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Clean and neat

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, September 18th, 2013 - 87 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, david parker, labour, leadership - Tags:

Paddy Gower’s gleeful predictions of ‘blood on the floor’ of caucus didn’t happen. Tracy Watkins’ unrealistic demand that Grant Robertson (whom she incorrectly thought would win the leadership race) be retained as deputy was never going to happen. What we saw was a neat, least moves action that puts the economy front and centre of Labour’s brand.

David Parker is now Bill English’s opposite – the deputy leader and finance spokesperson. Like English (and Cullen before them) Parker is not inspirational or charismatic, in his own words ‘I’m me, I don’t want to be a used car salesman like Key’. Instead, he is a safe pair of hands that people are comfortable with running the economy. Like English is to Key, Parker will be to Cunliffe – a strong, economically-focused pair, the leader inspirational, the deputy the rock.

Making Robertson shadow leader of the House is a really smart move. It gives Robertson a position with the profile and responsibility that he deserves and it removes the Mallard problem. Mallard can’t even be too upset, when it’s the man he backed taking his job.

Mallard couldn’t be left in a senior position given his extensive talking campaign against Cunliffe over the years. The same was true of Hipkins. They’re neatly moved aside, too.

These moves were logical and calmly done. No ‘blood on the floor’, no vindictiveness, and little ground for complaint from those demoted. And, just as importantly, they were done cleanly and with authority. No more vacillating, weak leadership for Labour.

87 comments on “Clean and neat”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    This is a very good start to Cunliffe’s leadership, but its only a start. Its crucial that momentum be kept up now in order for Labour to look and sound completely different to Shearer and Goff’s Labour. Cunliffe is delivering on that now but his top team is going to have to start pulling in the same direction and style very fast.

    One thing which has to go: those bloodless, passionless Wellington-speak, not-news press releases that Labour under Shearer used to issue by the dozen. It was no surprise that hardly any of them ever got picked up.

    • Raymond a Francis 1.1

      It was a good, well considered tidy up. Still a lot of dead wood but that is how these things are

      I would suggest from Hipkins.and Mallards point of view their was some blood in the water but hardly unexpected
      And a warning to some others in caucus “chorus”

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Nice one Raymond.

        • Poneke 1.1.1.1

          “Wellington-speak” ? Colonial, I’m generally in agreement with you – but not this time.

          Wellingtonians come in many shapes and sizes, have diverse opinions, speak in many accents, argots, languages, tounges, and professional jargons. Even parliamentarians have been known to occasionally use the language of the street, of the people – of voters, in fact. Strange, that.

          “bloodless, passionless Wellington-speak, not-news press releases that Labour under Shearer used to issue by the dozen” refers to a failed political experiment rooted in patronage from a time when Lange was undermined by his own .. documented by Alister Barry among others.

          It is not characteristic of the Wellington that I know – and, no, that is not Parliament.

          Wellington, unlike George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, was an effective leader whose politics I do not share – but we need more people who can apply hard-won relevant experience in these times.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            :)

            Yes I may have been using a very narrow definition of “Wellington”….

          • Virginia Linton 1.1.1.1.2

            Plenty of Wellington people were for Cunliffe, in fact I didn’t talk to many who planned to vote Robertson. The voting result speaks for itself.

          • Crunchtime 1.1.1.1.3

            I’m from Wellington and proud of this beautiful city. But I know he was using “Wellington-speak” meaning bland poltician-speak. No offense taken here. :)

      • phillip ure 1.1.2

        and of course..mallards blood-letting was into san francisco bay/his champagne-glass..

        ..such a long long way away..we couldn’t even see it..

        ..and yes..replacing mallard with robertson was a neat touch..

        ..all mallard can really do is sit in his lycra..and smoulder..

        ..(which could get a bit ‘ew!’ if allowed to continue for too long..)

        ..and @ viper..re press-releases..

        ..aye..!..i sit and wonder at the fact that people who pen them were apparantly hired for their writing skills…

        ..press-releases inevitably seem to be able to render the most exciting news/info into dire/dead-thickets of impenatrable-prose..

        ..more to be picked up with a pair of tongs..and viewed with distaste from afar..

        ..than sat down and read..

        ..is that where all the bad writers go to ‘earn’..?

        ..whoar..!

        ..eh.?

        ..phillip ure..

        • Frida 1.1.2.1

          Philip, just wanted to say how much I love your contributions! They always make me smile into my morning coffee and are worth persevering through the “different” formatting!
          Cheers!

