United Kingdom election watch

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Update: Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected in his electorate as an independent candidate.

A generic post to cover the United Kingdom election results as they come in.

Looks like the Conservatives will be hammered. One can only hope …

And for those nostalgic for 1997 remember this?

Update: exit polls suggest Labour 410 seats, 131 Conservative, 61 Lib Dem, 13 Reform, 10 SNP …

Update: Larry the Cat (resident of 10 Downing Street) is very poetic …

And now, the end is near

The Tories face the final curtain

The exit poll made it clear

Conservative defeat is now certain

They’ve pinched a bucket-full

Left holes on each and every highway

And less, much less than this

They made their lies pay

Good days, they’ve had so few

But then again, too few to mention

Ignored what they had to do

Shirked responsibility without exception

They fought fake culture wars

Flogged infrastructure off to Huawei

And less, much less than this

They made their lies pay

Yes, there were times,

I’m sure you’ll mourn

Like the MP caught with tractor porn

After four leaders, left with just Rishi

Bets on the election all very fishy

You voted Labour, I’ve got a new neighbour

Time to do things my way!

98 comments on “United Kingdom election watch ”

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Hardly 'historic' for Labour

      Its predicted that Starmer will have about the same number of seats that Blair won (418) in 1997.

      of course what is historic is the low for conservatives – for obvious reasons. The SNP seats in Westminster will also collapse

    • Bearded Git 1.2

      John Curtice, the famous expert on UK elections, says that Starmer's Labour is heading for a vote of less than Jeremy Corbyn's 40 per cent in 2017.

      • Ad 1.2.1

        BG, if you're still holding a torch for Corbyn, douse it in your pint.

        This victory is for the Labour Party.

        • tWig 1.2.1.1

          Summarised from The Guardian

          With 545 constituency results declared:

          • Labour has won 372 seats with 35.6%
          • Conservatives 90 seats and 22.8%.
          • LibDems have 50 seats with 11.2%
          • Reform UK have 14.5% and 4 seats.
          • The SNP has 5 seats, Plaid Cymru is on 4 In NI Sinn Féin has 7 and DUP 4.
          • The Green party has 6.8% of votes and 2 seats.

          "Compass, the leftwing group committed to pluralism, has said tonight’s election results show the first past the post voting system is not fit for purpose. [Compare LibDems 50 seats at 11% of vote, vs Greens get 2 with 6.8%.].

          "Lawson also said the early results pointed to a Gallagher index score (a measure of disproportionality) of around 23, which he said suggested “this election could be the most disproportionate we have ever seen”."

          Worthwhile looking at global Gallagher Index scores. NZ sits high in our closeness of actual vote to seats, ie a good proportional voting system. Oz, with its strange ranked voting, looks worse off in reflecting Parliament seats with electors' choices.

          Of course, Reform would bite off the biggest chunk in minority parties, essentially splitting the right of centre vote.

          • Ad 1.2.1.1.1

            Some other system, couldawaoulda, somethingsomething.

            MMP in this election would return the most rightwing government that UK has ever had.

            Get a grip.

            • tWig 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Nope, disagree. Lib Dems would be well out of it, after their previous shaming coalition with what was then at least a Tory party capable of administering the country. The Tory lineup now has zero administrative talent, plus I bet LibDems would have had to promise no Coalition with the Right to get significant votes, as their support comes from disgruntled centrists.

              And a 2-vote electorate/party system would generate a different voting profile to that seen with UK FPTP.

              • tWig

                Also tactical support by Labour voters of LibDems wouldn't have happened. I am guessing perhaps 10-20% of LD vote might fall into this category.

          • SPC 1.2.1.1.2

            Tactical voting is not required where there is preferential voting.

            A fairer system can also be realised by SM.

            500 electorates. 125 SM.

            SM Result

            43 Labour, Tory 30, Reform 18, LD 15 Green 9.

            Labour would have over 300-340 (depending on preferential voting changes) of the 500 electorates. Thus still have an overall majority.

            The UK should adopt a moderate reform along those lines.

