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An apology to David Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, November 19th, 2012 - 121 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, david shearer, labour, making shit up, Satire - Tags:

I want to apologise.  I was one of the flood of lefties who posted anti-Shearer statements in the week ahead of the conference.  I advocated for David Cunliffe as a prospective leader – indeed, the only leader with the potential for success in 2014, by my own assessment.

And now it looks like my post, among others, has shafted David Cunliffe.  We stirred the pot.  We shook the tree.  We rocked the boat, which knocked over the pot the tree was standing in.  And this convinced otherwise well-meaning, open-minded members of the Labour caucus that a dangerous plot was underway to undermine the very foundations of the Party by mounting an attack under cover of pseudonyms and Birnam wood.

So I’m sorry, David C.  Sorry that I played a part in what’s happening to you.

Hang on.

What the fuck am I saying?

The mainstream media constantly come down on this site, and bloggers in general, for being pseudonymous anonymous cowards with axes to grind.  You couldn’t move last week for Labour MPs declaring they don’t give a damn about blogs.

And yet suddenly the word of a handful of bloggers, and some awful shillery by Patrick Gower, is enough to bring Cunliffe to the brink of expulsion?

I mean, he hasn’t done anything.  Besides deliver good speeches and be generally charismatic and kind of dashing with the whole beard thing happening, Waitakere Woman likes a bit of scruff, yes she does.

… Sorry, got distracted there.  Cunliffe has done nothing, at least publicly.  Not spoken against Shearer.  Not made increasingly more leader-ish statements to the media (when he can talk to the media).  The only “source” for Cunliffe “threatening” the leadership is blogs, and Patrick Gower’s “but WHY, daddy?” interrogation methods.

Is it just me or does that make no fucking sense?

This situation is all the proof we need that there is, indeed, an anti-Cunliffe faction in the Labour Party.  People who perceive his very presence, the very thought that he might like the look of the leadership some day, as an active, viable threat to David Shearer.  (Because ambition is such a terrible attribute in a politician.)

Especially now the membership get more say, some might note.

So, because our media in their wisdom would really much rather report on a beat-up leadership challenge than actual policy, the ABCs are pretending to believe there’s a real problem here, that Cunliffe is up in the rafters in a mask about to drop a chandelier on Shearer’s head, so they can justify punishing and humiliating one of the most talented MPs on the front bench.

Because their first and only instinct, apparently, is self-preservation.

Wow, David C.  I am sorry.

Good luck for tomorrow, mate.

121 comments on “An apology to David Cunliffe”

  1. hush minx 1

    Thanks for making me feel a bit better about this whole mess. There seems to be a parallel universe where much of Labour’s caucus reside and I was starting to think maybe their reality was the real one.

    When I think about what their actions mean for the future of Labour I despair. But you are so right to point out that in the meantime a really good man, one who is the most able to take the fight to national, is getting squashed by his own team for doing no more than what his job was. Shame.

    • Dr Terry 1.1

      hush minx – agreed that “a really good man (the best on the front bench) one who is the most able to take the fight to National, is getting squashed” (with no valid reason). Some of his own team are part of this complicity, but much of the media and a number of right wing bloggers are part of it too.

      • hush minx 1.1.1

        You are quite correct! I just set a list threshold of expectation when it comes to the media :-)

        I can never quite understand though why the media themselves are not more discriminating about the political leanings of some of their more ‘declared’ colleagues.

  2. Richard Watts 2

    ???????

  3. karol 3

    My vote for tomorrow is for the Labour Caucus to demote Patrick Gower.  

    He hasn’t served them well with his pulp fiction journalism (who has been feeding Gower and others such melodramatic lines as “Naked Ambition“?…. actually it sounds like a song).  And his Reality TV-ambushes have just been so obviously clunky – not to mention some of his reporting barely makes sense.  

    Time to vote Gower off the island. 

    • QoT 3.1

      You know, I’d be perfectly happy with Labour’s caucus demoting Cunliffe for doing nothing. Just as soon as they demote Shane Jones (who is on the front page of the “People” section of their website, FFS) for constantly going off-piste, and have a serious investigation into who the hell keeps bitching about caucus colleagues to Garner and Gower.

      Oh, wait. That would involve no patently-obvious anti-Cunliffe agenda to be at work. Darn it.

      • Richard Watts 3.1.1

        I am just very confused. All I want is for the leadership issues to be resolved. I can’t actually work out which way this post is heading, double irony?

        • lprent 3.1.1.1

          Often more like satire descending into outright stirring – but usually with an undercurrent of mockery and bitterness.

          But she is often right.

