Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 7 comments
In America Donald Trump has abandoned business think tanks that he established not that long ago. During the last Labour Government Helen Clark established the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board with mixed results. What should a Jacinda Ardern led Labour-Green coalition do?
Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, August 16th, 2017 - 51 comments
Key: “The camera likes Jacinda. Paul Holmes once said to me ‘on TV they see your heart’ – she responds well to that so that works really well for her…”, “Labour made the right decision to make Jacinda Ardern leader”
Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, August 11th, 2017 - 141 comments
I have been impressed with James Shaw lately. The Greens may have lost Turei, but they have seen Shaw grow in stature.
Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, August 10th, 2017 - 68 comments
If Jacinda Ardern’s Labour can get a jump to 33-36% in the polls in just one week, how high can it go for the election? We need to see further gains coming from National – and they will. We need to see the Green vote recover – and it will…
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 pm, August 9th, 2017 - 94 comments
Two polls out tonight show a big surge for Labour and Jacinda Ardern. But we need a strong Green vote too. To those whom Metiria inspired – please don’t give up on voting. The Greens need you now more than ever!
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 4th, 2017 - 29 comments
I enjoy a ray of hope as much as the next leftie, and Jacinda Ardern is off to an incredible start, but let’s not burden her with impossible expectations.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 3rd, 2017 - 60 comments
With donations and volunteers flooding in, I think it’s fair to say that reaction to Jacinda Ardern has exceeded all expectations. Why was this leadership change different? Two reasons…
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 2nd, 2017 - 118 comments
Changing leaders this close to an election was a political gamble for Labour, but it has already paid off. The commentary is almost universally positive, the reviews for Ardern are glowing. Donations are flowing in. Activists are energised and people are talking.
Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, August 1st, 2017 - 54 comments
Unlike lprent I am not discouraged by Little stepping down. New leadership is a real opportunity for Labour. Little: “As leader, I must take responsibility for these results. I do take responsibility and believe that Labour must have an opportunity to perform better under new leadership through to the election.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, August 1st, 2017 - 169 comments
At 10:30 this morning there is a Labour caucus meeting where the subject of the leadership will be discussed. If Andrew Little decides to step down rumours suggest that a Jacinda Ardern / Kelvin Davis ticket is being considered.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 29th, 2017 - 181 comments
There are basically two kinds of reaction to Metiria’s bombshell, the practiced “outrage’ of the usual political operatives, and the support of the ordinary people. I think that the louder the operatives shout, the more that people are going to side with the under-dog.
Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, July 21st, 2017 - 48 comments
Labour MP Clare Curran has been camping in Dunedin’s Octagon to protest against the MSD’s treatment of two homeless mothers. Bravo Clare for putting yourself on the line to draw attention to this issue!
Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 100 comments
As covered by Vernon Small on Stuff: “Labour is promising to scrap National’s Budget tax cut plan. Instead it will funnel the cash into higher Working for Families payments and extra help for those with young children. It’s a package it says will deliver up to $48 a week extra to middle income families.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:39 pm, June 22nd, 2017 - 49 comments
Bill English’s texted electorate chair Stuart Davie on 21st February 2016 saying Glenys Dickson was given an extra payout from the Leader’s fund “to avoid potential legal action.” It was the only source available for an extra payout for confidentiality. English said today no-one in February knew there was any issue of illegality. Then what legal action and why an extra payment?
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 12th, 2017 - 60 comments
The mess surrounding and “affordable” housing development in Manukau highlights a dilemma that sets ratepayers against those in need of a home. This needs leadership from central government. I won’t hold my breath.
Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, April 16th, 2017 - 17 comments
Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 6th, 2017 - 39 comments
Labour’s new tactic of featuring a leadership team seems to be working well.
Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 58 comments
In breaking news, Labour’s Māori electorate MPs to stand as electorate candidates only (not on the list).
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 16th, 2017 - 145 comments
The attack on Ardern as “all show and no substance” is a curious one for a party that was led for so many years by John Key.
Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, March 7th, 2017 - 40 comments
The crisis around English’s amateur-hour handling of the super announcement is an opportunity for Judith Collins.