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Written By: - Date published: 9:40 pm, August 8th, 2011 - 107 comments
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I don’t know what’s worse. Watching Trevor Mallard engage in amateur clap-trap like this or the fact the Labour caucus has decided a man with judgement this poor should run their campaign.

When I heard Trevor had decided to bike-race National’s muckslinger in an election year I thought it was a sideshow, a bad call but not worth commenting on, but now watching the shambles as he attacks the very media that Labour was just starting to get traction with is, frankly, angering.

And don’t think the media hasn’t noticed it. John Hartevelt points out:

But what, I think, this persistent (if informal) line of attack from Labour shows is that politically, it is focused on the wrong things.

It suggests Labour believes that if its clever policy is not providing a bounce in the polls, it must just be because the party is not getting a fair crack from the media.

There may or may not be some truth to that, but either way, instead of whingeing incessantly about it and sending out barely veiled attacks on journalists, why not try something else to turn it around?

I’ve noticed the gallery taking Key and his government to task a lot more this year than previously. I suspect that it’s partly because some of the shine is wearing off Key but also because the media like a horse-race and that means putting labour in the race.

At this rate however Trevor’s going to ensure the media (and anyone with the slightest respect for dignity) isn’t going to give a toss if Labour goes down in flames.

If it were just Trevor going down I wouldn’t give a toss but the many, many people that will be hurt by a second term of National deserve better representation.

I’ve heard rumours that there will be a Mallard/King deputy/leader ticket bid shortly after the election. If that’s true then god help the Labour party. Because nobody else will.

107 comments on “FFS”

  1. just saying 1

    With King!. That’s it – Labour is definitely trying to fail, they couldn’t make such appalling decisions and fuck-up so consistently and so spectacularly by accident. it’s just not possible is it?

    King – JFC.

  2. rosy 2

    Surely they’ve already seen what happens when you reward long an faithful service with the top job. A leadership that captures the imagination of the public and press is the only way Labour can come back from this debacle yet they’re going to do it again? FFS all right.

  3. Deano 3

    I hope that people and journos in particular realise that one MP playing silly buggers for his own personal reasons does not represent the Labour Party as a whole.

    • Anne 3.1

      Good response Deano. I wasn’t impressed with Mallard’s ‘joke’ post either, but don’t you think there’s a bit of over-reaction going on? I do.

      I’ve heard rumours that there will be a Mallard/King deputy/leader ticket bid shortly after the election

      Bet you that’s a Nact inspired crap rumour. The dirty tricks brigade was expected to be up and running around now. It won’t be the only rumour either.

    • IrishBill 3.2

      He’s running the Labour Party’s election campaign. Doesn’t that strike you as the party quite firmly endorsing his judgement and values?

      • Anne 3.2.1

        Maybe I.B. But I think this post was a response to something similar Slater did to Labour and Goff not so long ago. I’m sure the message from his colleagues will be sufficiently negative to ensure it won’t happen again. If it does he’ll be relieved of his position.

        • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1

          Slater regularly does these stupid “txts from NYC” jobbies, supposedly HC giving advise to Goff.

          • Chris 3.2.1.1.1

            Thats the worst thing – why would he copy an unoriginal and unfunny thing from Slater

            • SHG 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Whaleoil’s thing was a play on the widely-held belief that Helen Clark is a control freak and compulsive text-messager. Thus text messages from Helen Clark in New York attempting to manipulate the Labour Party in NZ are believable enough to be funny. And Whale got the tone and in-jokes pretty well.

              Mallard’s attempt was just woeful. And it’s what, fifty-something days to the election! Mallard’s the campaign manager! Aren’t there other things he should be doing? Or has he just given up?

              • Chris

                Maybe it was just me but I always thought they were pretty lame, nowhere near as lame as mallards though

      • Deano 3.2.2

        I think it’s a sign of the leadership making a mistake and not getting him under control. I don’t think it’s a stamp of approval on everything he does from the party, which is bigger than one man, or even the leadership.

        It’s a funny kind of strategy if he is trying to aid a defeat and take over. Everything he is doing is necessarily in public. Who would back a saboteur? Unless he’s counting on a weak, depleted caucus not having the will to oppose him.

        • Anne 3.2.2.1

          Mallard’s on recent record as counting himself out of any future leadership bid. He said something to the effect that… he isn’t leadership material. He didn’t have the right temperament for the job. Yes. We know that. :)

          That’s why I pick the rumour is a Nat. inspired one. There’s going to be all manner of rumours and innuendo designed to destabilise the Labour Party from now through to Nov 26!