          /sarcasm on.

          For instance that there are a pack of loons somewhere in Wellington who really can’t stay on message when it comes to social media and the blogs. We’re somehow not of any political importance AND providing a dangerous destabilizing force for democracy in the world. If they can’t stay on a message on something as simple as this within a single week then how can they do anything but confuse the punters.

          /sarcasm off.

    • Well said Karol +100

    • Wayne 3.3

      Maybe Gower uses “naked ambition” because that what it looks like.

    • xtasy 3.4

      Patric GUTTER I suppose you mean!?

      Just another BAD example of good old Kiwi journalism having gone wrong and lost its tradition, I’d say, if there ever was such?!

      I was dumb to think he had something going for himself when hunting down Banksie, but he has now displayed, he has NO respect for anyone.

      Kim Dotcom deserves to get his chance to embarrass the whole lot of idiots here, journos and pollies. I am looking forward to more theatre on that side.

  4. I tried too warn ya QoT , I’m sorry too , I’ll be more f’ing right wing next time (-:

  5. What is really ironic Qot is that Gower is relying on the say so of an unnamed Labour MP as the source for his story yet the parliamentary party and MSM rails against unnamed bloggers.  The irony in this knows no limits …

    • seeker 5.1

      TV3 wheeled out Chris Hipkins to illustrate their beat up tonight. An old or new member of the smear David Cunliffe tag/nag team? Now he and tweeter Clare Curran are off my trustworthy MPs list. )Yes I do have a ‘sort’ of one, list that is.) How many more Labour MPs are to go I don’t know. 8 down, 25 to go.

      • mickysavage 5.1.1

        Chippe and Curran are former staffers parachuted into Labour seats.  IMHO no staffer should ever do this.  MPs should be local people with networks and life experiences outside of Parliament.  I have thought this for a while but their recent behaviour has reinforced my view.

        • Anne 5.1.1.1

          +1

        • Cactus Kate 5.1.1.2

          There are a few others in Labour you could add to that list.

        • saarbo 5.1.1.3

          Yes,senior caucus members have chosen a weak person that they can manipulate for their own convenience. This fact is made clear every time Duncan Garner references his sources from inside Labour. This is the major weakness of Caucus choosing their own Leader,Given Shearer is too weak to discipline these people, how should Labour sort these people out?
          Cunliffe was always the natural leader to take over from Goff but Mallard etc knew that that would mean that they would have to go back out to the real world, hence the desperate and concerted attacks against Cunliffe.
          Cunliffe is an exceptional Leader and incedibly smart, I worked with him for 12 months in the 90’s and I certainly did not witness any of the bull shit I am hearing about him from caucus members, and the media that they feed.

        • Barnsley Bill 5.1.1.4

          It only took 5 years but I have at last found a comment by you that could have been written by me.
          Your Labour party and coincidentally a Labour party that somebody like me could vote for is now gone forever.
          This situation is nothing more than the final push by the Wellington based cabal to take complete control. Your new rules voted in over the weekend have been usurped within 48 hours.
          The team that Clark left in place will gut Cunliffe like a fish today in the hope that he quits politics before February.
          If he is gone you will have nobody to promote in the proper leadership vote and the likes of Mallard and the legion of ex Clark staffers will be safe.
          Form a new Auckland centric grass roots party, vote for another party or emigrate. Those are the choices they have left you because the influence you have left is nil.

    • David H 5.2

      An unnamed Duck?

    • Tazirev 5.3

      Nailed

  6. SHG 6

    Cunliffe has grown the beard because it covers up the fact that he doesn’t have a chin. His lower lip just merges into his neck. Doesn’t look good on camera. Doesn’t look leaderly.

  7. Santi 7

    Cunliffe’s ambition is too blatant.
    Labour needs a leader who looks like one: Shearer is that person.

    • Pete 7.1

      You don’t modestly amble to a senior position in any parliamentary political party in NZ. It’s not a case of just waiting your turn. Of course Cunliffe is ambitious.

    • karol 7.2

      “Ambition” interesting concept.  People think it’s important to have, but, according to you, Santi, it shouldn’t be too “blatant”.

      And what would you say about the “ambition” of an MP who puts himself forward to lead a party after one, invisible term in parliament?  And without doing the hard yards to learn how to manage a caucus, respond quickly to media & in the House? 

    • geoff 7.3

      Yeah we need a leader who is all about image and not substance…

    • Dr Terry 7.4

      Santi. Come on, spell out exactly in what ways you think Cunliffe’s ambition is” blatant”. But aside from this, let me assure you that “ambition” is more a good thing in a leader, than a bad.

