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Big announcement at 1:30 … Shearer stands down as leader

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, August 22nd, 2013 - 336 comments
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TV 3 and Twitter are reporting that there may be a change in Labour’s leadership

More details as they come through.

UPDATE

It is confirmed that David Shearer has announced that he will stand down as Labour’s leader after a new leader is selected.  The leadership will now be decided under the Party’s constitution.

[Bunji: stuff are quick to have "contenders" - although does anyone really see Goff coming back?

Rules for vote for Shearer's replacement will be:

40% caucus

40% members

20% affiliates

So any new leader will take at least a few weeks, and will need the support of the wider party as well as caucus.

Shearer's Statement

Stuff have a poll for who should be next leader - early days, Jacinda's ahead.

NZ Herald have Goff & Parker ruling out a tilt.

4pm: both Cunliffe & Robertson have said they will consider running over the next few days, Shane Jones says he'll have to have a hui to decide whether he'll put his hand up

FWIW IPredict have Cunliffe 69%, Robertson 30%, Little 5%, Parker (ruled himself out) 5%, Jones 2%, Jacinda 0.3% - yes that adds to way more than 100%...

Little now also saying he'll take a few days to decide ]

336 comments on “Big announcement at 1:30 … Shearer stands down as leader”

  1. Outofbed 1

    Yeeessssssssssssssssssssss!

    • Linz 1.1

      David Shearer is an honorable man. It takes a special wisdom, courage and humilty to face up to our shortcomings, and he has faced up to his for the greater good. You have to admire him. Maybe we can all learn from what he’s done today.

      • chrissy 1.1.1

        Amen to that. He is just what our country needs. Someone who can think beyond his ego. Pleased to hear he will be staying on and hope he and his family get their life back. At least now he won’t have to breathe in the toxic air of planet key. Go well David..

      • Core_Labour_Voter (Tory troll) 1.1.2

        I am gutted. Why all of a sudden today? Couldn’t he have waited for few more days? Now all the focus is off the GCSB and on Labour’s leadership struggle….damn….

        • blue leopard 1.1.2.1

          @Core_Labour_Voter,

          Mr Shearer standing down is good news, it allows for hope that Labour will get its act together, yet I agree with your comment; what has occurred with this Spy Bull is extremely serious and not the only case of extreme lack of respect for democratic principles being displayed by this government (and in the west in general) .

          I am changing my label in response to this concern, in the hope that people don’t forget to ensure the strongly antidemocratic trend we are witnessing is reversed.

          [lprent: And I'm changing it back - that is too damn long. ]

          • blue leopard 1.1.2.1.1

            @ lprent
            lol, it was rather long, thanks for the explanation, I’ll have to think of something shorter.

            [this is in moderation because I didn't change the name back, sorry lprent. I have edited it and changed the name back now.]

          • blue beGone Craven SpyBull leopard 1.1.2.1.2

            it was a bit long, sorry lprent
            …testing….is this better?

            • lprent 1.1.2.1.2.1

              Not particularly. Break it up into words so the word wrap works. Then the HTML handles it correctly in tight spaces.

      • He may be honourable, but he’s slow. This needed to happen several months ago.

  2. One Anonymous Knucklehead 2

    Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day; they have been crying this wolf for ages.

    • McFlock 2.1

      yep.

      I’ll be intrigued to see what happens, though – I note the polling boost in Aus when Rudd took over seems to have dwindled. I’d expect a similar rollercoaster here obscuring the longer-term trend against national, so there’ll still be much gnashing of teeth over polls to come :)

      Also we’ll get to see if Cunliffe has as much support amongst the membership as his advocates here suggest. popcorn time…

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1

        Yep :)

      • yeshe 2.1.2

        but the oz situation was in govt, not opposition .. big difference I think …

      • Murray Olsen 2.1.3

        The big difference is that Rudd is nowhere near as competent as Gillard and has been leaping to the right ever since he stabbed her in the back. A comparison would be possible if Cunliffe came out in support of cuts to benefits and the strengthening of the GCSB Act, along with faster sell off of our assets. I don’t expect him to do this.

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day; they have been crying this wolf for ages.

      Your first metaphor is usually used when people who often make wrong judgements finally get one right. But Shearer wasn’t up for the job and never was. Key’s interview with Campbell showed what a bloodbath the TV debates with Shearer would have been

      Your second metaphor is usually used when false warnings of trouble ahead lull others into a false sense of security. Well, the warnings were real, the trouble ahead was real, and the only people with a false sense of security were the Shearer Bearers.

      • You_Fool 2.2.1

        I get the feeling the comment by OAK was about how the media has been bashing the whole “leadership battle” in labour thing for awhile now…

  3. Outofbed 3

    He has Gone

  4. r0b 4

    Well that was – sudden!

    Thank you David Shearer for giving it your best shot, and for going on your own terms.

    Good luck to the next leader…

    • yeshe 4.1

      Thank you for being the decent man we know you are; thank you.

      • Jim Nald 4.1.1

        This announcement brings me back to the Labour membership and to commenting on The Standard.

        I would hope that those at the top of the Labour party and parliamentary hierarchy will respect and honour the democratic and representative processes and outcomes in good faith and with integrity, working with and for the party membership.

        A window of opportunity has opened (thanks David Shearer) in reviving and energising the party membership and wider public. I trust all involved with the party will wisely and even-handedly use this opportunity to awaken NZ society.for a fair and progressive future.

    • bad12 4.2

      i suspect that being narked on by Slippery the Prime Minister over the ‘secret meeting’ was the one that broke the camels back,

      Perhaps Dave didn’t bother to tell the Caucus about the meeting either???…

      • james 4.2.1

        He wasnt narked on – he asked the question. Key had to answer.

        • Mary 4.2.1.1

          And probably answered with a lie. Who would you believe?

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.2

          Actually, he asked a different question. Specifically he asked if National had approached any other parties. He didn’t ask if National had been approached by other parties which is the question that Key answered.

          • alwyn 4.2.1.2.1

            Shearer’s question was “Did he (key) or anyone in his office ever contact the Labour Party to obtain broader support for the bill”. Key gave Shearer a chance to not continue but Shearer was to stupid to do so and repeated the question.
            Key, under pain of being referred to the Privileges Committee for misleading the house said.
            “… I asked Mr Shearer whether he would like to come to my office to have a discussion …”
            He answered exactly the question that was asked.
            See the Parliament website with questions for oral answer 20/07/13 Q3.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.2.1.2.1.1

              If he omitted to mention that he was responding to a request for said meeting (like the widely publicised Labour statements that they were seeking bipartisan agreement, say), then can you see how the mendacious wretch would be lying?

              • alwyn

                Rubbish. He was asked if he had invited discussions and he said yes and identified the occasion..
                Whatever anyone in the Labour Party may, or may not, have been saying doesn’t make his statement a lie.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Yeah, you’re probably right: Shearer was wrong to ask the question: even if just before Key had invited him to his office Shearer had said “let’s meet right now” Key was always going to score a point off it.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    It was a question in Parliament. Key had to answer. He even tried to give Shearer an exit, but Shearer kept on asking.

            • 4077th 4.2.1.2.1.2

              Correct!

            • Rich the other 4.2.1.2.1.3

              Spot on alwyn,
              the remaining question is who actually set Shearer up.

              Questions in question time are planned and they try to have purpose so whoever advised Shearer to ask this question set him up , Key was obliged to answer truthfully and had no choice but to expose Shearer .

              Key tried to let Shearer off the hook .

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.3

      +1

    • Huginn 4.4

      Thank you, David Shearer

      And yes, good luck to the next leader

    • Ron 4.5

      ‘Leader’
      maybe we should have co-leaders works well for a certain other party

  5. clashman 5

    Thank you David.

  6. Rob 6

    Yep, the biggest turnstile in NZ politics rotates again.

  7. TheContrarian 7

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. So…Robertson then?