          [lprent: Since the amnesty, he has been a more circumspect about link-whoring which is what I used to notice him for. His comments are far more in context as well.

          The formatting I could live with (or even better without). But if you jump to his site you will find a *lot* more. ]

          • phillip ure 1.1.2.1.1

            chrs frida..

            phillip ure..

            • Crunchtime 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Uh yeah, I would prefer proper grammar and punctuation. Ure has a lot of good things to say but I often skip them as too hard to read! Sorry Phillip. I suggest it would be more professional to use a conventional layout and your points would come across much better… and much easier to read.

              • Saarbo

                Ohhh…I dont know about that Crunchtime, I quite enjoy the rhythm of PU comments, they leave a bit more for the imagination to work on, sort of poetic. One of my favourite books is The Book of Fame by Loyd Jones, sort of reminds me of that book. Keep it coming PU.

              • weka

                Like Crunchtime, I usualy skip Phillip’s comments as they are too hard to read, format-wise. Which is a shame, I’d like to read them.

              • I like the way you write phil – it reminds me of Irving Welsh’s style of writing where you have to be in it, to read it – I’m not sure how others read but I sort of read aloud in my head. As wiki says about Welsh, ” Instead, he transcribes dialects phonetically.” As in, “That’s spot on man … eh … ye goat it … ah mean … nae hassle likesay.” Whilst your style is a bit different to that it seems in the same family. The length of 1.1.2. was about right for me – at a page without having to scroll down, I do find the longer they are, the harder they get to read – but that could just be me. Anyway… just some thoughts that are given with the best intentions. Kia kaha.

    • bad12 1.2

      There shouldn’t be a problem in that area with Shane Jones, if He is true to form in ‘Economic Development’ He won’t be heard of again until sometime after November 2014…

      • phillip ure 1.2.1

        recent/post-race tv appearances from jones show him having already hit the snooze-button..

        ..and..and..penthouse has filed for bankruptcy..

        ..shaney might be stirred enough to propose the economic-development of relocating penthouse to kaitaia..?

        ..with him overseeing all the ‘shoots’..?

        ..the idea/thought of that might arouse him…from his whatever…eh..?

        ..phillip ure..

      • George D 1.2.2

        No, you’ll hear him at some point talking about oil and gas drilling, and how the Greens hate Maori and working New Zealanders because they’re in favour of a liveable climate and oil-free beaches.

        If he’s put on a tight reign and directed to give all his attention to National, his position might work.

      • Murray Olsen 1.2.3

        bad12, you’ve just reminded me that every cloud has a silver lining. In this case, made from 30 pieces donated by the mining lobby.

    • Mary 1.3

      Cunliffe calling the crony capitalism on the fishing limit palaver was refreshing to see and what an opposition is supposed to be about. Looking forward to seeing regular attacks like this on Nact’s many obvious weaknesses. Good to see, finally, but this work needs to be commonplace again. Imagine Shearer saying “crony capitalism” in the House. Nobody would’ve blinked an eyelid. What a difference.

  2. felix 2

    Did you just describe Key as “inspirational”?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Bloody hell. Lol.

    • Enough is Enough 2.2

      Also Cullen as not been charismatic or inspirational.

      He was the most charistmatic in the previous Labour government.

      Notwithstanding, I agree with your post. A clean transition to the a future half of the Green/Labour Government.

      Well done Labour

      • bad12 2.2.1

        Obviously yesterdays slight ‘stumble’ in the House should be regarded as a one off…

        • Te Reo Putake 2.2.1.1

          Yep. I was reminded of Cunliffe’s speech to the Levin hustings meeting, which, as I wrote at the time, wasn’t flash. But he went on to improve dramatically over the next few meetings and won handsomely. Which is exactly whats going to happen over the next 12 months in Parliament and in the election.

        • King Kong 2.2.1.2

          Many here didn’t extend that courtesy to Shearer. Looking forward to the moniker “Major Fuckup” coming into usage.

          • bad12 2.2.1.2.1

            That one i am afraid is already taken, Slippery’s National Government since the GCSB Legislation is simply that,

            A ‘major f**kup’ of monumental proportions,

            Roy Morgan says it best, 47% one minute, the next 41% and Slip sliding away…

        • Enough is Enough 2.2.1.3

          Lets hope so. We will find out today won’t we.

          As important as the copper tax issue is, I think he should be kicking off with something which resonates with the lost 800,000 a bit more.

