Pitfalls for the Greens and NZ First in coalition discussions

By Keith Locke 

One thing the Greens and NZ First won’t want to repeat is the Alliance experience in coalition with Labour from 1999 to 2002. With Ministers inside the Cabinet, committed to Cabinet solidarity, they had difficulty differentiating from Labour. This frustrated the party’s support base.

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A victory for lies, media thuggery and lazy prejudice

By John Minto

The vilest incident of the campaign was not red-neck farmers protesting their right to pollute and degrade our waterways at our expense. It didn’t even involve the National Party directly. It was the vile, despicable, media-run campaign to denigrate Green MP Metiria Turei and drive her from the co-leadership of the party.

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10 reasons why there will be a Labour-NZ First-Green Government and why it will take a month

I’ve communicated briefly with Jacinda, I’ve spoken to some of the leading members of Labour’s negotiating team and I can assure you all, any suggestion Labour are just going to roll over and allow NZ First to go to National without a fight is utterly wrong.

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People calling for National to be the Government because they got most Party vote don’t understand MMP

It doesn’t matter that you got the largest Party vote, what matters is if you can get 51% in Parliament, if you can’t do that, then you can’t pass legislation.

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The difference between what Jacinda and Bill can give Winston

Jacinda can offer Winston legacy, Bill can offer him baubles. What Winston chooses will become his political epitaph.  

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Election 2017 Winners, losers & biggest issues

In 2014, NZers shrugged over dirty politics & mass surveillance lies & voted in National to protect their speculative property bubble wealth, so as a progressive, to be where we are with Labour + Greens + NZ First being the majority, that’s a major victory.

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EXCLUSIVE: My case against a secret NZ Police investigation that breached my privacy and my civil rights

It’s not important to like or dislike my work, but I think we can all agree that allowing the Police to conduct secret investigations into activists and political bloggers that then damage their reputation negatively based on spurious grounds isn’t acceptable in a liberal democracy.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   11 hours ago

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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Pitfalls for the Greens and NZ First in coalition discussions

By   12 hours ago

One thing the Greens and NZ First won’t want to repeat is the Alliance experience in coalition with Labour from 1999 to 2002. With Ministers inside the Cabinet, committed to Cabinet solidarity, they had difficulty differentiating from Labour. This frustrated the party’s support base.

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The inhumanity of Zionism

By   12 hours ago

Last week saw the 35th anniversary of the Israeli war crime known as the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, when thousands of unarmed Palestinian refugees were slaughtered between 15 and 18 September 1982.

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What If? Some Random Thoughts about The Next Three Weeks

By   12 hours ago

WHAT IF, three weeks from today, National decides that an acceptable deal with NZ First just isn’t on “the cards that count”?

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A victory for lies, media thuggery and lazy prejudice

By   1 day ago

The vilest incident of the campaign was not red-neck farmers protesting their right to pollute and degrade our waterways at our expense. It didn’t even involve the National Party directly. It was the vile, despicable, media-run campaign to denigrate Green MP Metiria Turei and drive her from the co-leadership of the party.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Waru)

By   1 day ago

At the next election, Labour and the Greens must be better placed to strategically address “fake news” from the National Party. Labour and Green strategists must  be conscious that the Nats will stoop to lies if their pre-election polling shows them at-risk of losing. A rapid-response task-force should be ready and well-resourced to counteract such lies; to do it immediately,  and with energy.

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Election 2017 Live Results

By   3 days ago

REMEMBER: Anyone who enrolled when they advance voted will be counted as a ‘special’ vote & special votes won’t be counted for another 2 weeks. If there was a youth surge for the Left, it will be found there – we may not have a clear decision tonight

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Sorry – The Daily Blog is closed until 7pm for the NZ election

By   4 days ago

No comments or blogs published today. The argument and debate has finished. Let all New Zealander’s take the time today to focus on one thing and one thing only, voting as citizens.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

10 reasons why there will be a Labour-NZ First-Green Government and why it will take a month

By   10 hours ago

I’ve communicated briefly with Jacinda, I’ve spoken to some of the leading members of Labour’s negotiating team and I can assure you all, any suggestion Labour are just going to roll over and allow NZ First to go to National without a fight is utterly wrong.

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The difference between what Jacinda and Bill can give Winston

By   1 day ago

Jacinda can offer Winston legacy, Bill can offer him baubles. What Winston chooses will become his political epitaph.   

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People calling for National to be the Government because they got most Party vote don’t understand MMP

By   1 day ago

It doesn’t matter that you got the largest Party vote, what matters is if you can get 51% in Parliament, if you can’t do that, then you can’t pass legislation.

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Election 2017 Winners, losers & biggest issues

By   2 days ago

In 2014, NZers shrugged over dirty politics & mass surveillance lies & voted in National to protect their speculative property bubble wealth, so as a progressive, to be where we are with Labour + Greens + NZ First being the majority, that’s a major victory.

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How to negotiate a Labour-Green-NZ First Government

By   3 days ago

Negotiating a Government requires extreme skill and the way you start will be the way you run.

