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Labour, WTF? – a collection of posts

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, August 9th, 2012 - 101 comments
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We’ve received a set of guest posts arising from the Stab In the Back comments that Duncan Garner reported on Tuesday and Su’a William Sio. We’ll compile the best here. As always, we exercise judgement in not publishing truly nutty stuff but there’s no editorial line, no endorsement of guest posts we publish – they just have to pass the test of being informative, lucid, and left.

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Where’s the leadership?
Veterans of the 5th Labour Government see a lot that’s familiar in The Thick of It. If you fucked up – no matter who you were, from the most junior staffer to the most senior minister – Helen’s right hand would at your throat and writing your apology for you. If you really fucked up, you would have to answer to Helen herself.

If Su’a William Sio had done what he did yesterday under Helen, he would have been issuing a ‘clarification’ by midday backing away from his earlier comments that Louisa Wall should withdraw her private members’ bill.

He wouldn’t have had explained to him why what he did as wrong . He would have been expected to work it out himself. And these are the things a) he’s factually wrong that Pasifika oppose marriage equality, they support it more than Pakeha, b) saying ‘we should be concentrating on more important things’ is wrong because Labour does have economic private members’ bills out there and there’s a limit to what you can do in opposition with private members’ bills thanks to the financial veto, c) it’s his right to vote how he likes on a conscience vote but not his right to say a private members bill, which has received caucus approval before being put in the ballot and d) you don’t go fomenting stories about internal divisions in your party – ever.

But, more likely, he wouldn’t have fucked up in the first place. That’s what discipline is. And discipline comes from both firm and successful leadership, which people both think is taking them to power and fear getting on the wrong side of. I haven’t seen that ‘clarification’ from Sio. That’s a failure of leadership.

Since Helen’s been gone, the B Team has been in charge and they’ve relished not having to watch their every step any more. The problem is, they keep on tripping themselves up.

-Old boy
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An exercise for the reader
I think it’s interesting to consider ‘why now’? That often leads to answers as to ‘why’.

Why is Duckie trying to white ant Cunliffe now?

Ok, Shearer’s had some bad polls. Boo hoo.

If you have a few bad polls and your plan is to stick with Shearer, then you work on improving him, get his numbers up at least enough to stave off any run from Cunliffe in the 2013 leadership vote. The last thing you want to do when a leader you back has some bad polls is attack a potential leadership challenger.

You don’t attack Cunliffe if your plan is to stick with Shearer because – as noted by others – it makes Shearer’s leadership look in question. It weakens Shearer’s leadership security when Duckie attacks Cunliffe.

But what if you want Shearer’s leadership in question, except you don’t want Cunliffe to be the alternative because you’ve got your own man lined up, and you want blame for leadership questions sheeted home to someone other than you and your man?

Well, then, you start attacking Cunliffe.

The problem for Duckie and the third contender for leader is that, why the strategy might be sound, the execution was rubbish. It was obvious to everyone, including Garner if you read between the lines, what was going on.

So obvious that the story became not ‘oops, Shearer’s leadership’s looking shakey but Cunliffe’s no good, if only there were some other option’ as Duckie intended but, instead, ‘who’s Duckie working for now, trying to sabotage both David’s at the same time?’ and ‘why do Duckie and whomever he is working for put their personal interests ahead of the party’s?’

Who Duckie’s new front-man might be, I leave as an exercise to the reader. Clue: his name isn’t David.

-Lightseed

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Going rogue
Duncan Garner’s infamous blog post is the straw that broke the camel’s back. The situation with the Labour Party has now become untenable. Something must be done about the rogue Labour Party caucus.

It’s common knowledge that the caucus and the membership were divided over the leadership contest. The membership clearly backed David Cunliffe, but they couldn’t vote, and the caucus imposed their born-of-desperation candidate, David Shearer.

Shearer has never been anyone’s idea of a rising star. He is too inexperienced to lead the party, meaning the ‘leadership’ is done by proxy by the shadowy backers who pushed him forward on the paltry strength of his charming backstory.

But Shearer, while by all accounts a very nice guy, is a very poor communicator. It doesn’t help that he has nothing to communicate. Labour has hardly any publicly confirmed policy positions. The public want to know what Labour would do in government, and they need time to absorb those messages. Shearer is going out on a heartland tour to meet the public, with nothing to sell.

The idea that the public would ever buy Shearer as a PM with training wheels still on, is ludicrous. This insanity was foisted upon us by the ABC faction – Anyone But Cunliffe.

That’s not how you choose a leader. And that’s why we ended up with a guy who couldn’t lead his way out of a soggy paper bag.

The reasons Duncan Garner’s ‘sources’ give against Cunliffe – that he is ‘lazy’, ‘sneaky’ and ‘doesn’t deliver on his promises’ are serious allegations indeed.

But let’s compare apples with apples and see who comes out ahead.

David Cunliffe was gracious to a fault both during and after the leadership contest. He publicly offered his support to whoever was chosen as leader during the contest. He offered his full support to David Shearer after he won, and has continued to refuse to say a bad word about him. He stuck with Labour, accepting the loss of his beloved Finance portfolio, and knowing that every day he goes into work he is working with disloyal, nasty little twerps who are bagging him behind his back. His commitment and loyalty give the lie to those scummy comments that the cowards in Labour’s caucus fed to Garner.

Now, for the other side of the ledger. The ABC club who hate Cunliffe so much. These are the guys who leak nasty comments about their own colleague to the media. While said colleague is out of the country. While their party is struggling in the polls and needs a dose of infighting like a hole in the head. They are the geniuses who elected David Shearer as leader, trashing Labour’s one opportunity to win the 2014 election, just to indulge in their hatred of David Cunliffe.

Their behaviour speaks for itself. If you want to know who the problem is in Labour, look no further.

When Chris Carter was kicked out of the Labour Party, I said good riddance, because anyone who puts their own ego above the welfare of the wider party needs to be kicked out.

The ABC club have Chris Carter syndrome. They believe that they know best, and that they are the true and the right and the just, and everyone else is wrong. If that means dragging their own party through the mud to ensure that they get their own way, so be it.

It’s time for it to stop. Right now.

The membership knows what the party needs. It needs a jolly good clean-out of the ABC faction, sharpish.

If anyone wants to know who these people are, the list below reflects the MPs who publicly declared their vote for Shearer early on:

David Shearer, Grant Robertson, David Parker, Annette King, Maryan Street, Damien O’Connor, Phil Goff, Phil Twyford, Kris Faafoi, Darien Fenton, Clayton Cosgrove, Trevor Mallard, Jacinda Ardern, and Chris Hipkins.

As far as I’m concerned, it is up to each of them to declare now if they are not part of this dirty little faction, and if they stay silent, then that’s all the answer that’s needed.

The question now is what do we do? The membership have very limited power. We can’t force a leadership vote.

I am calling on any decent members of Labour’s caucus to make their voices heard. If you don’t support what the ABC faction has done, trashing your party’s reputation and throwing an election out of spite, then speak now.

