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History is a harsh mistress

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The mugs & amateurs known as Bill English’s successor

Leadership elections in National are simple. You need half of caucus plus one to vote for you to win. This is a scenario you can plan for many, many years in advance, even if you do not know the exact timing for the leadership election. Timing does not matter much, campaigning over a long period of time does.

Before the first caucus meeting of the year there was chatter that Bill may be rolled. This quickly turned to Bill would not be rolled and no one was challenging him . . .

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Is the neoliberal agenda still alive and well in NZ?

At the time that the fourth Labour government introduced the neo-liberal agenda in 1984 there was a genuine sense that something needed to change. After nine years of the most socialist government New Zealand had experienced in recent times under the Muldoon administration something had to be done.

But has New Zealand ever had fully neo-liberal economy? With the continued subsidisation of some corporate industries such as the aluminium smelter, the oil & gas industry, and the dairy industry through the crown irrigation fund I don’t think so. Roger Douglas wrote his book ‘Unfinished business’ discussing these issues . . .

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Can Fizza get his bubble back?

Turnbull’s honeymoon had the longevity of a celebrity Vegas wedding. The Coalition’s poll bounce became a swan dive. Media darling “Malcolm” turned into “Fizza” - and the albatross became a ticking bomb. Turnbull’s enemies - both in and outside the party - gleefully counted the Newspolls. By the end of 2017, Turnbull had racked up 25 negatives . . .

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Chris Trotter: Getting to the mountaintop

THE DAMAGE INFLICTED on the Green Party by Metiria Turei’s death-or-glory charge against the MSD was not, funnily enough, inevitable. Had her story not been so vulnerable to media scrutiny and had Andrew Little not propelled Jacinda into the Labour leadership, then Metiria might have carried the Greens to an historic result. But, it was and he did, and so the Greens were very lucky to survive the 2017 General Election in one piece – let alone as participants in government.

The question facing the party now is: what lessons should be drawn from the near-death-experience . . .

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Review: The Guardian’s “The Alternatives” podcast

The Guardian has started a great new podcast trying to explain what the alternatives to the current economic system is. The first episode is fantastic and suggests a direction that the left in NZ could pursue . . .

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Dirty Politics – Episode 14 – Bill English: Will he survive?

In this episode, Simon Lusk and I discuss the future for Bill English, who is coming after him, who lacks support and what will caucus do to replace him.  

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Paul Bailey: Thank you Judith and Simon

Last week we had visit from Simon Bridges, who was in Hawke’s Bay on a fact finding mission. To find out what were the concerns of the business community locally. What amuses me is that nothing has really changed in the last 100 days, apart from a new government of course, so why has it taken a trip to the opposition benches for Bridges to come out and find out what people's concerns are? Did he not know this after nine years in government? Wasn’t he listening then . . .

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Simon Lusk: What will replace neoliberalism?

Over the past several years I have asked a number of thoughtful people what they think is going to replace neoliberalism. Many left wing thinkers blame neoliberalism for all societies ills. Rather than engage them on how they are so dismissive of a system that has made humankind far, far better off, I ask them “what will replace neoliberalism . . .

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Chris Trotter: How will neoliberalism be replaced?

Earlier this week, Cameron Slater mounted a sterling defence of the free-market capitalist system which has transformed the world over the course of the past 200 years – the system to which its left-wing opponents have, more recently, attached the moniker of “Neoliberalism”. Cam’s praise for capitalism’s power and effectiveness was unstinting, and yet, not so fulsome in its unalloyed admiration as Karl Marx’s . . .

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