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by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 05/11/2017 8pm
The new government is facing what the New Zealand Herald have described as its "first international crisis", after European Union ambassador Bernard Savage condemned the government's plans to reopen trade negotiations with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Quoth the article, At a briefing on Tuesday in Wellington, Savage said any moves made towards thawing ...
Jacinda Ardern Communist
by Tim Levchenko-Scott · 29/10/2017 7pm
With Jacinda Ardern duly sworn in as Prime Minister, what can we expect to see over the next 3 or more years? In a nutshell: more government, more taxes, and more centralised control. You won’t be surprised to hear any of that, but we can also expect more poverty. “No. Surely not,” you point out. “Jacinda has taken on a child poverty role herself, hasn’t ...
by Dieuwe de Boer · 27/10/2017 10am
For nearly a month after the election, this country did not have a government. There were continuous stories about how Winston Peters was keeping everyone waiting and that he should just hurry up. There were any number of coalition options possible, but since a "Grand Coalition" and a "Blue Green" alliance were already ruled out before the election, Winston ...
by Dieuwe de Boer · 26/10/2017 9am
Just over a month ago, on the 22nd of September, Facebook suspended the Make New Zealand Great Again page for "hate speech". There is of course, no real way to appeal such a decision and no way to get in touch with a real person at Facebook who can do something about it. Two days later, there was another notification: the page had been completely deleted ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 01/10/2017 5pm
A few weeks ago I created a graph of almost every political party in New Zealand history, to show how most of them were formed by merging with other ones and that political parties are almost always formed by coalescing with other parties, rather than as new movements on their own: Parties highlighted in pink are parties that were not formed as a result of ...
ACT New Zealand needs to hit the reset button big time and it will be much easier to do that in opposition.  They need to get back to their roots and be loud and proud as the Libertarian/Classical Liberal voice of New Zealand.
by Tim Levchenko-Scott · 26/09/2017 4pm
ACT will not be part of any coalition government this term. Good. ACT New Zealand needs to hit the reset button big time and it will be much easier to do that in opposition. They need to get back to their roots and be loud and proud as the Libertarian/Classical Liberal voice of New Zealand. Their values are supposedly that individuals are the rightful ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 26/09/2017 11am
The 2017 election result has seen Winston Peters and New Zealand First become the "kingmaker" - however, preliminary information on voter demographics suggests that the people who put NZ First into Parliament in 2017 are not the same people who put them there in 2011 and 2014. Although the full results of the 2017 election will not be known until around ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 22/09/2017 7pm
It's considered by many to be the most unpredictable election in a generation, but Right Minds NZ's Alex Eastwood-Williams attempts to predict the unpredictable election. This has been probably the rockiest and most unpredictable election campaign in my lifetime, with wide discrepancies between polls, a raft of resignations and a campaign in which no one ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 13/09/2017 7am
When I look at politics in the 21st century, I'm reminded of one of my all-time favourite quotes by Ronald Reagan: " You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. " Although it's a line from a speech he gave in 1964 , it's remarkably prescient and relevant to ...
by Dieuwe de Boer · 12/09/2017 9pm
Tim Wilms from The Unshackled is in New Zealand to observe our election first-hand, and his report on the Labour Party is spot on. Jacinda has focused on two issues: more taxes and abortion on demand. Post-birth abortion for the elderly is also on the table. Issues regarding the economy, tax and spending tend to dominate most national election campaigns. ...

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