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 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
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Greens' education policy announcement, National's education policy, inequality and poverty, Dotcom's Internet Party, Ratana and Maori politics, the Act Party, NZ First, and the economy. [Read more below]
The main issue in NZ politics today is John Key's 'state of the nation' speech and the announcements about education reforms. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about John Key’s ‘state of the nation’ speech today – especially about his announced reforms of the education system. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]
Below are a few tweets of interest about developing news stories about the Labour Party and David Cunliffe – especially the announcement that Labour is ditching two of its central tax policies, but also about offshore oil exploration, the retirement age, potential coalition partners, and the upcoming ‘state of the nation’ speech by the leader. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are National and its coalition options, the Labour Party, the latest opinion poll, the Dotcom Internet Party, offshore oil and gas, and the Speakers conference. [Read more below]
The main issue in NZ politics today is the 2014 general election and post-election coalition options. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Kim Dotcom Internet Party, Len Brown, Maori politics, Act Party, and inequality and poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are the Kim Dotcom Internet Party, the 2014 election, Colin Craig, Act Party, protection orders, Len Brown, and the economy. [Read more below]
Amongst the circus surrounding Kim Dotcom’s new Internet Party, two big questions stand out: 1) Will it succeed, and 2) What does it stand for? Many of the more important and interesting commentaries look at whether it is genuinely relevant – rather than a trivial sideshow – and what impact it could have politically and ideologically. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the emerging Internet Party being established by Kim Dotcom. 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 Colin Craig and smacking, the Act Party, Dotcom's Mega Party, and oil and gas. [Read more below]
Many political commentators are acknowledging that minor political parties will play a central role in this year’s election campaign. For the best recent minor party-focused commentaries see Matt McCarten’s Facts to arm voters at the polls and Gordon Campbell’s Spotlight falls on support parties. However, it’s possible that the 2014 election year will be the year of the ‘micro party’. While ‘minor parties’ might be classified as those parties normally receiving 5% to 15% support, ‘micro parties’ can be defined as those regularly inhabiting the space below the 5% MMP threshold. In this category we are seeing an array of new parties emerging, fighting for relevance alongside existing micro parties, and possibly having a considerable impact on the campaign and the final result. [Read more below]
Kim Dotcom could throw a real spanner in the works of this year’s general election. His promised new party is far from certain to get into Parliament, but depending on how well it tickles the fancies of some of the more radical, marginalised, and disillusioned voters and non-voters, the so-called Mega Party could have a huge impact on who forms the next government. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ Politics at the end of last week were offshore drilling, parliamentary severance payments, the economy, Fonterra, and Len Brown. [Read more below]
What can we expect to happen in New Zealand politics in 2014? Political commentators and bloggers are in the midst of publishing their predictions, forecasts and analysis for 2014. This column points to the more interesting and important views being put forward, details two major issues that are set to dominate this election year, and looks at the challenges ahead for the Government and Opposition. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ Politics today are about reviewing the 2013 year in politics and forecasting the 2014 year in politics. [Read more below]
It was a tumultuous and colourful year in politics, littered with downfalls, fiascos and failures. The large number of politicians and other political figures who suffered embarrassments and scandals provided rich pickings for political commentators and especially satirists. In his end of year column Steve Braunias reflects on a year in which politicians made his job easy: ‘It was a vintage year for low farce and high foolishness in New Zealand public life, for shameful acts and disgraceful behaviour, for sheer stupidity and evil doing, and I was very grateful’ – see: The secret diaries of 2013. An introspective Braunias marvels at his quarry: ‘They offered no resistance. They came quietly. They were already ridiculous; it was as though they wrote the diary themselves’. [Read more below]
A round-up of some important and interesting items in the mainstream media and blogosphere that you might have missed over the last few weeks. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ Politics today are Len Brown, National, Labour, Avatar subsidies, and inequality and child poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ Politics today are Len Brown, asset sales, EQC, Nelson Mandela, the Urewera raids report, and inequality and child poverty. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Len Brown, Bob Jones, Avatar, the economy, and the Act and Conservative parties. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Len Brown, the asset sales referendum, Avatar, Nelson Mandela, and the Act and Conservative parties. [Read more below]
There’s been a battle over the weekend about how to interpret, sell, and spin the asset sales referendum results. Of course, this tussle has been mostly self-serving, with Labour/Green partisans declaring the referendum a resounding defeat for the Government, and National partisans promoting equal reasons to celebrate. So, who really won the referendum? Or did we all lose? [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the results of the asset sales referendum. As usual, the tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the official review report about Auckland mayor Len Brown. As usual, the tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. [Read more below]
New Zealand politics is ‘a dirty, disgusting, despicable game. And it involves dirty, disgusting despicable people at all levels’. That’s the view of National Party-aligned blogger Cameron Slater. Is he right? Some areas are obviously cleaner and more principled than others. The blogosphere – although a particularly valuable part of the ‘public sphere’ – is often also one of the dirtiest and more deceptive. This reputation will be further cemented by revelations yesterday that one of John Key’s spin-doctors, Jason Ede, has supplied content to Cameron Slater’s Whaleoil blog. For the best coverage of this, see Michael Fox’s Senior Key staffer's rubbish pic duty. [Read more below]
This is a selection of some of the tweets about the relationship between the Whaleoil blog and the Prime Minister’s Office, following revelations that one of John Key’s spin doctors, Jason Ede, has supplied content to the blog. Rumours of the blog being financed and run out of the John Key’s taxpayer parliamentary Leader’s Budget have been around for ages, but there has never been any sort of real proof. Similarly, Jason Ede - who had a starring role in Nicky Hager's Hollow Men book - has long been alleged to write for the blogsite as part of his communications work for the PM, but there’s absolutely no public evidence of this. As usual, the tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. [Read more below]
The main issues in NZ politics today are Nelson Mandela, paid parental leave, TPP, and the Census. [Read more below]
In the last few days there has been a wealth of evidence and examples pointing to the existence of widespread poverty in New Zealand. Given that growing inequality and poverty has been a significant problem for decades now – under both Labour and National governments – is it any wonder that it tends to be put in the ‘too hard’ basket. [Read more below]