          • bad12 2.2.1.3.1

            Lolz, i am just being a bit naughty, the debating chamber is a hard ask of a place for anyone to score ‘hits’,

            At the moment Russell Norman does it best, He seems to have this innate ability to get whichever Minister is up for the days interrogation to attempt to lie, either blatantly or by omission,

            Yesterday it was Nick Smith’s turn to be made to look a fool, admittedly Russell didn’t have much work to do there,

            Cunliffe pretty soon i would think needs to be out and about touring the country with ‘the message’ where He is likely to be far more effective,

            The 800,000, it’s only ‘words’ at the moment and i would suggest will remain so until such time as Labour can put forward the policies likely to move them…

            • Strategos 2.2.1.3.1.1

              “Cunliffe pretty soon i would think needs to be out and about touring the country with ‘the message’ where He is likely to be far more effective,”

              ++1

              [lprent: suspected astroturfer now on auto-spam until I get an explanation. ]

              • i disagree with the descriptions of cunnliffe not being up to it in the house..

                ..i think his approach yesterday was the correct one..and one he should continue..

                ..he showed the gravitas/intellect of a prime minister-in-waiting..

                ..whereas key was the clown..

                ..and going on doing commentaries on q-time/and having seen them all in action..

                ..i can’t see any others in labour up to the job..

                ..and i noted yesterday how i am so looking forward to commenting on the tag-team of cunnliffe and norman..

                ..between them they will be able to chew up and spit out anyone in national..key included..

                ..and make no mistake..national know this..

                ..if you doubt me..go and watch the faces/eyes of those who surround key..during the first minutes of yesterdays’ q-time..

                ..they couldn’t be further from the gloating triumphalism we are so used to..

                ..and as for the criticisims of parker..?

                ..they too are unfounded..

                ..i too have taken the piss out of him for his ‘parker’-like/boyish looks..

                ..(‘boyish’-looks he will appreciate more and more..the older he gets..eh..?..)

                ..but parker is another who is totally on top of his subjects-matter..

                ..the/his intellect is clear and present..

                ..and the biggest battle against english for him..

                ..will be trying to find some way of countering that powerful soporific-voice-effect that english has/so successfully deploys..

                ..(i have suggested before that the collected speeches of english/joyce should be marketed as a sleep-aid..and i don’t resile from that recommendation..)

                ..parker is/will be fine..

                ..cunnliffe will be fine..

                ..norman will be fine..

                ..it’s all looking pretty fine..

                ..phillip ure..

                • JK

                  “..if you doubt me..go and watch the faces/eyes of those who surround key..during the first minutes of yesterdays’ q-time..

                  “..they couldn’t be further from the gloating triumphalism we are so used to..”

                  Not only that, Phillip Ure, but they all had their detailed notes to hand so they could answer Opposition questions properly. No more clowning around with the buffoon Shearer. ShonKey was taking Cunliffe seriously. That was very obvious. A good start for Cunliffe. AND for Parker too – he looked and sounded on top of his game.

                  And with Norman bringing up the rear to embarrass Nick Smith, the Opposition had it in spades yesterday. Long may it last !

                  • and of course..when key is pointing his ‘colourless’-finger @ parker..

                    ..his other three ‘colourless’-fingers are pointing back @ english/joyce..and brownlee..

                    ..eh..?

                    ..next to those three dull/spluttering candles parker is ‘literally’..a pulsating rainbow of neon..

                    ..eh..?

                    ..phillip ure..

            • Te Reo Putake 2.2.1.3.1.2

              “Cunliffe pretty soon i would think needs to be out and about touring the country with ‘the message’ where He is likely to be far more effective,”

              Oooh, the biblical He! I know some folk think DC walks on water, but elevation to Godlike status may be a tad premature 😉

              • bad12

                Lolz, far from it, should David (the incumbent) keep up the mangle-ization of the English language ‘the questions’ will start to be ‘unhappily’ asked…

              • AmaKiwi

                At local meetings you speak to 50 to 100 people at best. On the television news you speak to tens of thousands.

                Cunliffe’s time is best spend serving up snappy news sound bites. What’s more, he’s good at it. Unfortunately, so is Key.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Definitely. The reach of TV is good. But we can’t discount small personal meetings entirely as they are the ones where a politician can gain activists, convert people to the cause, and gain local reputation and credibility which is crucial for later electorate by electorate campaigning.

                  The example is that of Winston Peters pre 2011 election. No parliamentary position to campaign from, he simply campaigned up and down the country visiting big and small towns, talking to crowds as big as 100 or as small as 8 or 10, successfully bringing in several MPs into Parliament.