      • Deadly_NZ 3.2.3

        Well thats it Labour are gone Mallard even puts me off.I posted this on Red Alert But i fully expect Clare to lose the plot and ban me forever, just for telling the truth as I see it. My Post
        Have you not worked it out yet?? Trevor Mallard is a liability to the Labour party getting back into power in 2011 I for one will NOT vote labour in any for if he is still around. and to be brutally honest when Helen left, then Trevor ,Annette, You, and yes even Phil and anyone who was in a position of power should have seen the writing on the wall and resigned.It would have been better for this election. Now I hope I am wrong but you are going to get a beating in the election, because me and every one like me, who battles every day to feed their family does not need the kind of bullshit we see in parliament. Of the whole lot of you the only 2 that make sense are the two Davids. Now I know that you will delete this as an attack on you, trevor and the like. But then again it’s the first sign of over use, to take the constructive criticism as an attack and delete everything that they have said. Yep typical National Party policy, are you going to be the same?

        Oh an I have voted Labour ALL my life. But this year I think not, too many people scared about their pay packets me thinks.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.3.1

          Sorry you feel that way. Having read your comments over time I believe that you are consistently more Left than most.

          It appears to me that LAB needed a very fundamental renewal plan after 2008. And I don’t mean your suggestion of every bugger in caucus resigning. You need some experienced old hands around and I’m sure you know that too. Also I don’t mean a pile of fresh faces in caucus; that’s only superficial especially if the fresh new faces were all passed through the same starting filter.

          The generational renewal required was (IS) one of transformational ideology and identity i.e. Labour as a truly inclusive, community focussed, political economic movement.

          The utter failure of free markets to deliver, the domination of financialised crony capitalism, the consequent unpicking of decent family life and community life. The naked theft from future generations of New Zealanders by those wealthiest (typically 50+ age group) who are in power and influence today. And of course the darkening backdrop of global financial collapse and energy depletion. The list goes on.

          This is all ample tinder-dry fuel to start a visionary Centre Left Wing movement with. Where is the spark?

          Now, a CGT is excellent, but I’m sick of people saying that it is brave policy. It’s one step in the right direction, but a step that almost every other OECD country has already taken before us. Given that, how goshdarn “brave” is that really? It’s only brave relative to how timid and neo-liberal conformist our mainstream political economics has become.

        • The Voice of Reason 3.2.3.2

          Your comment is still up, Deadly. It appears Clare Curran is more tolerant of your comments when you lay off the personal abuse.
           
          I hope you do vote Labour in the end, even if you don’t like the current leadership. The party is more than just the MP’s and still deserves your support, particularly when the chips are down. One of the reasons the MP’s are engaging with the public via social media is that the party cannot afford a full strength media unit to do it for them, as the Nats do. There’s no money for 24/7 commenting, so the MP’s are doing themselves, with assistance from supporters on sites like this. Occasionally there will be outbreaks of lameness, but so what?

          Irish knows better than most what is needed in this area, so I find this post self serving and petulant. But what is worse is losing the support of someone like yourself whose interests are best served by a Labour led Govt. I really hope you’ll think again, maybe help out with the campaigning, maybe make a donation. If Labour don’t make a good showing at the polls, despite the weakness of the current position, we will get a NACT government that feels empowered to set this country back a generation. Ultimately, it’s not up to the Labour MP’s to stop this happening. It’s up to you.

          IrishBill: This isn’t about “lameness” but symptomatic of problems that are being enabled by party members’ silence.

          • LynW 3.2.3.2.1

            I agree TVOR…lets not allow divide and rule. Labour needs every vote it can muster and the loyalty it’s policies deserve. No asset sales and CGT should set Labour apart enough to look past the ‘silly’ errors.

          • Pete George 3.2.3.2.2

            TVOR: I hope you do vote Labour in the end, even if you don’t like the current leadership. The party is more than just the MP’s and still deserves your support, particularly when the chips are down.

            An odd comment. Supporting the party regardless of the lack of quality of it’s leadership and it’s MPs is blind loyalty at it’s worse, it won’t pressure the incumbents to improve or stand aside, and you end up with the remnants of a weak party in parliament – and the weakness is magnified because an injection of fresh new talent has been prevented.

            • The Voice of Reason 3.2.3.2.2.1

              Thanks for your sympathy, troll. It’s not an odd comment, if you understand politics. If it will help, I’ll draw a sporting parallel.
               
