Buzz from the Beehive
Uh, oh. Earlier this afternoon there was nothing doing in the Beehive. Or rather, there was nothing doing that they wanted to tell us about.
We therefore drew a blank when we checked the Beehive website to find what our servants are up to.
Nor (when we checked with Scoop) could we find anything new from the Nats or the Greens, although the Nats since then have posted a statement on the rising expense of hiring government consultants.
ACT was given a free kick, in effect, and scored with three statements.
First, ACT’s Firearms Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee was braying that relentless pressure from her party has resulted in the Government making much-needed changes to firearms licensing. Continue reading “ACT beats Hipkins to the draw in announcing changes to our gun licensing laws” →
Nominations for Labour and National for the Hamilton West byelection close tomorrow and – while the rest of New Zealand was slumbering, politically, over Labour weekend – hopeful new members of Parliament were busy sounding out their prospects to win their party’s nomination.
National will be breathing a sigh of relief that this time round there is more diversity in the lineup than for Tauranga.
If someone tries to tell you there won’t be much interest because of Labour’s majority of over 6000 at the last election, don’t believe it. As many as seven people may be putting their names in the ring for National, while Labour seems to have lower interest to run in the byelection forced by the resignation of Gaurav Sharma after his expulsion from the Labour Party.
Adding spice to the political speculation is a rumour that Jacinda Ardern may cast her role aside and escape back into the big smoke of Auckland. This has been given legs by no less an authority than Dr Bryce Edwards (see here ) although the NZ Herald ‘s redoubtable political editor Clare Trevett has dismissed it. Continue reading “Hamilton West – a raft of issues will be aired during the byelection Ardern did not want” →
DR BRYCE EDWARDS, director of the Democracy Project, looks at the political climate in Hamilton West as the political parties prepare to campaign for support in a by-election. He writes:
Get ready for a hard-fought and intense by-election in Hamilton West, triggered by the resignation from Parliament of former Labour MP Gaurav Sharma. Both Labour and National are going to throw everything at winning this by-election. Complicating matters, there will be a number of minor parties and fringe elements – Sharma included – that might have a big impact on the result.
At this stage, the outcome is entirely unpredictable, with both Labour and National having good reasons for desperately needing to win it, and with some good reasons to expect success. But it’s likely to be a very close race, and a number of vital factors could determine which way victory goes.
The National Party is the frontrunner
National is surely seen as the frontrunner in the by-election, due to the party’s hold over the seat in 4 out of 5 preceding elections, together with the fact that the Labour Government is currently in the doldrums.
As always, Opposition parties seek to turn by-elections into referendums on the current performance of the incumbents – and at present there is a lot about the Labour Government for the public to be dissatisfied about. This was evidenced by last week’s local government elections, which have also been described as a referendum on the current government. Continue reading “Bryce Edwards puts a spotlight on Hamilton West: Here comes an unpredictable and intense by-election” →