Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 10th, 2020 - 13 comments
Originally posted onNick Kelly’s blog
Nick is a Director of Piko Consulting and works as a Political Adviser in The House of Lords.
Listening to the results being reported while driving on that California freeway, I recall thinking ‘this result could lead to the break up of the United Kingdom’. On hearing that both Northern Ireland and Scotland had voted to stay part of the EU, in contrast to the rest of the country, it was hard to imagine that this would not become a significant issue.
Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, August 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments
It seems that if you’re the right person, harbour the correct thoughts, have the right connections, and you don’t like whatever the political opinion, news or information that’s floating about is, then you can get it banned.
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 19th, 2018 - 49 comments
“As Greens, we’ve always stood for modernising our democracy, making MPs more accountable and giving the public better access to the levers of power.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, January 20th, 2018 - 12 comments
On how states in conflict, have seemingly and nevertheless, managed to share in the likely or possible creation of one common goal.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, January 16th, 2018 - 12 comments
Idiot/savant on Spain’s love of democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, October 30th, 2017 - 87 comments
It would seem Labour’s got nuffin when it comes to the TPP.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 16th, 2017 - 27 comments
A long and interesting read in The Atlantic. “The very roots of the electoral system had been destabilized.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, October 4th, 2017 - 66 comments
Outspoken sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert on the “tribalists” who continued to back the Nats despite their brazen lies – “if Labour had made the same accusation against National and not a single economist supported it, would you have reacted the same way? No. Of course not. And that’s what defines you as a moron.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 22 comments
Anarchism and democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, October 3rd, 2017 - 9 comments
One of our key political challenges now is to broaden the understanding of what matters.
Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, July 5th, 2017 - 137 comments
I/S at No Right Turn writes: “Around the world, we’ve seen a backlash against political establishments, driven in part by a recognition that economic and political systems are rigged to the advantage of the rich. And we have the same sentiments in New Zealand”
Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, April 27th, 2017 - 59 comments
Probably not, but after 9 years of Brighter Future / Dirty Politics it certainly can feel that way.
Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, April 13th, 2017 - 62 comments
Andrew Little questioned the actions of this government, as he should, and has fronted up and taken personal responsibility for offense taken by other parties, as he should. He has endured a costly and draining leagal process with a result widely hailed as a victory for democracy. But apparently that isn’t enough, so here we go again.
Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, April 12th, 2017 - 109 comments
The defamation case against Andrew Little has been an unwelcome distraction while he should have been free to do his job as leader of the largest opposition party. The consensus is that the process delivered a qualified win for Little, and a clear win for democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 30th, 2017 - 81 comments
Here we are then. Article 50 has been invoked, and the 2 year countdown to Brexit begins.
Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 38 comments
Willie Jackson is using his return to the political spotlight to good effect.
Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, December 1st, 2016 - 42 comments
Is the belief that democracy is essential falling in “Western” countries? In New Zealand particularly so?
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, July 14th, 2016 - 116 comments
Events in England really highlight the different processes of the two main parties. The Conservatives have completed their leadership transition, Labour’s contest has barely begun. Which model is best?
Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, May 11th, 2016 - 13 comments
As previously discussed here, bad for the media, bad for democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, April 9th, 2016 - 62 comments
Good shit happening in France.