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Peters policy priorities

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, October 11th, 2017 - 23 comments

Peters’ policy priorities are clearly anathema to National. Depending on the details Labour may be more accommodating, but it’s a risky path given signs that “the economy” is already flatlining.

Young on coalition options – an edge to Labour

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, October 7th, 2017 - 21 comments

Audrey Young on the coalition dance: “Labour would probably have an advantage because of the greater policy overlap”, “Keeping deputy leader Paula Bennett out of the first pro-forma courtesy meeting was an appalling decision by English that simply says he was desperate to please Peters at any cost”.

Cling to power vs the right thing to do

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, October 2nd, 2017 - 17 comments

The Nats are desperate to make big concessions for a coalition with the Greens. The establishment is lining up in The Herald to beg for this to happen. Promises to strengthen environmental and social policies in order to cling to power – but not for the last nine long years when it was simply the right thing to do…

Nats don’t understand a party of principle

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, September 28th, 2017 - 162 comments

Nats and their proxies continue to try and drag the Greens into negotiations with National. They just can’t conceive of a party based on principle. A party that exists for something other than the pursuit of power for power’s sake. But I fear that the Greens might have a stern test coming up.

Peters campaigned against the Nats – his party wants him to do the right thing

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 27th, 2017 - 167 comments

Peters campaigned hard against the Nats, and for a change in government (check out the speech and video). To keep faith with democracy and with his party members he has to go with Labour Green (check out the feedback and polls). If Peters goes the other way NZF will implode.

Oram on Nats’ poor record and why we should vote for change

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, September 17th, 2017 - 89 comments

Rod Oram at Newsroom: “More of the same won’t deliver for New Zealand. Hopefully, new leaders and policies will.”

Good on ya NZ – choosing Labour policy over Nat tax cut

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 3rd, 2017 - 27 comments

It is very heartening to see Kiwis rejecting National’s tax cut bribe (and English’s arrogant debate rhetoric) – in favour of supporting each other and backing Labour’s policies for a better NZ.

PREFU

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, August 23rd, 2017 - 47 comments

Today is the day for Treasury’s Pre-Election Fiscal Update (PREFU).

Another DHB in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, August 22nd, 2017 - 45 comments

National found $10b down the back of the sofa for roads roads roads, but is under funding our health system to the point of collapse.

Tax cuts or fix this…

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 21st, 2017 - 54 comments

Auckland City Councilor Richard Hills yesterday tweeted some of the things we would like to see fixed before a tax cut. You might want to add to the list. Good thing Labour is promising to cancel the cuts and spend billions more on health and education.

National reckon public health and education are a waste of money?

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, July 20th, 2017 - 27 comments

According to Morning Report the Nats are calling Labour’s budget for more spending on health and education “a plan to waste more money”. Tell it to the people who can’t afford private alternatives and depend on the public systems.

Labour’s plan – billions for health and education

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, July 19th, 2017 - 91 comments

Labour has just released costed details of its comprehensive plan to put $8b more over four years into health and $4b into education. Excellent.

A clear choice for voters

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 14th, 2017 - 62 comments

Herald editorial: “Credit where it is due. It takes courage to say that if elected, you will cancel a tax cut. … In doing so it has presented the voters with a clear choice which, for those without young families or earning above the income limits, will mean deciding whether to take the tax cut or give the benefit to children of the less well off.”

Generous donation – why was it necessary to get a hospital built?

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 28 comments

Thank you Mark Dunajtschik. But why did it take a generous private donation to get a badly needed public hospital off the drawing-board?

The cost of the surplus

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, July 6th, 2017 - 9 comments

Where are our priorities?

Labour and National government spending

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, July 6th, 2017 - 3 comments

Roads not health

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, March 9th, 2017 - 98 comments

A new coalition protests health under-funding, while the cost of the holiday highway blows out. Our government has its priorities all screwed up.

Funding priorities

Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 68 comments

Why are we spending so much money on “defense” when there are so many real and urgent needs? It is hard to imagine that our “enemies” could possibly do us more damage than we are inflicting on ourselves.

Budget Live

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 84 comments

Live coverage of the budget starts around 2pm.

Well that was boring.

Pre-budget reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, May 26th, 2016 - 20 comments

Budget day! Here’s a little light reading to get us started. Write your own line for the budget!

Budget choices – ignoring domestic violence refuges

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, May 25th, 2016 - 7 comments

Green Party MP Jan Logie: “The Government has made it clear that more funding for refuges will not be in this week’s Budget.”

Another strong piece from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, May 24th, 2016 - 36 comments

Andrew Little had an excellent piece in The Herald yesterday: “It’s always about choices, and National has made some terrible ones”.

Inequality is a choice

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 10th, 2015 - 64 comments

Inequality is a choice. It isn’t a choice made by individuals, it is a choice made by governments. Check out Joseph Stiglitz’s new book Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.

Pandas WTF?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 1st, 2015 - 41 comments

Pandas – one lightweight piece of fluff too far?

Budget 2015 – A reactive budget

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.

ACTing all surprised about it

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, May 13th, 2015 - 129 comments

ACT’s David Seymour is acting all surprised about the damaging consequences of right-wing policies. It’s like he’s seeing the world for the first time.

Measuring poverty

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, October 22nd, 2014 - 40 comments

The National government has always been selective about what it likes to measure, and so far refused to measure poverty. Under questioning on Morning Report this morning Key finally made a commitment to do so. We must hold him to it.

One chance to clean up politics

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, September 12th, 2014 - 72 comments

If we, the electorate, reward dirty politics by re-electing a National government, we will be validating the most vile tactics this country has seen since Muldoon.

NRT: National hates families

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, April 29th, 2013 - 26 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the Nats’ excuses and choices as they oppose the extension of paid parental leave.

Tough on tax cheats?

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, April 18th, 2013 - 51 comments

This government is tough on welfare cheats and soft on tax cheats, and they shouldn’t bother trying to pretend otherwise.

Emerson on choices

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, December 20th, 2012 - 15 comments

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