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Coalition Problems? Tell ’em they’re Dreaming!

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!

Government as startup

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 4th, 2018 - 67 comments

Labour and New Zealand First Ministers under the first term of the sixth Labour government sitting in the Cabinet office.

This new government is almost perfectly replicating the burn cycle of a startup business.

The end of ACT

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.

Government with a plan

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 22nd, 2018 - 46 comments

Labour and New Zealand First Ministers under the first term of the sixth Labour government sitting in the Cabinet office.

The polls are great. Top work. But I’m getting worried about the entropy of this government already. Matthew Hooten and Karl Marx agree with me.

Winston sues

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.

The election year party donations returns

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, May 6th, 2018 - 40 comments

The election year donation returns have been released and show a surge of donations for Labour but National still well ahead.

Andrew Little reflects

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.

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.

Ideological issues more than leadership are Nat’s problem

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…

What will 2018 bring for National?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 4th, 2018 - 179 comments

What are National’s prospects this year?  Will Bill English survive as leader?  Will there be resignations and a clean out of the front bench?  Stay tuned …

National needs a friend

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.

English still whining

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 6th, 2017 - 58 comments

Surprise surprise – Bill English is still whining that 44.4% should really be counted as 50.1% – and other snippets from Parliament’s post election conference.

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.

Once again: National lost the election

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.”

Doofus of the week – Nick Smith

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.

The UK Social media political arms race

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.

The Missing Noun.

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, November 8th, 2017 - 88 comments

When they said they wanted to eradicate poverty, I didn’t suspect they simply meant to expunge the word.

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?

The new cabinet

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, October 25th, 2017 - 41 comments

Details of the new cabinet have been announced.

Labour Green confidence and supply agreement released

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.

Labour – NZFirst deal details announced

Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, October 24th, 2017 - 60 comments

Details of the Labour – NZ First coalition agreement have just been announced.

The new cabinet

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.

Turns out voters were pretty chill about it

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 am, October 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments

The government’s mandate

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.

Small on how it went down and Nats’ bidding war myth

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.

Lefties on The Standard – 2017 government edition

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, October 21st, 2017 - 46 comments

A dedicated space on The Standard for left-wing and progressive people.

Jacinda Ardern’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

If you missed it last night – Jacinda Ardern’s first speech as PM elect is everything that we could want and expect. But the take-home line of the drama belongs to Winston Peters.

James Shaw: “This is an historic moment”

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.

We have a Government

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 25 comments

NZ First have chosen to support Labour to form the next government of NZ and have secured a coalition deal. The Greens are in the process of making a decision about a Confidence and Supply deal before they make an announcement. Matthew Whitehead writes about what the options are and how Confidence and Supply agreements can work.

The next Prime Minister is …

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 416 comments

Winston Peters has announced that he will be going into coalition with Labour and Jacinda Ardern will be the next Prime Minister. Let the attacks from the right about how unfair it is that a minority party did not ascend into Government and how MMP needs to be reformed begin. For the rest of us – this is a time of hope…

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