            • tWig 1.2.1.1.2.1

              I think peferential voting is a crap system, less reflective of people's primary choice than ours. NZers can vote for both their local representative AND party preference, rewarding those MPs who care for their electorate, while supporting political positions they prefer.

              In PV, 60% of the vote can capture 80% of seats, as happened in Queensland. FPTP and PV. Neither FPTP or PV promote bipartisan legislative approaches, nor provide societal variety reflected in Parliament.

              That's why the Gallagher Index shows Oz less reflective of electoral preference than our system.

              Why did SPC not suggest an NZ system to Blair?

              • SPC

                Preferential voting is not an electoral system of itself, it is the best option in the voting for single member electorate seats. It allows a challenge to a two party status quo in the winning of such, without tactical voting. And for the us and the UK, that is an improvement.

                For mine, they should start there.

                Though I would add SM to ensure small parties have a presence in their parliament.

                The focus of Blair back then was to reform the House of Lords as legislation was being blocked by an un-elected Tory majority.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 1.2.2

        What about Corbyns 32% in 2019

        Yes Corbyn got 40% in 2017 but the May-bot got 42%

        In those years the SNP in Scotland took a big swag of previous Labour seats and votes

  1. Macro 2

    The Guardian's words, not mine. Made comment as a link to the current up dates to the exit polls.

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    The Tories have already announced the dissolution honours nominated by the leaders of all the parties

    This is just the Peerages as there are knights and dames separately

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dissolution-peerages-2024

  3. joe90 4

    lol

    .

    @JimmySecUK

    Ex-employee of the Russian government, George Galloway, is projected to lose his Rochdale seat to Labour, according to the exit-poll.

    https://x.com/JimmySecUK/status/1808981389125300533

    edit:

    gone

    George Galloway has lost his seat 126 days after pulling off a surprise by-election victory in Rochdale.

    The Worker’s Party of Britain incumbent, defending a majority of more than 6,000 votes, was defeated by Labour’s Paul Waugh.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1917543/george-galloway-rochdale-general-election-results-labour

  4. Sanctuary 6

    Posie Parker did well lol

    • tWig 7.1

      The Guardian discusses the significant influence of a pro-Palestinian vote in response to Starmer's early Gaza conflict position, where he defended Israel's cutting of food and water supplies to Gaza.

      Labour lost 3 seats to pro-Gaza independent candidates standing at short notice, and cut their majority significantly in others.

    • Ad 7.2

      As spent as Galloway. Well time Corbyn retired. Nothing left for him to do now.

      • tWig 7.2.1

        Not spent, rather planning to be Starmer's conscience:

        "Within minutes of his victory speech, Mr Corbyn made a passing attempt at generosity when asked about Sir Keir’s leadership. “He will become prime minister,” he said, sounding rather lukewarm about the prospect, before describing the manifesto of his former party as “thin, to put it mildly”.

        Warming up, he decried the “completely undemocratic diktat from the Labour Party” that he could no longer stand for them, and promised: “I will be there holding the government to account.” “I will be one of those people who, if the government does good things, I will back them,” he told reporters. “If it fails… then I will be there speaking up."

        from telegraph

        • Ad 7.2.1.1

          If those pro-Gaza MPs don't have the sense to see what a fully sectarian electorate looks like, Sinn Feinn can give them a lesson on its consequences.

          Labour's Starmer had the tactical nous to leave those toxic fools and go after a much broader set of seats. And the victory came in part from that smart choice.

          • tWig 7.2.1.1.1

            If those mostly Muslim electorates saw Starmer as not only pro-Israel, but from his own words, supportive initially of Israel's illegal and geonocidal blockade of water and food supply to millions of Gazans, then good on them for abandoning him.

            Starmer also kicked out local candidates who made fairly innocuous pro-Palestinian statements pre-election.

            Anti-Starmer rather than anti-Labour vote. Wait and see Starmer expose his authorarian streak in office.

            • Ad 7.2.1.1.1.1

              A powerful left government enacting strong reform is exactly what the UK needs. No complaints with that.

