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By Joseph Boon
Each episode tells the story of a political event in New Zealand or world history.
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Season 2 Episode 1. How a Prime Minister falls
Every Prime Minister falls. Here's 3 ways from recent history.
February 24, 2021
The basic MP
What is an MP? What do they do, and how can they screw up? Let's find out!
October 24, 2020
The Leader of the Opposition
Today I describe the worst job in the country, the Leader of the Opposition. Thankless, stressful, and powerless, but ambitious people will give it a shot in order to win the top job.
October 20, 2020
The Modern NZ Prime Minister
Being PM sucks, but women Prime Minister's have significant advantages. What is the job like? Can anyone do it? Should anyone want to? I look into these questions.
October 19, 2020
NZ has just held a general election and the Labour Party won in a landslide. What is the MMP electoral system? Why do we have it, and how does it effect politicians?
October 18, 2020
The Crisis of King Canute
Today we talk about the foreign exchange crisis after the 1984 election and the constitutional crisis that it generated.
October 17, 2020
Pissed as a Fiddler's cat
The 1984 snap election. Why did it happen, and how? A maverick female MP, a PM under pressure, and a building economic crisis. Those ingredients would mix and end Sir Robert Muldoon's eight and a half years in power.
October 13, 2020