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Is the proposal to fix the "intergenerational unfairness" of superannuation actually a Trojan horse?
Labour’s proposal to raise the superannuation eligibility age to 67 is being met by an almost deafening media chorus calling for National to agree – see: Duncan Garner’s Pressure for John Key to raise retirement age.
- With the Green Party’s annual conference this weekend – coming off their incredibly successful 2011 election campaign – there’s some very interesting analysis about the Greens today. The competition between Labour and the Greens is analysed by Colin James who says thinks the Greens have the advantage, for now at least – see: Greens, Labour jostle for position. Yesterday’s Dominion Post editorial agrees – see: Greens eating Labour's lunch. John Moore has an analysis of whether the Greens are now "moving to the left" – see: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me’ – How the Green Party aims to woo back left voters. On the same topic, I’ve blogged a version of a journal article co-written with Niki Lomax that has just been accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Politics: ‘For a richer New Zealand’: Environmentalism and the Green Party in the 2011 New Zealand General Election.
- Chris Trotter makes an emotional plea for the nationalization of the Christchurch Cathedral – see: As the cathedral fares, so fares Chch itself.
- Graeme Edgler has an interesting proposal that our MPs should be allowed (and encouraged) to regularly undertake part-time work in other jobs – see: Shirking their responsibilities?.
- With the plug about to be pulled on TVNZ7 the campaign to save it is louder than ever. Duncan Graham acknowledges that TVNZ7 wasn’t perfect but says New Zealand will be much poorer without a commercial free channel – see: Whose airwaves are they anyway?. The campaign to save the channel is misconceived according to Steven Cowan, especially as it allows Labour to posture as the defender of public service television – see: Letting Labour off the hook.
- National, Labour and even the Greens are skewered by Toby Manhire over the WWF’s damning report on New Zealand’s environmental record over the past 20 years – see: 100% Pure New Zealand. Ha, ha, ha.
- The Timaru Herald says Stop this silliness to Judith Collins, Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little after another farcical episode – see: Mallard gets served, snaps and tweets.\
- Rod Oram looks at the contrast between the Auckland Council’s long-term growth plan for Auckland and Bill English’s zero Budget – see: A tale of two budgets.
- The media has an obsession with turning elections into a two horse presidential style contest according to political scientist Jack Vowles. He argues that this ignores the MMP reality that an election can be very close even though the gap between the two main parties is wide – see: Reesh Lyon’s Media Blamed For Low Election Turnout. Mark Blackham disagrees – see: Election turnout not media fault.
- Morgan Godfery reviews The best and worst Maori MPs for May.
- Willie Jackson says At least Louis Crimp is honest, claiming Crimp’s views are not that far from the more carefully worded utterances of Michael Laws, Paul Holmes , Don Brash and John Banks.
- Kim Dotcom seems to be growing on New Zealanders according to the Southland Times editorial, despite the latest attempts by US law enforcement to smear him by claiming there were some child porn files among the 800 transfers per second on the megaupload servers – see: The pirate king?.
- The struggle over reproductive rights in New Zealand has never been properly written up, but Alison McCulloch has a book coming out on the recent history of this very contentious area of sexual politics – see: Return of the DIY Abortion.
- Finally, left-wing economist Brian Easton has penned a lengthy and very thoughtful take on the evolution of the political left in recent decades entitled Rogernomics and the Left. He concludes with a warning to the left – that its failure to take ideology and economics seriously, could result in the next Labour Government essentially being a repeat of the Fourth Labour Government: ‘The danger remains that there may be a repeat of Muldoon’s legacy in which a future government of the left has to introduce major radical modernisation to resolve its predecessor’s failures to respond to change, while handicapped by the limitations that these failures cause. Will the incoming government be as bereft of analysis and vision as the left was after Muldoon? Last time the consequence was Rogernomics’.