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The Speech From The Throne

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 27th, 2020 - 20 comments

I’m sure one needs a particular depth of political nerdiness to give a flying fig about such things, but since I am one of those, these are my highlights from the speech from the throne to Parliament this week.

NZ election 2020: Labour win is a watershed moment in the country’s history

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 am, October 20th, 2020 - 47 comments

The 2020 election was more than just a victory for Labour and more than a crushing defeat for the National Party (New Zealand’s main centre-right political party). This result marks a significant watershed in New Zealand politics which will likely have implications long after this parliamentary term.

Kia kaha Sarah Dowie

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, July 30th, 2020 - 17 comments

Sarah Dowie’s valedictory speech yesterday was extremely good and offered a fascinating insight into Parliamentary life and some notable recent events.

Nat Vote: And the Loser Is ….

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, May 22nd, 2020 - 197 comments

The Nation holds its breath as the dullest political leadership race in a generation snores to a close. Who will win by losing? Who will lose by winning? Who cares?

UPDATE: It’s Mullertime!

UPDATE: Bennett dumped!

No Right Turn: A new Ministry of Works

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, April 2nd, 2020 - 22 comments

Idiot/Savant writes: “While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in”

Bye bye parliament for a while.

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, March 25th, 2020 - 10 comments

Gotta love parliament – James Shaw “there are no fiscal conservatives in a foxhole”.

Anyway, parliament in the chamber will be going dark for a few months. So will parliamentary TV (but you can still get that live).

Have a look at the archives from today- there are some politicians who are on form..

Phasing into phase 4

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, March 23rd, 2020 - 147 comments

Heading into phase three, moving into phase four 48 hours later. Here is the video briefing and the quick analysis.

Burning Bridges

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, March 18th, 2020 - 23 comments

One of Simon Bridges’ caucus supporters has raised the possibility of a leadership coup. Let’s hope not, people!

Covid-19 and a digital democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, March 15th, 2020 - 20 comments

Government has for the last decade been pushing for as many government services as possible to be primarily accessed digitally rather than face-to face. Funnily enough, the one public service they forgot to push to digital is themselves. Now’s the time Trevor.

No Right Turn: Parliament and the pandemic

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, March 9th, 2020 - 23 comments

Idiot/Savant writes about what the government can and can’t do with sitting and the election.

MMP Mark II*

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 pm, December 25th, 2019 - 24 comments

What beats MMP? Open-list proportional representation with a low threshold would be a good option.

Time to become a republic

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, December 5th, 2019 - 85 comments

There are indications that Elizabeth the UK Queen may stand down from her office in the next two years. That may be the perfect time for Aotearoa New Zealand to cast aside constitutional provisions based on heredity and become constitutionally independent of the old country.

End of Life Bill passes

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, November 14th, 2019 - 98 comments

David Seymour’s End of Life Bill passed through Parliament last night by 69 votes to 51.  We are now facing a referendum at the next election.

National’s faux outrage

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, September 27th, 2019 - 33 comments

The National Party has described as “censorship at the extreme” a rule in Parliament’s standing orders the latest version of which was enacted under the last National Government. Updated with Simon Bridges opposing the relaxation of the rule in 2017

Accused Labour Party Staffer Resigns

Written By: - Date published: 5:32 pm, September 12th, 2019 - 252 comments

A second resignation has swiftly followed that of Labour Party President Nigel Haworth. The person from the Labour Party Parliamentary team accused of sexual assault has today quit his job.

 

National gather fuel for their political dumpster fires

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, September 2nd, 2019 - 21 comments

Not so much Zero Carbon as Zero Shits. While National look set to monkey-wrench our climate legislation, we can remember that the real power in addressing the climate crisis lies outside of parliament.

100 Days of climate vigil

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, August 23rd, 2019 - 4 comments

Ollie Langridge doing the climate action mahi at parliament.

What is up with NZ First?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, August 9th, 2019 - 105 comments

New Zealand First’s late decision to promote a referendum concerning abortion has caught everyone including its spokesperson Tracy Martin by surprise and is the latest example of last minute changes of position.

Boris Johnson’s majority is disappearing

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, August 3rd, 2019 - 30 comments

in England the Conservatives have lost a safe seat in a by election to the SDP. And from Ireland comes  a cunning plan that would obliterate Johnson’s majority.

Tolley upsets Youth Parliamentarian

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, July 18th, 2019 - 55 comments

Anne Tolley has attracted adverse attention to the Youth Parliament by telling a young participant that she should not read from speech notes.

Submit or surrender

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, July 11th, 2019 - 33 comments

The submission period for the Zero Carbon Bill closes shortly.  Please make a submission.  This may be the New Zealand Goverment’s last chance to put in place measures to get us to carbon neutrality in time to make a difference.

Politicians Don’t Know Jack

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 3rd, 2019 - 63 comments

Politicians rely on information provided to them, not on an encyclopaedic memory and an IQ of a genius.

National’s bad day in the house

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, May 2nd, 2019 - 70 comments

In an unprecedented move yesterday in Parliament Government MPs agreed to Simon Bridges having extra time to harangue them during the general debate.

Everything Should Be Made As Uncomfortable As Possible, But No Less Comfortable

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 24th, 2019 - 26 comments

When providing a voluntary carbon-offset scheme, make it as simple as possible, but not simpler, and tell people about it.

David is delayed

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, April 3rd, 2019 - 13 comments

David Seymour has done something even more embarrassing than twerking on Dancing with the Stars.

Life and Death in Aotearoa – Debating Euthanasia

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, April 3rd, 2019 - 210 comments

David Seymour’s Private Member’s Bill on euthanasia is back for debate in Parliament. Maggie looks at one of the great social issues of our time.

Sroubek; Richie Hardcore Text Released

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, January 18th, 2019 - 54 comments

The text sent by Karel Sroubek supporter Richie Hardcore has been released. Is it the knock out blow we were promised?

National has lots of questions

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 12th, 2019 - 38 comments

National asked 40,000 questions of Ministers last year. This seems excessive.

Brexit: Tories Lose Control of the House and the Process

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, January 10th, 2019 - 67 comments

Another day, another humiliating defeat for Theresa May. Surprisingly,  the news is no better for Jeremy Corbyn.

A tale of two Christmas speeches

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, December 20th, 2018 - 31 comments

The last sitting day in Parliament yesterday gave stark evidence showing how Jacinda is wiping the floor with Simon Bridges.

The SPOTY’s 2018

Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, December 15th, 2018 - 39 comments

Here’s your chance to vote in the Standard’s Politician of The Year awards. The SPOTY’s are recognised worldwide as the leading indicator of political success in NZ and have been awarded annually for over two hundred years.

Now it’s your turn to prick the Thorndon Bubble, dear reader. Who’s your Politician of the Year?

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