Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, February 14th, 2018 - 77 comments
Following Bill English’s resignation the question is who will be National’s next leaders. The Standard authors have put their heads together and come up with some suggestions.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, February 12th, 2018 - 154 comments
The disclosure of Chris Bishop’s snapchat engagement with young teenage females raises the question of who leaked the information to the media and why.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, January 18th, 2018 - 74 comments
National’s cheerleaders are pushing an international report which suggests that New Zealand’s democratic system is only slightly better than average in world terms. But the organisation behind the report and the methodology used need some checking.
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, December 26th, 2017 - 111 comments
An accidental tweet from a Government account has led the right to claim the existence of all sorts of conspiracies.
Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 3rd, 2017 - 102 comments
David Farrar has continued his crusade against Golriz Ghahraman with a claim of 15 instances where she has by implication deceived us.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, November 29th, 2017 - 93 comments
It always disappoints me in NZ is who our local media consider are ‘left’ or ‘labour’ commentators. They are usually strange and weird relics of left behind who frame their commentary in terms of long past history. Phil Quin, a grizzled veteran misogynist of the 1990s Thordon Bubble who thrives on chaos and ill informed dog whistles, is one of them. It isn’t like he knows much about NZ politics. Updated.
Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 27th, 2017 - 90 comments
National has been clogging Parliament’s written question system by asking questions that even David Farrar thinks seem silly and are over the top.
Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, October 23rd, 2017 - 67 comments
Time for me to step down as a writer here. A closing ramble, proceed at your own risk…
Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, October 22nd, 2017 - 143 comments
Right wing online forums are going to reach new levels of toxicity over the next 3 years. Someone really needs to monitor them.
Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, October 21st, 2017 - 61 comments
National CRUSH puny parties! Why National no mates?
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 5th, 2017 - 55 comments
Cameron Slater and friends and clients are in the High Court defending a claim that he defamed three health researchers. They tried to have the case kicked out but failed. The judgment makes for an interesting read.
Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 44 comments
I see that David Farrar, the National parties favourite paid polling poodle, is trying to spin up the old line about politicians not being business people. He sounds like a blithering idiot. He also obviously knows bugger all about real business and I’m not sure that he really understands what government is about for businesses. Perhaps he should get some training in running a business?
Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, September 11th, 2017 - 2 comments
Reprinted with permission from Julia Schiller’s blog Enough is Enough. Julia analyses Abortion politics in New Zealand and details a recent interaction she had with National MP Simon O’Connor.
Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
David Farrar has put up and then amended a post suggesting that there is a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s policy financials. It appears that even he does not believe there is a $11.7 billion discrepancy in Labour’s accounts.
Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, September 1st, 2017 - 38 comments
A lot of politics and political blogging is all about the details. This includes National’s pollster David Farrar who falsely asserted yesterday that Winston would have received 7 annual letters about his superannuation status. So why is National trying to irritate their only possible coalition partner?
Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, June 28th, 2017 - 85 comments
Upon what basis do they feel confident in suggesting to the public that Barclay’s – alleged – victim had been so unprofessional and out-of-control as to be accusing Barclay of being a drug dealer?
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 25th, 2017 - 79 comments
Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly: “Come election time, there are people who will stop at nothing to land a blow on the party they most hate. And somehow, inevitably, someone will aim a kick at Māori. Insinuating that the conditions at a marae are “slum-like” is both deeply offensive and staggeringly privileged.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, May 20th, 2017 - 6 comments
Over months, the readings from Statcounter had gotten increasingly inaccurate. Since the other public site stats packages have significiant other flaws on highish volume sites, we stopped running any. That means that the blog rankings for this site at Open Parachute stopped. Bomber can claim a empty position because he can’t check his statistics.
Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, March 30th, 2017 - 47 comments
I just got sent a notice of complaint from Netsafe under the HDCA (Harmful Digital Communications Act). It appears to me that Netsafe still either hasn’t read the act or that they are cooperating with the perpetrators of Dirty Politics. Either way, I don’t have time to deal with people who don’t put in the information required by the act for me and the unknown author to make a decision. Updated
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 19th, 2017 - 27 comments
This week’s Economist looks at the resurgence in the business of the more effective mainstream media in the US. But the effect reaches all the way over here. Even I’m reading more on a the ongoing debacle that is the incompetent Trump White House. Good reporting and perfect reading for the summer season and I suspect that it is impacting all of the blogs at present.
Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments
A challenging and provocative piece on Trump’s election victory from an Arab perspective.
Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, November 2nd, 2016 - 31 comments
Kiwibank is selling 47% of its shareholding to the New Zealand Super Fund and to the Accident Compensation Corporation. The Government gets a cheque for $200 million which will improve the appearance of its books. Financial sleight of hand?
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 26th, 2016 - 63 comments
What contribution can a blog make to activism?
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 12th, 2016 - 67 comments
National have slammed the door shut on the parents of already settled migrants who wish to move to NZ to complete the family unit. Minister Michael Woodhouse accuses elderly Asians of bludging off the NZ taxpayer. You won’t believe the howls of outrage from the right!
Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, September 18th, 2016 - 241 comments
When highly educated people end up being idiots, and uneducated people end up being smarter.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 12th, 2016 - 91 comments
Reprinted with permission, by Deborah Russell from Left Side Story: What do New Zealanders actually earn? And why we need to understand these figures.
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, August 4th, 2016 - 1 comment
Mama said was the top blog listed in NZ this month on Open Parachute. I have to say that I loved Emily Writes explanation about her long absence from writing blogs after writing a viral review of Tarzan. But it is just the essence of why most of us blog.