Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation and Scottish Independence.

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, February 16th, 2023 - 56 comments
Categories: Brexit, democratic participation, jacinda ardern, Nicola Sturgeon, Politics, referendum, uk politics - Tags: , , , , ,

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog

The resignation of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today took many by surprise. Her leadership of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scotland since 2014 has seen support for her party, and the cause of independence, increase significantly. Whilst recent controversies have dented her support, were an election held tomorrow the SNP would be re-elected to Holyrood and would win the most Scottish Seats in a Westminster election.

Much like the recent resignation of Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand, Sturgeon’s resignation comes after many years of hate and vitriol from political opponents. This was alluded to in her resignation announcement:

The First Minister is never off duty, particularly in this day and age. There is virtually no privacy. Even ordinary stuff that most people take for granted, like going for a coffee with friends or for a walk on your own becomes very difficult. And the nature and form of modern political discourse means that there is a much greater intensity – dare I say it? – brutality to life as a politician than in years gone by. All in all, and actually for a long time without being apparent, it takes its toll on you and on those around you. And if that is true in the best of times, it has been more so in recent years. Leading this country through the Covid pandemic is by far the toughest thing I’ve done. It may well be the toughest thing I ever do. I certainly hope so. Now by no stretch of the imagination was my job the hardest in the country during that time. But the weight of responsibility was immense, and it’s only very recently, I think, that I’ve started to comprehend, let alone process, the physical and mental impact of it on me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-64650792 

In recent weeks, Sturgeon suffered political setbacks, which may have led to this decision today.

The first of these was the Supreme Court ruling in late November 2022 that a second referendum on Scottish Independence cannot be held, unless Westminster agrees to it. Controversially, Sturgeon’s response to this decision was that the next general election should be treated as a defacto referendum, something that SNP supporters are quite split on.

The second was the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. This Bill reduced the legal age someone could apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate. It also removed the need for a medical diagnosis and evidence of having lived for two years in their acquired gender. The response of the Conservative Government in Westminster was to make an order under the Scotland Act 1998 preventing this Bill from proceeding to Royal Ascent.

This was shortly followed by the controversy of a Transgender woman in Scotland who had been convicted of double rape being assessed for a women’s prison. Whilst this was an isolated incident that was quickly addressed by the authorities, it was quickly used as a weapon to attack Sturgeon’s “woke agenda”.

The English press, and in particular the Tory Press, has run a concerted campaign of attacking Sturgeon and the SNP for years. Pro Conservative newspaper The Telegraph have predicted doom for the Scottish Independence movement many times. For example, former SNP leader Alex Salmond formed Alba and has even gone as far as to describe Scotland as a “failed state” under Sturgeon’s leadership.

Despite investigations of breaching the Ministerial Code, which Sturgeon was cleared of, many in the media talked up her imminent political demise prior to the 2021 Holyrood elections. Others claimed that if the SNP did not win an outright majority, it showed there was no real support for independence in Scotland. That the SNP and Scottish Greens, who also support independence, did gain a majority in the 2021 Scottish election is conveniently downplayed by much of the media, especially in England.

My previous post asked whether political leadership mattered. Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader has been a strong advocate for independence, and this will undoubtedly have contributed to increased support for this cause.

Like all leaders, she will be remembered most of all for how she responded to events. Sturgeon was an outspoken critic when the British Government struggled to get a Brexit deal through the Commons, regularly reminding the world that Scotland had voted to remain in the EU. During the coronavirus pandemic, Sturgeon was viewed by many as a strong and competent leader, in stark contrast to the incompetent actions of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Government. And in 2022, when the Truss/Kwarteng Mini Budget did enormous harm to the economy, Sturgeon was characteristically forthright in her condemnation.

While Sturgeon’s strong leadership and vision have helped build support for Scottish Independence, the Conservative and Unionist Party’s arrogance and self-serving incompetence in government have greatly aided her in this. Under the Tories, many Scots have become convinced they would be better off leaving the United Kingdom.

