Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, January 11th, 2017 - 44 comments
I/S at No Right turn writes on Revenue Minister Collins’ denial of obvious tax avoidance.
Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 19th, 2016 - 53 comments
What next for Collins? Burning ambition, a significant personal following, no future in National. Time jump to ACT? She must fancy her chances of taking over that pretend party and building it up to a “kingmaker” role.
Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, December 18th, 2016 - 94 comments
Bill English has announced his cabinet reshuffle.
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: 3:15 pm, December 5th, 2016 - 119 comments
Following the shock resignation of John Key as Prime Minister the question will be asked. Who will the next leader of the National Party be?
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, October 13th, 2016 - 210 comments
Judith Collins yesterday said that child poverty is the fault of parents and not the fault of her Government.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 12th, 2016 - 24 comments
Who would have thought that a surge in homelessness would result in a spike in crime, and that a dramatic increase in the number of people with no or compromised housing situations would cause an increase in burglaries, robberies and assaults.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 7th, 2016 - 44 comments
The Chief Prison Inspector’s report on Mount Eden Corrections Facility has now been released and has presented a damning judgment on Serco’s management of the prison.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, September 11th, 2016 - 36 comments
Reporter Eugene Bingham who broke the story on how Papakura police were doctoring crime statistics by recoding burglaries as other offences two years ago has written about how his attempts to get to the truth of the matter has effectively been thwarted by the police.
Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, August 19th, 2016 - 19 comments
America is bailing on private prisons because they don’t work. What’s the bet that National is ‘too proud and arrogant’ to follow suit.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 8th, 2016 - 322 comments
*title borrowed from @shakingstick.
Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, June 11th, 2016 - 100 comments
Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, May 14th, 2016 - 51 comments
The Nats are all over the place on this, and they’re trashing our reputation in the process.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 11th, 2016 - 32 comments
Why did the police offer Cameron Slater the soft option of diversion when he doesn’t qualify?
Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, February 21st, 2016 - 94 comments
Some thoughts on yesterday’s gay pride parade and why National has in the space of 30 years changed from being deeply anti gay rights to being superficially in support.
Written By: - Date published: 11:32 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 110 comments
The National Party Caucus is split and divided over John Key’s vanity project, the flag referendum. For the first time, there have been leaks to the media directly from within Team Key. The signs are ominous for the PM.
Written By: - Date published: 8:57 pm, December 16th, 2015 - 32 comments
Crikey! My Little Ponytail meets the Parnell mind meld. Cancel Xmas, I’ve already got my pressie!
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 8th, 2015 - 32 comments
No, Judith Collins was never investigated, let alone “cleared”, of the serious issues raised by Dirty Politics. After a token year off Key is happy to have her back because he has precisely as many principles as she does.
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, December 7th, 2015 - 43 comments
Idiot turn of phrase or deliberately inflammatory? You be the judge.
Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, December 7th, 2015 - 49 comments
John Key has announced that there will be a minor cabinet re-shuffle. Could this mark the return of Judith Collins? If so, what does this tell us about how the post-Key National Party will look?
Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, November 27th, 2015 - 36 comments
The Official Information Act is now moribund and access to information beyond its scope is granted only to a chosen few and under strict conditions.
Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, October 17th, 2015 - 39 comments
Judith Collins is a tout (sorry “Brand Ambassador”) for a car dealer, and it looks like she’s using Cameron Slater’s blog to give her a hand.
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 20 comments
Goff has attempted to throw a fire-cracker into the notion of the National Party leadership and caucus being one big happy family. Is this the Labour Party’s way of sowing seeds of discontent without tainting the image of their leader? It is NOT Dirty Politics by any normal understanding of that term as captured in the book of the same name. Is this Goff’s role now? To box from the shadows?