Tag Archive: Chloe Swarbrick

Give the Greens a deal

The Herald has a very interesting read on the race for Auckland Central, with the two major players being National’s Nikki Kaye and the Green’s Chlöe Swarbrick.

The article opens the (small) possibility of Swarbrick beating Kaye, and it got me thinking – Labour giving the Greens an electorate deal in Auckland Central makes sense.

Swarbrick is, after all, the second most popular politician in NZ (first would have to be Jacinda). For Auckland Central, the Greens + Labour combined also beat National for both party and electorate vote in 2017.

With an electorate seat, the Greens would be safe – something they are far from at the moment. They’re hovering at around 6-8% in the polls, but National’s objective is to destroy the minor parties.

Making sure that the Greens survive is in Labour’s interests – a teal deal will never happen.

I also imagine that because the Greens are hovering so close to that 5% line, there are Labour supporters who will strategically vote for the Greens come election time. With the Greens at least having a decent chance in an electorate, those voters may return to Labour.

The above paragraph is, however, only an educated guess, so take it as that.

Of course, winning Auckland Central is far certain – Kaye defeated Ardern herself in 2011 and 2014, but in both elections Labour + the Greens combined would have beaten Kaye and National. So I’m willing to say that Swarbrick with Labour’s endorsement would oust Kaye.

Do it Labour. It’s a sound strategy.

State sponsored climate change is bad

Radical idea here guys, bear with me. Climate change is bad. Supporting the fossil fuel industry, the main reason why we have climate change is also bad. Because climate change is bad, it would be inconceivable to have a government agency supporting the fossil fuel industry. Right? Right?

Enter the ACC.

The ACC has 1 billion invested in the fossil fuel industry. For the record, that’s 1/40th of its entire investments. Yet the fund only has 778 million invested in Green energy. But in any case, the number of dollars going into the fossil fuel industry should be zero.

The ACC, by law, has to invest ethically, so it’s pretty disappointing to see it invest in the fossil fuel industry – the industry which is literally choking the planet. In my opinion, that’s not an ethical industry.

The good news is that Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick has called ACC out on this issue. The bad news is that Finance Minister Grant Robertson has refused to use the Crown Entities Act to make the ACC divest from fossil fuels.

Jacinda Ardern said that climate change was her generations “nuclear-free moment.” Yet her government won’t even stop paying those responsible for climate change.

Chloe Swarbrick – Meet the Newbies

In episode seven of Meet the Newbies, I talk with Chloe Swarbrick in an 18 minute podcast about her extremely varied background for a 23 year old, why she would want the ministry of Youth, and her advice for young people in general.

COMING UP ON FRIDAY: I talk with Andrew Falloon, about his hopes for trade agreements and regional development

Baby of the house 23 year old Chloe Swarbrick

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