    • bad12 7.1

      Robertson???, maybe with Little as the other half of His ticket, but, at a guess the membership 40% will mostly be voting for Cunliffe so i would expect Him to win in a close contest…

      • tinfoilhat 7.1.1

        What ? All of the Labour members will vote Cunliffe ?

        Is it all or nothing for the members ? how does the vote work ?

        • Bunji 7.1.1.1

          40 / 40 / 20 is weighting.
          So in 2 horse race if members are 60:40 to Candidate A and caucus is 60:40 to candidate B, then union vote will be decider (unless unions are 50:50…).

          To your other question – not sure how union vote works – whether each union casts all its votes en-bloc or it’s split to members – ask your delegate…

  8. bad12 8

    Gone, Gone Gone, is everybody now happy???, a word of praise to David Shearer for doing the ‘right’ thing…

    • McFlock 8.1

      is everybody now happy???
      yeah, right :)

      • bad12 8.1.1

        LOLZ, if i wasn’t a ‘recovered’ alcoholic i would crack a can, time for a celebratory cup of tea lolz,

        Now, thank the various deity the negativity can stop and we all can put our combined energy into what really matters, the ousting of this Abysmal pile of Tory slime and the installation of a Labour/Green Government in November 2014,

        Ably supported by 2 or 3 Mana Party MP’s to boot…

  9. Belladonna 9

    Robertson would be no better than Shearer, he just doesnt have enough support. If it is not David Cunliffe then I will give up on Labour permanently.

    • Hami Shearlie 9.2

      Me too, Belladonna!

    • Tim 9.3

      and me and a cast of about 15 I know of

    • Rhinocrates 9.4

      Robertson? Oh Cthulhu, Labour, always ready to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the last minute, could quite possibly be stupid enough to select that waste of skin.

      • Tim 9.4.1

        Someone mentioned that there was some sort of Oriental Bay ‘wing’ of Labour (above) – no doubt there is.
        Robertson could play Jake or Josh the fatman in that little melodrama.
        Christ! I’d even ask Chris Finalyson if he’d front in jackboots with a copy of ‘Hitlers Pope’ tucked under his arm. And I’d wish them all the best as they witnessed a pathetic Carter Fountain ejaculate.

        No… I’ll wait till I hear who it is that will lead Labour (with a ‘u’).
        Given her faults, one can understand why Helen Clarke fucked off – even if she did lose her mojo in the third term.

      • Hami Shearlie 9.4.2

        Unfortunately, they could and did last time – but then, only the Caucus got to vote last time. The wider membership would never be that stupid, surely? After all, Robertson isn’t even very popular in his own electorate, party vote Labour came THIRD down there!

    • Ron 9.5

      And whom for deputy?

    • paul andersen 9.6

      +1

  10. Saarbo 10

    ok, not surprised… I’m getting my cheque ready to re-join Labour.

    Will be interesting to see what happens in the next few days.

    • Saarbo 10.1

      Everyone must be trying to re-join Labour like me, the labour website has gone down…will re join as soon as it comes back up.

      My vote: David Cunliffe.

      Its time to get serious and take it to these bull shitting, born to rule, look after the wealthy, screw the poor, environment destroying bastards.

      • Hami Shearlie 10.1.1

        Agreed!

      • Rhinocrates 10.1.2

        I might even venture a “Woo hoo!” to that.

      • weka 10.1.3

        I doubt that members that join today will get to vote on the new leader.

      • Red Rosa 10.1.4

        +1

      • chrissy 10.1.5

        Much as I hate to say it I think Cunliffe is the only one with enough mongrel and a matching ego to mix it with key. Will still be interesting to see who gets most mileage from MSM. You have to get media coverage to get the attention of the public. Could be a bit of a conundrum for the Herald! Also, I bet key might lose a little bit of sleep over this one. He would have been banking on ego over integrity. Shearer has proved the toxic waste wrong!

      • Jenny 10.1.6

        Right on!

      • Chooky 10.1.7

        +100( Sarbo 10.1) and everyone else

        …I was away from my computer for a few days but was elated to hear the news

        Lets hope Cunliffe is the new leader!!!….anyone else is a mistake!!!

    • Ron 10.2

      Well you wont get to participate in leadership election if you have left it this late to join

  11. Outofbed 11

    Thank you David ? “what the fuck” he was completely the wrong person, everyone knew that apart from about 15 people on the left and the whole of the right

    • r0b 11.1

      Do any of us know if we could be “the right person” for such a job oob – until we try it? Why the petty spite?

      • Outofbed 11.1.1

        It not petty spite. Goff then Shearer WTF National running riot, its not a game.
        We have to get it right We have to put an end to this sociopath Key.
        Choosing the leader of the opposition is very important. Funny that

        • r0b 11.1.1.1

          Abusing people who were thanking DS for his service isn’t petty spite then? Ok. Maybe you want to have a think about how you put across your views oob.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1

            I think that DS should be thanked for his public service. It’s a tough place to be, for anyone.

            I also think that putting in as Leader an MP who had never ever held a portfolio, had spent many years of his working life outside of NZ, and who had barely even done 3 years service as a backbencher was an obvious misjudgement.

            • saarbo 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, what you take from that comment is that the same people who were responsible for implementing Shearer should stand aside now and let others make the call. They were wrong in making Shearer leader, he was an abysmal leader. This was an inevitable outcome, glad it has happened now and not post 2014 election. It is still not to late to take it to this hopeless government.

            • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1.1.2

              No, I don’t think his lack of experience was the problem, the problem was that he was too experienced from his work at the UN and doesn’t realise that it’s the system that needs changing.

            • Hami Shearlie 11.1.1.1.1.3

              The people who pushed David Shearer to put his name forward for the leadership last time are far more to blame than Shearer himself methinks!

          • Outofbed 11.1.1.1.2

            Not abuse at all, Incredulity, David Shearer by all accounts a nice bloke but in what universe did he think that he was the right person for the job ? All he has done is setback the cause of getting rid of Key. So the only thank you that is needed is to say thanks for ‘finally’ realising what we all knew 18 months ago.
            Now Grant Robertson? You are also a “nice” bloke. But the Labour party came third in Wellington Central in 2011 in the party vote. You are also not the right person.

            • alwyn 11.1.1.1.2.1

              Your party coming third in an electorate that you win could actually be a recommendation for the job. Anyone running ahead of their own parties vote in their electorate could be said to be showing that they are popular with the public.
              I live in the electorate and he is basically invisible. He doesn’t seem to attend anything much in the way of public events. I don’t think much of him personally and can’t really see him as a viable leader for Labour.
              I am of course biased, not personally being a great fan of any of the current Labour MPs and not having voted Labour since 2002

            • Hami Shearlie 11.1.1.1.2.2

              Plus the fact that Robertson hasn’t been in Parliament that much longer than Shearer! And I just don’t think NZ is ready for a gay Labour Leader let alone a Prime Minister. That’s just how it is, IMHO.

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                Robertson’s pitiful performance in the House when Heather Roy sidestepped everyone on the VSM bill will hang around his neck for years. He was dithering about like someone doing a Frank Spencer impersonation. His best attempt at delaying a piece of procedural business was to complain “um, I’m a bit new at this, see I haven’t been in Parliament long and I don’t know how these things work, ooh Betty Parliament is so hard”.

                LEADERSHIP MATERIAL RIGHT THERE

                • alwyn

                  Oh dear, I had forgotten that one.
                  How to prevent any other private members bill being discussed for most of the year, and screw the Royal Society of New Zealand and then still get run over.
                  He did look silly while he wandered round the house trying to find a copy of standing orders didn’t he.

        • Ad 11.1.1.2

          Shearer had the opportunity this week to use the huge momentum built by ordinary citizens on 2 otherwise obscure issues and turn it into Labour’s renewal going into the Meridian float and Labour conference. This hasn’t happened in five years. It was the same moment as Clarks smacking reform.

          Instead, Shearer and cronies Hipkins and Goff any King and Cosgrove and of course Fran Mold have utterly fucked that up.