Labour’s caucus has the power to force David Shearer to step down. Do the numbers, and do the decent thing. Roll Shearer and elect David Cunliffe.

- Blue

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On point
I can’t believe that we’re still seeing this rubbish after four years. Don’t these people know that they stand on the shoulders of people who have struggled for nearly a century to build this party? How dare they behave like this – ruining what we have built with generations of toil as if its their mere plaything?

- Mike

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No show without punch
I know you’re all dying for my two cents. Well, I won’t be signing the online petition for Shearer to step down. And not just because my membership has lapsed.

I think Shearer was chosen for the wrong reasons. If 2 or 3 MPs (yes, it was that close) had voted for the good of their party rather than out of high school-style siding with the ‘cool’ clique against Cunliffe and his supporters, then we would all be talking about whether Labour would match National by year’s end and speculating on how important portfolios would be divided up with the Greens after 2014 (which is an interesting question that I mean to write about, because I’m still highly confident of a centre-left win in 2014). But they chose Shearer instead.

Shearer’s not a bad guy. He’s raw but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Key was raw, Lange was raw. They both won two elections (sure, they governed awfully but one problem at a time!). The problem with Shearer is he’s dreadfully advised by the same useless group of senior staffers who advised Goff into the worst election result in 80 years.

That latest speech – as much of it as I could bear to read – was classic Pagani: opportunistically rightwing, insincere, and a complete failure. And what the fuck is up with getting him to wander around the countryside? That’s what he did for the first three months, remember? The votes Labour has lost are in middle suburban belt in Auckland, in Christchurch, and in Dunedin. That’s where Shearer should be. You’ve got to spend your time targeting the richest concentrations of soft Lab/Nat voters, and those aren’t in Waipukurau.

A more suspicious person would suggest that Shearer has been sent away purposely to lower his profile. But I would suggest it’s really just crappy advisors. It’s their fault we never see him, because they’re not working to create good anti-government stories and putting him up to front on them.

Shearer’s still got 6 months to prove he’s up to it.

Running small target all the way to the election might just work but it’s pretty much leaving it up to Key to continue to fuck up. After six years, I think we’ve all learned that’s not a safe bet.

I think that some ‘senior MPs’ have decided that small target isn’t going to work for Shearer. They’ve been spooked by the end of the dead cat bounce. At the same time, they don’t want Cunliffe because he’s not their buddy. They are that petty. So you see that disgraceful, disloyal, destructive leaking to Garner designed to hurt both Shearer and Cunliffe as they try to clear the field for someone else. And there’s only really one person who that could be.

I don’t know which way it’s going to go but I’m going to make sure my membership’s up to date before the leadership vote next year.

- Eddie

101 comments on “Labour, WTF? – a collection of posts”

  1. alex 1

    Has a situation like this (where the membership/activists clearly prefer a candidate who is not the incumbent, with caucus favouring the incumbent) ever happened in Labour before? And if so, what was the outcome of that problem?

    • IrishBill 1.1

      The 1980′s. Only it wasn’t a leader the members disliked so much as the majority of the caucus. For what it’s worth I think that Shearer still needs a chance. He’s not had the opportunity to lead a caucus that has not been encumbered by poisonous and damaging infighting and, as such, he’s not had the opportunity to really show if he’s up to leading.

      That said, it’s a massive exaggeration to say the caucus doesn’t like Cunliffe. From what I can tell the majority of the caucus have no dislike for either Cunliffe or Shearer. It seems this is a few unpleasant individuals poisoning the well for everyone.

      • higherstandard 1.1.1

        Most of them will be interested in what all politicians are interested in – a good troughing via a safe seat and failing that a nice high place on the list.

        A pox on them all and a double dose for the duck I hope he gets canker of the codpiece.

      • Pete George 1.1.2

        Dumping Shearer is not going to address the core problems.

        s there any realistic chance of:
        a) removing the “few unpleasant individuals”?
        b) Shearer and Cunliffe working together as leader/deputy?

    • Anne 1.2

      It isn’t a case of the membership/activists fighting for one candidate while the caucus favours the incumbent. The leadership contest ended early last December. Members/activists/caucus members, who preferred Cunliffe at that time, immediately got behind Shearer and have stayed there ever since.

      Now we have been betrayed by a handful (and I suspect that is all it is) of cowboy/girl traitors inside the caucus who have deliberately lit the fuse again. And there was one reason and one reason alone… personal, political ambition!

      If no action is taken against the perpetrators I predict that eventually many members will resign – and they will be the local activists who keep the Party alive and well.

  2. Roy 2

    It’s depressing when adults in high and well-paid places behave like children in a primary school playground.

    • higherstandard 2.1

      Politics has been depressing for many decades.

      If it gives you any solace my colleagues in Australia say that their politicians are perhaps even worse than ours.

      • PolishPride 2.1.1

        Thats because once you take a step back and look at the system objectively you can see there very little difference by shifting a couple of degrees to the Left or a couple of degrees to the right. Both sides are about wealth redistribution from within the bounds of current system of the day.
        Its then you will understand ‘Politics’ is depressing whether the politicians behave like children or not….

      • Tom 2.1.2

        Heh ..

  3. shorts 3

    no need to insult those or primary school age Roy, children are much better behaved

    • Roy 3.1

      Yeah, you’re right. I did badmouth the vast majority of primary school aged children. Apologies.

  4. BM 4

    It’s fairly obvious, Shearer and the current Labour team want Cunliffe and the Cunliffe supporters gone.I wouldn’t even be surprised if Shearer was the on talking to Duncan Garner.

    They want you guys to go form your own party and I can see why, you cannot have groups with such different approaches co- existing within the same party.
    There’s only one ending and that’s the destruction of Labour.

    Labour has be a mainstream central party, similar to National, not the revolutionary party so many here want.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      Sorry but that’s a ridiculous analysis. For a start there’s not a great deal of political difference between the “right” and the “left” of the labour party as they’re all social democrats of one shade or another, and secondly, the average Standard reader is the mainstream because most Kiwis are social democrats. If you think the basic Keynesian capitalism and social egalitarianism that’s regularly prescribed on the Standard is “revolutionary” then I’d suggest you’re the one on the fringe.

      • BM 4.1.1

        To be honest bud, 99% of the country has no idea what basic Keynesian capitalism and social egalitarianism even means.

        All they know is the current system seems to work, we’re not a basket case like Greece, most people can still pay the bills and provide for their families and if you work hard the opportunity to get ahead is there.

        What I read here from the Cunliffe supporters is that the current system needs to be tossed out and and some new system put in it’s place.
        Unfortunately, there is no way in hell that is ever going to fly with the majority of Kiwis, most are happy with the status quo, it just needs a bit of fine tuning.

        David Shearer knows this which is why Labour isn’t heading in that direction

        • Olwyn 4.1.1.1

          “The current system seems to work” largely because those for whom it does not work are deprived of a voice. And quite a lot of commentators have noted the way housing has replaced manufacture, the growing gulf between haves and have-nots, etc. Furthermore, Cunliffe has not advocated anything truly extreme, and is in fact better equipped to talk to business in its own language, and to balance competing concerns than anyone in the present team, who are obsessed with branding while offering no central product to which the brand is attached.

