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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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  • Manurewa youth leaders acknowledged
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    14 hours ago
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    15 hours ago
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  • Public broadcasting takes big hit under National Government
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    19 hours ago
  • Hospital food plan hits another snag
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    1 day ago
  • Wilkinson appointment wrong in principle
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    1 day ago
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  • Taxpayer the loser after Government folds
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    2 days ago
  • Govt’s lack of ambition for women
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  • Auditor-General exposes Key’s scapegoating of Council
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    2 days ago
  • Reform – not money – needed for meat sector
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    2 days ago
  • Government cuts corners on school bus funding
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    2 days ago
  • Women the losers under National’s cuts
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    2 days ago
  • Help sought by agencies now asked to help
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    2 days ago
  • Wellington got loud again on climate
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Final nail in coffin for Solid Energy workers
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    2 days ago
  • Ramadi proves Iraq deployment high risk, low benefit
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    2 days ago
  • English admits new taxes on the cards
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    3 days ago
  • What the Dickens is going on at SDHB?
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    3 days ago
  • Teachers turn backs on new professional body
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    3 days ago
  • No spade work done on big building plan
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    3 days ago
  • National: Seven KiwiSaver cuts in seven years
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    3 days ago
  • Tolley’s actions contradict reassurances
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    3 days ago
  • SkyCity downsize another broken promise
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    3 days ago
  • Te Arawa partnership model a step closer
    Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Rotorua District Council will today decide whether to adopt… ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour mourns Dame Dorothy Fraser
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    4 days ago
  • The ultimate scapegoat: PM blames fruit fly for new tax
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    4 days ago
  • How many victims missing out on protection?
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    5 days ago
  • Government kicks hardworking whanau
    A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.… ...
    5 days ago
  • Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong
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    6 days ago
  • The value of parenting
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    6 days ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
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    6 days ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    6 days ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    7 days ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    7 days ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    7 days ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    7 days ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    7 days ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    7 days ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
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    7 days ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    7 days ago

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