Some centrist voters are likely those who left Labour for Key and are slowly returning “home”. But National’s base also seems to have shifted away under Bridges. Key, and Joyce, excelled over three election cycles at securing both the electorate and party vote from their supporters. Indeed, only a small percentage of National voters split their vote in 2017, so Muller needs to rekindle that loyalty. … [Read more...] about Can New Zealand’s National party reinvent itself under Todd Muller?
Prince Charles: ‘The aggressive search for cheaper food has been described as a drive to the bottom which I am afraid is taking farmers with it. They are being driven into the ground by the prices they are forced to expect for their produce and this has led to some very worrying shortcuts. In the UK, as elsewhere – but particularly in the US – the consequences of this are ever more apparent in the deteriorating state of our public health.’ (May 2013) … [Read more...] about 60 days to save the British family farm: Tories rebel as Trade Secretary Liz Truss ‘plots to betray UK farmers’ for Trump deal that could see stores flooded with sub-standard imports
During this period, some shoppers behaved disgracefully – particularly after the major supermarket chains brought in restrictions on how many items shoppers could purchase in an effort to curb stockpiling. “Around the time they brought in the restrictions I had some of the least enjoyable shifts I’ve ever done,” says Warren, a general assistant at one of the big four supermarkets (he prefers not to say which) in Gloucestershire. Like Leila and Hogan, he got in touch after a Guardian callout for supermarket workers. Warren had to tell one customer that he could only buy three tins of tomato soup, not 20. This did not go down well, and the customer demanded that Warren brought over his supervisor. When Warren’s supervisor confirmed that, yes, he could only purchase three tins, he demanded to speak to the store manager, who said the same thing. … [Read more...] about ‘People were like animals!’ How supermarket staff watched the coronavirus crisis unfold
Barack Obama created history by becoming the first African-American to serve as the president of the United States of America. Being an iconic figure in American history, Obama garners people's attention and so does a new biography of him written by Pulitzer Prize winning author David J Garrow. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David J Garrow is a 1460-page voluminous biography of Barack Obama which extensively talks about his formative years and influential figures who helped in the making of an extraordinary leader. The book chronicles, in great detail, Obama’s life-- his tumultuous childhood in Honolulu and Jakarta, being a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side in his formative years, studying at Harvard Law School where he excelled, and how he planned and pursued his political journey in Chicago. The extensive research by Garrow can be seen in the book with more than 1,000 interviews of people who have interacted with Obama in his pre-presidential years. … [Read more...] about Micro review: Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David J. Garrow
He looks five years younger! Ben Affleck was showing off a gray tinted beard last week. But on Monday the 47-year-old Hollywood veteran looked to have much darker facial hair as he went for a walk around his Pacific Palisades, California neighborhood with his 32-year-old girlfriend Ana de Armas. … [Read more...] about Ben Affleck, 47, looks suddenly younger with a darker beard as he stares into the eyes of his Bond girl love Ana de Armas, 32