Bulletin 23/6/2017

Summary:

National and ACT keep talking about Matt McCarten’s mismanagement of his Campaign for Change, making counterfactual attempts to connect it to Labour leadership and unions, despite the facts being that McCarten left Labour before the scandal took place, and that unions refused to give McCarten money for his project.  Labour continues to talk about the Todd Barclay scandal, and Bill English’s actions in covering it up.

Labour pledges to invest in rail in Christchurch.  The Greens pledge to repeal fees on residential solar panels.

 

Echo Chamber National:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change:

 

(!) Is this a loaded question designed to implant a certain presupposed conclusion into the readers’ minds, while also obfuscating important facts such as the disassociation of Matt McCarten from Labour before the alleged immigration fraud took place?:

 

(!) The linked article quotes one union leader who specifically says that their union wasn’t involved.  The whole point of the scandal is that Campaign for Change didn’t get any union money or official Labour support, and that’s why things went bad:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On transport:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

On superannuation:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On renewables:

 

On transport:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

(!) McCarten was not part of Labour when it happened:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change:

 

Bulletin 17/5/2017

Summary:

National has finally realised that housing is a big election issue, and makes a big deal of their newly announced state housing policy.  Labour is quick to point out National’s past 9 years of inaction on housing and unfulfilled promises as proof of their lack of credibility.  New Zealand First and ACT also have their own criticisms of the policy.

 

Echo Chamber National:

On housing:

https://twitter.com/nzyoungnats/status/864344124270325760

 

On education funding:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On housing:

 

On political bullying:

 

On government data privacy:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

On housing:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Trade mission to Malaysia:

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

On housing:

 

(!) Claims the need to build houses at the same rate as from the 40’s to the 70’s, fails to acknowledge the significant number of state houses built during that time, dismisses current policies by National and Labour to build more state houses:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

(!) The Daily Mail is a tabloid that openly supports the UK Conservatives and the UK Independence Party, and is known for its, at best, inconsistent dedication to journalistic integrity:

 

Bulletin 24/3/2017

Summary:

After yesterday’s quiet, National comes out with an announcement on trade policy today.  National also finally says something about housing – not addressing affordability, but maybe putting a roof over the homeless.  Labout/Greens announce their Budget Responsibility Rules – combining three words that usually don’t get people’s blood pumping, no matter how good an idea it is, but might appeal to business folks.  Labour and Greens talk about a range of issues, including putting a price on water extraction, housing, and oil exploration.  ACT and United Future’s offer to National regarding Resource Management Act reforms is rebuffed – National not going to throw the Maori Party under the bus for this.  .

 

Echo Chamber National:

On housing crisis symptoms – at least National has something to say about housing finally:

 

On trade and exports:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On ACT and United Future’s Resource Management Act proposal:

 

On early childhood education:

 

On healthcare funding:

 

On pricing water extraction:

 

On housing:

 

On war crimes allegations against SAS:

 

On Labour/Greens Budget Responsibility Rules:

 

On National’s trade policy:

 

On Point England public land for housing development:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On New Zealand’s fossil fuel industry:

 

On early childhood education:

 

On water extraction:

 

On Maui’s dolphins:

 

On Labour/Greens Budget Responsibility Rules:

 

On war crimes allegations against SAS:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Tough on crime:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

On Resource Management Act reforms:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

Bulletin 20/3/2017

Summary:

Quiet weekend.  Housing just won’t go away, of course.  Still some talk about Apple not paying taxes.

 

Echo Chamber National:

On military spending:

 

On Wellington student bus fares:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On housing:

 

On multinational corporations and taxes:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On consent education in schools:

 

On pricing water extraction:

 

On housing:

 

On multinational corporations and taxes:

 

On money laundering:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

More police:

 

On multinational corporations and taxes:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

Echo Chamber ACT:

Remove iwi consultations from the Resource Management Act:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

Bulletin 1/3/2017

Summary:

Bill English made some comments about people being unemployed because they’re on drugs, and he’s getting push back from both opposition parties and facts – it sucks when the facts are against you, too.  Annette King steps down as Labour deputy leader, Andrew Little to nominate Jacinda Ardern for that position.

 

Echo Chamber National:

43 unit of emergency housing built, thousands left to go:

 

Administration:

 

Gisborne economic action plan:

 

On Annette King stepping down:

 

National does education funding a few million dollars at a time.  There’s been a lot of Tweets like this, but they never have a big plan to show, just handing out cookies one at a time and a photo op for each one:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On Bill English’s false unemployed drug-users claims:

 

On the housing shortage:

 

On Annette King stepping down and upcoming election of new deputy leader:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On Bill English’s unemployed drug-users claim:

 

On Annette King stepping down:

 

Bill for workplace protections for domestic violence victims:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

On Bill English’s unemployed drug-users claim:

 

Ground work:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

Actually, unemployment is about education:

 

Schools are failing, let’s guarantee it by closing them:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

On immigration: