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Archive for May, 2011

On John Key’s Assault On The Welfare System

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – If John Key is the face of moderation, there’s not much room left on the margins for the extremism of Don Brash. “Moderation” evidently means asset sales, tax breaks for the rich, cuts to government spending, a view that public services are “unsustainable” and unaffordable” ...

On Paul Quinn’s rape comments, and health spending

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Now that the dust has settled on National MP Paul Quinn’s outrageous comments about women and rape made on TVNZ7’s Back Benches programme – “I think there’s a real issue with young ladies getting drunk” was the money quote – can we share some of the blame around? Of ...

Gordon Campbell On The Budget – And Petrobras

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Cartoon by Trace Hodgson While Deficit Phobia provides the rationale for the austerity and privatisation measures contained in this year’s Budget, the government’s stance is a curiously passive one, overall. The largely self-inflicted problems with the revenue base are being treated as essentially self correcting. Yes, there is a new payroll ...

On the lead-up to the Budget

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – Throughout his government’s first term, the role of Prime Minister John Key has been to be the bringer of good news, the guy who carries the ‘times are tough but the future is rosy’ message – while Finance Minister Bill English has been the bad ...

On the government’s latest handout to agri-business

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – Given the bumper earnings from commodity prices, you might think agriculture would be the last sector in need of a government handout – but no, at yesterday’s post Cabinet press conference, John Key, Nick Smith and David Carter unveiled a series of irrigation scheme handouts ...

On the alleged threats to John Key

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The “explanation” by Police Minister Judith Collins for the $800,000 cost blowout in the diplomatic protection squad budget – there have been threats, she says, to the security of the PM – puts a brand new spin on accountability. Countering threats is, one would have thought, the squad’s baseline job. ...

On declaring victory in Afghanistan, and getting out

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

No doubt, Prime Minister John Key will be waiting on his instructions from Washington and Canberra about the final timetable for the withdrawal of NZ troops from Afghanistan. There are encouraging signs that such a withdrawal may not be long in coming, and I’m not simply talking about the death ...

On Bin Laden, Petrobras and Jon Stephenson

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – So now that he’s dead, we can bring the troops home now, can’t we? Because the only reason our troops are in Afghanistan is to defeat Al Qaeda and remove the threat it posed to the world, right? That’s been achieved. Bin Laden’s lieutenants are ...