    • David H 7.5

      Oh god, now i’m throwing up.

  8. fender 8

    Cunliffe should be made deputy leader if Shearer remains leader.

    If this shit talk of him being demoted eventuates my vote will be lost to the Greens, as will many other votes I believe.

    • Tim G 8.1

      +1 – was thinking this in the shower this morning.

      The Greens or whatever ill-fated band Cunliffe breaks off with (I know that sounds like a kiss of death, but 3 – 8 bad apples (in varying degrees of rotten-ness) in the current parliamentary Labour party have really disgraced our party.

    • David H 8.2

      Yep and how many letter box stuffers etc will they have come election time?

      • xtasy 8.2.1

        A NEW left party must be thought about, real left and real progressive, with potential to integrate and absorb Greens and Mana, that is the way to go, folk!

  9. Rogue Trooper 9

    this will do; i have a soft spot for QoT

    Two political scientists (cough)
    David Slack-Shearer right through til 2014 (Lab / Green)
    Ryan Malone-Cunliffe on the correct path of development, Won’t be Shearer in 2014

  10. Bill 10

    I’ve got time to kill tonight, so I might just go and fisk those TVNZ and TV3 ‘six O’Clock slots from Sat and Sun that claimed evidence of an open challange to Shearer’s leadership from Cunliffe.

    Hardly a healthy way to deal with boredom, I know. But I reckon if it doesn’t result in brain death, then a decent post might result. Tally-ho!

    • QoT 10.1

      Take a strong drink with you …

      • Bill 10.1.1

        jeezus! I shouldn’t have clicked through to todays clips. So there was no leadership challenge and there was endorsement of Shearer as leader in response to those Gower squawks…and now (today) because he has apparently backed down from a leadership challenge that was never made he’s reportedly going to be sent to the wilderness.

        Okay. That’s somebody’s gameplay to leave a clear path for whoever it is they have in mind to roll Shearer come Febuary. That much is clear. The preference being for Roberston? Maybe Parker? Whoever. And they hope that will work? I don’t think so. I suspect it’s going to backfire quite spectacularly.

        A line in your post caught my eye. You write “our media in their wisdom would really much rather report on a beat-up leadership challenge” I have to disagree with you there. The media have been very much front and center stage in creating the beat-up…the faux crisis of confidence or whatever. And even though the whole thing doesn’t hang together – is incoherent and contradictory – the fact is, it’s the best mash up they could create. And where you or I might scratch our respective heads or just logically reject the lines being peddled, the only question we need to answer is why caucus aren’t doing the same – or failing that adding something of substance to the whole affair.

        And the answer is that they can’t. There’s just nothing there for them to work on. They worked hand in glove with aspects of the major media outlets on this and now they have to run with what they have been able to create. And it’s the fact that it’s so unconvincing that leaves me thinking it’s going to blow up in their face. Maybe not today. And maybe not tomorrow. But it’s going to happen.

        And I do so hope they ‘enjoy’ it when it does.

        Now. Back to this lovely bier.

        • dancerwaitakere 10.1.1.1

          Your later point is exactly what I was thinking while watching the news tonight.

          “And I do so hope they ‘enjoy’ it when it does.”

          A certain Senior Whip should keep that in might after his antics in front of the camera’s which we all had to endure at 6:03 this evening (and have been reading about all day).

        • weka 10.1.1.2

          I don’t normally watch the news but I watched TV1 tonight. I found the coverage scarey. Really scarey. It’s one thing to see people on TS turn up and say Cunliffe has done Bad Things but not actually say what they are. But to see the biggest news show in the country do the same thing, complete with guile and no attempt at anything close to journalistic integrity… I don’t actually give a shit who leads the Labour party so long as they do a good job, provide a decent coalition partner for the Greens and hold the ground on the left (although I feel sorry that Cunliffe is getting shafted). But what’s happened in the last day or so makes me despair. What hope is there with such disingenuous fuckwits in charge of the main left party and the MSM?
           
          I also feel for the Labour membership who did such good work on the weekend.

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.2.1

            The Labour Membership need to stay staunch and to grow strongly over the next few months. We have won the constitutional tools to win back the heart and soul of our party and now is the time for holding firm.

            • weka 10.1.1.2.1.1

              Makes sense. If Cunliffe gets dumped off caucus tomorrow, will he be able to come back from that next year? Or do you see someone else taking over from Shearer?

        • just saying 10.1.1.3

          I’ve asked this before but got no answer. Maybe readers thought it was rhetorical.
          Was Robertson or any other MP asked to rule out a future leadership bid?
          It’s kind of relevant.