Polls show varying levels of support for independence. Overall, support for independence is higher than in the 2014 referendum. Further, the SNP continue to dominate Scottish politics, and a new leader is unlikely to change this. Those who believe Sturgeon’s departure spells the end for the independence movement will likely soon be disappointed.

56 comments on “Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation and Scottish Independence. ”

  1. That_guy 1

    I'm sorry but this is quite a slanted view of what happened. Although I agree that there is a valid case that politics is toxic and particularly toxic to women, Sturgeon did make some really, really bad calls.

    IMHO Sturgeon didn't adhere to basic feminist principles and didn't listen to the concerns of women. In fact she was openly dismissive and insulting to people who were raising concerns about women's safety and boundaries. Women were simply saying that, while trans women are not sexual predators, sexual predators are sexual predators, and sexual predators.. predate. Open a loophole for them and they will walk through it and assault women and girls. And then, literally exactly that happened, after Sturgeon had implied that those making these points were motivated by transphobia and bigotry.

    So, the lesson to learn here is: Progressive politicians should listen to women and keep to basic feminist principles around the rights of women to set boundaries. Stray from these principles and there will be consequences.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      'Boundaries'….are you a surveyor ? The rest of your safety mantra is just a repeat of exactly the same reasons used to discriminate against blacks in America.

      Safety…. in not letting blacks live in some neighbourhoods, sit in the same section of the bus or the cinema, separate schools . White Womens safety was especially used to to discriminate.

      Have you never seem the regular fights in women only bars, Ive seen it as a friend lived next door and they were regular after closing out the street, but "safety' you say comes from exclusion.

      • Visubversa 1.1.1

        It is a pity that the history of the struggles of people of colour have been hijacked by activists from the Men's Rights movement who want to remove all the safeguarding for women and children (of all races) that have been built up over the last 200 years. Women worked hard for safe places for women on occasions where they are vulnerable – toilets, changing rooms, prisons etc. Women worked hard for affirmative action for women (of all races) to level the playing field in sports, employment, and other areas where women had been traditionally under represented, and where they still do not have equity.

        Opening those places and protections up to any man who opens his mouth and utters the magical incantation "I identify as" completely nullifies 200 years of struggle.

        It is no coincidence that the struggles of others, people of colour, same sex attracted people etc have been hijacked by men – mostly straight, mostly white and mostly well off, to try and present themselves as "marginalised and oppressed".

      • That_guy 1.1.2

        I see. Thanks for explaining that because you & your mate saw a fight in a woman's bar, single-sex spaces are not, in fact, a reasonable response to a universal and consistent pattern of male violence directed at females for the entirety of human history, but is, in fact, apartheid.

        COOL STORY BRO. Better luck next time!

        • Ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.2.1

          The womens bar was for what ever reason they like
          I only saw one fight , he lived a few doors away and said it was regular occurrence, its a while back, but like every time, as they were only running saturday nights.

          I didnt believe him until I saw it myself.

          Gaslighting instead of accepting a personal knowledge, does that work for you

          It was of course the point that women arent necessarily safe because men or trans women are excluded. Same would happen in womens prisons and from some online videos , women can be attacked by other women even in supermarkets.

          Put the word jew instead of trans and you are on the way to repeating history, especially since most trans arent visible and they can look like you

          When I was a teenager in 1960s my mother had women friends from before she married , there was a couple who visited regurarly where one partner was a women who dressed as a man. In my twenties I knew of male and female trans. I would say trans people have always been around and more often than even you would think. They dont need you telling them how to live

          • That_guy 1.1.2.1.1

            That's twice you've implied I'm a nazi for having an opinion on women's rights. Plus an accusation of gaslighting.

            They dont need you telling them how to live

            Never said that, don't want to do that.

            I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm starting to think that you don't really have a coherent argument, because you throw accusations of various forms of bigotry around like confetti at a wedding.

