Written By: - Date published: 6:04 am, April 3rd, 2020 - 7 comments
The joys of bread rising far to fast through a warm autumn night is…this post.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, October 21st, 2017 - 25 comments
Vernon Small has the best account of the events of “D-Day”. Nat supporters are trying to pedal the myth that English lost a baubles bidding war because of his principles (hah!), the fact is it was all about policy match.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 6:22 am, September 14th, 2017 - 5 comments
Under Labour’s Families Package 70% of families with kids do better than they do under National’s tax plan. Labour launched their online calculator yesterday…
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, September 8th, 2017 - 120 comments
Jacinda Ardern has released Labour’s climate change policy – including zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Jacinda has called climate change “my generation’s nuclear-free moment”.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, August 29th, 2017 - 54 comments
As the Nats stand exposed in another apparent dirty politics hit, Labour gets on with the job of winning the election. Jacinda Ardern today announced new policy: Making tertiary education and training affordable for all.
Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, August 22nd, 2017 - 12 comments
What it says on the label.
Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 5 comments
In the wake of devastating earthquakes in Canterbury, National’s treatment of mental health needs in the region has been absolutely shameful. Yesterday Jacinda Ardern released new policy to help address the crisis. Great work from Labour in an area that National have cruelly neglected.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 15th, 2017 - 30 comments
English’s “boot camp” policy is pure politics. As much as he tries to deny it, it’s more or less an exact repeat of Key’s failed 2008 attempt, it would do much more harm than good if ever implemented. More than any other flailing to date, this mess is a sign of National’s desperation.
Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, August 14th, 2017 - 100 comments
“Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit will help students learn to drive, understand practical budgeting, be equipped with workplace skills, and learn how our political system operates through civics education at school. Every secondary school will be resourced to provide these courses.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, August 13th, 2017 - 40 comments
There’s an interesting piece by Peter Griffin over at Sciblogs on various parties’ positions on science in NZ. Not many Kiwis vote on the basis of science – and that’s one of our problems.
Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, August 3rd, 2017 - 58 comments
Steven Joyce wouldn’t front yesterday, but today National have worked out their attack lines. Leave popular Jacinda alone and attack Labour as tired and lacking in new ideas (projection, much?). Labour has a raft of new policy, to go with needed older one’s like 2013’s Kiwibuild of 100,000 affordable homes. Journos need to learn their policy so they don’t let National’s fake news through…
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: 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.
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: 1:31 pm, July 13th, 2017 - 50 comments
Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 101 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 - 21 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: 12:22 pm, May 28th, 2017 - 49 comments
A quite remarkable interview of Michael Fallon by Channel 4 News in the UK.
Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 27th, 2017 - 26 comments
Full speech given by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 33 comments
Some great ideas in The Greens “Budget for All Mothers”. Surely no “data driven” “social investment” party could be opposed?
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 - 186 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: 11:33 am, May 14th, 2017 - 11 comments
Speeches and policies from Congress so far.
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: 12:34 pm, April 20th, 2017 - 78 comments
Lots to like in The Greens’ new power policy.
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