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This week on the Raw Politics podcast: Two polls show different fortunes for the major parties but still a tight election, and Labour steps away from the ledge on a wealth and capital gains tax

Raw Politics is out a day early for the long Matariki weekend, with in-depth discussion on the latest polling and the impacts on Labour of its half-hearted dalliance with a wealth and capital gains tax.

What were they thinking to examine the possible new taxes,and then this week reveal that they had been in the pre-Budget musings and then rejected? And why reveal it now when, again, the Prime Minister is on a diplomatic mission overseas?

The panel discusses reaction to two new and slightly discordant polls – by the companies that also do polling for the Labour and National parties – and the ever-greater importance of the smaller parties, including Te Pāti Māori in determining our next government.

Our other topic is the relative public performances of the two main parties’ deputy leaders: Nicola Willis for National and Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni. Do the deputies matter, do their roles change over the next 90 or so days of campaigning?

And our recommended reads include a story on Act’s brave or delusional challenge to National in the electorate of Tāmaki, a behind-the-scenes piece on a sweary and angry Joe Biden, and the damning King’s Counsel report into Government and official inaction over dawn raids after the solemn Crown apology.

Every week, Newsroom editors and political journalists talk through the big issues and scrutinise politicians’ performances in a lively 25-minute show aiming to take viewers and listeners inside the actions and motivations of our elected leaders.

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This week’s recommendations:

Marc: Tim Murphy’s piece at Newsroom about Act in Tāmaki.

Tim: This story from Axios, the US new site, which went beyond the scenes to reveal ‘Old Yeller’, the sweary, exacting Joe Biden.

Jo: Lawyer Mike Heron’s review of Dawn Raid practices after the Crown apology.


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