Tillerson’s sober re-assurances to PM Bill English that the US remains committed to global and regional engagement count for very little.
Rex Tillerson will be welcomed in style – even though he could fairly be called the least influential person in decades to hold the post.
Naturally, Trump has framed his decision as a patriotic duty. Yet the withdrawal will do next to nothing to restore American jobs and communities.
While there will be a sigh of relief all around that the old Morris dancing/hemp smoking days have gone for good, it is not quite so evident what the current Greens stand for.
How useful a thing really is National’s programme of building 34,000 houses, as a solution to the crisis of housing affordability? Answer: not very.
When someone like Alfred Ngaro is being paid circa$350,000 a year (in salary and perks) you’d think he wouldn’t have to learn on the job about the basic moral rules of his role.
It would be nice to know (a) what the guy in Pyongyang is thinking about all this and (b) what an achievable strategy goal for the US might look like.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce has been persuaded to pony up an extra $10 million to keep the jobs of 26 safety officers in the Police commercial vehicle investigations unit
Should Edgecumbe residents who don’t have enough (or any) insurance still receive assistance from central government – or not?
Now that America has found its greatness again the traditional way – by bombing someone – the misgivings have set in.
A policy rollout about appearances rather than urgency, driven more by National’s political need to guard its flank than the country’s best interests. Is there a pattern here?
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Now Labour has got a Jacinda Arden – young, smart, compassionate, politically and media adept – what on earth does it do with her?
As the President continues trying to throw the immigrant-and-refugee baby out with the bathwater, there is increasing attention on the man behind the curtain.
The reality is that the President enjoys sweeping powers under the Immigration and Nationality Act
We got a less manicured and truer picture of Bill English at yesterday’s press conference
Nice to see that former Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy has regained his memory about signing off on Peter Thiel’s bid for citizenship.
The Triumph of Trump.
Already, the White House has made it clear that the media are the new enemy that the new President’s supporters will be encouraged to unite against.
Team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is alarming.
I repeat the best after you, everyone says so.
I figure if this guy can write an inauguration poem, anyone can.
For many on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and shorthand for the politics of bigotry.
With hindsight, it is fascinating that so many mainstream news outlets chose not to publish the dossier for so long.
The GOP’s post-election “UNIFIED.” tweet glossed over a few significant issues.
Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes was a defence of journalism and of journalists.
The UN resolution has been one of the most high profile achievements of our diplomacy on the world stage for many years.