Simon Bridges has been elected leader of the National Party. (And typically, I completely forgot to blog about it yesterday) But Simon is leader now, and this is where the hard part begins. Being the leader of the opposition for a first term government is probably the most difficult and thankless job in politics. He’s … Continue reading Now comes the hard part for Bridges & co.
Labour rose to 48% in the latest poll, while National slumped to 43%. The Greens are at 5%, (problematic) and NZ First are below the 5% threshold, at 3%. What was apparent was National’s biggest problem: The lack of a support partner. If this poll was to fore-show the next election, National would be in … Continue reading National desperately need a conservative support party
Last night, a new Colmar Burton poll came out, and boy, was it big. Labour was up to 48% – the highest it’s been in 15 years – and NZ First slipped to 3% – below the 5% threshold to get back into parliament. However, slightly overlooked by most commentators was the Greens fall from … Continue reading Will the Greens dip in the polls affect the waka jumping bill?
Mark Mitchell has announced that he will run for the National party’s leadership. Now, I wasn’t able to watch his press conference due to school, but I did read the tweets coming through about it. And from what I read, there were a couple of comical moments. Enjoy! Reporter: “Can you sum up your leadership … Continue reading Best of Mark Mitchell’s press conference
NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell has put a members bill in to make English an official language. In Mitchell’s own words: “It’s common sense to officially recognise the language that the vast majority of New Zealanders use on a daily basis,” he said. Yeah… Nah. English is already an official language, even if it isn’t … Continue reading English to become an official language?
Claire Trevett at the Herald writes: Winston Peters has ignored gracious farewells to Bill English, instead launching a withering attack on the departing National leader – and his caucus… Asked if he had any kind words for English, Peters said: “I’ll leave those nice words to you. “I don’t think he wants to know about … Continue reading Winston’s attack on English is just part of the problem
Jo Moir and Tracy Watkins writes: Bill English has announced his resignation as both National Party leader and an MP. He will step down on February 27 and intends to deliver a valedictory speech in Parliament on March 1… He said the decision was a “purely personal” one. The National Party caucus was told about … Continue reading Bill English resigns as National Party leader
As the Greens co-leadership election continues, the pickle they are stuck in becomes more apparent. Currently, there are two confirmed candidates: Marama Davidson and Julie Anne Genter. Both of them represent different perspectives of the Green party. Marama Davidson represents the left wing perspective of the Greens, and the status quo. She’s Metira Turei’s heir. … Continue reading The pickle the Greens are stuck in
In an earlier blog post, I mentioned how important it was for National to show unity at the start of the political year. That hasn’t really happened, unfortunately for the Nats. While, for the moment at least, Bill English’s job appears to remain safe – at least for a year or so – rumours continue … Continue reading How long will Bennett and Joyce last?
Hamish Rutherford at Stuff writes: Out of nowhere, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has made a significant U-turn, reversing what seemed to be a core Labour position. After years of criticising National for a significant growth in Crown debt to more than $60 billion over the last decade, Robertson now seems to think the state of public debt is … Continue reading Grant Robertson’s U-turn on debt