Morning reads

There is a lot going on in politics at the moment. We have an election to digest, a new Cabinet will be announced today, a new Labour leader will be selected tomorrow. Despite this, there seems to be a bit of a vacuum when it comes to quality political commentary.

Here’s a quick round-up of some quality pieces that caught my eye today…

Election #11 – Notings (Graeme Edgeler, Public Address)

Graeme looks at the special votes and pulls some interesting facts out of the election result.

We won’t get the full details for a couple of months (split vote analysis which show various oddities, like the 1039 voters at the last election who party voted National in Helensville but wouldn’t vote for John Key personally, or the 262 Epsom voters who wanted ACT, but not Rodney Hide) but there are some things to note.

Yep – there’s your problem: your party’s full of hysterical simpletons (Danyl McLauchlan, Dim Post)

Danyl is the master of New Zealand political satire, and it’s often very difficult to tell it from his factual posts. Here is his reflecting on the Herald’s pieces on the weekend on the Labour leadership…

The stakes here are pretty low. Cunliffe will probably be an adequate leader. Shearer might not turn out so well, but might also be an exceptional leader. So that’s a risk the party needs to assess in light of its recent loss, not a Manichean battle of good against evil.

Dear Labour Caucus (Keith Ng, Public Address)

A day out from the leadership vote, Keith has written an open letter to the Labour caucus to look beyond their own personal interests, and any jobs that have been promised to them.

And this is the punchline, dear Labour Caucus. If Labour is led by someone who has been tirelessly campaigning for himself at the expense of the party – if its frontbench is stacked with people who earned their positions purely as payment for someone else’s political ambitions, in order to advance their own political ambitions – you can’t expect it to be a party of talent, you can’t expect it to be a party of values or integrity, and you can’t expect anyone to believe in it.


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