I’m a bit late blogging on this, but one of the interesting things from the Newshub poll on Monday was that Judith Collins registered on the preferred PM stakes – at 3.7%. She was very low compared to everyone else, however – Ardern was at 41%, Bridges at 9%, and Peters at 4.6%. Already, this … Continue reading Judith Collins – National’s Ardern?
I came across this tweet on twitter the other day: For those who don’t know, wahine means woman in Maori. Imagine if the roles were flipped in this tweet. Imagine the outrage of someone saying that women could not have an intelligent discussion. Imagine the outrage of someone saying that women just had shouty egos. … Continue reading Men can face sexism
Newshub released a poll today, and it was same old, same old. National was up 0.6% to 45.1, Labour was up 0.3% to 42.6%, the Greens were down 0.3% to 5.7%, and NZ First was down 1.2% to 2.4% This poll follows a trend we’ve been seeing throughout the year. National narrowly ahead of Labour, NZ … Continue reading The Newshub poll
Ireland, traditionally one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, has voted to legalise abortion in a landslide vote, 68% to 32%. Given that Ireland is a predominantly catholic country, this a big win for pro-choice candidates. This also speaks volumes about what might happen when NZ looks to changing abortion laws. PM Jacinda Ardern has … Continue reading What could Irish abortion law reform mean for NZ?
Transport and Housing Minister Phil Twyford has offered his resignation after it was revealed that he had been on a phone call when a plane was taking off. PM Jacinda Ardern rejected his offer of resignation. Although my inner cynic tells me that his offer of resignation was just a chance to look good and … Continue reading Twyford doesn’t need to resign
National deputy leader Paula Bennet walked out of the house during Question Time today, in protest of Speaker Trevor Mallard’s rules. Mallard has a system where if one side of the house interjects too much, supplementary questions are taken off them. After a rowdy round of questioning which saw multiple supplementary questions taken off National, … Continue reading Speaker’s rules fair
National has taken the tough on crime approach to law and order, and are calling on NZ First to do the same. And I think this shows just what an advantage National has when you have a three party government like this. Being in opposition, National has no chance of passing tough on crime bills, … Continue reading National’s wedge
Voluntary euthanasia has made its way back into the headlines this week, so I figured that this would be a good time to discuss my views on the subject. Basically, voluntary euthanasia would allow patients who were terminally ill to request physician-assisted suicide. And my thoughts are kinda jumbled. On one hand, being terminally ill … Continue reading My thoughts on voluntary euthanasia
After some deliberating, the government has ruled out expanding Waikeria prison into National’s proposed “mega prison” which would have around 2500 beds, corrections minister Kelvin Davis has confirmed. However, that is all they have ruled out for the moment. So, while there won’t be 2500 beds in the prison, the question of whether the prison … Continue reading Mega prison ruled out
Today, the results came in for the Palmerston North City Council referendum on whether to establish a Māori ward, and with 68% voting no, the results were overwhelmingly against. And, I think that just about does it for any councils ever voting in favour of Māori wards. While there are the Māori seats that Māori … Continue reading No chance of Maori wards