Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, August 4th, 2018 - 15 comments
I was in a foul mood last night after work having dragged my exhausted arse off to the Aotea Square in an exercise of my freedom of expression. Just in case we had to make our greedy Canadian bigot guests more unwelcome. It didn’t happen. So I went to Human circus and burlesque at the Q. Now that was really worth seeing.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, December 9th, 2015 - 14 comments
Yesterday saw the release of the Obmudsman’s review of the operation of the OIA. I think it makes clear an unacceptable level of political interference in the process – albeit not at the level that was rampant in Dirty Politics.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, November 4th, 2015 - 31 comments
National is initiating a review of education. They will of course be excluding consideration of resourcing and their sacred cows (national standards, charter schools). One possible outcome appears to be shifting resources from poorer schools to richer ones.
Written By: - Date published: 3:38 pm, March 26th, 2015 - 6 comments
Press Release from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security on Scoop.
Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, December 9th, 2014 - 111 comments
“Labour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems ranging from a failure to unite behind former leader David Cunliffe to resourcing and confusion over its “Vote Positive” slogan.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 63 comments
As the NZ Labour Party stands on the cusp of some soul searching, it might want to note that there are alternatives to pointless navel gazing.
Written By: - Date published: 6:22 am, January 6th, 2011 - 25 comments
When was the last time that John Key mentioned the ‘underclass’? In his Statement to Parliament at the start of last year – after Eddie called him out on never talking about the underclass – but he didn’t actually read that part of the statement. So, what has Key actually done for the underclass that he purported to care for so much? Nothing. He’s let poverty worsen.
Written By: - Date published: 11:31 pm, January 4th, 2011 - 89 comments
A few of us have chipped in to review the performances of the government in major areas. We’re looking at whether the facts back up the promises that National made to get elected. Let’s have a look at crime/law & order. Rightwing governments are always big on scaring the middle-class about crims and promising solutions. Has National delivered?
Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 27th, 2010 - 33 comments
The idea of this little group-effort series of posts is to look at the major areas of government activity and have an objective look at how National is doing – both against their own promises and things that we hold important. Let’s start with the economy, the direct responsibility of Finance Minister Bill English and Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee.