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Nick Smith becomes Minister of Government Information

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments

The Government intends to change the definitions of various indicators in an effort to solve some of the country’s most serious problems.

The Waitangi Experience

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, February 7th, 2017 - 26 comments

A guest post from Enzo Giordani’s outlining his personal experience of the latest Waitangi day celebrations at Waitangi.

Americans Killed By Terrorists since 9/11.

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 27 comments

Killed in the USA?

The great Taxpayers Union fraud and corruption discovery

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, January 11th, 2017 - 114 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union has shown a concerning inability to comprehend in its criticism of MFAT for supporting an aid initiative to address malnutrition in Africa.

Hacking Schmacking

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, January 7th, 2017 - 155 comments

In all seriousness. Apparently.

Facebook, fake news and Donald Trump’s election

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, December 26th, 2016 - 72 comments

Donald Trump’s success in the recent Presidential Election may have had a lot to do with very judicious use of targeted Facebook advertising and the proliferation of fake news stories.

Steven Joyce rewrites history

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 20th, 2016 - 62 comments

Steven Joyce believes that doing something is the same as not doing something.

The many and varied thoughts of John Key on the Mt Roskill By election

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, December 5th, 2016 - 26 comments

An analysis of things that John Key said about the Mt Roskill shows a series of contradictory positions were taken at various times of the campaign.

Everybody wants a recount

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, November 29th, 2016 - 100 comments

US President elect Donald Trump has expressed support for a widespread investigation of America’s electoral system

Why no leftie fake news?

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, November 28th, 2016 - 161 comments

Fake stories were widely shared by Trump fans before the election. Why is leftie / liberal fake news much rarer? A fake news writer explains.

The sharemarket moved because…

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 17 comments

This is just something that gets my goat, and there was a particularly egregious example on the RNZ Business News this morning. Apparently Wall St was going ‘gangbusters’, and the reason they came up with for that was ‘Wall St’ liking Donald Trump’s policies (lowering tax and building infrastructure apparently).  Not long ago Wall St […]

What skills do we need in the age of fake news?

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 130 comments

Revelations surrounding the role of fake news in the American election have been stunning. And the critical thinking skills that democracy needs to survive this trend are under attack in our education system.

National tries to have it both ways

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 19th, 2016 - 51 comments

Despite the Kaikoura earthquakes, the damage to the Capital and the fact the EQC fund is now in deficit, the Government is still holding out the possibility of tax cuts in election year.

Beware of Spin Doctors and Spin Professors

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, November 13th, 2016 - 97 comments

On the same day that the pollsters in the world’s most advanced democracy were shown to have got things terribly wrong a Professor in New Zealand says that National will win next year because of polling data.

Nat allegations about Michael Wood a pack of lies

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 25 comments

I trust the truth will be reported by all the media that reported the lies.

The media double standard

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, November 9th, 2016 - 126 comments

Andrea Vance has attacked Labour’s Ready to Work policy and claimed that the policy does not add up, despite being told how the figures had been arrived at.

The Propaganda War

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, October 2nd, 2016 - 89 comments

Under the rubble of lies…

Polls

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, September 28th, 2016 - 61 comments

While politicos were watching Hillary defeat Donald in the first debate, Roy Morgan released their latest poll, showing Labour massively up and National down a chunk. Is the media narrative broken?

Dear Herald you can do better than Rodney Hide

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, September 25th, 2016 - 248 comments

Rodney Hide continues to provide extreme analysis free right wing ramblings courtesy of the Herald.  Is it time for them to reintroduce a left wing columnist?

Key finally admits there is a housing crisis but says it is all Labour’s fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 30th, 2016 - 32 comments

John Key has used some very dodgy figures to claim that the housing crisis was worse under Labour than it is now.

Todd McClay gets thrown under a bus

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, July 26th, 2016 - 56 comments

John Key has thrown Todd McClay under a bus and blamed him for dancing on the head of a pin and for no one telling Key that our second major trading nation wanted to dump sub standard steel on the local market.

Anti-Corbyn media bias

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 77 comments

“When a democracy cannot rely on its press to provide its citizens with information about political parties that meets the basic standards of fairness, then we can expect a political process that is equally unbalanced.”

London School of Economics study.

National denies/admits Chinese trade reprisals threatened

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 49 comments

Yesterday this was the story: Speaking shortly after his arrival in Indonesia for a three-day trade trip, Key sought to pour cold water on the idea of any Chinese retaliation. While he could not confirm whether MBIE had received a complaint about steel dumping, due to the confidentiality of the complaints regime, the Government had […]

Give it a rest Newshub

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, June 30th, 2016 - 47 comments

After their ridiculous Andrew Little witch-hunt blew up in their faces yesterday, Newshub still can’t let it go. Sad.

Housing policy omnishambles

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, May 27th, 2016 - 18 comments

The Nats will pay you $3000 to move to Auckland and $5000 to leave it. This is what happens when you have no vision, no plan, and no NFI what you’re doing.

Apparently the housing crisis surge is a figment of our imagination

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, May 24th, 2016 - 51 comments

Nick Smith thinks that the recently developing housing crisis is a figment of our imagination.

Tax cuts! No! Yes! Maybe! Look over there!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 17th, 2016 - 90 comments

English is right, Key is lying and he knows it. But Key would rather we were talking about the mirage of tax cuts (again) than current events like the protection of corrupt tax havens or our homeless living in cars.

Key’s Lawyer is a Mossack Man

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, May 10th, 2016 - 50 comments

Despite the PM’s assurances, it turns out the his lawyer had direct links to Mossack Fonseca. And so did everyone else in the room when Todd McClay was successfully convinced to drop the IRD review into foreign trust. Someone’s been telling porkies …

John Key chickens out of #panamapapers interview

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, May 9th, 2016 - 37 comments

This morning John Key refused to be interviewed on Radio New Zealand after learning that they intended to ask him questions about the Panama Papers.  And some elements of the media are for some strange reason trying to say there is nothing to see because he personally has not been implicated.

Tony Veitch: I’m the Real Victim Here.

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, May 8th, 2016 - 137 comments

Domestic abuser Tony Veitch has written a self absorbed piece about how domestic abuser Tony Veitch is better now. Good on domestic abuser Tony Veitch!

UPDATE: Veitch’s victim’s father calls for a real apology.

If we tax the multinational corporations will they leave?

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, May 8th, 2016 - 151 comments

Rodney Hide thinks that making multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax will make them leave.

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