Posts Tagged ‘trust’

Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Political Leaders?

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 pm, April 8th, 2019 - 122 comments

Political leaders must have expert knowledge on many topics and near-perfect recall. No naps allowed and no room for error.

The NZ National Party is the Wizard of Oz

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, February 16th, 2019 - 32 comments

The National Party is a sad, confused, slightly dazed white old man behind the curtain.

English damaged by Barclay scandal – poll

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, August 8th, 2017 - 45 comments

The missing Newshub poll question has appeared at last, showing that Bill English has been damaged by his handling of the Barclay scandal. 56% of Kiwis (even 36% of Nats) have lost some trust in English. Updated: The texts have been “deleted”. English refusing to answer questions.

About that pay equity deal

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, July 1st, 2017 - 15 comments

More excellent reporting from Newsroom: “Long overdue pay rate increases affecting 55,000 New Zealand care and support workers kick in on July 1. But the Government’s failure to fully fund the changes is threatening to derail service providers”

Catching up with Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, March 14th, 2015 - 140 comments

You can only bungle and lie for so long before people get sick of it. Seems like it’s all starting to catch up with Key at last.

Hacked election

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 23rd, 2014 - 37 comments

John Key says the election is in danger of being stolen by a hacker. What he is afraid of is that the election is going to be “stolen” by the truth.

Dotcom developments

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, July 26th, 2013 - 103 comments

The public trusts Kim Dotcom more than John Key (no surprise), and Journalist Selwyn Manning describes “some breaking news from Dotcom” on what Key knew, and when…

What does Key’s promise mean?

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, July 19th, 2012 - 48 comments

Key is already qualifying a promise he’s made on Maori water rights.  Does the promise mean anything at all?

Lost respect and trust

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, August 26th, 2010 - 19 comments

I was wondering whether to write a post on the very odd things that outrage the tight little circle of right wing bloggers we have in this country. But MikeG in a comment at Dim Post made the point far far better than I could have.

Most and least trusted

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 pm, June 29th, 2010 - 30 comments

A recent survey of most and least trusted individuals and professions in NZ makes for interesting reading. Politicians as a profession rank down with telemarketers and sex workers. The list of least trusted individuals contains some bad news for the government…

Clamping down on trusts

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 pm, June 7th, 2010 - 33 comments

One of the most popular uses of trusts is to hide income for tax avoidance or evasion. So, I was happy to read about the IRD’s success in a recent court case against two surgeons. The court found these two very rich men had used trusts to avoid tax to the tune of $168,000. The case will have big ramifications, potentially shutting down one of the biggest tax rorts in the country.

Funnily enough, it really was about trust

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 pm, June 2nd, 2010 - 37 comments

I am ruling out selling Kiwibank at any point in the future/Asset sales are on the table for a second term
We won’t be raising GST/We’re raising GST
My trust is so blind I have no idea what’s in it/Owning a vineyard is great fun
Anyone else seeing a pattern?

Espiner: Key trust not blind

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, May 31st, 2010 - 39 comments

Colin Espiner sums up Highwater-gate very well: “Basically it comes down to this: [John Key] said he didn’t know he had shares in Highwater when he really did.” No-one’s alleging Key had conspiracy meetings in smokey rooms with alcohol magnates. That’s a ridiculous misdirection being run by Kevin Taylor. This is about the blind trust and how Key handled the conflicts of interest arising from his knowledge of his shareholdings.

Key needs to answer questions in Highwater-gate

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, May 29th, 2010 - 75 comments

The only question that matters in Highwater-gate is this: “is John Key’s trust really blind”? The answer seems to be “no”. I’m sorry, but the lawyer’s letter that John Key released yesterday just raises more questions about his not so blind trust. We’re still waiting for an explanation of how the trust is blind given that everyone can see into it.

Get it in writing

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 pm, September 23rd, 2009 - 48 comments

Watching the Maori Party get done over by National is getting painful. The MP thought they had a good faith dialogue on the issue of Maori seats on the Auckland Council, but before the select committee process was even finished Key announced that there would be no seats. The MP abandoned all its environmental principles […]

Key demands we publish full quote

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, August 20th, 2008 - 50 comments

John Key called us to task in his interview with Wammo today: “every leftwing blogger out there has a field-day going on and on about the fact that Labour say I said climate change is a hoax…they should just get their facts right down at The Standard because the facts are I said ‘Kyoto is […]

Kiwis don’t trust Nats

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, August 20th, 2008 - 36 comments

According to the Colmar/Brunton poll, 50% of Kiwis don’t believe National is being open about its plans vs 37% who believe the Nats are being upfront (presumably, the other 13% offered no opinion). That’s got to be worrying for National. As I’ve said time and again, the three grounds that politicians are ultimately judged on […]

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