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The inside story of National’s civil war

Written By: - Date published: 12:24 pm, July 25th, 2022 - 16 comments

Andrea Vance’s book Blood Bath provides an insider’s view of the carnage that erupted in the National Party from 2017 to 2021.  And while things have calmed down under Christopher Luxon’s his weaknesses, including his glossing over the importance of policy detail and his tendency to bag businesses has been noted.

Who will be National’s Tauranga candidate

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, March 29th, 2022 - 66 comments

National is opening up nominations for the Tauranga by election today.  The Standard reviews some potential candidates for the seat.

Clearing the decks

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 13th, 2021 - 14 comments

The draft report into Nick Smith’s treatment of a young staff member that eventually saw him leave Parliament has made its way into the public realm, just in time to be lost in the pre Christmas media wash up.

Later Nick

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, June 1st, 2021 - 48 comments

Nick Smith is leaving Parliament not only to spend more time with his family but also because details of an employment dispute started after he yelled at a junior staffer were leaked.

Dr Shane is in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, October 18th, 2020 - 27 comments

Shane Reti is in major strife in Whangarei and special votes may overturn his slim election night majority.  And National may have further problems with its list entitlement and Maureen Pugh and Nick Smith are not safe.

Strategic voting is a bad thing unless you live in Epsom

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, July 30th, 2020 - 49 comments

Nick Smith has publicly opposed a change to the electoral system that would allow strategic manipulation of the electoral system.  But only by Māori.

Leak, leak, leak, leak …

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, April 28th, 2020 - 19 comments

Tova O’Brien has reported multiple leaks of a Nick Smith email which was highly critical of Simon Bridges.

Ihumātao

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, July 31st, 2019 - 119 comments

The background to the Ihumatao dispute is complex and problematic and resolving it may require the Government to review issues relating to privately held land and treaty claims.

Nats must hate Auckland’s building consents boom

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 15th, 2019 - 59 comments

The rate at which the building consents have increased in Auckland, and the shift to a more useful mix, has been incredibly fast. You can understand why National after their decade of failure for housing and transport have been targeting the authors of that success. It highlights National’s economic incompetence.

National is really worried that people may vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, June 21st, 2019 - 95 comments

Nick Smith has complained that making it easier for people to vote by allowing them to enrol on election day will disadvantage the National Party.

Bene bashing

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, June 1st, 2019 - 101 comments

National has engaged in the most crass form of beneficiary bashing in opposing Government changes to the benefit system announced in the budget and passed under urgency.

The tax debate – Dogwhistle time

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, March 7th, 2019 - 111 comments

National has resorted to race baiting in its attempt to denigrate the Tax Working Group’s proposed capital gains tax.

About that $100,000 National Party donation

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, January 27th, 2019 - 88 comments

Fran O’Sullivan has correctly stated that the investigation of the $100,000 donation made to the National Party that was partitioned to hide it should be of much greater concern to the New Zealand Police than Sarah Dowie’s texts.

No Waimea dam

Written By: - Date published: 2:35 pm, August 17th, 2018 - 26 comments

With the change in Government and ever increasing costs of construction it appears that the Waimea dam project in Tasman District is going to be scuppered.

Boilover in Northcote?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, June 5th, 2018 - 57 comments

With five days to go the Northcote by election result is far from settled.  And a surprise may be on the cards.

Naughty Nick’s Parliamentary Porkie

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 22nd, 2018 - 39 comments

Nick Smith has been caught out by Trevor Mallard telling a porkie in Parliament.

National announces new line up

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, March 11th, 2018 - 121 comments

National’s new line up has been announced.  And there are some heavy hints to a few MPs that their careers may be ending soon.

Who is next?

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.

What will 2018 bring for National?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 4th, 2018 - 179 comments

What are National’s prospects this year?  Will Bill English survive as leader?  Will there be resignations and a clean out of the front bench?  Stay tuned …

Teggtalk: Trump-Like Climate Science Meddling by NZ Ministers

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 29 comments

Denis Tegg has been responsible for showing that the previous Government stonewalled and hid a report prepared by the Ministry for the Environment which warned local bodies of the threats posed by sea level rises caused by climate change.

“Such inexcusable neglect”

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, December 8th, 2017 - 39 comments

The Auckland housing crisis in graph form.

Once again: National lost the election

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 pm, November 26th, 2017 - 154 comments

A rebuttal of Nick Smith’s claim to have “won the 2017 election, but lost the coalition negotiations.”

Doofus of the week – Nick Smith

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 25th, 2017 - 60 comments

No competition in this one, Nick Smith for showing that despite the 27 long years he has spent in Parliament he still has no idea how our electoral system works and for claiming there is an electoral convention that simply does not exist.

So there was a housing crisis after all

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.

Waimea a good dam?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 14th, 2017 - 54 comments

The proposed Waimea Dam in Nelson is attracting opposition from the Green Party but support from the Labour Party.  Is there such a thing as a good dam project?

What happened to the Newshub article about Nick Smith and the Pike River film?

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, July 8th, 2017 - 41 comments

A Newshub article where Nick Smith contradicts the Police and Solid Energy about the existence of video showing a body in Pike River has disappeared …

Special Housing Area provisions are failing but Nick Smith thinks everything is fine

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, July 4th, 2017 - 25 comments

Nick Smith is attempting to rewrite history by claiming that the Government never thought the special housing area affordable housing provisions would work and that the housing crisis is improving.

Greens to contest Nick Smith’s seat in Nelson

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 24th, 2017 - 41 comments

Nelson city councillor Matt Lawrey is to run a two tick campaign with the full backing of the party.

Tegg Talk – Mistaken Reveal of Government’s Latest (Already Outdated) Sea-Level Rise Projections

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, June 4th, 2017 - 28 comments

Denis Tegg has discovered details of Ministry for the Environment’s currently unpublished Guidelines for Local Authorities on Climate Change.  The data relied on would appear to already be outdated but suggests that towns such as Thames are going to face inundation in coming decades.

Nick knifed

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 26th, 2017 - 15 comments

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?

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