              • tWig

                A good government is not a strong figurehead, it's a strong team. If Starmer used 'we' more often, hadn't completely reneged on the pledges to Party members he used to secure support, and hadn't made frankly authoritarian purges of excellent Labour candidates on the flimsiest of excuses, he would not have lost my respect.

                But, like Corbyn says in his statement, if Starmer can run an effective team by being only a 30% bastard, he can claw some of my respect back too.

                I do realise I have strong opinions about the politics in a country I have no vested interest in, but it's a bit of a spectator sport from this side of the world. And we can all be a bit clearer-eyed because it's not our home they're fucking up.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 7.2.1.1.2

            Europe had overtly sectarian parties after WW2 till the late 70s. Especially where the catholic- protestant were large minorities.

            I seem to remember that Belgium had separate leftwing catholic and protestant parties. Nowadays their politics mostly split on language lines and separatism ( except the greens !)

  5. Maurice 8

    Very low voter turn out of near 60% – of that Labour got roughly 40%

    That calculates to 60% x .40 = 24% of the voting public actually voted for Labour. 40% did not vote at all so nearly double the numbers said a Pox on ALL your houses and voted for nobody at all!

    It is only the First Past the Post electoral system which gave Labout their "majority" of the seats in Parliament.

    Labour must deliver to that "silent" 40% or risk a backlash next time around.

    • tc 8.1

      Sir rodney already delivered for his major backers (the establishment) by getting elected for continuity purposes.

    • Ad 8.2

      They really don't.

      Didn't vote, unlikely to vote, don't complain.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.3

      "24% of the voting public actually voted for Labour"

      In totalitarian countries it was 99% turnout.

      Think of it like opinion polls, where a small number is statistically representative of all the electorate

      24% is a massive opinion poll that is still representative of the 'voting public'

  6. tWig 9

    Gone by lunchtime: smug parvenu and Johnson-lover, Rees-Mogg ; anti-migrant Shapps; Penny Mordant, sword-carrier and leadership hopeful; lazy Therese Coffey, including eight current Ministers in all. Attack-dog Badenoch stays, though.

    • tWig 9.1

      And at 07.55 of Guardian live coverage fantasist Truss's moment of loss captured on film.

      • joe90 9.1.1

        the only election coverage you need…

        • tWig 9.1.1.1

          Euro News brief analysis of the fragility of Labour's win.

          Red Wall seats lost in 2019 to Tories did not go back to Labour, but over to Farage. The vote split between Tories and Reform let Labour sneak in.

          • joe90 9.1.1.1.1

            “It is a shocking result, and I can't recall anything so similar in British history that one party does so well in terms of seats having not won very many votes,” Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, told Euronews.

            Labour's majority is built on very shallow foundations as a result, according to Grant and “can easily be washed away by the next storm that hits the UK”.

            Grant's corporate masters will be delighted if and when Labour's majority is washed away by the next storm that hits the UK.

          • Graeme 9.1.1.1.2

            A 'feature' of First Past the Post is that it enables a fuck you vote within one of the major groups. A splinter party emerges that draws support from the main party on that side, effectively killing the main party. Shades of the Bob Jones party here in 1984.

            • Belladonna 9.1.1.1.2.1

              I would argue that it's an even bigger 'feature' of MMP.
              You still have the opportunity for an entirely wasted vote (Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party) – parties which don't have a sniff of getting over the 5% threshold.
              But, more importantly, you can protest vote for minor parties which are likely to achieve this goal (either through an electorate seat, or wider-spread popular appeal).
              There is a perspective which regards the Greens as the left-wing splinter of Labour; and ACT as the right-wing splinter of National.

              In either situation, it's very rare (although not unheard of) for the splinter party to 'kill' the main party. Although it did happen in NZ in the early part of the 20th century – with the old Liberal party support being splintered between the up-and-coming Reform (later National) and Labour parties.

              • SPC

                Winston Churchill's father said the Tories should not fear the extension of the franchise, the Whigs/Liberals should.

