Josie Breakfast

Josie was on TVNZ's Breakfast to preview the general election campaign.

Watch here.

Geopolitical turmoil ahead

If the US provokes a confrontation in the South China Sea, would we have to choose between the US and China? Forced to choose sides between our largest trading partner, China, and Five Eyes partners, do any of us know which sides our major parties would take?

The relationship with China is going to get harder anyway. We can't stay on the sidelines over China's treatment of Uighurs for long. The state-sized camp China has created is fast becoming the world's gravest humanitarian scandal. Our Government has ended our extradition treaty with Hong Kong, which was the right thing to do. China's breach of the Hong Kong agreement debases its reputation, and the injury is made worse by China's furious response that Hong Kong is an "internal matter". It isn't. China made an agreement with the UK to leave the former colony intact. Since China now can't be trusted to respect an international agreement that is less than a quarter of a century old, how can it be trusted to honour its solemn commitments to us in our trade pact? We now trade with China only on its terms.

We are confronting unprecedented foreign policy challenges.

Josie's guest column in the New Zealand Herald.

PGF effectiveness and the press gallery

Josie joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss the auditor-general's report on the provincial growth fund and valedictory speeches attacking the parliamentary press gallery.

Has Parliament become distracted from the big issues?

Josie discusses with Jack Tame and Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle.

Policy over pointscoring

After another National MP is forced out, Josie told TVNZ's Breakfast:

This election has to be about ideas, it has to be about policies, it has to be about what the hell we are going to do as New Zealanders in these absolutely unprecedented times. And I think people will just get really frustrated if we keep doing this horse race, blood sport, American-type he-said-she-said, who won in question time - no one cares.

Watch the interview and read the story here.


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