          Shearer was so shit he made a fuckup of a fuckup.

          He and ABC have been a catastrophic waste.

      • Tracey 11.1.2

        +1 r0b

        • weka 11.1.2.1

          +2.

          I’m grateful to Shearer for doing the right thing and stepping down at last. No need to shit on him or the people thanking him.

      • oftenpuzzled 11.1.3

        +1

  12. So Goff and Jones are seen laughing and patting each other on the back as they leave, and Labour moves to the far far left. The new leader is going to be a hard line unionist.

    Another term for the National government coming up.

    • bad12 12.1

      Only in your wet-dreams boyo…

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 12.2

      Looking forward to time proving you wrong :lol:

      • McFlock 12.2.1

        wrong about national, hopefully not the move to the left :)

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1

          The person who is Leader isn’t that important to the performance of the overall party, you know that McFlock.

          • weka 12.2.1.1.1

            You reckon if Cunliffe becomes leader that it won’t affect the performance of the overall party?

            • Jenny 12.2.1.1.1.1

              My take, is that if Cunliffe did become leader it would energise the grass roots, to fight for a Labour Government like nothing else.

              People talk of the fabled Labour Party electoral machine. Well it has been operating on three cylinders. The members who do the donkey work have not had their heart in it.

              Give them the leader they want. Another cabinet appointee like Roberson or Little will be a slow death.

              • alwyn

                Can anyone tell me who, exactly is in this “fabled Labour Party electoral machine”?
                My impression was that it was largely Union organised. I don’t know personally but if that was the case wouldn’t it be likely that Little becoming leader, from his background in the biggest (?) union affiliated to the party would be likely to energise the workers more than someone who boasts of having spent some time at Harvard and having worked for a merchant bank?

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  “Impression”? Followed by “I don’t know”?

                  That’s a solid foundation you have there :lol:

                  • alwyn

                    Yes you are right.
                    That is why the first sentence was a question.
                    And then I gave an hypothesis, based largely on what I had read from Mike Williams.
                    Then I said that “if that is the case”.
                    I’d still like to know from a knowledgeable person the answer regarding the electoral machine.
                    Come on. Educate the commoners with your inside knowledge.

              • Hami Shearlie

                I know this for a fact. A relative of mine is a very long time party member and someone who has worked very hard for their own and neighbouring electorates for several decades. She mentioned that she might vote GREEN next time – that’s how disheartened the very loyal members are feeling – UP TILL NOW that is!!

            • McFlock 12.2.1.1.1.2

              I think there are other more important things that affect support for a party than the leader, yes.
              A sustained 18 month public campaign (by self-professed members) against most of the party caucus, in concert with a similar campaign by political editors who smell blood, for example.

              I reckon that having the most petulant supporters is as much a leadership quality of cunliffe as any “charisma” he might have.

              I reckon that whomever wins the leadership will face:
              continued predictions of leadership demise from the cetacean;
              ongoing speculation about leadership stability from the media, more frantic the more likely it looks like national might lose;
              incessant micro-criticism by lefties of any policies released by labour between now and the election;
              but slightly less in the realm of shirt-tearing internet try-hards who leave flecks of froth on the keyboard when they type about disliked caucus members getting put to the woodchipper.

              So my pick post-change is:
              a bit of a polling boost for the new leader, then back down again, but hopefully with less of the fuck-useless whinging little internet warriors (and worriers) getting in the way of solid progress against national before the campaign proper.

              • Colonial Viper

                Good explaining

                • McFlock

                  Of course, it’ll be business as usual if your golden boy doesn’t win the leadership contest.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    We’ll see. The new rules will help whoever wins if you ask me.

                    But really, debate is a bad thing because of what the Right makes of it? When did they get to set a benchmark of anything other than incompetence and hubris?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Fair point. If you’re keeping the editors of the NZ Herald and NBR happy, you’re probably doing something wrong, Labour.

                    • McFlock

                      Ah, by referring to the “debates” here are we now using the word “debate” as a euphemism for outright abuse, apocalyptic forebodings, making shit up, and general weeping and tearing of clothes?

                      Yes, we should avoid doing that because it serves no purpose other than to give ammunition to tory politicians and jonolists.

                      If, on the other hand, you meant:
                      “A formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward”,

                      then I would say:

                      “no, but I fail to see the relevance of the term to some of the more berserk utterances made by some alleged labour party supporters in this forum”.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      McFlock, well ok, but if the problem is the stuff Jenny (or any individual commenter) says that Jono finds compelling, then the problem isn’t on the left.

                    • McFlock

                      Yes, it is. Just as it was Shearer’s fault whenever he made a gaff that gave fodder to garner.

                      If we make shit up, blow shit out of proportion, and so on, then yes it is our fault. Fair criticism is fair criticism, but quite a few supposed leftists have a habit of going overboard, imo.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.1.3

              You reckon if Cunliffe becomes leader that it won’t affect the performance of the overall party?

              It is damn important of course, just taking the piss out of McFlock’s last year and a half of saying its not about Shearer, its about the policies

    • felix 12.3

      “So Goff and Jones are seen laughing and patting each other on the back as they leave, and Labour moves to the far far left. The new leader is going to be a hard line unionist.”

      lolwut? Goff and Jones represent the far left now?

      The words you type are just random symbols to you really, aren’t they Brett?

      • Brett Dale 12.3.1

        Felix:

        No, not Goff and Jones, although they were seen laughing their butts off today. The new leader though will be a hard line Union guy, possibly Little.

        • felix 12.3.1.1

          That’d be a scandal, wouldn’t it? Imagine, the LABOUR party led by a UNIONIST!!

          Next you’ll tell me National is going to be led by a multi-millionaire banker.

  13. And he only needed a few more months to make a go of it, shame that.

    Cunliffe for the win, or caucus might as well just state they’ve no intention of winning back government, just taking the pensions ’til retirement.

    Mallard, get f*cked ;)

    • McFlock 13.1

      it’s not up to caucus alone

      • The Al1en 13.1.1

        “it’s not up to caucus alone”

        I know that, just saying at least 22 of them got it very wrong last time.
        Best make sure a new membership entitles me to a vote before I part with the ‘donation’, ’cause these mp people don’t seem to be able to be trusted with their 40%

        Anyhow, back to self imposed exile.

        Viva (R)evolution ;)

  14. Sanctuary 14

    Doesn’t that trigger the new voting rules? I foresee a Cunliffe/Little leadership. The only worry for that team will be if the revanchist rogernomes in the old guard pack a hissy fit and split away from the party.

    • Ant 14.1

      With luck, I’m really hoping against an insipid Robertson/Arden combo

      • Hami Shearlie 14.1.1

        Oh God – That would spell the end, wouldn’t it? Arden is weak as water, and Robertson is very famous and loved in his own mind!

  15. Sable 15

    I’m ambivalent. Shearer isn’t Labours real problem, Labour is Labours problem. There move to the right of the political spectrum is the reason their support base is eroding. They have lost touch with the working class and the middle class have no idea what they actually stand for.

    Oh well, lets see which cab is next off the rank. Cunliffe looks likely, he’s clever but like Goff his attitude will no doubt be his undoing….

    • geoff 15.1

      Cunliffe is an unknown quantity as a leader but at least the membership will give him a chance and that’s what is needed if there is any chance of Labour winning in 2014.
      It also would seem he might be the only one to foot it with Key.

  16. Tiger Mountain 16

    Well the new LP rules are getting an early run. Voting is along the lines of…
    • 40% Caucus
    • 40% membership at large
    • 20% affiliated unions

    Well done DS for going before conference and apparently under your own steam and counsel.
    Good luck DC, keep the beard for the rugged look, and put that slippery refugee from Hawaii, our excuse for a Prime Minister, in his place.

    • tinfoilhat 16.1

      As a Union member do I get a vote …. not sure how it works in practice ?

      • Colonial Viper 16.1.1

        Delegates chosen from the membership of affiliated unions like the EPMU will get a vote.