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How did Paula Bennett get your phone number?

By   4 days ago

Seeing as Paula Bennett has a history of abusing her position to get personal information of beneficiaries and making them public, how did she get people’s phone numbers to text them?

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MSD Staff use fake names to hide from scrutiny for their cruel policy

By   4 days ago

The very first thing the Labour Party needs to do is push for mass sackings within the Public Service so that these sadists can be flushed out of the system. Yes the policy is abusive but this is a toxic culture problem as well.

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Oh so there was Kauri being dug at location of oil pipeline leak

By   4 days ago

After original claims that Kauri poachers were involved in damaging Auckland’s oil line as ‘fake news’ MPI have admitted that there were Kauri poachers in the area…

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Media Watch View All →

The one image that sums up Election 2017

By   5 days ago

The only hope left for us as a society are the youth voters who are slowly waking to the horror of the neoliberal debt cage that user pays culture are locking them into. This election isn’t about just who wins on Saturday, it’s about the soul of us as a country and it will answer the question – did the 30 year neoliberal experiment brainwash enough of us to deny us any hope?

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WaateaNews Column: Maori voter suppression allegations demands investigation!

By   1 week ago

Allegations of widespread Maori voter suppression made by Massey University Political Lecturer, Veronica Tawhai require an immediate response from the Electoral Commission.

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Why on earth are we interviewing 13 political parties tonight at 8pm?

By   1 week ago

Tonight from 8pm, live streamed here at The Daily Blog and on www.kiwidebate.online I will interview 13 Political Parties to hear what they think the big issues of our country are and how they intend to solve them.

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Facebook suppressing Willie Jackson’s post on Maori and youth voter suppression

By   1 week ago

…Facebook needs to explain why they are suppressing this post about voter suppression.  

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BREAKING: New Roy Morgan Poll – Nats 40% (down 2.5), Labour 39.5 (up 7), Greens 9, NZF 6 (down 5.5)

By   1 week ago

Somewhere Matthew Hooton, Ben Thomas, David Farrar, Michelle Boag, Cameron Slater, Simon Lusk and Jordan Williams are all silently rocking and sobbing in a  group pity hug.

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BREAKING: New TV One Poll Labour 44% National 40% Green 7% NZ First 6%

By   2 weeks ago

This gives Labour plus the Greens the majority. If you look at the train wreck of Winston on Radio NZ this morning, you can see that Winston has lost his puff.

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The new Fonterra advert has to be seen to be believed

By   2 weeks ago

Richie McCaw wanders around a Farm in the early morning and marvels at the pristine goodness of these human beings as if Jesus himself had personally popped down to the milking shed to milk a herd before feeding 5000 with a block of cheese.

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TV Review: Who Owns NZ Now?

By   2 weeks ago

Bryan Bruce has done more fourth estate journalism in one documentary than the entire mainstream media have managed all year on housing. In a country where the sleepy hobbits don’t want to be woken from their slumber with economic ideologies when the Bloc is on, we have allowed a train wreck neoliberal experiment to benefit the few while crucifying the many.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Karl Pearce – Sid, The man who would set himself alight on Parliament Grounds; His Story.

By   10 hours ago

When I found out what happened to him I wanted to tell his story. Not only because I had met him just the day before. Not only because of the shocking nature of his death, But because we wondered what drove him to such a lengths to set oneself alight on parliament grounds in protest and pure frustration. And that his story is the story of so many others in a broken Family Court System.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – People of New Zealand! It is time to rise up and vote this National Party out!

By   5 days ago

Never before has Labour come from 23% to be neck and neck with National. Jacinda has touched people and made them feel like they can believe again and that is a force that cannot and will not be told by rich right-wing broadcasters to go home and be quiet. Now is the time to show National that lies, deception and deceit will not be rewarded by the people of this country! Let National learn that vision, hope and compassion will always beat cynicism, corruption and venal self-interest.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – URGENT: Maori and youth voters being abused by Electoral Commission staff – KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS!

By   1 week ago

In 2017, I will not tolerate any attempt to rob Maori or young people of their right to vote because of a incompetence and ignorance at our electoral booths.

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Jacinda Ardern – Setting the record straight on National’s tax scaremongering

By   1 week ago

Jacinda Ardern – Setting the record straight on National’s tax scaremongering

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – National’s use of suicide to attack Jacinda disrespectful and ugly

By   2 weeks ago

O’Connor claimed that Jacinda’s tears at the suicide memorial were strange because she supports euthanasia and went as far as to suggest Jacinda’s motives were driven to exterminate voting groups who don’t support Labour.

Just writing that makes me ill.

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GUEST BLOG: Lizzie Cook – I will not vote Labour

By   2 weeks ago

I will not vote Labour, not even strategically to keep the National candidate out in my electorate. Why?

