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The Minister of Finance’s Mini-Budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, December 14th, 2017 - 87 comments

Big day today as Labour’s mini budget is announced.

Why Malcolm Turnbull is nearly right

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 12th, 2017 - 27 comments

Malcolm Turnbull is proposing law changes in Australia to try and minimise the effect that China is having on Australia’s democratic system. He may not be wrong in doing so.

Economy 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 9th, 2017 - 31 comments

It’s that time of year where we start making predictions for 2018. I see it looking not too hot, not too cold.

First year of study free launched by Prime Minister Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, December 5th, 2017 - 83 comments

Jacinda Ardern has formally launched the Government’s free tertiary education policy.

Progress from the Labour led government

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, November 30th, 2017 - 44 comments

Just over one month in the new Labour led Government and it is time to measure progress.

Can a Labour led Government win the tax debate?

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, November 28th, 2017 - 48 comments

Why National is currently winning the debate about tax and what Labour needs to do to change this.

Appalling men and great art

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, November 27th, 2017 - 49 comments

There have been some great artists face some appalling allegations.  Would they have been as successful if their great crimes had been exposed?

Social Democracy is still alive

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 24th, 2017 - 49 comments

With socialist governments in rapid decline right across the world, and just a very few social democrat governments re-emerging after many years out of power, it’s useful to remind ourselves of what governmental combinations are working well.

Queensland State Election and Coal

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments

The Queensland election is turning into one of those rare and weird ones in which a large-scale environment-versus-economy fight looms largest.

Bourgeoise meth

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, November 21st, 2017 - 157 comments

The release of new valuation figures yesterday reinforced how addicted householders are to increasing real estate valuations, no matter what the cost.

Tampa, Ardern and positioning small countries

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 16th, 2017 - 41 comments

There are major similarities between Helen Clark’s decision to accept into New Zealand refugees from the Tampa boat and Jacinda Ardern’s pushing for New Zealand to accept refugees based on Manus Island.

Election autopsies

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2017 - 29 comments

US democratic activists have conducted a number of reviews on what went wrong at the last election.  The conclusions they have reached could helpfully inform New Zealand political activists on what to do in 2020.

Labour and rural voters

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 6th, 2017 - 94 comments

In recent years Labour has allowed National to dominate rural politics. Maybe it is time for Labour to think about reaching out to rural voters and suggest to them that a progressive vote is in their interests.

Let’s do this

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 3rd, 2017 - 11 comments

With a change of Government it is a time for a change in the public entities that run New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, Donald Trump and political manners

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 2nd, 2017 - 12 comments

In terms of style and approach Jacinda Ardern is radically different to Donald Trump.

Climate Change and the Actual Challenge to This New Government

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, October 30th, 2017 - 10 comments

A new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge highlights the infrastructure issues and that adaptation could require significant and expensive changes to stormwater and wastewater networks.

Who are the most influential in Wellington now?

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, October 26th, 2017 - 28 comments

With the change in Government who will be the new movers and shakers in Wellington and who will have their influence diminished?

Don Presland obituary

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 23 comments

Long time Unionist and Labour supporter Don Presland died last week. Family friend Ad writes about Don’s decades of standing up for workers’ rights and in celebration of the life of a really good man.

This coming digital war

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, October 21st, 2017 - 67 comments

This is the first Labour Government of the digital age.  How progressives respond to social media attacks may be crucial to its success.

China and New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, October 17th, 2017 - 70 comments

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

Austria and Europe

Written By: - 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.

The Nobel Peace Prize

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 13th, 2017 - 12 comments

Last week, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). This is a coalition of NGO’s from over 100 countries, which has led the charge to convince nations to outlaw nuclear weapons. The committee honored ICAN for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic […]

Is there a Role for the Governor General in Coalition Formation?

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, October 10th, 2017 - 50 comments

MMP is challenging the traditional role of the Governor General in determining who should lead the Government after an election.

Blade Runner

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 5th, 2017 - 17 comments

A film review on the latest Blade Runner movie.

Ten Reasons for National to do another term

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 5th, 2017 - 28 comments

A tongue in cheek list of reasons why it may be best for National to form the next Government.

The political strategy of Winston Peters

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, September 29th, 2017 - 13 comments

The Winston Peters interregnum provides New Zealand with the opportunity to work out what are core values and what can be the subject of compromise.

The German Elections

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 26th, 2017 - 40 comments

On the other side of the world another western democracy with an MMP system has recently had an election which has thrown up a complex result.

A meeting in Wanaka

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 13th, 2017 - 162 comments

Ad reports on a recent meeting in Wanaka where David Parker addressed farmers face to face on Labour’s water policy.

The Cost

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 9th, 2017 - 59 comments

Should the Greens form part of the next Government there will be huge expectations on them to perform.

Tourism and Conservation Fund policy from Labour

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, August 29th, 2017 - 7 comments

Labour has announced a Tourism and Infrastructure fund policy which will raise funds for conservation and infrastructure.

Middle East Changes

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, August 27th, 2017 - 70 comments

If there is a change of Government what should Labour do about requests for military assistance in the Middle East?

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