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Seven weeks is a very long time in NZ politics

September 18, 2017 - 16:50 -- Admin

Seven weeks ago the New Zealand election looked to be a cruise for the incumbent National-led government. Then Jacinda Ardern took over as leader of the main opposition Labour Party and turned it into a tight race. Ardern’s strong personal appeal is similar to that of Justin Trudeau in Canada and Emmanuel Macron in France, and taps a milder version of the unease that buoyed Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in Britain.

Dance of the elephants

September 18, 2017 - 16:06 -- Admin

What do you know about the federal government’s media package, passed last week by the Senate?

Probably: that the votes of the Nick Xenophon Team’s senators and the amendments of their leader were crucial to the bill’s passing.

Probably: that the “whole media industry” supported this “reform,” which promised to bring analogue-era laws into the digital age.

Slogan versus slogan as America’s healthcare battle continues

September 18, 2017 - 14:47 -- Admin

Last week saw the extremes of opinion about healthcare on display in Washington. Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy released yet another bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and senator Bernie Sanders (formally an Independent but aligned with the Democrats) simultaneously released his Medicare-for-all plan.

In the long shadow of the Labor split

September 18, 2017 - 14:20 -- Admin

The most extraordinary claim in this book appears not in the text but on the dust jacket, where reference is made to Brian Burke and a group of fellow Labor “idealists” reinventing the Western Australian branch of the Labor Party. Burke has been called many things, by friend and foe alike, but “idealist” is — to put it charitably — a stretch.

The stamina of Angela Merkel

September 12, 2017 - 15:11 -- Admin

Less than two weeks before Germany’s elections on 24 September, the headlines are dominated by Irma rather than Angela. And the hurricane in the Caribbean isn’t the only event that interested Germans this past weekend more than the question of who will win the elections: Bayern Munich’s loss against lowly Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga was one topic; the Rolling Stones’ gig in front of 82,000 fans in Hamburg was another.

Careful what you wish for

September 12, 2017 - 11:37 -- Admin

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’t be scientific; although the sample size will be massive (perhaps around ten million), the sampling error will be large and the result won’t be weighted.

The general’s goose

September 11, 2017 - 16:50 -- Admin

His admirers saw him as a charismatic leader with a dazzling smile, a commoner following an ancient tradition of warrior service on behalf of an indigenous people who feared marginalisation at the hands of ungrateful immigrants. One tourist pleaded with him to stage a coup in her backyard; in private parties around the capital, Suva, infatuated women whispered “Coup me baby” in his presence.

War stories

September 10, 2017 - 08:22 -- Admin

Just six weeks after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki triggered the end of the second world war, Australian newspaper reporter Lorraine Stumm was in a small party of journalists taken by airplane over the destroyed Japanese cities. Like other Western journalists in Japan, Stumm had written of her pleasure at seeing signs of the Allies’ supremacy and of Japanese weakness and inferiority, and she was keen to witness the processes of war.