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There has been a great deal of disgruntlement about the new Labour-led government being a “coalition of losers”. Some feel that because it is a government that doesn’t include the largest party (National, which won 44% of the vote) that it is in some way illegitimate. Richard Prebble even wrote a column calling the new government an undemocratic coup. A very insightful response to this has been delivered on Twitter by Michael Appleton‏ (@michelappleton). Below are his tweets, republished in the order they were tweeted. ------- I see Richard Prebble has called @jacindaardern's coming ascension to the Prime Ministership a... Continue reading
Posted 46 minutes ago at liberation
Here's a few of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the idea of a National-Greens coalition or governing deal. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added. Phil Quin‏ @philquin I fully support a National-Greens suicide pact Michael Field‏ @MichaelFieldNZ This is a sinful pleasure: taunting old Labour with tales of Greens sleeping with National. More fun than removing wings from butterflies Jess Hope‏ @jesshopeshoots National Greens coalition has capacity to destroy Greens. Many policies at odds. Green voters would feel betrayed a la libdems in UK. Matthew Hooton‏ @MatthewHootonNZ Hi @_chloeswarbrick is a ban on coal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at liberation
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Chicane - Southland Times 16 September 2016 Murdoch - Dominion Post 23 March 2013 Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful reactions on Twitter to the demise of the Maori Party. The most recent tweets are first. Alex Birchall‏ @Ali_GSDP No fan of Labour, but it is a bit racist towards Maori Labour MPs to suggest their voice is not "Maori" enough which is often implied Virginia Crawford‏ @CrawfordVirg New political strategy to return Māori Party to parliament is to tell Māori voters they don't understand. In other words they're dumb. Wira Gardiner‏ @GardinerWira Flavell's loss reminds me when Tapsell lost to Delamare in 96. He knew he was in trouble when his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at liberation
Maori voters in the Maori seats have essentially just had their own minor Brexit moment – they’ve voted the Maori Party out of Parliament. The 13-year project is over. Instead, Maori support has shifted back to the Labour Party, which has won all seven Maori seats, for the first time. The Maori electorate effectively gave the finger to New Zealand’s first successful indigenous political party, and returned home to the party that has traditionally been associated with Maori politics. So, although the radical zeitgeist taking hold in the West – with a politics of extreme volatility now being the norm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 3 September 2017 Hubbard - 25 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 25 September 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 25 September 2017 Body - NZ Herald 25 September 2017 NZ Herald 25 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 25 September 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 25 September 2017 Waiting on Winston - The Press 25 September 2017 Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at liberation
Guest blog post by John Moore, giving last minute advice on voting Is it OK not to vote? Does my vote really count for much? Can I vote if I’m drunk? Do I have to give two ticks when I vote? For an alternative and informative guide to voting, read below. Question: If I don’t vote then I can’t complain, right? Answer: Wrong. It’s fully up to you if you vote or not. And of course, you can still complain about the government, the system, or anything else, regardless of whether you’ve voted or not. In fact, the large number... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 14 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 12 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 12 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 9 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 7 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 6 September 2017 Murdoch - The Press 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 8 August 2017 Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at liberation
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Murdoch - The Press 13 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Yeo - Sunday News 10 September 2017 Bromhead - Herald on Sunday 10 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 9 September 2017 Hubbard - 11 September 2017 Body - NZ Herald 9 September 2017 Listener - 8 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 September 2017 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 3 September 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 2 September 2017 Nisbet - The Press... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at liberation
I was asked to submit an affidavit to the High Court case between TOP and TVNZ about the exclusion of Gareth Morgan from the Multi-party leaders debate. Here's a draft of what I wrote: Download Affidavitdraft Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at liberation
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