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The political demise of Metiria Turei has resulted in James Shaw now being the sole leader of the Green Party. While Metiria is a household name in New Zealand, for most of the public, Shaw is an unknown quantity. In this guest blog, John Moore examines the politics of James Shaw, and argues that the Green leader represents a new wave of “radical centralism”, à la Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron. The politics of James Shaw James Shaw’s radical centrism is symptomatic of a global wave of new liberal-centrist leaders that have put their stamp on post-GFC (global financial crisis)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at liberation
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Morris - RNZ 28 July 2017 Body - NZ Herald 5 August 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 August 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 5 August 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 5 August 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 August 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 1 August 2017 Body - NZ Herald 22 July 2017 Craig - ODT 22 July 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 19 July 2017 Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at liberation
Jacindamania has taken the country by storm. Jacinda Ardern’s rapid ascension to the leadership of the Labour Party was initially met with feelings of elation by those on the left. However, these feelings of joy were rapidly replaced by a sense of despair, confusion and expressions of ‘Fuck Labour’, when Ardern was seen to have thrown Green co-leader Metiria Turie under the bus. In this guest blog post, John Moore argues that Labour’s sanctimonious condemnation of Turei’s past benefit and electoral ‘fraud’ should have been expected. That Jacinda’s ‘betrayal’ came as a shock to many on the left points to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 27 August 2015 Hodgson - Dominion Post 26 October 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 27 February 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 March 2017 Nisbet - The Press 2 March 2017 Body - NZ Herald 4 March 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 4 March 2017 Tremain - ODT 10 March 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 16 March 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 18 March 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 20 March 2017 Nisbet - The Press 27 March 2017 Tremain - ODT 3 April 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 17 April 2017 Yeo - 18 April... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at liberation
The Maori electorates could be relegated to the dustbin of history if New Zealand first leader Winston Peters gets his way. The party has called for a binding referendum where the option of abolishing the seats will decided by the general electorate. This could be "New Zealand’s Brexit" moment, where "politics as normal" undergoes a radical transformation in Aotearoa-New Zealand. In this guest blog, John Moore argues for rejecting a reductionist stance on this debate, one that equates opposition to the Maori seats as inevitably being racist and anti-Maori. The fact that the campaign to abolish the seat is being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at liberation
Bounder‏ @DawgBelly In all honesty if an American student showed up on my doorstep to talk to me abt the NZ election I’d say “go home, yr ppl need you more”. Curwen Ares Rolinson‏ @huntersrolinson re Labour's volunteer campaign-I don't think i've EVER seen this many Nats concerned about poor living conditions in NZ accommodation #NZPol Lew‏ @LewSOS I am SO HERE for all these right-wingers suddenly caring about workers' rights. Hamish Keith‏ Isn’t the real story here that when they found out about the problem they admitted it and fixed it or is that not news > Liam Hehir‏... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 27 June 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 26 June 2017 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 25 June 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 24 Body - NZ Herald 24 June 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 23 June 2017 Body - NZ Herald 26 June 2017 Slane - Listener 23 June 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 June 2017 Hubbard - ODT 23 June 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 22 June 2017 Hubbard - ODT 22 June 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 22 June 2017 Nisbet - The Press 22 June 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 22 June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at liberation
Here's a few interesting and insightful tweets about the Labour Party's just-announced immigration policy. The most recent tweets are first. CherylBernstein‏ @CherylBernstein I hope Labour's next policy announcement isn't another one that starts bitter arguments among left-wing people & its potential supporters. > CherylBernstein‏ @CherylBernstein Not fuck about with "policy settings" that many supporters perceive as dog whistle racism, for the sake of a mythical bad-faith middle. Ali Ikram‏ @AliIkram Immigration is often used as a way to discuss problems a society is facing in housing and infrastructure while avoiding accountability. Lew‏ @LewSOS Some people are going to be very... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at liberation
Joe Pagani‏ @JosephPagani Watching the NZ left act like Corbyn didn't lose the election by 50 seats is a joke. Ben Thomas‏ @BenThomasNZ Post-Corbyn I hope everyone on the left who opposed my plan to install Chris Trotter as leader of the NZ Labour Party feels pretty dumb Martyn Bradbury‏ @CitizenBomber Watching NZ Political Left scrambling to associate themselves with Corbyn is a joke-his real left policy won, ours is a sad imitation #nzpol Martyn Bradbury‏ @CitizenBomber When Grant Robertson & James Shaw signed their 'we-won't-offend-our-corporate-overlords' promise, we're they acting like Corbyn? #nzpol Sam Smith‏ @sgowsmith1988 I think Corbyn has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at liberation
