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Thanks Nick for a good run down of what is facing us. Trying to be optimistic is a tad tricky. Looking briefly at just a few of the list of policies, no cause evictions, prescription charges etc while landlords getting back thousands in interest deductibility kind of makes the we’re in it for everyone a little hard to stomach. Fair pay agreements out, 90 day no cause trials in and if you’re a skilked migrant worker, no median wage barrier now. We can pay you peanuts. Allowing mining back, even in natural reserves, degulating farming and housing subdivision practices, live animal exports return while the Minister for Climate change isnt even in cabinet so that sets a signal of its importance, doesn’t it? Arrrrgh
A great korero Nick! Foreign affairs and Racing, no surprises there! Brown to fix all the pot holes "yeah right!" I believe is an appropriate response, Sanford to rewrite education curriculum by the end of the year 😅🤣😂, Reti, health....hmm doctor death methinks. And Seymour to have his fingers in as many pies as possible....what could possibly go wrong?
An observation re triumvirate government, in 2017 the Greens were barred by a vindictive Peter's, which was a tragic outcome, however the statesman qualities of Green top team would blow Peter's and Seymour out of the water every day if the week.
As you imply this new government is a triumph of ignorance, greed, and failed policies over best practice. In short a dog's breakfast
Oh I love that ... if Luxon is the answer, then what (the hell) was the question.
A great piece Nick.
The issue we face is this:
National/Act are much better funded and their supporters are generally more vocal and also have the money.
On the other hand, Labour/Greens/TPM have traditionally been not so well funded, and their supporters are less vocal.
We need to spend the next three years being organised and vocal. And we need to donate to the parties we support. And L/G/TPM need to develop and promote clear, consistent, positive policies.
Reading the agreements I was struck by a couple of things:
i) Each party appears to have included things in "their" agreement that were announced National policy anyway. Presumably now happy to take credit, but makes National look weak.
ii) So many of the changes are to address *perceived* problems (Free Speech in Universities, Māori Wards and many others) and so little on actual problems in Climate, Environment, Housing and Health.
Absolutely right on every count. Thank you for this. Luxon was particularly graceless this morning ..'the mess the last government left us'. Seymour's taking a risk, letting Peters go first. Who knows how long this will last.
Think we’ll be protesting at some time soon. There are always policies we will disagree with. The left lost. That’s life BUT policies reversing and restricting human rights and access to full education, employment, housing and health are not to be ignored. I will fight for those. 🌺
I couln't bear looking at those three men smirking in front of the cameras. I turned the tv off without finding out what their policies are, and who wll be which minister. I guess I will catch up.!
BRILLIANT 🤗. If Luxon is the answer then you’re right “what the hell was the question”. If you end up with two deputy PMs it shows a level of indecisive weakness that I fear the “leadership “ of this country is just some easy troublesome trade off. Seymour is just a weasel but Winston bring shame on the Maori of NZ. Just a bunch of self-indulgent nest featherers. May god help us cause we’re going to need it
Thanks for this Nick. A measured response from you. Maybe that right-winger will subscribe after all.
The announcement happened to coincide with a break from my bus driving. I'd love a psychologist to analyse the speeches from the three leaders. Christopher, short and stable with few details. Winston, sarcastic, and aggressive. And David - he went on and on and on...I actually yelled at him to "shut the f**k up!" I think Christopher will have felt that David stole a lot of the thunder of the detail.
I'd love this strong and stable government to make life better for ALL (as Christopher claims he's there for everyone), but I believe that is unlikely to happen.
I'm ecstatic that the foreign buyers tax is gone, but I'm concerned what measures will be taken to replace that lost revenue.
Let's keep them all to account!
Very wily of Winston to cover the first half of the role on the off-chance they don't last the full term.
I've just been out into the world and I saw no crime so that's fixed already but, the wind, on the other hand is the same as ever.
I was surprised by some of the good things Muldoon did....that ain't gonna happen this time round, is my gut feeling, just looking at the photo of the grinning/grimacing disparate triumvirate made me feel queasy.....methinks we are in for a very bumpy ride....oh yeah he's not a Trump but a Key copycat, you're right Nick... just another puppet-muppet appearing out of nowhere...but then Jacinda came out of nowhere...in sum, then: whenever I try to be prepared, as you so wisely advised, to be surprised....then I take another glance at Seymour's smarmy smile and my gut drops another mile....
My most optimistic thought right now is that the machinery of government and due process will at least slow them down or stop the worst of their policies.
I have just finished reading the 2 coalition agreements, I feel unwell and need a lie down, may this 3 headed beast euthnaise itself before they wreck the fabric of NZ.
Nick, tell the RWNJ to sod off.