        • tinfoilhat 16.1.1.1

          So if I understand you correctly I personally don’t get and say…….That’s pretty fucked up ?

          • weka 16.1.1.1.1

            You would get a vote if you were a Labour Party member. As a union member, you get a voice through your union processess.

          • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1.2

            If you’re in an affiliated union you’d get a vote at the union. The union delegate would then go and vote on the unions behalf.

    • Jenny 16.2

      The affiliated unions obviously will be the ones to sway the vote. My bet is that they will back the Caucus choice. And we all know that the caucus do not want Cunliffe.

      The main driver in the CTU is the EPMU it also has a reputation in the union movement for conservatism.

      Andrew Little was their past secretary.

      It is also the union that represents coal miners and oil rig workers.

      Cunliffe has spoken out against climate change.

      So:

      Caucus 40% Little

      Affiliated unions 20% Little

      Membership 40% Cunliffe

      The membership still won’t get their choice.

      And the country and the world will be the poorer for it.

      I also fear that Little has not got what it takes to get the party and the country behind him. (Though I could be wrong, and I hope I am)

      • yeshe 16.2.1

        I heard Andrew Little speaking in the house the other night .. maybe he was just tired, but he did lack any clarity and appeared to have gone through a charisma by-pass. In fact, he was so boring I turned it off.

      • Hami Shearlie 16.2.2

        Little may be clever, but he is relatively new to Parliament, and he’s dour and unsmiling – Not got the easy way with people, so deadly in an election, meeting people, kissing babies, can’t see that going well – PLUS, he wasn’t even able to win an electorate seat, that would be a very bad look!

        • Jenny 16.2.2.1

          This is the nub of the problem Cunliffe could lead but he won’t be allowed too.

          Vested interest will see to that.

  17. Labour has a choice to make, they will either do the right thing, or be told what to do by the greens. Time will tell.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.1

      Or some other third thing that your witless attempt to create a false dichotomy can’t encompass. Yep, that seems more likely.

    • grumpy 17.2

      Labour need to get votes back from the Greens (from the left) and at the same time from National (from the centre). Good luck with that!
      Cunliffe might be the one.

      • weka 17.2.1

        “Labour need to get votes back from the Greens (from the left) and at the same time from National (from the centre). Good luck with that!”

        Well the GP is taking votes from both Labour and NACT.

        Labour could pick up some of its traditional votes from the people that didn’t bother voting last time.

    • Sable 17.3

      Or they could adopt Nationals attitude and let the US tell them what to do next….Which do you prefer Brett???

  18. One Anonymous Knucklehead 18

    A new leader chosen by the new rules could be the best thing that’s happened to the Labour Party since Clark and Cullen took the reins.

  19. Pete 19

    Thank you David. We still need your service when Labour takes the Treasury benches, though.

  20. Colonial Viper 20

    Shane Jones for LEADER!!! You heard it HERE first!!!

  21. Not a PS Staffer 21

    Thank you David Shearere for putting the Party ahead of your personal ambition.

    I hope you find a role within the Labour movement where you can continue to use your undoubted talents.

    Enjoy a few glasses, a rest and then get back up on the horse.

  22. leftbutnotdeluded 22

    Judging from labour’s performance over the last 24 months I expect the next few weeks culminating in a vote on a new leadership to be a mixture of high farce, skullduggery and general pythonesque behaviour.

    Honestly what a fucking sideshow just as there was some pressure being applied to Key and that Nats….. couldn’t Shearer have just said ….’ look Labour is fucked, we’re a bunch of career troughers and numpties, we’re closing the place down and we suggest that you put all of your support behind the Greens and Mana.’

    • burt 22.1

      ’ look Labour is fucked, we’re a bunch of career troughers and numpties

      I have never seen such a true statement on the standard as this. Exactly… career troughers and self serving leaches.

      • Tracey 22.1.1

        same can be said of national so we are fucked every which way…

        has English ever worked anywhere that didnt pay him through the public purse…

        • Delia 22.1.1.1

          Says he is a farmer, but I have never seen him down on the farm. Has anyone? Actually most of them are soft handed desk types and it is half the problem.

          • Colonial Viper 22.1.1.1.1

            Victoria uni then Treasury then MP.

            Last time our good man worked on a farm, if ever, would have been as a teenager.

        • bad12 22.1.1.2

          No, straight from Otago University courtesy of the taxpayers free education, then to the Treasury where it took them years to have him to come to grips with the phrase ”Ug business good society an inefficient drag”

          From Treasury to the golden trough where nothing is too good for Bill from Dipton including the double dipping into the MP’s housing allowance…

    • Sable 22.2

      Leftbutnotdeluded: I was thinking the same thing myself. Shearer looked to actually have the upper hand but rather than squeeze Keys he walks away-WTF!!!

      Sorry Labour but you have seriously lost the plot. As I have said and will say again if this country has a future its with the newer parties not Labour or National.

  23. Freekpower 23

    Does anyone know if you are allowed to join two NZ political parties at the same time. I’m currently a member of Mana but if Cunliffe comes back………

    • Bunji 23.1

      Different parties have different rules – but Labour has a rule that you can’t be a member of another party.

      • Freekpower 23.1.1

        Thanks, looks like I might have a bit of an interesting decision on my hands. Of course if Cunliffe is not given the leadership I might just give up on politics altogether (well at least the Labour party)

    • Chris 23.2

      As I understand it it depends on the party – for example I think National and Labour allow you to be a member of 2 parties whereas Act don’t.

      • Freekpower 23.2.1

        I sent an email through the Labour Party website and recieved the following responce

        “You would need to resign your membership of the Mana Party before you could
        join Labour.”

  24. karol 24

    Thanks, David Shearer for doing the right thing. Though I see Stuff is reporting that Shearer didn’t think he had the support of his caucus.

    Over to the Labour membership. I assume the membership will get a say in who is selected as the new leader? Look forward to seeing the candidates, what they have to offer, and how they are assessed by the LP members.

    Let democracy begin!

  25. Cameron Slater was the only person who predicted this, this morning.

    [lprent: And on how many previous mornings and days? I can think of at least 4 or 5 previous times that he has "predicted" it.

    It isn't hard to be retrospectively correct if you keep predicting a predictable event.

    Of course he also predicted that he'd make The Truth flourish (he destroyed it), that this site would disappear (in a few days we will have been here 6 years), and that climate change was a hoax (because he is stupid to understand the science). His track record is to usually be wrong. But since he issues predictions at a prodigious rate, eventually even a dumbarse will get one on the nose. It's statistics...

    In the meantime, stop astroturfing our site. ]

  26. fender 26

    Well done, good move that has improved my opinion of the man. Now it’s time to remember that an inexperienced choice was an error and shouldn’t be repeated. I’d very much like to see Cunliffe given a shot PLEASE.

  27. srylands 27

    I think Shane Jones will be the surprise in the contest. He will appeal to a large slice of traditional Labour voters who have defected. Of course he won’t appeal to the Oriental Bay left.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 27.1

      Wormtongue, you give such wise and sincere counsel, and still no-one cares.

      • Murray Olsen 27.1.1

        It doesn’t surprise me that Shane Jones is the ACT choice. They can intimately identify with sitting in a motel room with porn DVDs for company.

      • weka 27.1.2

        You’d think on such an important issue they’d send better astroturfers than srylands and Brett.

    • bad12 27.2

      SSLands, more deluded BS from you, Shane Jones is a wanker in at least one sense of the word and possibly both, this would seem to be what the two of you have in common,

      i expect that Jones will be removed from the Front Bench in the reshuffle after the Leadership is decided, His contribution from that position has been virtually zero,

      i would suggest at this early stage that the leadership vote will be a tight race IF as i expect it will be a contest of a Robertson/Little ticket V a Cunliffe/??? ticket,

      Of course Labour might just see the sense and simply go to the Party with a Cunliffe, Roberston, Little, Adhern front four proposition…

    • Tracey 27.3

      you picking up Hooten’s mantle of coming and suggesting the person the NACTs want the most??

