Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, February 3rd, 2017 - 31 comments
Compassionate conservatism in action. No wonder English was so tame in his criticism of Trump’s Muslim ban.
Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 3 comments
The PM may not know where he stands but the Mayor of Wellington does.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, December 14th, 2016 - 88 comments
A depressing feature in The Herald this morning explores the exploitation of migrant workers. The same pattern as the private sector’s treatment of foreign students. This paints a shameful picture of New Zealand. Greed has made us forget who we were.
Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, September 16th, 2016 - 181 comments
National is very proud of the latest GDP-growth figures (third highest in OECD!), but are they helping you? And are they what they appear?
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, September 6th, 2016 - 197 comments
John Key let the mask slip yesterday – as he said that we needed immigrant labour even for unskilled work because of the work ethic and drug use of New Zealand workers. That’s how he sees normal Kiwis, but actually maybe they just need proper pay & conditions.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, September 2nd, 2016 - 107 comments
Our National dipshit ministers have decided to start a new growth industry. They importing low-skilled to extract their savings, using them to generate artificial heat in the service economy and to slow wage growth. On the way through they’re also screwing the housing market. Our current net permanent long-term migration is completely unsustainable. Perhaps it is time to vote NZ First?
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, August 22nd, 2016 - 79 comments
Hickey: “The best way for an economy to grow is for the market to allow wages to grow. Allowing a flood of low-skilled migrants is frustrating that market mechanism with the short-term aim of keeping wages low for employers.”
Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, August 11th, 2016 - 88 comments
Until we sort out our housing and unemployment problems it is surely time to reign in NZ’s currently record levels of immigration.
Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, July 15th, 2016 - 23 comments
The fiction that National is doing a competent job of managing the economy is entirely due, now that the boom from Dairy and Christchurch rebuilding is ending, to immigration and rising house prices.
They are now riding a bolting horse that they cannot dismount, caused by their own inaction.
Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 14th, 2016 - 32 comments
The refugee rise didn’t go far enough… but we need to stop importing cafe managers and retail supervisors and fuelling Auckland’s housing and transport problems.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 pm, June 13th, 2016 - 62 comments
Epsom hologram David Seymour reckons we need to force refugees to pledge allegiance to what he calls ‘values’. Of course, ACT don’t know value, they only know price. And haven’t we heard this sort of thing from another party in years gone by?
Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, June 13th, 2016 - 23 comments
Reaction to Key’s pathetic increase in the refugee quota – “shameful and inhumane” (Amnesty International), “stinks of a Government that doesn’t care” (Double the Quota).
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, June 12th, 2016 - 133 comments
Hickey: “Helping employers to bring in low-skilled migrants instead of investing in new technology and becoming more productive so they can pay local workers more is essentially stunting our productivity and real GDP per capita.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 7th, 2016 - 213 comments
Winston Peters has called for a slashing of migrant worker numbers and for screening of would be workers based on things like their attitude to women. Is it time for a taihoa on immigration or is Winston just doing a Trump?
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 29th, 2016 - 95 comments
Fran O’Sullivan has spilt the beans. John Key thinks that overseas terrorism and by implication climate change are good for the New Zealand economy and that the country should not do anything about overseas corporates paying low tax rates because investment will occur. And he wants New Zealand to become a haven for people overseas fleeing from terrorism and climate change. But only if they are wealthy.
Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, February 16th, 2016 - 70 comments
There are different views on The Standard about growth and whether we really need it. But here’s one bit of growth that really seems pointless to me: that achieved only by increasing the number of people. Because if we’re only increasing GDP by increasing the number of people, as we are currently, we’re loading up the environment and we’re not even individually getting any richer for it. Thanks National.
Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, November 26th, 2015 - 62 comments
Contrary to Key’s scaremongering about “making things worse” Little’s, visit to Australia seems to have been positive and constructive.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, September 12th, 2015 - 75 comments
The current refugee crisis is but a taste of the climate refugee crisis to come. But it according to Key it’s fine, because it won’t be a problem in the next year or two.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, September 9th, 2015 - 4 comments
Over in the UK, the government is carrying out an unprecedented attack on employment and union rights in an effort to return things to their C19th utopia. Now they want to force striking workers to wear armbands and give their names to police as well. Presumably for blacklisting people exercising their rights.