            Because some women commit crime it's OK to throw away 200 years of progress on women's rights, to fail to listen to women? Are you seriously presenting that as an argument?

            • Ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Like I said the women can have a bar for what ever reason, they dont need your mansplaining about why . But feel free to gaslight me and mansplain other women

              The violence -outside, as I presume security made it safer inside- was regular.

              I can remember socially active woman I worked with who said to me she went regularly to gay bars ( she wasnt gay) that were mostly men. I presume the bar didnt have a gender identity exclusion for a safe place

              Excluding trans women doesnt make 'women safe'- so cut the bullshit reasons from others about 'safety', as its bigotry in disguise.

              • weka

                Excluding trans women doesnt make 'women safe'-

                It makes women safer. This is why we have single sex spaces (one of the reasons). This is why Sturgeon got herself into such a mess, because everyone knows that putting a rapist in a women's prison is wrong. Because it's dangerous.

                We know that women have been raped in prison by males who self ID as women. It's pretty obvious that if those males hadn't been able to self ID into a women's prison, the women would have been safer. Your assertion is a nonsense.

                • Ghostwhowalksnz

                  Prisons are places which by definition hold violent people . Its a prison security failure that a known violent person was able to harm others.

                  It happens all the time in every prison , for men or women.

                  Women are sent to prison for acts of violence too , not just trans women. Even if you want womens prisons to exclude trans women – even if they will suffer horrific violence in mens prisons, that wont stop violence in womens prisons will it. So your claims about exclusions from womens prisons arent based on reality, just based on bigoty

                  But back to Scotland

                  "Trans people have been able to apply for legal gender recognition through a Gender Recognition Certificate since 2004. Not all trans people have a GRC and no-one is required to have one.

                  Removing the current requirement under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 for applications to have evidence of a diagnosis of gender dysphoria aligns with international best practice and the consensus view of United Nations Human Rights bodies."

                  https://www.gov.scot/news/gender-recognition-reform-bill-passed/

                  • SPC

                    Sure, no one is required to …

                    But such legal recognition should be expected before any right of access to woman only spaces (without such right it is based on acceptance).

                    Even under self ID rules, some applications must have failed this test

                    Applicants must make a statutory declaration that they have lived in the acquired gender for at least three months before applying …

                    Making a false application will carry a maximum penalty of imprisonment for up to two years or an unlimited fine or both. There is also provision in the Bill for a person with interest such as the Registrar General to make an application to the sheriff on the grounds an application was fraudulent.

                    https://www.gov.scot/news/gender-recognition-reform-bill-passed/

                    But presumably those doing so while on charge knew there was not much risk of a longer sentence …

                  • SPC

                    international best practice and the consensus view of United Nations Human Rights bodies.

                    How was this international best practice determined and which UN Human Rights bodies reached this consensus?

                  • weka

                    Prisons are places which by definition hold violent people . Its a prison security failure that a known violent person was able to harm others.

                    It happens all the time in every prison , for men or women.

                    Women are sent to prison for acts of violence too , not just trans women. Even if you want womens prisons to exclude trans women – even if they will suffer horrific violence in mens prisons, that wont stop violence in womens prisons will it. So your claims about exclusions from womens prisons arent based on reality, just based on bigoty

                    This is basically an argument that says because some women are violent, we should let all women be at risk of being raped and some women be raped.

                    (and what follows is, women already get raped, so why does it matter if the risk is increased?).

                    In the UK, there are many women in prison for non-violent offences. Women get incarcerated for different reasons than men. It's misleading to suggesting that both men and women are violent as if they are the same problem and dynamic.

                    It's disingenous af to say that the only two choices are TW in women's prisons, or TW can suffer violence in men's prisons. You are saying two things here. One is that resolving male violence against TW should include increasing the risk of male violence against women. Two is that creating specialist spaces for vulnerable males in prison isn't relevant here, nor is stopping male violence.

