Here’s a selection of some of the more interesting tweets in response to the appointment of Matt McCarten as David Cunliffe’s Chief of Staff. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Matt McCarten and Labour, asset sales, online bullying, and the Act Party. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Labour Party and Matt McCarten, new media, the Living Wage, and cyber-bullying. [Read more below]
Labour and the latest polls
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I expect the political prospects of the left to dramatically lift
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): What my gut tells me
Will Matthews (Left Estate): Dangerous Whispers
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): That Sinking Feeling: Is it already too late to save Labour and the Greens from disaster?
Third Culture: Is Labour targeting the wrong issue?
Pete George (Your NZ): Daily Blog poll denial – “trying to manipulate” opinion
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): Latest TV1-Colmar Brunton Poll – Back To The Future IV?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): We have nothing to fear but TVNZ Polls
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A promising selection
Danyl McLauchlan (Dim-Post): Tracking poll update
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Labour’s poll woes create pressure, will it be diamonds or coal?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): A message for Cunliffe?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Corin Dann swallowing dead rats
Pete George (Your NZ): Re-orientation more pressing for Robertson
Radio NZ: TVNZ inquiry members named
Vernon Small (Stuff): 'Full access' for duo reviewing TVNZ probe
Newswire: TVNZ begins Taurima investigation
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): ACT leader confident Epsom voters know what to do
Frances Cook (Newstalk ZB): National likely praying Prebble will save ACT
Dan Satherley (TV3): Prebble backs Whyte to revive ACT
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): If the answer is Richard Prebble – what the hell was the question?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Suddenly the ACT Party is interesting again
Colin James (ODT): A battered fringe party hoping for rescue
Julie Moffett (Newstalk ZB): Hay accuses Greens of 'smear campaign'
Simon Wong (TV3): Greens leadership challenger kicked out
Isaac Davison (Herald): Green Party suspends candidate David Hay
Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Greens suspend candidate David Hay
Radio NZ: Hay has 'no regrets'
Jacob Brown (Newstalk ZB): Change in style could be behind Greens' drop in polls
Radio NZ: Greens play down latest poll
Pete George (Your NZ): Greens see red over dissent
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Greens want to be in the PM vs Opp Ldr debate
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the Greens demand to be part of election debates plays into Key’s hands
David Hay (Seriously: “Green”): Thanks and farewell to the Greens
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Green Party member who stood for leader suspended
Pete George (Your NZ): Turei on ‘rogue poll’
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Debates for PM and would-be not minor players
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Green Party moves to silence dissent, suspends member for 12 months
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Tell him ‘e’s dreamin’
Rob Salmond (Polity): Another asset sale
Adam Bennett (Herald): PM: no more SOEs to sell after Genesis
Simon Wong (TV3): Govt confirms Genesis sale
Newswire: Genesis sale 'political expediency'
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Genesis float in March
Minimum wage increase
Adam Bennett (Herald): Bonus for 100,000 workers
Vernon Small (Stuff): Minimum wage up 50c
Simon Wong (TV3): Minimum wage to rise to $14.25 an hour
Adam Bennett (Herald): Minimum wage set to rise
Vernon Small (Stuff): Union attacks minimum wage rise
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Minimum wage to go to $14.25 an hour
NBR Staff (NBR): National bows to minimum wage myths - ACT
Radio NZ: Spy agencies silent over funding
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Spies mum over US cash questions
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): One line in the sand
Keith Locke (Daily Blog): GCSB complicit in NSA/GCHQ spying on Kiwis
No Right Turn: So much for Parliamentary oversight
No Right Turn: "An operational matter"
Selwyn Manning (Daily Blog): Two Hops: How New Zealand’s Security Agencies Surveil Targets Without Warrants
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Dunedin mayor defends MP deal
Southland Times: Time, gentlemen, please . . .