  7. SPC 10

    According to the map, it would take an orange and red coalition to beat blue.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/election/2024/uk/results

  8. Darien Fenton 11

    Takeaways from UK election. Firstly great victory for Labour but interesting they only got 35% of the vote. Glad Reform only got 4 seats – Greens with 4 most seats ever, Lib Dems big increase ; glad Jezza gets another five years, but just note he is older than me (given we've been talking a lot about age lately in politics). Would be interesting to see how this all translates in an MMP kind of system. Labour now has to deliver ; that is where the real hard work begins.

    • SPC 11.1

      34%.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c4nglegege1o

      A wise PM would have co-operation agreements with the LD and Green parties – together over 50% of the vote.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 11.1.1

        Thats not what the contest was about.

        The name of the game was to win a majority of the seats in the Commons

        No chance of cooperation agreement with LD or Greens when Labour has over 400 seats out of 650.

        Cant compare too much with previous elections as the boundaries were changed before this election and the previous boundary changes were based on reviews nearly 20 years back

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Periodic_Review_of_Westminster_constituencies

        An often ignore factor in NZs electorate seats is boundaries (here are done after every census) and some places have significant changes

        • SPC 11.1.1.1

          The purpose of co-operation agreements with LD and Green would be to

          1affirm mandate

          2..position for a coalition in 2029, should this be necessary.

          A Conservative-LD coalition being an alternative in 2029, if they do not.

          They might not do it, but it is the right option.

          The first to imply continuance of the institutions of government (abandoned by the Conservative Party) and the second necessary progress.

          This allows Labour to be itself, as per sustaining government capability and public delivery – UND of HR (1948) – education, health, housing and adequate income.

          PS. I advised Blair (1998) to move to preferential voting electorates and have SM (125 seats awarded at 0.8% of a party list vote). Jenkins agreed, Blair did not and one went to the European Parliament.

          • Ad 11.1.1.1.1

            Neither necessary nor useful to Labour.

            Starmer as a senior civil servant knows perfectly well how to strengthen institutions of state.

            • SPC 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Not really a civil service bureaucrat, he was an adviser to a policing board in NI and was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions – an outsider brought in because of his legal background in the human rights aspects of law.

              If anything it is that experience, coming in as an outsider, that might help in the strengthening of the capability of government to deliver.

              But the continuance of the institutions of the realm is broader than that. And here it is not Labour doing what is is useful to Labour … . This includes being reliable and responsible in government in exercise of executive power. And partnership agreements would serve to secure mandate.

    • Belladonna 11.2

      So Greens and Reform both have 4 seats each.
      Not exactly a significant minority in parliament (yes, I know the FPP environment makes this harder in the UK).
      But you can hardly trumpet the GP result as the 'most seats ever' and ignore that the same applies to the Reform party.

  9. SPC 12

    At 33.8%, 1.6% more than Labour under Corbyn.

    • Mike the Lefty 12.1

      Yeah a low turnout definitely.

      I take from this, and the election of several independents across the country that Britains are getting just a bit tired of the same old party politics.

      • Belladonna 12.1.1

        There are (currently) 5 Independent MPs.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minor-party_and_independent_MPs_elected_in_the_United_Kingdom

        Looking at the profiles, most, if not all, are protest votes against the Labour policy on Israel/Gaza. So, one issue candidates. The only real exception is Corbyn.

      • SPC 12.1.2

        33.8% of 60% means less people voted for Labour than in 2019.

        21.67% in 2019 and 20.28% in 2024.

        • Dennis Frank 12.1.2.1

          Terrific outcome for causal relations in politics: massive landslide produced by a fifth of the electorate – with the tacit support of a significantly large bunch of rightist splitters. X+Y=Z. Also interesting that 6 parties have been featured in the framing of the outcome, so there's a hexad forming UK politics just like here in Aotearoa where we have 3 rightist parties in govt & 3 leftist in opposition.

          That fifth that seems primary cause of the landslide points to a pentad of course, and 5 is inherently creative, as in the opposable thumb of primate evolutionary fame, so let's hope that this 5 produces creative ethos in British Labour…

          • SPC 12.1.2.1.1

            Reform will be outlier like the AFD in Germany and the Le Pen party in France (unless they win against the coalition arrayed against them).

