"There's a chance he could be out next leader with a supporting cast...."
"The question for us, is when/if we see something similar here."
Meet Winston Peters our very own Trumpster for the last 20 or so years, but with much better hair. There's a chance he could be our next with a supporting cast of Labour and the Greens, in what would be a very interesting government to watch, but not necessarily to work in or be ruled by. Listen to the UK Labour Party economist Anne Pettifor on RNZ Nine to Noon yesterday praise Trump's causes but tut, tut about his style.
Well done, Rob. That;s the first post of yours that has created debate and dissension among your target audience other than the Chinese names contribution, which was rather unproductive. And I mean that entirely unironically. I am however surprised that the representatives of the various teachers unions have not demanded a retraction and apology, Their demand for your resignation I assume will be dealt with internally.
"They were later shocked - shocked! - when they found out other countries didn't follow suit.
Ah, exhumed from the graveyard of economic thought, the economic zombie fallacy that there has to be reciprocity for the benefits to be realised. And I bet MFAT did not think that reciprocity was required for trade liberalisation to be effective.
Have you changed your calculations, Rob? I recall you on this blog using the number 45% for the proportion of income tax paid by the top 10% income earners.
"And, in this case, there’s evidence emerging that lots of the trials didn’t work."
I think something was announced in the social welfare area recently in which four or five teams or projects were extended and three or four were discontinued because they weren't working or showing value for money.
I'd be careful of criticising working/not working too much. Without the ability to try new things you can develop nothing innovative and without the freedom to fail you become far too cautious. Governments of any stripe - whether led by John Key or or Winston Peters (just kidding, Rob) - need that ability to try new things and learn from them or we don't make any progress.
"“social investment,” partly as a way of cloaking some poor policy choices with the label of some good policy choices."
This is no more Orwellian than renaming the Ministry of Social Welfare the Ministry of Social Development.
Housing stories are also a trap for journalists who don't have their bullshit detectors turned up to the highest setting. The last time there was this level of unrest around housing - when the market rents policy operated in the 90s - there were a couple of pretty significant own goals by journalists covering cases of apparent overcrowding which turned out to be way over hyped by advocacy groups and then swallowed hook line and sinker by gullible journalists or, in the case of the Holmes Show, were too good to be checked. The first was covered in a lengthy article in Metro and the second led to a complaint upheld by the BSA and a Holmes on-air apology, As always, an excellent rule for a journalist is to apply the same standards you might apply to the utterances of a politician to your sources when they come bearing gifts. That applies especially if the gift is a wonderful story. That doesn't mean the basic premise of the housing issue is incorrect but if a story personifies the wider issue perfectly then any qualifying content that doesn't fit has probably been journalistically photoshopped right out of the picture. Families and their needs don't fit into perfect political boxes and life is messy. That shouldn't deter a journalist from doing their job properly and fully reflecting that reality. John Campbell's cartoonish sense of reality has always been his achilles heel.
I think too many people are taking the "research" angle of the Kiwimeter at face value. It surely is a simple promotional device for TVNZ and and any research value is very much a distant secondary priority. I bet the whole special treatment for Maori question is intentionally designed to provoke the reaction it has received. That's marketing not research. False forced choices never appeal in questionnaires of any kind.
"They really look like Young Nats."
Yes, of course, they must have been. Just like the people in the crowded beer hall during the 2014 election chanting Fuck John Key to a PM of Jewish descent at the urging of a German agitator . Agent provocateurs, of course. As, no doubt, was the jackass who wrote the song about abusing Stephie Key.
Glass houses --- stones, etc
There's a real danger that when your political allegiance becomes too large a part of your personal identity your ability to think clearly declines.
Yep, I thought it was Springsteen too. Actual post unintentionally amusing. Rob has to be careful he doesn't become the Obadiah Slope of the Labour Party.