Wondering why you don’t have a new government yet? Let me fill you the f**k in.
We’re now entering the Agatha Christie phase of coalition negotiations, given all the main characters have been summoned to the drawing room today by M. Hercule Peters.
A government led by Bill English and Winston Peters would be a more conservative one – particularly on social issues – than any during the Key years.
Bringing Order to the Election Result
A National Party Spin Doctor Writes
According to Todd McClay the European Union says it wants to conclude a FTA with NZ by the end of 2019. That timetable sounds unbelievably optimistic.
This week, National leader Bill English is claiming that farmers could face a $50,000 cost increase from Labour’s water tax plans. Another phantom fear.
So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do?
Do Politicians Dream of Electric Sheep?
This myth of conservative competence is as widespread as it is unearned
Can National succeed in lying its way into a fourth term of office? Given its entirely fictitious claims of a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s alternative budget, it won’t be for lack of trying.
A recent MIT report suggests that the American public is far more tolerant of the mass killing of civilians than the media tend to assume.
So, Police Minister Paula Bennett thinks some New Zealanders deserve “fewer human rights than others”
Because English is nothing is not Shakespearean
Politicisation of state-gathered and state-managed information should be a concern to everyone.
Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move
DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding.
In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms.
One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “ Now, what?”
A farewell to welfare faring well.
Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Peter Dunne under a bus.
Ever since George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, his example has been taken to heart by every politician following in his wake.
Early days yet, but the National Party seems to be having trouble in finding a credible line of attack on Jacinda Ardern.
A lot more than a change of leader is required, longer term. That will have to wait until next year, and beyond.
To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to be punching around 30% at least, yet that figure looks like a truly distant hope.
National has just endorsed Act leader David Seymour in Epsom, it being that time on the electoral calendar for the ceremonial anointing to take place once again.
The most troubling thing about the current emphasis of government policy is that “success” seems to be judged entirely on whether people are being moved off benefits…