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Reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, April 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

Bill English is to announce a cabinet reshuffle today.  What should he do?

National’s policing problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 48 comments

National is facing increasing public concern about the ability of the police to do its job properly.

Will Collins make a move?

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, March 7th, 2017 - 40 comments

The crisis around English’s amateur-hour handling of the super announcement is an opportunity for Judith Collins.

NRT: Denying the obvious

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.

Crushed Collins to ACT?

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.

The great Cabinet reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, December 18th, 2016 - 94 comments

Bill English has announced his cabinet reshuffle.

Collins withdraws and pledges to support English

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, December 8th, 2016 - 162 comments

Judith Collins has withdrawn from the leadership race and pledged support for Bill English.

The Standard is offering to the National Party leadership contenders guest post slots

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.

Three’s a crowd

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.

Who will be the next National leader?

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?

Fund the Police!

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, December 2nd, 2016 - 21 comments

Judith Collins is letting organised criminals off the hook as she insists the Police make burglary a priority.

I see a poverty of ideas and a poverty of Government responsibility

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.

The crime spike

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.

The Chief Prison Inspector’s report on Serco and MECF

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.

The manipulation of burglary statics

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.

America bails on private prisons

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.

Judith Collins is losing a PR battle with a patched Gang Member*

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 8th, 2016 - 322 comments

*title borrowed from @shakingstick.

Police undermined by their own minister

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, June 11th, 2016 - 100 comments

Good piece by Jo Moir on Stuff this morning, about National’s train-wreck week. Follow it up with Andrew Geddis on the legality of the Collins blurt.

Take action on tax haven corruption? NZ says – meh

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.

Random impertinent question: Why did Cameron get diversion?

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?

NRT: A Poor Choice

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, May 6th, 2016 - 26 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the irony of sending Judith “Minister of Corruption” Collins to an an anti-corruption summit in London next week.

Homosexual law reform happened 30 years ago

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.

Someone wants to crush Bain’s compensation claim

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, February 18th, 2016 - 142 comments

Leaks to the Herald about details from the report investigating the compensation claim by David Bain suggests that the Government is moving to refuse the claim.

Back Stabbers

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.

The media in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, December 29th, 2015 - 87 comments

Some random musings on what happened in New Zealand’s media this year.

When Animals Attack!

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!

 

Hey Tracy Watkins – Judith Collins was not “cleared” of dirty politics

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.

Collins and the “monster” board

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, December 7th, 2015 - 43 comments

Idiot turn of phrase or deliberately inflammatory? You be the judge.

Key’s Xmas Reshuffle; UPDATE + bonus Winston Peters zinger!

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?

Jarrod Gilbert is tilting at windmills

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.

New Zealand needs a new Speaker

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 11th, 2015 - 85 comments

David Carter’s refusal to rule John Key’s “backing the rapists” comment out of order raises issues about his ability to properly do the job of speaker.

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