Its the economy stupid
A poll being conducted on the
Massey Birdwood Settlers website asks the question - Its
Election Year - what will you base your vote on?
the respondents to date 80% would base their vote on the
economy and 20% on issues like health and
The Massey Birdwood Settlers Association is
a resident and ratepayer group, formed in 1925 and covers
Massey West and East and Massey North in Auckland.
resident and ratepayer groups boundaries are predominately
covered by the new Upper Harbour electorate although parts
of the ratepayer groups boundary will also cover Te Atatu
Those wishing to take part in the online
poll can do so by visiting http:// asseybirdwoodsettlers.org. The poll
will remain open until the end of the
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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>>