The French Presidential Runoff

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Why is it so hard to conceive of a radical alternative to the kind of government on offer?

The French Presidential runoff, like the recent Dutch election and others, brings to mind the question of German sociologist a century ago when he asked: Why is there no socialism in America? Some of that is to do with the size of the country: shared purposes are hard to sustain on an imperial scale without a major loss of freedom. Then there’s their inherent cultural suspicion of government.

It is not by chance that social democracy and welfare states have worked best in small, fairly homogenous countries, where issues of mistrust and mutual suspicion do not arise so acutely. A willingness to pay for other people’s services and benefits rests upon the understanding that they in turn will do likewise for you and your children: because they are like you and see the world as you do.

Where immigration and visible minorities have altered the development of a country, we typically find increased suspicion of others and a loss of enthusiasm for the institutions of a welfare state. It is incontrovertible that welfare states face serious practical and political challenges today. Their survival is not yet in question, but confidence is weakening.

The French Presidential runoff between Le Pen and Macron is now starkly lit by the hard right populist – and failing – President Trump. He has been our best reminder that deeply radical governments are deeply unstable. The degree of instability is what people are voting for when they choose the degree of radicalism.

Macron, fully in the mold of Clark and Key, Gordon Brown, Hillary Clinton and Merkel, is a centrist who seeks to strengthen civic institutions and retain the push of global free trade. He’s pretty to look at, fresh within his own political party, and interesting. But he won’t change much.That is the best to hope for.

In this world where many democracies are sliding to the very hard right, we get to conceive radical alternatives in power. Right now that small c conservative position is a good thing.

79 comments on “The French Presidential Runoff ”

  1. Fustercluck 1

    A Rothschild banker is a good thing?

  2. Glenn 2

    “I feel I am to the left of Obama”
    Marine Le Pen
    http://www.visualcapitalist.com/french-elections-macron-le-pen-eu/

    Comparing Macron and Le Pen is interesting. While Le Pen has been labeled hard right many of her policies are left of centre.

    Advocates 10%tax cut for lowest income tax brackets.

    Keep the 35 hour working week.

    Lower retirement age to sixty.

    Make overtime tax free.

    Advocates a bonus of 1000 euros per year for low wage earners and pensioners.

    National plan for equal pay for women.

    Calls for a move to zero carbon economy.

    Referendum on Europe Bring back Franc.

    Macrons policies.

    Keep the 35 hour week.

    Limit wealth tax to real estate.

    Cut government spending to 50% of GDP

    Cut 120,000 state jobs by not replacing state servants on retirement.

    Extend unemployment benefits to entrepreneurs, farmers, self employed and those who quit jobs voluntarily

    Implement universal pension.

    Close coal fired power plants.

    Stay in Europe.

    Hard decisions for the French Voter.

    • Bill 2.1

      The same was noted as regards the broad economic sweep of Sanders and Trump. the choice is more to do with breaking from that discredited centre in a direction of increasing democracy, or to break in a direction of authoritarianism.

      Neither of these French hopefuls offer up anything other than an opportunity for financial interests to consolidate their power at the expense of ordinary people and society at large.

      I’d bet Shauble is still nursing a hang-over from his celebrating of this result.

    • mikesh 2.2

      It is said that France’s departure from the eurozone could lead to a collapse of the euro; other countries, notably Greece, would probably follow suit. This would not be good for financial institutions.

      • Phil 2.2.1

        This would not be good for financial institutions.

        I’m sure there are plenty of people on this site who would not see that as a bad thing… I guess that’s exactly what you’re going for.

        But seriously, Greece and other smaller countries get relatively big EU-subsidies while their in the EU. The countries with the most to lose from Brexit and a potential Frexit are the larger nations with higher GDP per capital (i.e. the ones mostly footing the EU bill) like Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

        • KJT 2.2.1.1

          You mean the countries that are borrowing to buy German manufactured goods. I doubt if they have a net benefit from the EU. Greece certainly does not.

    • D'Esterre 2.3

      Phil:”Compared to a racist monster?”
      Say what? The racism epithet is just name-calling. As pointed out below, her policies lean to the left-wing.

      • peterlepaysan 2.3.1

        Please stop confusing mob populism with the left wing (whatever that term means).

        Le Pen is both a fascist and a racist.

        VIVA the Vichy Government! I do not think so.

        • Fustercluck 2.3.1.1

          Hey Peter.

          Ya got any citations for that fascist/racist thing or are you just re-labeling nationalism there, bro?