          And yes, the next preordained interchangeable face will replace Shearer before the next election – if the fuckers can get away with it. Robertson. It seems Shearer is the only member of caucus who doesn’t know it. Lucky for them he has vanity induced blindness.

          God this is just sad

          • gobsmacked 10.1.1.3.1

            Was Robertson or any other MP asked to rule out a future leadership bid?

            I haven’t seen/heard it asked. Yes, it’s very relevant.

            Many more unasked questions by the media, partly because they’ve found the only story they want, and partly because Shearer doesn’t do long interviews (too risky).

            Questions like:

            “Is Shane Jones more loyal than Cunliffe? Was Cunliffe a good Minister? Would he be a good Minister? Are there caucus members performing better than Cunliffe in their jobs? Who?”

            etc, etc.

            Those questions will come out later, when Cunliffe has been “dealt to” and – lo and behold – Shearer’s still having trouble with his caucus, and his leadership. Shame they aren’t being asked now.

        • xtasy 10.1.1.4

          Truth is either Shearer an d supporters “shitting themselves”, or it is just an opportune chance for Shearer to wipe out any critics a la Eastern Bloc style politics, by getting them demoted and sent into isolation.

          Whatever, it is a sign of contempt and incompetence for Shearer and the willy nilly cowardly supporters like immature Hipkins, who dared to rubbish Cunliffe in front of TV cameras. That is poor and disgusting. So Labour is a divided lot, not a party anymore.

          There is only one solution: A NEW PARTY!

  11. seeker 11

    Have just listened to Chris Hipkins on Te Karere which I recorded at 4.00pm today. He really went to town on David Cunliffe saying that “he destabilised the last leader”(Goff), that he has “put his self interest ahead of the party, enough is enought this has to stop” he also said he should “put up or shut up” or “go”. Unbelievable! Who is being disloyal to who? What a party!

    I think Shearer put his self interest ahead of the party and New Zealand by saying he was ready for leadership when he patently wasn’t, and obviously still isn’t. One good speech(written by whom) and read out well does not necessarily a good leader make. Had he carried on the uplift from the conference and his speech instead of resorting to this caucus vote reminder of the past debacles, he might have gained my respect (even thought I had previously been very angry at his ‘blogging’ comments) Now I am just desperate having not only John Key, but not as” strong and principled as we were led to believe”, Shearer. Norman and Turei here I come – more Green MPs please.

    • Dr Terry 11.1

      True, seeker, Shearer has put his self-interest first from the beginning. Now, in recent days, he has dismissed and insulted members of his own party for presuming to offer criticisms. Oh, “democracy” alright! I fear that he would become a dictator!

      Might I add that defection to the Greens could be, under the circumstances, the most “honorable” thing to do!

      • Tazirev 11.1.1

        Those defecting to the Greens are the Blog reading, on the ground activists, pamphlet delivers, door knockers, Sign board erectors etc like me.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Nah mate, please don’t. This weekend we won the constitutional tools required to take back this party, and to clear out the neoliberals and the careerists once and for all. We need you mate. Stick around, get your mates to re-sign up, it will be well worth it.

          • xtasy 11.1.1.1.1

            CV organise the “palace revolt” then, a.s.a.p. please, too many have the gutsful of Labour, for good!

    • Anne 11.2

      He really went to town on David Cunliffe saying that “he destabilised the last leader”(Goff),…

      Remember what that was all about? John Key asking Goff to “show him the money” in the final leaders debate. Goff didn’t see it coming and couldn’t answer the question. It cost Labour the election.

      Cunliffe was blamed and his detractors convinced themselves he did it deliberately. It turned out the paper containing the figures had been produced by Cunliffe sometime earlier, but Goff apparently didn’t have them. Other Caucus members must have seen and/or had copies of them so why blame Cunliffe? He wasn’t even around during the final stages of the campaign because he was languishing in bed with the flu so he isn’t likely to have known what was going on. If it was the same flu virus (swine flu) I caught a few months later, he would not have been up to doing anything.

  12. gobsmacked 12

    You couldn’t move last week for Labour MPs declaring they don’t give a damn about blogs.

    This. So much this.

    The blogs are totally irrelevant and meaningless. But hang on – they’re orchestrated irrelevance! Treacherous irrelevance! But … nobody pays any attention to them … because they are Scheming Bastards! … who have no power at all and represent nobody … but have tried to Destabilise the Leader! … but nobody reads them, so who cares?

    It’s so primary school: “You don’t like me? Well I don’t care, because I didn’t like you first!”

