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A late run succeeds

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 46 comments

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On October 4th Andrew Little was looking to see if he was even going to be in Parliament because he hadn’t achieved the near impossible task of winning New Plymouth. He was at the bottom of small list and only got back into parliament on special votes. But Andrew Little has a well deserved reputation is a organiser and a campaigner. It showed.

Last chance to vote

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, November 17th, 2014 - 67 comments

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The Labour leadership campaign is in the home straight.  Various authors have declared their preference and why and I thought I should do the same.

My (late) vote

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, November 16th, 2014 - 54 comments

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Here are my votes for the leadership contest. It was a hard choice, especially having to rank them. But my main criteria was to look for the people who I think had the most chance retaining and utilising the ever increasing membership and the other parts of the party together into a election winning system for the left.

Standard questions: Grant Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, November 10th, 2014 - 81 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are Grant Robertson’s answers.

Andrew Little in Auckland on Sunday and virtual hustings

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 8th, 2014 - 30 comments

The Labour leadership race continues!

Labour leadership hustings video

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 3rd, 2014 - 12 comments

In case you haven’t been able to make it to any of the leadership hustings, here’s the speeches from the Nelson meeting last week.

Grant Robertson live Q&A

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, November 2nd, 2014 - 135 comments

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Grant Robertson will be joining us live here tonight at around 7:30pm. As usual all comments / questions will be strictly moderated.

Chat with Grant Robertson Sunday 7:30

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 am, November 2nd, 2014 - Comments Off

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Labour leadership contender Grant Robertson will be joining us here at The Standard live on Sunday around 7:30pm for a chat.

Labour leadership events this weekend

Written By: - Date published: 5:54 pm, October 31st, 2014 - 19 comments

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Meet the candidates.

Leadership Election: Candidates Start Painting Themselves Into Corners

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2014 - 74 comments

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InsideOut has a look at the current state of the labour leadership campaigns. Predictably they plump down on the side of a particular candidate. But they do point to various issues with all of the campaigns.

All Things Being Equal…

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 27th, 2014 - 171 comments

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Assuming that all four contenders for leadership of Labour are equally worthy, there is a defining factor that ought to be considered…vulnerability to attack.

I’m backing Grant

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, October 26th, 2014 - 174 comments

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We have 4 great Leftie contenders, who all want to take Aotearoa where we want it to go. Whomever wins, I’ll back them to the hilt. But I have a vote and a voice, and I’m backing Grant – here’s why.

The first hustings

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 128 comments

The leadership contest has kicked off with a bang.

Cullen endorses Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 137 comments

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Grant Robertson picked up a heavyweight endorsement yesterday.

Labour’s Leadership campaign heats up

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, October 20th, 2014 - 100 comments

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The Labour leadership campaign is now under way and the first meet the candidates meetings are scheduled for this week.

Which West Wing politicians do the Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 14 comments

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So which West Wing politician do the current Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?  Dedicated to one of the best political activists I know.

Grant Robertson campaign launch

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, October 15th, 2014 - 50 comments

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Progressive social media

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, October 10th, 2014 - 70 comments

David Cunliffe vote positive

Now that the dust is settling on the 2014 general election it is a good time for progressives to review our and our opponents’ use of social media and what can be done better.  And how do we respond effectively to the approach of the right which is now thanks to Nicky Hager painstakingly clear.

A paean about Grant Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, October 3rd, 2014 - 384 comments

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Like many on the left, I was disillusioned with the election result. It felt pretty hopeless on election night that John Key could romp home to victory on the back of dirty politics. But there is hope. Here are my ten key reasons why I am voting for and supporting Grant Robertson to be our next Prime Minister.

Robertson announces that he is standing for leader

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, September 28th, 2014 - 193 comments

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Grant Robertson is the second Labour MP to announce that he wishes to seek the party’s leadership.

Polity: Shifting ground?

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, August 7th, 2014 - 19 comments

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Rob Salmond looks at the recent shifts in media opinion pieces. Perhaps the National strategy of getting the house to rise too early has backfired. It appears to be giving opposition parties more room to showcase their policy, more room for National to showcase its arrogance, and more time for the polls to close.

Positive Policy on Youth Employment

Written By: - Date published: 6:09 pm, August 4th, 2014 - 7 comments

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Other than fixing child poverty, there’s probably no more important policy than this. Labour will commit $183 million to a comprehensive Youth Employment Package designed to reach 24,000 young New Zealanders.

Steven Joyce is a pillock

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 pm, August 2nd, 2014 - 129 comments

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If you need proof watch this morning’s TV3 debate with Grant Robertson.

Polity: Key – “Meh. Maybe I lied to Parliament.”

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 14th, 2014 - 39 comments

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Misleading parliament is serious. If it happens, MPs are supposed to make a stand-alone statement to the House about what they said, why it was wrong, and what they should have said instead. Key didn’t do that at all. He just inserted a pathetic “meh” concession into an answer to a question. And the speaker diminished parliament by letting him get away with it.

Judith Collins the walking dead

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, May 7th, 2014 - 114 comments

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Yesterday in Parliament the Government was completely on the back foot.  Judith Collins cannot be more compromised.  National strategists must be afraid at the damage that its one strength, John Key, is sustaining.

Oravida: Collins, Goodfellow, Key.

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, March 5th, 2014 - 38 comments

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John Key claims Judith Collins was not guilty of conflict of interest re-her visit to Oravida in China. Grant Robertson and Chris Hipkins, in the General Debate today claimed that Peter Goodfellow met with an Oravida sponsored group of businessmen to discuss “bi-lateral collaboration.”  They claim Key also played golf with an Oravida bigwig.

Labour’s reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, September 23rd, 2013 - 82 comments

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Details of the Labour Caucus changes are now appearing in the media.  The update is Parker, Robertson and Jones will be the core of the economic team, King retains Health, Shearer gains Foreign Affairs and Cosgrove and Hipkins retain their current responsibilities.  Mahuta and Moroney are elevated to the front bench and this will help gender balance.

Updated with full list.

TV3 needs to be fact checked

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, September 13th, 2013 - 75 comments

alternative-vs-mainstream-media-450x250TV3’s analysis of the Labour Leadership contest is leaving a lot to be desired.  Rather than reporting on what has happened they are trivialising the leadership campaign and getting important details wrong.

My votes

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, September 12th, 2013 - 100 comments

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I voted for Cunliffe, Robertson, and Jones in that order. My reasons are in this post. It is unnecessary for people to speculate on additional motivations.

But if any MP or jonolist wants to try to run a politically based smear on me like they did on Jenny Michie, Mike Williams, and others then I’m perfectly happy to tear them a new rectum through their political credibility over the next decade.

Assessing the contenders’ campaigns

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, September 12th, 2013 - 101 comments

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Robertson had to show some flare, show he’s more than an affable apparatchik, that he’s capable of wowing crowds and raising his profile: Not achieved

Jones had to show he had some real depth under the bravado and not start saying weird things under pressure: Not achieved

Cunliffe had to show he that he can meter his charismatic side to avoid gaffes and that he was genuinely something different from the B Team that’s led Labour since Clark: Achieved.

Labour Leadership Contest – the final meeting will be streamed

Written By: - Date published: 3:44 pm, September 10th, 2013 - 24 comments

own our future labourThe final leadership meeting is scheduled for Christchurch this evening.  The tour has been an outstanding success for the party and in the interests of the party what has been achieved needs to be consolidated and built on.  And tune in to www.3news.co.nz at 7:45 pm for live streaming of the speeches.

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