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Why Jonathan Coleman must go

By   2 weeks ago

I have time for many MPs across the spectrum, but Coleman is someone who really tests my patience. Under his watch as Health Minister he and his Government have underfunded health by almost $2billion during their 9 years in power and it’s an underfunding that is killing some of our most vulnerable.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Joyce’s disgraceful dirty politics

By   2 weeks ago

The dirty politics tactics of Steven Joyce who has lied about Labour’s budget is a disgrace to the credibility of the Finance Minister, the National Party and to the entire country.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – The Winterreise Project

By   1 week ago

 The Winterreise Project plays
17th to the 28st of October 6.30pm
Basement Theatre
Lower Greys Avenue, 
Auckland CBD (adjacent to Civic Car Park)

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Confirmed guests for The Daily Blog’s KIWI FAIR GO DEBATE Monday 8pm

By   2 weeks ago

The Daily Blog is pleased to announce the “Kiwi Fair Go Debate” – the first major broadcast political debate open to every registered political party standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.

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The Daily Blog Announces The KIWI FAIR GO DEBATE In a real democracy, everyone gets a voice.

By   2 weeks ago

The Daily Blog is pleased to announce the “Kiwi Fair Go Debate” – the first major broadcast political debate open to every registered political party standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.

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The Liberal Agenda – Come To Waihopai Spy Base Protest, January 26-28, 2018

By   3 weeks ago

The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire? The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson joins 4th Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Panel TONIGHT!

By   3 weeks ago

How many people do you know who will be kayaking the Potomac River to the Pentagon in a flotilla to protest the monolithic oil consumption of the war industry? That’s how our friends roll. Well, glide to be precise.

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The Liberal Agenda – Medical Cannabis March – the election special this Saturday!

By   4 weeks ago

Patients, caregivers and supporters of safe legal access to natural affordable cannabis will march down Queen Street in Auckland, this Saturday 2nd September. 

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The Liberal Agenda – Turei Will Not be Silenced on Poverty

By   4 weeks ago

WHEN: Thursday, 31st August

WHERE: Cardboard Cathedral 

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   12 hours ago

The real question is who is holding Mike Hosking’s fashion sense hostage

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 26th September 2017

By   12 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Malcolm Evans – Winston 2017

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – Winston 2017

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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

Shane Jones questions every decision he’s ever made

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 25th September 2017

By   1 day ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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To every red & green voter in Epsom

By   4 days ago

The brilliant Darren Watson

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Malcolm Evans – lipstick on the real pig

By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – lipstick on the real pig

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Political Caption Competition

By   5 days ago

10638 people liking this is 10637 too many – buck your ideas up North Shore!

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Raw News feed View All →

Housing report earns Nats the red card – Labour Party

By   5 days ago

National’s failure to acknowledge and fix the housing crisis will be their legacy. Labour will tackle the housing crisis head-on, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Their report card shows National has let Kiwis down when it comes to ensuring there are enough houses, supporting homeownership, and making sure all our families have a healthy […]

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Government and Refining NZ to blame for “chaos” at airports – E tū

By   5 days ago

E tū Aviation says it’s appalled the Government and Refining New Zealand have no plan B for disruption to the crucial fuel line between Marsden Point and the rest of the country. “The result has been days of disruption, with flights cancelled and the plans of thousands of travellers thrown into chaos,” says E tū […]

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Coup for hens – Foodstuffs to be cage-free – SAFE

By   5 days ago

SAFE is congratulating Foodstuffs, who owns New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, on their announcement that they will stop selling all cage eggs from 2027. In a statement Foodstuffs said today that following an extensive review of its egg sourcing and animal welfare policies the business has committed to a goal of being 100% cage free […]

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Statement by Waikato DHB Board member Dave Macpherson regarding the latest reported death of a baby at Waikato Hospital

By   6 days ago

Like many other New Zealanders tonight, I viewed the TVNZ News story of the family who lost their baby while under the care of Waikato Hospital with a mixture of sadness, horror and embarrassment. Sadness, that ANY family had to go through that experience – my own family knows what it is like to lose […]

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TOP SLAMS ALL WATER TAXES. IT’S ABOUT SETTING A PRICE

By   6 days ago

The Opportunities Party has joined farmers across the country in rejecting Labour and other parties plans to tax water.   Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons has written a hard-hitting blog rejecting water taxes set by politicians and bureaucrats in favour of a market price for water.   This would allow farmers and other business folk to […]

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National’s health report card gets an ‘F’ for funding – PSA

By   6 days ago

Persistent underfunding of the health system over the last nine years is having a severely negative impact on the quality and timeliness of services, and funding must urgently be restored by the next government if we are to avert the worst of an impending crisis, says the Public Service Association. “Seeing National’s record on health […]

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Political parties need to spell out how they will address burnout of hospital specialists – ASMS

By   6 days ago

“Burnout among hospital specialists providing front-line clinical care in our public hospitals is an important issue that political parties aspiring to be the next government need to address,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We want to hear from the Government on why they let this disaster happen […]

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E tū: National Government’s record on health funding a fail for members

By   6 days ago

E tū says it fears health services will deteriorate further in the face of Government denials that DHBs are underfunded. E tū is the country’s largest private sector union with more than 55,000 members. “A lot of our members are in the Counties Manukau area, where services have been so under-funded we have the highest […]

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