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Coleman is quitting

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, March 22nd, 2018 - 175 comments

Jonathan Coleman has announced his resignation from Parliament.

Naughty Nick’s Parliamentary Porkie

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 22nd, 2018 - 33 comments

Nick Smith has been caught out by Trevor Mallard telling a porkie in Parliament.

Ardern suggests that oil exploration may cease

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, March 20th, 2018 - 83 comments

The Government is reconsidering the future of New Zealand’s block offer process which releases exploration permits to the oil industry for exploratory drilling.

Collins: No one cares about National’s abject failure over housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, March 16th, 2018 - 111 comments

Judith Collins thinks that no one cares that National oversaw the creation of a significant housing crisis.

Housing needs a builder not a crusher

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, March 12th, 2018 - 82 comments

Phil Twyford has the perfect response to National’s claim that Judith Collins’ appointment as Housing Spokesperson would cause him to lose sleep.

National announces new line up

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, March 11th, 2018 - 121 comments

National’s new line up has been announced.  And there are some heavy hints to a few MPs that their careers may be ending soon.

Is youth the new political divide?

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, March 11th, 2018 - 44 comments

There is evidence in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand that youth and not class may be the new political divide.

Was National a good economic manager?

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 10th, 2018 - 75 comments

Bill Rosenberg from the CTU has stated convincingly why National is not and was not a sound manager of the economy.

Doofus of the week March 10, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 10th, 2018 - 157 comments

An occasional post where we celebrate the extremely banal or bad taste or idiotic behaviour in politics.

Justice for the family carer claimants

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, March 8th, 2018 - 28 comments

National’s constitutionally outrageous attempt to stifle the claims of family carers for compensation for discrimination should be repealed and a just settlement reached with the caregivers.

Who is next?

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, March 7th, 2018 - 65 comments

Steven Joyce’s resignation may be the first of many as National adjusts to the possibility of a lengthy stay in opposition.

Steven Joyce threatens to sue Matthew Hooton and the NBR

Written By: - Date published: 5:22 pm, March 5th, 2018 - 75 comments

Matthew Hooton has been sacked as a contributor to the NBR and Steven Joyce has threatened to sue him and the NBR over claims that Joyce is not popular in caucus and should be sacked.

Simon Bridges’ not very good first week

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, March 4th, 2018 - 44 comments

In this very important first week Simon Bridges has committed two major blunders. He has claimed he was environmentally friendly when any view of his Ministerial history would confirm that this is not the case. And he forgot his Government oversaw the stripping of democratic rights from all prisoners, and adjusted his position when his error was pointed out.

Right wing activists are not happy Bridges is leader

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, February 27th, 2018 - 49 comments

The initial response from right wingers online to the news that National’s new leader is Simon Bridges is a big meh.

Who will the new leader of the National Party be?

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, February 27th, 2018 - 52 comments

Today we will find out if National is taking a step backwards. Or two steps backwards.

Damien Grant thinks National is stuffed

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 26th, 2018 - 44 comments

Damien Grant thinks that National is a relic and should fracture into libertarian and conservative parties.

Why does Criminal Justice have to be so politicised?

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, February 25th, 2018 - 67 comments

Judith Collins has indicated that the chances of a mature debate about Criminal Justice are slim.

National’s meh leadership contest

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.

Hager posts Dirty Politics chapter on Mark Mitchell on web

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.

The battle of the five political midgets

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, February 20th, 2018 - 102 comments

Steven Joyce and Mark Mitchell have both thrown their hats into the ring for National’s leadership.

Strong and decisive

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.

Then there were three

Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, February 14th, 2018 - 39 comments

Amy Adams has announced that she will also be seeking the leader’s position of the National Party.

No Bridges Bridges announces he will seek National leadership

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.

Who will be National’s next leader?

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.

Was the political hit on Chris Bishop an inside job?

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, February 12th, 2018 - 155 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.

The problem with Charter Schools

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, February 11th, 2018 - 296 comments

The Government is moving to stop the creation of new charter schools and require existing charter schools to integrate with the public system.

National is united

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.

National claims credit for Waitangi Day

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 7th, 2018 - 58 comments

National is claiming some credit for the success of Waitangi day. But the things they claim credit for are because of decisions of others, not the National Government.

Ideological issues more than leadership are Nat’s problem

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…

Poor Paula’s position’s in peril

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.

Bye Bill?

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, January 31st, 2018 - 79 comments

Barry Soper is claiming that the numbers are being done on sorting out a replacement for Bill English and Paula Bennett may be gone as deputy leader as early as next week.

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