Tag: Politics with Paul

Politics With Paul –  Labour’s Eye For Detail

Politics With Paul – Labour’s Eye For Detail

by / 30/05/11 / No Comments

Despite a lackluster budget, it appears to still be the Labour Party copping it from the various political commentators. There was plenty of ammunition in the Budget, that perhaps should be referred to as ‘bland’, as opposed to its adopted descriptor, ‘zero’. However, Key’s competence for parliamentary theatrics took the wind out of Labour’s sail [...]

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Politics With Paul – Moderation Nation

Politics With Paul – Moderation Nation

by / 23/05/11 / No Comments

Paul Holmes summed it up best in a recent column for the New Zealand Herald: “I have to confess something no current affairs man should ever admit to. I can recall no Budget more boring to anticipate than that coming next week.” And, let’s face it; this is exactly what the National Government wants, (and [...]

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Politics With Paul – The Week of the ‘Zerø Budget’

Politics With Paul – The Week of the ‘Zerø Budget’

by / 16/05/11 / [ 2 Comments ]

Hone Harawira has successfully grabbed the political headlines once again with the long-awaited announcement of his resignation, and discussion of the consequent by-election for his Tai Tokerau seat. All the while, Goff and the Labour Party have focused their efforts on centring media attention on hypocrisy in Key’s spending—think BMWs and bodyguards, which a New [...]

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Infringing File Sharing or Infringing Democracy?

Infringing File Sharing or Infringing Democracy?

by / 02/05/11 / No Comments

Over the mid-semester break, news of Dr Brash’s intentions to replace Rodney Hide as leader of the ACT party, and Defence Minister Wayne Mapp’s admission that the SAS had been involved in a mission targeting insurgents responsible for Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell’s death, have been at the forefront of political discussion. However, the passing of the [...]

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Politics With Paul – Goofy & His Micke  Mouse Party

Politics With Paul – Goofy & His Micke Mouse Party

by / 04/04/11 / No Comments

Leadership coups can often take place with little warning, so I’m hesitant in proclaiming Labour leader Phil Goff out of the woods just yet. However, as of this writing it appears that this may be the case. As such, perhaps Duncan Garner’s conclusion that the Labour caucus “is clueless, gutless and talentless… and have no [...]

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Politics With Paul – The Zero Budget

Politics With Paul – The Zero Budget

by / 28/03/11 / No Comments

It was clear from the very start of the political year that the 2011 Budget would see significant cuts in spending, with a goal to reduce new spending to just $800 million a year. John Key labelled the huge amounts the country is currently borrowing as “unaffordable”, outlining that this debt is “holding the economy [...]

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Politics With Paul – Prospecting the Extremes

Politics With Paul – Prospecting the Extremes

by / 21/03/11 / [ 3 Comments ]

Following his resignation from the Maori Party, there has been some clarification on what a new Hone Harawira-led party might look like. There has long been speculation of a New Left party headed by Harawira, and former Green MP Sue Bradford. However, Harawira’s revelation that any new party led by the former Maori Party MP [...]

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The Resignation of Simon Power

The Resignation of Simon Power

by / 14/03/11 / No Comments

They’re dropping like flies. Joining the likes of Keith Locke, Roger Douglas and Wayne Mapp, Simon Power is the latest in a list to announce the intention to leave Parliament at the upcoming election. While the septuagenarian Roger Douglas is well past his use-by date, and Mapp’s age puts him outside of any real possibility [...]

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Election Year

Election Year

by / 28/02/11 / [ 3 Comments ]

2011 is already promising to be an exciting year in New Zealand politics, as the country gears up to vote in the November General Election. The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition’s respective State of the Nation addresses in January saw a surprisingly early first bout, with controversial policies announced on both sides. Finally [...]

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The Final Round Up

The Final Round Up

by / 11/10/10 / No Comments

Rather than focusing on one particular story, the final Politics With Paul this year will revisit four stories, both foreign and domestic, that have found their way back onto the news agenda. Years of ministerial credit card statements were thrown into the limelight in July and August, resulting in the demotion of a number of [...]

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