Tag: Brexit

Britain braces for a May election, in June, and the prediction industry roars back to life

Theresa 'I’m not going to be calling a snap election' May has called a snap election. And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn must be crapping himself, writes Jonathan Hutchison from London.

Summer reissue: The political elites foisted a new system on ordinary Brits. Little wonder they’re grabbing it back

In June, Britain voted to leave the European union. The Brexit decision was entirely understandable, wrote former NZ prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer. Across western democracies, some sense of democratic renewal is needed to avoid alienation

UK, USA… NZ? Why the Greens’ surrender to the dark side of immigration should scare us all

During last week's election madness, many of us comforted themselves with the belief that it couldn't happen here. But how true is that? Thomas Coughlan sees ominous signs in the New Zealand left's embrace of anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Robert Muldoon rises from the grave to join the Brexit debate in London

A 1976 judgment from New Zealand involving PM Muldoon and a public servant has a cameo role in the English High Court ruling that the prime minister, Theresa May, cannot bypass parliament in triggering the UK exit from the EU.

‘It was New Zealand’s Brexit’ – weighing up MMP on its 20th birthday

Geoffrey Palmer, Winston Peters, Judith Collins, Andrew Little, Richard Prebble, Metiria Turei, Willie Jackson and more on two decades of a proportional system, how they’ve changed their view of MMP, and what still needs fixing.

The reality of Theresa May’s new vision? Make Britain Shit Again

Registers of foreign workers and attacks on human rights lawyers show the poison of Trump seeping into the Conservative government’s new, cynical strategy, laments London-based New Zealander Tze Ming Mok

Brexit through the gift shop: An open letter to NZ leave voter Alex Hazlehurst

''Don't call me racist for voting leave,' wrote expat Kiwi and controversy magnet Alex Hazlehurst earlier this week. How about we call you short-sighted, self-centred and sadly misinformed instead, suggests New Zealand-born Londoner Paul Gallagher.

Millions of Australians join global chorus saying ‘screw you’ to political establishment

Amid Australia's election deadlock, independent candidates have become a lightning rod for discontented voters, and there are lessons for NZ political parties, writes Jennifer Curtin.

Blindsided by the Brexit result? Blame the ‘filter bubble’ of social media

The rancorous fallout from Brexit has served to reinforce one of the key failings of what passes for debate in the social media era: that neither side ever hears the other's argument, writes Richard McManus.

The political elites foisted a new system on ordinary Brits. Little wonder they’re grabbing it back

The Brexit vote is entirely understandable. In Britain and across western democracies, some sense of democratic renewal is needed to avoid alienation, writes former NZ prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Politics podcast: the Brexit effect, Paula Bennett’s bad month and Hone Harawira’s return

By Jove, it's only the hotly anticipated return of Gone By Lunchtime, the Spinoff's epoch-defining politics pod with Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire

As Britain exits the EU, the case for a NZ republic will gather steam

Don’t bet on special treatment for Kiwis in post-Brexit UK. The time remains ripe for a New Zealand republic, writes Lewis Holden

Brexit, pursued by a blare – NZ-UK-Euro-responses to the extraordinary British vote to leave the EU

In defiance of most predictions, the UK has opted to quit the European Union, and David Cameron is quitting as PM. Reactions from Neil Cross, Rawdon Christie, Bryan Gould, Andrea Vance and more

The UK is heading towards the EU escape chute. And it deserves everything it gets

Less than a week out from the Brexit vote, the 'leave' side is in the ascendant. But it's hard to find much to admire in either camp, writes David Hall. …