              I support West Ham United Football Club on the same basis I support Labour. Win, lose or draw, they are my team. Like the Hammers, Labour don’t always win, even when they are playing well. But the LP represents the values I hold dear and the traditions that made this country strong and I will continue to back them, whatever the relative strengths of the team they put out on the field at any given moment. The party is not the MP’s, it’s the members and WHU is not the players, it’s the club. Both have earned my support and both will continue to get it, even if both do occasionally score an own goal or two.
               
              Now that the Hammers are relegated to the Championship I could jump ship to another London team, say Arsenal, Chelsea or MUFC*. But I won’t, for the same reason I won’t abandon Labour. I know Labour and WHU will be back and when they are back, it will be all the sweeter for me, because I stuck with them when the fair-weather fans turned their backs.
               
              *wee joke for the football fans
               
               

              • IrishBill

                You’d never be critical of a West Ham coach that was clearly damaging the teams chances?

                I disagree with you in that you seem to be claiming that anyone that raises concern about how the party is being run is a fair weather friend. I wonder if you would’ve said the same thing in the mid-eighties when plenty of party members were very vocal with their concern?

                • The Voice of Reason

                  Well, it would be fair to say that the problems at West Ham stem from the owners rather than the coaches, a problem duplicated at many businesses. We narrowly avoided bankruptcy when the owners were Icelandic bankers and now the ‘ammers are owned by two ducking and diving porn merchants whose first act as owners was to sack the best coach we’ve had in ages and appoint a man with a proven record of relegating teams, who promptly did just that. But enough about things that are more important than life and death, let’s talk politics!
                   
                  I’m not claiming that anyone (or everyone) that raises concerns is a fair-weather friend, because most people who raise these issues are genuine frustrated at the lack of progress and fearful of what a second term for Key will mean. But I think those issues are best addressed where a difference can be made, which is inside the party, not providing ammunition for the likes of Pete G.
                   
                  The eighties were definitely different times than now and the internal opposition to the Douglasites didn’t crystallise into the NLP until the end of the decade. I wasn’t in Labour then, I was in a smaller but quite influential party and we helped Lange into power in both ’84 and ’87. By 1990 any enthusiasm had well and truly gone and the LP got a deserved hiding because it’s policies and direction were fundamentally wrong. That’s not the case here in 2011 and despite the difficulties we face, the fact remains that a Labour led government is still possible and is the only alternative.
                   
                  We just need to hold our nerve, stop bickering and send Trevor Mallard an email when we disagree with something silly happens rather than make it a bigger deal than it deserves to be.
                   
                   

                  • IrishBill

                    But I think those issues are best addressed where a difference can be made, which is inside the party, not providing ammunition for the likes of Pete G.

                    Where you either strike the same for or against us attitude or a nothing-we-can-do-about-it shrug.

                    The eighties were definitely different times than now and the internal opposition to the Douglasites didn’t crystallise into the NLP until the end of the decade.

                    I’m pretty sure I recall discontent being voiced at the ’86 conference in Dunedin but I might be mixing up dates. There were certainly major affiliates making harsh public criticisms around the time.

                    We just need to hold our nerve, stop bickering and send Trevor Mallard an email when we disagree with something silly happens

                    Like I said, my post isn’t the result of single instance of stupidity but I’m not interested in airing the family laundry here so I guess we’ll just have to discuss this over a beer some time instead.

              • Politics is not like sport – nonperforming coaches, captains and players are dumped, and fanatical supporters are likely to be leading the call to do it, and they are likely to be amongst the most vocal critics too.

                In politics the coaches and captains run the party and won’t usually dump themselves.

                Ignoring or quietly accepting politicians doing dumb and counterproductive things gives tacit suport to incompetence, and leads to the same people repeating the same mistakes. Sound familiar?

                But I think those issues are best addressed where a difference can be made, which is inside the party, not providing ammunition for the likes of Pete G.

                That’s nuts. I can see the problems as well as IB and every ex voter can see them, if they are not openly addressed and fixed then the polls will continue to punish.

                BTW, those quiet emails don’t seem to be working.

                • IrishBill

                  Given you’re a mindless cheerleader for Peter Dunne (albeit the only on on the planet), you’re not really in a position to throw stones on this one PG.

                  • Who’s most likely to achieve what they want in November – Goff, Mallard or Dunne?

                    Pragmatism is a better bet then repeating failures and not rebuilding.

                    • IrishBill

                      Your mate’s not pragmatic. Or centrist. He’s socially and economically rightwing and only pragmatic in that he’s willing to do what ever it takes to secure his position and the vanity-boost that comes with it. His problem is there’s no love for him anywhere now even the Nat’s “deal” with him is exceptionally lukewarm and I know for a fact there are several cabinet ministers who would happily see him gone.