                  • bad12

                    Yep, Helen Clark was also said to be a whizz at it, small gatherings create ripples out into communities…

        • fender 2.2.1.4

          Well it better not be a one-off, how can the press possibly sing the chorus if the caucus won’t serve up couscous.

        • Winston Smith 2.2.1.5

          You hope, Cunliffes got what he wanted but now he has to deliver against one of the best we’ve had

          • bad12 2.2.1.5.1

            Yes indeed, we have had Him up to our eyeballs for the past 5 years, the ‘comedian’ and the ‘used car salesman’,

            ‘Had’ being the operative word, the shine has worn off the Slippery one, 47% one month 41 the next,

            i hear the sound of sharpening knives being honed in the foundry, all bearing the name J.Collins and Co…

          • thatguynz 2.2.1.5.2

            One of the best what? I can only assume you are referring to Key’s other skills rather than his ability to run the country?

            • Winston Smith 2.2.1.5.2.1

              Doesn’t say much for what Labour had then doesn’t it

              • fender

                You don’t say much when you employ a mangled version of English. This Key fuckwit has really rubbed off on you.

              • thatguynz

                What Labour had? Again, I can only assume you are speaking in terms of country leadership. So are you suggesting therefore that Key is better than any Labour PM in history?

                I know you are trying to make a point but to be honest mate, you’re doing a pretty crap job of it.

                • Winston Smith

                  He went up against Clark, Goff, saw off Shearer and is now onto Cunliffe…he can only defeat those that Labour select to go against him

                  • fender

                    “….you better get yourself a new line
                    ’cause that shit just ain’t worth selling”

                    Jon Toogood must have been singing about you

                  • thatguynz

                    So he’s 2 from 3 against the previous Labour leaders? OK, at least now your point has some substance. So let’s just hypothesise that Cunliffe gets the better of Key which is a pretty reasonable assumption. That would then mean Key is batting .500. If you are suggesting that he’s one of the best leaders that National has had on that (pretty average) basis, then I’d suggest you guys need to elevate your expectations of your leaders…

          • fender 2.2.1.5.3

            Bernie Madoff is one of the best your lot have had.

      • Tim 2.2.2

        (“charasmatic” apparently took on a new meaning when someone called John Key came to power)

  3. “Mallard can’t even be too upset”

    He will be, he just won’t be allowed to show it 😆
    Definitely not the next Mr speaker.

    Good start from DC. He’s saddled with Robertson, but good to see buttkiss is bench warming his way to mea culpaville.

  4. karol 4

    David Parker did a very good interview on Morning Report, demonstrating caucus unity.

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    • bad12 4.1

      Lolz, yeah i just half inched His ‘comedian’ and ‘used car salesman’ line in a comment above, Parker has a ‘quirky’ sense of humor and it will be interesting to see whether His now firm ‘ownership’ of Labour’s Finance Portfolio draws Him out of His shell a bit more…

    • AmaKiwi 4.2

      Wow! Excellent interview.

      The new Labour message: “We are preparing for government.”

      Key has continually undermined that by portraying both Labour and Greens as irresponsible parliamentary court jesters.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        I thought that Parker did pretty well too. And he has a good reputation with the large business sector and with professional firms. A good pick by caucus (on Cunliffe’s recco) IMO.

        • Rose 4.2.1.1

          Well done, David Parker. I liked the point he made about people “with connections” getting ahead. Going back to Cunliffe’s goal of people in caucus progressing based on merit, let’s also have a NZ where people can get ahead based on merit not connections.

        • Chooky 4.2.1.2

          CV and others +1…David Parker spoke very well!….and scored some points along the way which showed up Key

  5. Ad 5

    Parker needs to sustain this. He needs to slap on some testosterone patches under that pale exterior.

    I think we’ve been so used to such shit performances from Labour’s front bench that we are grateful if they make whole sentences complete with a verb and a noun.

    Cunliffe will not be pleased with his two mistakes, and nor should we be. We need to do what we did to Shearer: hold him to account and expect him to consistently improved.

    …and that goes for the entire front bench.

    • karol 5.1

      In his first stand-up with the press on Monday, Cunliffe said he will make mistakes, but he will work to improve on them, etc.

      • Don't worry. Be happy. 5.1.1

        Yep David Cunliffe slipped up twice on his first outing as Leader of Labour in the House. Who hasn’t made a mistake like that under far less pressure as well? What I liked was how he handled his mistake…with dignity, poise, intelligence and good humour. Put John Key under pressure and before you can blink, his eyes are narrowed, his teeth are bared and the venom starts.

