Honeymoon Bliss at NBR

February 20th, 2009 at 9:19 am by David Farrar

My weekly Dispatch from St Johnnysberg column at NBR looks at the honeymoon for the Government, as shown in the polls. But despite that Labour gets best play of the week, and National worst play of the week.

Feedback and comments can be left at NBR.

Battle resumes at NBR

February 13th, 2009 at 9:02 am by David Farrar

My column at NBR covers the first week of the resumed battle in Parliament.

Find out who gets best play of the week, worst play of the week and patsy question of the week!

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Unite and Conquer

February 6th, 2009 at 10:44 am by David Farrar

My weekly column at NBR is online. I look at John Key’s unite and conquer strategy and compare his style to date, to two former PMs.

As always, comments and feedback can be made over at NBR.

Grading the new laws

December 19th, 2008 at 8:16 am by David Farrar

Over at NBR, I grade the eight laws passed in full or part over the last two weeks. They get an A+, A, A-, 2 B+s, B, B- and a C+.

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A sense of urgency

December 12th, 2008 at 10:48 am by David Farrar

This week’s Dispatch from St Johnnysburg is online at NBR. I summarise:

John Key is finding that the wonderful plaudits he got for forming a Government in record time, do not extend to passing laws in record time.

The scores are:

  • Best Play of the Week – sworn in on Monday, tax cuts on Thursday gets an A
  • Worst Play of the Week – A D+ for pushing the 90 day probation bill through under urgency turning a positive into a negative
  • Best Maiden Speech of the Week for a Labour MP – Kelvin Davis gets an A+

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The blame game

December 5th, 2008 at 9:38 am by David Farrar

Had a very pleasant night at the Agenda Christmas Party. What I like about it is so many of the people there are interesting and you can have fascinating discussions on topics from the Canadian constitutional crisis to Cicero.

One of the attendees was NBR Editor Nevil Gibson. It was when I was chatting to him that I suddenly realised I hadn’t written my weekly NBR online column. Doing it last night wasn’t a sensible option, but thankfully I have now done it this morning and it is online at NBR, called The Blame Game.

Treasury get best play of the week for being brave enough to say unpopular things in their BIM, the Defence Force gets worst play of the week and the undisclosed ACC bailouts win scandal of the week.

A flying start

November 28th, 2008 at 11:17 am by David Farrar

This week’s Dispatch from St Johnnsyberg looks at John Key’s flying start to the job. The grades are:

  • Best Play of the Week: Tim Groser gets an A for the expansion of the P4 trade agreement
  • Worst Play of the Week: Gordon Brown gets a D for the protectionist departure tax, which has nothing to do with climate change – that is just the excuse.
  • EFA Breach of the Week: Looks at the Electoral Commission ruling on whether Trevor Mallard broke the EFA by releasing leaked copies of National’s policies.
  • Scandals of the Week: The citizenship scandal continues as an A- while the immigration job offer scandal rises from a C to a B-

Feedback and comments welcome at NBR.

Prime Minister John Key

November 21st, 2008 at 10:53 am by David Farrar

Over at NBR I write:

Even after the election win, and the negotiating of support agreements for the new Government, it doesn’t all sink in about the change until you see that first news story that quotes “Prime Minister John Key” and you realise it now all over.

So what has been the best and worst plays of John Key’s first week as Prime Minister?

In the column I advocate a move to a UK style Cabinet with two levels of Ministers.

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The 1st Dispatch from St Johnnysberg

November 14th, 2008 at 9:37 am by David Farrar

Over at NBR I have blogged my first Dispatch from St Johnnysberg.

I’ve shared many of the prizes:

  • Best Play of the Week – Helen Clark gets an A for her re-ordering of the Labour Party, and John Key gets an A for his coalition strategy
  • Worst Play of the Week – Mike Williams and Rodney Hide both get Ds.Mike Williams for still defending his dirt digging trip to Melbourne. Rodney gets it, despite what has been an overall good week, for his interview on Sunday when he kept labelling John Key as more leftwing than Helen Clark – in front of the PM Designate. It made people wonder how stable a Government would be, and also looked boorish. To be fair to Rodney it was a once off.
  • EFA Breach of the Week – being discontinued due to Phil Goff’s mea culpa
  • Scandal of the Week – an A- for the Shane Jones/Yang Liu scandal and a C to the Kanwaljit Bakshi which emerged the week before the election. I call on John Key to set up proper inquiries into both of them.

Comments and feedback can be left over at NBR.