Now that the police’s new Armed Response Teams are being used for “lower risk” events and not just “critical or high risk incidents” and the government’s top justice advisor has stated police have probably made their minds up already on their ‘trial’, the arming of police has become a political hot potato government ministers can’t dodge
The biggest sustainability question to be answered by Sustainable New Zealand may be about the survival of the party itself. Can it strike a chord when the Greens have already moved to the right? Or could there be a deal beckoning in North Shore?
There appears to be a whole lot of bother and proposed solutions for regulating social media use by politicians without anyone truly working out whether the consequences of regulation outweigh what actually can be achieved. Do we really want to put voter engagement at risk?
All year - before and after the Christchurch mosque murders - Police Commissioner Mike Bush insisted he had no plans to routinely arm police officers. So why, this week, has he just put routinely armed teams on the streets to police a third of all New Zealanders?
New Zealand Labour has the distinction of being a first, second and third way party. Sometimes all at once! But did it fully implement a third way platform? Maybe not. Maybe it is time to look again at what the third way, with its focus on civil society/community, has to offer. .
Phil Goff has been in court and on the ropes over his false claims to have banned two alt right speakers from Council venues last year, but now John Tamihere has gone and shot himself in the foot. Again
Jacinda Ardern is getting the benefit of the doubt over claims of sexual assault by a Labour Party staffer, just as the Czars did in olden-days Russia. But facts will out and so far her actions have hardly screamed leadership
In honour of David Beatson and after the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s report into our spies’ work in Afghanistan, I’m re-surfacing some of Beatson’s posts from 2008 and 2009 asking questions about how our soldiers handled detainees
Today Labour admitted it had failed to implement the policy that, more than any other, defined and popularised the party over the past seven years. Even then, there’s little in the reset to suggest it can fix the housing crisis
Labour is obsessed with not being seen as a ‘tax and spend’ party, but its economic caution means social issues are dominating its agenda and it risks falling into another trap with the election little more than a year away
In the minds of most social democratic politicians, the Third Way is yesterday’s news. But it hasn’t been that easy to come up with an alternative vision of progress. Maybe what Giddens had to say might yet be a good starting point – if only to disagree
Conscience and consultation are good paths through the mire of emotional and controversial policies such as euthanasia. But referendums are key to ensuring voters are heard
The End of Life bill has been read a second time and is now heading for the House for further debate. Personally, I support the proposal. I don't ever expect to take advantage of the Bill's provisions myself, but as I see this is it my life – inasmuch as it is possible, how I end it should be my decision and mine alone.
In part three, after the new right revolution of the 1980s, social democratic parties such as Labour were searching their souls. Then came new ideas and new 'third way' leaders such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, with answers to the identity crisis
First way – the state, Keynesian demand management, the working class as the base of support. Second way – free-market, reduce the scope of the state and cut taxes, relative indifference to social justice. Third Way – well that's the question.
Our Court of Appeal thinks that China's criminal justice system is so unsafe that it simply cannot try cases fairly - and our government ministers can't really trust China's promises that it will do better.
You don't have to believe the conspiracy theories to see that Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf is in serious trouble. A new inquiry will have to uncover something yet unknown to excuse the three strikes he committed last week
While delving into the details of how Simon Bridges got hold of Budget 2019 details can bring out partisan nastiness and seem like nothing compared to the lives of real people, process matters and it‘s good someone is keeping watch
In part two, the development of New Times thinking in reaction to urgent changes in the late 20th century, as those on the left struggled to respond to social upheaval, globalisation and the rise of a new politics dominated by the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Roger Douglas