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Where’s the paper trail?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Mayor gets former MP $3,400 with no documentation
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Money for mates – Taxpayer’s union uncovers Dunedin Mayor and Pete Hodgson
Audrey Young (Herald): National lacks courage on retirement age - Act leader
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report: If only we'd kept Big Norm's super fund
Peter Wilson (Newswire): National super is affordable, Key says
Catherine Harris (Stuff): Will rental WOFs make the grade?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Housing Warrant of Fitness
Chris Barton (Metro): GI Blues: Inside the Glen Innes state house war zone
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Norman shouldn't apologise – Key
Newswire: Key advises Craig against legal action
Pete George (Your NZ): We shouldn’t “just accept it” Mr Key
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): In bed with the bloggers
Rob Salmond (Polity): HoS on the blogsters
Isaac Davison (Herald): Migrant worker abuse crackdown
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Why the Maori Party could be left, right out
Matthew Beveridge: People you should follow on Twitter: Graeme Edgeler
Stephen Jacobi (Stuff): TPP benefit study was robust
Wilma McCorkindale and Amanda Parkinson (Stuff): DHB's 'in survival mode'
Radio NZ: Warning over power disconnections
Winston Peters (RadioLIVE): Auckland city plan favours iwi rights
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Spark
Radio NZ: Playcentres close over 'silly rules'
Ben Heather (Stuff): American tax grab may target Kiwis
John Armstrong (Herald):It's past time for Cunliffe to get Labour moving
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Poll Positions: Is Cunliffe’s Time Running Out?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Greens faith spells danger for Labour
Matthew Hooton (NBR): Does Labour have a Plan B?
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Have Labour and Greens broken the CIR Act?
Greg Presland (The Standard): Labour’s Manukau East candidate selection
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour leadership contenders will have to disclose donations
Whaleoil: Dear David Cunliffe
Newswire: Labour candidate an ex-Obama campaigner
Taranaki Daily Times: Editorial – Just be yourself, Mr Cunliffe
Nick Leggett (Progress online): Post-Clark dilemmas for NZ Labour
Nick Leggett (Progress online): About more than what you’re against
Michael Sergel (Newstalk ZB): Two new faces for Labour
Claire Trevett (Herald): MPs face donations dilemma
Pete George (Your NZ): Plain English – Labour MPs “lazy and weak”
Rob Salmond (Polity): A bad week
Sam Durbin (Recess Monkey): Labour Should Triangulate: Pt 1 — Business Tax
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): The doubt is setting in, Labour in trouble
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Labour will have to declare donations
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Polls bring good news for National
Andrea Vance and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour limping, Greens in freefall – poll
Pete George (Your NZ): The poll is rogue because…
Pete George (Your NZ): One News poll and the political landscape
Keeping Stock: A leader in denial
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): National flying high in latest poll
Corin Dann (TVNZ): Poll a wake up call for centre left
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): National up, Greens down, in latest poll
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): What's behind National's surge, and the Green's record low
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Latest Roy Morgan Poll shows the Labour funk
David Kennedy (Local Bodies): Discrimination, Opinion Polls and Altered Perceptions
Pete George (Your NZ): One News/Colmar poll February 2014
Claire Robinson (Stuff): Grinners could be winners in election year
Audrey Young (Herald): Prebble, flat tax make comeback
Felix Marwick and Julie Moffett (Newstalk ZB): Prebble just what the doctor ordered for ACT
Jeff Hampton (TV3): ACT's Prebble: 'I know a bit about politics'
Jacob Brown and Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Richard Prebble returning to ACT
Radio NZ: Prebble new ACT campaign manager
Newswire: ACT hopes Prebble will boost party
NBR Staff (NBR): Richard Prebble returns to ACT in "key role"
Andrea Vance (Stuff): Party sharpens up ACT's look
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A rebrand for ACT
Ellipsister: The Predicament of the Act Party
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Norman shouldn't apologise - Key
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Political Report: Craig the Cry-baby?
