Election: it was the most electionish election ever. Every day of 2017 so far has been about the election - the campaign started when John Key tossed a wild cat among the fat and lazy keruru of the National Party, so there was no let-up, even over the usually slow holiday season. From there it went from cray to stratospheric cray.
Most of us who have been involved in politics sat on many days with our mouths open and wondered how we would have responded to the bombshells.
1. Coalition. The election was about choosing the future or the past. Winston went with the future.
In some ways, this is the most MMP government NZ has had in the 21 years of MMP. Many of us dreamed of having a parliamentary system where parties who didn't agree on many things could find commonality in order for the best outcome for New Zealand. This has finally happened.
3. Inequality: the defining election issue in all its expressions in society.
4. Fees-free: a personal fave given I have two sons in the middle of enrolling for their first tertiary study next year. It will change their and their friends’ lives. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I didn't interact with the show, and sometimes didn't even get to watch it, but it was fine show by all concerned. Always came away enlightened and often uplifted by the analysis, chat, journalism and co-operative spirit that was clear to see.
Congratulations to you all: you done good.
Well wrote Russell.
But this was a topic Turei opened as a political act and it’s on her that there is more to it than she told us at first. If you’re going to confess, even for the purpose of opening an important debate, you’d best not be selective about the messy bits.
That's it. It's a dog's breakfast and a crying shame that it has been handled so badly. I understand and empathise with opening up the conversation, however the way has been done will inflict massive damage on the Green Party's prospects in this election.
What an awful mess.
Lorde does give me ASMR. And so does a whole lot of my favourite music.
ASMR: I get that. never knew other people did.
Off to the internets...
This is the neolib ideology written in ashes and bones.
If you demand that government step out of the way of business and you insist that, if there is a market then the product is good, then this is where we end up.
The nanny state exists because things like this happened in the past and the only thing that stopped them then was the intervention of socialist governments. We know from history that businesses and unrestrained markets will be abused and people, usually poor people, will die.
Well put Russell. I'm in a deep sadness for all of those people and the terrible tragedy. That general area was my manor for the years I lived in London, and good friends still live in council houses around there.
The Fire Service cuts under Prime Minister May's reign at the Home Office were deep and savage, with much more planned under "austerity".
The London firies had no way of reaching the top of that building from the outside.
Appalling, all of it.
You know the drill Ian: if it’s on TV news or in the Herald website it’s front-page in the Press. Nothing is important unless a power-greater-than-Christchurch deems it so.
This city hums with wonderful and/or nationally-significant stories. I find them every day without even looking, and I suspect the Press journos do too, but their readership-deaf Fairfax news controllers in Wellington turn them down as they wouldn’t have a clue and don’t care what this city’s readers want to read.