Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, June 21st, 2019 - 95 comments
Nick Smith has complained that making it easier for people to vote by allowing them to enrol on election day will disadvantage the National Party.
Written By: - Date published: 3:56 am, June 12th, 2019 - 94 comments
Andrew Little’s letter to the Select Committee on election interference puzzled me – it seemed to be out of the blue and not particularly relevant to our system. Then I read about a meeting on the Gold Coast last year and it became clear as to why – FiveEyes pressure.
Written By: - Date published: 6:44 pm, September 13th, 2018 - 82 comments
Oh dear. The Winston Peters led governing coalition has completely collapsed and thank God Simon Bridges is there to pick up the pieces. I warned you this would happen! And look! Over there … the sky is falling. Falling, I tells ya!
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, August 13th, 2018 - 238 comments
With his proposal to reduce the effectiveness of Parliament David Seymour is clearly looking for relevance.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, June 12th, 2018 - 78 comments
Winston Peters has commenced legal proceedings against Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett because of the leaking during last year’s election campaign of private information about a superannuation overpayment he received.
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: 8:19 am, February 4th, 2018 - 108 comments
Changing National’s leadership will not help the conservatives regain power if they fail to address questions of why they lost the 2017 election. National may be the biggest single party but it is unlikely to stay that. And they have no remaining parliamentary partners.You can’t form a MMP government from that…
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 12th, 2017 - 43 comments
National is pondering one of the realities of MMP. Without friends its chances of becoming Government are very limited.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:17 pm, November 26th, 2017 - 154 comments
A rebuttal of Nick Smith’s claim to have “won the 2017 election, but lost the coalition negotiations.”
Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 25th, 2017 - 59 comments
No competition in this one, Nick Smith for showing that despite the 27 long years he has spent in Parliament he still has no idea how our electoral system works and for claiming there is an electoral convention that simply does not exist.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, November 19th, 2017 - 8 comments
Robert Peston in the Spectator has analysed the social media performance of the two big parties in the United Kingdom and has concluded that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had a significant advantage over Theresa May’s conservatives.
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?
Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, October 24th, 2017 - 26 comments
The text of the Labour Green confidence and supply agreement has been reached.
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, October 24th, 2017 - 78 comments
Details about how the next Cabinet may be made up are emerging. Winston Peters may regain the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as being Deputy Prime Minister.
Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, October 22nd, 2017 - 27 comments
Where this government ranks in terms of proportion of the vote compared to the historical record. Useful analysis.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, October 21st, 2017 - 25 comments
Vernon Small has the best account of the events of “D-Day”. Nat supporters are trying to pedal the myth that English lost a baubles bidding war because of his principles (hah!), the fact is it was all about policy match.
Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, October 21st, 2017 - 46 comments
A dedicated space on The Standard for left-wing and progressive people.
Written By: - Date published: 10:08 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 50 comments
While the Green Party delegates are debating a Confidence and Supply agreement in support of a Labour-led government, James Shaw made a speech to the press at parliament on Thurs night outlining the Greens’ response to the new Labour government and where the Greens might fit into that. UPDATE: the membership have endorsed the deal.