Felix Marwick (Newstalk ZB): Craig's defamation suit a lose, lose situation - Atkinson
Steve Braunias (Stuff): The secret diary of . . . Colin Craig
Jacqui Standford (Newstalk ZB): Colin Craig needs thicker skin
Stephanie Flores (NBR): Colin Craig likely to encounter an ‘uphill struggle’ to establish defamation in court
Radio NZ: Norman to seek donations if Craig sues
Paul Thomas (Herald): Don't sue, Colin it's the deal
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Norman scathing as defamation deadline passes
Radio NZ: Craig prepares to sue Russel Norman
Felix Marwick and Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Colin Craig will continue defamation proceedings
Stephanie Flores (NBR): Craig asks lawyers to slap Norman with defamation suit
Simon Wong (TV3): Craig presses on with defamation case
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Craig inches toward defamation suit
Isaac Davison (Herald): Craig to pursue defamation case, mulls further legal action
Morgan Godfery (Maui Street): The meaning of Winston Peter's race talk
Karl du Fresne: Sigh ... here we go again
Hamish Rutherford and Eleton Smallman (Stuff): Immigrants should 'fit in', says Peters
Radio NZ: Peters sticks to familiar targets
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): OIO 'pawn' in a sneaky sale, Peters insists
David Farrar (NBR): Huka Lodge: Winston lies and pushes racism
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Winston still lying
Keeping Stock: Why did Winston Peters lie? Part deux...
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): When given the choice of telling the truth or telling a lie why does Winston Peters always choose to lie?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Winston Peters – “Let’s do the time warp again” State of the Irritation Speech today
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: Is it corruption or a different operating system?
Rob Stock (Stuff): Code to crack supermarket bully tactics
Jonothan Milne (Herald): Supermarket boss: 'I don't deserve attacks'
Kerre McIvor (Herald): Jones wins round one
Rodney Hide (Herald): Jones fumbles election-year play
Bernard Hickey (Herald): Shoppers back ugly tactics
Rodney Hide (NBR): Countdown claims fail truth test
John Sargeant (Stuff): Ultimate protest is polling booth
Peter Wilson (Newswire): Jones forced Commerce Commission's hand with inquiry
The Press: Editorial: Charges must be closely examined
Dita De Boni (Herald): We need Govt-owned supermarkets
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A victory for Jones
Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the Commerce Commission supermarket inquiry, Kiev and Tunisia
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Countdown now facing enquiry by the Commerce Commission
Patrice Dougan and Cherie Howie (Herald): Protestors slam Brown
RadioLIVE: Len Brown told to stay away
Radio NZ: Len Brown's security costs questioned
Michael Field (Stuff): Protest venue double booked
Newswire: Anti-Len Brown march in Auckland
Patrice Dougan (Herald): Hundreds march in anti-Brown protest
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Brown open to reappointing Chuang to ethnic peoples committee
Fran O'Sullivan (Herald): Dotcom and Brown peas in a pod of vain showmen
Siobhan Downes (Stuff): McCready's Brown prosecution stalls
Phil Taylor (Herald): The town that missed the boom
Brian Gaynor (Herald): Sorting the statistics from the damned lies
Brian Easton: Comparing the New Zealand and United States Economies
Frank Macskasy (Daily Blog): National, The Economy, and coming Speed Wobbles
The Standard: Rock star – “No depression”
The Standard: Tale of two Irelands
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Using data to predict
Jonthan Milne (Herald): In bed with the bloggers
Pete George (Your NZ): Herald claim about Judith Collins disputed
Scott Yorke (Imperaotr Fish): Jonathan Milne, I will destroy you!
The Standard: It’s not stolen – I just borrowed it without asking
Pete George (Your NZ): Herald on bloggers – odd man out
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil):I wonder if media and left-wingblogs will express outrage over this revelation
Pete George (Your NZ): Are there any female bloggers?
Keeping Stock: Bradbury plans dirty campaign
Colin Espiner (Stuff): Media can't afford to take sides
Matt McCarten (Herald): From rooster to feather-duster
John Drinnan (Herald): Maori broadcasting in flux
Herald: $6.8m Treaty settlement signed
Cathie Bell (Stuff): Iwi united in southern aims
Mike Butler (Breaking Views): Ngapuhi dollar amount declines
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): So how effective are they?
