Posts Tagged ‘election 2017’

The vote for change

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 25th, 2017 - 43 comments

The Nats lost this election. It was a vote for change. NZF party members are calling on Peters to do the right thing.

Thank you Jacinda Ardern!

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, September 24th, 2017 - 39 comments

The fact that we could even hope for a Labour Green win is remarkable – was inconceivable just 2 months ago. Labour’s surge has been incredible. Thank you Jacinda Ardern, and thank you all who worked so hard! Now it’s up to MMP…

The final ads

Written By: - Date published: 4:39 pm, September 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments

The final election pitches – Ardern inspires – English in a hole.

If you haven’t voted already – vote wisely tomorrow!

Today is the last day to enroll – and you should

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 34 comments

Today is the last day you can enroll to vote in the election. Historically far too many people in the 18-24 age group have not enrolled. The same again would suit the Nats very well indeed.

Update: Newsroom: “A record turnout of early voters suggests a youthquake in action – and the polls might be wrong.”

Update: If you are trying to enrol and the queues are long, here are the other ways you can do it, including online!

Update: you can enrol up until midnight Friday online, and then vote at a polling station on Saturday. Details here.

An MMP government

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 101 comments

On current polling the next government could be Labour + Green + NZF. That would annoy a lot of Nats if they have more votes than Labour alone, but that’s how MMP works. English lied about this in the last debate, but apparently has since walked it back.

Dame Anne Salmond’s final, brief election thought

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 39 comments

Salmond “Jacindamania isn’t about personality at all – it’s a collective sigh of relief that we might finally have a kind of leadership that reflects our core values as New Zealanders.”

Nats “discovered poverty last week” – and will forget it just as quickly

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 21st, 2017 - 72 comments

Ardern’s jab that English “discovered poverty last week” was the line of the debate. After the election National will forget it again just as quickly, if the record of the last nine years is anything to go by. Do you want to vote for that?

Why I voted two ticks Labour

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, September 20th, 2017 - 64 comments

The Nats do not deserve to lead NZ so I voted for change. The electorate vote was simple. I struggled with the party vote.

Why you should vote – from a White Man Behind a Desk

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, September 19th, 2017 - 4 comments

It’s the kind of video that makes you go “what the fuck man. with one (1) eight minute video you convinced half of my “it’s my right to not vote and i hate politicians so Fuck Elections” friends to vote. i’ve been trying for weeks, and you put up a singular video on it and they’re persuaded.”

Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 19th, 2017 - 33 comments

Gordon Campbell sets out ten reasons not to vote National. Well referenced and compelling. Standardistas may wish to add their own entries to the list.

Farm protest mad cows and climate change

Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 105 comments

The farmers’ protest in Morrinsville today unfortunately shows that we have made no progress in the 15 years since Bill English attacked the wrong PM with his “mad cow” insult. Meanwhile the effects of climate change have got worse, our options for dealing with it have got fewer, and the Nats don’t want you to know about $19bn of NZ property at risk.

When scaremongering becomes self-parody

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 18th, 2017 - 34 comments

According to English, in a revealing Q+A interview, Labour wants to “slaughter the dairy herd” and “depopulate the cities”. Why is he such a scared little man? Why doesn’t National have the confidence to run a positive campaign on its policies?

Get out the young vote!

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, September 18th, 2017 - 10 comments

If you can do one thing help New Zealand make the right choice for the future it is this – get out the young vote!

Oram on Nats’ poor record and why we should vote for change

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, September 17th, 2017 - 89 comments

Rod Oram at Newsroom: “More of the same won’t deliver for New Zealand. Hopefully, new leaders and policies will.”

Ardern: Setting the record straight

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, September 16th, 2017 - 38 comments

Watch Jacinda Ardern on the Nats’ nasty negative campaign – and the huge problems for New Zealand that they want to distract you from.

Ardern on Nat’s campaign of ‘fear and lying’

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, September 13th, 2017 - 98 comments

Jacinda Ardern has spoken out about National’s campaign of “fear and lying”. Meanwhile Joyce keeps lying about his imaginary hole, and English tries to reinvent the fart tax attack.

Early voting

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, September 13th, 2017 - 16 comments

Early voting has started with a bang – almost four times the 2014 figure. Jacindamania?

Poll tonight

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, September 12th, 2017 - 216 comments

“Dramatic and Devastating” according to Patrick Gower. Do you think he wants us to watch?

“Boardroom” backing change

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, September 12th, 2017 - 18 comments

The Herald’s “mood of the boardroom” makes encouraging reading for Labour, with support for change and strong themes of social conscience.

Cartoon “Hurricane Ardern” by Emmerson.

Business leaders endorse Labour / Green government

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, September 11th, 2017 - 67 comments

In The Herald: “Fear of a Labour/Green Government in the business community is well gone, says SkyCity chairman-elect Rob Campbell”, “Business doesn’t necessarily do better under National led Governments”.

Below 40% National loses its diversity

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 11th, 2017 - 26 comments

Some polls have National below 40%. If that is reflected in the election result then National will lose much of its diversity, setting the party back by many years. The current list was constructed for the “pale stale male”. They need to be better balanced in the future.

Labour’s first 100 days

Written By: - Date published: 6:22 pm, September 10th, 2017 - 61 comments

Jacinda Ardern has set out an ambitious list of actions for Labour’s first 100 days, including banning foreign, non-resident house buyers by Christmas through an urgent law change.

The election of truth vs lies

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, September 10th, 2017 - 77 comments

Even those who have supported National in the past must see that this current bunch have lost their way. National needs to renew itself, some time in opposition will do them good. Don’t vote for liars.

Who agrees with you Bill?

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, September 8th, 2017 - 20 comments

Last night Bill English emphatically defended and agreed with Steven Joyce’s lie about a “hole” in Labour’s budget – specifically the disproved figure of $11.7 billion. Jacinda Ardern took him apart with one simple question. English has nothing left now.

TVNZ Poll – Labour opens 4 point lead

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, September 7th, 2017 - 76 comments

Tonight’s TVNZ Poll shows Labour opening a 4 point lead over National.

National drop below 40% (well deserved).

Finance debate – Grant Robertson vs big flaming gasbag

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, September 7th, 2017 - 54 comments

The RNZ debate between Labour and Nat finance spokespersons has just concluded – Grant Robertson vs a big flaming gasbag. Robertson very strong, gasbag unable to name One Single Person who agrees with his $11.7bn big lie.

Joyce and English now laughing stock

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 6th, 2017 - 145 comments

Post John Key all National ever had going for it was an undeserved reputation for financial competence. Now that is gone too. It doesn’t get any worse than this 3 weeks out from an election.

Steven Joyce – liar or fool?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 5th, 2017 - 50 comments

The economists have spoken, and Steven Joyce’s claim that there is a $11.7bn “hole” in Labours’ fiscal plan shows him to be either a liar or a fool. Shame on Bill English for repeating it in the debate.

Revising Nats’ nasty joggers ad

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, September 2nd, 2017 - 22 comments

National’s nasty joggers campaign ad captures the essence of the party nicely, ignoring and making fun of those in need of help, running away from problems. But in light of the recent poll-quake it is in serious need of revision…

It’s a new political world

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2017 - 76 comments

Labour has polled ahead of National for the first time in 12 years. It is only one poll and others may differ, but it has shattered a huge psychological barrier. We’re in a new political world. Time to go hard.

The first debate

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, August 31st, 2017 - 203 comments

The first debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English is tonight at 7pm (with a poll due at 6).

Update: CB Poll puts Labour ahead of National, and Ardern ahead of English. Crikey!

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