    Nobody in caucus will heed this advice (because it’s on a blog), but I’m going to give it anyway:

    Labour MPs: You do your job. Grow up. Earn our respect. Earn your pay. Stop stuffing up. Start giving this wretched government a hard time instead of a free ride, and in no time at all …

    Problem solved. Even on those bloody blogs.

  13. KJT 13

    Can I say this again.

    “This is a defining moment for Shearer.

    Either; he realizes it is up to him to show he is a viable and effective representative for Labour voters and the rest of the country by February ,and if not, it is well within Cunliff’s rights to put himself up as an alternative.

    Or; he acts like a petulant small boy, like the interview this morning, and demotes or tries to get a pledge of loyalty, past February, from Cunliff.

    Forcing out one of Labours, too few, effective front benchers would show he has not got the best interests of the party, or the country, at heart.

    If they force a vote under the old rules now, it shows total contempt for the parties wishes for a more democratic process.

    Note that Cunliff has already pledged loyalty to whoever the party decides is leader.

    It is Shearers own actions that make us doubt he can lead Labour into the next election.

    Nothing to do with Cunliff. Except that he seems the only viable and capable alternative.”

    And Shearer now proves that he and his supporters would rather Labour imploded than they lose any power. “Naked Ambition” ?.

  14. Peter 14

    No good deed goes unpunished, especially with this faction in caucus.

  15. RedBaron 15

    Agree with both gobsmacked and KJT. Playground behaviour from Shearer and co.

    When Shearer won the leadership it would have been smart to put Cunliffe in as deputy since he has the second largest following. Gives Cunliffe the appropriate amount of power and everybody moves ahead , co-operating. How on earth can Labour preach co-operation and sharing when they are playing primary school gang politics.

    QOT also mentioned something else, beat me to it in fact, Labour have a lot of women voters. Now the ones I know see DC as having the “phroar” factor over Shearer. If you don’t believe me ask the ones you know or your focus group. Shunting him too far off to the side may not go well with a bunch of voters (women) that Labour seem to be taking for granted. If this feels a little shallow look at the people who watch that Nigella cooking on the TV. Don’t ask why DC has the “phroar” factor either. Seems to be either there or not.e.g Winston has it, Russell Norman doesn’t according to my poll.

    • Dr Terry 15.1

      Maybe not Russell Norman, but think hard about co-leader Ms Turei, she has it!

    • Rhinocrates 15.2

      This reminds me of analysis of the American election. Romney is, according to more than one commentator, President of the old white male rich. This isn’t opinion, it’s demographics – there are clear areas where Romney and Obama scored utterly overwhelming victories, and Obama won in those sectors that have been growing and will continue to grow, notably African-Americans, women (particularly younger women), and Hispanics. Romney, on the other hand, rated well in those sectors that are in decline.

      Shearer and co can learn from this. Waitakere man is on the path to extinction – and soon. But they don’t know or care

      A marketing executive for General Motors once said of the Cadillac brand, “Pretty soon the average age of our customers will be ‘deceased’!” Cadillac made a change, making their styling sharp-edged, getting their cars into the Matrix sequels and so on. Now, expanding in China, they see that different design ideas are desired by the market, so they’ll again make changes.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/08/cadillac-design-to-go-soft-for-china/

      Cynical? So what? Brands survive if they can sell their product and if they can’t, they disappear. OK, GM needed a bailout, but of their brands, Cadillac is doing the best and it’s because they know what their customers want, and they’ll change to suit new markets. Claire Robinson’s simplistic blather on Natrad this morning about how Labour needs to sort itself out and stabilise quickly is naive. Yes, stability is one thing that is good, but they need to be seen to be responsive to what the political market demands, or else the average age of their voters will indeed be “deceased”.

      OK, in this postmodern world, “Labour” is a brand and that isn’t nice, but that’s the reality, so live with it and learn to work with it.

      This past weekend, the Labour PARTY told the caucus what it wants but the self-annointed nobles of the caucus are pretending that it’s Versailles circa 1788. Shearer and Mallard think that they MUST have “authoritah” because… because!

      Some people trying to excuse them draw comparisons with Helen Clark in the early 90s, as if the environment then was identical to that today, which it is not. There are voters alive today who were not even born then, who have grown up with blogs and twitter. To have that idiot Curran blathering about gramophones, wax cylinders and cave paintings now only invites laughter and derision.

      The ABC club – Shearer/Mallard – might win this battle, but in doing so, they’re guaranteeing that they’ll lose the war… and the risk is that they’ll drag Labour down with them.