      I LOVE when NACT supporters assume they know what other party’s supporters want.

    • freedom 27.4

      “I think ”

      you think ?
      well srylands, that is yet to be witnessed :) :cool: :)

  28. Pete 28

    Does anyone know how the leadership vote will be conducted? A STV style of vote may draw more members behind whoever the eventual leader is.

  29. Poem 29

    Wow !! that is a selfless act coming from David Shearer, he obviously does have the best interests of the Labour party at heart. Thank you David Shearer for at least trying. New Zealand is sure on one hell of a roller coaster ride at the moment.

    • Sable 29.1

      Shearer is no doubt a good man but sadly he’s leading a party that does not have any real sense of direction…..

    • Rosie 29.2

      Agree Poem. I thought his resignation statement was well worded. He came right in the end and did the right thing. I thought I’d be more excited when this time finally came, and I dare say I will have a little bubbly tonight, but it was inevitable. Now we can begin to get ourselves back on course, (I’m assuming, depending on who becomes leader).

      Key will be pissed off. Good.

  30. Murray Olsen 30

    If they don’t choose Cunliffe they’re saying they want a NAct government. FFS, do the right thing, which includes clearing out the troughing remnants of Rogernomics.

    • Tracey 30.1

      not Robertson?

    • Never thought I’d agree with you but there you have it. Cunliffe is the only real Kiwi politician who can pull this one of against all the foreign Kiwi’s such as Key, Shearer and Russell. If anything this is not about left or right but about Kiwi versus foreign control!

  31. Coronial Typer 31

    So who here is ready to unify Labour again?
    I am.

    The Membership and the Activists here must get the Labour Party leadership they want, pull away the old guard, and get ready to form a Labour-Green coalition government for New Zealand.

    Who is with me on that?

    • Sable 31.1

      Sounds better than National/ACT/Dunne but Labour really needs to get its act together for this to happen.

    • TEA 31.2

      The Greens are welcome to the gaggle of labour gays, then labour will move forward.

    • Not a PS Staffer 31.3

      YES. UNITE

      A united Labour Party is a strong Labour Party. The workers and families of NZ deserve a strong Labour Party.

      In the past 30 years the Labour Caucus has twice been hi-jacked by factions that have ignored the membership and the people the membership represent.

      This is the time for the membership to finally take control of the Party.

      The New Leader will be the leader with Membership support, with proven support at a ballot box and with the ability to inspire the people of New Zealand.

  32. Takere 32

    Oh dear …looks like Labours gunna be the 3rd biggest party in NZ ….. Another own goal by Labour ….. they go up in the polls and sack the leader?Go the Greens!

  33. finbar 33

    From week two it was obvious that Shearer was the wrong choice,blame the old school journey cabinet for that one.Cunliffe, is the only one to take on Key when it comes to election debates,Robinson and other pretenders have not the same grasp of the economy as has Cunliffe.As a leader he may be dominant but no lesser than Key,and also he may have a clean out of the overdue parliament pensionaries on the Labour front bench

  34. BM 34

    Andrew Little with his eye on the crown for 2017.

    Unfortunately he has the personality and appeal of that dead snapper Shearer was holding up a couple of days ago.

    • Sable 34.1

      If that’s true BM (and I seriously doubt it) he’d be better suited to National. Slimy and fishy are their speciality after all…

  35. Bruce 35

    Is Peter Dunne still looking for a party to lead? ;-)

  36. Tracey 36

    He deserves credit for his decision.

    I admit I wanted him as leader and that turned out to be wrong.

    I hope he stays on however because I think a caucua like Labour’s needs an internal negotiator/diplomat to assist what at times must be vigorous disagreement.

    I was impressed with Robertson’s speech yesterday on the GCSB, seemed to have passion and fluidity. BUT I am not in any of the groups who get a say on this, so I leave it to them.

  37. Tim 37

    Who the hell are the Oriental Bay left?!!!!!
    Christ – keep them at bay. And keep SJ at bay as well!.
    Are those Ortl Bay left the hob knobbers with former Mayors, DSW public “servants”, property develpers, Regional Council troughers and others that could genuinely lay claim to the nouveau riche ‘class’?
    Give me their names – I’ll send the nurses uniforms and whips right over. I’ll even send a bunch of flowers to the Hataitai matron.
    Meantime, until there’s an outcome where there’s a David Cunliffe leading the charge, I’ll plan on voting Greens/Mana.

    • Hayden 37.1

      Who the hell are the Oriental Bay left?!!!!!

      I suspect it’s the replacement for “chardonnay socialist”, coined by people who don’t understand why, once you’ve done well enough for yourself, you’d continue to care about other people and their circumstances.

      • alwyn 37.1.1

        Actually it’s the people who were tossed out of the “Wadestown Wadicals” when they all upped and joined the Green Party.

    • Rhinocrates 37.2

      Through some weird distortion of topography, it’s the fantastic Oriental Bay left, i.e., those who profess nice virtues, but want National policies without admitting it, that have overlapped themselves with the equally mythical Waitakere men in an intersection somewhere deep in Loch Ness.

      Meantime, until there’s an outcome where there’s a David Cunliffe leading the charge, I’ll plan on voting Greens/Mana.

      Indeed.

  38. Rhinocrates 38

    Done the honorable thing? Bullshit. Succumbed late to the inevitable, hopefully not too late. He, for the sake of his vanity and his cronies have held back the left for nearly two years.

    Piss off Mumblefuck, don’t let the door catch your arse on the way out.

    Is that spiteful? Sorry, my roof needs painting and perhaps my landlord could pay you a few bob to paint it for me. I have some beneficiary friends who could do with more than just some mango skins too.

    So any new leader will take at least a few weeks, and will need the support of the wider party as well as caucus

    At last! Now the membership and caucus have a chance to take back their party from the troughers.

    • Tracey 38.1

      he could have hung on despite the detrimen tot he party, which is what Goff did.

      • weka 38.1.1

        True, but it’s possible that he has stepped down because he’s reached his personal limit, which is nothing to do with the good of the party.

    • tinfoilhat 38.2

      The caucus are the troughers.

    • Hami Shearlie 38.3

      Hopefully the unions and ABC in Caucus won’t vote for Little against the wider membership’s wishes!!

  39. emergency mike 39

    Well done for proving some people here wrong and seeing sense David Shearer. Now can the Labour Party please see sense, be grown ups, and get over any in house personal garbage, and admit that there is only one contender who:

    – Looks like a leader.
    – Looks to have genuine charisma and passion.
    – Has the speaking and debating ability to show up Key.

    It’s time to put what’s best for the country ahead of internal politics.

  40. Tim 40

    Gerry Brownlee says “David Shearer is fundamentally a nice man” (to paraphrase RNZ 3pm news).
    How fckn magnanimous of him! Let’s hope for Jerr’s sake, the people of Christchurch are just as magnanimous. Sanctimonious insurance company arse-licker ChCh airport waddler the guy is!

    • bad12 40.1

      LOLZ, the other part of the Jerry quote from RadioNZ was a hoot, ‘He is worried that the next leader of Labour will see that Party rise in the polls’,

      Jerry should be eying the real estate over on the opposition side of the aisle closely, November next year one of those benches will have to accommodate his expansive posterior…

  41. Short Plank 41

    Once upon a time two armies manoeuvered for advantage on a plain, with a Kingdom awaiting the victor.

    One army was led by a quiet, thoughtful kind of guy who loathed war and battles but was greatly concerned with the welfare of the common folk of the Kingdom he hoped to win, knew what he wanted to do for their benefit if he won the battle and spent his time amongst the cooks and the armourers and the stable boys listing to their problems and trying to help them because he knew they are the people who really win battles, and felt more comfortable there because at heart he was one of them. Unfortunately the consequence of that was that few of the officers knew where he was.