      • ghostwhowalksnz 12.1.3

        Low turnout often the case when the result was long a foregone conclusion

  10. Mike the Lefty 13

    I have to admit that I watched live the declaration for Islington North and I shouted in glee and pummelled the air when Jeremy Corbyn was declared the winner!

    You can't keep a good man down.

    But a bit sobered down by the election of Britain's answer to Winston Peters – Farage.

    I thought the election was for humans, not humanoids.

  11. Ad 14

    Tonight Wanaka's old left made honourable work of the boutique breweries in celebration of the finest win for Labour since 1993.

    Shoutout to the team.

  12. Rolling-on-Gravel 15

    Thank goodness Corbyn won Islington North!!!!

    That was the only thing I cared about, tbh.

    • Rolling-on-Gravel 15.1

      I genuinely admire him, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and all their comrades – I can only hope UK politics improves with more people like them in time.

      • Rolling-on-Gravel 15.1.1

        More politicians should be more like them around the world.

        In a way —

        Corbyn should be walking around the world by now.

  13. Darien Fenton 16

    I am celebrating Angela Rayner as Deputy PM. Genuine working class, left school early, worked as a caregiver, trade unionist. Younger woman. Now compare that to NZ DPMs. If only they were like her.

    • bwaghorn 16.1

      paula bennet springs to mind

      • tWig 16.1.1

        I think she is a sleeper leftie, building power within Labour. Unlike NZ, her position is voted for by Labour members, not chosen by Starmer. I wonder whether part of his leftwing purge of the party was to weaken her position in making a challenge to him.

        And, unlike Bennett, she has Housing and Levelling up, financially important infrastructure portfolios.

        Here's a New Statesman article last year on Keir and Angela’s backstory.

        • Darien Fenton 16.1.1.1

          Imagine having a Deputy PM who was active in a union? Instead what we have here is an old fart who is a career politician since 1978 and a young fart who is famous for twerking and being a jerk. But btw aren’t Winston and Seymour chosen by their party?

          • Belladonna 16.1.1.1.1

            But btw aren’t Winston and Seymour chosen by their party?

            Chosen by the NZ electorate….

            It's difficult to argue that either ACT or NZF electors weren't making their vote based on the party leader.

      • Darien Fenton 16.1.2

        Paula Bennett never set her foot anywhere near a union. You need to inform yourself better.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 16.1.2.1

          Student union…. but hardly a union of employees

          • Belladonna 16.1.2.1.1

            Just like Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern & Chris Hipkins.

            It's actually harder to find a Leftie NZ politician that has been involved in trade unions, than one who hasn't.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 16.1.2.1.1.1

              Trade unions are only a small portion of the workforce now , and even less in 'trade' unions . Mostly more professional class such as teachers , nurses , government workers

            • ghostwhowalksnz 16.1.2.1.1.2

              How many now in national were previously 'working farmers' …apart from Barbara Kuriger..LOL.

            • Darien Fenton 16.1.2.1.1.3

              FYI most of the Labour MPs were or are members of unions, Mostly before but some joined when they became MPs. Jacinda joined SFWU when she was an intern in HC 's office and union liaison. She went to work as a volunteer for the SEIU in the US. I gave her a reference. Those who worked in Parliamentary Service roles all joined SFWU.

    • alwyn 16.2

      "Genuine working class, left school early, worked as a caregiver, trade unionist".

      Perhaps we could compare her to the leading figures in the New Zealand Labour Party. The last one that was in this vein was Mike Moore. Since his time they have all been University Graduates who have very little experience outside University or working in an MP's or Minister's office. Andrew Little is the only leader I can think of in the last 30 years who had anything to do with a real, ie non-Student, Union.

      Were there any others?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 16.2.1

        "little experience outside University or working in an MP's or Minister's office. "

        Thats a lot of nationals top leadership too.

