Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, November 4th, 2017 - 403 comments
The briefing to incoming Housing Minister Phil Twyford shows clearly that a crisis in housing developed under National’s watch.
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: 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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, September 26th, 2017 - 127 comments
What she did wasn’t a mistake.
Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 21st, 2017 - 44 comments
National has created the perception that it is a better manager of Government than Labour and is suggesting that it is more compassionate. Neither claim is true.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 21st, 2017 - 72 comments
Ardern’s jab that English “discovered poverty last week” was the line of the debate. After the election National will forget it again just as quickly, if the record of the last nine years is anything to go by. Do you want to vote for that?
Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, September 20th, 2017 - 53 comments
Sure would be good if some other media called the Nats out on this too.
Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, September 18th, 2017 - 55 comments
It is difficult to understand National’s election campaign. Instead of campaigning on what they have achieved and what they plan to do they are using fear of Labour to try and win the election. And saying some palpably untrue things on the way.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, September 14th, 2017 - 283 comments
Tax is emerging as the big issue of this campaign. How valid are National’s claims that Labour will introduce a variety of new taxes and what has National’s record been like? Update: in a smart tactical move Labour has promised no new taxes will be introduced until after the next election.
Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, September 13th, 2017 - 21 comments
National has acted in breach of State Services Commission guidelines for the pre election period by having a flash opening of the Christchurch Justice Precinct even though it was not finished.
Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, September 10th, 2017 - 144 comments
National’s current polling under Bill English is showing the same dramatic slide that it did in 2002, the last time he was leader.
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, September 10th, 2017 - 98 comments
Bill English has finally committed the Government to doing something about Child poverty. But why has he and National taken so long?
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, September 9th, 2017 - 73 comments
Weekend pundits agree that the Joyce / English brazen lie about Labour’s budget is a disaster for the Nats. Duncan Garner pronounces National’s death rattle.
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, September 8th, 2017 - 27 comments
National has tried to divert attention from the budget hole fiasco by promising to get even tougher on beneficiaries.
Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, September 8th, 2017 - 20 comments
Last night Bill English emphatically defended and agreed with Steven Joyce’s lie about a “hole” in Labour’s budget – specifically the disproved figure of $11.7 billion. Jacinda Ardern took him apart with one simple question. English has nothing left now.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 6th, 2017 - 148 comments
Post John Key all National ever had going for it was an undeserved reputation for financial competence. Now that is gone too. It doesn’t get any worse than this 3 weeks out from an election.
Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
David Farrar has put up and then amended a post suggesting that there is a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s policy financials. It appears that even he does not believe there is a $11.7 billion discrepancy in Labour’s accounts.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 2nd, 2017 - 84 comments
Being compared to Trump has got to hurt. And shouldn’t there be consequences when a PM flat out lies to the country on the state of the economy?
Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, August 31st, 2017 - 203 comments
The first debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English is tonight at 7pm (with a poll due at 6).
Update: CB Poll puts Labour ahead of National, and Ardern ahead of English. Crikey!
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, August 30th, 2017 - 48 comments
Mike Hosking is decrying National’s cynical election campaign and release of its paid parental leave policy and claims that it is nothing more than a corrupt retail exchange.
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, August 30th, 2017 - 8 comments
The Standard has received real video from National’s campaign launch
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 30th, 2017 - 45 comments
Peters is enraged by the presumed Nat hit on him over super. Earlier he was calling on Bill English to resign over the Barclay scandal. Given these conflicts, no one can have any confidence in a post-election Nat NZF coalition. They hate each other.
Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, August 30th, 2017 - 32 comments
New documents released under the OIA show that Bill English fought hide his involvement with the Todd Barclay scandal from media and the public. Coverups and lies, English is unfit for office.