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The Big Lie in action

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 5th, 2014 - 13 comments

This morning Rob Salmond did a great post about the “big lie” – the spin coming from the Right that Labour hasn’t concentrated on policy, just dirty politics.

Like clockwork, David Farrar has a post up about the latest polls, suggesting “Their focus on hacked e-mails instead of policy  is backfiring.”

Labour on the environment

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, November 8th, 2011 - 38 comments

I was going to write about the release of Labour’s environmental policy – and the resounding silence from National – but NRT has done a great job aleady.

Remarkably unambitious ECE policy

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 11th, 2008 - 21 comments

Another one-page excuse for a policy from National, this one on early childhood education. After vehemently opposing 20Free, National would now keep it but not because it wants to, only because ‘thousands of parents are now using 20 Hours and we do not want to cause them uncertainty’. Gee, thanks, National. The headline change is […]

Broadcasting policy broadly outlined

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, July 7th, 2008 - 12 comments

National’s Jonathan Coleman has announced a bullet-point excuse for a broadcasting policy. Essentially, it adopts the status quo but moves TVNZ charter funding to NZ on Air’s control (there goes any hope of TV1 ever becoming a proper public broadcaster) and preps the ground for privatisation in a second term. Amongst the bullet points is […]

National releases 3 more lines of policy – Scoop

Written By: - Date published: 6:24 am, July 2nd, 2008 - 17 comments

A classic headline that says it all. Here’s the three lines: ‘Give schools additional resources over time to ensure more students can take part in extra-curricula organised sport. Ensure more of the government’s sport spending gets through to the front line.’ Stop it, John. It’s great knowing exactly what you would do, how much it […]

You call that policy? This is policy

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, June 23rd, 2008 - 90 comments

National has released a brochure, laying out all its policies. They take up two A4 pages of double-spaced bullet points. That’s incredibly lightweight. Contrast that with the policy files of another party outside government, the Greens. National has 14 vague policies. The Greens have 51 policy area pages, each containing dozens of actionable policies. There […]

Quote of the week

Written By: - Date published: 4:32 pm, June 6th, 2008 - 28 comments

On John Key’s visit to Waitara High School yesterday: Ms Gellen said Mr Key’s visit had been excellent and the students had got a lot from it. “They are now more aware of who he (Mr Key) is. “Some said they weren’t going to vote before, but now they are going to go away and have […]

National policy vacuum becoming a joke

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, June 6th, 2008 - 24 comments

A reader just alerted us to this. When John Key went missing in action on Sunrise what did the “Allstars” suggest he was up to? Watch to find out…

Getting blood from a stone

Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, May 27th, 2008 - 5 comments

A reader has just written in as a followup to IrishBill’s post earlier today on National’s plans to line the pockets of oil tycoons with a four land highway stretching the length of the North Island. Our reader notes that it’s not just us who think getting policy out of the Nats is like getting […]

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