We are going to campaign harder
We are going to campaign
“It was great news to learn that John Key says I
am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is
an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime
Minister, John Key is just one voter. I am not going to stop
my old fashioned door-knocking campaign until I have put my
case to every voter.
“I have been pleased to learn that
the Prime Minister is impressed with my campaign and that is
one of the reasons he is endorsing my candidacy.
intend to demonstrate to all Epsom voters that I will be a
hard-working representative of Epsom by continuing to raise
local issues that most candidates ignore but are important
to voters such as school zoning changes without proper
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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>>