The PM congratulates a bloke who (if he turned to blogging) would fail Micky Savage’s age test

Two of three ministerial statements from the Beehive have been released in the name of the PM over the past two days. 

The more important, insofar as it involves political action that will affect the wellbeing of significant numbers of Kiwis, was the release of the government’s Public Housing Plan 2021-2024, which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020 will go.

This was jointly released by Jacinda Ardern and Housing Minister Megan Woods, who says the need for public housing for the most vulnerable members of our communities continues to grow.  Demand is outstripping supply, in other words, which calls for a strong critical focus on  the government’s policies to reverse this trend.  

But at Point of Order we were drawn first to the PM’s second statement, which records her congratulation of a white bloke of our vintage who has just been given a challenging new job.

We were especially heartened by the PM’s remarks because white blokes of our vintage are apt to be disparaged nowadays. Continue reading “The PM congratulates a bloke who (if he turned to blogging) would fail Micky Savage’s age test”

How the parties are keeping us up to date – sort of – through their blogs

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Last of the National bloggers?

The most recent National Party press statement to land in our email intray arrived last Friday, giving Opposition leader Simon Bridges a platform to say plummeting business confidence “should be sending shivers down the spines of Government ministers”.

Almost half of Auckland businesses surveyed by the Auckland Business Chamber believed the economy would deteriorate over the next six months, Bridges observed.

He blamed government policy (what else?):

“This ‘free fall’ in business confidence is a direct result of the poor decisions and uncertainty created by the Ardern-Peters Government which has done nothing to give businesses a boost.”

Continue reading “How the parties are keeping us up to date – sort of – through their blogs”