          • peterlepaysan 2.3.1.1.1

            Citations?
            Where precisely would I, or you, find, such citations.
            Which academic journals publish research papers on the conflation of racism, fascism and nationalism?

            The best known publication that conflated those ideologies was a (non academic) book called Mein Kampf.

            Obtw, what justification exists for nationalism?

    • Richard McGrath 2.4

      Both pleasingly have some smaller-government policies – tax cuts, reining in spending and putting a lid on the bloated public sector. Unfortunately, there are some stupid ideas such as a zero carbon economy (unless they beef up nuclear power and find some other way to power and lubricate machinery that doesn’t involve oil). To me, Macron seems the better choice. He’ll win in a landslide.

  3. Bill 3

    Macron is Hollande on steroids – Thatcher risen.

    Macron was Hollande’s finance minister and Hollande’s Socialist party died a death because of the liberal policies that were being enacted.

    The centre is collapsing in France just as elsewhere, but the sad and frustrating thing is that the right wing factions from within the so-called leftist parties that constituted that centre, are successfully heading off genuine left wing possibilities and, at least in the short term, getting away with promoting right wing individuals and policies.

    Of course, msm lends all the support it can by ignoring left wing aspirations and throwing up xenophobic bogey men to frighten people into voting for these radical centre candidates who are emerging from the corpses they’ve made of the sold out, washed up (once were) parliamentary parties of the left.

    It won’t last.

    A few short years back, there would have been no possibility of a Mélenchon or a Sanders or a Corbyn or any of the social movements and new expressions of politics we’ve seen in Spain, in Greece…

    In a few short years from now, those genuine and (mostly) social democratic expressions of leftist thought, will have broken through and be the new normal.

    Meanwhile, things are probably going to get quite ugly

    • ropata 3.1

      A few short years back, there would have been no possibility of a Mélenchon or a Sanders or a Corbyn or any of the social movements and new expressions of politics we’ve seen in Spain, in Greece…

      So true, we were in the grip of Blair / Clinton neoliberal “Third Way” BS

      In a few short years from now, those genuine and (mostly) social democratic expressions of leftist thought, will have broken through and be the new normal.

      I really hope so. Might be a decade or two, when the current generation die off and Millennials finally take power. Max Planck said (paraphrase): “Science advances one funeral at a time”

    • Ad 3.2

      Trump is the best illustration of the kinds of disruption that occurs when extremists get in.

      The hard right extremes are proving better at getting major chunks of electorates to vote for them than the hard left is. But there is now very little time for any remaining centrist democratic government to show that it can redistribute wealth sufficiently to put faith back into the functioning of ordinary government. It’s a decade since the GFC and class mobility has got worse every year.

      I can’t see how your trajectory of left radicalism could happen.
      But then, I’m sure the Commander of the Battleship Potempkin couldn’t see it either.

      It’s beginning to look like the years around Martin Luther.

      • Bill 3.2.1

        There is no such thing as a ‘hard right’ or a ‘hard left’ – just a left and a right (both authoritarian and non-authoritarian) that has abandoned the dying centre.

        Bankers are extremists (Macron).
        Trump used the rhetoric of Sanders and is no extremist (he’s an arse of an authoritarian).
        Neither Corbyn nor the SNP are expressions of ‘left radicalism’.

        This centre that you want to see preserved is inhabited only by the worst expressions of liberalism, peddling the most dangerous of radicalism and so far, successfully gaining power and simultaneously stymieing the left through fear-mongering.

        It and they can’t be dispatched quickly enough

        • Ad 3.2.1.1

          I just don’t get your taxonomy there.

          Bankers are extremists, Macron was a banker, therefore Macron is an extremist?

          Trump is not an extremist, but is an authoritarian?

          Corbyn is part of a ‘soft centre’?

          Is Melenchon ‘soft centre’ or ‘left’?

          Can you be ‘left’ and from an old party?

          What are your thresholds from ‘soft centre’ to ‘left’?
          Or from ‘soft centre’ to ‘right’?
          Or from democratic to authoritarian?
          When is an authoritarian not an extremist?

          • GregJ 3.2.1.1.1

            Perhaps Political Compass helps?

            US Presidential Election:

            https://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2016

            French Presidential Election:

            https://www.politicalcompass.org/france2017

            UK Political Parties 2015:

            https://www.politicalcompass.org/uk2015

          • Bill 3.2.1.1.2

            I was originally going to suggest with your terminology that you must have eaten a dogs breakfast, thrown it up and then stirred it around on the carpet before scooping it into a bucket and throwing it into a comment box.

