Archives for July 2017 | Josie Pagani



3 polls show Labour at 24% or less

Josie talked to Alison Mau on Radio Live.

Listen here.

And on the same topic she joined Matthew Hooton and Rachel Smaley on Newstalk Zb's The Huddle.

Part 1 is here.
The Huddle 31 July 17 Part 1

And part two is here.
The Huddle 31 July 17 Part 2

Greens leader benefit claim, and private cancer unit

Josie joined RNZ's The Panel with Jim Mora to debate Rotorua importing mud for a festival; a private cancer hospital opens; Metiria Turei was admitted to the bar despite admitting she claimed a welfare benefit she was not entitled to; all things in moderation; change in the NGO sector, drug testing school rugby players and the US army is ordered to stop recruiting trans people.

Listen to the programme here.

Boris Johnson in New Zealand

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited New Zealand this week, and Josie joined Nadine Higgins on Newstalk ZB's Early Edition to preview his visit.

Early Edition 24 July 17

After he's been here for a day, she joined Rachel Smalley and Matthew Hooton to argue Brexit's a mess. Listen to Part 1 here.

The Huddle 25 July 17 Part 1

Part 2, where the Huddle gets onto drug law reform, is here.

The Huddle 25 July 17 Part 2

Poverty and the Maori seats

The Greens's leader says she claimed social welfare benefits she was entitled to and Josie on the Huddle with Rachel Smalley on Newstalk ZB asks, when people have to decide whether to tell a lie or feed the kids or pay the rent, what would you have people in her situation do? The real issue is poverty in New Zealand.

And New Zealand First pledges to get rid of the Maori seats.

Listen to Part 1 here:
The Huddle 18 July 17 Part 1

and Part 2 is here:
The Huddle 18 July 17 Part 2

Green campaign and Dairying


The Green party launched its election campaign and Josie joined TVNZ's Q+A panel to discuss its prospects.

Also this week - dairying in a time when New Zealanders are calling for cleaner rivers.

And the panel looked at women in parliament and this week's hits and misses.

Scandals and the Left

Policy matters. Voters want political leaders to take risks, to set out authentically what we really believe. They want politicians to talk about their priorities and to set out a plan, and be cheerful too. When we play politics as a horse race, when we hold a contest over who can inflict the most embarrassing scandal, we distract our opponent and draw them off message but we also signal that we are more interested in the insider game than the stuff that people really care about. It chips away at trust in the government, but it also chips away at trust in Labour. And as faith in the incumbent crumbles, if the left has failed to make the case for a principled alternative, the only other option becomes a populist wrecking ball.

- Josie in the State of the Left.

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