Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, January 20th, 2017 - 99 comments
Bill English says that he was probably for the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand although has hinted that he has since changed his mind.
Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, January 16th, 2017 - 32 comments
The Herald’s John Roughan is not impressed with Bill English so far. And today English put his foot in it again.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, January 14th, 2017 - 53 comments
Bill English has co-opted the old term “social investment” to replace another old term “targeted welfare”. Simon Wilson (writing at The Spinoff) has bought into the spin and written a deeply confused piece about it.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments
English – “One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.” Nice contrast to the usual Nat hysterical style. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?
Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, January 10th, 2017 - 123 comments
And a return to the politics of division by Blinglish…
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 9th, 2017 - 190 comments
I don’t think it does a PM any harm to shut up and listen for a change instead of talking, but this does not seem to be possible for the Nats.
Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, December 18th, 2016 - 94 comments
Bill English has announced his cabinet reshuffle.
Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, December 17th, 2016 - 33 comments
There’s a lot of it around. The Democrats and their media and spook allies are in a complete lather over Putin’s supposed personal influence in the US election. Confident of victory and its spoils up till midday on election day, the Clinton team are incapable of assessing just what a debacle of a campaign they ran, still less what they need to do now. Lessons abound.
Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, December 16th, 2016 - 198 comments
The English honeymoon came to an abrupt end yesterday as the new PM copped an earful in Kaikoura. And bad goes to worse as Brownlee loses his rag (again). Key would have handled it better.
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, December 13th, 2016 - 205 comments
Andrew Little talks about what a Bill English leadership may look like. John Key promised to lift up the underclass, to fix the housing crisis, and to close the wage gap with Australia but failed. Will English be the same?
Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, December 13th, 2016 - 264 comments
The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor Technical Report is out today. As usual it paints a bleak picture. What will Bill English’s government do about poverty – evasions, words, or actions? Update: Bill fails.
Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, December 12th, 2016 - 110 comments
Bye John, out with the old. And in with the old. Shortly the Nats will anoint the chosen one, Bill English. A pre-failed leader. Mr 21%. The greedy double dipper. The boring, conservative choice for a boring conservative party.
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, December 11th, 2016 - 15 comments
Tax cuts – the Nats are continuing to rule them both in and out for the election. Incoherence or deliberate strategy? Either way – Key got away with this kind of bullshit for 8 long years – are we going to let it continue?
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, December 9th, 2016 - 222 comments
Video of left wingers responding to the news that Bill English will be National’s next leader.
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 7th, 2016 - 128 comments
In the spirit of bi partisanship the Standard wishes to offer the candidates for leadership of the National caucus guest post slots and the ability to answer readers’ questions.
Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, December 7th, 2016 - 24 comments
The policy wonk, the ambitious change-maker, or the no-bullshit bullshitter – the contenders for National Party Prime Minister set out their stalls yesterday with John Campbell. Just like the Kaikoura quake, their pitches exposed some complex fault-lines. It’ll be a long week in politics.
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, November 25th, 2016 - 11 comments
English admits that the government has done a poor job of maintaining state houses, and uses it as an excuse for privatisation – its by design. The attempted sale in Christchurch, incuding Key’s childhood home, is a powerful symbol of the way this government likes pulling up the ladder that they used behind them.
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, October 14th, 2016 - 125 comments
In Year Eight of this National government, the idea of a budget surplus is a joke. They’ve promised it for nearly a decade. They’ve fiddled the books. The truth is, there is no surplus.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, October 12th, 2016 - 82 comments
National is borrowing another Labour-Green policy and has announced a lite version of Labour’s Kiwibuild policy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 8th, 2016 - 29 comments
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 1st, 2016 - 9 comments
The Unitary Plan has been described as a panacea for the housing crisis by the Government. But will it actually address this most acute of issues?
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 30th, 2016 - 84 comments
Bill English didn’t know the cost of the parental leave bill that he vetoed on the grounds of cost, and he didn’t care enough about it to speak to the matter in Parliament last night.