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message 1: by Alex (last edited Oct 20, 2017 07:48PM) (new)

Alex (asato)
Who is Jacinda Ardern?

* Involved in left-wing politics since her teens - including spending time in the UK as policy adviser to Tony Blair
* First entered parliament in 2008, at the age of 28
* Took over the Labour leadership on 31 July
* Made tackling inequality, affordable housing and student debt a key part of her election campaign
* Has been outspoken on feminism and mental health
* Brought up a Mormon - but left the faith over its opposition to same-sex marriage
Strange bedfellows? Labour and NZ First? Does NZ First hold the real power?
Her likely Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is known to hold a real dislike for the Green Party, on which the government will depend to get its policies through.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-...


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Nik Krasno | 13804 comments Maybe there is a beginning of a tendency to vote for younger politicians. NZ, earlier - Macron, also now this Austrian 31 years old dude to become a head of state..


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Ian Miller | 9782 comments So many questions; so few answers 🙂. The major reason she got there, in my opinion, is that Labour was doing so badly that just after the election campaign started, the party or Andrew Little decided it had to find another leader than Andrew Little, or they would be extinguished, so Jacinda took over. She campaigned reasonably well, but her policy ideas were somewhat undeveloped, and she got away with that because she really did not have time to properly formulate them. She had another advantage in that the incumbent government had been in for a long time, and John Key was really a "do nothing" Prime Minister. English took over from him when Key retired, but did not really have enough time to do much, especially since Key had left with all sorts of promises of tax reductions next year if re-elected.

Housing is a major sore in Auckland - they have let immigrants pour in at about three times the rate that housing is being built, so Jacinda had fertile ground there. Jacinda also spent a lot of time campaigning of University campuses to get the student vote.

As for Peters and the Greens, there are already signs of potential conflict. Key, with a wave of his hand and no real thought, had promised a huge marine sanctuary around the Kermadecs, and the fishing industry got really upset about this, so they made significant donations to NZ First. Now, Peters apparently made cancelling this Kermadec marine reserve a requirement for his support, and the Greens, for which this was their major achievement to date in goading Key into this promise, only found out about it after all the announcements were made, so yes, there will be conflict there. It will be interesting to se enow this plays out. From the Greens point of view, they get a lot of their votes from people who might otherwise vote Labour, so if they torpedo the government, they might be out of parliament altogether next election, so they may have some dead rats to swallow.


message 4: by Alex (last edited Oct 21, 2017 10:15PM) (new)

Alex (asato) Nik wrote: "Maybe there is a beginning of a tendency to vote for younger politicians. NZ, earlier - Macron, also now this Austrian 31 years old dude to become a head of state.."

You have your fingers on the pulse of the world:

World has 12 leaders under the age of 40
A WAVE of young new leaders are taking over the world — from New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, to the 31-year-old changing the face of Europe.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/l...


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Ian Miller | 9782 comments As an amendment to my previous post, this evening the Greens were on TV claiming the Kermadec marine sanctuary is not dead. Sparks ahead?


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Ian Miller | 9782 comments Nik wrote: "Maybe there is a beginning of a tendency to vote for younger politicians. NZ, earlier - Macron, also now this Austrian 31 years old dude to become a head of state.."

I don't think that was relevant. Actually, Jacinda got slightly less than the normal vote for Labour. The choice was made by Peters, based on the fact that Labour's policies were closer to his party's. Personally, I think it is good that the choice was made by the number of voters who voted for the largest intersection set of policies.


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