          • KJT 4.1.1.1.1

            If most people think the current system is working, how come this comment got 93 likes in the Herald. Not noted for left wing readership.

            “Even Ricardo never suggested that Britain give up making wine altogether, or Portugal textiles.
            In fact no country has ever succeeded on exports alone, without a healthy internal economy.
            And no country has ever succeeded in benefiting from an export economy without State support of the export sector.
            Of course, our pursuit of pure free markets has worked so well? How much has our number of people in poverty increased by, again?”

            Most of us here advocate a return to a democratic, functional and fair society.
            Something that was considered middle of the road, even to National voters, 40 years ago.

            I am sure there a many old time conservatives, who would be as concerned by the sellout of NZ as we are. It is the Neo-liberals who have caused unworkable radical change, to a degree which would once have been unthinkable.

          • prism 4.1.1.1.2

            Olwyn 4 1 1 1

            the present team, who are obsessed with branding while offering no central product to which the brand is attached.

            In a nutshell. And the nut is good and fresh. Time to do the mahi not concentrate on the mana (small m) and personal advantage.

            • Olwyn 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Thanks prism: your mahi/mana word play is most apt.

              • Colonial Viper

                BM said

                All they know is the current system seems to work, we’re not a basket case like Greece, most people can still pay the bills and provide for their families and if you work hard the opportunity to get ahead is there.

                The fact that the current system doesn’t work for up to 1M Kiwis in poverty and restricted socioeconomic mobility is a minor detail to you, right?

                Every person who wants a full time job, should have a full time job, and be expected to perform it to a good standard.

                That’s the system we need.

                • BM

                  That would mean that the current system works for 3.5 million people,that’s 78% of New Zealanders.

                  Seems a bit silly to change a system with such a high success rate, be much better to make a few adjustments to the current system than to throw it out.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Except it’s not working for 3.5m. 50% live on 30k or less. That’s poverty level income.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Although I’ve been thinking for a while now that its household income which counts.

                      If one person in a couple is earning $80K pa, and the other is earning $15K pa part time, you don’t get 50% of the household living in poverty. You get two very well off individuals, in terms of lifestyle.

                    • Olwyn

                      @ BM: All poverty is relative, short of death. The guy who will breath for another hour is “better off’ in this sense than the guy who is presently dying.

                      However, there is real hardship in places where reasonable wealth is presupposed and you lack it to a high degree. It means terror of the power bill, terror of the landlord chucking on a coat of paint and seeking a more upmarket tenant, etc, etc, while trying to eat your meagre rations around a couple of broken, aching teeth that will not be fixed and prevent you from publicly smiling. It means trying to meet the demands of a society that presupposes wealth and punishes its lack, day in day out. The hardship may take a different form than that of your guy blowing cocks for $5.00, but it is still serious hardship.

                  • McFlock

                    Wow. A million in poverty is a “high success rate”.
                           
                    That’s the left:tory divide right there. ‘Eradication of social harms like poverty and crime’ vs ‘Cees get degrees in social policy’. And that’s if they think that people living in poverty is a bad thing.

                    • BM

                      Living under a bridge with your family blowing cocks for $5.00 so you can buy your kids a meal, that’s poverty and hardship.
                      Unfortunately that is the life for some people in other countries,kiwis have no idea of what poverty is.

                    • Jackal

                      So stories of hungry kids eating pig slops and cockroaches isn’t a sign of real poverty in New Zealand? Having a million Kiwis living in poverty is not a sign of a successful system… It’s a sign of failure that causes untold misery.

                      It must be nice living in your insulated and ignorant world BM.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Setting your standards too high methinks.

                      Its not poverty until you’re also selling the body of your 10 year old (boy or girl) for the use of various passerbys.

                    • McFlock

                      So we don’t have homeless people in NZ?
                      Good to know.
                           
                      More to the point: why does extreme poverty elsewhere mean that we have to allow poverty to exist here?
                         
                      Again, that’s the ‘cees get degrees’ mentality at play. Surely we should concentrate on being the best country we can be, rather than simply being happy that we can outrun most of the pack.

                    • bad12

                      BM, are you suggesting that the ugliness you outline has not or does not happen in New Zealand,

                      Your obviously extremely blinkered…

        • IrishBill 4.1.1.2

          99% of the country doesn’t know what the zygomatic is but they’ve got one. If tossing out the old system is what you hear then you need some context. That said, if you can point me to a post in which an author (except for our resident radical, Bill) recommends radical change, ie change that is outside of our current democratic capitalist system, then perhaps I’ll reconsider your point.

          • BM 4.1.1.2.1

            Not the authors, more the commentators.
            I usually just skim-read the authors, they always seem to revolve around an anti National/John Key theme, gets a bit dull after a while.
            I mainly read the Standard for the comments.

          • Deano 4.1.1.2.2

            I didn’t know what the zygomatic is, but now I do – thanks Irish!

        • DH 4.1.1.3

          I’m curious to know where the unions fit in this. Do they still have any influence over the Labour party and are they providing much funding these days? Helen Kelly strikes me as the type who would have some quite serious ideological differences with the existing clique but I don’t hear much on that front. Who are the unions backing?

      • PolishPride 4.1.2

        Their is not a great deal of difference between Labour and National full stop.

    • Rupert the Beer 4.2

      Revolutionary party? You’re confusing The Standard with No Right Turn or Tumeke.

      • ropata 4.2.1

        The right wing revolution has already occurred, it will take time for them to complete the looting of NZ.
        That nice Mr Key has been adept at selling his Brash inspired policies to the sheeple.

        Undoing the NACT self enrichment campaign may appear radical to people used to being ripped off.

  5. Leopold 5

    Alex – Well J A Lee liked to claim that he was more popuular than Fraser and even Savage. But the failure of his own little schism suggested he was talking out of his arse

    • bad12 5.1

      69,000 existing State Houses providing homes to the most needy in society would tend to suggest that John A Lee and other radical Socialists in the Savage Government were in fact a raging success…

  6. redWater 6

    I have voted Labour down here in Dunedin in the same way my father did.

    Kids down here just seem so suspicious of the government now. I don’t know whether we did it or National did it, but there is a real swing away from unions and distrust of corporations and big government.

    Are we causing this?

    • PolishPride 6.1

      No you didn’t people (especially kids) are beginning to see the system for what it really is and can see better solutions. Yet the see the system heading down the same old path it always has at best tinkering around the edges and not having any answers to fix the real problems that affect society. They see more and more pandering to big corporations.
      They see profit being put above all else.
      They leave school having been sold on the kiwi dream of get an education, get a job, get married buy a home start a family, only to find that the jobs are not as easy to come by and the median house price is $400K,+.
      They have grown up in a world of technology and automation and many ask why do we have to work. Why doesn’t the system work for us?
      And they are called lazy by our generation.

      • David H 6.1.1

        Its like the Piracy thing. We want the movies/tv series now, and the morons in charge keep sticking to their outdated model, hence the Piracy.

