Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, December 15th, 2018 - 12 comments
The Government has announced that the next budget will include well being objectives as well as fiscal objectives.
Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, December 5th, 2018 - 23 comments
The Standard has been leaked an internal memo from Crosby Textor to the National Party concerning its current situation.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, November 5th, 2018 - 141 comments
Newshub has released a further Jami-Lee Ross tape which contains a promise by Simon Bridges that if Ross stood down for health reasons he could come back in the new year and be promoted.
Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, October 27th, 2018 - 106 comments
Simon Bridges thinks that he is past trouble caused by the Jami-Lee Ross incident. But the way things are developing he may be in the middle of things.
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, October 19th, 2018 - 87 comments
The repercussions of Jami-Lee Ross’s expulsion continue to be felt. Disclosures about complaints regarding Ross’s behaviour are difficult to reconcile with what Bridges and Bennett have said recently. And National’s relationship with ethnic groups has taken a battering.
Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, October 17th, 2018 - 380 comments
Paula Bennett has broken the understanding that MPs do not refer to each other’s private lives. And Jami-Lee Ross has alleged that a $100,000 donation was split so that it did not have to be declared and it has been confirmed that National then nominated the donor for a Queen’s Birthday Honour.
Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, October 16th, 2018 - 60 comments
Jami-Lee Ross is to resign from Parliament amid further claims about unlawful activity from Tory leader Simon Bridges. Ross says he will stand in the Botany by-election. Ross also says he will lay a complaint against Bridges with the Police.
Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, October 4th, 2018 - 76 comments
Newshub has been leaked a copy of an email from Paula Bennett sent to National Party staffers advising that the inquiry into who leaked Simon Bridges’s travel expense information now includes them.
Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, June 3rd, 2018 - 44 comments
Finalists this week are David Farrar for recklessly misrepresenting Labour’s view on the three strikes repeal proposal, Judith Collins for thinking a two year old photo used on the Standard was a current photo and evidence of the police being politicised and Paula Bennett for at the same time not knowing and knowing but being unable to do anything about the terrorising of state house tenants. And the winner is …
Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 31st, 2018 - 83 comments
National is all over the place in its response to Peter Gluckman’s Housing Corp methamphetamine report with three different justifications being provided by three different senior MPs.
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 30th, 2018 - 80 comments
The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser Peter Gluckman has described the previous Government’s policy on methamphetamine in Housing Corp houses as hysterical and concluded that there has never been a documented case of someone getting sick from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine.
Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 27th, 2018 - 28 comments
Lots of competition this week with Katie Hopkins preferring to be called a racist to being described as being on drugs, Judith Collins for fronting the most naff scandals in the last decade, and Simon Bridges for going on tour to strange places. But the real contest was between Paula Bennett and Gerry Brownlee …
Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 91 comments
National’s show down with Trevor Mallard today did not go as well as they hoped.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, May 24th, 2018 - 247 comments
Paula Bennett stormed out of Parliament yesterday after Trevor Mallard correctly applied the standing orders and ruled out a question containing an unparliamentary term. And National has responded by questioning if Jacinda Ardern was actually described as a “silly little girl” but has refused to question its MPs.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, May 12th, 2018 - 62 comments
There was intense competition this week. Paula Bennett with her attack on Jacinda’s Spotify playlist almost won but Northcote candidate Dan Bidois succeeded for managing to talk out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and only confusing his tongue.
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, February 27th, 2018 - 173 comments
The new leader of the National Party has been announced. It is Simon Bridges with Paula Bennett remaining as deputy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, February 9th, 2018 - 76 comments
National is united. There are no murmurings about leadership and Bill English’s and Paula Bennett’s positions are secure.
Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, February 4th, 2018 - 27 comments
Last year’s electorate expense returns have now been made public.
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, February 1st, 2018 - 25 comments
Speculation is rife that Paula Bennett’s reign as Deputy Leader of the National Party may be under threat.
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 …
Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, November 25th, 2017 - 111 comments
Jacinda Ardern intends to reach out to National to try and furnish a bi partisan approach to dealing with child poverty. It is a good idea, but I don’t like her chances.
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.