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): No holding back over rebuild criticism
Chris Hutching (NBR): Battle for political control of Christchurch ignites
Caleb Morgan (Cut Your Hair): Landlord, local MP, regional czar, next-door-neighbour-to-my-doctor, guy-who-took-a-photo-of-me-once
Tom Peters (WSW): New Zealand: Three years after the Christchurch earthquake
Steven Cowan (Against the Current): Waiting for the “Exciting Future”
Dominion Post: Editorial: PM’s old mate lets the side down
Southland Times: Editorial: Shiver runs down our spyin'
Radio NZ: Call for more detail on GCSB bungle
Michael Timmins (Daily Blog): Spooky Spooks
Newstalk ZB: Larry's Memo: February 21
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Another deadline missed by internet party as Kim Dotcom’s woes grow
James Griffin (Herald): Green Party election strategy
Russel Norman (RadioLIVE): Here comes the sun... all the maths behind the Greens' Solar Homes policy
Rob Stock (Stuff): Greens call for anti-bullying code
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Greens faith spells danger for Labour
Radio NZ: Greens ask to be in main leaders' debate
Claire Trevett (Herald): Greens lobby for place in leader's debate
Hamish McNicol (Stuff): Shedding light on solar power
Pete George (Your NZ): Greens want in on Key-Cunliffe debates
Marika Hill (Stuff): Ageism alleged in over-40s fund cut
Dianne Khan (Daily Blog): Charter Duped
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How Voluntary Student Membership eroded the social contract between society and students
Holly Walker (Frogblog): Living costs not enough to live on
Michele Ong (Stuff): Novopay can't cope with calls
Michael Sergel (Newstalk ZB): Cyber-bullying law under attack
Joss Miller (ODT): University smoking ban overrides minority
Beith Atkinson (Integrity Talking Points): Keeping trust when those about you may be losing theirs
Tim Selwyn (Tumeke): NZ Police: violent and aggressive
Newswire: NZ given unique opportunity at G20
RadioLIVE: Jewish community upset by John Minto claims
Radio NZ: Public service under the spotlight
Stuff: MPs in the driving seat
Paul Little (Herald): Law change won't stop violence
Michael Seegel (Newstalk ZB): Ethnic minority groups push Govt for more support
Claire Robinson (Spinprofessor): Let’s get a royal stamp of approval
John Daly-Peoples (NBR): Wellington group aims to boycott Jewish culture
Aaron Lim (NBR): Privatising the Syrian war
Ross Henderson (Stuff): Let's not forget the value of protest
The Standard: Politicheck New Zealand factcheck website
Waikato Times: MPs faulted for puff shop
Herald: NZDF world's most LGBT friendly
Radio NZ: Bill threatens food standards MPs hear
No Right Turn: Non-controversial?
Colin Craig vs Russel Norman
Claire Trevett (Herald): Litigious flurries have no place in robust debate
Dan Satherley (TV3): Colin Craig wavers on legal threat
Paul Henry Show (TV3): 'Old-fashioned and out of touch': Colin Craig on the PHS
Law Fuel: The Lawyer Firing Colin Craig's Bullets
Newswire: Craig to decide on legal action
Newstalk ZB Staff (Newstalk ZB): D-Day for Norman and Craig
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The ABCs are back
Pete George (Your NZ): Garner – Labour MPs to lose the election then roll Cunliffe
Pete George (Your NZ): Is Grant Robertson playing the long game?
Brian Rudman (Herald): Labour puts us on the road to chaos
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour refuses to reveal leadership contest donations
No Right Turn: Labour's unacceptable secrecy
Radio NZ: Labour announces Ohariu candidate
Dan Satherley (TV3): Cunliffe 'not ashamed' of Herne Bay address
Mike Smith (The Standard): Home thoughts from abroad
Greg Presland (The Standard): David Cunliffe’s home
Kieran Gainsford (Left Estate): You’re Making Us Look Bad
Grumpollie: I want in on this bet!
Pete George (Your NZ): Labour spin team listening?
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Cunliffe, photographers and bullying
Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Does Labour want to win?
