Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 78 comments
Apparently the government’s fees-free policy will “soak up staff out of McDonald’s”. Education instead of McJobs – Oh Noez!
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 6th, 2017 - 145 comments
Post John Key all National ever had going for it was an undeserved reputation for financial competence. Now that is gone too. It doesn’t get any worse than this 3 weeks out from an election.
Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, August 27th, 2017 - 124 comments
The centerpiece of National’s campaign launch was an education package that doubles down on the demonstrably failed national standards policy. Out of ideas.
Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 4th, 2017 - 22 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 14th, 2017 - 20 comments
The numbers aren’t looking good for The Sun or Breitbart. It would be great to see these hate mongers slip further into irrelevance.
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, May 29th, 2017 - 6 comments
Apparently the Nats can’t even run a lolly scramble.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, May 6th, 2017 - 187 comments
Those compassionate conservatives of the National Party have a message for the increasing number of homeless who occupy our Brighter Future.
Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, May 5th, 2017 - 76 comments
Brownlee’s run as Foreign Minister is already a mess. Such is the depth of National’s talent pool.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, May 4th, 2017 - 55 comments
“There are approximately 92,700 Kiwis aged between 15 and 24 who aren’t working, in education or training. That’s up 19 percent during National’s time in power, and Prime Minister Bill English admits he’s not sure why.” Could it be because…
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, April 21st, 2017 - 12 comments
“He says neo-liberalism has failed and suggests unions should have a stronger voice. He says Treaty of Waitangi settlements may not be full and final and that Māori language tuition should be compulsory in primary schools.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 18 comments
Though artificially boosted by high immigration and disaster rebuilds, the NZ economy is in the doldrums, and National are a failure even by their own goals and targets. I predict that National will soon abolish all targets, and that this will be “a sign of our success”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 137 comments
An excellent piece by Simon Collins in the weekend Herald. NZ’s educational scores in international comparisons are locked in a downward spiral. National’s ideology has failed, while we ignore successful models.
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 24th, 2017 - 10 comments
This is what you get with a hasty, reactive, “top down” policy process.
Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, December 16th, 2016 - 198 comments
The English honeymoon came to an abrupt end yesterday as the new PM copped an earful in Kaikoura. And bad goes to worse as Brownlee loses his rag (again). Key would have handled it better.
Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 87 comments
Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, November 20th, 2016 - 76 comments
Disaster response is about more than showing up for photos and cancelling a trip or two. National has made a mess of Christchurch and comprehensively failed to learn its lessons. They should in no way be rewarded with a 4th term.
Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, August 17th, 2016 - 55 comments
To the complete surprise of no one, private sector developers have largely waited out the “affordable houses” requirement in the special housing areas. Another National failure.
Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, July 25th, 2016 - 226 comments
The plan to have the private sector build social housing appears to be a flop. We need a large, well resourced organisation to take on the task of building these desperately needed houses. Wherever will we find one?
Written By: - Date published: 3:21 pm, July 5th, 2016 - 23 comments
The Police want no part of the Nats’ plan to use them as airport security. Perhaps instead of bungled attempts at strike-breaking the Nats should consider – dealing fairly with aviation security staff concerns?
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, June 18th, 2016 - 52 comments
For eight long years National have been telling us that the 90 day trial (fire at will) law was all about creating jobs. Yesterday a new Treasury report showed that it had failed to do so. RNZ: “The government now says its 90-day trial period was never about increasing the number of jobs in New Zealand”. Of course.