Kicking The Tyres

November 13th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

publish a book reviewing each election campaign the year after.

The 2011 book is called “Kicking the Tyres:The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011

It’s a must read for political professionals and enthusiasts. You can pre-order it from the link above, and it is launched on the 26th of November by no less than the Prime Minister.

Some of the topics are:

Kicking the Tyres includes among its authors some of the winners of the 2011 election – New Zealand First’s Winston Peters; the Greens’ Metiria Turei; National’s Steven Joyce; United Future’s Peter Dunne; and the Greens’ Mojo Mathers. 

What went wrong is the subject of chapters written by participants from other parties, including Labour’s Grant Robertson and high-ranking candidates from the Maori Party, Mana and ACT. 

Kicking the Tyres views the campaign and the election from a variety of angles and perspectives. New Zealand’s wittiest political commentator, Jane Clifton, writes about ‘the worm’ and other inanities of 2011. Jon Johansson and Colin James discuss John Key’s leadership and the impact of the Pike River mine disaster and the Christchurch earthquakes on the government and the country. Other contributors examine the images and ‘brands’ of New Zealand’s political parties and their leaders; the role of Facebook in the election campaign; the opinion polls and pollsters – which were the worst, which the best; how well New Zealand television performed with its political experts and ‘pundits’; how the government’s coalition was formed; and Maori politics, Parliament, and the future of the Maori vote.

Kicking the Tyres includes a special section on the MMP referendum, with chapters from the leaders of the pro- and anti- groups – the ‘Campaign for MMP’ and the unsuccessful ‘Vote for Change’ – and an analysis of the vote and its aftermath by well-known commentators Therese Arseneau and Nigel S. Roberts. 

I’m looking forward to buying and reading it.

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21 Responses to “Kicking The Tyres”

  1. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    I look forward to that hippie Jon Johansson getting a haircut.

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  2. anonymouse (716 comments) says:

    Jane Clifton, writes about ‘the worm’ and other inanities of 2011.

    There was a worm in 2011???!!!?, well shows how much attention I paid to that election….

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  3. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    I look forward to East Wellington Superhero someday having a positive thing to say about…anything.

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  4. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    the greens let mojo out again? guess they feel they have not got enough media attention lately so need to wheel out their disabled person.

    i bet her(? cant actually remember either actually) section will be all about diversity and being ‘elected’ as a disabled person, and about how horrible the govt was for not giving them more money the moment they asked becuase they could not use the 57000 hours already paid for by us for her/him.

    DPF might consider this a must buy, but hes a masochist for reading the trite from the same tired people.

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  5. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    @ RRM

    In this socialist paradise? Don’t hold your breath.
    The Blues might do better next season. But don’t know if I’ll get season tickets again like this year.

    My bitch about Jon Johansson, and much of commentariat, is that he’s a sneaky fifth columnist. These people wax lyrical about democracy and debate and demand kudos for being the at vangard of, and defenders of, free speech but in general they frame debate to suit their own policy-political choices. Watch hour titchy Johansson gets when he shares a panel with a right-wing panelist.

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  6. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    @ RRM

    You’re right though. I am a bit reactionary. Probably because it’s easier, when working, to react rather than contribute. Perhaps I’ll endeavour to be more constructive.

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  7. backster (2,172 comments) says:

    Sounds like another ‘Little Red Book’ that should be kept away from impressionable immature youth to me. Perhaps Whale could do a book review in the Truth.

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  8. simo (150 comments) says:

    Johansson…….creep. He has the Mr Davis look!

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  9. Reid (16,471 comments) says:

    Kicking the Tyres includes a special section on the MMP referendum, with chapters from the leaders of the pro- and anti- groups – the ‘Campaign for MMP’ and the unsuccessful ‘Vote for Change’

    It’ll be a fucking thin chapter. What’s the bet there’s no section on how all the MP’s betrayed the entire country by staying quiet for simply ages on the fact there was any such thing as a referendum and by failing to provide anything near enough information on the alternatives to make people as aware as they needed to be of this complex but vital topic prior to the vote, thereby proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the entire Parliament actually believes it’s not our democracy, it’s theirs.

