Every now and then the US system erupts and throws up a piece of political magma that can’t be described or explained in any rational fashion.
There’s a ritual to leadership changes after an election loss, and the National Party is dutifully following the script.
As PM Jacinda Ardern said yesterday, targets alone are not enough.
Shock horror. International students pay fees, spend money, work part-time and pay tax in the NZ economy, and ultimately some of them stay on!
Jacinda Ardern is flatly, 100% wrong when she says that most countries are now chasing multilateral trade deals like the TPP 11 deal she’s due to sign in Chile on March 8.
Once every decade, the Kurds flicker across the Western world’s radar, usually in the role of victims.
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
It has been a grimly fascinating week for Brexit train (wreck) spotters.
The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking.
The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need.
In 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times.
For the past nine years, there has been a political culture of absentee government, where almost any regulatory action that involved spending money fell out of favour.
Shane Jones has made it clear that he’s going to be saying really, really loudly what he and Winston and the rest of the NZF crew are doing.
Going as low as the Republicans have done will not only wildly expand the deficit, but require cutbacks to welfare provisions, and hiking taxes on middle America.
So how is journalism faring in its role of (a) speaking truth to power, and (b) keeping its independent distance from those it seeks to monitor?
The price of oil at the pump is always a highly political issue.
Occasionally, political parties paint themselves in their true colours, almost by accident.
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Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.
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.