                    This is why gender ideology is insidious and dangerous. It seeks gender neutrality and thus removes the ability of women to name male violence and have it addressed. Which is exactly what you are trying to do here. Doesn't work thoughy, because there are too many gender critical people here who have heard all the genderist talking points before.

          • weka 1.1.2.1.2

            It was of course the point that women arent necessarily safe because men or trans women are excluded. Same would happen in womens prisons and from some online videos , women can be attacked by other women even in supermarkets.

            You know who else runs the line that women are violent too? Men's Rights Activists aka misogynists. There's a reason for this. It's a way of minimising male violence against women, and making it harder for women to talk about and get society to address.

      • weka 1.1.3

        'Boundaries'….are you a surveyor ? The rest of your safety mantra is just a repeat of exactly the same reasons used to discriminate against blacks in America.

        Boundaries in this context is about things like consent. We are well familiar with arguments to remove women's boundaries. Lesbians being told they should like girl dick is not too far from redneck men saying lesbians just need a good shag. Anyone who argues against women's right to boundaries is sexist and probably misogynistic.

        The racism argument is specious. No-one is saying trans women can't take full part in society. What TW, or more correctly, genderists, can't do is remove women's rights, language, single sex spaces.

        I never see gender ideologists explaining why trans people are allowed sovereignty but women aren't. New misogyny same as the old.

      • roblogic 1.1.4

        Self-ID means that alongside the harmless trans person, may be a narcissistic male with sexual paraphilia that predates upon women. It means that girls are being slowly sidelined from sports by cowardly boys who don't want to compete in their own sex class. It means women are not allowed to assemble or speak about issues that affect them due to their female bodies. It means that children are taught they might be born in the wrong body and the solution is permanent sterilisation and disfigurement, rather than learning to accept their embodied selves. It means that social contagion spread like wildfire on social media and gen Z are so addicted to social media fantasies that anyone attempting to teach them anything real is ostracised as a bigot and has their life work symbolically burned.

        It's a book burning anti science cult clothed in rainbow colours, speaking the language of human rights, but its actions betray a deep misogyny and intolerance.

        • SPC 1.1.4.1

          Predate, means prior to, or before. Do you mean predicate, which might infer a thought crime (whether narcissism, or sexual paraphilia) before an actual one (as in lesser before greater) of violence?

          Self ID in sports is more a matter of opportunism (like profiteering by raising rents after the earthquake in Christchurch or in future weeks/months in the NI) when it comes to scholarships or professional events.

          Self ID does not apply with children, though can be made known in schools and online to them – it is a function of the health system to prevent this leading to harm.

  2. Mike the Lefty 2

    It could be as simple as a sizeable section of humankind being unable to accept that a female leader can be as good as, or better than, a male leader.

    • weka 2.1

      doubt it. She has support for a long time until now. What changed? She threw women under the bus and Scots didn't like it.

    • hetzer 2.2

      Or simply shes a fucking idiot. Unable to see that a man in a frock who rapes a woman is simply a man that rapes a woman. Fortunately his claims of self identication as a woman deserves the guffaws of incredulity it deserves.

      • weka 2.2.1

        or a man who rapes two women and then puts on a frock several years later. Still just a man who is a violent misogynist.

        • hetzer 2.2.1.1

          Pretty much. The whole conversation reminds me of the fable about the Emperor with no clothes and the little girl who calls out " but he has no clothes on!" How did the left tie itself into these ridiculous knots?

  3. SPC 3

    While the SNP will do OK in the next election, they will have the opportunity to re-focus, informed by this polling.

    https://www.holyrood.com/inside-politics/view,lord-ashcroft-poll-reveals-gulf-between-scottish-government-and-voters-on-independence-and-gender-reforms

    • Visubversa 3.1

      Yep – putting male bodied rapists in women's prisons was not popular with the Scottish electorate. Creating a biological fiction and then cementing that as a legal fiction by permitting any man to be legally a woman by the simple use of a Statutory Declaration is not popular with any electorate that actually knows that it is happening.

