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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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: 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: 7:25 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.
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: 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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 78 comments
Apparently the government’s fees-free policy will “soak up staff out of McDonald’s”. Education instead of McJobs – Oh Noez!
Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, December 10th, 2017 - 88 comments
The latest Colmar Brunton results just released suggests that support for the Government parties is stable and support for Jacinda Ardern is surging.
Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 6th, 2017 - 58 comments
Surprise surprise – Bill English is still whining that 44.4% should really be counted as 50.1% – and other snippets from Parliament’s post election conference.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, November 26th, 2017 - 50 comments
The media have noticed that Bill English has recently been missing in action. And pretenders to his throne are starting to play up.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, November 5th, 2017 - 68 comments
Just before the election news broke that National MP Jian Yang had previously taught in a Chinese University training spies. A recent OIA release of his immigration application raises further issues.
Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, November 3rd, 2017 - 224 comments
Bill English has claimed that it is not the role of National to make Parliament run properly.
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 104 comments
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it now favours higher taxes on the rich and has demolished the myth this might adversely affect economic growth. The authoritative Washington-based think tank in its influential half-yearly monitor also argued for taxes on capital, suggesting a wealth and/or land taxes should be considered, something that will make Gareth […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 5th, 2017 - 28 comments
A tongue in cheek list of reasons why it may be best for National to form the next Government.
Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, October 2nd, 2017 - 194 comments
In a sign of desperation Bill English rang Winston Peters on the weekend but the call was not answered. Clearly National realises that waiting for the special votes to be released will significantly weaken its bargaining position.
Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, September 30th, 2017 - 60 comments
This might look like smart politics for National to draw the Greens in with National but a more primary motivation might be that English/Joyce and co. are desperate to form a coalition with anyone, otherwise as individuals, they’ll certainly lose their power within the party in the inevitable shakeup.