Q+A This Week:
SUNDAY 4 MAY AT 9.00AM
ON TV ONE
National MP Maurice
Williamson is quizzed by Susan
Wood - how close is his relationship
withDonghua Liu? Is it a case of looking
after rich donors?
Will he have competition in his
Pakuranga seat? Deputy Political Editor Michael
Parkin speaks to ACT leader Jamie
Whyte and Conservative Leader Colin
Labour Leader David
Cunliffe on compulsory Kiwisaver - will it make any
difference? And can he sell his party’s new monetary
Plus, ACT MP John Banks on legal
highs and animal testing.
The panel this week: Dr
Raymond Miller, Mike Williams,
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>