This was a jam packed week of action in NZPOL. There were some budgets tweets, the Greens list, the unfortunate John Banks Waxgate, Labour's unexpected immigration position, random boat people fearmongering, Maori hating asians, voter apathy (particularly the youth vote) and of course the Internet Party-Mana electoral deal. There were also some hilarious hashtags like the #Whydoestheleft and #InternetPartyLeader. There were too many funny tweets there so y'all should just check out the hashtags. My TL was also dominated by #YesAllWomen and I've blogged about that this morning as well.
Narrowing down the top 10 tweets was very hard. It can only be summed up by a tweet from yours truly (but this is not the top 10).
There's too much happening in #nzpol, must be election year. LOUD NOISES.
— La-mia (@LI_politico) May 28, 2014
Here are my 10 favorite tweets from this week:
Key: Its ok to bomb innocent civilians homes, but I will not stand idly by while people hold candles outside mine! #nzpol
— Max Dillon Coyle (@MaxDCoyle) May 26, 2014
RNZ and TVNZ should start looking for fresh political commentators with some new and thoughtful insights to add. Trotter + Boag = TiredI like this tweet a lot because I too am tired of the same people over and over again. I want to see some young people and by that I mean people under 40. I want to see people of colour, I want to see women, I also want to see people with personality instead of the wooden boring humans that dominate the political commentary world.
— Duncan Stuart (@duncan_stuart) May 26, 2014
"John Key and his wife would not be in living in NZ under Labour's proposed immigration policy". Is that a promise? #nzqt #nzpolHa ha ha. But actually many people wouldn't and its not funny. I found Labour's immigration position this weekend
— Damien Service (@DamienService) May 27, 2014
When you hear an interminable/evasive oral answer from @hekiaparata -- you just gotta say #HakunaMatata. #nzqtGosh someone needed to point that out! Most of the time when Minister Parata answers questions, I think to myself - I know these words, these are English words I know the meaning to but together they make zero sense to me.
— Robert Johnson (@deltablues_king) May 28, 2014
Disappointed to see Gower say the MP voting down paid parental leave is irrelevant. Forcing National to veto wld have been powerful #nzpolThis was a very strange event that happened on Wednesday Night NZT. But this point is really well made. National veto will be powerful and it will be powerful if the media highlight it.
— Stephanie Rodgers (@stephanierodgrs) May 28, 2014
Young people less likely to identify w/ political parties or left/right. More interested in cause-focused political action #ValuingOurVote
— ActionStation (@actionstation) May 28, 2014
Nicely ridiculous: privacy waiver required by minister from dead person. #nzqtThis was a bizarre defense by the Minister in Question time. You can see the exchange here.
— Chris Slane (@Slanecartoons) May 27, 2014
But you said governments' couldn't “@NZNationalParty: Bill English: We're on track to create another 172,000 jobs by 2018. #nzbudget”Normally I wouldn't highlight MP's tweets. They have many followers and its not hard for them to get their voices heard. But this tweet really sums up the political doublespeak that exists in today's world. You can either take responsibility and the credit that comes with it or not. You can't have it both ways. Sadly more often than not, politicians do have it both ways.
— Trevor Mallard (@TrevorMallard) May 25, 2014
In releasing their party list, @NZGreens fail to rejuvenate #nzpol http://t.co/J7LIBLhrAFThis was an interesting assessment of the Green's list. In a way very true however, Labour's non-list MP really needs rejuvenation. I think Ross Robertson is the only current electorate MP not coming back to contest his seat. I may blog on this some more next week. There's a lot to say on this.
— Patrick Leyland (@ProgressReport) May 24, 2014
purist politics is a nice ideal but the spirit of the times under MMP is reinvention, risk -taking & experiments #nzpolAnd finally the Internet-Mana deal. Much has been said but this is an interesting perspective!
— Sub Strata (@Sub_Strata) May 27, 2014
10 Rules of Top 10
1. Tweets must be funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis
2. What is funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis is subjective and determined by me.
3. I may provide commentary on the tweet if it particularly strikes my fancy
4. They are not ranked from 1-10
5. Disclosure: I *am* particularly looking to highlight gender and racial minority voices
6. If you want to point me to the direction of a good tweet, please do it!
7. Using the #nzpol/#nzqt/#nzvotes is helpful but not required
8. I hope to get better about this as the weeks progress
9. I am a big fan of correct spelling and grammar (but I know mistakes happen too!)
10. Let's try to use social media for good and raise the level of debate!