The Labour-led coalition may have to generate a second wave of Jacindamania if it is to win another term in the Beehive.
Re-election is not an impossible dream, despite the failure of Labour to deliver what many of those who voted for it in 2017 expected.
Retiring Green MP Gareth Hughes summed it up when he told reporters the government had not delivered “transformation”.
The pace of change, he reckons, has not matched what he sees as the problems facing the country.
“Across my 10 years here, things have actually got worse. Emissions have increased, homelessness is growing. I don’t think the government has been transformational. There’s been pockets of transformation, but I don’t think historians are going to look back and say ‘This was a turning point on the scale of the 1930s or 1980s’. And I think that’s desperately needed. It’s a disappointment that we aren’t seeing the change I think we need”. Continue reading “A frustrated champion of transformation will retire – now let’s wait for Peters to declare his intentions”
With a general election due in less than a year, party strategists are already perusing poll results intently, testing political trends and working on how to frame the shape of the campaign itself.
This could be especially difficult for those in the Labour camp. The problem is the long list of policies unfufilled, stacked up along the promise of the 2017 slogan: “Let’s Do This”.
Voters’ memories are short, but not so short that they won’t recall Labour was going to solve the housing “crisis” with KiwiBuild, eliminate child poverty, make the tax system fairer with a capital gains tax, repair the “broken” welfare system, and “fix” the health sector after “nine years of neglect”.
As well, there was the commitment to invest in public transport rather than new highways.
And just as 2019 began, Jacinda Ardern in her role as Prime Minister promised it would be the “Year of Delivery” Continue reading “Labour said “let’s do this” in 2017, the “year of delivery” was 2019 – and next year voters might consider a fresh approach”
Fresh calls for PM Jacinda Ardern to sack Transport Minister Phil Twyford have followed accusations the minister has misled Parliament.
Twyford is on record in Parliament as saying no one from the previous NZ Transport Agency Board asked to stay on before all were axed in September. Now he has conceded at least one board member did so.
National’s Chris Bishop says misleading Parliament is yet another nail in the very badly damaged coffin that has Phil Twyford’s name on it.
“He has repeatedly stood by his claim that all five NZTA board members walked willingly out the door. It wasn’t until media backed him into a corner that he admitted some were shown the exit”.
On TV news shows, Twyford is labelled a laughing stock, as they list his failures with KiwiBuild and the Auckland light rail project, two key Labour policies in its 2017 election programme. Continue reading “Phil’s failure to fix things prompts further calls for his firing – but there’s an electoral case for Nats to hope he stays”
The latest political poll from Newshub Reid Research appeared to show a huge swing from its previous sampling in June, with a 9.2% fall in support for Labour (from 50.8% to 41.6%) and a 6.5% surge in support for National (from 37.4% to 43.9%).
Back in June, Labour was enjoying a post-Budget surge. Subsequently in July, Colmar Brunton polling rated National at 45% and Labour 43%.
So this swing in Reid Research’s work could be seen as a correction—-except the overall trend is as worrying for the coalition as the slump in the Prime Minister’s rating from 49% to 38%.
This is also reflected in UMR’s polling for Labour which has shown her popularity declining for five consecutive months. Continue reading “Voters (focussed on the govt’s performance at home) are not dazzled by Jacinda’s stardom on the global stage”
“Ardern in running for Nobel Peace Prize”, the headline in the NZ Herald’s Monday edition proclaimed.
We learn from the text of the accompanying comment piece by the Professor of Law at Waikato University, Alexander Gillespie, that the PM, Jacinda Ardern, is rated as second favourite, but a bit behind the front-runner, young climate change activist Greta Thunburg.
Gillespie says that although Ardern does not command the same global media coverage as Thunburg, the depth of her response to the Christchurch massacre on March 15 has made her in the eyes of many the best candidate for the award.
“The sincerity, empathy and compassion she displayed towards the families and their Muslim was unique in an age when tolerance, respect and reconciliation are rare”. Continue reading “Our PM is up there with Greta Thunburg in the running for this year’s Peace Prize”
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the meeting between the Prime Minister and the US President in New York this morning is a diplomatic coup.
“Securing a 25-minute long meeting with the US President during the UN Leaders Week is an achievement in its own right given the pressure on the President’s scheduleAll the more remarkable was the level of attendance on the American side. The President was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the newly appointed National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.What is clear is a very positive discussion was held on a range of international issues and areas of shared interest, including on advancing our bilateral trade interests.
“In the world of diplomacy, this level of engagement is gold. The President’s meeting also followed a meeting with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the Prime Minister’s representation of NZ on climate change, and the Christchurch Call.The so called mega-Monday has been a very good day for delivery of NZ interests on the world stage”. Continue reading “PM’s triumph on the world stage takes the spotlight off shabby stuff at home (at least, for now)”
The Cabinet will meet today without Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She has arrived in New York to join other world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly – and to meet with some of them.
A meeting with Donald Trump will be among the highlights. Trade is likely to be top of the agenda. She will meet with Britain’s Boris Johnson, too.
Back on the home front, Winston Peters will chair today’s Cabinet meeting.
We can only conjecture on how many other meetings will be conducted around the country during the day, but in the US – according to an item on the Freakonomics website – 55 million meetings a day are held.
Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict. Continue reading “The science of meetings: the experts find most of them tyrannise our offices and are woefully unproductive”