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The first 100 days of a Labour led government

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, October 16th, 2017 - 30 comments
Categories: election 2017, labour, leadership - Tags: , , ,

As I have said before, I think Peters is going to ’96 us. If we get a Nat led government we know what the first 100 days look like – a series of lies and excuses.

But maybe Peters learned from history and is not doomed to repeat it. If he keeps faith with his campaign for change and we get a Labour led government, what should the urgent priorities be?

30 comments on “The first 100 days of a Labour led government”

  1. cleangreen 1

    No-one knows better how to run the MMP game than Winston does Anthony,

    Winston was there when MMP referendum was won in 1990’s and he has used MMP as his rational ever since to make’change’.

    So we must let the MMP system play out and let ‘democracy’ previal and not to try and kill it.

    FFP was being run over and rigidly controllled by the big money corporations and financiers, – and they vigorously hate MMP as they have lost their control of elections.

  2. The decrypter 2

    Issue free hangover pills to me.

  3. DH 3

    Their top priority should be to do nothing. There’s a lesson to be learned from these negotiations which is that there’s no hurry, life will still go on. They’ll need more than 100 days to settle in.

    There’s been a few articles lately about the big sharemarket crash of the ’80s. The real lesson of that was for the Government not to be so reckless and to walk before you run.

    That sharemarket crash only came about as a result of the sharemarket boom and IIRC Roger Douglas was largely responsible for the whole debacle. The boom was funded almost entirely by the state-owned banks and the only reason that happened was because the Govt removed the covenants preventing the banks from making such reckless lending. They weren’t permitted to lend like that until Douglas poked his beak in.

    They need to take their time IMO.

    • roy cartland 3.1

      I’m not so sure. Doing nothing is not the same as saying nothing, anyway. Why not list half a dozen things that ALL three parties agree on?

      Pulling out of the (current) TPP would be one. Stopping/reversing asset sales another. Shifting the Govo’s finances to Kiwibank should be a no-brainer. Implementing 3 years free tertiary/training should be easy.

      • DH 3.1.1

        Because every action, no matter how small it might seem, has consequences and a wise person would wait until they’re comfortable with their position before taking action.

        These people have been in opposition for nine years, even the old hands will have forgotten what it’s like to be in charge. Rushing in like a bull at a gate and making hasty decisions is sure to end up biting you in the arse.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1

          Because every action, no matter how small it might seem, has consequences and a wise person would wait until they’re comfortable with their position before taking action.

          Or we’re already comfortable with our position having already done all the necessary research. In which case waiting achieves nothing.

          These people have been in opposition for nine years, even the old hands will have forgotten what it’s like to be in charge.

          Total and utter BS. You really think life stops happening just because they’re out of government?

          Rushing in like a bull at a gate and making hasty decisions is sure to end up biting you in the arse.

          Not necessarily.

    • Their top priority should be to do nothing. There’s a lesson to be learned from these negotiations which is that there’s no hurry, life will still go on. They’ll need more than 100 days to settle in.

      No, there is stuff that needs to be done ASAP.

      Increased funding to hospitals.
      Education funding.
      The Fire At Will Bill to be repealed (the old trial period legislation is still there).
      Increasing minimum wage by a lump amount and then over time until it reaches 66% of the average wage.
      Getting the rail build moving.

      The list goes on quite a way. The stuff that needs to be done soon so as to improve lives quickly while also giving it a chance to embed in.

      • DH 3.2.1

        Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes aye Draco. That’s the spirit, who cares if it all turns to shite it’s not your money and you won’t have to fix it….

        • roy cartland 3.2.1.1

          Are you intentionally talking in absolute binarisms, or can you concede grey areas?

          • DH 3.2.1.1.1

            Aah, the 100days was absolute I was just basing my opinion on that.

            About all I’d expect to see from them is a halt to anything still in progress such as the sale of state houses, new roads of impotence, new quangos & all the other little deals the Nats have made to look after their mates that are so low on the totem pole they haven’t been fed yet.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.2

          How about we sit there twiddling our thumbs and hope it all gets better by magic.

          /sarc

          None of what I listed was a major – just something needed to happen after National’s attacks on our society.

    • Antoine 4.1

      Despite not knowing what they’re doing, and hopefully without making too many mistakes in the process…

      Cynicism aside, it would be nice to get some real wins for NZ in the first 6 months. Nor should they rest on their laurels after that.

      A.

  4. roy cartland 5

    Oh and BTW, if it is to be NAT/NZF, they’re going to find they’re not the only ones who can be a bloody effective oppo. Right, “Had Enough” voters?

  5. Sparky 6

    First of all, its not Labour led its a coalition government, I really hope Labour in particular get this message from negotiations and if they form a partnership. As to what to expect I would not say that much but at least I hope and pray the vile TPPA bullshit is off the table and maybe our rivers will finally get the clean up they so desperately need.

    • red-blooded 6.1

      Actually, we have no idea whether there are arrangements for a 3-way coalition, or a 2 party coalition with one party in confidence and supply, even 1 + 2 C&S… “Labour led” covers all options and reflects the reality that Labour will be the lead party if this option goes ahead. They got 36% of the vote, about 2 and a 1/2 times the combined vote of the other two parties. That doesn’t mean it can’t be a partnership, but it’s perfectly reasonable to recognise that the largest party would be taking a lead role.

  6. SpaceMonkey 7

    TPPA gone
    Hospital funding increased
    Mental health funding increased
    Water royalties implemented
    Homes built (and more shelters – not motels – purchased or built for the interim until houses become available) – we should be on the equivalent of a war footing for dealing with homelessness and poverty in NZ.

    • Jeremy 7.1

      “we should be on the equivalent of a war footing for dealing with homelessness and poverty in NZ.”

      + 1,000,000

  7. The Fairy Godmother 8

    National standards and germ (global education reform movement) gone.

  8. Some_guy 10

    Labour needs to immediately reduce immigration and start working on the housing crisis. They can do everything else later, but the most important thing is that they reduce immigration, because Auckland’s current rate of growth is unsustainable and has created an artificial housing bubble, making it harder for Kiwi first time home buyers.

  9. barry 11

    Get out all the OIA requests that the old government has stalled, so people can see what they have not been told.

  10. Rae 12

    I think that National would have been a far better government, more experience, Jacinda couldn’t organize a bun fight in a bakery, she’s hardly even out of her cot yet!
    A lot of people are now kicking up because Janindamania is deciding to cut immigration, what a twot, we haven’t got enough people in NZ for all the jobs, we have other people in our country, they pay taxes & help, money makes money, of course Jacinda wouldn’t know as she’s never had any proper job anyway

    MMP, many more pricks in parliament.

    Why don’t we have another re election she didn’t really get in properly

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