        This time in politics people have gotten sick of the same ol’ same ol’, and are voting with their feet (well not voting really). But it’s the same thing, the ones in power keep on with the same old lies, and same old crap, and the young people look at this and figure why bother voting because they (the morons in power) or the Morons who want to be in power, are NOT listening.

        So they won’t vote, or like me they are sick of same old bullshit coming out of the labour caucus. So I, and maybe them, will vote Green this time. We are sick of the shenanigans coming out of Labour, and until they have a radical cleanup of the idiots who think they are running the show, and who DON’T listen to the most important of people. The VOTERS.

  7. prism 7

    I think there must be deep discussion in Labour MPs opposition about this Duncan Garner thing which doesn’t give Labour any positives. I’ve got to go to the dentist soon to have some very detailed work that can’t be put off any more. I suggest Labour people who have respect for the Party, its aims, its long-standing work for the people (before 1984) and the pride that went with that amongst Labour MPs get the rotteness taken out with those perpetrating it out of any position at all, with by-elections if necessary. And no list spectre rattling chains and wailing.

    David Shearer has done his best and deserves praise but Blue’s suggestion sounds right -
    that he was pushed forward by backers (who exactly, can we have names) who thought the punters would like the sound of his “charming backstory”.

    And Blue lists those who put their names to backing Shearer as being David Shearer, Grant Robertson, David Parker, Annette King, Maryan Street, Damien O’Connor, Phil Goff, Phil Twyford, Kris Faafoi, Darien Fenton, Clayton Cosgrove, Trevor Mallard, Jacinda Ardern, and Chris Hipkins. In the italics form they all are bent. Let’s hear from those who have no truck with all this, let them stand straight and declare themselves.

    As for Su’a William Sio, he needs to practice his politics NZ Labour style, not as an individualistic pollie strutting his stuff about his own opinions in a way that damages the party that has given him his position. This isn’t a Pacific democracy of the kind where individuals rule and working the personal advantages is the game.

    And Lightseed has come up with an interesting version of this chess game, which has some parallel with that serious game as lived in the musical Chess. Bring on the Invigilator. The word untenable has been used by Blue correctly I think.

    I am in the Green party. But we work with Labour. We are a decent, sincere, hard-working party for the good of NZ. We need Labour to be the same.

  8. Jock 8

    I have witnessed the parliamentary wing in action in meetings and was surprised to see the newer MPs and advisors sitting dumbstruck, not daring to speak up whilst the chosen few held court with their opinions and views on how to run the show. The lesser mortals were sitting on their hands and biting their tongues – probably wanting to say what we all feel, right?

    Labour has a big culture problem – the egotistical, over-priviliged and out of touch long-serving MPs are running the show and closed to advice and change. There is no telling them – not the polls, media, voters nor activists. Until the old guard are gone, along with their entitled attitudes, the Labour party will always have this problem.

    • PolishPride 8.1

      Don’t be surprised – having spoken to 3 different MPs on this all have confirmed that in our current system the way it works in reality is that it is only the top 3-4 MPs in a party that have any real power around direction. The rest are merely warming the seats, making up the numbers and biding their time in the hopes that one day they will make it to the top four.

  9. deuto 10

    Buried on Stuff this morning is an article by Tracy Watkins on the Sio and Cunliffe debacles, which does not seem to have been mentioned on TS so far

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7443334/Fresh-ructions-hit-Labour

    The first half of the article seems to suggest that Sio is pretty much on his own re the marriage equality bill. At the very end of the article, Watkins actually quotes Shearer on Cunliffe, which from the wording used suggests that it was an ad hoc response to questions rather than a considered thoughtout statement (which I would have hoped for) intended to address the internal ructions and what he is going to do about these from a leadership perspective.

    But Shearer yesterday hit out at the speculation and said Cunliffe had his full backing.

    There was no suggestion that Cunliffe would be demoted.

    “God no, the guy’s got a huge brain. He’s really across economy policy. Hell no, I want him to be there and want him to keep doing what he’s doing . . . I don’t think there would be anybody else in the caucus who could do it as well as him, to be honest.”

    Alongside the article is a Stuff online poll asking who would be the best leader for Labour – Shearer, Cunliffe, Robertson, Parker, Little, Jones or someone else. Someone else is currently ahead at 37%, with Shearer on 21% and Cunliffe on 20%.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 10.1

      Well that’s something at least. I hope that coupled with the public support there is more private action being taken against the poisoner.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Its a minimal something. The issue is not what Shearer thinks of Cunliffe, its what Shearer is going to do to maintain discipline in caucus and sort out the MPs who BACKSTABBED a colleague in front of a journalist, at the COST of the entire Labour Party.

        • Anne 10.1.1.1

          Be assured CV, you would love to be a fly on the wall at Labour’s next caucus meeting!

        • prism 10.1.1.2

          Perhaps a bleeding Labour scarecrow in a wheelbarrow needs to be brought forward to get attention, and that will spark off the appropriate response that would be seen around UN battlefields. Can we somehow make the connection that democracy has to be fought for, but in a different way than the Arab Sprung etc. Spring is here, the grass is riz, I wonder where Dave Shearer is? No doubt there is an announcement due to come through the media any moment that will make the above redundant if it wasn’t before I wrote it!

          • Anne 10.1.1.2.1

            The appropriate place for a bollocking is Labour’s caucus meeting next week (parliament is currently in recess) and that is where it will happen.

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.2.2

            The scarecrow, the wheelbarrow, AND the flaming holocaust cloak is going to pay the Labour game players a memorable visit sometime.

    • Someone else is currently ahead at 37%, with Shearer on 21% and Cunliffe on 20%.

      That sums up one of Labour’s biggest problems. But they have to work with who they have. Together preferably.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 10.3

      The inclusion of “somebody else” provides people who will never support the Labour Party with a box to tick. Only an idiot troll would suggest it carries any weight or meaning.

    • Socialist Paddy 10.4

      This is part of the problem.  Cunliffe should be financial spokesperson.  No ifs and no buts.

      There are two teams in the Parliamentary Caucus right now the A(BC) team and the other team. The ABC Team have all the best seats, get the best speaking slots and have all the power. The B team are treated like lepers. MPs like Chauvel and Dalziel deserve so much better.

      If Shearer is going to make a go of this he needs to weld the two factions together. Fast. Just like Helen did back in the 1990s. 

      Because if they do not unite successfully, they will surely fail. And the freaking tories will continue to wreck the joint.
       

    • David H 10.5

      But Shearer yesterday hit out at the speculation and said Cunliffe had his full backing.

      There was no suggestion that Cunliffe would be demoted.

      “God no, the guy’s got a huge brain. He’s really across economy policy. Hell no, I want him to be there and want him to keep doing what he’s doing . . . I don’t think there would be anybody else in the caucus who could do it as well as him, to be honest.”

      So if this is all true why then has Cunliffe been gagged and sent overseas all the time? I smell a very rotten duck in back of all this, and the sooner him and the rest of his self serving ilk are gone the better the Labour party will become.