    The other army was led by a handsome, flash bigmouth who had a gift of telling people what they wanted to hear, although he had few ideas of his own other than how nice it would be to be a King. He liked to ride out in front of his army where everyone could see him and stir their courage in is favour with meaningless soundbites and vapid sentiments.

    Guess who won the battle. And guess how well the kingdom was run afterwards.

    When politics comes down to a beauty contest, what the hell is the point of democracy?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 41.1

      When a blatantly false frame is used as an example, what can be made of the responses? They’d be as vacuous and empty as the original weasel words.

  42. Winston Smith 42

    Keys getting quite the collection:

    Clark seen off
    Cullen vanquished
    Goff removed
    Campbell owned
    Shearer seen off

    Whos next?

  43. Colonial Viper 43

    Would have been very tough for Shearer to do the GCSB presentation at the Auckland Town Hall, knowing that he was seriously considering moving on.

    Hit the end of Snapper Road, and that was that.

  44. Nicolas 44

    Cunliffe has the charisma and he’s definitely very articulate.

    Still, I just don’t see that much “Labour” in a guy who lives (pretty sure he’s still there) in Hernes Bay, where houses sell for $2 million. Not that “Labour” to me…

    Jacinda Ardern would be my pick if I wasn’t a Green Party member.

    Oh, and I’m pretty positive nobody is going to vote for the guy who thought long and “hard”, and decided to use PUBLIC MONEY to buy porn. He paid it back, sure, but the simple fact he didn’t see a problem with spending that money in the first place… Screw Jones.

    • Pete 44.1

      Aside from Bolger, every PM elected to office in the last 30 years has come from Auckland. Whoever carries the leadership needs to know Auckland very well to take the city and with it the country.

      • Murray Olsen 44.1.1

        Key comes from Hawaii and Wall St. His knowledge of Auckland wouldn’t go much past the Northern Club.

    • Colonial Viper 44.2

      Still, I just don’t see that much “Labour” in a guy who lives (pretty sure he’s still there) in Hernes Bay, where houses sell for $2 million. Not that “Labour” to me…

      Labour is a state of heart my friend :)

    • Hami Shearlie 44.3

      Who cares where Cunliffe lives? Phil Goff doesn’t live in his electorate either, he’s on a leafy lifestyle block!! Cunliffe’s wife wanted to move there to be nearer the city so she could spend more time with her children. She is an environmental lawyer and probably earns triple what her husband earns. He could get a million dollar salary anywhere in NZ or overseas, so the fact that he chose to be the MP for New Lynn for many years should tell you that money is not his prime motivation – a very Labour attitude I would have thought!

      • Nicolas 44.3.1

        Hami,

        I wasn’t really referring to what he could be doing, and how much money he could be making in other positions. I simply stated a fact: he lives in a million-dollar-home neighbourhood; that is not very “Labour”.

        Sorry, but you’re coming dangerously close to what Key fans usually say: “He is a millionaire and could be making a lot more if he wasn’t in politics. That proves he’s great!!!”

        I can’t help but feel a bit suspicious when representatives of the working class are very wealthy, that’s all. Not saying I’m against making money, but keeping so much that you can afford to live in a million-dollar home, when children are living in poverty in your own country? Not very Labour, mate.

        Again, I’d prefer Ardern…

        • Ant 44.3.1.1

          Lucky you vote “Green” then :roll:. Nothing wrong with someone being successful if their principles, policies, and beliefs are Labour – that’s what makes them Labour.

        • saarbo 44.3.1.2

          Jeez Nicholas, You need to use broader criteria than that to pick the right leader, I hear what your saying but I think Hami’s point is that Cunliffe has the skills and talents to be making a fortune in the private sector but instead he is committing to the Labour Party, so money isn’t his driver, you know what i mean. He’s a good man, a potential 3 term Prime Minister (IMHO) if given his chance. The only criticism that I hear of Cunliffe is that he has problems getting on with some in his caucus, well these people (Mallard, Goff, King) DONT have an alternative outside of parliament…hence I suspect the motive behind the poison that is thrown at Cunliffe from this lot, because their careers suddenly look a bit bleak if Cunliffe is made leader…he wont stand for their shit.

      • risildowgtn 44.3.2

        Donkey dont even live in his Electarort either :P

  45. Boadicea 45

    Now for Phil, Mallard, Cosgrove and King to announce that they will not run in 2014.

  46. Steve 46

    David, thank you for doing the right thing and putting the party before yourself.

    No good putting a “nice guy” up against slippery – Labour needs a bulldog.

    Cunliffe is the man for the job.

    Key is a snake oil salesman – it’s all front, smiles, bluster and “she’ll be right”. He is painfully short on facts, as the GCSB debate has amply demonstrated. Just repeats the same old talking points and patronises anyone who gets in his way.

    Cunliffe’s “no nonsense” style and encyclopaedic knowledge is the perfect counter for this white-shoed smiling spiv.

  47. yeshe 47

    Time to rue the tragic loss of Charles Chauvel to United Nations — he could have been our most elegant, erudite and effective attorney general. We are going to need one to clean up the GCSB and TICs and TPPA messes.

  48. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 48

    But I thought talk of a leadership change was all evil right wing propaganda.

    Advise urgently.

    • felix 48.1

      Have you always had this problem with distinguishing between saying things that are true and saying things that are not true?

  49. Fair call 49

    [deleted]

    [lprent: permanent ban for continuing to comment while banned - as promised. ]

  50. Don't worry. Be happy 50

    The Labour Caucus/Head Office better not try and screw those of us who intend to rejoin the party to vote for Cunliffe with some trick that only those who were members before Shearer departed can vote in the upcoming leader election. They better bloody not try that one!

    And Moira, now’s the time to leave. Don’t wait till after the next election. Fran knows the way out. Both of you deserve a dead snapper. Shearer has his quota.

    In a funny way this looks like an own goal for Key…couldn’t keep his smarmy mouth shut about the meeting up the back stairs with Shearer over GCSB, now he gets to fight an election up against Cunliffe. I think there will be many a financial backer slapping him around the head about now although they may have to stand in line behind the NSA, CIA, FBI, GSCB, SIS. Sort of a belated snapper slapping for alphabet soup snoops..

  51. clashman 51

    Snap election? Key paints the “leaderless” party as a complete shambles and romps home.(?)

    • Mary 51.1

      It’s the Collins issue that’s more relevant to what’s going on in the land of Key.

      • Clashman 51.1.1

        Wins election, stands down, Colins and co have plenty of time to fight among themselves and present a new leader well before the next election.
        Key is a cunning bastard so I’m looking for a downside to todays good news. Tbh I don’t know if it is feasible or not.

        • Mary 51.1.1.1

          I wouldn’t read that much into it. Shearer was Key’s biggest asset. Key won’t be pleased he’s gone.

    • yeshe 51.2

      see 50.1.1

  52. xtasy 52

    YAAAAHOOOOO! YIPEEYEEEHHHH!

    We are getting there, David Cunliffe’s time has come, David, David, David, David, David, David Cunliffe, we WANT YOU NOW to take the lead, the challenge against that Key bastard. We need you, we expect you, your time and calling has come NOW.

    PLEASE stand up and take the challenge, please take up the leadership challenge, you are OUR HOPE and messenger.

    Now I am starting to see that Labour may be the next government, I certainly did not see Labour as such before. This is a radical game changer, and we are behind you, David, even us Greens!!!!

  53. Financially literate 53

    John Key v Labour leaders: 3, 0

    I guess the question now is will it be 4 or 5 to 0 in the next 18 months.

    Good times.

    • bad12 53.1

      Keep that wet dream coming FL, November 2014 will be all the sweeter the longer you are blind to the facts…

  54. Zaphod Beeblebrox 54

    How about the rest of the caucus resign and the party members could pick the caucus. That would be proper democracy.

    • chris73 54.1

      No no, you’ve got to keep the proles in line. Feed them a line or two about democracy but don’t let them have any real say…

      Which worked really well with Shearer

    • burt 54.2

      Any chance Mallard and King can join him – I might go back to supporting Labour if they do.