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  10. Reid (16,471 comments) says:

    Lest anyone misunderstand, I don’t like MMP very much.

    This is because it was introduced to Germany after WWII to ensure another Hitler would never arise, and its architecture makes extremes impossible, which means a country foolish or unfortunate enough to suffer it, is condemned to the middle path, forever.

    This of course prevents feats of brilliance, which always go against conventional wisdom. And no political system should ever mitigate that possibility, that’s grave folly. Yet here we are. Now it’s locked in, forever.

    And like I said above, those pricks in Parliament for their own selfish purposes made damn sure the whole debate never happened. How dare they. Who do they think they are, and why didn’t the media do its job, either? But fact is, neither of these “sacred watchdogs,” did a credible job. With our democracy.

    How dare they.

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  11. Reid (16,471 comments) says:

    I bet none of that is in “Kicking the Tyres.”

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  12. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Not much chance of any Kiwiblog commenter reading this book, let alone reviewing it or making any sensible comment on its contents. There is one of these published after each general election by the VUW political scientists; they go back at least 40 years.
    Good luck getting Cameron Slater to write a book review, backster. Has he ever reviewed a book? Has he ever read a whole book?
    I think DPF might be able to make a decent stab at a review. At least he has said he will buy it; which is part of journey towards possessing a book, reading it, understanding it and responding.

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  13. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    Reid (12,190) Says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Lest anyone misunderstand, I don’t like MMP very much.

    This is because it was introduced to Germany after WWII to ensure another Hitler would never arise, and its architecture makes extremes impossible, which means a country foolish or unfortunate enough to suffer it, is condemned to the middle path, forever.

    Actually, that’s nonsense. The 5% hurdle was introduced to prevent small fractions and extremist from entering parliament. And federal system with an upper house.

    MMP per se had little to do with it and it is actually a lot closer to the system used in the Weimar Republic (proportional representation without a hurdle) than say FPP. MMP is merely a very good democratic system, no matter how much you jump up and down about it.

    As you pointed out it is a system that will limit extremists, but I am not sure why you think that is a bad thing.
    Unless of course, you think democracy is bad and you wish that would change.

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  14. Nick K (1,244 comments) says:

    Is anyone able to let us know who were the ACT candidates spoken to and what they said? I have no desire to buy the book but would like to know what this part said.

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  15. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    You could browse in a bookshop. Do you need directions to one?

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  16. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    Not much chance of any Kiwiblog commenter reading this book,

    mikenmild, I think I can speak for everyone, when I say how impressed I am by the fact you can read a book.

    How do you remain so unpretentious with your incredible intellect?

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  17. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Feel free to post a short review here of the last book you read Kea. Just the text, you don’t have to try and copy the pictures over.

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  18. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    Thanks for reinforcing the point made in my post mikenmild.

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  19. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    My pleasure. Have you read any of the previous books of this series?

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  20. Nick K (1,244 comments) says:

    Typical of a dishonest leftie to say I could browse for free in a bookshop. I expected nothing less actually. And no, I won’t browse
    “for free”.

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  21. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    DPF’s extract from the VUP blurb is a little lengthy so I’ll condense it further:
    ‘…chapters written by participants from other parties, including … ACT…Other contributors examine the images and ‘brands’ of New Zealand’s political parties and their leaders…chapters from the leaders of the…unsuccessful ‘Vote for Change’…’

    To know more, barring pre-publication reviews, you might have to wait until publication on 30 November. You should be able to look at it if you live near a book shop, possibly even checking the contents page before considering purchase. You may even be able to see a contents page and a sample online. This could be called ‘browsing’, but I do not think it is the same as reading it for free.

    Reserving it at your public library might well be a form of reading it for free, unless you regard the collective purchasing of books by a local authority as an intolerable form of socialism.

    No word yet on whether the ACT view is authored by Don Brash or John Banks – perhaps it has been penned on their behalf by Paul Goldsmith.

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