Posts on government and governence at national and local level, political parties,politicians, and political participation
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, March 21st, 2018 - 35 comments
Two posts from No Right Turn.
“Fundamentally, climate change means it is us or the oil industry. We know whose side the Greens are on. But people are doubting Labour, and they only have themselves to blame for it.”
Also a post on banning fossil-fueled cars.
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, March 20th, 2018 - 74 comments
The world has changed dramatically since Barak Obama was President of the United States.
Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 19th, 2018 - 37 comments
Facebook, Putin, poisoning and Ghouta have all given fairly extensive media coverage of late. Nothing much on Afrin. Afrin has just fallen to terrorists backed by Turkey.
Update: the photo used for this post is of the The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), who are part of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces fighting in Syria.
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 19th, 2018 - 49 comments
“As Greens, we’ve always stood for modernising our democracy, making MPs more accountable and giving the public better access to the levers of power.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, March 19th, 2018 - 268 comments
The Greens have offered National their Primary Questions for oral answer in Parliament without conditions.
Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, March 18th, 2018 - 87 comments
Heather Du Plessis-Allan has suggested that there is a power struggle happening in the Labour Party. Without the benefit of things normally considered to be important elements of an argument, those things being facts.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 18th, 2018 - 10 comments
“The Health Select Committee is about to consider the government’s changes to medicinal cannabis law. This is your chance to tell politicians they have not gone far enough.”
The Greens have a handy online submission form that you can send as is or add your own thoughts. Submissions close on Wednesday.
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, March 16th, 2018 - 27 comments
Hamilton or Kirikiriroa? I don’t even know why this is a question. Well, I do, it’s a question because white people are stupid, but I mean there’s no question in my mind which name I prefer. Kneejerk reactions to this sort of suggested change are a bit odd when you think about it. Everything in […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, March 16th, 2018 - 111 comments
Judith Collins thinks that no one cares that National oversaw the creation of a significant housing crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, March 16th, 2018 - 38 comments
This government has not yet developed an economic strategy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 87 comments
Do we have a sexual assault problem in New Zealand, or an alcohol problem? The media has decided for you. (Content warning: Sexual assault, rape culture, discussion of problematic news coverage thereof)
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 13 comments
It’s been awesome to see feminist activists in New Zealand enable a new and fast liberation occur. It’s worth reflecting on the success of #MeToo and all its new forms.
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, March 14th, 2018 - 164 comments
In his usual dignified way, Donald Trump announced that he was sacking Rex Tillerson, the American Secretary of State in a tweet. And so the round of musical chairs that marks the White House’s descent into even more incompetence continues. Meanwhile the farce of the Russian election proceeds in their background of state operated terrorism in the UK. But there is some light
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 14th, 2018 - 32 comments
A more productive economy – and society – has been an elusive goal for many of New Zealand’s previous governments. The last National Government failed. What will Labour do to succeed?
Written By: - Date published: 5:05 am, March 14th, 2018 - 24 comments
“I believe that the impulse to hide the NZDF’s mistakes led the Chief of Defence Force knowingly to mislead the media and the public.”
Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 13th, 2018 - 31 comments
“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned all Government departments from using a firm of private investigators for spying.”
Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, March 11th, 2018 - 121 comments
National’s new line up has been announced. And there are some heavy hints to a few MPs that their careers may be ending soon.
Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, March 11th, 2018 - 18 comments
Stuff have published online a video interview with Andrew Little where he goes through the circumstances of his resignation as leader, the ascension of Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister and his work as a Minister.
Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, March 11th, 2018 - 44 comments
There is evidence in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand that youth and not class may be the new political divide.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 10th, 2018 - 157 comments
An occasional post where we celebrate the extremely banal or bad taste or idiotic behaviour in politics.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 8th, 2018 - 128 comments
Amy Adams won’t commit to $11.7b, but she too has now become the third person to fall down the imaginary fiscal hole. How can National claim to have any soundness on finance if they won’t admit their criticisms on the economy are unreasonable and unfounded? And besides, aren’t National actually worse fiscal managers if ordinary people tend to get paid less under their regimes? We dive into some theory to thoroughly dispute even Steven Joyce’s/Amy Adam’s secondary criticism of “fiscal tightness,” although concede that two of the Budget Responsibility rules are probably stupid in order to do it.
Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, March 8th, 2018 - 28 comments
National’s constitutionally outrageous attempt to stifle the claims of family carers for compensation for discrimination should be repealed and a just settlement reached with the caregivers.
Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, March 8th, 2018 - 18 comments
As Labour picks up the pen to sign the TPPA, environmental critics argue that the new agreement has done nothing to allay fears of New Zealand being sued by corporations to prevent the government from taking action on climate change.