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by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 07/08/2019 9pm
The government has announced that it plans to introduce reforms to New Zealand's abortion law reforms. This is an emotive topic, and it's not one I particularly want to write about, but I cannot in all good conscience remain silent on the issue. From the outset, let me make my position clear: I am ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 14/02/2019 9pm
The recent rift in diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the People's Republic of China presents a major challenge to New Zealand – but it also presents a perfect opportunity to question our nation's foreign policy and whether it works in our best interests.
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 15/11/2018 9pm
There are many types of democracies out there, but with its long history and complex unwritten constitution, British democracy is like no other - so I've compiled a short guide so you at home can run your democracy the way the British run theirs! STEP ONE: Give away most of your decision making ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 05/09/2018 1am
Hundreds of people turned up to the Pullman Hotel in Auckland last night to see the legendary Nigel Farage on his first ever visit to New Zealand and despite the best efforts of the tolerant left, attempts to barrage the Farage proved unsuccessful. While there were some initial fears that the event ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 14/02/2018 11pm
The resignation of Bill English as leader of the New Zealand National Party has triggered the first open leadership contest in the party since 2001, when English was elected for his first stint as party leader. The resignation has also resulted in this writer being forced to temporarily suspend his ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 18/12/2017 11pm
2017 has been a deeply disappointing year for those of us on the right-wing or populist end of the political spectrum, with the hard-won victories of 2016 turning to a bitter counter-attack from the establishment in 2017. Though one could be fooled by the sudden rise of Emmanuel Macron and Jacinda ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 21/08/2017 4pm
Once again, the most unpredictable election we've ever had changes shape following the third major resignation in four weeks: this time of United Future's sole MP Peter Dunne. This decision completely alters the electoral landscape: Ohariu, which looked like it was about to become the most ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 10/08/2017 1am
New Zealand politics is full of o ld s tereotypes and mythology, but as we head into the 2017 election Right Minds NZ shines some light on some of the prevalent myths about New Zealand political parties and voters... Myth #1: "New Zealand First is a pensioner's party." Origin: In the late 1980s, ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 31/07/2017 1pm
The following article is one I wrote last year for another publication, which I have decided to republish in light of Labour's recent polling woes: New Zealand Labour Party 1916 - 2016 On behalf of the New Zealand political family, it is my sad duty to announce that the New Zealand Labour Party, ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 12/07/2017 5am
Anyone who has read the recent polls, even badly, knows that the New Zealand Labour Party are on course for a cataclysmic defeat in the September general election. Labour have dropped to 27% in the latest Colmar Brunton poll - on par with their crushing defeat in the 2011 election and barely two ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 03/07/2017 5pm
With just over two months to go before New Zealanders head to the polls, the New Zealand First Party are having a dream run: Labour are in disarray, National's credibility is under attack, and with immigration becoming a central issue in the campaign, the stars seem to be aligning for Winston ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 21/06/2017 5am
Liberal media outlets are gushing over the appointment of Serbia's first gay, woman Prime Minister as President Aleksandar Vučić solidifies his control over the Eastern European nation. Ana Brnabić, a relative unknown who is neither an MP nor a member of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, still ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 11/06/2017 12am
The most important British general election in a generation has resulted in a narrow victory for British unionism, and absolute humiliation for Prime Minister Theresa May. Before we delve into why, let's recap what happened for the benefit of anyone who may have just returned from the Planet Mars, ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 08/06/2017 6pm
We have just hours to go before the great British public deliver their verdict in a contest between two, quite frankly, unthinkably awful options. At time of writing polls have just opened in the second most important British election of the last 50 years, the most important of course being last ...
by Alex Eastwood-Williams · 06/06/2017 2am
Originally this article was going to be about the upcoming British general election, but thanks to recent events, we are going to have to talk about terrorism. Again. Like most people, I'm struggling to come to terms with the latest Islamist terrorist attack to hit the UK, the second in the space ...

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