Contrasting starts

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Both Labour and National need a good 2019. Both parties struggled during 2018, for different reasons. Labour, in government, suffered one too many scandals that they would have liked. Meanwhile, Simon Bridges’s National leadership was being questioned less than six months into his tenure, and that’s not even mentioning the Jami-Lee Ross saga. And as … Continue reading Contrasting starts

Who could go to cabinet?

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As the political year kicks off, Jacinda Ardern has delayed an anticipated cabinet reshuffle, which now looks to have been postponed to after May. One of the biggest problems for Ardern is the lack of gender diversity in her cabinet. In a cabinet of 20, just six are women, and that goes against Labour’s line … Continue reading Who could go to cabinet?

No repeal of Three Strikes

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Labour’s proposed reform of the controversial three strikes law has fallen through, with their coalition partner NZ First saying that they would not support the repeal.  This is what happens when you have a three-way government like this one, and it shows the different sides that NZ First and Labour have taken on law and … Continue reading No repeal of Three Strikes

Bidois wins Northcote

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The Northcote by-election has been won, and National has held the seat, with their candidate Dan Bidois winning. Congrats Dan and condolences Shanan. Labour did move their share of the vote up from 2017 from 34 to 44%, but the kicker for them is that National’s share of the vote barely fell at all – their’s … Continue reading Bidois wins Northcote

Halbert vs Glenfield Mall

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Labour’s Northcote candidate Shanan Halbert got into a spat with Glenfield Mall in Northcote a week back.  Labour was told that both parties were not allowed to campaign in the mall, however, the following day National’s candidate Dan Bidois posted pictures on social media of him campaigning there. Halbert went to Glenfield to try and … Continue reading Halbert vs Glenfield Mall

The Newshub poll

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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

Mega prison ruled out

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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

Robertson expects surplus

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Finance minister Grant Robertson has announced that the upcoming budget on May 17th will see a surplus.  This is a very big win for Labour. Often, their biggest problem, and National’s biggest asset, is that there is a belief Labour cannot be trusted with the economy. However, this looks like it has come at their … Continue reading Robertson expects surplus