Posts Tagged ‘accountability’

“That day” in September.

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, September 12th, 2018 - 6 comments

Towers bore me.

The Iraq War

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, June 25th, 2018 - 43 comments

Over the next week or two I will be doing blog posts about student politics and my time at university. Here is the first one…

A study in contrasts

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 120 comments

Minister Twyford’s resignation has been refused by the Prime Minister after he took a call against Civil Aviation rules, in the second ministerial scandal of the Ardern administration.

The Humanity.

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, April 15th, 2018 - 160 comments

Apparently “this lot” really do care about people.

Nats’ shameful surrender on suicide

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, July 18th, 2017 - 16 comments

The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. So naturally: “A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.”

No accountability under Key

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, June 24th, 2016 - 61 comments

Rebstock’s report into into leaks from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been absolutely torn apart by the Ombudsman, with multiple serious flaws identified. This morning Key expressed his continuing confidence in Rebstock. Of course.

Off-shore Trusts (a simple solution)

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, April 12th, 2016 - 42 comments

I know this won’t happen, but still…

What’s a charter school gotta do?

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, July 30th, 2015 - 7 comments

What exactly does a charter school have to do in order to be held accountable?

Fixed Term Parliaments

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 25 comments

An argument in favour of New Zealand adopting Fixed Term Parliaments Act legislation.

Dirty politics vs accountability – you can’t be smeared with the truth

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, August 20th, 2014 - 49 comments

Accountability is not dirty politics. You can’t be smeared with the truth. John Key’s lines are as worthless as his promises of ministerial accountability.

Shooting Messengers with Wonky Long Bows.

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, March 3rd, 2014 - 5 comments

Looks like Mark Ames really has lost the plot viz a viz Glen Greenwald and ‘The Intercept’

Journalism (The Intercept)

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, February 19th, 2014 - 37 comments

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill have launched a new on-line investigative journalism site.

Gilmore’s position now untenable

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, May 8th, 2013 - 71 comments

From a text exchange leaked to Newstalk ZB it seems that Aaron Gilmore has lied to the PM. The ball is in Key’s court now…

Key needs time to get his story straight

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, April 5th, 2013 - 130 comments

In an interview this afternoon Key said that: “There will be no more answering of questions straight away, if I need to get details”. Defensive and petulant, Key is backing away from accountability.

National declines to discuss policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, November 17th, 2011 - 15 comments

RNZ has a great Policy Q&A site up.  Labour and the Greens have replied to the questions (most parties have or will do so), so you can find out where they stand on the issues.  But National’s non-participation shows that they’re too arrogant to even bother engaging on policy.

Welcome to Election Year

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, January 28th, 2011 - 28 comments

John Key was interviewed on Morning Report less than a handful of times each of the 2 years between winning power in 2008 and Sean Plunket leaving. He’s appeared on Radio NZ before 9.30 for lengthy interviews 3 times this week.

Election year accountability, you gotta love it.

Asbestos City

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, September 26th, 2010 - 19 comments

In the aftermath of the twin towers, the dust that accompanied their collapse gave rise to a health crisis in the medium/long term that continues to play out to this day.  And given the prevalence of asbestos in Christchurch buildings, it just might be that the earthquake will result in a number of preventable deaths after all…

Banks joins the spenders’ club

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, June 29th, 2010 - 40 comments

I have very mixed feelings about all this scrutiny of the spending of public figures. However, for the record, Supercity mayoral hopeful John Banks now joins the spending club.

Poor Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, September 30th, 2009 - 31 comments

Bill English is teetering on the edge. National spinners are claiming that he has done what is needed to “close the issue down”. Labour are going to keep pushing. National’s next step will be to run a “poor Bill” defence. “Poor Bill has paid it back, what more can he do?”, “Poor Bill was just […]

Accountability

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, August 2nd, 2009 - 48 comments

According to the Herald Paula Bennett has said she will apologise if the complaint to the privacy commissioner is upheld. I would have hoped that if a minister of the crown is found to have broken the law there would be a bit more accountability than an insincere “sorry”. Especially if that unlawful action has […]

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