                      Let’s hope he’s looking for a new job come November 27.

                    • You didn’t answer the question.

                      I suspect there’s more than a few shadow ministers who would like to see Goff and Mallard looking for new jobs before the election, but probably all cabinet ministers are happy to see them keep on keeping on.

              • Rich

                But a football team is just a symbolic thing. It doesn’t have any practical effect on anyone’s life (well, except a few absurdly wealthy players and coaches) if West Ham win or lose.

                Politics is about choosing who has the right ideas to make the country better. If the party you support has failed and is an incompetent mess with no ideas, it’s time to change parties.

  4. sam 4

    they’re fucked because the party is full of retards. they’re the ones responsible for the nats high polls and popularity. of course you only have to read the fan boys and girls on here to see that is evident and they won’t do anything about it as they dont see a problem within the party. case and point, the article which appeared on here a while back slamming goff for ruling out that idiot Hone. Hone isn’t popular, people don’t like him so ruling him out was a good idea, oh it may be undemocratic but for how many people? just a few militant handicaps in the far north. National is good because they just read their electorate and take the populist lines. hey what was that thing with goff and the sis the other day? I don’t know, because I don’t give a shit…im still being paid the same shitty salary and milk is still a fuckin rip off. but nice job any way dumbass.

    • richard 4.1

      You are a troll. Go back to your gutter.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Trolls live in caves. Or Kiwiblog. Just sayin :)

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          Typically trolls are said to live under bridges.

          • felix 4.1.1.1.1

            Yep, under bridges is definitely the traditional habitat in the stories I learned as a child.

            But I think the LOTR/Dungeons & Dragons types have a cave-troll element to their mythology.

      • Bored 4.1.2

        Yes a troll BUT have another read, in his own dull way he has pointed out the obvious. The bugger is very aware of Labours faults at a visceral level. Lots of self inflicted wounds from Lab keeping Nact ahead with the voters.

  5. jackal 5

    Perhaps National’s decision to not engage with the public through a blog site like Labour has was the right move. National’s belief system and general failure to respond would be far more damaging than anything Trevor Mallard might come up with. It’s interesting that he’s getting such a hard time considering that National’s self appointed bloggers Cameron Slater and David Farrar undertake such juvenile posts on a regular basis, and nobody bats an eye.

    • Gosman 5.1

      Cameron Slater I would agree with you does but David Farrar is not known for too many silly posts beyond his ubiquitous holiday posts.

      • jackal 5.1.1

        That’s a matter of opinion. The self appointed thing with Farrar might be incorrect, as I’m unsure who is paying for those holidays?

        Back on topic: I totally agree that there’s no benefit for Labour in silly interaction with disingenuous right wing bloggers.

    • lonelyavenger 5.2

      Cameron Slater and David Farrar are not senior Members of Parliament.

  6. Jackal, he is a paid member of parliament, campaign manager and shadow leader of the house. The others are bloggers. Does that need further explanation?
    Who is in charge over at Labour HQ. Evidence would suggest it is N.O Body.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Actually it seems Right Wing bloggers get better access to SIS info. Anything else?

    • jackal 6.2

      The leader of the opposition Phil Goff is in charge at Labour HQ. I compared Labours Red Alert to National’s lack of an online presence in the blogosphere and compared the posting of Trevor Mallard to those who purport to represent National. Making a straw man argument out of that by attributing a posts worth to who made it, clearly shows that you support the hierarchical system that I hate. Mallards blogging skill’s might be far below his debating prowess and knowledge of procedural matters, but how does Labours engagement compare to Nationals total lack of any presence on the blogosphere?

  7. The polls suggest that ignoring the blogosphere is working out quite well. However I get your point, Ministers should be too busy but it would be nice to see a few more of the junior blue team mixing it up.
    As far as Colonials comment about the sis OIA situation, I suspect I will get slapped for responding to your offtopic comment but here we go anyway. Don’t bag a blogger for wording an OIA better than the media. Fairfax should be getting a serve for their poor effort abd Goffs three attempts at a version is the real story.

    • jackal 7.1

      I wasn’t aware that there were three different accounts given by Phil Goff… perhaps you’ve been reading too much RWNJ spin? From the media I’ve seen, Phil Goff has been consistently saying that he was not privy to the documents. I disagree that Ministers should be too busy to engage with their constituency, government can only represent if they engage with the public. Could you reply to the comment instead of creating a new thread please barnsley bill?

    • Colonial Viper 7.2

      Don’t blame a blogger for receiving better coaching about wording an OIA than the media.