  6. Francis 6

    Exactly. All that his mistakes yesterday say is that he’s only human, and all humans make mistakes from time to time. I’m sure everyone here has made that exact same mistake at some stage in their life, and for most of us, it happens regularly. It’s purely cosmetic too, certainly nothing substantial.

    If you actually go into the substance of his performance in the House yesterday, he did quite well. He pressed the Prime Minister for details and remained strong and confident, regardless of his small mistake at the beginning. If you haven’t done so already, I strongly suggest you watch the full question, rather than relying on reporting from the Mainstream Media, who are far too picky over the minor detail while disregarding the actual issues.

    EDIT: That was supposed to be in response to karol, sorry. Much like Cunliffe, I make mistakes too.

  7. Ad 7

    I will forgive Labour, Cunliffe, and the rest of them of their mistakes if they either win an election, or really start looking like that they can win. And I’m not talking polls, I’m talking person for person, pound for pound, day after day in the House and the media.

    And sure as hell don’t expect the media to mature or become more sophisticated. You get what you get and work it.

  8. captain hook 8

    who the hell is Paddy gower and why is he writing such tripe.
    Either he believes in the political process or he just wants to dis anything he doesnt agree with.
    which is it?

    • gower seems to have lost the realisation that to be a reporter..means to report..things..

      ..to try to draw a picture for those who weren’t present that is as close to what actually unfolded as you can get..

      ..not to seek out angles and gifs to sneer along to..

      ..(and given his unending pimping of/for robertson (followed by jones) as ‘the winner’ during that leaders’ race..

      ..predictions so out of the field of play..they were on the other side of town..

      ..after weeks of them..you’d think gower would be appearing on screen wearing sackcloth and ashes..ducking the head and saying:..’sorry!..for tricking you..for making you think my words/predictions had any worth..’

      ..but nah..!..another day..another angle/gif..eh..?

      ..and his ‘reporting’ of q-time on news last nite..was a new nadir..

      ..in a minefield full of nadirs..

      ..gower need to seek out a dictionary..maybe a shelf of them..

      ..and look up what it means to be a reporter..

      ..and realise that what he did during that leadership race..

      ..and going on the evidence from last nite..continues to do..

      ..didn’t come within a fucken bulls’-roar of that..

      ..with the only question really being..

      ..did he really believe all that crap he (and other corporate-media) were spouting..?

      ..(and if so..whoar..!..eh..?..)

      ..and if not that reason..was he..and all those others..just being ‘trouts’..

      ..playing/pushing the angles their bosses/editors were ordering them too..?

      …(and if so..double-whoar..!..eh..?..)

      ..was/is it ignorance..?..or was/is it corruption..?

      ..clear evidence of bought/owned media-mouthpieces..

      ..nothing more..nothing less..

      ..phillip ure..

  9. gobsmacked 9

    Shearer got one thing right at least – in his last interview (Q & A) he admitted that the opposition leader can spend too much time chasing rabbits, the latest thing to pop up and offer a tempting target (as I’ve said before, that’s Mallard-ism … all game, no strategy).

    I just want to tattoo “Focus, focus, f**ing FOCUS” on every Labour MPs head, so they can see it in the bathroom mirror every moring. Cunliffe, Parker and co have the ability to present an alternative gov’t with an alternative set of credible policies, and that’s what they should do – in fact, that’s ALL they should do.

    When the next Aaron Gilmore comes along, don’t say “Mmm, Popcorn!” to the TV cameras. Don’t say “Yes Paddy, no Paddy, you set the agenda Paddy”.

    For the media, all Labour need in the next three months is 1) Win the Christchurch by-election, and 2) have a good conference. (Neither is inevitable). The polls will take care of themselves.

    So far, so good for the new team, but the timetable that matters is a year, not minutes for headline-chasing, tweeting journos. Chorus/caucus trivia is what they do, don’t bite – do NOT bite – just ignore and keep up the work that matters.

    End of sermon! :)

    • Crunchtime 9.1

      absolutely. If you want to win as a party you must always set the agenda and communicate that agenda. The reporters are there to report the party’s agenda, not set their own. Always remember that. Always.

    • Winston Smith 9.2

      I agree with this except for the bit about the by-election…if Labour doesn’t win that I’ll sign up and join (and vote for) the Green party

      But you are right about Labour being side-tracked by trivialities…

    • ghostrider888 9.3

      now the benediction before it’s back to my place for toast and ‘tea’

  10. Wayne (a different one) 10

    Early days in the new leadership – eventually cracks will appear and blood will flow, that we can all be sure of.

