Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, October 22nd, 2017 - 25 comments
Where this government ranks in terms of proportion of the vote compared to the historical record. Useful analysis.
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…
Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 11 comments
Helen Kelly died a year ago today. She is missed.
Written By: - Date published: 5:46 pm, October 9th, 2017 - 56 comments
Policy is everything, Winston Peters said today. This should not be a surprise. Before every election, he has refused to give any hint of Party support preference until after the vote. But he will have thought a lot about what he might want, as it has long been clear that his Party would decide the outcome. So what are his policies?
Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 101 comments
On current polling the next government could be Labour + Green + NZF. That would annoy a lot of Nats if they have more votes than Labour alone, but that’s how MMP works. English lied about this in the last debate, but apparently has since walked it back.
Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 39 comments
Salmond “Jacindamania isn’t about personality at all – it’s a collective sigh of relief that we might finally have a kind of leadership that reflects our core values as New Zealanders.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, September 12th, 2017 - 18 comments
The Herald’s “mood of the boardroom” makes encouraging reading for Labour, with support for change and strong themes of social conscience.
Cartoon “Hurricane Ardern” by Emmerson.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, September 8th, 2017 - 120 comments
Jacinda Ardern has released Labour’s climate change policy – including zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Jacinda has called climate change “my generation’s nuclear-free moment”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, September 3rd, 2017 - 8 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 3rd, 2017 - 27 comments
It is very heartening to see Kiwis rejecting National’s tax cut bribe (and English’s arrogant debate rhetoric) – in favour of supporting each other and backing Labour’s policies for a better NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2017 - 76 comments
Labour has polled ahead of National for the first time in 12 years. It is only one poll and others may differ, but it has shattered a huge psychological barrier. We’re in a new political world. Time to go hard.
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 - 53 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: 9:01 am, August 10th, 2017 - 69 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: 7:02 am, August 9th, 2017 - 48 comments
Much has been written about the Jacinda Ardern effect that has put Labour so enthusiastically back in the game. But the appointment of Kelvin Davis as deputy is also looking like a very smart move.
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: 11:44 am, August 1st, 2017 - 47 comments
The livestream is over. A very impressive performance from Jacinda Ardern.
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: 10:10 am, August 1st, 2017 - 187 comments
Andrew Little has stepped down – expects Jacinda to replace him.
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.