      • roy cartland 3.1.1

        It's a religious issue. If you have a view that is different to established science (albeit with all its warts), it's religion. Enshrining these beliefs in law is effectively pushing someone else's religion on others.

        For eg, if enough of us believe the moon should only be referred to as 'your great cheesiness', and start cancelling and hounding those who disagree, enough so that it becomes law, people would be similarly opposed. And that would be just as bad for the benign moon-cheese adherents as the science-minded.

        • That_guy 3.1.1.1

          The moon is made of cheese, you turophobic nazi! Creamy mozzarella, if you're interested.

          • roy cartland 3.1.1.1.1

            And you not only have to demonstrate that you believe it, but actually believe it, and I'll be watching and assessing.

            • weka 3.1.1.1.1.1

              watching Sturgeon try and explain her thinking about the rapist and whether he was a man or a woman is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen from a left wing politician.

      • left for dead 3.1.2

        This was for Visubversa, but weka can have one to.yes

  4. weka 4

    This was shortly followed by the controversy of a Transgender woman in Scotland who had been convicted of double rape being assessed for a women’s prison. Whilst this was an isolated incident that was quickly addressed by the authorities, it was quickly used as a weapon to attack Sturgeon’s “woke agenda”.

    I'm sure others will address this too, but here's my quick take.

    The rapist is a man, who started self IDing as a transwoman while on remand. It's unlikely he is trans, but is instead working the system that Sturgeon's government designed and that Sturgeon vehemently advocated for and defended. That system allows any man to say he is a woman at any time and must then be treated as a woman.

    Once the news broke that a double rapist was rorting the badly designed law, as predicted, and being put in a women's prison, and as has already happened in other places including leading to the rape and assault of women inmates, the general public in Scotland went wtaf, and SNP's polling started to drop. That's why Sturgeon has resigned now.

    Hoisted by her own petard comes to mind, especially as she called gender critical feminists who raised concerns bigots. There were also MPs who tried to get ammendments to the self ID law, and SNP pushed through without them.

    The connection with the UK blocking the Scottish law is more complex, but follows a similar pattern. Women stood up and said no, they fought a long and hard battle on this, the general public got on board. The Tories had the sense to back off from Self ID.

    I have no doubt that Sturgeon got similar kinds of abuse in general that Arden did. I also think that apart from the self ID position she was a good politician. But she fucked up majorly, in large part because she (and many in the SNP) refused to listen to the concerns of people about self-ID, including many feminists with decades long experience in working to end male violence.

    And because it will come up, not all TW are rapists, no-one is saying they are. We are saying they are male and carry the same degree of risk as other males. The solution to the prison issue is to build prisons for vulnerable male prisoners, use the screen process to decide who goes there, and stop making it women's problem. Also, address male violence.

    • roy cartland 4.1

      Tautoko.

      Thanks Weka for the clarity. As a bloke, I know what we're capable of; and if there's one thing we love (yes yes, collectively, #notallmen# etc etc), it's manspreading all over others' spaces. For our advantage.

      The argument has been muddied to lump in trans people with those who say they are – the piss-takers, grifters and opportunists. Self-ID in these religious terms being put into law, leads to abuse of that law – like you say, as predicted.

      That's just bad for all groups, right?

      • That_guy 4.1.1

        Yep, men mansplaining to women what a woman is, it's gold-medal mansplaining. I don't know if we will ever be able to top that. I'm sure some men will try though!

        • Ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.1.1

          Its the feminists, with help from their US right wing supporters who are de-ligitimising 'women who are different'

          And no , gender isnt decided by the sexual organs at birth

          Remember those who say someone isnt 'black enough or maori enough', yep its the same exclusion

          • That_guy 4.1.1.1.1

            I'm sure some men will try though!

