Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Progress: Center Left Government, Helen’s Big Call

Progress: Center Left Government & Helen’s Big Call

With 52% of the vote counted Prime Minister Helen Clark now has a wafer thin majority with the assistance of the Greens and Jim Anderton’s Progressive Coalition.

Labour is presently holding 52 seats, Jim Anderton two and the Greens 8. On past polling trends the Labour and Green totals are likely to hold towards the end of the count and possibly climb as the bigger booths report their results.

Between them the parties of the left now have 62 seats which gives them the ability to reappoint Jonathan Hunt (no. 2 Labour List candidate) as speaker and still hold a majority in the house with 61 votes.

Clark’s big call following this result is whether to go with the Greens, whom she has been rather rude to of late, calling them pathetic and luddites, or the almost completely unknown United Future team.

United Future’s Peter Dunne, presently holding nine seats, speaking on TV tonight, has said he is not expecting a call from the Prime Minister tonight but may expect discussions to begin tomorrow. He says he is planning on spending the rest of the evening celebrating.

Meanwhile in Coromandel Jeanette Fitzsimons has conceded her Coromandel seat but has appeared on TV in a fairly triumphant fashion looking as if Green Party involvement in Helen Clark’s next government is a certainty.

As this report is posted Laila Harre has conceded defeat in the Waitakere electorate, heralding the end of a Parliamentary presence for the Alliance party.

(continuing…)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news