      • mickysavage 54.2.1

        Sorry Burt but Labour has standards …

        • burt 54.2.1.1

          What total arrogance micksavage. I guess the donations I once made to other parties are not something your beloved party of retrospectively validated corrupt self serving useless unemployable idiots power at any price politics wants as it probably gets enough donations from the lowest paid workers via the unions.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 54.2.1.1.1

            I’d take your money Burt; it’s your values that stick in the craw.

          • felix 54.2.1.1.2

            “…from the lowest paid workers via the unions.”

            lolz burt. The lowest paid workers are not in unions.

  55. Not a PS Staffer 55

    Robertson:
    Responsible for the chaotic running of Shearer’s Office
    Very poor election results in Wellington Central
    Ineligible

    Little
    List
    Insufficient Parliamentary experience
    Ineligible

    Jones
    List
    Pissed off every women member
    Ineligible

    • Murray Olsen 55.1

      Jones has pissed off a lot of men as well. Despite what Trotter says, left wing working men don’t all fit his archaic stereotype of Waitakere Man.

      • Colonial Viper 55.1.1

        Precisely. Just because the men wear filthy work boots and use swarfega doesn’t mean that they are into boorish macho bullshit from politicians.

      • Takere 55.1.2

        “Waitakere Man” f$#k up is cunliffes. He doesn’t like beneficiaries, poor people and brown folks Murray. Sure Jones has pisst off a few latte drinkers but who cares? They’re in the minority, mixed in with the 5% swing voters. Hardly worth worrying about. 5% split 3 ways doesn’t add up to victory.

        • beGone Craven SpyBill leopard 55.1.2.1

          @ Takere
          Who doesn’t like beneficiaries, poor people and brown folks? How about you provide some links to support your statements?

  56. Delia 56

    What is Judith up to speaking out in public without Dear Leader’s permission. Is this a party in disarray? Watch this space. All power to your elbow, Labour.

  57. gobsmacked 57

    So Shearer has gone. It was inevitable. Always was.

    The word I’ve been looking for is “Sorry”. Not so much from Shearer himself (let’s face it, ambition and self-delusion are part of politics). But a “Sorry” from those who have denied reality for nearly two years. A reality that stared them in the face, week in, week out.

    Along with many others on here, I have been called everything from “agent provocateur” to “Key fan” (!) simply for saying what was blindingly obvious. Many other Labour voters (yes, I’ve always been one) have been abused in similar fashion. Nothing has been more damaging to the Labour party than the behaviour of those who insisted – time and time again – that if “you don’t support Shearer, you iz Tory!”. Not only that you were wrong, but that you attacked those who dared to question (and by “question”, I mean state the obvious).

    He was the wrong person for the job. Ultimately, he knew it too. And we weren’t wrong to say so. We were damn right.

    An apology from the few to the many would be a good way to start the healing, on the path to unity. How about it?

    • burt 57.1

      An apology from power crazed lefties with no other focus than to gain the levers of power – don’t hold your breath – the last electable “dear leader” never once apologised – her stain of self serving absolute power at any price is still very visible in the party.

  58. Mongoose 58

    Why on earth would you support David Cunliffe for leadership knowing full well we would be back to the same position as before with much of the caucus unsupportive? Otherwise they would have picked him before. No, what we need is someone all factions can get behind. That’s what we need to think about.
    I disagree that 40% of the membership will automatically vote for Cunliffe.
    But if that happens we will only be back to square one – a divided caucus. And like it or not a divided caucus will not bring a united election campaign.
    Grant Robertson would be one I would look at very closely.

    • Colonial Viper 58.1

      Dude, you could sign Savage himself on as an MP in this Labour Party and caucus would be backstabbing him within a month.

    • weka 58.2

      “Why on earth would you support David Cunliffe for leadership knowing full well we would be back to the same position as before with much of the caucus unsupportive? Otherwise they would have picked him before.”

      really? because the way I heard it, the vote was very close for Cunliffe. One analysis is that there is a central block that can go either way, so the idea that much of caucus is unsupportive needs some backing up.

    • Ant 58.3

      Grant wasn’t even a front runner in the last race he had to go deputy to even get a sniff. By Mongoose logic he’s even less suitable than Cunliffe – otherwise he would have been in the top 2 contenders for the last vote.

  59. oftenpuzzled 59

    I agree Mongoose. The Standard’s support base appears very Auckland focussed, hence its support borders on the fanatical for Cunliffe, so much so that you have been placing him on a higher and higher pedestal since the last election. There are labour supporters outside Auckland and we do not necessarily view Cunliffe as the ‘god-sent leader of all time’. We do not know him well, just as you say Robertson, Little etc are not known beyond their Electorates. Do tell me why Cunliffe is a preferred choice? My contact with him, which I admit is limited, suggests an arrogance which gave off an intolerance which I found most uncomfortable and insulting, something that I see in Key. Do we want this sort of leader for the Labour Party?
    Anyway one of the things that must happen from now on is that whomever is the leader we MUST stand behind her/him and put every effort into being rid of this current regime. All this back stabbing that I have heard on this blog has to stop if we want Labour in power next election. It’s a hell of a job and I’m not sure if we fully comprehend the intrusion it has into personal and family life, friendships, in fact their whole life. Tolerating snake in the grass comments of people who are ‘couch Politians’, media who are out for a quick headline and acting as authorities on political decisions showing all their baises must be exhausting and depressing. It’s never, never easy and impossible to please everyone. Let’s be supportive of our next leader and put our all behind them.

    • Mongoose 59.1

      Good points oftenpuzzled.

      • Colonial Viper 59.1.1

        Gawd, the area around Molesworth St really echoes.

        Let’s be supportive of our next leader and put our all behind them.

        I don’t support chairs, I support the person in the chair. And if they ain’t worth supporting, I got plenty else to get on with.

    • weka 59.2

      “The Standard’s support base appears very Auckland focussed, hence its support borders on the fanatical for Cunliffe,”

      I suspect that the reason there are lots of Aucklanders here, as opposed to say people from Gore, is because of the size of population.

      I don’t live in Auckland, and don’t feel fanaticism for Cunliffe, although I do think he is the best choice. I also don’t see the Cunliffe supporters here as particularly fanatical and wonder why that attempt at marginalisation is appearing now.

      The reasons I think Cunliffe is a good choice is because I’ve watched analysis of both Cunliffe supporters and opposers, and the bigger problems within the Labour caucus. But what really did if for me was seeing the demographics of the MPs that apparently support him.

      Team Shearer (12)
      David Shearer, Phil Goff, Annette King, Trevor Mallard, David Parker, Clayton Cosgrove, Damien O’Connor, Darien Fenton, Kris Fa’afoi, Ross Robertson, Maryan Street, Ruth Dyson.

      The Young and The Restless (8)
      Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins, Phil Twyford, Clare Curran, Megan Woods, Ian Lees-Galloway, David Clark.

      Cunliffe’s People (10)
      David Cunliffe, Lianne Dalziel, Moana Mackey, Nanaia Mahuta, Louisa Wall, Sue Moroney, Rajen Prasad, Rino Tirikatene, Su’a William Sio, Raymond Huo,

      Team Wavering (3)
      Shane Jones, Carol Beaumont, Andrew Little

      – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/09/breaking-labour-party-coup-watch-warning-upgrade/#sthash.ywrOuJim.dpuf

    • Colonial Viper 59.3

      The Standard’s support base appears very Auckland focussed, hence its support borders on the fanatical for Cunliffe

      This statement is going to get you into trouble, for starters…

    • lprent 59.4

      The Standard’s support base appears very Auckland focussed,

      Not excessively. Over the last 30 days about 90% from NZ (the GCSB debate has been watched a lot from offshore – usually it is at ~95% NZ). And remember this is done on GeoIP which is somewhat inaccurate.