            Right on cue…

          • roy cartland 4.1.1.1.2

            Those that do have a gender are fine. Those that think them selves a different or diversengender are fine. Those that identify as a particular gender are fine.

            Those that try to make the argument a scientific one, enshrine it in law, then beat others for not accepting it, are not fine; and they open the door to the kind of appalling piss-takery mentioned.

            Since you mentioned Maori-ness, I've seen school Maori classes identify students' iwi either by Ngati-[whatever-traditional-iwi], or Ngati-[this-school's-marae]. This shows that the old 'race-based' bullshit of Brash et al is on the way out, and good riddance.

          • Visubversa 4.1.1.1.3

            Same dishonesty as the previous post. Your sex is determined at conception and is with you all your life. In humans it is bi-modal and immutable. Gender is whatever you say it is – your gendered soul shares a room in your head with your immortal soul. You are free to believe in a gendered soul, but that is an ideology, and we have stopped making law on the basis of belief systems.

            • Ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.1.1.3.1

              The medical evidence is clear, you are talking rot. There is a small % at birth that arent entirely binary

              What design and colour emblem do you think non binary people should wear on their clothing so you and your ilk arent confused and so they can be treated differently

              • That_guy

                The existence of people with DSDs (which absolutely nobody is disputing) is not a reason to throw away 200 years of progress in women's rights, especially when many people with DSDs do not identify as trans (and usually resent being dragged into the debate) and the overwhelming majority of trans people do not have DSDs.

                So far in this discussion you've implied that people standing up for the rights of women are 1) just the same as supporters of Apartheid or Jim Crow, and 2) Nazis.

                Do better, please.

                • Visubversa

                  It is called "transperbole". It is what you do when you don't actually have an arguement that will hold up under any sort of examination.

              • Visubversa

                People with DSDs that are fertile – and many are not, produce either sperm or eggs. There are no intermediate gametes. Absolutely binary.

                • Ghostwhowalksnz

                  You dont have a medical or human rights valid arguments .

                  Its just misinformation that you peddle – your'e a utopian fallopian

              • roy cartland

                Sorry, I'm having trouble making this point clearly.

                Those people you speak of are on our side. Those who would take the piss, like the rapist-opportunist guy, are not. Letting any old monster self-ID, then arguing for him to be able to do so in law, hurts that small % as well.

  5. Dean Reynolds 5

    If Scotland wants independance, they have to take. The historical precedent is the Irish Nationalist (Sinn Fein) MP's who, after the 1919 UK election, refused to take their seats in the Westminister House of Commons, but instead, set up an independant government, The Dial, in Dublin. What followed was 3 years of brutality, instigated by Churchill & his Black & Tans, but the Irish Free State, (later the Irish Republic) was established in 1922.

    If the SNP followed this precedent & simply declared unilateral independance, it's unlikely that even the feral Tories would send tanks across the Scottish border to enforce their will on the Scots.

    The major challenge for the SNP is to persuade the Scots that they can survive economically without English subsidies. Soft loans & subsidies from the EU & the 5 Scandi countries would help the transition to financial & political independance for Scotland. England is the sick man of Europe – Scottish independance is well overdue.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      After the Free State in 1922 was followed by a brutal civil war between Sinn Fein and the pro Treaty government.

      Around 70 or so people were executed mostly without trial ( some by firing squad) by the Free State government , including some politicians already in jail when the war began.

      Churchill wasnt really directly involved in the earlier pre treaty war. The Cabinet minister who was the responsible for Irish policy and the direction of the military campaign was the Chief Secretary for Ireland who since around 1800 was a a UK MP and sat in Cabinet in London. Macpherson and Greenwood were those more directly responsible

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Secretary_for_Ireland

      • Dean Reynolds 5.1.1

        Ghost, nothing you say alters my basic premise that the English establishment will never grant independance to Scotland. If the Scots want their independance, they'll have to unilateraly take it, just like Sinn Fein did.

