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Lets talk about tax policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, September 14th, 2017 - 282 comments

Tax is emerging as the big issue of this campaign.  How valid are National’s claims that Labour will introduce a variety of new taxes and what has National’s record been like?  Update: in a smart tactical move Labour has promised no new taxes will be introduced until after the next election.

National MP Jian Yang was investigated by SIS for possible ties to Chinese Government

Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, September 13th, 2017 - 168 comments

Newsroom and the Financial Times have reported that National MP Dr Jian Yang was educated at a Chinese University specialising on training spies and was investigated by the SIS for possible links to the Chinese Government.

Bryan Bruce’s documentary ‘Who Owns NZ Now?’

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, September 13th, 2017 - 27 comments

Reviewed on Stuff: “Who owns New Zealand now? The NZ On Air-funded documentary that screened on Three on Tuesday, September 12 confronts the housing crisis head on and it’s an eye-opener.”

US presidential campaign heats up along with the hurricanes

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, September 12th, 2017 - 9 comments

The first contender has declared, albeit so far in a humorous manner. Less humorous has been the hurricanes that have been hitting southern states this season. You can understand why the oil industries anti-scientist Scott Pruitt that Trump put in charge of the EPA doesn’t want to talk about it.

The Cost

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 9th, 2017 - 59 comments

Should the Greens form part of the next Government there will be huge expectations on them to perform.

Stupid myths on immigrant construction workers

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, September 8th, 2017 - 31 comments

One of the dafter myths about the current burgeoning immigration industry is that we need skilled immigrants for the construction industry. As usual the talkback idiots are wrong. We don’t get many. We need more. We need to get rid of the migrant dross to get them. A Kiwibuild quota is a good idea.

Vote for NZ Labour if…

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 53 comments

  1. You want a TPP Agreement.

Middle East Changes

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, August 27th, 2017 - 70 comments

If there is a change of Government what should Labour do about requests for military assistance in the Middle East?

A billion Indians

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 26th, 2017 - 33 comments

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that privacy is a fundamental right to life and liberty under India’s constitution.  Other countries recognise the right to privacy against the state.  But commercial interest through social media have access to huge amounts of private information.  Why should there be a right of privacy against the state but not corporate interests?

Political Statues

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 25th, 2017 - 42 comments

America is experiencing difficulties because of the celebration by the right of statutes of their racist heroes.  Why does New Zealand not have this problem?

Godwin on Godwin

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, August 20th, 2017 - 83 comments

It’s ok to call Nazis Nazis.

Bye bye Bannon

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 26 comments

Breitbart’s loss is the White House’s gain as the revolving door continues.  And the question will be asked.  Was it Trump’s appallingly bad handling of the Charlottesville riots that caused Bannon’s demise?

Legal action on “Hit and Run” deaths

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 19th, 2017 - 10 comments

Lawyers for the villagers in the area allegedly hit in Operation Burnham are taking the Government to court over its refusal to hold an independent inquiry. English responds with some particularly vile spin.

Are Government-business Think Tanks worthwhile?

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 7 comments

In America Donald Trump has abandoned business think tanks that he established not that long ago.  During the last Labour Government Helen Clark established the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board with mixed results.  What should a Jacinda Ardern led Labour-Green coalition do?

Strewth Cobbah

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 16th, 2017 - 163 comments

Over the ditch the Australian Government has accused New Zealand Labour of using Parliament to undermine Barnaby Joyce.  But an analysis of the claim suggests that anyone claiming this should be regarded as being a whacka because the media was onto the claim two days before the questions were asked.

What are our SAS up to? An easy to digest guide!

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, August 15th, 2017 - 8 comments

A short video looking at the major issues in the Hager/Stephenson book ‘Hit and Run’

The Newstralian Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, August 14th, 2017 - 44 comments

Policy idea for any party: Can we please keep making Aussie govt MPs citizens until they give NZ citizens in Oz the rights to education, health & social security they should get under CER? Oh, and a vote. Best blackmail EVER.

Fire and Fury over North Korea

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, August 12th, 2017 - 60 comments

Donald Trump may not know it but Koreans certainly remember  the last time the United States unleashed fire and fury over North Korea. In the 1950s, B-29s used bombs and napalm to flatten every North Korean city. Gen Curtis Lemay boasted that the USAF killed off 20% of the population. That’s why this time they have nuclear weapons.

NACT

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, August 9th, 2017 - 5 comments

“Here’s a new idea for the Tories: Why not ask a simple question every time you propose a course of action: Is this morally just?”

Solidarity forever

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, August 2nd, 2017 - 65 comments

Andrew Little has stood aside for Jacinda Ardern because he thought the Labour movement needed fresh legs.  Time to acknowledge him and support her.

Trump to Scaramucci – you’re fired!

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, August 1st, 2017 - 4 comments

The media is reporting that Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after only ten days in the job as White House communications director.

US Leaves Kansas.

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, July 31st, 2017 - 18 comments

I guess it’s kind of hard to anchor something that’s all up in the air…

The Dinner Party

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, July 30th, 2017 - 4 comments

An entirely relevant piece of prop from overseas.

American political right -spectacular self-harm

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, July 29th, 2017 - 42 comments

I know that insane news out of America has become predictably ho-hum, but this week has been stunning. There is now a real risk that the Republican administration will break healthcare deliberately and burn their own people out of spite. That’s the level of right-wing politics in America.

A tale of three immigrants

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, July 29th, 2017 - 26 comments

The Government is refusing to allow a Tongan family with a very sick child and an American family who ran a very successful cafe from staying in New Zealand but rolled out the red carpet to an uber rich American who did not meet all of the requirements.

The Failed Estate – Flake News

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 28th, 2017 - 2 comments

Mr Denmore of the failed estate explores the increasing irrelevance that Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids are having on Australian politics.

The Democrats and Russia

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 26th, 2017 - 66 comments

The Trump presidency appears to be in a death spiral because of the Russia issue.  But the Democrats are not taking advantage.  Why?

Transport in Auckland and National’s deliberate incompetence

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 am, July 25th, 2017 - 35 comments

National appear to be completely uninterested in spending Aucklander’s transport taxes on Auckland. Instead they want to put in roads that have no economic measurable benefits for Auckland except to increase the road congesting trucks on our roads. Why do National hate Auckland?

 

National again subsidises their land banking contributors from taxpayer funds.

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, July 24th, 2017 - 25 comments

The announcement that National were granting infrastructure funds to develop housing projects in the far north and south of Auckland caused me some amusement.  Wisely Auckland council resisted this boondongle that only benefits land bankers, speculators and their political party (National) for some time. To the point where National used taxpayer funds instead.

Nat U-turn on immigration must include protection from exploitation

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 24th, 2017 - 24 comments

The Nats have U-turned on their immigration restrictions. It must come with better protection for migrant workers. The way we exploit them in NZ is shameful.

Imagine the world without America

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 23rd, 2017 - 63 comments

America used to be the most powerful nation in the world.  But things are changing.

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