    You can through as much spin around as you like, but when you have 2/3rds of the caucus openly despising David Cunnlife, this ain’t one united caucus and, at some stage the brown stuff is going to hit the fan big time.

    Labour has a proven history of it – whats changed in the last 3 days?

    Answer, nothing, because it’s the same old faces with the same old agendas – just wait and watch.

    • McFlock 10.1

      when you have 2/3rds of the caucus openly despising David Cunnlife,

      citation needed…

    • the pigman 10.2

      I can spin this as much as I like, and when you have more than 47% of the caucus openly voting for David Cunliffe in preference to Grant Robertson as Labour leader, this is a more united caucus than National and, at some stage, the brown stuff is going to hit the fan big time and spray up all over John Key’s nice blue suit.

      FIFY. What a pity strikethrough is broken.

  11. Winston Smith 11

    So first Hipkins gone (voluntarily of course), Robertson demoted (again voluntarily) , Mallard persona non grata (mislaid his phone perhaps?) and Fran Mold seeking new employment

    I got to give Cunliffe credit hes certainly cutting a swathe through labour at the moment which is what he needed to do

    • Pete 11.1

      There may be an aspect of pour encourager les autres to this, but Cunliffe has to put his own mark on the senior leadership. That’s why he was elected to the role.

    • karol 11.2

      We don’t know yet whether Hipkins will get another spokesperson role. Parker reckoned it was Robertson’s preference not to be deputy – in Parker’s RNZ interview this morning.

      Mallard? Well, roles be allocated on merit. What role has Mallard earned on merit?

      It was interesting to see that on 3 News tonight, 2 Labour performances in the House today made the 6pm news – and neither of the reports by Gower.

      There was a clip from Cunliffe’s General Debate speech, on snapper. And Ardern’s question to Paula Bennett got taken seriously with a report on the news about the stress on social workers due to overload of cases. This in the context of the potential extra work load on social workers as a result of the Vulnerable Children Bill.

      I also noted that Clare Curran knuckled under, and, in the General Debate, picked up on the broadband issue raised by Cunliffe yesterday in Question Time.

      So, I’d say a solid day’s work from Team Labour.

  12. feijoa 12

    Yes, exactly, David Cunliffe is there because the members precisely DID NOT want more of the same

  13. big bruv 13

    You guys are dreaming.

    Silent T was cleaned up by Key. I thought Shearer was bad in the house but Silent T was even worse.

    Robertson is still in the background plotting…..

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13.1

      Wakey, wakey Big Bruv, it is you that it dreaming

      (I can see you would rather slumber in wild imaginings than realise you particular dream is over though.)

  14. Linz 14

    iPredict today:
    There will be a National Prime Minister after the 2014 General Election probability: 51.7% down (3.04%)
    There will be a Labour Prime Minister after the 2014 General Election probability: 49.7% up (2.75%)
    David Cunliffe to be Prime Minister before 2015 – probability: 50.0% – up (6.38%)

  15. charles kinbote 15

    repeat after me,
    phillip ure is a brilliant commenter,
    may read like an idiot but he is brilliant,
    he has faith,
    hang him out there with the 800,000,
    watch the ratings slide further