        • Ghostwhowalksnz 5.1.1.1

          The lost referendum prevented Scottish independence before . Are you saying the British establishment didnt give the people the choice. Also Blair gave Scotland a devolved self government , something Ireland was supposed to get but never did

          The SNP leader Salmon resigned because of the failure of SNP to convince the majority

          Ireland had two internal wars to get its independence and then had a partition

          Its not like Ukraine , they dont need tanks to remove what the British would see as an illegal government, but then you like that sort of boys own stuff

    • SPC 5.2

      More likely is that SNP has to convince England of this course

      1. an English parliament, so there is a federal Commons (equal nations within the UK of the British Isles)
      2. after the union of N Ireland with Eire, England (and Wales) and Scotland as the United Kingdoms of Britain.
      3. after the end of monarchy, the option of joining the EU as separate nations (the issue will be loss of independent currency).
      • Ghostwhowalksnz 5.2.1

        SNP long ago ditched their original aim of a republic. At the first referendum they wanted to keep the Queen, the BBC, the NHS and the pound !

        Forget the idea of Scotland joining the EU

        • SPC 5.2.1.1

          The two obstacles are the ties of island monarchy and currency. Sans one, it is then the matter of the other.

  6. Ghostwhowalksnz 6

    SNP and Greens didnt win a majority of votes at the 2021 election . Yes they had a majority of seats , despite Scotland having MMP they allocate the party vote by regions which are a form of gerrymander

    Party vote results SNP 40.35% and Greens 8.12% The turnout would be considered low by NX standards 63.5%

    The SNP party vote fell in each region , except Highlands

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Scottish_Parliament_election

  7. roblogic 7

    The SNP squandered an opportunity to be a real progressive alternative to moribund neoliberal Labour. But instead of dealing with the hard problems of infrastructure and material inequality, Sturgeon went for optics and PR to try and appease the middle class twitterati. The British working class has no representation.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 7.1

      The SNP is now a middle class party- look at who is elected – professionals, university educated , plus if they were previously working class they were now business owners.

      The radical agenda was ditched before they decided to win power so good luck trying reinvent history.

  8. Mike the Lefty 8

    To me the Scottish system seems more like SMP than MMP.

    SMP has been sometimes likened to a "winners bonus" system, I'm glad we don't have it here.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      We do have it here. Mps are elected some from electorates and some from party lists, so its MMP – mixed member proportional.

      What they do differently is its flaw to not being fully proportional. The electorates and lists are part of 8 'self contained' regions. Which should make sense but they wanted each region to have the same numbers of electorates and List seats

      The SNP essentially has overhangs when it wins all/almost all the seats in a region, which is most of the 8.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 25
    Confidence about future job availability collapsed after Budget 2024 to lows last seen during the the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Employee confidence in more jobs being available in a year’s time collapsed in the first two weeks of June after the Budget, falling ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 hours ago
  • “I Don't Care”
    Walking through the rooms in my headI came across your image,You looked at me with that sweet smile and saidSomething they won't let me repeatWe hurt the ones we love the mostIts a subtle form of complimentAfter you’ve watched Christopher Luxon for a while you think to yourself - that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cancer drugs, and the Great Ferries Cancellation Disaster of ’23
    The decision taken last December to cancel the contract for the two purpose-built Cook Strait ferries – without having a Plan B in mind, let alone in place – has been a calamity that’s going to haunt New Zealand for decades to come, long after the Luxon government has been ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 hours ago
  • June-24 AT Board Meeting
    Today the Auckland Transport board meets again,so I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. Musical Chairs The first item of note is another change to the make-up of the AT Board. The legislation that established Auckland Transport allows for Waka Kotahi to ...
    5 hours ago
  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    21 hours ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    22 hours ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    23 hours ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 day ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    2 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    2 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    5 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    7 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago

  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2024-06-25T01:23:31+00:00