  10. Khandalla Man 11

    Membership.Membership.Membership 

    Call door to door on un-financial members and get then enrolled. VFL automatic bank payment is even better.

    Go to sympathisers, friends, mistresses and enrol them too.  There is going to be a Leadership vote soon. it is now nearly 48 hours since Garner published. And there has been no response from Shearer. He is the poorest advised leader on the planet. 

    This time the membership will have a real say: with or without the proposed new rules.  

    Waiting until February for an election will damage the party more. 

    • King Kong 11.1

      Hold your horses cumsock Wanker Banker

      “But Shearer yesterday hit out at the speculation and said Cunliffe had his full backing.

      There was no suggestion that Cunliffe would be demoted.

      “God no, the guy’s got a huge brain. He’s really across economy policy. Hell no, I want him to be there and want him to keep doing what he’s doing . . . I don’t think there would be anybody else in the caucus who could do it as well as him, to be honest.”

      • Khandalla Man 11.1.1

        I’m delighted that David Shearer made that statement. That, and more, is what we are looking for.  
        It is not in the Dominion Post or Red Alert.  Where do I find it?  

        He should publish that and more onto Red Alert and into an email to all memberes. Urgently. This mess is almost out of control.  He should have addressed it yesterday from Nelson.  

        • the pink postman 11.1.1.1

          This is the real problem we have K.Man .Its almost impossible to get Labour’s message across. The Nat’s have Crosby-Textor and they are amazing at publicity for the Nat’s. Most if not all the news media are in their pocket and Key is well managed by them .They are just on the ball with making sure that Nats havr positive publicity (propogander) but that Labour is run down at every opportunity. The Garner story is pure Crosby-Textor.Like the old cliche they never rest,This is Labour’s big problem and I have no answer. Also remember that the Nat’s affiliation with the USA Republican Party (neo-cons ) also helps their cause.

          • King Kong 11.1.1.1.1

            Is “propogander” when you cant stop looking at front row forwards?

          • gobsmacked 11.1.1.1.2

            Its almost impossible to get Labour’s message across.

            Wrong. It’s never been easier. Not in the MSM to the general public, not on the TV info-tainment news, but to the supporters who want to hear.

            Nobody else controls Labour’s websites, blogs, Twitter accounts, media releases on Scoop, speeches, etc. Labour’s leaders can choose to communicate with us at any time, and within minutes it will be around the internet – including here.

            Shearer’s speech to Grey Power has certainly got across (see other threads, and Gordon Campbell link on this one).

            It’s a total cop-out to blame the medium, when the real problem is the message. And the messenger.

        • seeker 11.1.1.2

          @Khandallah Man 12.10am

          For you. Shearer’s huge endorsement is at the end of the article (of course.)
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7443334/Fresh-ructions-hit-Labour

          The link is also on Deuto’s comment 10 above.

  11. bad12 12

    I’m sorry did the leader of the ACT Party David Shearer say something, oooops sorry i meant the leader of the Labour Party, although after Shearers bit of bene bashing the other day is there a difference???…

  12. prism 13

    KM
    Yes. Go Labour. “Waiting until February for an election will damage the party more.” I think that Khandalla Man speaks for a new breed of Labour followers.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Some of the true old breed is going to be some of the new breed methinks. Good thing too.

  13. Michael 14

    Storms will keep raging in Labour’s teacups for as long as the Party allows right-wing media to keep stirring those teacups. IMHO, Labour needs to state clearly what it stands for, what it opposes, and what changes it will make in office if elected. Everything else is a distraction. Again IMHO, Labour cannot do any of this because its Parliamentary wing do not know the answers themselves, probably because they are afraid that the middle classes won’t back them. That fear is misplaced, IMHO, because (a) the middle classes are diminishing in number and purchasing power; and (b) the proletariat (formerly Labour’s base, but abandoned progressively since 1984) are growing in number (although diminishing in purchasing power), as intended by New Right economic “reforms” [sic]. If Labour does not want to re-establish contact, and trust, with its base, someone else will, and that new political grouping will become the popular opposition to NACT. At present, Labour is part of the problem, not the solution, so it does not matter who “leads” [sic] it.

  14. bomber 15

    Having spoken to key people about what is happening, this is my conclusion – http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/a-tale-of-two-davids-shearer-gets-lost.html

  15. Adrian 16

    I think we have all been sucked in. I think this whole affair is possibly far, far smaller than assumed. But that which is’nt in question is Garner publishing a few snippets of innuendo and bitchiness only days after Labour/Greens are shown to be several points ahead of National and any of its pathetic arselickers.
    Then he leaves the rest to arced-up fruitloops who should just have a nice lie-down

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      Sucked in? Speak for yourself. Some of us have critical faculties.

      A Duncan Garner blog post isn’t the real problem here, and only the wilfully blinkered cannot see that.

      If DG fell under a bus tomorrow (RIP) would Labour’s divisions and incompetence disappear? Does Garner write Shearer’s speeches?

      Read Old Boy’s OP. Please.

  16. Socialist Paddy 17

    Stuff is running a vote on who should be leader of the Labour Party

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/

  17. gobsmacked 18

    Bryce Edwards has a round-up of the blogs …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10825760

    To those who say this is a “beat-up” – please link to ANYBODY applauding or endorsing recent developments within Labour. It’s not good enough just to say “get in behind” … give us something to get behind. Anything?

    • Peter 18.1

      There isn’t anyone cheering, just possibly resigned acceptance from some when a day goes by without another Shearer gaffe. The man may still have enough honesty and integrity to stand down for the good of the party. Will be interesting to see if Robertson has enough nous to realise he can’t go into the leadership with Jacinda, as she’s too new and hasn’t held a seat. Maybe in the future, but not now.

      So, a Cunliffe-Robertson combo is the best option.

  18. captain hook 19

    beltway bullshit.

  19. outofbed 20

    I feel a new party coming on.

  20. Andrew Mahon 21

    Back to the comment ‘NZers don’t know what real poverty is’. If someone doesn’t have a job and has little hope of getting one they are poor enough for me. Poor enough for a government to step in and make sure they get one if the market can’t. People with democratic values believe in this. Austrian economics may have a different take.

    • prism 21.1

      Andrew Mahon
      What I don’t know about economics fills several libraries and under Austrian I have only heard about, (who got a joint Nobel prize in 1974), Friedrich Hayek so I looked up Austrian economists and got an interesting quote from Wikipedia
      .
      Austrians are generally advocates of laissez-faire policies.[10] The most common economic interventionist regulation Austrians support are regulations to prevent fractional reserve banking.

      Interesting they don’t support fractional reserve banking. Maybe the economics being applied are cherry-picked from all different theories to suit the purposes of the wealthy. If so that would hardly be objective application of economic policy.

      • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1

        The policies that are put in place are neo-liberal/neo-classical which does support, and in fact advocates for, Fractional Reserve Banking. Neo-liberal economics really is a capitalists wet dream, Austrian, not so much but it still holds to the delusional free-market capitalism.

  21. CrosbyTextor 22

    TO: duncangarner@tv3.co.nz

    FROM: H/Q

    RE: Confidential

    Thanks Duncan.

