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Democracy, Faux Democracy and Terror.

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.

Green Party statements on giving their parliamentary Questions to the Opposition

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.”

Greens give National their primary questions for oral answer

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.

Is youth the new political divide?

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.

Genter and Davidson

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 am, March 2nd, 2018 - 51 comments

The Green female co-leader candidates did a Q and A last night with Stuff political reporter Henry Cooke. They covered a range of topics, including the Budget Responsibility Rules. The interview gives good insight into how the Green Party works and where they are headed, as well as into the two candidates themselves.

Nationwide public meetings: TPPA-11 update, and what we can do

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, February 14th, 2018 - 27 comments

Auckland 12 Feb – Wellington 14 Feb – Nelson 20 Feb – Christchurch 21 Feb – Dunedin 22 Feb

The Housing Crisis.

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 11th, 2018 - 154 comments

Can politics deliver?

The 2017 General Election electorate expense returns

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, February 4th, 2018 - 25 comments

Last year’s electorate expense returns have now been made public.

Zen and the art of greening the government

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, February 3rd, 2018 - 65 comments

Democracy, protest, and what makes this the first ever progressive New Zealand MMP government.

What should happen at Waitangi

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, January 23rd, 2018 - 6 comments

The ideal occurrences this year at Waitangi would be …

Join Marama for an Announcement February 4th

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, January 23rd, 2018 - 7 comments

Marama DavidsonKia ora whānau! It would mean so much to me if you would all come and support my event on Sunday 04 Feb at 11am. We’ll be livestreaming the event so even if you can’t physically be there and you’d like to tautoko you can click ‘going’.


Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, January 22nd, 2018 - 7 comments

History not forgotten.

Shock horror right wing think tank thinks NZ not very democratic

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, January 18th, 2018 - 74 comments

National’s cheerleaders are pushing an international report which suggests that New Zealand’s democratic system is only slightly better than average in world terms.  But the organisation behind the report and the methodology used need some checking.

Another middle finger?

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

With just over half the votes counted, it looks like Catalonia has opted to ditch Spanish central rule.

Gareth Hughes: Passing a motion and other Parliamentary jargon

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 am, December 20th, 2017 - 10 comments

Democracy misunderstood is democracy denied.

Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 20th, 2017 - 56 comments

“Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.”

NRT on submitting on the End of Life Choice Bill

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, December 16th, 2017 - 259 comments

“If you care about the bill, I encourage you to speak up about it.”

Making official Information flow again

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, December 4th, 2017 - 31 comments

“Ministers realised they had a device through which they could reduce the surprises they suffered. And, as it went on, the surprises ministers no longer wanted to experience became greater in number and smaller in significance.Increasingly, it placed on the public service a political imperative which it had never had to shoulder. “

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.

Remember, remember!

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 pm, November 1st, 2017 - 8 comments

Sunday the 5th of November from 12 O’Clock onwards, by the bandstand in Dunedin’s Botanic Gardens.

The new government and the TPPA-11

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, October 28th, 2017 - 149 comments

An update from Professor Jane Kelsey on the TPPA-11, a look at the issues for the new Labour-led government, and reasons why we still need to be concerned.

Begone, capitalism! You don’t own me

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, October 25th, 2017 - 73 comments

Do we want to be owned by capitalism and stay in its trap of wage and debt slavery, or do we want to boldly go to post-capitalism, whatever that might be.

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.


Written By: - 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.

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.

Facebook and democracy

Written By: - 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.”

First Past the Post nostalgia

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, October 12th, 2017 - 33 comments

A timely reminder that we replaced FPP for very good reasons.

There is hope

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 22 comments

Anarchism and democracy.

We need a new version of MMP

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, October 1st, 2017 - 124 comments

This guest post looks at the ways that the national governments in Scotland and Wales operate. Their functional systems are effectively MMP, but they break up their list into regional areas which makes it easier to gain the voters to put regional issues into the wider debate.

Peters campaigned against the Nats – his party wants him to do the right thing

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 27th, 2017 - 167 comments

Peters campaigned hard against the Nats, and for a change in government (check out the speech and video). To keep faith with democracy and with his party members he has to go with Labour Green (check out the feedback and polls). If Peters goes the other way NZF will implode.

Some election night notes

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 pm, September 23rd, 2017 - 15 comments

The timing of this election’s results, how NZ governments are formed, and election stress.

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