        Willis for instance completed a BA, followed by Dip in Journalism, but turned down a job offer for a publication ( her mother was a Gallery journalist at the time) to work full time for the national party in parliament and did about 10-12 years at that job including writing the daily spin for John Key. There was a 'sabbatical' when she left the party cadres to be employed by Todd Muller ( later an MP himself) in Fonterra’s Corporate affairs – essentially lobbying ministers she knew in her previous work. When her mentor john Key resigned she quite Fonterra the same week to come back to Wellington to get on the Party list for the next election.

        Similar path for Chris Bishop , 1st class honours in law- could have worked in any top law firm- but immediately went to work for the National party as a cadre. ( father as well was Gallery journalist) Sabbatical for a tobacco company as a lobbyist then getting onto list for parliament

        • Darien Fenton 16.2.1.1

          I doubt any of them were members of a union,

          • ghostwhowalksnz 16.2.1.1.1

            Yes . But they were party cadres straight out of university that Alwyn seems to despise…except when they are Nats

            I wont even go into the ultimate party cadre/policy analyst Seymour

            • alwyn 16.2.1.1.1.1

              "…except when they are Nats".

              Your imagination is working overtime. I think that people who have done nothing else in life except in political activities really shouldn't be MPs. That is for every party.

              Those people work for the benefit of their own career, not for the benefit of the country. After all, they don't have any options to fall back on.

              That is for every party, not just those on the left. The difference is that in New Zealand it is much more common on the left for them to get into the highest level in their party. Key and Luxon at least had successful careers before they entered Parliament. What did Ardern and Hipkins do?

              • KJT

                Key and Luxon at least had successful careers before they entered Parliament.

                LOL. That is an arguement against letting people into power that have had "successful careers before entering Parliament".

                As both of these examples show, their only skill is competently "feathering their own nests" and that of their mates.

                Showing why we should never put corporate brown nosers in positions of power. They do enough damage in the private sector!

                • ghostwhowalksnz

                  Key and Luxon just figureheads as PM .
                  Key was a currency trader in London and New York while Luxon brand manager for deodorants and such. Complete newbies as far as public service goes.

                  English was a treasury bureaucrat- and chair of the Haitaitai branch of the party in Wellington when he became an Mp for a rural area he grew up in.. but went to boarding school in Wellington.

                  Willis and Bishop are the actual decision makers ( remarkable for how often they get Luxon to quickly flip flop on issues) and as explained before are long time party cadres since graduation.

                • Darien Fenton

                  You said it. What, after all is a "successful career?" Does this mean anyone who isn't a business corporate and making huge amounts of money is unsuccessful? What a sorry outlook.

      • Craig H 16.2.2

        I only looked post-Moore but going by Wikipedia, Phil Goff left school early to work in a freezing works to save up the money to go to university and worked as a union organiser after returning from his OE.

        Only Goff and Little were union staff, but there was a range of careers among leaders and deputies since Moore besides political careers – Clark and Cullen were academics, Parker, Caygill and Little were lawyers, Cunliffe was a management consultant, King was a dental nurse, Shearer, Sepuloni and Davis were teachers (Davis also a principal), Robertson, Ardern and Hipkins were policy and political advisers.

        Given the last 3, I can see where the perception comes from but it's more nuanced than just being the only or even standard career pathway to Labour leadership.

    • Ad 16.3

      +100

      Rayner's the one to watch while Starmer calms the farm.

      • Darien Fenton 16.3.1
        • 100%. Here's a little memory from me about Labour politicians' union backgrounds. In my time as MP, there was me, Sue Moroney, Carol Beaumont, Vui Mark Gosche, Rick Barker, Lianne Dalziel and others. Current MPs : Rachel Boyack worked for FIRST Union, Willie Jackson started as a freezing worker and became a union organiser. Jan Tinetti was active in the PPTA. Phil Twyford was a union organiser for SFWU, Laumaga Lydia Sosene is a long term union member. Last term, Labour MP Ibrahim Omer, refugee and Living Wage campaigner worked for E Tu, and has gone back there. . I am sure there are others as well.
  14. SPC 17

    An ex Tory Party boss reckons tactical voting will be important in 2029, as will modernising its use of media platforms, remaining a broad centre-right party and

    Above all, the Conservative must unambiguously set its moral compass in the direction of public service, obligation and duty firmly based on the Nolan Principles of Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership)

    He must have heeded Peter Oborne's criticism.

    https://x.com/EricPickles/status/1809295591152971954

  15. SPC 18

    I think it was Sidney Reilly who first said – "don't be a Nigel, better to assume a new name than be a Nigel".