    L & M

  22. Georgecom 23

    I emailed my local Labour MP today, told them that I didn’t think much of the comments to Garner and suggested it was a pretty stupid thing to do. I asked the MP to raise the issue in caucus and state that they have received negative feedback from a local electorate foot slogger who has delivered pamphlets, put up hoardings etc for 6 elections now.

    • Khandalla Man 23.1

      Sweet. The perfectly right thing to do! Go Georgecom.

      I’m going to ask the sweet things in my patch to raise these questions at the next Caucus
      A) does the Leader have confidence in his Economic Development Spokesperson? 
      B) should the New Lynn LEC believe that their local Labour MP has the confidences of the Leader?
      C) does the Causus see the membership as an optional extra? 
       

    • weka 23.2

      What did they say?

      • Georgecom 23.2.1

        The MP was generally in agreement and said they would raise the issue in Caucus. We both agreed the focus should be on good policies that NZ needs and a centre-left government at the next election. Egos and building political careers shoud be checked at the door or exited from palriament along with the MP attached.

  23. Murray Olsen 24

    What on earth is the beltway? I know it’s something in the US and A, but what is it in Aotearoa?

    • Colonial Viper 24.1

      slang for the Wellington downtown political set

      • Pete Sime 24.1.1

        It’s an Americanism. Interstate 495, known as the beltway, encircles Washington D.C. Those who are inside the beltway are political insiders, those outside it are normal people.

  24. gnomic 25

    I see two elephants in the room. The erstwhile party of labour has indeed become a gaggle of gays and self-serving unionists (not quite sure where Damien fits, presumably the minority rightist left-footing cabal?). Moreover the only answer they got is growth, and growth as the answer is pretty well screwed, unless we make the entire country a factory farm and open cast mine with drilling offshore, and fish, baby, fish. Meanwhile Crosby-Textor and Lord Ashcroft are feeding the weasel and wolf their lines based on a shrewd analysis of what the admass has for ideas in their addled noggins. Essentially we the resilient will survive and business as usual will come back soon, meanwhile the value of your house in a nice high decile suburb is rising, trust us, sure can!!! Slightly contradicted by the wolf’s gloomy prognostications about a generation required for recovery from the Great Financial Cockup, but then he needs to say that because of TINA, There Is No Alternative. Austerity rules, OK!

