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Ten steps towards victory for Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 13th, 2017 - 239 comments

A guest post by Labour Activist Enzo Giordani on what Labour needs to do this year to win the election.

Refining that dog whistle

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments

Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced.  And most of the media bought it.

The return of Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party and the NZ journalist seeking asylum in Russia

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, January 2nd, 2017 - 369 comments

In strange news Kim Dotcom is talking about resurrecting the Internet Party and claims have been made that a New Zealand journalist is seeking asylum in Russia. Update: I am satisfied the application is for real.

Barbecue season

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 7th, 2016 - 84 comments

Now that we are entering the post Key era the Barbecue season presents the perfect time for all good progressives to talk to everyone about the importance of politics.

Clearing the decks

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 1st, 2016 - 127 comments

National is readying itself for the next election by getting rid of some MPs.  And Nick Leggett has finally disclosed his true political colours.

Labour Green seat deals – about bloody time

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, November 29th, 2016 - 69 comments

Reports that Labour and the Greens will cooperate in some seats. Watch Patrick Gower’s head explode! But this is no Epsom.

The eternal tax-cut mirage

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 21st, 2016 - 93 comments

Despite the unknown cost of the quakes, and the host of other urgent needs, Key is once again talking up election-bribe tax cuts.

Chloe Swarbrick steps up for 2017

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 46 comments

“The world is changing, people are angry, and more than ever, we need open minds and compassionate action. I’m joining the @NZGreens”

Twyford to chair Labour’s election campaign

Written By: - Date published: 5:41 pm, September 28th, 2016 - 56 comments

Twyford has been made Labour’s campaign chairman, which puts him charge of strategy for the election.

Labour’s Auckland Push

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, August 30th, 2016 - 57 comments

Matt McCarten is to head a new Labour party office in Auckland. The party is going to take to fight to National in the city that decides the election. Yet another bold step from Andrew Little, who is looking more and more like the next PM.

Roy Morgan August; Nat’s Down 7%

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 268 comments

The latest Roy Morgan is out. A solid 7% drop for National.

Hone Harawira is getting the band back together

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

It’s useful with controversial politicians to hear what they actually say, and in context too. Here’s Harawira in his own words.

Mana 2.0

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, June 19th, 2016 - 254 comments

Hone’s back! The leader of the Mana party has announced he’s re-forming the Mana Movement and will stand again in Te Tai Tokerau. Is there a chance of a deal with Labour to strengthen the next Government?

Kiaora Matariki Puaka

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, June 17th, 2016 - 27 comments

It’s been a hard week, and many of us could do with some kindness and good news. Let’s take a moment to remember Matariki. What would Standardistas and other politically progressive people like to see for the coming year?

Livestream – LIVE UPDATES From LINCOLN

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, June 4th, 2016 - 53 comments

LIVE UPDATES from TS’s man in the Lincoln Event Centre, Te Reo Putake.

 

 

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Stick a Fork in Him, He’s Dunne

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 pm, June 1st, 2016 - 140 comments

The Labour/Greens electoral pact spells the end of the line for Parliament’s most self serving MP, Peter Dunne. National have a choice to make; stand down in Ohariu or stab him in the back. And then there’s the equally supine Maori party.  Te Ururoa Flavell’s hold on his seat is also shaky. No Flavell, no Maori Party.

No Mates National. The Brighter Future just arrived!

Glib words and false hope aren’t going to cut it

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 19th, 2016 - 151 comments

This is a massive market and moral failure. The problem isn’t going to go away, it’s going to get worse, and the media are going to stay on the case. Time for National to borrow some more Labour / Green policy thinking.

Tax cuts! No! Yes! Maybe! Look over there!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 17th, 2016 - 90 comments

English is right, Key is lying and he knows it. But Key would rather we were talking about the mirage of tax cuts (again) than current events like the protection of corrupt tax havens or our homeless living in cars.

Peters vs Carter

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, May 6th, 2016 - 17 comments

Winston Peters is already wielding his kingmaker powers. If National roll over over, I wonder what else Peters can get out of them over the next few months?

Bowron on a tired government

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 18th, 2016 - 349 comments

Jane Bowron writes in the Dominion Post: “Two things happened this week that could signal the beginning of the end of John Key and his government.”

Building a government in waiting

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, April 4th, 2016 - 162 comments

Good to see Andrew Little working on the practical politics of building a government in waiting.

Can We Trust Winston Peters?

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 20th, 2016 - 139 comments

Recent polling makes it clear that neither National or Labour can win power without the support of NZ First. So should the left be worried that Winston Peters will take his party back over to the blue team?

Fear is a Man’s Best Friend

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, March 17th, 2016 - 140 comments

It’s been an intense day or two for Andrew Little. But he’s still feeling better than John Key. Why? Because Key’s got the fear.

Could National lose Whangarei?

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, March 14th, 2016 - 43 comments

National are nervous about losing the safe electorate seat of Whangarei. Something tells me that the NATs will be fighting back hard come 2017.

Business as Usual

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 65 comments

Danyl McLauchlan at the Dim-Post remarks that the Opposition continues to be unable to get voters to question the Key Government or to even consider the alternative that they are presenting.

Fisiani Gets it Right

Written By: - Date published: 6:41 pm, January 23rd, 2016 - 210 comments

Let’s get this straight. Fisiani’s on-going sycophantic love-in with John Key may be nauseatingly embarrassing to read, but this does not make him necessarily wrong. Unforeseeable circumstances aside, John Key will see out five or six terms in office. He will then likely hand over to his carefully anointed National party successor. National will govern […]

Fourth term Key?

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, January 23rd, 2016 - 122 comments

Key confirms that he will be standing at the next election – he wants that fourth term. Not sure why.

The Tide is High

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, November 15th, 2015 - 91 comments

I’m pleased about the Roy Morgan result. The last RWC was worth 2-3% in the polls to National.  This RWC … nothing.  And in the days since that poll, John Key has overseen an astonishing attack on the women of Parliament. I think we’ve reached Peak Key.

Labour – clearing the decks

Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, November 7th, 2015 - 53 comments

Labour has positioned itself astutely in the run up to and early stages of its conference. Best news, there will be proper cooperation with The Greens next election.

Labour on fire at will

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, July 18th, 2015 - 195 comments

It was reported yesterday that “Labour would retain 90-day trial periods, but make them fairer”. Despite last minute claims to the contrary on Twitter, I think that this is probably correct.

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

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