            It’s all over the show.

            Most of what is bubbling beneath the surface on the left is simple, non-threatening, social democracy.

            This centre you seem to want to hold to is the extreme. Some call it neo-liberalism. And your banker fella is very much a neo-liberal.

            I suspect “The Troika” will be looking to beat a jubilant path to the door of the French National Assembly real soon – right after Macron has laid in the ground-work.

            Like I said above, Shauble will have been celebrating this result.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.2

        Trump is the best illustration of the kinds of disruption that occurs when extremists get in.

        He’s also an example of what happens when governments stop listening to the people and only implement policies that the corporations and rich people want.

        But there is now very little time for any remaining centrist democratic government to show that it can redistribute wealth sufficiently to put faith back into the functioning of ordinary government.

        True but if we don’t then society collapses. of course, that may be what’s needed as part of the necessary evolution of societies.

        • Ad 3.2.2.1

          What kind of collapse would you like, and for how long?

          • Draco T Bastard 3.2.2.1.1

            Who said I would like one?

            To put it another way: Death is as much a part of life as being born.

            • Ad 3.2.2.1.1.1

              “Of course, that may be what’s needed …”

              What would this death of society look like to you?
              Any major change in world history that you could compare it to?
              The Black Death?
              The decline and fall of the Roman Empire?
              The Russian Revolution?
              The French Revolution?
              World War 1?

              Which of those societal deaths were “as much a part of life as being born”?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Any major change in world history that you could compare it to?

                The collapse of:
                Ancient Greece
                Ancient Egypt
                Ancient Rome
                The British Empire
                The Ottoman Empire
                And the empires in Latin America

                https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

                It finds that according to the historical record even advanced, complex civilisations are susceptible to collapse, raising questions about the sustainability of modern civilisation:

                “The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent.”

                By investigating the human-nature dynamics of these past cases of collapse, the project identifies the most salient interrelated factors which explain civilisational decline, and which may help determine the risk of collapse today: namely, Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy.

                These factors can lead to collapse when they converge to generate two crucial social features: “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity”; and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor]” These social phenomena have played “a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse,” in all such cases over “the last five thousand years.”

        • Bill 3.2.2.2

          Trump has caused bugger all disruption. The markets shot up. They’re happy. Business will continue as normal and they get a bit of banking deregulation into the bargain.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.2.2.2.1

            Trump has caused bugger all disruption.

            Of course he hasn’t:
            1. Individuals don’t have that sort of power even if they are ‘the president’
            2. He made it look like he was listening – doesn’t mean to say that he was listening

  4. You want to know why the French are sliding to the right?

    Because Hollande completely ruined it for progressives. You simply cannot have a 75% income tax – which Hollande did, and there were numerous articles showing he was as much as cause of the corruption and the problem the French have with their establishment as he railed about it. Smoking gun two faced hypocrite.

    This one from Der Spiegel is about a scandal in 2013

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/corruption-scandal-puts-hollande-and-france-on-their-heels-a-892965.html

    And this from the Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/29/francois-hollande-flopped-france

    I know nothing about Macron, but I hope he thrashes Marine Le Pen. Because if she is anything like her Daddy, she probably wants nuclear testing to resume in the Pacific – the elder Le Pen did when he won in 2001.

  5. In this world where many democracies are sliding to the very hard right, we get to conceive radical alternatives in power. Right now that small c conservative position is a good thing.

    Yes. This one makes Clinton v Trump look trivial. The question of whether or not you should vote for an investment banker rather than a neo-fascist shouldn’t be a difficult one. There’s a good opinion piece on it here, by a descendant of French Jews.

    The bit most relevant to the people dubious about Macron:

    The hard-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has, as yet, refused to endorse Macron. This is because he needs – in a move that further reduces the hard-left to its own self-parody – to consult the wishes of his supporters first. Yes, that’s right, he absolutely must have a collective debate about whether or not to endorse the candidate who has, as two of her closest advisers, associates of an unrepentant former SS member. Way to maintain the socialist dream!

    • Bill 5.1

      Why should he endorse either of them?

      • Psycho Milt 5.1.1

        Two reasons:

        1. If the question arises as to whether you’d prefer an ordinary conservative or a neo-fascist to run the country and you abstain, you’ve effectively said you don’t distinguish between conservatism and fascism, which declares you lacking in judgement and not fit to run a school gala, let alone a country.

