Like clockwork, the old ‘nanny state’ criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up by the media.
TPP countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory.
The question is not whether the original TPP will be changed – it will be by how much, depending on what extent of changes the signatories can abide.
New Zealand may be a country divided between the centre right and centre left, rural and urban, old and young – but it isn’t the United States.
Trump has welshed on the Manus deal to Australia… On the weekend, Turnbull humiliated Jacinda Ardern in turn, by once again rejecting New Zealand’s offer.
As NZ has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes are going to be extensive.
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.