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Body - NZ Herald 27 May 2017 Slane - Listener 5 May 2017 Body - NZ Herald 25 March 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 March 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 1 February 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 15 August 2016 Murdoch - The Press 10 August 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 10 August 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 12 August 2016 Nisbet - The Press 2 June 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 1 June 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 2 June 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 1 June 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 2 June 2016 Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 May 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 9 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 13 May 2017 Hubbard - 15 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 18 May 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 13 May 2017 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 23 April 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 6 April 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 11 March 2017 Murdoch - The Press 11 March 2017 Nisbet - The Press 10 March 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 6 February 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 12 January 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 May 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 9 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 13 May 2017 Hubbard - 15 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 18 May 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 13 May 2017 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 23 April 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 6 April 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 11 March 2017 Murdoch - The Press 11 March 2017 Nisbet - The Press 10 March 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 6 February 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 12 January 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at liberation
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Slane - Listener 31 March 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 1 February 2017 Yeo - Sunday News 28 May 2017 Slane - Listener 5 May 2017 Slane - Listener 26 May 2017 Body - NZ Herald 13 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 17 May 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 17 April 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 April 2017 Tremain - ODT 3 April 2017 Nisbet - The Press 27 March 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 20 March 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at liberation
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Hubbard - 26 May 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 26 May 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 May 2017 Nisbet - The Press 26 May 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 26 May 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 25 May 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 26 May 2017 Body - NZ Herald 26 May 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 17 April 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 19 April 2017 Murdoch - Dominion Post 19 April 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 17 April 2017 Hubbard - 9 March 2017 Slane - Listener 9 March 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 8 March 2017 Body - NZ Herald 26 November 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 November 2016 Murdoch - The Press 26 November 2016 Murdoch - The Press 5 September 2015 Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at liberation
With its mainstreaming in New Zealand, feminism has lost its radical and anti-Establishment edge. No longer is feminism decried as an unsavoury ideology for hairy-legged, braless angry young women, but now feminism is for everybody. In this guest blog, John Moore argues that the mainstreaming of feminism has reduced a complex and varied set of tools and theories - regarding women’s oppression - down to a simple catchphrase of “If you believe in equal rights for women, then you’re a feminist”. So, if everyone can be a feminist now, has the term really been emptied of all content? That is,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful tweets in reaction to the National Government's announcement of the age of superannuation entitlement rising. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added. Tim Murphy‏ ‪@tmurphyNZ Sorry, but any temporary party of government saying they'll start doing something in 20 years time is just fanciful. ‪#upto67 Emma Hart‏ ‪@Ghetsuhm Superannuation age change will hit exactly the cohort who got super-interesty student loans. Yay us! Simon Wilson‏ ‪@simonbwilson Is this the last vestiges of John Key's legacy in tatters or is there something else he defended to the end that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at liberation
The Maori parties have been delivered a sucker punch with Labour’s successful courting of Willie Jackson and John Tamihere, who are now both firmly within the party’s embrace. With Jackson being promised a high list pacing, and with John Tamihere likely to be given a prominent campaigning position by Labour, the Maori Party and the remnants of the Mana Party have lost their big chance to present a more urban and working class image to the Maori electorate. Labour is now almost certain to win all but one of the Maori seats, with the Maori Party looking like they will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at liberation
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Here's a range of cartoons relating to issues of inequality and poverty from the last year. The most recent cartoons are first. Hubbard - 12 January 2016 Hubbard - 19 December 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 4 October 2016 Hubbard - 5 October 2016 Body - NZ Herald 27 September 2016 Hodgson - Dominion Post 26 September 2016 Bromhead - NZ Herald 18 September 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 15 September 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 September 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 9 September 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 August 2016 Hubbard - 1 July 2016 Hodgson -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at liberation
Most Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand are disproportionately poorer compared with Europeans/Pakeha, face higher rates of unemployment, have lower incomes, achieve lower education outcomes and face poorer heath and lower life expectancy. Maori also make up half of this country’s prison population, despite being 15% of the general population. How to account for such socio-economic disparities? Can economic inequality faced by Maori be understood by focusing on racism, ethnicity and New Zealand’s colonial history? In this guest blog post John Moore discusses the flaws of anti-racist and anti-colonial politics in Aotearoa New Zealand, and argues that a radical egalitarian and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 6 December 2016 John Key Moreu - Timaru Herald 6 December 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 December 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 6 December 2016 Hubbard - 6 November 2016 Newspaper front pages: Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at liberation