Category: Politics

The Nurses union has waged an excellent public campaign during its pay negotiations, but it got beaten by the “first to a number” trick.   The DHB’s released details of the latest pay offer, but this time gave an estimate of what the pay deal may deliver a nurse in certain circumstances: $93,000.   The…

A little-known tool organisations can use to influence new Ministers, especially new governments following general elections, is a dedicated briefing paper.   Traditionally, new Ministries and government agencies supply the new Minister with a written briefing paper explaining their portfolio responsibilities, current issues and work-in-progress.   Known as a BIM (Briefing for the Incoming Minister),…

For a career that has become a profession, the political class perform surprisingly badly at the job. Here’s two lessons you can learn from their mistakes last month.   1) Tell your story, then stop. Journalists are very good at spotting weaknesses in stories.  Bill English kept telling them his story about Todd Barclay each…