      Robertson has been in America, observing the election, and hopefully he might have learned something, but from my experience as a Wellington Central constituent, the mans’s an arrogant, complacent idiot who only sees what supports his already preconceived notions, so I don’t have high hopes for him delivering any real lesson to the “nobles” of the party – not that they’d ever listen anyway.

      I’m seeing the Bourbon dynasty or Brezhnev’s Politburo trying to survive into the 21st century and getting utterly outraged because the peasants whom they really, really cared about (irony!) wanted votes, because the the kids don’t get them because they think that they really, really should, …the idiots, all of them.

      Bastards! Swine! Especially Cunliffe! He made it happen! It’s him, it’s his fault! I’m gonna scream and cry, I’m gonna pound my fists on the floor until you pick me up and cuddle me!

      All tantrums have an element of calculation to them. Labour’s self-appointed nobles are throwing a tantrum, but there’s a reason for it and it should be quite clear.

      Listen to the party, the electorate, or you’re history.

      I’d say that’s all in my own humble opinion of course, but I’m not humble.

  16. ianmac 16

    Reports from those who were at the Conference were my reference points. Looked good.
    Then I became confused and kept checking to make sure that I was still on the Standard.

    Anyway best move for Shearer would be to keep Mr Cunliffe on the front bench and not demote him.
    A sort of keep your enemies (if he is one?) close. I think Helen did that with Dr Cullen way back after his asking for Helen to step down because her ratings were around 2%.

    • Huginn 16.1

      My thoughts also.
      Lynn’s observation of how well Cunliffe and Robertson worked together on economics/finance at the conference comes to mind. Maybe it was a mistake to have taken the Finance portfolio off Cunliffe.

      • lprent 16.1.1

        Cunliffe and Parker and Clark in the workshops. I was referring for Cunliffe speaking for Parker when Parker wasn’t there. There are too many Davids.

  17. RedLogix 17

    mmm … where have I see all this polarisation between caucus and party before?

    Oh yes … 1984.

    And who benefitted?

  18. prism 18

    Reminds me of all the good people who advocated for Bill Rowling. I think they named themselves Citizens for Rowling. But it was like herding cats.

    Perhaps we should build a Guy Fawkes and throw stones at it as a symbolic mea culpa for all the unimportant, trivial, outlier matters we have brought up on this blog and no doubt others.

  19. Tanz 20

    this is getting stale. I want to see Key shafted, not the Labour infighting. I feel sorry for Shearer and like his earthy style. He can take it to Key, if given the chance.

    • QoT 20.1

      Because there have been no chances for him to do so in the past year. Good point. :roll:

    • Beryl_Streep 20.2

      Why do you assume that Key is the guy that the next Labour leader needs to “take it to”.
      I’d put money on Judith Collins leading the Nats into the next election.

  20. The the left in the Labour Party won this one, and the ABC rightwingers have been forced to expose themselves as neo-liberal zombies buried deep in the recesses of capitalism. This whole democratisation process was set in motion by the ABC overriding over the members preference for Cunliffe. The new rules mean that ABC has to destroy Cunliffe before February or lose power. How can they do that without getting more and more authoritarian? Blowback. That surge of anger in the members will become resurgent. ABC can sack C but they can’t expel him. A political martyr is a powerful force.
    Those who think that this is an unnecessary fight, or that the ABC are just a power clique, need to understand the class politics cutting right thru Labour. The global crisis has battered Labours working class base while the ABC clique are brown nosing the middle class. Labour’s rightward motion has separated it from its basic constituency. I put my money on the working class youth waking up and throwing out the ABC and all the neo-liberal zombies including the middle class student politicians sucking the blood of the Labour Party. Its either that or Labour becoming a hollowed out rump in the middle and the Gen XYZ workers transforming Greens and Mana into a new workers party.

    • freedom 21.1

      “Blowback.”
      a force not to be underestimated

    • Colonial Viper 21.2

      I put my money on the working class youth waking up and throwing out the ABC and all the neo-liberal zombies including the middle class Parliamentary Services job hunting list MP aspiring student politicians sucking the blood of the Labour Party.

      :cool:

  21. fisiani 22

    There is no need to frame it as a Win/lose scenario.
    Two years from an election there is ample time to start up another Labour party. This happens in lots of countries. Rather than two stags fighting to the death how about a divorce. The Shearer crowd in one party and the Cunliffe/Unions/activists in another. An amicable divorce in better than a winner take all battle. One faction would predominate and be the lynchpin of the Left. Under MMP – 2 parties getting 20% is the same as one party getting 40%. Neither would coalesce with National. Surely the Standardistas would get at leat 1 vote in 5.

