“It’s official – 2050 is the point of no return for climate change,” according to Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn. Professor Flynn was speaking at an open lecture on climate change as part of the Alliance Party conference in Christchurch yesterday. Professor Flynn, who has been researching climate change for an upcoming book, painted a bleak picture. We need to get to zero emissions as soon as possible to avoid sea level rises as high as 12 metres by 2100, dwindling water resources, and an ever-increasing amount of non arable land. Continue reading
Matt McCarten’s appointment as Chief of Staff to David Cunliffe has created quite a stir. Much has been made of his Alliance Party heritage. Pundits and politicians alike are fretting about his ‘far left’ credentials.
Taunts of ‘Loony Left’ are already coming through social media and from the lips of the odd right wing politician, who should know better.
Presumably, by far/loony left they mean the Alliance Party. Yet most of those people have probably never talked to anyone in the Alliance Party, never read our press releases, never visited our website or social media pages. Perhaps they’re afraid of what they might discover? Continue reading
Do we want the stability of our society to be dependent on the random generosity of a few mega-rich? This was the question posed in a letter to the editor in this week’s Otago Daily Times. It is an excellent question.
The Alliance Party would like to see it as the defining question in the 2014 election. Rather than the squabbling to date about such trivial things as which politician lives in the flashest house, and whether they should live there. That’s not important in the big picture. Continue reading
Pay rates should primarily be determined by demand and supply – not by legislation, so says prominent blogger David Farrar. This is why he objects to the Employment Court ruling that aged care workers are entitled to equal pay.
It is a point of view that does not sit well with the Alliance Party. Our commitment to the common good means that we believe that everyone is entitled to a liveable income no matter what. In any case for aged care workers, and many other occupations, the supply and demand ship has long since sailed. Continue reading
If anyone still wonders why so many people can’t be bothered to vote, the last few days has probably answered provided the answer. The debate amongst senior politicians over an MP’s dress sense was banal and rude, and from a woman’s perspective, just plain embarrassing. Some of the comments were so mean they would have had teenage girls called immediately to the Principal’s Office.
However it did highlight another issue, the misconception amongst the political right that activist groups and political parties concerned with fighting poverty and inequality, such as the Greens and the Alliance, demand austerity – that we believe that no one should have any fun or treats or own nice things. Continue reading
The relationship between poverty and low educational achievement is complex. Education is a basic human right, and everyone should have access to good schools and tertiary training. But it is an oversimplification to say that the way out of poverty is education. People are poor because they don’t have enough money. The quickest and easiest way out of poverty is to make sure people have enough money to live on. Continue reading
Once again we are in an election year. The calls to vote out the National government are coming thick and fast. And the Alliance Party endorses them wholeheartedly. The trouble is the calls are coming from people who have never voted for National and have no intention of ever doing so. In a sense, they don’t count.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the only people who can vote out the National government are the people who voted them in. So any campaign for a change of government needs also be a campaign to change the minds of at least some of the people who voted for John Key and the National Party in the last two elections. Continue reading