Posts by Nick Russell

  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Ah, you are right about Helen Clark in 1998. I should have checked. But still - just about every new PM right back to Lange (maybe not Jim Bolger) seems to be a generational change and a breath of fresh air, until they aren't any more and become just another politician. The odds of the current PM avoiding that career trajectory seem pretty low to me. Who was it who said that all political careers end in failure?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day,

    I wonder if people are getting just a mite carried away about this. It's not unprecedented for new Governments and PMs to be feted at Waitangi. If memory serves, John Key also got a very warm reception when he was first elected. As did Helen Clark 9 years before that. Maybe we should reserve judgement for a couple of years. I will be far more impressed if the PM gets the same sort of reception in, say, 2020.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…,

    Hmm. I'm not sure this is a positive development at all and I worry that it might be set up to fail just like Winston's retirement savings referendum back in the 90s. A lot of people seem to regard referendums as an imposition or even an insult. They certainly do not provoke rational political debates. Ask John Key. It wouldn't take much for this to backfire and put the cause of drug law reform back by years.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campaign 2017: Buy a…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    When you're seeing someone who might actually be leading a government in two week getting away with vague waffle about major policy being determined by working groups long after the election?

    How is she getting away with it? Every news outlet I can think of has reported that Labour is doing this. Labour has decided that they will plough ahead regardless and that's fair enough. People can vote for them, or not. It seems on the whole voters are less troubled by this than the media or the Government think they ought to be. Labour won't appreciate the comparison, but there are shades of Trump's tax returns here. He decided to thumb his nose at political convention and was successful. Labour is doing the same thing. That isn't the fault of the people reporting the election campaign.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Where are all the polls at?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah, there is an enduring myth that polls in NZ are inaccurate but very little evidence. Sooner or later someone will trot out the cellphone line which is a complete red herring as far as I can see. And the discussions around margins of error are always depressing.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A thundering clash of, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Yeah, I still don't get why Metiria has been hung out to dry over this but Bill English gets a free pass.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Labour must be fuming. Right now, this looks like the greatest act of Green sabotage on Labour since the Seeds of Distrust fiasco in 2002. Just when National was pondering how on earth they were going to attack Jacinda Ardern without looking like bullies, Metiria has given them a nice big stick and invited them to go for it.

    Go read Kiwiblog if you don't believe me. They think Christmas just arrived.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Yeah. One reason the Government has become so utterly tone deaf and arrogant (cf Alfred Ngaro and Nicky Wagner) is because the Opposition is letting them get away with it. It wasn't always like this. Ask Aaron Gilmore.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Now if only Labour could stop throwing themselves under the bus

    Not bloody likely. They'll find a way of letting National off the hook, one way or another.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to simon g,

    Nope. Looks like he is going to try to tough it out.

    Pass the popcorn...

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 102 posts Report Reply

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