Latest

TDB Guest Blog Project – Stuart Nash: ‘The most pressing issue in NZ right now’ –

By   /  October 31, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs, Stuart Nash  /  88 Comments

Let’s be clear about one thing: politics is about winning. There is no such thing as a ‘glorious defeat’, leaders who lose are not, as some may believe, ‘martyrs to the cause’, and ‘coming second but maintaining our principles’ is a ludicrous proposition.

Read More →
Latest

Fighting to keep Vector in public hands

By   /  December 21, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  28 Comments

Their miserable plan, as I have been led to believe, involves pressuring the National government to introduce legislation that would allow the shares, worth around $2.1b, to be nationalised, and then gifted back to the Auckland City Council for them to sell – to the people of Auckland and overseas buyers.

Read More →
Latest

Rebuilding our prisons and making them accountable to our community

By   /  May 18, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  24 Comments

I believe that Corrections is one area where we can make a real difference to our communities, save lives (literally and figuratively) and save substantial amounts of money.

Read More →
Latest

How Labour make the monetary announcement a game changer

By   /  May 7, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  9 Comments

My work colleagues knew that Labour had made an announcement, and they had the impression that it was well received. But they didn’t really know what it was. Most interesting.

Read More →
Latest

Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  91 Comments

My interactions on the doorstep so far tell me that voters are looking for the type of leadership that Labour has provided in the past, and a passion, vision and commitment that Labour will take into the future.

Read More →
Latest

The economic philosophy behind Labour’s Forestry policy

By   /  March 20, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  19 Comments

National has forgotten about the forest industry. It barely rates a mention in any literature, is the poor cousin to farming at the Ministry of Primary Industries, and a lack of any direction has seem the commodity focus take over from a real value-add strategy.

Read More →
Latest

Is Craig Foss the weakest link?

By   /  February 17, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  5 Comments

Surely with the latest round of incompetence displayed by the Minister of Commerce, Foss’s days as a cabinet minister are numbered.

Read More →
Latest

Politics and winning

By   /  January 24, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  23 Comments

Politics is about winning. Nothing else. MPs can philosophise, criticise, pontificate, and machinate as much as they want in opposition and it doesn’t count for a thing.

Read More →
Latest

It’s not what you say, but what they hear

By   /  January 10, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  112 Comments

The Green party received 11.1% at the last election. History will show this is the high-water mark for them. I expect them to get around the 6.7% they polled in 2008; or even close to the 5.3% they got in 2005.

Read More →
Latest

Why the provinces matter

By   /  December 19, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  4 Comments

In 1999 Labour held 14 of the 28 provincial seats, National held 12 and the Greens and NZ First one each. In 2002 Labour held 16 to National’s 11 and NZ First one. By 2008, Labour had lost all but Palmerston North and in 2011 Damien O’Conner had managed to win back West Coast.

Read More →
Latest

What are communities worth?

By   /  November 29, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  2 Comments

Jacaranda House is a special and successful place staffed by wonderful, caring people. If it closes, many of those who require the services offered by Jacaranda House will have nowhere to go. When mental health patients do not receive the level of care they require, then the patients, their families, and our communities all suffer.

Read More →
Latest

Colin Craig and repealing Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act.

By   /  November 15, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  17 Comments

I found it fascinating that Mr Craig was ranting about greater parental control over children as a fix to the sort of behavior perpetrated by the roast busters, and yet in the same breath he was advocating for the ability of parents to beat the living crap out of their kids… Did he not see the hypocrisy of his words?

Read More →
Latest

The 2013 Labour Party Conference

By   /  November 1, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  1 Comment

The Labour party conference promises to be a defining one for a number of reasons:

Read More →
Latest

Inequality

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Stuart Nash  /  7 Comments

Yesterday my wife gave birth to a wonderful little daughter, and its events like these that certainly puts things into perspective. It’s also at times like this when we do take a good hard look at life and reassess what’s important.

Read More →
Latest

Cunliffe’s Strategy

By   /  September 20, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Stuart Nash  /  5 Comments

Cunliffe is a completely different leader. His weaknesses are mainly perceived and his strengths are considerable. He is a fantastic communicator, a good orator, an experienced operator with great political instincts and all backed up by a formidable intellect. His strengths are the very weaknesses that ended up defining Shearer’s leadership.

Read More →
Latest

Disunity is an electoral killer



By   /  September 5, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Stuart Nash  /  12 Comments

There was another very significant piece of political maneuvering the week that Shearer resigned that unfortunately went largely unnoticed: for the first time since Key has been the leader of the National party, one of his MPs came out and publicly criticized him.

Read More →


Authorised by Martyn Bradbury, The Editor, TheDailyBlog, 5 Victoria St East/Queen St, CBD, Auckland, New Zealand.