  22. Blue 23

    Journalists have a very limited capacity for thought. They get fed an idea and they latch onto it like a dog with a bone.

    They now have their meme about David Cunliffe – he is arrogant, vain and disloyal, thinking of nothing but his image and champing at the bit every second of every day to destablise and destroy Shearer. Every single little thing he does will now be interpreted through this narrow-minded vision and the results pronounced as fact.

    • gobsmacked 23.1

      He was described in the 3News trailer as a “renegade” MP.

      In what mad world is an MP who has never (to my recollection) spoken out of turn on party policy a “renegade”, while Shane Jones, who does so all the time, isn’t?

    • peterlepaysan 23.2

      Journalists can think?

  23. xtasy 24

    Non, je ne regrette rien!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Kvu6Kgp88

    Edith Piaff, famous historic French singer, put it well, did she not?

    I do not regret anything for uttering criticism of Shearer and the present Labour leadership here. I can try to accept that the caucus decision will want to keep Shearer in place, but it makes NO sense to me and will not make me feel comfortable at all about Labour.

    My decision is to not vote Labour ever again. I am totally disillusioned with the party, leadership and useless caucus members (largely that is, while some are OK).

    NZ can do with a truly new left of centre party, uniting green and progressive labour and other ideas. That would make me feel good. I do not feel good about NZ politics at present, it is a NIGHTMARE!

  24. Tanz 25

    The wider public will dislike this very obvious lack of unity within Labour. Key must be loving all this. Wish the caucus would sort this out once and for all, 2008 was four years ago, after all. FFS! Yep, frustrating for the general rank and file.

    • Santi 25.1

      Exactly why Shearer needs to put an end to all this today and work even harder until Election Day.
      Cunliffe can do his part by taking the punishment he deserves for being disloyal.

  25. Ksmith 26

    Get a grip. Cunliffe was given opportunities because Helen Clark could see his positives while having the ability to control his ego while he grew up. Unfortunately he never did grow up. He is just like roger Douglas – its all about him – and he is prepared to sacrifice labour. But the real problem here is that labour mps old and new need to get key on the ropes. This is not a leadership problem but a team problem and a DC doesn’t really want to share he doesn’t mind if there is no team.

    • RedLogix 26.1

      He is just like roger Douglas – its all about him – and he is prepared to sacrifice labour.

      Now that’s an interesting thesis Mr Smith.

      Any evidence to support it?

      • Colonial Viper 26.1.1

        Now, who was releasing all the threats and innuendo about leadership votes during and after Conference? Which completely detracted from the Conference message?

        Oh yes, the ABC crowd.

        • lprent 26.1.1.1

          Some interesting e-mails now floating around as well.

          • Colonial Viper 26.1.1.1.1

            Cunliffe being demoted is almost beside the point at this stage. MPs and leaders come and go and there are no saints in this business.

            But the absolute underhanded nature, fabrication and intimidation of the last few days has made it clear that a sweeping change must come.

            FFS hundreds upon hundreds of party members saw Cunliffe avoiding the cameras and journos at every opportunity, not the other way around. I saw him do a couple of formal interviews yes but they were all out in the open within earshot of everyone.

  26. Vicky32 27

    [QoT: Vicky, you have been advised on multiple occasions that you are not welcome to comment on my posts.]

    • King Kong 27.1

      [deleted]

      [lprent: And you can keep your fantasies to yourself. What is the rule about authors? ]

      • higherstandard 27.1.1

        You’d do your eyes more of a favour if you stared at the sun for a couple of hours.

  27. Treetop 28

    QoT I did not think that you were a precious princess.

    Do you not believe in freedom of speech?

    Can I suggest as a compromise that you do not respond to Vicky32 and let her comment on your posts.

    The problem I have with banning her from your posts is that she is not generally banned from the Standard.

  28. Treetop 29

    The issue has come up re banning a person permanently from a post and not a total ban from the Standard. It is my understanding that you are permitted to do this. I am questioning doing this because of how you feel about an individual’s comment from a previous post of yours.

    • QoT 29.1

      All I’m saying, Treetop, is that if you think this is about a single past comment, you are mistaken. Beyond that, this “precious princess” will continue to moderate her own posts as she deems fit, unless the powers that be (i.e. lprent) tell her otherwise.

      • lprent 29.1.1

        And I’m really unlikely to do that. The idea is to educate the moderator rather than doing an Irish on them.

        But in this case I think a separation is a pretty good idea – for all of us.

      • Treetop 29.1.2

        I am aware that there has been an ongoing clash of wills; this is unfortunate.

