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.
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.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 100 comments
As covered by Vernon Small on Stuff: “Labour is promising to scrap National’s Budget tax cut plan. Instead it will funnel the cash into higher Working for Families payments and extra help for those with young children. It’s a package it says will deliver up to $48 a week extra to middle income families.”
Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, June 30th, 2017 - 43 comments
In shocking news, it turns out that employers don’t like Labour’s new employment relations package. They (and the usual suspects) are running lines about a return to the 1970s. A time when workers’ share of the wealth was higher, poverty was lower, inequality was lower, and workers had more rights. Sounds awful.
Written By: - Date published: 12:47 am, June 26th, 2017 - 20 comments
National’s conference was supposed to be a tour de force, setting them up for the home stretch to the election. Instead it was empty of policy or vision, and coverage was drowned in a rising tide of Billshit.
Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 27th, 2017 - 26 comments
Full speech given by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, May 19th, 2017 - 60 comments
Good piece by Andrew Little where he addresses the arguments of the property speculators. “It’s common sense. Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidising speculators and helping them outbid home buyers.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, May 17th, 2017 - 185 comments
It must be election year, because National has admitted that the market has failed, and swallowed the dead rat of state building. A useful graphic summary in The Herald lets you compare National and Labour’s housing plans…
Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, May 15th, 2017 - 128 comments
Labour has set the cat among the property speculator pigeons, and they don’t like it at all.
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, May 12th, 2017 - 13 comments
Labour’s mental health policy has had a good reception, especially in contrast to National’s systematic under-funding and arrogant response to the issue.
Written By: - Date published: 4:38 pm, February 2nd, 2017 - 26 comments
Fair to say that Bill English’s “big” policy announcement today was a total flop.
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 8th, 2016 - 29 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 1st, 2016 - 283 comments
Labour has rolled out another big bold policy that will shape the national discussion for years. Critics, most of whom received a free tertiary education themselves back in the day, want to deny a younger generation the same right (and pocket a tax cut instead). Enter Steven Joyce…
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, September 5th, 2014 - 42 comments
Rob Salmond looks at the Big Lie technique coming from the right and being gormlessly swallowed by some pundits. That Labour and the left aren’t talking about policy. They have been brimming over with policy. The right have vague possible ideas. Pundits are too obsessed in dirty politics to look at the detail of actual policies.
Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, August 25th, 2014 - 14 comments
National’s own fine print takes us from “you can get up to $20,000!” to, at best, “11% of qualifying couples get up to $20,000.” Ouch…. Typical National. Long on glitz. Long on smoke. Long on mirrors. Short on actually helping people.
Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, August 25th, 2014 - 24 comments
Because of the technical illiteracy of the political committee that appears to have run the development of the Labour website, their extensive list of policies tends to be unreachable. I eventually found the useful page and I’m giving their website a hand using The Standard’s search engine optimization.
Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, August 22nd, 2014 - 10 comments
Despite John Key’s key message du jour, the parties of the Opposition are talking policy.
Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, August 17th, 2014 - 4 comments
I’m heading off to get some lunch before going to the Green’s campaign launch. It is (for those like me who forgot) at The details are: When: August 17, 2014 at 2pm – 4pm Where: Sir Paul Reeves Building, 86 Governor Fitzroy Pl in Auckland Make sure you put on your green t-shirts as we want to see a […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 23rd, 2014 - 8 comments
I had a conversation at our farmer’s market this morning about how my election campaign was going and the person I was speaking to had the view that all politicians don’t actually do much, apart from talking. I find that this thinking is actually fairly common, many people talk about the nonsense that goes on in Parliament and how all politicians are as bad as each other, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, nothing really changes.” I find this view really frustrating, but at the same time I can see why people may feel this way.
Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, June 9th, 2014 - 68 comments
Hey, we won’t get in the way of a good stoush on the net about Labour’s policies, in fact we will encourage it. Here is Rob Salmond’s response to Idiot Savant’s post at No Right Turn. We’d also suggest that people look at Mike Smith’s post from this morning and last night (that probably has the nuttier conspiracy theorists going by now) for a third point of view.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, November 23rd, 2012 - 76 comments
After Labour’s Conference a lot of media attention has focused on the constitutional changes relating to leadership. But other changes were even more important. Members will develop policy, and the process has become much more effective and more open. The policy platform will be binding on MPs – and is the package that will be taken to the electorate.
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.