Political Aspects of New Zealand are very influential with Scotland today, but there are some differences that we shouldn’t overlook.
Both countries enjoy world-renowned scenery, and export food and beverages with a strong reputation for quality. As a result, both of them benefit from a global profile that exceeds our own size. But the events of 2020 have shown some similarities that go beyond these background factors.
Jacinda Ardern and Nicola Sturgeon already have some elements of a common agenda, suggesting an interest in the “welfare economy”. While no one has yet followed through on this premise of leaving GDP as an inadequate and unsustainable measure of the economy, it shows a direction of travel and a recognition that the dominant global economic system is broken.
This year both have been tested, as have the leaders of any government, by an ill-prepared pandemic. The geography of New Zealand has made the elimination strategy easier to follow, but it was adopted by both countries and is undoubtedly the right path.
Both leaders have realized that in these difficult times people don’t just want capable leaders; they also want leaders who can communicate clearly, and show empathy and solidarity.
I hope the Scottish First Minister will be the first to admit that it would be very difficult to show the clarity or empathy that Boris Johnson lacked. But there is no doubt that both Ardern and Sturgeon have made changes, and emerged with high public confidence through this crisis.
These steps are desperately needed everywhere, and while they are currently being defeated by the power being transferred to Scotland, they also remain outside the political will of the people. SNP
As a result, Jacinda Ardern has just returned with a PR crushing majority and Nicola Sturgeon strongly supporting the Scottish elections in May.
But New Zealand’s history is very different. At its most basic is New Zealand’s history of colonialism, in which many Scots participated. Although the Maori experience is not as bad as the genocide inflicted on so many other indigenous cultures, it is one of decline, discrimination and marginalization.
So it’s an important moment to see the Maori Party regain its position in the New Zealand Parliament. Their voices deserve to be heard at a level that goes beyond the arithmetic of their single seat selection.
New Zealand is also a country that has done more than just declared a climate emergency and stepped up its renewable energy generation.
This has released a $ 1 billion pension fund from fossil fuels and ended all new permits for oil and gas exploration. These steps are desperately needed everywhere, and while they are currently being defeated by the power being transferred to Scotland, they also remain outside the political will of the people. SNP. NZ involvement Green vegetable in coalition is very important for this progressive achievement, it is important that a Labor the majority didn’t put them at risk.
Individual leadership is important. But even a leader who carries public confidence must respond to political pressure. Even a leader with a majority in Parliament needs to welcome the energy and vision of other political movements.
I am proud to be part of the Green movement which brings that energy and vision to politics in Scotland, New Zealand and around the world.
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