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Naughty Nick’s Parliamentary Porkie

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 22nd, 2018 - 33 comments

Nick Smith has been caught out by Trevor Mallard telling a porkie in Parliament.

Du Plessis-Allan jumps the shark

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, March 18th, 2018 - 87 comments

Heather Du Plessis-Allan has suggested that there is a power struggle happening in the Labour Party.  Without the benefit of things normally considered to be important elements of an argument, those things being facts.

Doofus of the week – March 17, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, March 17th, 2018 - 37 comments

is awarded this week to Lisa Prager who is convinced that construction of cycleways in Auckland is part of a global conspiracy to take away our rights and whose sledge hammering technique is not optimal.

Collins: No one cares about National’s abject failure over housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, March 16th, 2018 - 111 comments

Judith Collins thinks that no one cares that National oversaw the creation of a significant housing crisis.

Housing needs a builder not a crusher

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, March 12th, 2018 - 82 comments

Phil Twyford has the perfect response to National’s claim that Judith Collins’ appointment as Housing Spokesperson would cause him to lose sleep.

Was National a good economic manager?

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 10th, 2018 - 75 comments

Bill Rosenberg from the CTU has stated convincingly why National is not and was not a sound manager of the economy.

Doofus of the week March 10, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 10th, 2018 - 157 comments

An occasional post where we celebrate the extremely banal or bad taste or idiotic behaviour in politics.

Steven Joyce threatens to sue Matthew Hooton and the NBR

Written By: - Date published: 5:22 pm, March 5th, 2018 - 75 comments

Matthew Hooton has been sacked as a contributor to the NBR and Steven Joyce has threatened to sue him and the NBR over claims that Joyce is not popular in caucus and should be sacked.

Simon Bridges’ not very good first week

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, March 4th, 2018 - 44 comments

In this very important first week Simon Bridges has committed two major blunders. He has claimed he was environmentally friendly when any view of his Ministerial history would confirm that this is not the case. And he forgot his Government oversaw the stripping of democratic rights from all prisoners, and adjusted his position when his error was pointed out.

Doofus of the week – March 3, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 3rd, 2018 - 29 comments

David Seymour has created history by being the first person to win two doofuses of the week awards for blatant misogyny and disrespecting young kiwis who this week won olympic medals.

Some Trash.

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, March 1st, 2018 - 27 comments

Being anti-plastic is all the rage these days. How might business respond?

Facebook Bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, February 26th, 2018 - 70 comments

A very cursory glance at Facebook, Palantir Technologies, Cambridge Analytica, AggregateIQ, click bait, targeted ads…and what the hell is the FBI playing at?

Doofus of the week – David Seymour

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, February 24th, 2018 - 21 comments

Hot on the heels on the news that he is going to spend valuable time dancing with the stars David Seymour has engaged in a good old fashioned piece of fat shaming. From Anna Bracewell-Worrall at Stuff: ACT party politician David Seymour has openly fat-shamed politicians, saying journalists should use a wide-angle lense to figure […]

Little proposes radical shake up of the Criminal Justice system

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, February 24th, 2018 - 152 comments

Andrew Little has called for a complete change the way criminal justice works.  But National’s initial response suggests that the prospects of a mature discussion on the issue are slim.

Joyce stands down as National struggles to find new leader *

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, February 24th, 2018 - 13 comments

* in Australia.

Arm me with

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, February 23rd, 2018 - 186 comments

Teachers in America have responded to Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers in response to the Parkland School massacre with a request that they be armed with anything but guns.

National’s meh leadership contest

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, February 22nd, 2018 - 76 comments

National’s leadership contest is one week old.  The latest is a central edict that all candidates have to be nice to each other and a claim that candidates are not offering senior positions to MPs in exchange for their support.

Strong and decisive

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, February 18th, 2018 - 154 comments

Judith Collins has picked on the campaign term strong and decisive for behaviour better described as brutal and obdurate.

Seymour is dancing with the stars

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 17th, 2018 - 33 comments

David Seymour has indicated his commitment to improving ACT’s plight by enrolling for Dancing with the Stars.


Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, February 16th, 2018 - 20 comments

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s future in politics is on the line as he responds to allegations of infidelity, hypocrisy and misuse of Government resources.

No Bridges Bridges announces he will seek National leadership

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, February 14th, 2018 - 20 comments

Simon Bridges has announced that he too will be seeking the National Party leadership.


Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, February 11th, 2018 - 35 comments

Biofuels and fossil. The difference?

The problem with Charter Schools

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, February 11th, 2018 - 296 comments

The Government is moving to stop the creation of new charter schools and require existing charter schools to integrate with the public system.

Doofus of the week

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, February 10th, 2018 - 100 comments

Doofus of the week is Bob Jones for spouting racist nonsense that would have been embarrassing in the 1960s let alone now.

Trickledown …

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, February 8th, 2018 - 17 comments

Over in America Republican intellectual genius Paul Ryan tweeted how a School teacher who will receive $1.50 extra per week because of Republican tax cuts was grateful for the increase. But it did not go down well …

National claims credit for Waitangi Day

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 7th, 2018 - 58 comments

National is claiming some credit for the success of Waitangi day. But the things they claim credit for are because of decisions of others, not the National Government.

Buttered Bread

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, February 6th, 2018 - 84 comments

What side’s yours buttered on?

Waitangi day

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, February 6th, 2018 - 84 comments

By engaging with and showing respect for Ngapuhi Jacinda Ardern has transformed Waitangi Day from a day of dissent to a day of celebration.

Middle east Teenagers

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, February 2nd, 2018 - 60 comments

In the middle east a Palestinian teenager is detained for a minor assault and for protesting the occupation of her country.  And three Israeli teenagers are apparently trying to sue two New Zealand residents for exercising their rights of free speech.

Nothing like Mike

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, February 1st, 2018 - 18 comments

Turns out Mike Hosking was eminently and delightfully replaceable.

National’s drug conscience

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 31st, 2018 - 34 comments

Helen Kelly championed the liberalisation of drug law to allow those suffering from significant ill health to have access to cannabis for medicinal purposes. National is still struggling with the concept despite it having overwhelming public support.

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