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    National has done a deal with a company that continues to flout New Zealand's gambling regulations, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.In a media sting earlier this year, an elderly man was allowed to play pokie machines continuously...
    Greens | 09-07
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Reporting directly...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealand once valued itself as the...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour is committed to restoring funding for the sector, Labour’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “The...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the...
    Greens | 08-07
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. "I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who...
    Labour | 08-07
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “With unemployment still high, wage rates stagnating and inequality widening, only the lucky few are...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand's assessment responsibility for social housing...
    Greens | 07-07
  • Fed Farmers leading wrong way on water
    Federated Farmers needs to show greater leadership on water quality, the Green Party said today. The Green Party is responding to claims by the outgoing and incoming Federated Farmers' dairy section chairs that 'there is no need for urgent action"...
    Greens | 07-07
  • John Key must get whaling assurance from Abe
    John Key must seek a concrete assurance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will not flout the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling on whaling, the Green Party said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with...
    Greens | 06-07
  • HAVE A KITKAT DAVID, THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET – Harawira
    “Internet MANA is not ruling out the possibility of a entering into coalition with Labour after the election”, said Internet MANA leader Hone Harawira with tongue firmly in cheek, after Labour leader David Cuniliffe said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that...
    Mana | 06-07
  • Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
    The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to...
    Greens | 04-07
  • Whaling must be top of agenda for Japan PM visit
    New Zealand must make protecting whales a priority during next week's visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week...
    Greens | 04-07
  • ACC investments risking native species
    The National Government has invested in a gold drilling company whose activities threaten a critically endangered native frog species, the Green Party has revealed today.Despite being a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)...
    Greens | 03-07
  • Small class sizes and school meals get another big tick in schools report
    “Congratulations to the Child Poverty Action Group for making it crystal clear what’s needed to ensure kids from the least well-off communities can get the best out of school” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau. ...
    Mana | 03-07
  • Government’s bottom lines for water create a licence to pollute
    The Government has pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, the Green Party said today. The Green Party was commenting on the Government's national bottom lines for water quality released today by...
    Greens | 02-07
  • Green Party’s answer to climate Big Ask
    The Green Party has welcomed a Gen Zero report calling for concrete climate commitments from all parties ahead of the election."Gen Zero's Big Ask report is a timely reminder about what real climate action looks like," said Green Party Climate...
    Greens | 02-07
  • Shots fired at Mana office – Harawira
    “I get threatened with violence and I get death threats, but when somebody starts taking shots at my office then that’s another matter altogether”,  said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira after shots were fired at one of...
    Mana | 01-07
  • Protecting Papatuanuku a Priority for MANA – Harawira
    “Big ups to Greenpeace for their Climate Voter initiative http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/”, said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau. “Letting people see which parties stand up for Papatuanuku and which parties stand for overdevelopment and pollution should help focus their...
    Mana | 01-07
  • Ae Marika! 1 July 2014
    I got a really good response to last week’s article about forestry safety, including this gem from an old mate - “Back in the early 70′s our Maori bush gangers showed you the ropes. You never forgot a thing they...
    Mana | 30-06
  • Green Party MP Holly Walker to step down from party list
    Green Party MP Holly Walker has decided to withdraw from the party's list in the upcoming election and will not seek a second term in Parliament. Ms Walker was number 12 on the Green Party list."Unfortunately, a recent unexpected change...
    Greens | 30-06
  • Pasifika Immigration Plans for Labour- too little, too late – James Papal...
    The Labour Party has recently announced that it has plans to speed up family reunification for Pasifika people. “I have seen these plans and I believe that these are too timid” says MANA Pasifika vice President, James Papali’i. “After waiting...
    Mana | 30-06
  • Support for USA in Iraq “not a deal to die for” – Harawira
    “When John Key says ‘New Zealand fully supports the current steps announced by President Obama (in Iraq) 100%’ he is one step away from committing our troops simply to get a good trade deal with the USA,” said MANA Leader...
    Mana | 24-06
  • Ae Marika! 23 June 2014
    Another key spot for me to meet people is Auckland Airport, on my way back from parliament to either go to Waitakere or the North Shore, or to catch link flights to Whangarei, Kerikeri, or Kaitaia on constituency business. Every...
    Mana | 23-06
  • Every bomb Israel drops on Gaza creates 10 new ‘terrorists’
    The latest round of horror Apartheid Israel is using to justify their latest disproportional response seeds from a couple of events. America’s need to talk to Iran because of Iraq has spooked Apartheid Israel into manufacturing a new crisis that...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD 10 July 2014 CPAG says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand’s poorest children should expect a far greater...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • How can New Zealand help defend the Palestinian struggle?
    FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no better than to believe Israel was a small, plucky state standing up to big, thuggish neighbouring bullies....
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • “I got an apology”… said no survivor of rape or gendered violence eve...
    When I was 15 my cousin who lived with me and my mum would come home black and blue. Her dealer and boyfriend, Nick Ge used to beat her for whatever reason, for whatever justification he saw fit. Men who...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • NZ – Inequality and poverty measured
    The Household Incomes Reports by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are providing powerful evidence that New Zealand is a deeply unequal society with intractable levels of poverty that includes many with jobs as well as those without. The reports which are...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Child Poverty Action Group – Those with the least left furthe...
    This week a delighted – and no doubt relieved – Minister of Social Development gave us the news we had all been waiting for: under her careful watch, child poverty has fallen 3%. The figures are in the latest Ministry...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Charter Schools are working, why not ...
    Tomorrow is the third anniversary of the day Parliament dumped the TVNZ Charter, ceremoniously, by 64 MPs to 56.   The Broadcasting Minister of the day, one J Coleman, said without too much of a smirk that the removal of the charter would have little...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07
  • Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Motorists passing people on bicycles and other vulnerable road users owe them a high duty of care.”...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • High cost of storm damage sign of things to come
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: High cost of storm damage sign of things to come Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 | Press Release New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 | Press Release National’s deal with SkyCity means that a company that flout’s New Zealand’s gambling regulations has the opportunity to greatly...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Please explain Minister… yet again Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says....
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’ A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Murray McCully must go: sign the petition to demand his resignation
    Sign the petition to demand Murray McCully resign and stand with Tania Billingsley and the thousands of women who have survived sexual assault in New Zealand. Tania Billingsley, who is at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case, has lifted her own...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • More mining our protected places
    Today is the last day for submissions on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) marine consent application to mine the seabed in a protected area, in our most productive fishery. I just got my submission in which you can read here. This...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Poverty and inequality denial are no reasons for celebration
    The headlines proclaim that concerns about poverty and inequality is just a lot of left wing PC guilt squawking because according to cherry picked statistics there isn’t really any inequality or poverty. Cue a rousing round of ‘we don’t know...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • National breaks promise to insulate every state house
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National breaks promise to insulate every state house Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | Press Release “It’s not just a broken promise, it’s poor economics.” National has broken its promise to insulate every...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • “World Class Welfare System” My Arse. Come Clean Nathan Guy!
    Pigs are not safe in New Zealand. How many farms do activists have to film before the Ministry of Primary Industries comes clean and admits their accreditation scheme is an absolute failure? Do activists need to do the job of...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Tania Billingsley – hero
    The astounding courage exhibited by Tania Billingsley last night on 3rd Degree should put the Government to shame. Her criticism of those charged with upholding her rights is to the bone and righteous… The woman at the centre of a...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • McCully should stand down while review considers his actions
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: McCully should stand down while review considers his actions Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | Press Release Mr McCully would never have considered a TV apology good enough for the Prime Minister and...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, why I love John ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • If Oprah had been the ref for the Brazil-Germany game
    If Oprah had been the ref for the Brazil-Germany game...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto  Posted on July 10, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press Releases“Labour’s education policy announcements last weekend have several welcome features which...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • 7 reasons why online voting isn’t a solution
    Online voting is being waved around again as a means to increase participation.  Here are the 7 reasons why I think online voting is a bad idea. 1 – 21% of those asked why theory didn’t vote in 2011 gave ‘didn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Greg Presland – National and Pacifica
    John Key and National have recently been claiming that Pacifica are leaving Labour en masse and are heading towards National.  I am sorry John but there is no chance of this happening.  But Key and co have been able to get the...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Police sweeping domestic violence under the carpet?
    Pressure to lower stats – MPPolice were under government orders to “minimise” the number of domestic violence charges they lay to make crime statistics look good, Labour MP Andrew Little claimed yesterday. This latest allegation of Police downplaying domestic violence...
    The Daily Blog | 09-07
  • Invite: AGM & Political Forum
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Invite: AGM & Political ForumCPAG AGM & Election Year Political Forum 08 July 2014 When: Wednesday 30 July Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland RSVP here! Please...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Housing figures National’s shame Monday, 07 Jul 2014 | Press Release “These figures are a shame on the Government. All New Zealanders deserve secure housing, whether renting or owning.” The number of...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: QV figures show two-track housing market The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • GUEST POST: Michael Wood – Just Structures
    The headline number at this weekend’s Labour Congress was a very good speech from David Cunliffe, the centre-piece of which was the well-received announcement on class sizes. The Congress ended on a high note, with delegates energised and positive media...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Cunliffe vs Key
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • A letter to Hekia
    A letter to Hekia...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Animal abuse unacceptable for pigs and consumers
    I was a kid on pig farms in the 1970s. Piglets were castrated using a scalpel without anaesthetic, wire cutters were used to trim their teeth and cut off their tails. Wire was forced through their sensitive snouts. Row upon...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • A better Canterbury and a better NZ
