The election delay means there’s the chance for more education around both referendums. The pandemic has understandably sapped public attention – but the outcome of these votes also define our Continue Reading →
As the National Party implodes and MPs are dropping like flies, I’m celebrating one retirement in particular. Paula Bennett. Her announcement fell at the same time the Greens releasing their Continue Reading →
I remember vividly the episode of The Simpsons where Homer, attempting to suppress his rage, causes golf ball-sized lumps to erupt under the surface of his skin. Like a fury-fuelled Continue Reading →
By the time I finish writing this, Part Two of Patrick Gower’s documentary On Weed will have aired. I have watched Part One, which focuses on medicinal cannabis, about five Continue Reading →
BUWT – the Beneficiary and Unwaged Workers Trust – are a vital intermediary between vulnerable people and failing systems. Myself and thousands of other beneficiaries have relied on them at crucial Continue Reading →
Technically, this will be the second week I do not get a welfare payment. I… cannot overstate the changes in my life.
As of this week, I don’t qualify for a benefit. Why? Did I suddenly get healthy enough to work fulltime? Did a distant cousin leave me their millions in Apple Continue Reading →
The report on recommended changes to our welfare system is now public. So far, the government response is, to be blunt, piss poor. So will it actually change anything?
The Ministry of Justice might be set to review the way we request information from any government department. I wrote about this under the headline The Right To Know, but Continue Reading →
In my years of blogging I’ve tackled a lot of personal topics. I did that because I believe in talking about shit, even if it makes me vulnerable. Because when Continue Reading →