Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams writes about his politician of the year in the HB Today.
After reviewing the impact of Trump and Brexit he concludes:
When we ask if any of these trends and political movements have resonance in New Zealand, the answer is not too clear.
Certainly we used to have a large and reasonably well paid industrial working class which now seems a lot smaller than it used to be.
The jobs that sustained my father and our family simply no longer exist, but others have popped up and looking around our big cities, it’s impossible to spot the kinds of “rust belts” of abandoned factories that blight once industrial power houses like Detroit and many towns in the North of England.
With the TPPA off the table courtesy of Mr Trump, free trade is unlikely to become an issue but immigration might.
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