Is John Key’s Leadership Doomed?

National Party leader John Key has angrily denied that his leadership is in trouble. Rumours that his deputy, Bill English, may be planning to oust him, have been doing the rounds in Wellington in recent days. But both John Key and Bill English say there is no plot, and that claims of a potential challenge…

Labour To Blame For Legal Costs

The Finance Minister has confirmed that Treasury is yet again revising its budgetary estimates. Bill English has long predicted that the government’s books will be in surplus by the 2014/15 financial year. However, a predicted massive hike in legal costs to the Crown has forced Treasury to take another look at the Government’s accounts. In particular, the…

English Says Asteroid Strike Good For Country

The Finance Minister said this morning that the asteroid speeding towards the country presented opportunities for New Zealand. Scientists yesterday announced that a giant asteroid is on a collision course with the Earth. They predict that the huge rock will hit the southern part of the North Island tomorrow, destroying most of Wellington and leaving hundreds of…

Magic Beans

Below is the transcript of a short speech given to business leaders yesterday by Finance Minister Bill English Good morning. I want to talk to you today about National’s plans to grow the economy. We are in an election year and our opponents have accused National of not having a plan. But National has a…

Fair?

The media are reporting that the National Finance boss has been jailed for six years. I know Bill English has been a pretty useless finance minister, but still that’s harsh.

Ruling Almost Nothing Out

Finance Minister Bill English is not ruling out making changes to Working for Families or the student loans scheme in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. As the full financial impact of last week’s quake becomes clearer, the Government is looking at a bill to the taxpayer of up to five billion dollars. The effects…