“Voodoo economics” is among Seymour’s objections to public holiday – Waititi’s grouches are rooted in a sovereignty challenge

Have all members of Parliament taken the day off, on this  Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day?

We ask because there were some objections to the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day Bill, when all stages were passed under urgency into law last Tuesday.

The legislation created a one-off public holiday to mark the end of the 70-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The holiday is taking place today, the day of New Zealand’s State memorial service for the Queen.

When a party vote was called for on the question that urgency be accorded the Bill, Labour (64 votes); National (33); the Green Party (10) and Gaurav Sharma voted in favour.

ACT (10) and Te Paati Māori (2) voted against. Continue reading ““Voodoo economics” is among Seymour’s objections to public holiday – Waititi’s grouches are rooted in a sovereignty challenge”

Pitching for poll support becomes puzzling when a populist politician (does that describe Peters?) opposes a public holiday

Buzz from the Beehive

It sounded like a double dose of news of the sort that is apt to lift a Prime Minister’s popularity in political opinion polls and boost support for her party.

One goodie was a public holiday, the other the relaxing of Covid constraints.

This certainly looked like a vote-winner to the political pundits at Point of Order.

But the populist Winston Peters, leader of New Zealand First, has pounced on  what he presumably perceives to be an opportunity to pick up support by expressing opposition to the public holiday.

The other big statement of the day was that the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system, was to be removed from 11.59pm last night, Monday 12 September. Continue reading “Pitching for poll support becomes puzzling when a populist politician (does that describe Peters?) opposes a public holiday”