Something of a follow up to the first episode, in the third we spill out all our gripe riddled hot-takes of this years general election. We also have a go at anti-intellectualism, media scaremongering, and the sad flicker that is New Zealand’s alt-right. And in a slight change, the Pacific Roundup has become a regular feature of each episode.
Opening track is Northern Suburbs by Last Quokka, from the Northern Suburbs/Econovan single.
I’ve decided to pull a Bryce Edwards and collate some of the worthwhile analysis and interesting tidbits that piled up over the election season, that either held up well or provides a decent insight into the debates that happened over its course. For a start there were many bad takes on TOP, but Gordon Campbell produced an exception with his Gareth Morgan, In His Own Words. Campbell also wrote the best summation of the incoherent firestorm that downed Greens leader, -on the Turei finale.
Speaking of the which, a debate within the ISO over whether to support the Greens or Labour fairly succinctly covered most of the ground tread by the wider socialist left on the issue. In a series of articles covering policy, reformism, class composition, and simple realpolitik; arguments were made to and fro with Brian Roper on the side of the Greens, opposed to Dougal McNeill and Martin Gregory with Labour. The IBT argued directly against the ISO line in the pages of 1917, and called for a spoiled ballot. On Ardern’s ascension to the Labour leadership and resulting wave of enthusiasm, the ISO’s Martin Gregory offered an optimistic view while Redline’s Daphne Whitmore offered (in my eyes deserved) raw cynicism. I would also suggest Redline’s wider series on Ardern, the Jacinda Files.
In more general terms perhaps the best overview of the left came from Auckland socialist Branko Marcetic in the pages of Jacobin, New Zealand’s Paper Left. Of the many voting guides that cropped up throughout the election, perhaps the most detailed came from the Public Service Association. Interestingly the Internet Party (or its shattered remnants) scored higher than the Labour Party, seemingly not many listened to this advice as the party came dead last with 464 (preliminary) votes. Though not directly election related, a fascinating series of interviews with the five living ex-prime ministers of previous governments appeared first in podcast, then in book form, under the title The 9th Floor. I highly recommend The Whole Sorry Lot by Joe Nunweek on the overall series. Of all the small independent campaigns in various electorates, of highest note was Gayaal Iddamalgoda‘s run for Wellington Central under the banner of the Migrant & Refugee Rights Campaign. Hilariously beating the ACT candidate by 20 votes, the MARRC campaign was to some extent driven by Fightback and had the formal backing of the Wellington ISO.
Finally, The Civilian gave us the funniest shit of the election with the occult goings on of Morrinsville farmers. Looks like Ben came through for us again.