      Fixed it for you, see.

      • McFlock 7.2.1

        and, most likely, a tutorial session in wandering around websites that don’t belong to him.
         
        I think I know where all the night-class funding is going…

  8. thanks, who coached him?

    [lprent: I realize that you are a bit hopeless at this technology bit. But do learn to use the reply button to reply in the threads rather than scatter-gunning all over the comments for the post. At present you appear to think that you are at the sewer or no minister. ]

  9. which question [name deleted]?

  10. Sounds to me like something is leaky inside Labour… anybody know a plumber?

    • McFlock 10.1

      Lol – as opposed to the high-pressure hermetic seal that is ACT media communications, Clint?
      Let he who is without sin, and all that.
       
      How’s life being lead by Brash and Banksie?

      • Clint Heine 10.1.1

        Whoosh, that was my comment going over your head. But awfully cute you tried to spin something back at me while ignoring that giant freight train heading right for you.

        Jackal may be able to fill you in on that one, he is a leak specialist.

        Back to the subject at hand – it is never nice to see a campaign strategist losing the plot. ACT had Ansell, a complete trainwreck and Labour has Mallard, who seems to be deliberately hurting Labour in places they never thought they had. Do you ditch or muzzle the guy or play along and hope he doesn’t have further ambition after November?

        I got bigger fish to fry, been a little bit of “urban disruption” out my way.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          lol.
          That’s not urban decay – it’s a giant billboard telling you that marx was far more correct than Adam Smith.

    • felix 10.2

      Err, what? The “leak” you’re talking about is either a blog post or… another blog post.

      Best get that plumber on the phone though, you’re full of shit again.

      • Clint Heine 10.2.1

        Meh. It’s an in-joke between me and Jackal.

        Didn’t stop you running in though did it? No need to tell me, you just were desperate to talk to me weren’t you? Glad we got the formalities out of the way!

        [lprent: That is silly. It is a wide open public forum where it is likely that a thousand or more people will read this today. Use e-mail or other closed forums for private conversations. ]

  11. felix 11

    The whole thing is meh.

    Bigger fish.

  12. logie97 12

    Yawn. Really not an issue. You have to wonder who reads newspapers’ blog sites. Bit like letters to the editor really. Junkies get exercised but matters little really in the overall scheme of things.

    Next…

  13. gobsmacked 13

    I agree 100% with Irish Bill (and I don’t always).

    It’s got well past the stage where those of us who are left-leaning should try and defend Mallard and his “strategy” (though that’s a misnomer, it’s just a shambles). The fact that right-wingers are dancing a jig or concern-trolling doesn’t mean we should just leap in to defend this incompetence, this wilful self-destruction of Labour’s campaign.

    He seems to be out of control. It’s beyond a joke now, and the leadership and caucus should rein him in. If they’re doing it behind closed doors, that’s fine – just make damn sure Trevor gets the message. NOW.

    • seeker 13.1

      “I agree 100% with Irish Bill ……”

      With all due respect I knew you would Gobsmacked.

      Both you and Irish bill (you mostly), appear to be so negative about Labour and so vociferous with your nagging that i wonder you don’t remove yourselves during the lead up to the election to kiwiblog or slaters (such an unfortunate name to live up to) site. At least Mallard’s heart is in the right place even if his efforts at satire/parody appear lame to you. I’m not at all sure your heart, or Irishbill’s for that matter is in the right place judging by your negs.and nags.

      I, and many people in this country, need Nact out if we are to survive, and you are not helping……..

      • gobsmacked 13.1.1

        Seeker, a simple search of this site will give you hundreds of comments by me, attacking the Right / supporting the Left. It’s pretty clear where I stand.

        But I don’t kid myself that what I say or do on here matters much. It doesn’t. So don’t worry about it.

        On the other hand, what Labour’s chief strategist is doing matters very much. And what he’s doing is clearly frustrating and disappointing a lot of people on the left, or centre-left. And it’s not winning votes.

        If he (and the Labour leadership) get their act together, Labour still might win the election.

        If they carry on acting the way they have been, they won’t.

        We need NACT out. He isn’t helping.

        [lprent: Or a less simple search. Use advanced search, set to comments and prefix the commentators name with @author ]

  14. Hmmm.

    Me thinks this is much ado about nothing.  Day in day out Red Alert posts weighty well thought through articles where issues of the day are debated and put out for discussion.  RWNJs frequent the site but the moderation is remarkably liberal.

    Trevor has a bit of fun with the slithery one and everything else is ignored and this is held up as evidence that the campaign is on the ropes.

