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The right bring out the big guns

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, May 25th, 2021 - 39 comments

This is day five of the post Ruthenasia era and the response from the right is really underwhelming.  The most notable response is a comment by Peter Dunne questioning whether 11 year olds are ever interested in politics.

Dunne reckons next election will be close

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, July 26th, 2019 - 48 comments

Peter Dunne has come up with some 2020 election reckons that ignores current polling as well as National’s leadership problems.

United has no future

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, November 14th, 2017 - 54 comments

United Future has announced that it will be wound up.

Dunne and dusted

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, August 21st, 2017 - 140 comments

Peter Dunne has announced that he will resign from Parliament at the next election.

Dunne over

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, August 13th, 2017 - 60 comments

https://twitter.com/lyndonhood/status/890029332956983296

On current polling the Nats are going to be short at least one of their puppet parties after the election.

Nat letter to Ōhāriu voters says vote for Dunne

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, August 7th, 2017 - 31 comments

https://twitter.com/lyndonhood/status/890029332956983296

From the letter – “Prime Minister Bill English is asking National voters in Ohariu to support National with their Party vote and Peter Dunne with their Electorate vote as this year’s General Election.”

National will distort MMP for its own benefit, again

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, July 26th, 2017 - 80 comments

Without a cup of tea in sight National has announced that it will asking supporters to vote for Act leader David Seymour in Epsom and United Future leader Peter Dunne in Ohariu.

Alone and forlorn

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 20 comments

Got to hand it to Peter Dunne, he is a master of tragic comedy.

What’s the deal? There isn’t one.

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, February 17th, 2017 - 132 comments

What are the Greens up to then?

Government will not support victims of domestic violence

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 14th, 2017 - 19 comments

The Government is refusing to support Jan Logie’s bill aimed at helping the victims of domestic violence despite the bill receiving support from the ANZ and Business New Zealand supporting the bill going at least to select committee.

Greens stand aside in Ōhāriu

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, February 14th, 2017 - 114 comments

Putting aside misgivings for the sake of the greater good is a mark of political maturity which many politicians and commentators could learn from.

Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu

Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, February 12th, 2017 - 150 comments

The former Police Association president has been confirmed as a Labour’s candidate for Wellington’s Ōhāriu electorate.

Medicinal Cannabis law reform

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, February 8th, 2017 - 30 comments

The Government is finally moving to adopt Labour policy and loosen requirements for the use of medicinal cannabis.

Peter Thiel’s citizenship and consequent questions of corruption

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, January 28th, 2017 - 52 comments

Journos have been looking at how Peter Thiel gained citizenship. Not because he shouldn’t have been made a citizen. But it was done without any public notice using a special section of the immigration act. That reeks of a corruption route by a minister or officials. Reasons need to be made public for this and other decisions done this way.

Politik on Labour/ Greens

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, November 24th, 2016 - 18 comments

I was rather amused reading Politik’s “Despite the pact Shaw takes on Robertson and was struck by the strange way that some political commentators (and probably some politicians) view the world at the political coalface. They really need to start to think about political parties as being like any other organisation. Tactical compromises without a strategic focus will always kill any organisation – eventually.

Helen Kelly – still speaking out

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, July 23rd, 2016 - 60 comments

“Pain debilitates you and makes you depressed and you can sort of let the depression seep over you, but if you can, get out and live your life.”

Stick a Fork in Him, He’s Dunne

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 pm, June 1st, 2016 - 140 comments

The Labour/Greens electoral pact spells the end of the line for Parliament’s most self serving MP, Peter Dunne. National have a choice to make; stand down in Ohariu or stab him in the back. And then there’s the equally supine Maori party.  Te Ururoa Flavell’s hold on his seat is also shaky. No Flavell, no Maori Party.

No Mates National. The Brighter Future just arrived!

Tax haven questions for National

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 2nd, 2016 - 36 comments

The weekend saw the pressure stay on National over our tax haven status, and the role Key might have played in protecting it.

Dunne concerned about “extremely damaging” tax haven label – years too late

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, May 1st, 2016 - 52 comments

Peter Dunne is concerned about the ‘extremely damaging’ tax haven label. Guyon Espiner points out that he used to call it ‘legitimate tax avoidance’.

Time for progress on drug law

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 31st, 2016 - 82 comments

Welcome signs of new realism on drugs. Sadly, it’s the sort of progress only a right-wing government can propose.

Medical cannabis review

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, March 6th, 2016 - 31 comments

With Martin Crowe’s sad death we now learn that he too was self-medicating with liquid cannabis. The time for political timidity is past – make cannabis legally available for medical purposes.

Petition Peter Dunne to show some sense and some compassion

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 30 comments

Helen Kelly is getting the run around from Peter Dunne with her request for permission to use cannabis oil.  The talented Foxy is running a petition.

“Jihadi brides” and Peter Dunne

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, December 10th, 2015 - 19 comments

Like a stopped watch, Peter Dunne sometimes gets it right.

Dunne: Our foreign policy lacks any commitment to human rights

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, September 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

Peter Dunne doesn’t hold back in his assessment of the craven foreign policy – that is the creation of his government.

The Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, July 22nd, 2015 - 49 comments

With support from Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party NZ First is promoting the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill. The support of one more MP will be sufficient to sent the Bill to select committee for consideration.

School lunches – Key vs data

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, July 6th, 2015 - 29 comments

Key claimed that the number of hungry kids in schools was limited to “the odd one or two”. Everyone knew it was nonsense. Now a survey by the New Zealand Principals’ Federation indicates the true extent of the problem.

RMA reforms … be very afraid

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 20th, 2015 - 97 comments

Nick Smith today announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. It is likely he will resuscitate the reforms that were stalled after Peter Dunne refused to support them last year. ACT’s David Seymour has said he will support the changes even though he did not know what they are. Treasury are to release a paper with proposals for change. Updated lprent – yep National stupidity reprised.

The Government wishes Andrea Vance a very merry Christmas

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, December 25th, 2014 - 25 comments

On the eve of Christmas in a cynical attempt to avoid political damage the Government has apologised to Andrea Vance for breaching her rights of privacy in 2013 after requiring Parliamentary Services to hand over her metadata and attempting to cover up the exercise.

Key rorts system

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, September 26th, 2014 - 52 comments

There is a rort being negotiated in Parliament that will cost the thick edge of $1 million a year. Where is the Taxpayer’s union on this?

Seat watch – Ohariu

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 pm, September 20th, 2014 - 24 comments

Will Peter Dunne continue as the MP for Ohariu and sole United Future MP or will Labour’s Virginia Andersen prevail?

Updated: Looks like Peter Dunne is back again.

What kind of government would National lead?

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, September 8th, 2014 - 112 comments

The choice for NZ voters is becoming clearer in the last days of the 2014 election. The irony is that after John Key’s scaremongering, our options are a three-headed coalition of natural allies versus a five-or-six headed hydra of extremists and sworn enemies.

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