Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, November 24th, 2016 - 18 comments
I was rather amused reading Politik’s “Despite the pact Shaw takes on Robertson“ and was struck by the strange way that some political commentators (and probably some politicians) view the world at the political coalface. They really need to start to think about political parties as being like any other organisation. Tactical compromises without a strategic focus will always kill any organisation – eventually.
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 201 comments
The New Zealand First MP had no answers for the Māori Party co-leader after NZF pulled their support for five major Treaty settlements at the eleventh hour.
Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, September 5th, 2016 - 53 comments
Rumours suggesting that Shane Jones will stand for New Zealand First in Whangarei at the next election have resurfaced.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, September 2nd, 2016 - 107 comments
Our National dipshit ministers have decided to start a new growth industry. They importing low-skilled to extract their savings, using them to generate artificial heat in the service economy and to slow wage growth. On the way through they’re also screwing the housing market. Our current net permanent long-term migration is completely unsustainable. Perhaps it is time to vote NZ First?
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 268 comments
The latest Roy Morgan is out. A solid 7% drop for National.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 pm, June 13th, 2016 - 60 comments
Epsom hologram David Seymour reckons we need to force refugees to pledge allegiance to what he calls ‘values’. Of course, ACT don’t know value, they only know price. And haven’t we heard this sort of thing from another party in years gone by?
Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, June 8th, 2016 - 148 comments
A modest bump for the Labour Green block in the latest Colmar Brunton. And what appears to be a shift from NZF to Labour after the MOU announcement. That might wipe the smile off Winston’s dial.
Written By: - Date published: 3:28 am, June 7th, 2016 - 64 comments
The M.O.U. had to happen. And the sooner the better.
Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, June 1st, 2016 - 205 comments
Why is it that elements of the media always claim that any sort of cooperation between Labour and the Greens will be disastrous for both parties?
Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, April 27th, 2016 - 37 comments
A straight 3.5% swap National to NZF looks to me like the impact of the flag fiasco.
Written By: - Date published: 6:48 pm, April 26th, 2016 - 328 comments
The latest Roy Morgan poll results and National’s support has plunged.
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.
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?
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, February 29th, 2016 - 37 comments
Lying, incompetent or duped. One of these descriptions applies to Transport Minister Simon Bridges. He’s been sprung allowing Kiwirail to mothball a rail line he has repeatedly said was not under threat. What did he know and when? If he didn’t know, why the hell didn’t he know?
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 76 comments
The desire of many New Zealanders to put a beach in the South Island under public control presents the opposition parties with a great opportunity to identify and defend common ground.
Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 35 comments
Winston Peters has stitched John Key up again, this time hook, line and sinker. When Key lied in Parliament about the Northland MP’s supposedly leisurely lifestyle, Peters offered a challenge: provide some evidence or donate $100k to charity. Will cowardly Key take the bait?
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 20th, 2015 - 90 comments
The latest Colmar Brunton poll shows that the opposition block is solidly ahead of National. Yet One News chose to concentrate only on the preferred Prime Minister result and attack Andrew Little because of marginal change.
Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, August 20th, 2015 - 5 comments
When Parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications Act, many people warned that it would be abused to stifle political speech. And it has, with NZ First MP Tracey Martin incorrectly accusing a political blogger (who supported a rival NZ First MP) of violating the Act. A bad first start. But it figures, the act is silly, slow and unworkable.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, August 6th, 2015 - 91 comments
I am getting a bit bored with pundits proclaiming the imminent demise of NZ First. Over it’s 25 year life this has been the constant refrain from the likes of John Armstrong. The reality is that they appeal to a conservative mindset that traditionally had been part of the National parties internal coalition. They will keep eating at it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, July 29th, 2015 - 88 comments
Winston Peters was thrown out of Parliament yesterday and New Zealand First MPs walked out in sympathy for raising points of order following a personal explanation from Anne Tolley where she corrected an answer to a parliamentary question that was clearly wrong.
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, July 22nd, 2015 - 49 comments
With support from Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party NZ First is promoting the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill. The support of one more MP will be sufficient to sent the Bill to select committee for consideration.
Written By: - Date published: 6:10 pm, July 19th, 2015 - 119 comments
The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll is out. National drop one to 47%, Labour gain that point to lift to 32% , the Greens rise to 13% and NZ First are steady on 7 %. Consumer confidence plummets 9% points to just 36%.