Has Parliament become distracted from the big issues?

Josie discusses with Jack Tame and Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle.

Policy over pointscoring

After another National MP is forced out, Josie told TVNZ's Breakfast:

This election has to be about ideas, it has to be about policies, it has to be about what the hell we are going to do as New Zealanders in these absolutely unprecedented times. And I think people will just get really frustrated if we keep doing this horse race, blood sport, American-type he-said-she-said, who won in question time - no one cares.

Watch the interview and read the story here.

Todd Muller's resignation

Josie told Newshub that one mistake Todd Muller made as National leader was saying he had a plan when he didn't.

The five-point economic plan he outlined was too similar to Labour's five-point economic plan. "Honestly you could mix and match those two plans and you wouldn't know the difference between them," she said.

Watch Josie on Newshub here.

The Huddle: Privacy breach

National MP has to go after privacy breach.

"Not only is it a mess, but it's embarrassed the National Party when in fact they were setting out to embarrass the Government," Josie says.

New podcast: Bjorn Lomborg

Bjorn Lomborg is an author and political scientist who first came to international prominence for his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist. He is the president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. His new book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet is available from July on Amazon.

He says the real political challenges that will be faced in very poor developing countries will be the cost-benefit question of stamping out the virus versus having a virus that kills many people, and is very serious. He compares the costs and benefits of preventing deaths from HIV-AIDS in Malawi where an estimated 4000 people could be saved from HIV AIDS for every one saved from coronavirus.

Bjorn believes a moderate lockdown probably makes more sense in the rich world compared to an extreme lockdown, which would be much more costly and probably won't save many more people --although it may turn out to be the right policy in New Zealand as a remote island. But if we don't have a difficult conversation about costs and benefits of the choices we face, that doesn't mean priorities and choices go away.

Listen to him below and subscribe to Josie's Post-Covid Politics podcasts through any of the links here.


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