Surely you jest. Cullen left a projected 10 years of deficits while Robertson had the country sliding into recession in December last.
Yes well I suppose Tracey Martin carried Jacinda on the Child Poverty eradication thing - not very successfully though. A fail for both of them.
` without him, jacinda wouldnt have been P.M…' He therefore has a lot to answer for.
Jacinda is not like Muldoon I agree. Muldoon t least had some,not many but some, conservative values while Jacinda Ardern is an out and out socialist with no work life outside of Politics. Muldoon at least was a partner in a successful Accountancy business...
Given that the Party Vote is what counts it seems to me that National can be well pleased with the situation almost a year after the election. Although they have no viable coalition partners - with both NZF and the Greens teetering a round the 5% mark and ...
I cannot see any point in both budgets being on the same day - we are independent countries. Good to see that Australia will be including tax cuts though.
As I understand it Willie Jackson has an involvement in a Charter School which his wife runs.
Hardly any similarity at all. Trump is getting things done and the USA generally is progressing its prosperity. Ardern is indecisive and has to form committees (over 70 of them in 6 months) to decide things. They country which was in a strong economic ...
Please put them back on Sky. The TV1 coverage is awful and using the cycling as an example the commentators are second rate and I haven;t even mentioned the ad breaks at inappropriate times. I shudder to think how poor the Rugby World Cup coverage is going...
Higher inflation affects all prices as well as interest rates. Based on your theory the minimum wage will need to go to $30 an hour not the $20 projected.
BTW I forgot to add that this is an excellent post. Probably the most realistic and objective I have ever seen at The Standard. Well done.
What will tip this government over - 3 things I think: 1. The Winston factor - no government he has been part of has survived and if Clark could not control him I doubt Ardern will be able to. 2. Alienating supporters through a failing economy (the black ...
So MW ability is irrelevant - is that what you mean when you say `it helps balance out Parliament'?
As an outsider it is difficult to understand how Turei ranks ahead of Shaw. Gender perhaps.
You guys could have been in with a chance if Shearers leadership hadn't been shafted from inside the party. Shame really. [lprent: Yawn. A shame really. You got the first comment and you did a canned diversion comment with no argumentative value and which ...
Hillary stood for President and one of the main factors in her losing, apart from under estimating Trump, was her perceived corruption. In politics perception is everything.
Sanctuary - corruption is a word I see mostly associated with the Clintons and Hillary in particular. Trump has no need to be corrupt as far as I can see.
So far Trump appears to be making all the right moves. His Cabinet appointees are mostly strong people in their own rights and there is no room for sycophants. He may be hard to like but at the moment he is a `breath of fresh air' through the Political ...
This may just be the dumbest of several dumb things that McCully has done. If English is on the job as soon as the holidays are over McCully could/should be `gone by lunchtime'.
Those Nato spooks you refer to - they would be Helen Clarks people wouldn't they. [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]
In the unlikely event that she did move to ACT that would secure my Party Vote for them. Two electorate seats and say 3% of the Party Vote would be hugely to the benefit of New Zealand.
Labour 34 and Greens 17 - dream on. This may be feasible: Labour 25 Greens 12 More than a bit short I think.
The best Leader Labour has had since Clark. Now he feels South Sudan a safer option. A huge loss for your party.
Some pointers for the National vote: 1. It will all be done in one week. 2. The National Caucus will elect their leader. They will not have someone they did not want foisted on them by an outside influence. 3. Any dissent will remain in house.
Perhaps Key is playing the `long game'. Letting Labour retain the seat with another Union lackey which will move the party even further left than it is now therefore giving it no hope in 2017.
Cinny 4.07pm The Clark/Cullen Government didn't support it either. That probably shows the quality of Kiwibank which should be sold as it is neither use nor ornament and certainly does not do anything like Jim Anderton said it would for its customers. ...
It cannot be privatisation because both the NZ Super Fund and ACC are quasi government entities so in the strictest terms the 47% remains in government hands. Having said that and even though Kiwibank is a rapacious fee charger, It has been a noose around ...
This poll is hard to believe - I will wait for the next Colmar Brunton.
Serious question - do you think he got wind of the latest Colmar Brunton Poll figures earlier today?
Kevin Welsh - 2.07pm Excellent.