    Labour’s first 100 days is going to be a busy time – we’ve got a lot to change!  Kick-starting the Canterbury recovery is going to be a crucial part of those first 100 days.  Labour has announced several Canterbury specific...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Dear Leader loves you! Our cult of no personality
    .   The Cult of Dear Leader . It was inevitable. The poll-rated ‘popularity’ of Prime Minister has evolved into a full-blown, carefully-choreographed, Cult of Personality the likes of which this country has never before seen. The recent National Party...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Low income families hit hardest by global crisis and high housing costs
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Low income families hit hardest by global crisis and high housing costs “The effects on families of the global financial crisis, lack of adjustment of the accommodation supplement and high housing costs show...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Low income families hit hard
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Low income families hit hard Council of Trade Unions – Media Release Low income families hit hardest by global crisis and high housing costs “The effects on families of the global financial...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Government in denial over income inequality Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says....
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 | Press Release The latest Household Incomes Survey shows income inequality widening further under National, but that it is...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy? Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says....
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • NZ Police to spy on people in pubs? We like our fascism casual thanks
    Ummmm. What? Undercover cops to ‘spy’ on bar patronsAn ”outrageous” initiative will see undercover police officers ”spying on patrons”, Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson says. Southern district police last month began stationing plain-clothes officers in licensed premises to ensure...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says....
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Positive and Solution Based Politics
    It has been a fascinating month – at times depressing – to be watching New Zealand politics from afar. Over here in Pakistan where I am currently working we have seen the Government begin a military offensive in North Waziristan...
    The Daily Blog | 08-07
  • Let’s be honest about National’s education policy and ‘lolly scramble...
    Let’s be honest about National’s education policy shall we? It’s got nothing to do with student achievement, that’s the bait National are using, what National’s Charter School fetish and National Standard league table obsessions are all about is injecting a...
    The Daily Blog | 07-07
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the...
    The Daily Blog | 07-07
  • The Return of the Worm : Introducing The NZ Election Reactor
    Scoop Independent News has formed a partnership with leading polling company, Roy Morgan Research, to bring the original Worm back for the NZ 2014 Election....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Brazilian tourist behind bars for cocaine smuggling
    A 20-year-old Brazilian tourist will not see much of New Zealand, after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today for trying to smuggle around $656,000 of cocaine into the country. He will be deported after...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Naenae College to benefit from ACC’s Mates and Dates pilot
    National Candidates Lewis Holden and Chris Bishop welcome the news that local students at Naenae College will directly benefit from being involved in ACC’s Mates and Dates pilot programme against sexual violence....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Mr Ismail’s bail conditions
    Mr Ismail was required by the Court to surrender his passport by 5.00 pm on 12 May. By this time, Police had been able to confirm with MFAT that he had diplomatic immunity and therefore the bail conditions were unenforceable....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • What Stops People Moving Out of Poverty
    Speaking For Ourselves is the title of a new report drawn from ground-breaking research that follows 100 families for one year. The families are long-term users of the Auckland City Mission’s food bank and have contributed their experience of what...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Police continue to build pressure on the Headhunters Gang
    Three patched Head Hunter Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members and an associate have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery following the conclusion of a successful Police covert operation....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • The Nation 12,13 July: Poverty, Offshore Drilling, Regions
    Then as it tries to balance environmental concerns with jobs, Labour energy spokesperson David Shearer reveals his party’s new policy on offshore drilling....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Sexual and reproductive health in the Pacific
    Today on World Population Day, the New Zealand Parliamentarians Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) calls on governments in the Pacific to urgently invest in sexual and reproductive health, particularly family planning, to improve the choices...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Its the economy stupid
    A poll being conducted on the Massey Birdwood Settlers website asks the question - Its Election Year - what will you base your vote on?...
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Global Thinking Needed to Spark New Zealand’s Digital Future
    Giving Kiwi digital innovators the tools to help them think globally from day one is how New Zealand will become world-leader in the digital economy, says the Internet Party....
    Scoop politics | 11-07
  • Seafood Industry Strongly Opposed to CRP Mining Application
    The seafood industry strongly opposes Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine the Chatham Rise, saying it will have “significant and irreversible adverse effects on the marine environment.” In its submission to the Environmental Protection...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Māori Parenting Course already a hit
    Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has commended programmes that rise up out of the community that work ‘with’ families, as opposed to interventions that do things ‘to’ families. She was speaking as guest of honour at the recent launch...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Royal visit no king hit
    Support for a Kiwi Head of State is still high after April's royal tour....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Captioning to give hard of hearing community greater access
    New Zealand political programmes on TV will soon be accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Able is pleased to announce that from Wednesday 23rd July, it will be providing closed captions for TV ONE’s Q+A, TV3’s 3rd...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Conservatives Law and Order Policy Based on Mythology
    “The Conservative Party’s Law and Order current slogan ‘Stand for Something’ should be changed to ‘Stand for Anything’ says Kim Workman, Rethinking Crime and Punishment, in its latest ‘Smart on Crime’ blog....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Billingsley reminds us that sexual abuse can be prevented
    Tania Billingsley’s choice to have name suppression lifted and to talk about the wider issue of rape culture that facilitated her assault has highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence in New Zealand and reminds us that it can be prevented....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • 90 jobs lost in the Waikato as NZ Post closes mail centre
    New Zealand Post has confirmed that 90 jobs will be lost when it closes its Waikato mail processing centre. The confirmation comes after NZ Post announced in June last year that it would be closing its Waikato, Wellington and Dunedin...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Award for excellence in International Development journalism
    VSA is proud to launch its award for excellence in International Development journalism. VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in International Development....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Marchers Keep Maui’s to the fore
    After successful marches around the country, Maui’s dolphin campaigners continue their pressure on the Government with a march to John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu on Sunday 13 July at 10am, leaving from the Kumeu Arts Centre at 10.30, 300...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • ESC announcement ‘shamefully late’, says safety campaigner
    The government announcement that Electronic Stability Control will become compulsory on new vehicles is effectively locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. Electronic Stability Control detects...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Susan Devoy urges New Zealanders to stand up for the refugee
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy urges New Zealanders to stand up for the refugee. “Let’s replace the barbed wire of refugee camps with our own No. 8 wire mentality. Let’s be there for some of our planet’s most vulnerable...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Internet Party Wades in to Fix Sick Waterways
    New Zealand’s waterways will be cleaned up and much higher standards set on water quality in a 10-year plan to be introduced by the Internet Party by 2016....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Time for Kiwis to start punching above weight in Humanity
    Acknowledgments and warm greetings to you all. I would especially like to welcome the relatively new representative from the UNHRC Thomas Albrecht..welcome to our part of the world, the Deputy CE for Immigration Nigel Bickle and the Ian Axford...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • SSC Releases Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) Reports
    The Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) reviews released by State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today include the full reviews of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Treasury....
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • Will new farming leader jeopardise NZ’s GE-free advantage?
    The recent election of William Rolleston as president of Federated Farmers could mean a push towards genetic engineering (GE) in farming, warns the Soil & Health Association. Dr Rolleston has for many years been a proponent of GE, and some...
    Scoop politics | 10-07
  • President of PGA to attend Workshop for Arms Trade Treaty
    Labour’s Associate Disarmament Spokesperson and Parliamentians for Global Action (PGA) President Ross Robertson will be attending a Workshop next week in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to promote signature and ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Calls for Government Intervention Premature But Inevitable
    The Taxpayers’ Union is reacting to calls for a Crown Manager to be appointed to shepherd Auckland Council through its budget crisis, with disappointment. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Seeking Sanctuary
    What would you do if you were forced to flee your home because of war or persecution?...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Entrenched child poverty no cause for celebration
    Child Poverty Action Group says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand's poorest children should expect a far greater level of ambition for their well-being....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Cyclists want answers from political parties
    Cyclists are calling for better protection, following the Coroner's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly, held in Hamilton this week. Mrs Farrelly was killed after being struck by a truck near Taupo on March 16 last year....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Malaysian embassy employee
    Police are continuing to support Tania who has recently applied to the court to vary the automatic name suppression given to her based on the charges involved. Police did not oppose this course of action as we wanted to support...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity
    Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant in Auckland, according to FIRST Union, the union for workers in the transport and logistics sector....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Margaret Mahy boat unveiled on anniversary of ship bombing
    Greenpeace is naming a new boat after one of New Zealand’s best known children’s authors, Margaret Mahy, at a ceremony today on the 29th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing in Auckland harbour....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • ACC announces schools in sexual violence prevention pilot
    ACC has announced the nine secondary schools and facilitators who will pilot its new sexual and dating violence prevention programme....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • PISA results shed the spotlight on financial literacy levels
    PISA financial literacy results shed the spotlight on financial literacy levels for young New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • NZPI urges Government to consider planning principles
    The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) is urging the Government to consider a suite of NZPI-developed guiding principles on freshwater quality issues when it implements its upcoming freshwater reforms....
    Scoop politics | 09-07
  • Labour Party Policy a Mixed Bag
    The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) would welcome any review of insurers’ response to the Canterbury earthquakes, rejects the Labour Party’s proposal for another regulator of the industry and supports its policy of transferring levies...
    Scoop politics | 09-07
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