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    Health Minister David Clark has decided to quietly scrap national health targets, without debate, without evidence, and without anything yet but a vague promise to replace them with. There is nothing in the Beehive media releases, but yesterday National claimed Government axes National Health Targets The Government’s quiet shelving of National Health Targets is bad […]

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    New Zealand is seriously working towards dealing with reducing carbon emissions. As James Shaw has been touring the country consulting on his ambitions for getting New Zealand to ‘Carbon Zero’ (net emissions) by 2050, support for the goal in principle at least is growing, with both National leader Simon Bridges and farming leaders committing to […]

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    Both acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and national leader Simon Bridges have spoken in favour of free speech after Auckland mayor Phil Goff banned Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from speaking at an Auckland City Council owned venue. Southern and Molyneux subsequently cancelled their New Zealand visit. Concerns were initially raised by Auckland peace […]

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    I wonder how many voters could name the leader of the Opposition? Simon Bridges has been leader of the national Party for a few months, but he is not making much of an impression, especially not a positive impression. Newstalk ZB – The Soap Box: If Simon Bridges fails, at least he’s tried That headline […]

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    Peter Ellis was found guilty of 16 sexual offences in 1993, related to his time working at the Christchurch Civic Creche. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail. There were absurd allegations, and there were serious question raised about the investigation and especially about how children were interviewed, and how bizarre claims were promoted […]

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    Beneficiary sanctions remain a point of difference between National and the government. .@simonjbridges: Sanctions motivate beneficiaries to get jobs https://t.co/LCpBEfFwWB (Via @TheAMShowNZ) pic.twitter.com/IT9UZWNtWl — Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) July 22, 2018 Ole Opposition leader on a roll this morning: Get tough on welfare – penalise the heck out of them; stuff the regions and scrap the […]

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    MPs have finished their school holiday (not sure why they get them) and returned to Parliament, but they didn’t make much impact. Simon Bridges led question time today against the acting Prime Minister, digging away at beneficiaries and sanctions. The  biggest question was unasked – why the hell is Bridges digging himself further into that […]

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    It was disappointing that Labour wouldn’t get in behind a decent attempt to address hopeless drug laws. Now National, who voted for the first reading of the Government medical cannabis bill, have decided to pull their support, instead option for their own member’s bill. Who the hell decided that? Sick and dying people can wait […]

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    Simon Bridges has come out of the parliamentary recess trying to talk tough. It looks like a new strategy to try to raise his profile and appeal. While it may appeal to entrenched National supporters and those further to the right, it is high risk for the crucial centre vote. And it also risks ridicule. […]

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  • 07/27/18--14:17: Nation: Simon Bridges
  • Simon Bridges has struggled to be noticed and to impress since taking over as National leader and Leader of the Opposition. He has failed to get anywhere against Winston Peters in Parliament, he comes across poorly or at least unimpressively  in media appearances, and he and National have introduced some questionable policy positions recently, one […]

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    Simon bridges has been nearly as invisible as Jacinda Ardern. The latter has been on maaternity leave. The former has been touring the country meeting and talking to as many people as possible, but apart from local news that tends to be boring repeat speeches for the media. As acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has […]

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    Simon Bridges’ address at the 2018 National conference. It starts with what looks like party raffle results. Stuff:  Smaller class sizes under Nats, says Simon Bridges in major speech National leader Simon Bridges has delivered a commitment to reduce class sizes in primary schools, during a major speech in which he also attacked the Government’s […]

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    Comment by Barrie Sargeant with views on a political meeting Simon Bridges had in Rotorua recently: Simon Bridges is the young, new-ish National Party Leader. Historically National has had more turns at running things than the other parties. For this reason he is probably somebody to take notice of, even if not in power at […]

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    The new policy announcement made by Simon Bridges at National’s conference in the weekend seems a strange choice – a promise to increase the number of primary school teachers and lower class sizes. Typically National really struggles with teacher related policies. It is fairly well known that Labour works very closely with teacher unions, and […]

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    It is claimed that a school linked to National’s conference in the weekend, and with links to National MPs, has been teaching creationism in preference to evolution. Newsroom: Creationism taught in science class A former student of a Villa Education Trust private school claims creationism was taught as a preferred theory of how the world […]

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    A cannabis referendum (on recreational use) is part of the confidence and supply agreement between the Greens and Labour, and has been promised before or at the 2020 election. The Government is considering making it a binding referendum. RNZ:  Cannabis referendum may be binding The Justice Minister Andrew Little says the government is considering what […]

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    Simon Bridges kicked off Question Time in Parliament today asking Winston Peters about the alarming turnaround in business confidence. At a glance Bridges may have seemed to be wimping along getting savaged by Peters, but if you watch through this I think it becomes apparent that Bridges quietly making some serious points, while Peters noisily […]

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    Following a claim by a former pupil Mt Hobson Middle School that creationism had been taught in a science class in preference to evolution – see Claim of creationism taught in school linked to National – the school has responded, denying it. NZH: Claim Simon Bridges’ sister teaching creationism A former student at the school has […]

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    The return of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Question Time in Parliament yesterday seemed to pass largely unnoticed as most attention was on the Brash speech ban at Massey. Simon Bridges holding Ardern to account wasn’t very newsworthy anyway, but here it goes. 2. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand […]

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    Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges was interviewed on Q + A last night. He said “Universities could face funding cuts in extreme cases if they interfere with free speech”. Full Q+A: @NZNationalParty leader @simonjbridges says if he was in power Universities could face funding cuts in extreme cases if they interfere with free speech. […]

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