Bulletins and Reports

Bulletin 28/6/2017

Summary:

Bill English continues to fail to put the Todd Barclay scandal away – the police is reopening their investigation into the case, so there’s still more to come – Labour continues to tell us all about it, and the Greens and New Zealand First join in, too.  The Greens are back to talking about their policies, on water pricing, te reo education, and government inaction on climate change.  New Zealand First also has a policy to expand te reo education.  National’s Nikki Kaye announces the addition of computing skills into the core curriculum – it seems like a major political win to me, but Kaye’s promoting it all on her own with no apparent help from National’s propaganda machine.  United Future has a new webpage outlining their policies, including on mental health, immigration, civics education, and paid parental leave.

 

Echo Chamber National:

On computing education:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On transport:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

On housing:

 

On education:

 

On tax cuts:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On Todd Barclay:

 

On water extraction:

 

On te reo education:

 

On climate change:

 

On transport:

 

Jane Goodall visits:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

On te reo education:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

On Matt McCarten:

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

Let’s have fewer food safety laws:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Policies:

 

Bulletin 27/6/2017

Summary:

Not much politicking today.  The Twitter feeds are dominated by Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup victory, but none of the parties attempt to politicise it.

 

Echo Chamber National:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On Todd Barclay:

 

On the Earthquake Commission:

 

On the typhoid outbreak:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On mental health:

 

On climate change:

 

On medical cannabis:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

Bulletin 26/6/2017

Summary:

National’s conference is over, and their election propaganda machine starts releasing campaign videos – they seem to be running on good vibes instead of policy.  The Todd Barclay scandal continues because Bill English keeps making enigmatic comments to fuel speculation – if he wants this to go away, he could hardly be doing a worst job at it.  New Zealand First had a major campaign event, if you want to read Winston’s speech on their policies.

 

Echo Chamber National:

Campaign ad, all vibes, no policy:

 

Yeah, but what do you plan to do?:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On Todd Barclay:

 

On National’s tax cuts:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On climate change:

 

On transport:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Campaigning:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

Bulletin 25/6/2017

Summary:

National round out their conference with Bill English giving a speech that is big on past accomplishments, thin on current issues and future policies – that appears to be their strategy this election, running on status quo instead of having a vision.  Labour and Greens are still finding headlines on Todd Barclay to retweet, partly because Bill English keeps shifting his story for some inexplicable reason.  Winston Peters is out campaigning, and actually talk about New Zealand First’s policies.

 

Echo Chamber National:

Conferencing:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On Todd Barclay:

 

On water royalties:

 

On National’s conference:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On Todd Barclay:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Campaigning:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

More tax cuts:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

Bulletin 24/6/2017

Summary:

National is having their party conference – a lot of photos but they don’t tweet about policy and what they intend to do if reelected – to see the policies you have to squint at the Powerpoint screens on the projector in the photos, and even then it’s mostly self-congratulations for past metrics.  Labour continues to talk about the Todd Barclay scandal.

 

Echo Chamber National:

Conferencing:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On Maori and reform:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

On Hone Harawira:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On the dairy industry:

 

On conservation:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

Nothing significant.

 

Bulletin 23/6/2017

Summary:

National and ACT keep talking about Matt McCarten’s mismanagement of his Campaign for Change, making counterfactual attempts to connect it to Labour leadership and unions, despite the facts being that McCarten left Labour before the scandal took place, and that unions refused to give McCarten money for his project.  Labour continues to talk about the Todd Barclay scandal, and Bill English’s actions in covering it up.

Labour pledges to invest in rail in Christchurch.  The Greens pledge to repeal fees on residential solar panels.

 

Echo Chamber National:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change:

 

(!) Is this a loaded question designed to implant a certain presupposed conclusion into the readers’ minds, while also obfuscating important facts such as the disassociation of Matt McCarten from Labour before the alleged immigration fraud took place?:

 

(!) The linked article quotes one union leader who specifically says that their union wasn’t involved.  The whole point of the scandal is that Campaign for Change didn’t get any union money or official Labour support, and that’s why things went bad:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On transport:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

On superannuation:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On renewables:

 

On transport:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

(!) McCarten was not part of Labour when it happened:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change:

 

Bulletin 22/6/2017

Summary:

Todd Barclay resigns, Labour and New Zealand First do their best to make sure the scandal sullies Bill English as well.  In return, National latches onto allegations of a poorly run campaign using foreign students, run by former Labour staff member Matt McCarten – details are scant and yet to be confirmed at this stage, but that doesn’t stop National, ACT and United Future from telling you all about it.

As for actual policy issues, Labour talks about mental health in Christchurch, while the Greens question the rising costs of Auckland’s East West Link motorway.

Things are downhill when scandals drown out policy.

 

Echo Chamber National:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change:

 

Echo Chamber Labour:

On housing:

 

On mental health:

 

On multinational tax avoidance:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

On transport:

 

On health funding:

 

Echo Chamber Green:

On economy numbers:

 

On Todd Barclay:

 

On plastic bags:

 

On transport:

 

On tertiary education:

 

Echo Chamber New Zealand First:

On Todd Barclay:

 

Echo Chamber Maori Party:

Nothing significant.

 

Echo Chamber ACT:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change:

 

Echo Chamber United Future:

On Matt McCarten’s Campaign for Change: