Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, May 26th, 2015 - 4 comments
Should have covered this earlier – extracts from Gordon Campbell on the budget.
Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, May 25th, 2015 - 75 comments
Extracts from Rod Oram’s piece in the SST as posted on Facebook. “What’s missing from [the budget], and the six before, is any glimpse of the world we live in, let alone the political leadership we need to survive and thrive in it.”
Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, May 22nd, 2015 - 188 comments
An increase to the base rate of benefits is welcome, but it comes with nasty fishhooks. As the Nats are forced to address leftie / progressive issues – a capital gains tax, Auckland housing, poverty – we the people need to keep the pressure on.
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, May 21st, 2015 - 161 comments
A panicked response to the Auckland property crisis. A welcome (albeit inadequate) adjustment to benefit rates. Public pressure is forcing action on the Left’s political agenda. Still no surplus, and no one believes the projected one next year. A reactive budget – there is no vision.
Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, May 13th, 2015 - 174 comments
“National’s talk now is about how achieving surplus was an “artificial target” and that getting a surplus is “like landing a 747 on the head of a pin.” A lot of effort has gone into glossing over the broken promise. But I see it for what it is – one of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime.”