        • lprent 29.1.2.1

          Yep. But those are the breaks. QoT has actually been remarkably restrained in her use of moderation and I think her solution with Vicky32 has been pretty good.

          She could have just as easily just allowed it to escalate to the point that a personal attack was made. That would have triggered the rule that Santi ran into at 29.1.3

      • Santi 29.1.3

        [deleted]

        [lprent: Don't attack authors personally. Banned 2 weeks. Besides I already have copyright on that description. ]

  29. lorraine 30

    Rachel Smalley was at it again on the nation this morning. She was suggesting to Shearer that this blog should be shut down as it may be damaging to Shearer. She suggested to him that he throw Cunliff out of the party. Who the heck does she think she is. Maybe she is ok in some roles in the media but her Paul Holmes x Paul Henry approach is really annoying and distracting.
    I wish she would have asked about where the money would be coming from to building these masses of houses Shearer is promising. Sounded like he was intending borrowing the money on the Nation this morning. His latest is the lack of affordable housing is the cause of young people going to Oz. WHAT ABOUT LACK OF JOBS?
    If people have jobs they can afford to buy houses. Developers will build houses if people have the money to pay for them. They need jobs in order to pay for houses. If people have jobs they have money to pay taxes and that means the government has money to pay for expenses like health and education etc.
    LACK OF JOBS IS THE PRIMARY REASON PEOPLE ARE LEAVING FOR OZ….WHAT PART OF THAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND SHEARER?
    Shearer may have practiced the interview so well that he came over reasonably ok this morning and in his speech at the conference but he won’t be able to handle the questions on the fly. His brain doesn’t think that fast and it seems he can only fudge it when he has time to practice practice practice what he has to say.
    All this talk about Shearer being a match for Key….ha what a laugh. No wonder the National MP’s are so smug.
    Cunliff is someone ready made to take on Key. He just needs a chance and the media needs to stop the beatup on him.

    • just saying 30.1

      She was suggesting to Shearer that this blog should be shut down as it may be damaging to Shearer.

      A bit off topic, but I’m guessing LPrent will be dragged into the public eye by the mainstream media eventually. Albeit against his will. All this talking about TS is creating a vaccuum which nature apparently abhors (so my mum reckons anyway).

      • lprent 30.1.1

        …but I’m guessing LPrent will be dragged into the public eye by the mainstream media eventually. Albeit against his will.

        The Nation asked

        We would like to invite you to appear on The Nation, TV3, this Saturday.
        We’re really keen to look beyond Labour’s leadership dispute, and talk
        about what the core of the party wants, and the implications of
        democratising the party.

        My reply was:-

        Just been thinking this through.

        a. I don’t have time. I took considerable time off my current project at
        work to attend the conference. And we’re on a deadline. I’ll be working
        through next weekend to make up that time and the time I have used in
        fallout over the last few days.

        b. Almost everything I have done in the party is operational and is
        quite minimal at present. These days my only real association with
        politics is via The Standard which is more concerned with the labour
        movement, of which NZ Labour is a part. Since having a heart attack last
        year, something had to drop off my schedule, and working on systems for
        the party was it.

        c. I’m really not that interested in being too public outside of the
        blogs and never have been. That is why (for instance) you can’t find
        pictures of me on the net.

        And I can’t actually think of a reason to do it. So sorry…

        Cheers
        Lynn

        I actually missed out that Lyn is heading off for 3 weeks filming in the Himalayas next week. But I was deep in code and deeply antisocial when I wrote the e-mail.

        About the only thing that I could think of that would conceivably entice me into the public domain would be attacks on The Standard or on our privacy policies. I rather suspect that whoever initiated it wouldn’t like the result. I get irritated when I have to adjust systems against attacks.

        I presume that people making attacks (criticism doesn’t worry me) on systems I control will always do so again and I accordingly act to cause as much damage as possible to people doing it over subsequent decades. I’m sure that there is a RFC somewhere describing the strategy of sysops to attacks somewhere.

        People have to remember that I’m not part of a political culture except at the edge. I’m part of the net culture and the cultural reactions tend to be quite different.

  30. lorraine 31

    Rachel Smalley’s interviewing techniques remind me of those ads on TV were they shout at you. She uses far too many closed questions for my liking. I think interviews with open questions where the person has a chance say what they think is far better especially in political interviews. A few times lately I have heard her repeat the same closed question over and over and to me it just shows a lack of real skill.

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    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
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    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
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  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
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  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
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  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
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  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
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  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
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  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
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  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
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  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
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  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
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  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
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  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
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  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
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  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
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  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
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  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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