    And who can forget the quote of Wat Tyler, to trust a king to is to be visited by 2 knights betrayed by one – "now you know how we felt".

    Oswald Farange – to nationalism, what the Ferengi are to capitalism.

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 25

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 25, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry published its final report yesterday.PM Christopher Luxon and The Minister responsible for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • A tougher line on “proactive release”?

    The Official Information Act has always been a battle between requesters seeking information, and governments seeking to control it. Information is power, so Ministers and government agencies want to manage what is released and when, for their own convenience, and legality and democracy be damned. Their most recent tactic for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • 'Let's build a motorway costing $100 million per km, before emissions costs'

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:Transport and Energy Minister Simeon Brown is accelerating plans to spend at least $10 billion through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to extend State Highway One as a four-lane ‘Expressway’ from Warkworth to Whangarei ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Lester's Prescription – Positive Bleeding.

    I live my life (woo-ooh-ooh)With no control in my destinyYea-yeah, yea-yeah (woo-ooh-ooh)I can bleed when I want to bleedSo come on, come on (woo-ooh-ooh)You can bleed when you want to bleedYea-yeah, come on (woo-ooh-ooh)Everybody bleed when they want to bleedCome on and bleedGovernments face tough challenges. Selling unpopular decisions to ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Casey Costello gaslights Labour in the House

    Please note:To skip directly to the- parliamentary footage in the video, scroll to 1:21 To skip to audio please click on the headphone icon on the left hand side of the screenThis video / audio section is under development. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on a textbook case of spending waste by the Luxon government

    Given the crackdown on wasteful government spending, it behooves me to point to a high profile example of spending by the Luxon government that looks like a big, fat waste of time and money. I’m talking about the deployment of NZDF personnel to support the US-led coalition in the Red ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 24

    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 7:40 am on Wednesday, July 24 are:Deep Dive: Chipping away at the housing crisis, including my comments RNZ/Newsroom’s The DetailNews: Government softens on asset sales, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • LXR Takaanini

    As I reported about the city centre, Auckland’s rail network is also going through a difficult and disruptive period which is rapidly approaching a culmination, this will result in a significant upgrade to the whole network. Hallelujah. Also like the city centre this is an upgrade predicated on the City ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 day ago
  • Four kilograms of pain

    Today, a 4 kilogram report will be delivered to Parliament. We know this is what the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care weighs, because our Prime Minister told us so.Some reporter had blindsided him by asking a question about something done by ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 24

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 24, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Beehive: Transport Minister Simeon Brown announced plans to use PPPs to fund, build and run a four-lane expressway between Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Luxon gets caught out

    NewstalkZB host Mike Hosking, who can usually be relied on to give Prime Minister Christopher Luxon an easy run, did not do so yesterday when he interviewed him about the HealthNZ deficit. Luxon is trying to use a deficit reported last year by HealthNZ as yet another example of the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • A worrying sign

    Back in January a StatsNZ employee gave a speech at Rātana on behalf of tangata whenua in which he insulted and criticised the government. The speech clearly violated the principle of a neutral public service, and StatsNZ started an investigation. Part of that was getting an external consultant to examine ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Are we fine with 47.9% home-ownership by 2048?

    Renting for life: Shared ownership initiatives are unlikely to slow the slide in home ownership by much. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:A Deloitte report for Westpac has projected Aotearoa’s home-ownership rate will ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Let's Win This

    You're broken down and tiredOf living life on a merry go roundAnd you can't find the fighterBut I see it in you so we gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsWe gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsAnd I'll rise upI'll rise like the dayI'll rise upI'll rise unafraidI'll rise upAnd I'll ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Waimahara: The Singing Spirit of Water

    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    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 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    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 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    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 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for 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! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. 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 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    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 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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