Danyl offers some relevant reckons.
This pattern of left-wing centrists adopting ‘strategic values’ because ‘that’s what voters want’, and then getting annihilated because of total political ineptitude is becoming a depressingly familiar trend. There’s a cargo-cult mentality to it, I think. ‘Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were centrists’, the reasoning goes, ‘They moved left-wing parties to the right and they won. So to win you need to move to the right.’ So they move to the right and just sit and wait for the voters to fly in. But they never come.
Tony Blair and Bill Clinton were very astute politicians and they figured out at the beginning of their careers, all those decades ago now, that at that moment in history the best way to win was to move their parties to the right. But what if that moment in history has passed on now, and the best way to win is . . . something else? If they were starting their careers would they repeat the same strategy even though it isn’t working? Or would they look for something new?
I think they’d look for something new. And I don’t think it would be movement along the values spectrum. It would look, probably, like the data-driven grass-roots campaigning of Obama. But the closest we have to that in New Zealand is the National Party.
Also one of the nicest people I've ever met.
It was just the genius of Rick.
Verily. I've told some of you about the late 80s news team's flash Nakamichi multi-pattern microphone which Rick re-engineered to run off standard AA batteries rather than the $40-each factory Li-ion ones. A third of the voltage, with no discernable loss of recording quality. Someone nominate the man for an award soon, ok.
Also, any time someone prompts you to play this wonderful track, is a good thing.
Astonishing live too.
And here's some of the reaction to recent NZ Labour positioning, with usual caveats about single polls rather than trends. Seems even racists want to feel confident their interests will be represented competently. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/71308270/national-jumps-to-outright-majority-in-latest-roy-morgan-poll
If you think it is too hard, get out of the way and find someone more interested in trying.
have learned some of the strange rules by watching #nzqt more times than is healthy. :)
perfectly reasonable questions
if a supplementary question has more than one part, the Minister only has to answer one. Which predictably is what he did.
So, no, asking a question like that is not reasonable - it's a wasted opportunity and utterly stupid behaviour that Labour shows no sign of improving on.
It doesn't strike me as entirely untoward to suggest a change of tack.
Amen. They need their heads banged together.
Of course the right of Labour seems right-wing. It is. Broad church, etc.
Little has said Labour will keep trial periods. Clark presided over 9 years of widening the gap between wages and benefit payments.
What policies reside there, if any?
90-day employment trial periods, for instance. Not increasing benefit levels, for another.