Keeping Stock: Garner and Labour's "go-slow"
Pete George (Your NZ): Labour may be facing a crisis
Pete George (Your NZ): Labour standing another party insider for Ohariu
Corazon Miller (Newstalk ZB): Taurima could still be a future Labour MP
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Jones back Taurima
Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): A Labour Cell In TVNZ's Vast Castle
Nelson Mail: Editorial – Sticking by the code
Jane Clifton (Listener): Beware the isles of March (paywalled)
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Jones claims victory
Adam Bennett and Steve Deane (Herald): Suppliers tell of tough tactics
Claire Trevett (Herald): Shane Jones: I'm vindicated
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Commerce probe limited to Countdown
Simon Wong (TV3): Foss: Supermarket investigation launched
Radio NZ: Jones makes fresh claims of extortion
Radio NZ: Investigation into supermarket chain
Vernon Small (Stuff): National continues poll lead
Pete George (Your NZ): Roy Morgan – grim for Labour
Rob Salmond (Polity): Rough estimates of poll bias
Radio NZ: Strip fraudster of JP title – minister
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Corrupt Labour candidate to be stripped of JP status
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): GCSB need to Get Smart
Audrey Young (Herald): Spy agency errors embarrass PM, give fuel to Labour and Greens
Greg Presland (The Standard): The GCSB can’t count
Radio NZ: Spy agency admits bungling figures
Stuff: Spy boss apologises to Key
TV3/Newswire: GCSB gets its figures wrong
No Right Turn: The GCSB lied to Parliament
Newswire/3 News: Dotcom's extradition hearing faces delay
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): If Kim Dotcom has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear
Ben Heather (Stuff): Privacy breaches 'milked for own gain'
Stuff: Privacy standards slammed
Newswire: Commissioner 'disturbed' by responses
Isaac Davison (Herald): Power switch efforts fail to rein in price
Newswire: Genesis sale details expected soon
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour/Green policy would lead to less renewables
Radio NZ: Iwi could earn $13m a year – Jones
Radio NZ: MP reports racism over Treaty package
State sector reform
Radio NZ: 'Total overhaul' of state sector sought
Vernon Small (Stuff): No public service inguiry: English
NZ Fabian Society: Rethinking the State Sector - Book Launch
Radio NZ: Staff cost doubles under Dalziel
Rebecca Macfie (Listener): Collapse of accountability
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Parker v Dalziel
Russell Brown (Hard News): The Mayor's marginal enemies
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The pariah Mayor
Inequality and poverty
Gordon Campbell (Stuff): Framing the equal opportunity message
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The trickle down straw man
Mike Butler (Breaking Views): Mind the facts when debating the gap
No Right Turn: National's environmental secrecy bill
Jo Moir (Stuff): Students cry poor but minister unmoved
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Senior public servant who spoke out still on leave
Matthew Beveridge: Young Nats vs Young Labour on twitter.
Claire Trevett (Herald): Whaleoil's flowers 'miserable' – MP
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): “The most miserable bunch of flowers I have ever received” – Annette King
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): “Bring it on” – BMW to Russel Norman
Rachel Smalley (Newsalk ZB): Time to talk about special needs in mainstream education
Guyon Espiner (Listener): Deal or no deal?
Bill Ralston (Listener): Sweet nothings
Listener: Editorial: a free country
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): MSD using data
Dominion Post: Election circus already under way
Daily Blog: The Daily Blog Watch – 20/21 February 2014
Jerram Watts (TV3): Next generation on older voters' minds
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Peters tips backing for reform
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Please refer to me as “Award winning extreme right wing hate speech blogger” thank you
Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Speech by John Key to the Papakura Rotary Club
Rob Hosking (NBR): 'Would you believe...?' Russel Norman 'Gets Smart'
Simon Wilson (Metro): Colin & Bob & Len & friends
Thomas Lumley (Listener): Closing the gap
Pete George (Your NZ): Write like Trotter
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom, the conviction of Daljit Singh, Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, the supermarket industry, and Shane Taurima. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Shane Taurima and partisan media issues, Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, the supermarket industry, and the Labour and National parties. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about TVNZ’s Shane Taurima and his perceived conflict of interest and actions related to his involvement with the Labour Party. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Shane Taurima, the Greens and solar energy, Colin Craig vs Russel Norman, and John Banks. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom (and the many related issues), the supermarket trade, the latest opinion polls, the Labour Party, and the Greens. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the latest tweets about Kim Dotcom's fledgling Internet Party, and allegations of spying. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom, the supermarket industry, education, Odd Future, and inequality, poverty and employment. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Dotcom saga and the supermarket allegations. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the very recent tweets about Kim Dotcom's fledgling Internet Party, and especially it's alleged deals with other parties. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, Syria, whaling, the Labour and National parties, education, and plain packaging for cigarettes. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the New Zealanders fighting in Syria, Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, the Greens, NZ-Australian relations, the electricity market, and inequality, poverty and employment. [Read more below]
Here’s a collection of tweets in response to Damien Grant’s Herald column, Go softer on tax cheats – they are society's contributors.
