New Zealand

‘Jacindamania’ and the New Zealand elections

Shortly before the New Zealand election in September, the New Zealand Labour Party replaced its previous leader with the much more popular Jacinda Ardern. This led to an outpouring of support for Labour, dubbed ‘Jacindamania’. This has been compared to the wave of support for UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and US Senator Bernie Sanders.

But while Sanders and Corbyn have proposed a fundamentally different approach to the economy – of taxing the wealth of big business and transferring it to working people – Ardern’s programme is not far off from the right-wing austerity already pushed by NZ Labour.