Archives for September 2017 | Josie Pagani



Final Election Predictions

Josie joined Grant Walker and NBR's expert panel to discuss the highs and lows of the 2017 general election campaign.

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State of the Left

"To understand Labour’s stunning turnabout in fortunes we should study closely the trilogy of messages UK Labour ran in 1997: the future not the past, leadership not drift, and the many not the few.

In New Zealand today, the government is asking for support on the basis of its management in office. Its strategy focuses on the past, while the fresh, charismatic 37-year-old Labour leader looks like the future. The government is drifting, unable to outline a vision for the country while Labour has campaigned on the slogan ‘Let’s Do This’, harnessing a sense of purpose and momentum.

And where, not long ago, Labour was aligned in voters’ minds with sectional interests (identity politics, welfare beneficiaries over workers, the ‘university common room’ over the ‘smoko room’) it has now put the Government on the side of the few.

Josie on The State of the Left.

More election coverage

Josie was on Newstalk ZB's The Cauldron.

In Part 1, the Panel debated teacher pay, the TV leaders' debate, the release of details of Winston Peters' superannuation made public - and Labour wins the billboard war.
The Cauldron 4 Sep 17 Part 1

In part 2 National's claims of an $11 billion hole in Labour's economic plans are wrong, the government backs off statements that some people don't have human rights, and Josie says National's success over the last nine years have not been driven by being the nasty party.
The Cauldron 4 Sep 17 Part 2

In part 3, a new poll shows Labour in front, and small parties being squeezed out as working class votes return to Labour, and Josie says the government is in trouble because it has failed to look like the future.
The Cauldron 4 Sep 17 Part 3

In the final part, voting will begin on 10 September, and early voting favours Labour, Tax policy: Labour's working party on tax, and the TV debates.
The Cauldron 4 Sep 17 Part 4

Health, education and election 17

On TVNZ's Q+A Josie discussed the debates between the major parties on health and education, and the election campaign that is seeing a change of government look realistic.

Josie QandA_2017-Sep-03

Labour ahead in poll

Labour polled ahead of National for the first time in a decade, as the party leaders confronted each other for the first time in a tv debate.

On RNZ's Morning Report Josie argued Jacinda Ardern succeeded at her strategy of talking about her values, but it wasn't clear what Bill English's strategy was.

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