The main issues in NZ poitics today are NZ-Australian relations, taxation and inequality, Waitangi Day and Maori politics, and the Big Gay Out. [Read more below]
The 'Jacketgate' scandal, which has seen Green co-leader Metiria Turei being pulled up for her 'opulent' dress sense, is revealing of the interplay of class and identity politics in New Zealand. To an old-fashioned leftist, this would seem to be a clear case of a former radical activist now embracing the lifestyle of the political elite. That is, Turei's metamorphosis from anarco-feminist, to bourgeois-chic politician represents an all too common process. A process that involves the transformation of radical activists, who get a taste of power, into Establishment politicians – with a luxury lifestyle to go along with their newly acquired positions. In effect such former radicals, who once decried the wealth and excess of the rich and powerful, end up initially emulating and then becoming indistinguishable from the Establishment figures that they once criticised. In this guest blogpost John Moore dismisses Metiria Turei's rather bizarre cry of 'racism'. He argues that this is a clear case where identity politics is being used to obfuscate an issue that is actually about class and political privilege, and nothing to do with racism. He then critiques Turei for using race politics as a way to defend her privileged position as an elected member of Parliament. That is, rather than being a victim of racism, Turei is using a typical tactic, whereby elite members of marginalised groups use identity ideology to defend their wealth, privilege and power positions. [Read more below]
Race, class, and gender are the holy trinity of ideologies for the modern liberal-left politician. And Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has accused her National Party opponent Anne Tolley of transgressions on all three when the government minister called her a hypocrite for criticising National as being out-of-touch with poverty, because she wears extremely expensive corporate clothes. The Green leader has said that Tolley’s response to her criticism was ‘sexist and elitist and racist’. So should we take such allegations and counter-allegations seriously? On the one hand this minor scandal of insults and critiques of clothes is petty and trivial, and is hardly deserving of public attention. Yet the affair is also incredibly revealing about many issues in contemporary parliamentary politics – especially issues of racism, wealth, inequality, political rhetoric, aggression, and the use of social media by politicians. Therefore this blogpost asks a number of questions about the issue, and tries to find some answers. [Read more below]
The main issue in NZ politics today is Waitangi Day and race relations. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Waitangi Day and Maori politics, the National Party, Labour Party, Kim Dotcom, and inequality and poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Act Party leadership, debates about Metiria Turei's clothes, NZ First, Labour Party, Maori politics, and inequality and poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Metiria Turei's clothes and racism debate, the Act Party leadership, the latest opinion poll, the Labour Party, and the economy. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the debate over Metiria Turei's clothes, insults from Government ministers, and allegations of racism. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Act Party leadership contest, Labour's 'baby bonus', and the flag changing debate'. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Labour's 'baby bonus', the flag changing debate', the economy, and parliamentary debate. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the Act Party leadership contest. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about John Key’s suggestion that New Zealand changes its flag. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
The main issue in NZ politics today is the debate about Labour's Best Start policy announcement, together with related issues of inequality, education, and welfare. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Cunliffe's 'state of the nation speech' and 'baby bonus', education policy, and the Greens. [Read more below]
Wait, if a baby is produced because of the #KiwiBreed policy, does the state own it?
Making it universal would've cost an extra $10m/yr. Or they could've targeted bottom 50% and saved $90m/yr
Still. Choosing to a) have a payment threshold and b) to set that at $150k smells pretty cynical to me.
Ok so far: Nats: teach the kids Labour: raise the kids Greens: watch the kids Mana: feed the kids Conservatives: beat the kids Act: profit!
So, of all the State of the Nation speeches, I think Labour did best. The “best start” to the election year, one might say.
Exactly how many backbench MPs have HOUSEHOLD income of less thatn $150k? How many families suffering? Duncan Garner has finally lost it.
Don't worry guys, MPs won't qualify for the Best Start bonus. By the time it comes in their incomes will have been boosted way beyond $150k
Reckon if subsidies need to be paid maybe Govt. should pay people for NOT breeding. You know, for the planet an' all. It's not that radical.
