Tag: Politics with Paul

11/07/11

Espiner’s interview on Q+A with India’s Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, when Espiner broached the idea of whether provisions surrounding India’s child labour issues should be included in any Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and India. Before hanging up, Sharma comm-ented to someone in his Delhi office concerning Espiner: “He’s a very rude fellow.” [...]

30/05/11

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 [...]

23/05/11

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 [...]

16/05/11

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 [...]

02/05/11

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 [...]

04/04/11

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 [...]

28/03/11

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 [...]

21/03/11

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 [...]

14/03/11

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 [...]