199 comments

Simon Bridges has committed the twin political sins of not only believing in trickle down but in publicly confirming his belief.

Doofus of the week May 12, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, May 12th, 2018 - 62 comments

There was intense competition this week.  Paula Bennett with her attack on Jacinda’s Spotify playlist almost won but Northcote candidate Dan Bidois succeeded for managing to talk out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and only confusing his tongue.

Carmel Sepuloni respect

Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, May 9th, 2018 - 17 comments

It is great that we have a Minister of Social Development who actually has empathy for poor New Zealanders, as shown by her treatment of dog whistle questions in Parliament today.

Should MPs also be subject to sanctions when they don’t do their job?

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, May 8th, 2018 - 59 comments

National MPs have without notice refused to turn up to the House Committee of Parliament.  Should they have their pay docked?

The strange and unusual National Campaign Launch for the Northcote by election

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, May 7th, 2018 - 52 comments

Dan Bidois has formally launched his campaign by blaming Auckland Council for the last Government’s shortcomings, and opposing the regional fuel tax while at the same time insisting that if there is intensification then it needs to be paid for.

Everyone applauds Labour’s homelessness plan … except National

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, May 5th, 2018 - 133 comments

Labour’s announcement of $100 million spending on homelessness has attracted praise from everyone, except National.

So there was sewage leaking into Middlemore hospital’s walls

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, May 4th, 2018 - 87 comments

In further horror news about our health system the leaks of sewage into the walls of Middlemore Hospital has been confirmed and its discovery occurred in 2010. And in 2015 the chair of cash strapped Canterbury DHB signed a Ministry of Health drafted letter saying it did not need further funding despite an urgent need for further funds.

National wants to add to Auckland’s gridlock

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, May 2nd, 2018 - 16 comments

National has promised to overturn Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax.  But has no proposal for how the funding will be replaced.

National is yeah nah on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, April 30th, 2018 - 34 comments

National’s Blue Green conference on the weekend suggests that the party has moved on from outright denial that cliamte change exists to grudging acceptance that it is a phenomenon but “balance” requires that it is tolerated.

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