The policy isn't an incentive to have more kids - and what an odious way to talk about kids - it's an incentive for voters to turn out.
The Irony of Cunliffe's announcement today is that a baby bonus was the policy of every ones favourite Aussie Tory, John Howard.
it costs around $14,000 a year to raise a child, ($270 a week), so no, I don't think people will be breeding for the cash #stateofthenation
You're an intelligent person. Stop and think for a second. Would someone really have a kid just for $60 a week? Is no one having kids now?
So Labour's abolishing the Parental Tax Credit + the $60 per week aint available during paid parental leave....
Backbench MPs qualify for the baby bonus... wow... have we struck oil?
Wake me up when the 'Taxpayer's Union' douse themselves with petrol outside Kelston Girls
So we've gotthe spend part of Cunliffes policy - what about the bit that increases taxes or borrowing. that was missed. Wonder why?
Wondering if the cost of administering $150K threshold will be more than ~$9 million it would save...
Though as far as populist policy goes, I think DC just shat all over JK. Watch the commentators decry the welfarism of one but not the other
Transfer payments, transfer payments and more transfer payments. I think I once said DC was a break from Clark. How fucking wrong was I.
I agree with the objective, but is that the best that can be done to achieve it? I really, really doubt it.
Isn't it great that so many lawyers will now be able to afford to have a child as they struggle on $145,000 a year.
Heterosexual couples to be disproportionately advantaged by policy proposed today. #whatafuckingsurprise
And the reaction to Cunliffe's speech coming in thick and fast. Greens say "yay", @TaxpayersUnion say "nay".
But there's no denying that $150k is a goddamn stupid cutoff point intended only to minimise #fiscalFOMO.
I think I can foresee political debate over paying $60 a week to new parents on a combined income of under $150K #justaguess
So this policy will pay $60 a week to any Labour MP (except Ldrs, Whips) who has a baby. That's really targeting to those most in need.
Language police: "universal for all families earning under $X" isn't.
The best bit of election year will be all the people who are really smug about not having kids being outraged at how hard they've got it.
Looking forward to seeing Treasury predicting a population boom in 2016.
What detail there was, was underwhelming. What detail there wasn't (improve education! Quality public health! Better jobs! Higher wages!)...
...wasn't remotely linked to how the party plans to achieve these things (ie with what revenue, by mobilising what political capital).
And by the way, if you surprised at how quickly David Cunliffe became David Shearer, you really don't understand politics.
Telling the g/f no babies until 2016 now.
Labour's costs for its new policies - $2.54 billion over 6 years. $147 million in the first year rising to $528 million in year 4
Why can't Labour pay me $60 for not contributing to overpopulation and carbon and all that.
TV3 livestream picks up sound of Labour urinating on Key's policy launch
Can't work because beneficiary couple next door having noisy sex since hearing about Cunliffe's baby bonus #welfaremyth
TV3 livestream picks up sound of Labour urinating on Key's policy launch
So, that's it for Cunliffe. Woeful timing for the speech if he was going to under-promise and over-waffle both Key and Turei.
Good policies and good values but the speech was pretty mediocre to be honest.
If they had to change to a larger venue...and this is "larger", how fucking small was the first one?!
Predicted sewer toxic spin-line: paying the poor to have kids
"If you know what I mean" what's with that??
Oh, good, he wants to increase the 20 hours a week free ECE that made education for under 3s super-expensive to 25 hours.
@gtiso Looking at the costs, he could easily make it 30, or even 40
Nestle execs in deep shock as they thought Cunliffe said BreastStart.
So backbench MP's whose partners don't work are now officially welfare recipients; is that right?
No information on targeting of payments to parents of 2 and 3 year olds
Not-quite-universal child payment gets huge roar of approval. Stamping feet, cheering, hootin-and-hollerin. #labstateofthenation
Surprised the Best Start policy wasn't called KiwiStart.
"What an audience, you haven't even heard what's in it yet" except everyone who has a smartphone who already saw the press release. #nzpol
Prompting applause is a really bad look.