  16. Interesting to see … thank you it’s well done :)

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    New Zealand’s “rock star” economy is failing to deliver either a surplus, real wage increases or job growth with unemployment stuck at 5.8 per cent,” Labour’s Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government trumpets the 3 per cent growth rate and… ...
    4 hours ago
  • Secret moves could undermine education system
    The Government must explain why it is pushing to open doors to multinational private education providers through a controversial international free trade agreement, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Documents leaked today show our Government is one of a handful… ...
    5 hours ago
  • Spotless must now end all zero-hours contracts
    New Zealand’s largest contractor of food, cleaning and hospital staff, Spotless, must now take action to end all zero-hour contracts, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday Labour asked questions of Parliamentary Service and the Speaker after we revealed nine parliamentary… ...
    8 hours ago
  • Are we even talking about welfare anymore?
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • MPs warned off celebrations for fear of upsetting Chinese
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  • Labour stands behind Solid Energy miners
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    23 hours ago
  • TPK unable to deliver on Whanau Ora
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    24 hours ago
  • Too many Kiwis waiting on waiting lists
    Waiting lists to get on waiting lists are the new norm for thousands of New Zealanders living with chronic health problems, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “The Government’s underfunding of the health sector is forcing district health boards to… ...
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  • Delays in spending damage Whanau Ora
    Criticism from the Auditor General that a greater proportion of Whanau Ora funds could have been directed to families rather than administration is something that needs to be investigated thoroughly, says Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “To quote the report… ...
    1 day ago
  • Walking the talk on sexual violence
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    1 day ago
  • Govt dumps infrastructure costs on Akld ratepayers
    The Government’s failure to invest in infrastructure to service its Special Housing Areas is dumping massive costs on Auckland ratepayers, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council has declined to approve three new Special Housing Areas on the city… ...
    1 day ago
  • Labour reforms encourage bad employers to be bullies
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    1 day ago
  • Parliament workers on zero-hour contracts
    The Government must take urgent action and insist the contractor who employs workers at Parliament on zero-hour contracts end these unfair work arrangements, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Speaker David Carter has confirmed in his reply to questions from Labour… ...
    1 day ago
  • RMA: We need to know
    Environment Minister Nick Smith needs to spell out to New Zealanders what they can expect from his substantial reform of the RMA, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.  In an open letter to the Minister, Megan Woods has urged him… ...
    1 day ago
  • He Aituā! He Aituā!
    “Papā te whatitiri! Hikohiko te uira! Ka wāwāhia ki runga o Hikurangi maunga, o Waiwhetū kainga. “Kua katohia e te ringa kaha o Aituā i tetahi pou whakarae o te reo Māori. Nō reira kei hea taku manu tui… ...
    2 days ago
  • Stratoil – Iwis do what National will not
    Tomorrow, Far North tribal representatives for the Te Hiku o Te Ika tribes will be travelling to the head office of Statoil to discuss the opposition to its oil exploration program in Te Reinga Basin. Statoil have decided to begin… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    2 days ago
  • Mana whenua head North to oppose oil drilling
    It was good to hear the news that a mana whenua delegation is heading north, a long way north, to make their views known about the proposed  oil drilling off the Northland coast. The roopu will be representing iwi and hapu… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    2 days ago
  • Ministers must act on 111 failure
    Lives are being put at risk if the company contracted to manage emergency 111 calls can’t cope with increased numbers, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Saturday’s situation where people calling the emergency services were unable to get through and were… ...
    2 days ago
  • People trying to save lives don’t deserve abuse
    WorkSafe New Zealand staff trying to save lives on farms shouldn’t be subjected to a tirade of verbal abuse from a Member of Parliament, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Chester Borrows has labelled WorkSafe New Zealand officials… ...
    2 days ago
  • Action on laws needed in Privacy Week
    The Government must speed up promised law changes to reassure the public their private information is in safe hands as the country marks Privacy Week, Labour’s associate Justice spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “The previous Justice Minister Judith Collins announced… ...
    2 days ago
  • Māori Caucus call on iwi leaders support
    Labour’s Māori caucus has sent an open letter to iwi leaders around the country seeking their support for meat workers currently in employment negotiations with Talleys.  “We are aware that when Talleys locked out workers for a period of 89… ...
    2 days ago
  • National still splashing cash on charter school experiment
    New figures confirming that charter schools are still being funded at up to four times the rate of their state school counterparts shows just how desperate the National Government is to make its experiment a success, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris… ...
    4 days ago
  • Regions pay price for inaction on housing
    New figures put the cost of an average Auckland home at $800,000 and show large parts of the country facing stagnant or falling property values, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The QV data released today shows residential property values… ...
    5 days ago
  • Regions pay price for inaction on housing
    New figures put the cost of an average Auckland home at $800,000 and show large parts of the country facing stagnant or falling property values, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The QV data released today shows residential property values… ...
    5 days ago
  • PPP schools not at expense of community groups
    The Government must guarantee community groups will not be the losers out of its signing of a $298 million deal for four more public private partnership (PPP) schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Community groups will find it more… ...
    5 days ago
  • Surplus: The biggest broken promise ever
