That certainly did not happen in 1911, 1928, 1978 or 1981 when the party with most votes ended up in opposition. Most scientists work within the existing paradigm – the framework of the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology commonly accepted by the discipline.The better ones keep an eye out for anomalies which require some adaptation of the paradigm.Taking Winston Peters at his word, I felt comfortable planning a holiday in the US from October 13. I got to watch him announce New Zealand First's choice of coalition partner sitting up in bed in Los Angeles.Prime Minister Jacinda Arden is younger than any member of the outgoing National cabinet and is the youngest in the new one, even if you include the Greens.My first memory of Sue Bradford is of the feisty speech she gave to the 1984 Economic Summit Conference pleading that a greater commitment be given to the people she worked with – those on the margins of society: the unemployed, the poor, the mentally and physically disabled. As frustration builds over the way our new government is being built - amidst casual abuse, secrecy and over-reach - we really only have ourselves to blame, for the way this administration is being born in darkness, at least.It was so impressive that some businessmen offered Sue a job. It has been 21 years since the first Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) election. It is an unfortunate feature of the 2017 coalition negotiations that the country seems to be a mad rush to form a government.
In case you've been wondering, yes, I've been away for a bit.A time when we are often better to listen and wait than to guesstimate. Have a look at this picture of Rubin’s vase and see what you see: is it two faces looking at each other; is it a wine goblet?The true answer is that it is both; yet because of how our brains are wired to perceive the world, whichever image you choose to see, you then cannot see the other.It uses the scores given to parties by the TVNZ website Vote-Compass, which identifies two dimensions: Right-Left and Social Conservative-Social Progressive.Steven Joyce, National’s campaign manager, must have thought he had Labour out cold when he claimed that its spending plans announced during the election were enormous and unsustainable.