Yeah, it's a breath of fresh air all right!
And it was good.
Good result - a silver lining to a terrible pandemic crisis. Time to thank those voters who have newly given Labour their trust, and ask them to extend that trust to a second term in office...
Excellent / depressing read: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/08/opinion-the-problem-with-news-in-new-zealand.html
And you RL. Some bumps in life's road of late, but it's stuff that everyone has to deal with at some point. Mostly fine, hope you (all!) are too.
Excellent post. Folks, don't skim it, read every word.
Nz first are shot. Only someone with the political attention span of a gnat would conclude this about NZF from any mid-cycle polls. Oh. As you were, then.
Hopefully we will see other polls confirm this result. This very pleasing result.
How time flies when you're having fun! Thanks to lprent and all current authors. Anyone out there thinking of contributing, why not start by contributing a guest post or two? An (early) "happy new year" to you all...
Can I request that PM's ban be lifted please? He has served enough time (for what was a contentious banning in the first place). Adding my voice of thanks for your work Darien!
Polly of the year is surely Simon Bridges - for doing more than anyone else to ensure the re-election of a Labour led government in 2020. Go Simon!
Interesting take on this: https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/we-are-being-played-efd6516f82a3
Long read but well worth it: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jul/26/the-free-speech-panic-censorship-how-the-right-concocted-a-crisis
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104391874/National-would-reinstate-three-strikes-retrospectively-punish-offenders National would reinstate three strikes, retrospectively punish offenders Simon Bridges says if it was in government National would ...
What a breath of fresh air Ardern is.
Simon Bridges is a complete tosser. Long may he lead the Nats. Shout some more Simon, shout some more!
Good summary: https://treasury.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2018-05/b18-at-a-glance.pdf Scoop always has the best coverage of budgets: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1805/S00104/budget-2018-scoop-full-coverage.htm The only stream that works (for me): ...
Constitutional law expert Prof Andrew Geddis is scathing - quotes from Bridges' speech on disenfranchising prisoners, which it seems he has now forgotten. https://twitter.com/acgeddis/status/969770239670894593 (and followup tweets) "The Electoral (...
I lost my last shred of respect for BE when he repeated Joyce's fiscal hole lie. Bye Bill.
Pick a direction. Any direction. And just - go.
There's a post up about Anderton. A great loss.
Merry Christmas one and all! A good day to reflect and be grateful.
Merry Christmas MS, and Merry Christmas to all! I'm still lurking here. But I'm in a hellish work crunch right now, with several months to go, so I'm trying to keep my politics addiction under control while I deal with it. Great to see the new authors here...
This is a bloody good read: https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/22-12-2017/the-three-big-challenges-for-jacinda-ardern/
Welcome Enzo. Have fun with it!
Thank you for writing this Kay, and good luck to you.
Nice one! Try the Routeburn next, then the Kepler...
We have a new PM. Excellent.
Go Matthew! Welcome!
Two excellent Newsroom pieces on the election result, MMP, and how well the coalition process has worked: Analysis: The tail did not wag the dog, it barely wiggled Searching for Winston’s legacy And Mike Hosking starts walking it back: Mike Hosking: Maybe ...
And again - thank you, thank you, thank you - thank you all!