Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, July 21st, 2017 - 61 comments
Today in news that makes you want to scream: “Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has admitted “in hindsight” the Government’s response to the housing crisis has been too slow.”
Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, July 18th, 2017 - 16 comments
The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. So naturally: “A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 17th, 2017 - 26 comments
The ongoing Barclay scandal has taking a familiar turn, with the PM’s office trying dirty tactics on journalists. Meanwhile the pressure builds on English over Barclay’s taxpayer funded disappearing act.
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, July 15th, 2017 - 70 comments
The government is “seeking advice” over the skyrocketing prison population. I’m happy to oblige – but they aren’t going to like it…
Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, July 13th, 2017 - 7 comments
I/S at No Right Turn: “at its core, the National Party is an anti-environment party, dedicated to destroying our natural heritage and impoverishing future generations for the profit of their cronies”.
Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, July 5th, 2017 - 51 comments
The last budget raised accommodation supplement – against the advice of Treasury who said that landlords would capture the cash. Not to fear though, because Bill English reckons that landlords can’t raise rents…
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
Christchurch’s mental health services are overwhelmed and verging on collapse. Canterbury has the most suicides in NZ. And yet the government has just declined a request for further funding. National – delivering misery for Canterbury.
Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, July 2nd, 2017 - 148 comments
This time last year, there was a smattering of posts put up about average global ocean and land surface temperatures. They didn’t make for comfortable reading.
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, July 1st, 2017 - 15 comments
More excellent reporting from Newsroom: “Long overdue pay rate increases affecting 55,000 New Zealand care and support workers kick in on July 1. But the Government’s failure to fully fund the changes is threatening to derail service providers”
Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, June 29th, 2017 - 41 comments
A Southland Times editorial has a pretty blunt assessment of the PM: English wasn’t there for us. “In what he has done and in what he has failed to do, English has himself become a party to the deception of the public.”
Written By: - Date published: 12:47 am, June 26th, 2017 - 20 comments
National’s conference was supposed to be a tour de force, setting them up for the home stretch to the election. Instead it was empty of policy or vision, and coverage was drowned in a rising tide of Billshit.
Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, June 21st, 2017 - 159 comments
Bill English lied and he tried to coverup what may well be a crime. He has blown his brand big-time.
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, June 19th, 2017 - 39 comments
RNZ: The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment ignored advice from the Reserve Bank over its new housing affordability measure, and made houses appear to be more affordable than they actually were.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 18th, 2017 - 57 comments
The Nation did good work on the housing crisis yesterday. This is the Brighter Future that Bill English warned of in 2010.
Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 16th, 2017 - 9 comments
I guess English can’t be too angry at Coleman – just last year he stuffed up his own numbers to the tune of $160m per year when “explaining” why he was vetoing an extension to paid parental leave.
Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, June 16th, 2017 - 51 comments
We need new thinking on the economy – zero emissions, sustainable, a big redistribution from rich to poor. But the list of current economic woe shows that even on their own old conventional terms the Nats are useless economic managers.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 16th, 2017 - 199 comments
UNICEF has another major report ranking the wellbeing of NZ kids 34th out of 41 developed countries. This is not new news, and apparently a lot of voters just don’t give a damn.
Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, June 5th, 2017 - 261 comments
John Key has been awarded a knighthood. Want to know why?
Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, June 1st, 2017 - 3 comments
Part of an occasional series. It all seems to be going according to plan.
Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 30th, 2017 - 35 comments
In the wake of the accommodation supplement fiasco Joyce has promised that the government will monitor the rental market.
Questions that the media may wish to ask Mr J – Where do tenants send reports of rent gouging? – Exactly what action will the government take when they receive these reports?
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, May 29th, 2017 - 6 comments
Apparently the Nats can’t even run a lolly scramble.
Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 8 comments
I/S at No Right Turn writes: “The Court has ruled that the High Court was right to declare that National’s 2010 prisoner voting restrictions (the ones which were so shabby and shoddily passed that they brought Parliament into disrepute) were inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act“
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 15 comments
Why isn’t National taking active steps to curb our emissions? We committed to reduce to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, instead we are expected to increase. This is a massive failure of vision, commitment, and competence.
Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 10 comments
National does the bare minimum that it thinks it can get away with for those in need. This positioning is just preparing the ground for a budget that does more the same not enough.
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, May 18th, 2017 - 28 comments
John Armstrong is not impressed: Government’s handling of housing crisis lurches from chaotic to shambolic
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, May 18th, 2017 - 26 comments
Richard Harman on the Politik blog: “Overall, to use a favourite Government saying, it was an ‘untidy’ weekend capped by a flat speech from English which saw delegates ignore placards they’d been given to wave when he finished speaking.” The B-team is missing John Key.
Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, May 11th, 2017 - 19 comments
But only in Nick Smith’s head. See the finally released government Housing Affordability Measure (HAM).