    This is not the strategy.  Look at how the CGT was handled.  That is an example of how things are going to be rolled out.  Forgive Trevor if he has a bit of fun occasionally however.

    Cameron must be smiling from ear to ear …

     

    • SHG 14.1

      Look at how the CGT was handled. That is an example of how things are going to be rolled out.

      You mean an important policy is released prematurely, with important details to be left to a vague “Expert Group”, and about which Trevor Mallard accidentally leaks an internal email that contains scripted “spontaneous” Internet messages of support and instructions to not talk about details of the policy?

    • seeker 14.2

      Very well put Micky Savage @ 8.00am. Take note Irishbill and moan your head off down the pub.or write to Trevor if you have to nag in the written word. You are not helping New Zealand.

      • seeker 14.2.1

        Sorry Irish Bill, my last comment@ 2.13pm may have sounded bad “you are not helping New Zealand”. I tried to correct but time ran out.I just meant that to help New Zealand survive we need to get rid of neo liberalism in the guise of Nact (once and for all,hopefully) and writing this sort of post at this time with only weeks to go to the election is not helping. Wrong post,wrong time.

    • Deadly_NZ 14.3

      Bullshit Trevor cant even count. he banned me for a month 5 months ago and I still can’t post under that nom de plume. And as to his antics in parliament, for gods sake he’s supposed to be an adult, and now to attack the NACT loving media, makes me wonder if he’s secretly working for the bloody nats.

    • QoT 14.4

      I don’t think this shows the campaign is “on the ropes”, micky, but this – plus other wondrous “hilarity” like the totally edgy Hopoate joke in the incredibly shitty “Let’s Not” Flash game – pretty certainly demonstrates that the Labour campaign is being run by someone with an incredibly immature sense of humour – and a complete lack of the judgement necessary not to display that immaturity for the world to see.

  15. Southern Man 15

    Im undecided who to vote for this year.But looking at the preformance of labour of late i have my doubts as to whether i will vote labour..i have in the past but lived to regret douglas’s tenure.Trevor seems to be undermineing phill goff by being a loose cannon.
    How can the constituants have confidence in a party that appears to be running round like a headless chook and produceing policies that are poorly thought out. A CGT is not a bad idea but given how it was presented it resmbled a dogs breakfeast. If Labour wants my vote this year they are going to have to get a lot more credibility and get members like trevor to pull their head in.
    None of the parties realy inspire me..none of them

  16. Tom Gould 16

    “I’ve noticed the gallery taking Key and his government to task a lot more this year than previously.”

    What? You watched One News or 3 News lately? Like, since 2008? You seem to be saying that after giving Key and his government slavish positive coverage, now we are a few weeks out from an election, they feel for appearances sake the need to look a wee bit balanced. Meanwhile, they still spike real stories like Joyce ‘overlooking’ a vital OIA letter involving a multi-million dollar deal, or Brownlee not being ‘100 percent’ when blaming appointees’ demands for jacking up fees when it turns out he didn’t even ask them? Imagine if these two incidents had happened under Labour? These would have been a front page scandal campaign and resignations demanded by the editorial writers and gallery. But somehow the rules have changed? Can it be political?

  17. Rodel 17

    Go Trevor!! At last…at last someone in Labour is prepared to fight instead of wimpishly kowtowing to our third rate media and their devious political masters.
    Maybe now the voters will take some notice and realize that Labour means business.
    I’d still like to see Goff display a bit of Mallard’s mongrel instead of being a nice John Key clone

    Trev won’t get everything right all the time but more power to him.

    • TEA 17.1

      Yes I like Mallard too, a man with a bit of go about him and can stand pain. Mallard is another bike rider like myself with ACC history.
      On all accounts he hit the road pretty hard in Otago during the two day “Tour deTaieri” I bet Nic Smith smiled at that one.

      Why is it that most of the Nats are so smiley these days.
      Perhaps the smiles will have been wiped off this week due to the US AA+ downgrade.

      I would love to know how much return the NZ Supper Fund has made/loss from the $19.22bn held at May 2011 to today.

  18. outofbed 18

    So all we do is sit and wait for the impeding election loss for the left and Labours implosion.
    4 months out and National look unassailable.
    Time to try something out of the square, a bit radical.. nothing to lose eh?
    I reckon Labour should roll Goff and install Jacinda Ardern as leader.
    Any male leader is going to have a hard time competing against Mr Perfect. But a young presentable female, different kettle of fish. Lots more female votes and a few xtra shallow males
    The press would be all over it and And the National party would be a little spooked with such a potential game changer, Can’t see Key attacking JA in the same way as he is does Goff
    Put a bit of a bomb under things.
    Lets face it can’t be worse then what is about to happen.

