Green Party

When the Greens play Dirty Politics with Dirty Media

The Green party manufactured a hit job on the Prime Minister and his media by feeding several Media party outlets with “exclusive” details.

The first to run the story was Matt Nippert, who somehow forgot about his gushing articles of outrage about me feeding stories to media that were described as Dirty Politics. He forgets too that he was a glad recipient of many stories from me back before Nicky Hager threatened them all.

But he took the info, shilled a Green party hit job and Fran O’Sullivan praised him for it even though the Green party did all the leg work.

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ACT are greener than the Greens

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Tell ‘im ‘e’s dreamin

The Greens have lost another senior staff member, but this latest one reckons he could be back when the Greens make government.

The Green Party has lost its third senior staff member in as many months after chief of staff Andrew Campbell announced his resignation, saying it was time for “fresh legs” to take over his role after two elections.

Mr Campbell has held critical back-room roles in the party for the past five and a half years, first as chief press secretary and then as chief of staff after James Shaw took over the leadership from Russel Norman after the 2014 election.    Read more »

Green Party want inflation to be high so that mortgages will cost more

The Green party wants people with mortgages to keep on paying higher interest rates.

Another interest rate cut will pour fuel on the housing price fire, the Greens say.

There’s speculation the Reserve Bank will again cut the official cash rate after a report released today showed inflation rose just 0.2 percent in the first quarter of this year.

In March the bank cut the OCR to a record low 2.25 percent.

Its next review is on April 28.

The Greens say the consumer price index hides the way the housing crisis is hitting peoples’ pockets.

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Is there anything the Greens don’t want to ban?

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The Greens have pulled out the ban hammer again:

The Green Party has called for a temporary stop to future deals granting overseas water-bottling companies rights to extract New Zealand’s water for commercial benefit.

The Government called the request “absolute nonsense” and downplayed the impact of such deals on New Zealand’s freshwater resource.

The Ashburton District Council’s sale of Lot 9 within its business estate, which comes with consent to abstract 1.4 billion litres of artesian water each year, has kicked off a nationwide debate about water ownership.

It later emerged that just 15 kilometres away, a group of businessmen were selling a property with consent to abstract half a billion litres of water each year to bottled-water suppliers.

In light of both deals, the Green Party said there needed to be a moratorium on such transactions so the issue could be properly debated.

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I bet Cullen enjoyed kicking James Shaw

Sir Michael Cullen must have enjoyed himself giving James Shaw a kick in the slats.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw said the move opened the door to partial privatisation.

“This deal makes it harder for the Government to use Kiwibank to drive competition in the banking sector, as the Green Party announced we’d do, because the Government can’t direct the Super and ACC funds in the way it could have directed Kiwibank,” he said.

The Greens announced last week they would inject $100m of capital into the bank, and allow it to keep more of its profits to foster a faster expansion.

“The fact is the Government forced Kiwibank’s hand and today’s announcement will make it easier than it was before to move Kiwibank into private ownership.”    Read more »

Ban-and-Tax Greens have a sweet tooth for a sugar tax

While National and Labour are against sugar taxes the Greens are all for it.

70 public health specialists have written to the Government asking for the tax.

Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said a tax on sugary drinks would help curb New Zealand’s high obesity rates.

“We do know that putting a tax on a product reduces consumption of that product. And we know that reducing consumption of sugary drinks will reduce obesity.”

He said he refuted the Government’s claim that there was not enough evidence to support such a tax.

“In fact there is stronger evidence for a levy on sugary drinks than there is for any other aspect of the government’s obesity packet,” Mr Hague said.

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Tell ‘im ‘e’s dreamin’

Someone needs to tell James Shaw that Kiwibank would need a whole lot more capital than $100 million to allow it to compete with the Aussie banks.

Kiwibank would get a $100 million capital injection to turbo-charge its expansion and create more competition in the banking sector, under Green Party policy.

In announcing the policy today, co-leader James Shaw said a lack of competition among the big Australian-owned banks meant Kiwis were missing out on lower mortgage rates.

“Beefing up” Kiwibank would lead to lower interest rates and could save homeowners hundreds of dollars, Mr Shaw said.

“Under our plan, a first-home buyer in Auckland with a $500,000 mortgage could save $690 a year, meaning they pay off their mortgage earlier.”   Read more »

Who are we supposed to trust then? The media? Oh come on…

Stacey Kirk thinks we can’t trust the government:

Our spy agencies don’t exactly have an exemplary record for following the law, in the minds of most New Zealanders.

That’s partly due to a disgracefully gung-ho attitude, partly due to poorly drafted laws.

But the power has been executed just once, since it was legislated for at the end of 2014. It appears it’s something Security Director Rebecca Kitteridge clearly doesn’t take lightly.

In fairness, it seems there has been somewhat of a culture-shift in both the SIS and Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to both be more transparent, and abide by the rules.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is now calling on Finlayson to release more details of the circumstances of the incident, in particular, whether it was related to terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS).

Here’s the problem I have with that: how would it be any different to the information – flawed as it was – that we received from Kitteridge and the Prime Minister late last year about the Kiwi brand of jihadi brides. Kiwis they were, but living in Australia – an omission that was clearly intended to bolster the case for greater spying powers, received in this year’s review.   Read more »

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Key’s regrets

Tracy Watkins reckons John Key will have a few regrets…and from where she sits in the political spectrum you can understand why she thinks that way.

For a leader who is not used to losing, however, it will rankle with Key that he has burned up some of his political capital on a failed campaign. That will be his biggest, if not his only regret. And the others?

Has he used up political capital? I see no evidence of this. National and Key’s personal popularity are still higher than at the election, and for that matter than the past three elections. It seems this loss of political capital is imagined by the media commentators.

• He didn’t throw more at it. When Key launched his campaign to change the flag, he knew there was no groundswell for change. But he banked on his personal popularity giving the debate momentum, and pushing a new flag over the line. Being the face of change was a double-edged sword, however, and proponents for a new flag on the left began baulking at what felt like a vote for Key. Key made a partial withdrawal, believing that might bring them back. But Thursday night’s result suggests he might have done better sticking to his guns. Sentiment in favour of a new flag had picked up momentum, most notably in conservative National strongholds like Clutha-Southland. So Key’s initial instincts that his own popularity might win the day were probably correct. If he had pushed it more, would the outcome be different?

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