Election is coming up close. It's already August in New Zealand today! I feel this way too :(
Was really looking forward to the Election Year. Now disillusioned.
— Andrew Robertson (@Unimatrix_0) July 31, 2014
"Stop measuring stuff." Mike Sabin's witty interjection to @metiria's questions about growing extreme child poverty #nzqt
— Holly Walker (@hollyrwalker) July 31, 2014
No but seriously though... has National announced any policy at all?
Labour announces employment policy, is overshadowed on Twitter by Nats wearing silly ties. #nzpol
— Mathew Grocott (@mathewgrocott) July 30, 2014
Jamie Whyte. Dislikes: corporate welfare. Likes: a free ride into Parliament from the National Party.
— Philip Matthews (@secondzeit) July 29, 2014
THIS. But then again, what promises has he kept?
Anyone remember John Key’s promise to close the wage gap with Australia ? Well, the gap has risen by $70 to over $190 a week #nzpol #nzvotes
— Robert Johnson (@deltablues_king) July 31, 2014
Hmmm... interesting thought..not sure where I stand on that. But superannuation policy is an area ripe for public debate!
Why do we still have a “married rate” of superannuation? Pple should be treated as individuals. Why penalise love? #basicincome #NZQT
— Deirdre Kent (@deirdrekent) July 31, 2014
There's been some talk of "electoral deals" because of Colin Craig but not nearly as there was last time with the Epsom Cup of Tea incident. I think there should be a concerted campaign by the left to elect Paul Goldsmith for no other reason than - it would be funny. Also it would give ACT to get itself together and see if they can be a proper libertarian party in the future sometime.
For every Epsom voter you persuade to vote for Goldsmith I will give you 1 free back rub *conditions apply. #hipstersforgoldsmith #nzpol
— Philip Nannestad (@philipsophy) July 31, 2014
I think this has been the new normal pretty much since before the 2011 election. Remember that Labour did not make it to 30% in 2011 under Phil Goff. I wasn't really that vested in the Labour leadership contest (I definitely did not want Shane Jones though) but I was hoping that DC or Grant Robertson would do a better job this year. Maybe Labour supporters think that this is a trend towards a more favourable poll showing. I don't know. There are a lot more parties on the left and so I don't see Labour really going back to 2002 and 2005 numbers in the near future. Nor do I see them being able to run a stable government on current numbers. Something has got to give!
That Labour supporters are excited about a poll that has Labour still in opposition shows what the new normal is under Cunliffe. #nzpol
— Patrick Leyland (@ProgressReport) July 31, 2014
Rich white man calls for Race Relations Commissioner to resign. Quelle surprise. #equality #racism @JamieWhyteACT #nzpol
— juliegunn (@radioARW) July 31, 2014
Look at this tweet. Look at it! "Removing racial discrimination" against who? White people? When people don't educate themselves on history and how policies are developed and why they are developed we get ignorant comments like this. This kind of attitude is what's worrying.
Amazing that someone proposing to remove racial discrimination in law is attacked as "divisive". Whaaa? #nzpol
— Mister Spinner (@kiwibrotha) July 30, 2014