        2. There’s a real danger of France getting a neo-fascist as President. An influential figure who won’t endorse the neo-fascist’s opponent clearly has no problem with that prospect. Not what I’d look for in a leader myself, but each to their own.

        • KJT 5.1.1.1

          Vote for an ordinary conservative and get poor slowly, or vote for a Fascist, get poor fast and recover again with the backlash.

          • McFlock 5.1.1.1.1

            unless there is no backlash, or you fail to survive it.

            • KJT 5.1.1.1.1.1

              We are not going to survive the “sane” conservatives.

              You know. The ones that responded to the Paris accord, on AGW, by issuing more oil exploration licenses.

              At least Le-Pen thinks we should do something about it.

              • McFlock

                Thing is, you’re weighing fewer people surviving in the longer term against the likelihood of more people surviving in the shorter term.

                It’s an interesting theoretical question as to whether murdering a few people for the greater good is justifiable (which is what we’re talking about when we’re talking about voting for the far right because their carbon plans are nice).

                But in reality, I’m not sure there’s been any real life occasion that it was the correct thing to do. At best there might be one or two occasions where I’d be inclined to say “I hope I’d have the strength to avoid doing that”.

          • Psycho Milt 5.1.1.1.2

            “Nach Hitler, uns!” That worked out so well for the left…

          • Bill 5.1.1.1.3

            I don’t know that people would necessarily get poor under fascism KJT. Roosevelt got the basic framework for the New Deal from Mussolini’s Italy.

            I think a more accurate comparison is that you get to choose to be free to be living under a bridge with financiers running the show, or you get to have basic social provisions and a bucket full of fear under the fascists.

            It’s all shite.

        • DoublePlusGood 5.1.1.2

          Or Melenchon can refuse to endorse either of them, and soundly criticise both of them at every opportunity. This builds Melenchon’s position for the parliamentary elections, and shows the electorates that both candidates in the second round are terrible for France, for different reasons.

          Basically you are saying that if you had David Seymour and Colin Ansell as the two candidates for president of New Zealand, then Sue Bradford should endorse David Seymour. A stretch of an analogy for sure, but I do it to point out the ridiculousness of expecting a socialist to endorse free market economics.

          • Psycho Milt 5.1.1.2.1

            Or Melenchon can refuse to endorse either of them, and soundly criticise both of them at every opportunity.

            He could. And if doing that discouraged a large proportion of the left from voting in the second round, the likelihood of a neo-fascist running France would increase dramatically. He’s either opposed to a neo-fascist running France and willing to do something about it, or he isn’t.

            Basically you are saying that if you had David Seymour and Colin Ansell as the two candidates for president of New Zealand, then Sue Bradford should endorse David Seymour.

            Nope. More like John Key vs Colin Ansell. If there are only two options, one of the options is fascism, and you refuse to take the other option, it means you’re not fussy about whether the country’s run by fascists or not. It amazes me how many people supposedly on the left fall into that category.

            • DoublePlusGood 5.1.1.2.1.1

              People will all know that the left will hold their nose and vote for Macron. That does not mean Melenchon has to endorse anyone.

              • Bill

                I agree.

                He could reasonably condemn both in those areas that they deserve condemnation. To endorse would be to self censor.

                Liberals might not like that the lesser of the evils is getting it in the neck along with the greater of the evils, but meh.

              • Will they hold their noses and vote for Macron? More to the point, will they do that if their preferred candidate makes it clear he wouldn’t? Actively working to suppress the vote for fascism’s opponent is actively supporting fascism as far as I’m concerned.

                • Bill

                  Actively working to suppress the vote for fascism’s opponent is actively supporting fascism as far as I’m concerned.

                  See that? We agree on something. So what to do with these establishment types and their ploy of talking up fascism while simultaneously working to marginalise left candidates before, they hope, hoovering up the vote off the back of the fear for a candidate they’ve hyped?

                  Endorse them because “lesser of two evils”? Vote for them because “lesser of two evils”?

                  edit – if you harbour doubts on that front, go back through the articles relating to the election and compare the coverage of Le Pen and Mélenchon – both in terms of sheer volume and content.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.3

          1. Is there a difference between conservatism and fascism? Because from where I’m sitting I’m not seeing any real difference.
          2. Why should we continue to ‘believe’ in leaders when they’ve shown that they’re incapable of leading?

          • McFlock 5.1.1.3.1

            1: seriously?