    • Southern Man 18.1

      Changeing jokeys half way through the race isnt going to do anything if the horse is about knackered is it? Labour should pay close attention to the situation in australia.Juliar gillard knifed krudd and then did a deal with the greens for power and look where that has ended up. if there was an election in australia next month apart from bob katter independants would be extinct.labour would be demolished and the greens would go the same way as the democrats did. into politcal oblivion
      Changeing leaders is not going to acheive anything at this stage.Phill Goff needs to get a spine and tell the likes of trevor and co to pull their heads in or they are looking at another term in opposition. as i said above.im undecided but judging by this latest bit of malarky by trevor its obvious they dont want my vote.

      • prism 18.1.1

        @southern man – It seems to me that you can’t look at Julia Gillard’s ratings without taking into account the carbon tax. As I understand it she either, or practically, said – read my lips there will be no carbon tax. A reckless statement and all the media I hear say that now she is introducing one people feel a lack of trust and enthusiasm for her. Though it may be right to do, she promised cross her heart she wouldn’t and she is seen as a smooth liar. Labour here should stress each lack of commitment to promises shown by NACT.

        • millsy 18.1.1.1

          Gillard is toast come 2013, along with Labour. I’m picking that the ALP will be out of power for a generation after that.

      • Deadly_NZ 18.1.2

        @Southern Man. If you want to make a point or two, then correct spelling is a help, and the correct spelling of peoples names is essential.

    • Tom Gould 18.2

      @ outofbed, brilliant! At last someone who ‘gets’ how politics is done in NZ these days. Phew.

    • Bored 18.3

      Snap…absolutely spot on.

    • SHG 18.4

      To be fair, Key doesn’t really attack Goff at all. It’s not necessary.

      In fact National’s plan for beating Labour seems to be “sit back, say nothing, and watch Labour beat Labour”.

    • Maui 18.5

      Agreed. National frequently pushed the theme of entrepreneurial youth
      versus boomer conservatism.

      The last time I checked, a lot entrepreneurial youth were rioting in the UK.

      Jacinta would expose the shallowness of that argument, doubtless suggested by
      Crosby-Textor & as a convenient differentiator.

      Labour needs generational renewal.

      With burgeoning youth unemployment, it may be forced on them.

    • Deadly_NZ 18.6

      Good point or even Cunliffe of Parker both have proven themselves masters of the oral debate where as Goff asks questions and Key just laughs at him.

  19. deemac 19

    the average voter does not pay attention to any of this stuff but the overall bias of the MSM does have a longterm drip drip effect on their perceptions. I have spoken to hundreds of voters over the last few months and though many are unhappy with the current situation, the media are telling them that the govt is doing a good job and rarely covering anything Labour says or does so they see no alternative.
    Oh and if anyone really is having trouble deciding how to vote, try to remember that after 26 November we will either have a Nat govt or a Labour-led one – there is no alternative.
    Anyone care to imagine what NZ will look like after another 3 years of the current showert?
    .

    • seeker 19.1

      Well said Deemac! Life with three more years of Nact doesn’t bear thinking about.It will make that plate of :”cold porridge” that Prism mentioned @ 12.32pm look like ambrosia.

  20. prism 20

    I don’t know Mallard as well as some people on this blog do but what I know doesn’t encourage me to think well of him or Labour. Labour can’t win unless they stop serving last week’s cold porridge to the punters. Thinking in culinary vein, John Key is a tasty high-class meal with sparkling wine. Given a choice between that and cold porridge only masochists would choose Labour.

  21. Rodel 21

    Lots of little snide right wing moles here pretending to support the left and trying to undermine it at the same time..Be a bit more subtle lads.You’re not fooling anyone except yourselves…

    Remember Hooten’s comment in the Hollow Men……..”F***k we’re good!” (They weren’t)

    • gobsmacked 21.1

      little snide right wing moles here pretending to support the left

      Such as? Outofbed? Bored? Irish Bill? Who?

      The right-wingers (Heine, Barnsley) are obvious, and who cares what they think? It’s the frustration on the LEFT that matters – and it’s real.

      A few examples online …

      No Right Turn
      Imperator Fish (Labour member)
      Dim-Post
      Plenty of of left-supporting people commenting here, and on other blogs (no, not just trolls)
      etc.

      Forget the MSM. Forget the Right. This is going down like a cup of cold sick on the LEFT.

      You can encourage Labour (and Trevor) to keep trying to lose votes, or not. I vote not.

