Posts Tagged ‘labour’

Tax cuts or fix this…

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 21st, 2017 - 54 comments

Auckland City Councilor Richard Hills yesterday tweeted some of the things we would like to see fixed before a tax cut. You might want to add to the list. Good thing Labour is promising to cancel the cuts and spend billions more on health and education.

National reckon public health and education are a waste of money?

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, July 20th, 2017 - 27 comments

According to Morning Report the Nats are calling Labour’s budget for more spending on health and education “a plan to waste more money”. Tell it to the people who can’t afford private alternatives and depend on the public systems.

Labour’s plan – billions for health and education

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, July 19th, 2017 - 91 comments

Labour has just released costed details of its comprehensive plan to put $8b more over four years into health and $4b into education. Excellent.

A clear choice for voters

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 14th, 2017 - 62 comments

Herald editorial: “Credit where it is due. It takes courage to say that if elected, you will cancel a tax cut. … In doing so it has presented the voters with a clear choice which, for those without young families or earning above the income limits, will mean deciding whether to take the tax cut or give the benefit to children of the less well off.”

Good message – good messaging

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, July 13th, 2017 - 50 comments

Labour’s Targeted Families Package

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 100 comments

As covered by Vernon Small on Stuff: “Labour is promising to scrap National’s Budget tax cut plan. Instead it will funnel the cash into higher Working for Families payments and extra help for those with young children. It’s a package it says will deliver up to $48 a week extra to middle income families.”

Labour and National government spending

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, July 6th, 2017 - 3 comments

Labour’s immigration policy

Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, June 12th, 2017 - 94 comments

On first impressions Labour has done a good job of trying to balance the needs: to acknowledge the positive role of immigration in NZ, slow down immigration while infrastructure catches up, and target immigration effectively.

Trying to wedge the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 7th, 2017 - 120 comments

The political right try it on every election year, in an attempt to sow a bit of discord. I expect this sort of obvious and clumsy wedge politics from Hooton and the like, but I was a bit surprised to see Duncan Garner having a go.

Andrew Little – Last Labour PM of NZ?

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, June 3rd, 2017 - 136 comments

A wee bit of speculation for a long week-end.

Property speculator panic

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, May 15th, 2017 - 128 comments

Labour has set the cat among the property speculator pigeons, and they don’t like it at all.

Forty or bust!

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 15th, 2017 - 95 comments

It’s the right target, and the right reason, the left really does not want to end up dependent on Winston Peters for a shot at forming a government.

Labour’s Congress 2017

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, May 13th, 2017 - 15 comments

Labour’s Congress in Wellington is underway, with a great speech by Grant Robertson, a farewell to Annette King, and more…

Labour’s Manifesto

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, May 11th, 2017 - 293 comments

Old school Social Democracy. (Remember that?)

Labour’s list – diversity and renewal

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 3rd, 2017 - 112 comments

Labour has delivered a list of diversity and renewal. Good to see it getting the recognition it deserves.

Labour Greens joint State of the Nation livestream and discussion

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, January 29th, 2017 - 121 comments

Be part of the movement to change the Government. Sunday 2pm.

Updated with speeches

Labour landslide – media roundup

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, December 4th, 2016 - 169 comments

Audrey Young: “The Labour leader has described the win as ‘a bloody nose for National’. It is more like a bloody nose, a black eye and broken jaw.”

Update: As of 11am not a single story on Mt Roskill appears on the online front pages of either The Herald or Stuff. What a surprise!

Workers, unions and the Labour party

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, October 23rd, 2016 - 198 comments

Convincing workers not to organise in their own best interests is one of the great successes of right-wing politics.

Labour Organising

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, September 14th, 2016 - 39 comments

From the UK. Organising 101.

Labour’s Auckland Push

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, August 30th, 2016 - 57 comments

Matt McCarten is to head a new Labour party office in Auckland. The party is going to take to fight to National in the city that decides the election. Yet another bold step from Andrew Little, who is looking more and more like the next PM.

Stick a Fork in Him, He’s Dunne

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 pm, June 1st, 2016 - 140 comments

The Labour/Greens electoral pact spells the end of the line for Parliament’s most self serving MP, Peter Dunne. National have a choice to make; stand down in Ohariu or stab him in the back. And then there’s the equally supine Maori party.  Te Ururoa Flavell’s hold on his seat is also shaky. No Flavell, no Maori Party.

No Mates National. The Brighter Future just arrived!

Welsh Assembly.

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, May 12th, 2016 - 20 comments

A post to illustrate how fixed term parliaments work…off the back of some really woeful reportage.

In the Home of Labour

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, April 25th, 2016 - 48 comments

Still out of touch and running out of time.

Can We Trust Winston Peters?

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 20th, 2016 - 139 comments

Recent polling makes it clear that neither National or Labour can win power without the support of NZ First. So should the left be worried that Winston Peters will take his party back over to the blue team?

The Gun Club

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, March 11th, 2016 - 172 comments

In the wake of the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau, it’s time NZ had a cold, hard look at our gun culture. We need an inquiry that addresses both legal and illegal gun ownership. But there’s a related matter that also needs looking at …

Ratana – LIVE

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, January 24th, 2016 - 46 comments

Te Reo Putake is live blogging the visits of politicians to Rātana pā during the weekend celebration of the life of church founder Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana. The shadow of the TPPA hangs over the weekend; how will our political leaders address this latest attack on Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

Little: Labour to Defy TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, January 8th, 2016 - 715 comments

Labour Leader Andrew Little has announced that the next Labour led Government will defy the TPPA’s attack on our sovereignty. Good on Labour – that’s the leadership we need.

The Tide is High

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, November 15th, 2015 - 91 comments

I’m pleased about the Roy Morgan result. The last RWC was worth 2-3% in the polls to National.  This RWC … nothing.  And in the days since that poll, John Key has overseen an astonishing attack on the women of Parliament. I think we’ve reached Peak Key.

Have a Drink Hoss!

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, October 21st, 2015 - 55 comments

So, by my understanding, in ‘three party’* Canada, the New Democratic Party sought the center and nosedived. Simultaneously, the Liberals moved left and soared. In ‘two party’ England and Wales, Labour sought the center and bumbled and scraped the ground looking for lift off. Meanwhile, in the very same election in ‘three party’ Scotland where […]

The Attack

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, September 15th, 2015 - 52 comments

And they’re off!

Win or Lose: This is Labour

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, August 7th, 2015 - 199 comments

Some people have suggested that the more progressive parliamentary elements of the left are done and dusted. I’m not so sure…

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