      Inside that

      Auckland 45%
      Wellington 20%
      Christchurch 9%
      Dunedin 6%
      Hamilton 3%

      The Auckland and Wellington figures tend to get somewhat distorted because of the head office problem. “unallocated” IP’s show up there. So we seem to get a high number of places like Raglan showing up as being in Auckland when I know that they are on the other side of the Bombays.

      Now from google the rough estimates for population % in urban areas is

      Auckland 34%
      Wellington 10%
      Christchurch 9%
      Dunedin 3%
      Hamilton 4%

      Quite simply Auckland has a vast population compared to everywhere else. It is >3x the next largest urban area

      We are predictably over represented in urban areas (although how much of that is due to GeoIP is up for question).

      Try google “population of x”

      • weka 59.4.1

        Whenever I look up my IP online it shows as Auckland (presumably due to being a vodafone customer). I live in the South Island.

    • chris 59.5

      bollocks… oops timing, my comment was a response to 59

    • Hami Shearlie 59.6

      That may be your opinion of Cunliffe after limited exposure , but a relative of mine knows him very, very well, has worked voluntarily in his electorate and others, and has completely the opposite view, which is also the view of his electorate and parliamentary staff who have worked closely with him for many years. I think they may know him best.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 59.7

      Oftenpuzzled, getting behind the leader is for authoritarians and their apologists. If all the intelligent voices “follow the party line” the only dissent comes from the fringe.

      Debate is necessary for healthy democracy. Our democracy is sick, which is why debate can be spun as somehow a bad thing.

      Don’t shoot the messenger.

  60. Richard Christie 60

    Best to go with whoever Hooton attacks the hardest, lol.

  61. Paul 61

    Anyone else that all the Nat shills, trolls and puppets are here in force today.
    Have they been ordered here?
    Double pay today to disrupt, distract and dribble on….

  62. geoff 62

    YOU FUCKING BEAUTY!!!

  63. leftie 63

    Not in the Labour Party but its quite obvious you all need to vote for Cunliffe. $10 says Hooton and Farrar will start talking up Robertson.

    Little would make a good deputy.

    • felix 63.1

      Yep Hooton was already singing his praises on radiolive this avo.

      Was pretty funny actually, the poor wee man was in quite a panic and spinning so hard he didn’t know whether he was coming or going.

  64. feijoa 64

    To David Shearer- what a relief it must be to let it go – your face seemed to say you weren’t exactly relishing the job. You should sleep well at night now!

    Can anybody say what is wrong with Cunliffe?- why don’t the insiders like him ?
    Because really I don’t know who else could take on Key – has anyone actually seen Cunliffe DEBATE? I have seen him spout forth very well, but can’t recall a debate with an opponent as such

    • Anne 64.1

      He debates extremely well in the House. He’s not the only one but I would say he is the most consistent very good debater.

      The insiders (more commonly known as the ABC Club) didn’t like him because he was too smart for their liking. It’s called the Tall Poppy Syndrome. Since then, David has stayed quiet and appears to have done his best not to outsmart upset them. He’s done his time in the dog box and now it’s time to let him off the leash and take it to Key.

      Interesting to note that the chiefs of the ABC club stood around Shearer as he made his resignation speech, and the look on Mallard’s face suggests he’s furious. Not a good sign.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 64.2

      Akshully, the ability to engage with the electorate is a lot more vital than success in gladiatorial combat with a bored sociopath.

      • Anne 64.2.1

        I was answering two questions put forward by feijoa.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 64.2.1.1

          So was I. Hence my comment is numbered “64.2”, not “64.1.1”.

      • chris73 64.2.2

        yeah because keys biggest weakness is his inability to engage with the public…

        • Pasupial 64.2.2.1

          Chris73

          Interesting that the description; “bored sociopath” has come to indicate Key, even for yourself.

          • chris73 64.2.2.1.1

            Not really, some things are just so patently absurd they don’t dignify an answer but if thats what you really want then here goes: “I disagree with the assertion that John Key is a sociopath”

            He may well be bored as he hasn’t had a challenge since Dear Leader but that doesn’t make him a sociopath

            Happy?

  65. Treetop 65

    I am not going to right Shearer off when it comes to being part of rejuvenating the Labour caucus. I do think that there is a place for him which is a better fit. It is nice to see a noble politician who puts the team ahead of his own aspirations and to have self awareness.

    I predicted on open mike dated 12 February 2013 that “In August is my guess, six months to see if there is a poll improvement and then the chop or a resignation by Shearer.”

  66. millsy 66

    An enemy of the unions is an enemy of democracy and a supporter of sweated labour. Yes that is you Brett. Your desire for the outlawing of unions is blatant.

    Cunliffe for leader
    Little deputy
    Robertson OUT
    Shearer in Foreign affairs

    Big changes coming.

  67. Tracey 67

    Speak to the power of unions without talking lots about unions…

    Higher wages
    Better conditions
    No free overtime
    Germany thrives with strong Unions
    Australia has strong unions
    It’s about fairness and balance…

    The sky hasn’t fallen in Germany or Australia (alth I see the CEO of Fletcher building wants unions scRAPPED IN Australia WHICH SUGGEST fLETCHERS IS ENJOYING ITS PROFITS IN nz ON THE BACK OF MINIMUM WAGE PAID AND NON UION EMPLOYEES.T)

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  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Bad luck National
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    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Parties sent home with report cards
    More than 2000 New Zealanders came together to run a full page ad in the Herald today asking all Parties what they will commit to do to clean up politics. The answers are in, and ActionStation has graded Parties on...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • One in 10 Kiwis want Winston Peters to Run the Country -Poll
    New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters has seen his personal popularity reach a three-year high in the final 3News/Reid Research poll ahead of Election Day....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Shut Down This Govt Not Kaiti WINZ
    "I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can" is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • New methods needed to reach non-voters
    Non-voters are much heavier users of the internet than those who do vote, while 43 per cent of non-voters say they never read a newspaper according to research released today by the Election Data Consortium....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Conservatives Break Through 5% Threshold
    Reports in today’s Dominion Post that the Conservative Party is polling at 6% in Nationals internal polling are not surprising says the Conservative Napier candidate Garth McVicar....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • IGIS: No Indiscriminate Interception of NZers’ Data Found
    “As part of my role as Inspector-General, I review whether the GCSB complies with the restrictions upon interception of New Zealanders’ communications and with the requirement to intercept communications only for authorised purposes. That review...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Conservatives Break through 5% Threshold
    Reports in today’s Dominion Post that the Conservative Party is polling at 6% in Nationals internal polling are not surprising says the Conservative Napier candidate Garth McVicar....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Hundreds of Students Turn Out for Political Debate
    With only a few days left before the general election, over 500 Victoria students packed the central Hub space on campus today to listen to a political debate on student issues organised by the Students’ Association. Victoria University of Wellington...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life
    It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme,...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works
    Federated Farmers believes the experience of a husband and wife farming team in Taranaki underscores why the 90-days provision is so important to small businesses. “Yesterday a member called 0800 FARMING to alert us to a guy doing the rounds...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eye to Eye Uploaded
    Leading Maori broadcaster and political commentator Willie Jackson previews Eye to Eye Uploaded, a multi-platform series of interviews that he’s aiming to put in front of media radars next year....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Party Rankings against Inequality
    Revealed: which party will do the most to reduce New Zealand’s growing inequality crisis...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Maritime Union backs change of Government
    The Maritime Union says a change of Government is required to deliver secure jobs and decent wages for New Zealand workers....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Green Party package for newborns welcomed
    16 September 2014 Media Release The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed a policy announced today by the Green Party which would provide a package of essential items for every newborn baby. The College is a non partisan organisation...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • ALCP Release Election Manifesto
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has released its manifesto in the lead up to the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Election Daily Update #9
    John Key’s National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night’s “Moment of Truth” event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party
    Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws
    Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parents Smacking Down Prime Minister
    "John Keys failure to deliver on his promise to change the anti-smacking law is costing National votes, and helping the Conservative Party," says Colin Craig....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
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  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
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  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
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