      • seeker 21.1.1

        Thought I’d re post my earlier comment here, as it seems even more appropriate now.

        “I agree 100% with Irish Bill ……” wrote Gobsmacked @ 12.32.am

        With all due respect I knew you would Gobsmacked.

        Both you and Irish bill (you mostly), appear to be so negative about Labour and so vociferous with your nagging that I wonder you don’t remove yourselves during the lead up to the election to kiwiblog or slaters (such an unfortunate name to live up to) site. At least Mallard’s heart is in the right place even if his efforts at satire/parody appear lame to you. I’m not at all sure your heart, or Irishbill’s for that matter, is in the right place judging by your negs.and nags.

        I, and many people in this country, need Nact out if we are to survive, and you are not helping …..
        Reply

        • IrishBill 21.1.1.1

          You’ve no idea.

        • Maggie 21.1.1.2

          Are you serious Seeker? Get a clue! The reason why people like IB continue to “nag” is they do nothing but work towards ousting the Nats and neoliberalism from New Zealand. So seeing Labour stuff around with crap like Mallad’s internet antics is particularly galling.

          Labour did really well with much of the CGT release. But for Fsake, one good media release after three years of no centralised vision and focus isn’t going to reassure Labour supporters/volunteers that Labour has got it together. Thanks IB, you are continuing to try to get through to them long after many of us have given up trying.

      • Clint Heine 21.1.2

        Now that is very uncharitable. My point was very genuine.

        I said that Trev has gone loco, just as we had a problem with Ansell. It wasn’t pretty for ACT nor is it for Labour. Plenty of time to rearrange things and get your message out. I might not agree with it wholesale – but at least put out a message that all of your MPs will stand beside, rather than the loose collection of messages that are being put out lately.

  22. MrSmith 22

    Good post Irish, to much back slapping going on around hear lately. If you think Trevor is fucking things up then better to speck up than to sit and hope. I have noticed the media giving labour a little more slack lately as well.
     
    Labour need to give the media more good common scene policy that they can throw at the Nact’s, Labour shouldn’t expect them (the media) to do the work for them.

  23. prism 23

    There may or may not be some truth to that, but either way, instead of whingeing incessantly about it and sending out barely veiled attacks on journalists, why not try something else to turn it around?

    The Pope had a Popemobile, Kiwibank had the little green car, Labour could get a high 4wd, paint it cream and drive it around NZ with a tongue in cheek message that though some people say that pollies get lost in an ivory tower, they are bringing their ivory tower to the people. It would make a point, humorously. At each town it went to something would occur that would be newsworthy for the region at least and probably all the MSM.

  24. Jeff 24

    Will undountedly be labbelled a Troll for this but…

    NZer’s are voting for a personality in John Key. One day, those in the Labour party will realise the reason why NZer’s are so turned off by Labour at the moment, is the personalities within Labour, the old guard epitomised by the likes of Toxic Trev. Unfortunately his toxic, inept brand of politics seems to be permeating the some of the newer members of the Labour Caucus. Perhaps after the coming election, this maybe realised by the Labour Party and a much needed clean out and refreshing of the parliamentry wing removing the perception (real or otherwise) of the party being run by “the gaggle of gays and self serving unionists”.

    Maybe, just maybe then Labour will become a credible opposition and have a chance of taking the treasury benches once again.

    • Ian Jackson 24.1

      Absolutely-my old great grandfather was one of the founding fathers in Blackball-I know he’s turning in his grave listening to the tripe being espoused here.
      Lemmings he would say. His dear old party has turned into a rabble. Some of the comments are juvenile and desparate. Leaders are what the party needs, someone with (dare I say it) charisma!
      Who have the party got that can get the message across-none that I can see even in the current lot.
      As for Mr Presland, please desist from sullying the great name.

    • The Voice of Reason 24.2

      It really depends on whether you want personality or policy, Jeff. I’d rather have more of the latter with a sprinkling of the former. Obama has personality, too, but without policy, he has turned into a major disappointment. So, de we go down the route that National have taken, where winning comes first and ideas come a distant second or do we go with offering a choice on the things that matter, such as fairer taxation and the retention of the family silver?

      • Jeff 24.2.1

        TVOR … at the moment, the public dont give a shit what policies Labour put up. Fact is, as shown in all polls of late, they just do not like the Senior Labour Caucus and the way they act. That is why they were beaten at the last election, that is why they will be beaten at the coming election and unless something is done to remove the “old Guard”, read Goff, King, Mallard, Street, Dyson, Tizard and a number of others, they will be beaten at the 2014 election

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    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
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