Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, August 29th, 2019 - 24 comments
National has chosen for political reasons to oppose the Government’s proposed gun law changes designed to address weaknesses shown up by the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, March 25th, 2019 - 46 comments
The most important comment in the Tax Working Group’s Final Report is that even the reasonably comprehensive capital gains tax proposed is likely to have only a minor impact on addressing inequality — what is needed is a more progressive income tax system that lifts the top marginal tax rate
Written By: - Date published: 10:12 pm, February 12th, 2019 - 18 comments
Kia ora koutou readers, and welcome back to the first Pollwatch of 2019, and as our official Worst News™ will tell you, (okay, maybe that’s my opinion of their recent coverage rather than an official thing) it’s a doozy. Part of the reason I started modelling elections probabilistically myself is that looking at just the […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, December 15th, 2018 - 12 comments
The Government has announced that the next budget will include well being objectives as well as fiscal objectives.
Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, October 16th, 2018 - 60 comments
Jami-Lee Ross is to resign from Parliament amid further claims about unlawful activity from Tory leader Simon Bridges. Ross says he will stand in the Botany by-election. Ross also says he will lay a complaint against Bridges with the Police.
Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, September 23rd, 2018 - 59 comments
National’s chicken little the sky is falling mantra about New Zealand’s economy has been dealt a large hole by Moody’s confirming New Zealand’s Aaa
AAA credit rating.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 5th, 2018 - 65 comments
These sorts of debates do my head in. Essentially because they are so removed from reality that anyone with any sense would know that Labour was not responsible for the last global financial crisis. But apparently the opposition spokesperson does not understand what happened in 2008. Does this seem a bit harsh? Well it is […]
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, April 4th, 2018 - 89 comments
The Government has released a draft Government Policy Statement on Transport for consultation. A radical shake up of the Transport system is being proposed.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 8th, 2018 - 128 comments
Amy Adams won’t commit to $11.7b, but she too has now become the third person to fall down the imaginary fiscal hole. How can National claim to have any soundness on finance if they won’t admit their criticisms on the economy are unreasonable and unfounded? And besides, aren’t National actually worse fiscal managers if ordinary people tend to get paid less under their regimes? We dive into some theory to thoroughly dispute even Steven Joyce’s/Amy Adam’s secondary criticism of “fiscal tightness,” although concede that two of the Budget Responsibility rules are probably stupid in order to do it.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, February 4th, 2018 - 25 comments
Last year’s electorate expense returns have now been made public.