Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, August 2nd, 2020 - 34 comments
A review of National’s week which is as bad as any week I can remember.
Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, July 14th, 2020 - 98 comments
I realise that National probably won’t appreciate my advice. However I actually would like to have a viable competent opposition. I don’t even want an election to be as much of a pushover as this one is likely to be. If I was a stalwart National supporter or a member of their caucus, I’d be pushing for Amy Adams.
Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 25th, 2020 - 119 comments
Todd Muller has spent the weekend not introducing himself to the country and talking about his ideas for our future but by defending the displaying of a MAGA hat in his office.
Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, June 25th, 2019 - 65 comments
Amy Adams and Alistair Scott have announced their retirement from politics at the next election.
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: 8:40 am, November 24th, 2018 - 125 comments
Judith Collins appears to be ramping up a leadership campaign using Fox News type references to climate change, social change and young people.
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: 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: 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.
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: 9:49 am, February 27th, 2018 - 52 comments
Today we will find out if National is taking a step backwards. Or two steps backwards.
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: 9:50 am, February 9th, 2018 - 76 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 - 27 comments
Last year’s electorate expense returns have now been made public.
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.