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Nats cut police resources then demand the impossible

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 46 comments

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We have had years of systematic under funding of the police and front-line numbers are falling. None the less police are now expected to attend every burglary. For the sake of this exercise in public perception other areas of police wrok will suffer.

Interest rates and banks

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, March 16th, 2016 - 185 comments


Yesterday Andrew Little criticised the banks’ failure to pass on the cut in Official Cash Rate (OCR) to we the people via mortgage / interest rate cuts. Naturally the political right went ballistic.

Key Derangement Syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, March 1st, 2016 - 232 comments


A term made up by the usual suspects to mock and belittle any criticism of their primary asset.

TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’ – get both sides

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 26th, 2016 - 85 comments


The Government has released a TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’. It should be read along with TPP Legal’s extensive analysis of the costs and risks.

Musings on Dead Cats and Sick Parrots

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, January 24th, 2016 - 99 comments

dead cat

A self explanatory post by McFlock.

“Jihadi brides” and Peter Dunne

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, December 10th, 2015 - 19 comments


Like a stopped watch, Peter Dunne sometimes gets it right.

WINZ dysfunctional

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, October 5th, 2015 - 22 comments

work and income winz

I guess it’s not exactly news that WINZ is dysfunctional, but its interesting to have some actual data on one of the symptoms. Bonus feature – one of the Nats’ worst excuses ever.

Diesel Bomb

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, October 1st, 2015 - 37 comments


Last Friday I wrote a post on Volkwagen gaming NOx emissions. This is a follow up.

Pandas WTF?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 1st, 2015 - 41 comments


Pandas – one lightweight piece of fluff too far?

NOx-ious shit all around.

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 25th, 2015 - 108 comments


Been trying to get my head around the implications of Volkswagen’s rigged diesel performance tests. Predictably, and unlike most stories covering this, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse for the financial woes the company might be facing.

Inside National’s spin machine

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, September 11th, 2015 - 81 comments


A very interesting post in The Herald yesterday by Grant McLachlan (former Parliamentary researcher and a Nat campaign director) detailing National’s well resourced and well organised spin machine.

Away with the economic fairies

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 1st, 2015 - 40 comments

Business confidence-August2015 front page

The ANZ survey shows business confidence at the lowest levels since the financial crisis. Yesterday John Key insisted that it was “reasonably positive”. He was either completely wrong or lying through his teeth. Either way it’s unacceptable.

The surplusgoround

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, July 8th, 2015 - 56 comments

merry go round

The on again off again surplus is on again. Key will be kicking himself for telling us all that we’re not interested in this artificial target.

Polity: Reductio…

Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 22nd, 2015 - 29 comments


Rob Salmond at Polity: DPF and Chris Bishop have conspired to come up with a new canard-of-distraction de jour. Today’s trope: “Labour are the conversatives, National the progressives, and Labour is the party of No.”

Rod Oram on the RMA and spin

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 5th, 2015 - 66 comments


An excellent piece by Rod Oram on the RMA and the government’s attempts at spin.

WANTED: new ideas on child poverty

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, September 24th, 2014 - 88 comments

child poverty a national disgrace

It’s great to see John Key taking a sudden interest in addressing child poverty in New Zealand. But why the change of heart?

Dirty Politics Watch I

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 pm, September 9th, 2014 - 69 comments

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A new series on happy mischief and paying back double.

Naming the game

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 pm, August 12th, 2014 - 78 comments

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It’s been interesting to watch the nats and their busy little helpers working away at branding the election campaign as a nasty one.

It’s been disappointing to watch the media falling for it so hard.

National standards nonsense

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 12th, 2013 - 34 comments


If there was a national standard in scientific method than the right wing spinsters talking up yesterday’s national standards results would all fail it.

Hooton spouting nonsense

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, June 11th, 2013 - 179 comments


Matthew Hooton is spinning like mad to talk up the economy. Unfortunately his spin sometimes bends the truth beyond breaking point, and there were three examples of that yesterday.

Economic apocalypse – not

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 29th, 2013 - 15 comments

national the sky is falling chicken

National and their proxies have claimed that Labour / Green NZ Power announcement has crashed the stock market and wiped out savings. Lies lies lies. Here’s the data.

Fletcher GCSB Change manager – and QLD

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, April 5th, 2013 - 84 comments


Key & a government source responded to Ferguson’s criticisms by attacking Labour & Ferguson.  They claimed Fletcher was the best person to “change manage” the GCSB. Yet, in Queensland Fletcher was publicly criticised for the management of his department. [Updated]

Spinning the job market

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, March 27th, 2013 - 11 comments


Audrey Young and Simon Collins should get danger money for spinning this hard on jobs. But at least they’re trying, the best that Key can manage is some waffle about a “fluid market”…

A new house every 13 minutes

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, November 27th, 2012 - 82 comments


KiwiBuild has the Nats rattled. It’s difficult to oppose a program that creates both affordable housing and jobs, but they’re doing their best.  One of their lines is that NZ can’t build houses that quickly.  They’re wrong – here’s why.

Worst Spin Ever

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, May 11th, 2012 - 34 comments


According to John Key voters rejecting austerity is good news for the government, high unemployment is a sign of confidence in the economy, ignorance is strength, black is white, and he has a bridge to sell you.

Savings based recovery nonsense

Written By: - Date published: 3:38 pm, November 18th, 2010 - 45 comments


Bill English is always busy trying to put lipstick on the pig of our moribund economy.  His latest attempt is to argue that we are experiencing a “savings based recovery”.  There’s no such thing.  He’s just making excuses for the fact that people have no money to spend, or are desperately trying to pay down debt in these uncertain times.  Enough with the lipstick.  Enough with the empty promises of jam tomorrow — National are never going to deliver.

Captain Potty Mouth

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, November 11th, 2010 - 26 comments


The PM’s Chief Press Secretary Kevin Taylor thinks he’s above those who are actually elected.  So much so he feels free to tell journalists that an elected Member, who represents the people of New Zealand who voted for him, is a “fuckwit” and that they can “quote him”. Or perhaps “Captain Panic Pants” will claim that it’s just the pressure getting to him.

Poor Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, September 30th, 2009 - 31 comments

Bill English is teetering on the edge. National spinners are claiming that he has done what is needed to “close the issue down”. Labour are going to keep pushing. National’s next step will be to run a “poor Bill” defence. “Poor Bill has paid it back, what more can he do?”, “Poor Bill was just […]

Tip of the spear

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, June 2nd, 2009 - 16 comments

You’ve done your job as a spin doctor when journalists start repeating your spin sub-consciously. The credit downgrade ‘issue’ is a great example. There was never any threat of a downgrade, as long as the tax cuts were dropped. The journalists all acted like there was a huge threat. They parroted the government’s line that […]

Spin doctors

Written By: - Date published: 3:59 pm, July 9th, 2008 - 2 comments

Crosby Textor spin the use of Crosby Textor

Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, July 1st, 2008 - 33 comments

I wish some journo would ask Key whether Crosby/Textor helped him with lines on how to handle questions about his using them – they must have a standard set they give their clients. Would Key really have thought of this one himself: John Key says the vast bulk of advice he takes is from the […]

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