Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    National will cricise them regardless. The difference is that without a formal alliance, it is National which gets to frame what a Labour-Green government will do, rather than them getting a chance to frame it themselves.

    Did you call for a formal campaign coalition before today?. Given the view that it's apparently an absolute no-brainer, I'm trying to find someone who has actually been saying so all along. Still looking.

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Weird how this has existed in Australian politics for over 90 years, with Tony Abbot spending precisely zero time on this kind of doomsday scenario.

    Your URL’s missing, but I assume you mean the Liberal-National coalition, which was formed after the 1922 general election. After. It's not the same thing.

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I’d like both Key and Cunliffe to decide what they think about Winston Peters this week, if you don’t mind.

    I fear you will be disappointed on both counts.

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    No – and I’d suggest you learn something from history where Labour and the Alliance very publicly buried the hatchet elsewhere than in each other’s backs.

    Sure. And you don't see Labour and the Greens attacking each other this year either. But Labour and the Alliance didn't campaign together in 1999 and didn't enter a formal agreement until after the votes had been cast.

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Sacha,

    Danyl says Labour’s position seems like a big risk given what polls tell us.

    That's an interesting point about the polling at the time of the NZ Power announcement, but it's worth bearing in mind that it was followed not long after by polls so bad that Labour changed its leader.

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  • Hard News: Jim looks back at the big…,

    A couple of updates. The Oscar movies Jim missed in the first oen:

    And his rave review (surprising even himself) of The Raid 2:

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Is it possible that Labour has this right? Isn’t the point of MMP that you have multiple parties each closely representing a percentage of the population.
    THEN
    After the election you build a coalition.

    Yes, usually. And like I said, that's what everyone was doing just last week. I know it's equally traditional to heap scorn on Labour for whatever, but I'm frankly not seeing it here.

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    No Right Turn takes the opposite view -- that the absence of a Labour-Green campaign coalition will give National more scope for mischief, because National will be able to define the relationship itself. This seems counter-intuitive to me -- surely National would be more likely to make hay out of the fact of a formal coalition?

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Ianmac,

    I wonder if Guyon will declare a war between National and ACT since (wait for it!) John Key has not declared that he will have a cup of tea with their new leader! Dark days ahead for ACT then.

    Good point.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Will do. Good luck.

    Thanks for your understanding.

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