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How Winston could use MMP for NZ First and put New Zealand second

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

There was a lot of behind the scenes happiness that Labour and NZ First were making great head way in terms of policy agreements, but the fact that the actual model of how the Government would function hasn’t yet been discussed should have Jacinda blinking rather than winking.

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Dainties and Chains: Progressive MPs and the “Wellington Bubble”

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

EVEN IF WINSTON VEERS LEFT, the progressive New Zealand community still has a problem. Their new political representatives: the people upon whom so many progressive voters have pinned their hopes for meaningful change; will soon discover that the speed at which they, themselves, are being transformed is far outstripping any changes in the wider world. […]

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What happens if a National led Government gets announced?

By   /  October 13, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

If National lead the next Government, they will be the embodiment of all the worst values of National with all the social conservatism of an unrestrained NZ First that will face a furious Youth Opposition who will by 2020 be a larger electoral demographic than Baby Boomers. 

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The Golden Path Mk.II: NZ First’s Quantum Superposition Of Solitude

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Many moons ago – back when the notion of replacing Andrew Little with Jacinda Ardern was the sort of pie-in-the-sky idea dismissed by almost all serious commentators as almost assuredly fatal to both her party and her person, rather than some form of titanic/cthonic masterstroke capable of apparently singlehandedly reshaping the political landscape upon a whim – I sat down to pen a piece entitled “The Golden Path”.

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Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution – Or Not?

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

“THESE TALKS ARE ABOUT A CHANGE in the way this country is run. Both economically and socially.” That is how Winston Peters characterised the government formation negotiations currently drawing to a close in Wellington. But, what could his words possibly mean, in practical terms?

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What happens if a Labour led Government gets announced?

By   /  October 11, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  123 Comments

The new Government will be immediately tested by powerful anti-democratic forces who will move to spook the stock market off the back of this supposed ‘shock’ win by Labour.   

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The Hallelujah Song

By   /  October 10, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

In the absence of the Left’s uplifted voices, Winston will take what he can get from the Right. Better to deal with people who have never known that such transformational music exists, than be disappointed by Labour-Green politicians who no longer consider the Hallelujah Song worth singing.

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What the Specials mean for the election result

By   /  October 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  58 Comments

What has to happen now is Labour strategists need to take NZ First policy and Green policy and weave them together with Labour values to create hybrid ideas that provide big vision. The question is whether or not Labour have the imagination and courage to provide that type of political leadership.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (tekau)

By   /  October 8, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

At 2PM today (7 October 2017), the Electoral Commission announced the final vote results, including some 446,287 special votes cast (17% of  total  votes cast).

As a result, National has lost two seats and the Greens and Labour each pick up one seat in Parliament. The Green’s  Golriz Ghahraman and Labour’s Angie Warren-Clark enter Parliament on the Party List.

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Adults In The Room?

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  67 Comments

WHAT’S GOING ON, JACINDA? Why has the former Labour Finance Minister, Sir Michael Cullen, and Helen Clark’s former Press Secretary, Mike Munro, been invited on to your team of negotiators with NZ First? And, while we’re on the subject of Labour’s Rogernomics Generation, why was Annette King sent to ride shotgun alongside you for the duration of the election campaign?

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In defence of MMP and how to fix it

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

The delegitimisation of any possible Labour led change of Government requires not only an attack on Jacinda, Winston and the Greens for not willing to work with National, but it also needs the system of MMP to be defaced and denigrated as well.

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Bryan Gould To Labour: This Is No Time For “Conventional Answers”

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

BIG UPS TO BRYAN GOULD. Perhaps anticipating a disappointing choice from NZ First on 12 October, the former Vice-Chancellor of Waikato University has put the rhetorical boot into Labour’s fiscal and monetary caution.

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Let’s seriously consider David Farrar’s offer to the Greens and laugh and laugh and laugh

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

…the only scenario where the Greens join the National Party is if Hitler resurrects from the grave with a legion of Nazi zombies and declares an ecological war against the Amazon rain forest.

Sorry David Farrar, That’s the only scenario.

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Evolving a Multi-Party Democracy

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Mainstream journalists continue to struggle with multiparty governance. And the amplified rhetoric resulting from their struggle creates doubts amongst the captive consumers of mainstream media. While we wait for the votes to be counted in our 2017 election, now is a good time to review the evolution of party-based government in New Zealand, and to consider the impediments to progress towards mature multiparty democracy.

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List of things people believe who are calling for a National-Green Government

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

The frenzied delusion being coughed up by the corporate mainstream media and their puppets demanding that the Greens work with National would be funny if it weren’t so desperate.

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The Difference Between Jeremy And Jacinda, Is The Difference Between Government And Governance

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  62 Comments

Even if Winston Peters deigns to make her our next Prime Minister, Jacinda has made it very clear that she hasn’t the slightest intention of frightening the Establishment’s horses; and that her own – and Labour’s – determination to provide good and responsible governance to all New Zealanders, from the top down, will not falter.

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