          • Enough is Enough 5.1.1.3.2

            Why don’t you lead then us Draco? You can be the answer – offer us an alternative?

          • One Two 5.1.1.3.3

            1. The same mentality and ideology has the levers of power today, that was in control the past few hundred years..let’s say

            They fund, train, supply and coordinate fascists of today, the same way they did business and funded , then extracted them out of Europe and placed them around the globe, starting Nasa and the CIA with nazis and fascists..

            No difference..

          • Psycho Milt 5.1.1.3.4

            Is there a difference between conservatism and fascism?

            Why am I not surprised?

            They fund, train, supply and coordinate fascists of today, the same way they did business and funded , then extracted them out of Europe and placed them around the globe, starting Nasa and the CIA with nazis and fascists..

            NASA and the CIA? Wasn’t it the lizard people?

              • Ah yes, the belated attempt to prevent the Soviet Union, that bastion of anti-fascism, from hoovering up all the top German scientists. At least we got a few of them, I guess.

                • McFlock

                  although the abwehr/ss crowd the CIA picked up turned out to be a dead loss.

                  But I guess by the measure of “how many nazis did we use”, the soviets were also conservatives. Hell, Peter Fraser might have picked up a couple for NZ for all we know.

                • One Two

                  ” at least WE got a few of them”

                  Just which war do you fantasize being part of?

                  Not widely read, and not very bright. No wonder you used the lizard people comment (again) and was not aware of ‘open secrets’ such as paperclip..

                  The ‘we’ you snuggle up to are fascists of the most sinister variety…they’ve managed to change colour so many times, most believe they are anything other than what they are!

                  Dupes and dumb people are harvested for energy in supporting the blood lust of ‘the neauvau fascists’

                  • I was aware of Paperclip, having read “Operation Paperclip” by Annie Jacobsen many years ago. That’s how I know it was a belated effort to prevent the USSR from getting all the top German scientists. I just hadn’t recognised that attempt to attract German scientists to the West in your bizarre comment about fascism being a conservative plot.

                    And “we” refers to “us, the members of those societies making up the group of allies that benefited from Operation Paperclip.” Sometimes “we” covers a pretty broad range of humanity, up to and including all of it.

  6. SpaceMonkey 6

    It is no longer a left vs right thing. It’s now an establishment vs anti-establishment thing. Macorn represents the establishment and if the French want more of what they’ve been getting for the past whatever years then they will vote for Macron. If they want change they will go Le Pen, irrespective of how unpalatable that might be.

    This was the same dynamic that saw Trump elected. But as we’ve seen after his first 100 days that it makes little difference overall as the Deep State has lots of leverage to ensure whoever is elected toes the line.

    The system is rigged.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      +111

      • In Vino 6.1.1

        Agree. Hate to quote the Daily Blog, but on a graph they had, Macron was more right-wing than Le Pen. Both were authoritarian, if I remember rightly. The site seems to be down at the moment. But the worrying thing is that we are so unclear about what Macron stands for.

    • peterlepaysan 6.2

      Who rigged the system?

    • peterlepaysan 6.3

      Who rigged the system?
      Why?
      If we follow the money where does it lead?

      Is the rigged system the same all over the world, rigged by the same people?
      Some evidence would be useful.

      • One Two 6.3.1

        Evidence. ..

        Take a closer look Peter, use your own mind and resources before asking others to do it for you..

        Goodness me, it’s not rocket science

  7. Ad 7

    Main Macron policies:

    • Local housing tax exemptions worth 10 billion euros ($10.6 billion)

    • Merger of myriad public- and private-sector retirement pension systems as well as a merger of unemployment benefit systems, which currently differ for regular wage-earners and the self-employed.

    • Broad financial targets include keeping France’s budget deficit below the EU-mandated 3 percent of GDP, lowering the jobless rate to 7 percent by the end of his potential five-year term from around 10 percent now, an investment plan of 50 billion euros and public spending savings seen reaching 60 billion annually by the end of the mandate.

    • Corporate tax would be cut from 33 to 25 percent.

    • The CICE tax credit system for firms would be converted into permanent payroll tax breaks for low-wage workers.

    • 35-hour legal work week would remain but negotiation of real work hours would be left to company level.

    • Low-wage earners would be exempted from certain social welfare levies, a measure that would put an extra month’s wage per year in the employee’s pocket.

    • 50 billion euros of public investment over five years, of which:

    – 15 billion for training/changing skill-sets to find jobs.

