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    Still a Piece of Work

    In May I penned an article on the Prime Minister entitled A Piece of Work. You don’t expect a leopard to change its spots and in my view, she hasn’t. Her modus operandi leaves a lot to be desired. This is a woman who has no...

    By Delaying the Dissolution of Parliament Jacinda Ardern Buys Time on the Election Date – but Only a Little

    Andrew GeddisProfessor of LawUniversity of Otago Disclosure statement Andrew Geddis does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic...

    Under 65 and Healthy Individuals Must Be Able to Get on With Life

    Jeremy Harris Jeremy Harris is a businessman and investor from Auckland, New Zealand.  Dear Prime Minister, I supported the initial national lockdown and move to quarantined borders. Over the last 5 months the situation has...

    The BFD COVID Shopping Poll

    Why We Can’t Keep Going Into Lockdown

    This was going to be a boring little article about the government's new rules about provisional tax penalties. I was going to recommend you read it after 11.00 tonight, particularly if you are having trouble sleeping. But I am going to have to leave that for...

    Prison Ship New Zealand: Return to Lockdown

    It was said that the New Zealand public won't accept another lockdown, and here we are with Auckland back in lockdown. As night follows day, other regions will revert to curfew too. Like a case of Stockholm Syndrome, where the abused bond with...

    Daily News Roundup – 13 August 2020

    Election date, parliamentThomas Coughlan (Stuff): Judith Collins' dangerous constitutional gameAudrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern holds all the cards in Covid election (paywalled)Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Let's delay the electionAndrew Geddis (The Conversation): By delaying the dissolution of parliament Jacinda Ardern buys time on the election date – but only a littleJane...

    Hang on a Minute, Didn’t You Say This Was the COVID Election?

    Jacinda Ardern used her second press conference yesterday to criticise the Opposition for daring to ask valid questions about her and her government's decisions. We are currently in what is traditionally a period where governments must not make major decisions without consulting...

    Did She Let the Cat Out of the Bag? At the beginning of the adjournment debate the Prime Minister made a mistake...or did she? She opened with: I move, That the House do now adjourn until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 August 2020.


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