What NZ First Chief of Staff appointment really means

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So what does this mean?

Political scientist Jon Johansson made NZ First chief of staff

Victoria University senior political lecturer Jon Johansson has been appointed chief of staff for NZ First.

The party’s leader Winston Peters announced the appointment on Monday. It comes after the party’s former chief of staff, David Broome, was let go.

Johansson is a regular political commentator on TV and radio and has written several books.

Johansson has this year been teaching second, third and fourth year political papers at Victoria University in Wellington and in 2009 he spent a semester in Washington DC as Fulbright’s Visiting Scholar to Georgetown University.

The incredibly well respected Jon Johannson becoming the NZ First Chief of Staff has been a secret since the negotiating process and it coming to light has caught the media off guard as they scramble to try and understand what it means.

I’ve made this point recently, which is that the mainstream media and corporate punditry of NZ still have no real clue just to how radical this Government intends to be on reforming capitalism.

The Matthew Hooton’s of NZ and other shrill right wing magpies are all singing that there will be no change so that when there is some change they can roll out the manufactured outrage.

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The truth is that this Government intends to be far more interventionist and radical than others before it and the corporate punditry are tactically in denial about that so that they can express faux outrage when the free market neoliberalism on steroids gets challenged.

 

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  1. … ” The truth is that this Government intends to be far more interventionist and radical than others before it and the corporate punditry are tactically in denial about that so that they can express faux outrage when the free market neoliberalism on steroids gets challenged ” …

    Well only time will tell , and I hope they are more interventionist, – a lot more. We will know by the execution of their policy’s and the rapidity with which they implement them only. Until then , – let the right wing shills squawk .

  2. Andrew Little has never demonstrated an ability to win votes,” says Victoria University political scientist Jon Johansson bluntly. “Look at the contests in New Plymouth.”
    Johansson, a specialist in political leadership, was incredulous Little stood for Labour’s leadership in 2014. “I don’t know how anybody with any self-
    respect, with the very mediocre record he had, could put himself up for election. He didn’t have caucus support. He didn’t have public support. He wasn’t even the best union leader. And so far, I think that view has been validated, because he’s not been able to resonate.

  3. @jollloy – maybe that was the plan along – little, keep face for a year and a bit – then drop out of the running right at the very end – handing reins to a younger and more charismatic person, adern – plan worked a treat.

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