Who is this Maya Ponent? She sounds horrid. #cunliffespeech
Labour's paid parental leave & free entenatal care policies good - but the Baby Bonus reeks of Rowling '75 - didn't work then
The ladder of opportunity #Labour2014 - i like that
Sensing that Cunliffe is losing the sensible, centrist NBR-Fran O'Sullivan-DPF vote here
Capital gains tax gets the biggest cheer so far. #labstateofthenation
Who @nzlabour is really going for the breeders..as a mother currently working on a public holiday I like that!
Labour's new package for parents of newborns to be called BestStart, presumably because KiwiStart already taken (by KiwiSaver provider)
The fact that Cunliffe has to prompt the audiance for his zing lines isn't encouraging
Wonders "what has happened to our country"? This is clearly not the David Cunliffe who was a minister of the crown. Someone buy him a book.
Cunliffe recognises wife!
A dig about SkyCity! I'm so looking forward to the rousing finale where he shoots Phil Goff out of a cannon.
"My opponent" instead of "John Key
"Unopened envelopes on kitchen tables." - similar to Obama's rhetoric in 2008.
Cunliffe comes to your house, notices the envelopes you didn't open.
Tell you what, David Cunliffe can deliver a speech: real passion, tempo changes 4 mood, engages w crowd. Beats Key's lisping robot delivery
Fair cop to the man, he can orate.
By 2018, Labour's new 'Best Start' policies would cost more than half a billion dollars
Later today, Lorde's acceptance speech: "I'm glad to be sharing the spotlight with David Cunliffe."
Cunliffe continues the lefty tradition of telling us we're all losers.
Labour policy on not-quite-universal child payment good - but predict lots of sniping at how high the threshold is #labstateofthenation
What I'd really like to do is pay for other people's babies.
It's a re-run of Bill Rowling's 'Baby Bonus'.
Battle of the babies. Labour will extend Paid parental leave to 26 weeks. Pay young families $60pw for baby's first year & increase free ECE
Cunliffe says hallo in several languages, but not in Italian. I hate him now.
Labour's $60/week policy will continue until the child is 3 for low and middle income families.
Labour's weekly $60 newborn payment will cost $230m in its first full year. Will be rolled out on April 2016, if elected.
Predictions on @DavidCunliffeMP making a Lorde-related joke early in speech?
This whole election hinges on Cunliffe's upcoming opening joke
Today is make or break for Cunliffe
If you lined up all the people who have been introduced as "the next prime minister/president of" and never became it, you would reach Mars.
David Cunliffe really taking his time getting to the stage. Clearly likes the sound of standing ovations
Is this a sign that @jacindaardern will stand in the new Kelston electorate? Opening act for David Cunliffe in Kelston.
Cunliffe and Lorde vying for dominance in my Twitter feed. Who's going to win?
Will Cunliffe use auto tune?
Me and @FrancesCook wondering where Bomber is sitting in the audience. Frances: "he'll be on the far left". LOL
But who needs Cunliffe when you have a child dancing onstage in a wig with a Red Cross flag. This is not going well...
Is this kid on stage at Cunliffe's speech supposed to be there? He is loving it.
Initial thoughts on Cunliffe speech... Looking for new punctuality policy. #waitingwaitingwaiting
David Cunliffe is 5 minutes late. That's it! I'm voting NZ First
Cunliffe about to start free-styling
Anyone out there got a working link for live stream of Cunliffe's speech...? Labour Live site not that live yet. #politicstragic
@JulianRobins Yup, but it comes with a warning: Gower might piss live on camera. http://www.3news.co.nz/Livestream-State-of-the-Nation-speech/tabid/1568/articleID/329448/Default.aspx …
Hall just opened for Cunliffe address to the nation pic.twitter.com/1ab25PrVGj
@CitizenBomber Are you charging an appearance fee?
Awaiting the arrival of David Cunliffe. Plenty of friends here, and even a few class traitors. pic.twitter.com/cRc3AI9fzo
@ImperatorFish but where is the portrait?
has anyone done poos on the Labour live stream yet? @patrickgowernz?
Also, I assume Cunliffe's team all currently on their feet screaming at each other over whether to add Lorde lyrics into his speech or not
I've heard a rumour Cunliffe will use this speech to break the fourth wall and hug voters directly through their live-stream #excited
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