Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coalitions start after the elections, not before...




Writer Peter Wilson doesn't know squat. Coalitions begin AFTER the election, not before. It doesn't help the Nats all. They will continue to talk the crap they have talked for the last six years. The Nats will be unlikely to put a coalition together; the GG will then ask the opposition to put a coalition together. Labour and the Greens will commence talking when the election results are known

Monday, April 7, 2014

Living dead capitalism...



But it is what many want...

It's Capitalism.
It’s Capitalism. (Photo credit:eyewashdesign: A. Golden)
The American socialist, G.S. Evans, calls this “Living Dead Capitalism” – a capitalism no longer capable of addressing contemporary human obligations but which, by super-efficiently funnelling the fruits of its own automatising ingenuity upwards to the dwindling number of real persons directing investment flows, continuously concentrates the “surplus value” of its non-humanworkforce in fewer and fewer human hands.
Chris Trotter

Is this indicative of where NZ is heading?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Latest Roy Morgan poll - the left wins

The latest Roy Morgan poll: National 43 per cent (down 2.5), Labour 32 (up 0.5), Green 13 per cent (down 1), NZ First 5.5 (up 2), Conservative Party 2.5 (up 1), Maori Party 1.5 (down 0.5), Act 0.5 (no change), United Future 0.5 (unchanged), Mana 0.5 (up 0.5), Internet 0.5 (up 0.5).

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Labour/ Greens regain lead over National for the first time since January - Mana and Internet parties discuss alliance...


Labour/ Greens (45%) regain lead over National (43%) for first time since January while Mana Party & Internet Party discuss alliance
April 03 2014 Finding No. 5519 Topic: Federal Poll Public Opinion
This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile telephone, with a NZ wide cross-section of 877 electors from March 17-30, 2014. Of all electors surveyed 5.5% (up 1.5%) didn’t name a party.
Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a potential Labour/Greens alliance (45%, down 0.5%) now ahead of National (43%, down 2.5%) for the first time since January. Support for Key’s Coalition partners is little changed with the Maori Party 1.5% (down 0.5%), ACT NZ (0.5%, unchanged) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

Support for the Labour Party has risen slightly to 32% (up 0.5%), the Greens have fallen to 13% (down 1%), New Zealand First 5.5% (up 2%), Mana Party 0.5% (up 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 2.5% (up 1%) and Internet Party (0.5%, up 0.5%) while support for Others is 0.5% (down 0.5%).

If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows that minor party support would decide the new Government.

The latest NZ Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is at 133pts (down 2.5pts) with 61% (unchanged) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 28% (up 2.5%) that say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction’.

Gary Morgan says:

“Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a potential Labour/ Greens alliance (45%, down 0.5%) now ahead of National (43%, down 2.5%) – their biggest lead since January. It appears the scandal around Justice Minister Judith Collins is continuing to dent support for National – now down 5.5% over the past month.

“However, today’s Roy Morgan New Zealand Poll also shows a clear split in support between the major parties which means minor parties are likely to play a big role in determining who forms Government in September. This could well include the new Internet Party which launched its election campaign last week.

“The much discussed Internet Party, founded by entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has already had discussions with Hone Harawira’s Mana Party about combining their party lists in an attempt to get extra MPs into Parliament. In addition, Internet Party leader Dotcom has also claimed to have convinced a sitting MP to join his fledgling party which is not yet officially registered.”

Electors were asked: “If a New Zealand Election were held today which party would receive your party vote?” This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile telephone, with a NZ wide cross-section of 877 electors from March 17-30, 2014. Of all electors surveyed 5.5% (up 1.5%) didn’t name a party.

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Roy Morgan New Zealand Election 2014 Interactive Charts

Today Roy Morgan New Zealand introduces our interactive New Zealand Election charts. These interactive charts allow a deeper look at voting patterns in New Zealand over varying timeframes and provide election observers with the ability to pinpoint key turning points for the political parties.

In future weeks we will be adding key demographic variables to the charts including Age, Gender and Regional breakdowns to show which way key demographics are voting and which demographics each party needs to target to maximise their vote at this year’s New Zealand Election – called for September 20, 2014. View interactive New Zealand Election charts here.

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