The next Prime Minister is …

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Date published: 6:58 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 145 comments
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Winston Peters has announced that he will be going into coalition with Labour and Jacinda Ardern will be the next Prime Minister. Let the attacks from the right about how unfair it is that a minority party did not ascend into Government and how MMP needs to be reformed begin. For the rest of us – this is a time of hope…

Down to the wire

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Date published: 5:24 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 54 comments
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Lots of chatter going on at the moment. The Herald reports that NZF prefers Labour. Will it come down to the baubles in the end?

Livestream: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/10/livestream-winston-peters-makes-announcement.html

Updated: He has arrived – join the livestreams. And…. Jacinda

Otago University to start reducing fossil fuel use

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Date published: 12:28 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 1 comment

The University has a 3 year plan to decrease its carbon fuel use.

Today is a win-win with Winston

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Date published: 8:48 am, October 19th, 2017 - 101 comments

It appears that Winston is about to announce the decision of the NZ First party about their coalition partner today. For those who seem to think that coalitions should be formed with rapidity, they simply shouldn’t. That is the path to making stupid decisions, and I am yet to hear a single good reason to do it.

Site down this afternoon

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Date published: 8:30 am, October 19th, 2017 - 50 comments

The site will be down this afternoon for a few hours for scheduled maintenance.

Open Mike 19/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 19th, 2017 - 49 comments

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Step up to the mike …

Books but no beds

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Date published: 6:11 pm, October 18th, 2017 - 18 comments

Most viewed story on the Guardian website today: “New Zealand library cracks case of missing books.” Turns out some of Auckland’s 23,000 homeless were hiding bookmarked books in odd places so they wouldn’t lose their place. The library will now keep their books safe. Good on them. Finding homes for homeless must be a high priority for Aotearoa’s next government.

Daily Review 18/10/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, October 18th, 2017 - 75 comments

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Green Party makes important announcement …

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Date published: 2:47 pm, October 18th, 2017 - 35 comments

Breaking news from Parliament …

Professor Mark Blyth on…

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Date published: 11:26 am, October 18th, 2017 - 22 comments

…the past 70 years of economic theory and practice. (h/t Adam)

A letter to my middle-class, well meaning, professional, liberal friends and family

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Date published: 10:24 am, October 18th, 2017 - 4 comments

A post about the responsibility to advocate for change in a visible way.

Peters’ greatest hits

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Date published: 9:10 am, October 18th, 2017 - 8 comments

Lloyd Burr at Newshub rounded up 23 of Peters’ most quotable attacks on the Nats and their failed government. Add them to the collection of issues that Peters will have to disown if he goes wrong and picks Right.

Open Mike 18/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 18th, 2017 - 100 comments

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Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 17/10/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, October 17th, 2017 - 21 comments

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Another day

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Date published: 5:03 pm, October 17th, 2017 - 34 comments

Just watched the “waiting for Winston Peters”  live feed from Stuff. It sounds like the NZ First board know what they want and now there will be a bit more negotiation with both major parties to get closer to what the NZF board were after. They are heading back home leaving the politicians to finish up.
Updated: Winston in one-on-one talks with Bill and Jacinda last night. Looks like it is getting serious.

No consensus – more talks

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Date published: 4:56 pm, October 17th, 2017 - 28 comments

Vance: “Now not committing to the end of the week”

China and New Zealand

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Date published: 12:49 pm, October 17th, 2017 - 67 comments

Is it time for New Zealand to align itself with China rather than the United States?

“Reporters”.

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Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 54 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Wellington Political Theatre’s Waiting for Godot – a review

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Date published: 7:56 am, October 17th, 2017 - 12 comments

Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot by the city’s oldest company, the Wellington Political Theatre, is a triumph.

Open Mike 17/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 17th, 2017 - 123 comments

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Daily Review 16/10/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, October 16th, 2017 - 29 comments

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Poor reporters

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Date published: 5:05 pm, October 16th, 2017 - 19 comments

Spare a thought for our poor political reporters today.

Austria and Europe

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Date published: 2:07 pm, October 16th, 2017 - 20 comments

Europe is showing a worrying trend to the right as anti immigration parties are voted into office. Austria provides the latest example.

This is the day *

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Date published: 8:15 am, October 16th, 2017 - 120 comments

* but delays are possible.

Facebook and democracy

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Date published: 7:56 am, October 16th, 2017 - 27 comments

A long and interesting read in The Atlantic. “The very roots of the electoral system had been destabilized.”

The first 100 days of a Labour led government

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Date published: 7:32 am, October 16th, 2017 - 29 comments

Maybe Peters learned from history and is not doomed to repeat it. If we get a Labour led government, what should be its top priorities in the first 100 days?

Open Mike 16/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 16th, 2017 - 95 comments

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Nats – lousy at government – “brilliant” at opposition

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Date published: 9:57 am, October 15th, 2017 - 100 comments

Peters has the opportunity to put an end to this useless government (and turn National into “the opposition from hell”). I think he’s going to ’96 us, but I’d be happy to be proved wrong

Open Mike 15/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 15th, 2017 - 242 comments

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Helen Kelly – one year

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Date published: 1:25 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 11 comments

Helen Kelly died a year ago today. She is missed.

Happy Oompa Loompas?

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Date published: 12:48 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 9 comments

Dunedin hosts a celebratory graduation ceremony for discarded labour.

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