    Bill English has failed to deliver on his double-election campaign promise of a surplus by this year, instead delivering seven deficits out of seven budgets, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government spent seven years and two election campaigns… ...
    5 days ago
  • McDonald’s serves up some McHappiness
    Unite Union and McDonald’s have given New Zealand a perfect way to celebrate May Day by reaching a settlement that strikes another blow against zero-hour contracts, Labour spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Earlier this week it looked like… ...
    5 days ago
  • Justice delayed and delayed and delayed
    Today we found out that the case of the prominent New Zealander  charged with indecent assault will retain name suppression until the case goes to court in about a year. Putting aside the appropriateness or not of granting name suppression,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • No golden age for books
    The ‘indefinite’ postponement of an initiative designed to encourage people to read Kiwi books will be a major blow to local authors, publishers and booksellers, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.News that the annual NZ Book Month… ...
    6 days ago
  • Cracks showing in economy of milk and houses
    Fonterra’s latest cut to its forecast farmgate payout confirms that an economic black hole of $7 billion is opening up that will seriously affect the regions, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The cut confirms the long term trend of… ...
    6 days ago
  • Human Rights – An Issue for Everyone
    This week, the issue of human rights has been everywhere in the news. We have seen John Key prioritise a free trade agreement with Saudi Arabia over all else with no guarantee of human rights clauses being included. We have… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    6 days ago
  • Govt inaction on housing keeping rates high
    The Government’s failure to rein in the housing crisis means the Reserve Bank Governor cannot lower interest rates despite inflation being at 15-year lows, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Inflation is below the target band and the economy has… ...
    6 days ago
  • What do our refugee policies say about us?
    It is my pleasure to share with you a blog from Hester Moore who is currently interning with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Cairo, after graduating from the Univeristy of Canterbury. Sometimes, as a nation it is… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    6 days ago
  • Tamaki state housing transfer risky and desperate
    The Government’s transfer of 2800 state houses to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company -- to be announced at 9am today -- shows it's desperation to off-load state houses and show some kind of action against Auckland's out of control housing crisis,… ...
    6 days ago
  • Tamaki state housing transfer risky and desperate
    The Government’s transfer of 2800 state houses to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company -- to be announced at 9am today -- shows it's desperation to off-load state houses and show some kind of action against Auckland's out of control housing crisis,… ...
    6 days ago
  • Woodhouse should close work visa loophole
    The Immigration Minister must revoke the work visas of temporary Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail trains and close the loophole that allows their employers to avoid New Zealand employment laws, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues, Iain Lees-Galloway. “New Zealanders… ...
    7 days ago
  • Job losses show folly of Chorus’ copper cuts
    Chorus and the Government are neglecting the copper broadband network, leading to 145 potential job losses at Transfield Services as well as poor services in the regions, says Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran. “Steven Joyce and Amy Adams have made… ...
    1 week ago
  • National quietly ditches its surplus promise
    National has quietly dropped its long-promised return to surplus by this year by removing the date it will get the books back in the black from its online campaign material, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s pledge to reach… ...
    1 week ago
  • Even cheap houses now unaffordable
    New housing affordability data show that now even the cheapest houses in Auckland are unaffordable for first home buyers, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “The AMP360 Home Loan Affordability Report reveals Auckland's lower quartile house price has leapt to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s careless chatter tips off Arabic media
    John Key has shown a frightening lack of judgement in disclosing to an Arabic media outlet that Kiwi troops are in the UAE awaiting deployment to Iraq, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “At the same time the Prime… ...
    1 week ago
  • Child poverty will not be solved by vouchers
    New Zealand has debilitating levels of child poverty, entrenched violence against women and children, and the ongoing effects of colonisation on Maori are brutalising communities. When we dwell on the statistics – which mostly we don’t because it all seems… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Simon Bridges spent over $6500 on Northland
    Transport Minister Simon Bridges spent over $6519 on travel and flights to Northland for the by-election – spending around $1000 a week, Labour’s Acting Leader Annette King says. “Simon Bridges’ desperate dashes to Northland got him in political hot water.… ...
    1 week ago
  • Firing squad deaths deplorable
    The execution of eight men by an Indonesian firing squad is deplorable, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “New Zealanders do not support the use of the death penalty under any circumstances. ...
    1 week ago
  • Aged care workers need more than talk
    Yesterday AUT released the New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey 2014. The conditions of aged care workers are important for many reasons. We have an ageing population and people are going into care/requiring care later than before, so it’s critically… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Aged care needs urgent attention
    The Government must stop neglecting older New Zealanders and the people who care for them and give urgent attention to a sector that is in dire straits, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The lead author of the New… ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck a disaster in the making
    Moves to overhaul the social services sector are nothing more than privatisation in drag and are a potential disaster in the making, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “A report from the Productivity Commission supports the Government’s push for… ...
    1 week ago
  • Tauranga’s oil spill shows potential for devastation
    When the Rena ran aground off the Bay of Plenty coast, the impact was overwhelming. Some 2000 dead birds were found, and up to 20,000 birds are thought to have been killed. Taxpayers paid nearly  $48 million in the aftermath… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago

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