    – 15 billion on energy/environment targets: exit within 5 years from coal-based energy
    production, shift towards alternative, renewable energy sources, rise in carbon tax.

    – 5 billion in farm sector financing for environment-friendly projects, local production cooperatives and aid during price crises.

    – 5 billion for transport and local infrastructure, with a focus on renovating old train lines rather than building new ones.

    – 5 billion euros on health sector, including better reimbursement of glasses, dentures and hearing aids, plus move away from wasteful medicine packages that contain more pills than a patient needs.

    – 5 billion on modernization, computerization of public administration.

    • Halve number of early primary school pupils to 12 per class in 12,000 low-income zones, with teachers given a bonus of 3,000 euros a year to work in such areas.

    • All 18-year-olds to get a 500 euro “culture pass” to spend on cinema, theater and concert tickets.

    • Strict application of secular policy in public life. No ban on Muslim veil for university students, as envisaged by some candidates.

    • Asylum requests processed within six months.

    • State subsidy of 15,000 euros over 3 years for firms that hire people in 200 low-income neighbourhoods.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-macron-programme-fact-idUSKBN17G19H?il=0

    • McFlock 7.1

      well, that all just sounds like far right neoliberal insantiy, lol 🙂

      • Ad 7.1.1

        We have forgotten how far our social welfare system has shrunk, and how far the French one has expanded.

        With Macron, if I lived in France, I’d be able to get all my uncles fitted with new false teeth and hearing aids for free, and get my nephews to see some real culture for free to the tune of 800 Euros!

        Plus, work for 35 hours a week.

        Sigh.

      • Richard McGrath 7.1.2

        Partly: there’s nothing neo-liberal about paying people to go to concerts and manipulating the energy, labour, education and transport markets. But his other policies sound quite good.

    • Jesus, could we swap our neo-liberal extremists for French ones ASAP, please?

  8. adam 8

    This is why La Pen is going to win.

    Rather than work to offer somthing better, go for conservatism. That is not a winning formula.

    I think like trump, brexit and the rest – you are missing the point. People have had enough of this liberal experiment. Especially the failed free-market liberalism of the last 40 odd years.

    I’m very afraid that authoritarianism will win. Because no one is offering people any other chance.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    He has been our best reminder that deeply radical governments are deeply unstable.

    I’m pretty sure that the First labour government was, at the time, considered a deeply radical government. And I know the Fourth one was.

    The problem is, as you imply here:

    Where immigration and visible minorities have altered the development of a country, we typically find increased suspicion of others and a loss of enthusiasm for the institutions of a welfare state.

    is that the country is unstable due to poorly thought out policies by supposedly centrist governments.

  10. One Anonymous Bloke 10

    Has anyone described it as a “toxic runoff” yet?

    The toxic runoff of centrism, for instance.
    The toxic runoff of Neoliberalism.
    The toxic runoff of globalisation.
    The toxic runoff of the Sétif and Guelma massacre.

    Vive la revolution!

  11. peterlepaysan 11

    The NZ mmp system has blunted the edge of the volatile politics in the democratic secular states. Angela Merkal has survived under a similar system.
    What both Germany and NZ have lost has been a very active voting electorate. The number of non voters is a worry and the number of non voters has been increasing, sharply.
    This is only storing up trouble for the future.
    National and its parasites are cruising.
    If the opposition parties cannot galvanise the apathetic we will never build enough prisons gulags.

    Le Pen and Macron represent the disaffected non voting electorate. So did Trump and sanders, so did Brexi (and the Celtic states).

    We live in interesting times. (Curse it!)

  12. DS 12

    We’re actually extremely lucky it’s Macron vs Le Pen. Macron is a dull, inoffensive centrist. The true worry was Fillon vs Le Pen – an actual Thatcherite (and a corrupt one to boot) against a neo-fascist.

  13. millsy 13

    Macron = Blair.

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    9 hours ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    11 hours ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    14 hours ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    16 hours ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    18 hours ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    20 hours ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
    OPINION: Yesterday, 1News reported that the Government's "independent" advisory group had recommended Kiwirail offload its ferries to another entity.Except this wasn't entirely new news at all, besides that it came formally from Nicola Willis’s advisory team.TVNZ is under significant cost pressure, and earlier this year, after expressing strong discontent with ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    4 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    5 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    6 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    6 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
    Wait for the night, for the light at the end of an era'Cause it's love at the end of an eraThe last episode of Newshub, the final instalment of TV3 News, aired last night. Many of us who took the time to watch felt sad and nostalgic looking back over ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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