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ManBan!

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 6th, 2013 - 219 comments
Categories: democratic participation, dpf, feminism, labour, making shit up, sexism - Tags:

A great joke has been played on the mainstream media: they have bought, hook, line and sinker, into W****O**-type spin.  They have been exposed as a bunch of followers, desperate to land the next hilarious 140-character-one-liner, to prove their relevance … without really understanding just how much they’ve been played.

Here’s a few of the problems with the “man ban” narrative which anyone with half a fucking clue about the functioning of political parties and society in general might have cottoned on to.

We don’t have a meritocracy even if you ignore silly identity politics

A lot of people are having a fucking whinge because oh my goooooooooooood, if you only select womeeeeeeeeeeeeen then what about the meeeeeeeeeeeeen.  It should just be on merit!  Merit alone!

Here’s the problem – and again, this is if you completely ignore things like sexism (or insist despite the mountains of evidence that they don’t exist):

When there are five candidates running in your electorate – say, four party candidates from National, Labour, the Greens and ACT, and one independent – do you honestly believe that they are objectively the five best possible candidates for your electorate?

I’m certainly no National supporter.  I have significant issues with their policies, approaches, and general existence.  Even I cannot believe, however, that Aaron bloody Gilmore was the best National Party member to run for Christchurch East, nor that he was the 56th best National Party member overall.

There are many reasons people get to stand for parties, or even as independents, in our electorates.  There are many reasons people get placed on their party’s list.  You honestly want to sit there and say that ~the people get to decide~ when there’s bureaucracy, factionalism, and a shitload of money at stake?

And that’s ignoring the obvious disparities of gender, race and class between “who’s in Parliament” and “who’s in New Zealand”.  That’s ignoring the lifestyle constraints on MPs and other elected representatives – constraints which massively favour the privileged classes.

If you think “but merit” is an argument against gender-balancing strategies, you’re saying everything is already done on merit.  Trying taking that thought through to its logical conclusion.  Then look at yourself in the mirror and say “Wow, I’m a racist, misogynist piece of shit.”

There’s a difference between “making the grade” and “being the best”

Another illusion created by this argument is the idea that “the best” candidate should always win.  But that’s not really how it has to go.

Let’s assume there’s a basic standard for party candidates – a history of party involvement, good local knowledge,  basic electability (and see “not a fucking meritocracy” above for why this is more a wishlist than a reflection of the current situation in any party.)

If you have candidate A who’s lived in the area for ten years, owns the local fish’n’chip shop, has a great name for punning on and is pretty likeable, compared with candidate B who’s lived in the area for twelve years, runs a stall at the market selling organic salami, has a surname beginning with A and is pretty likeable … is the difference between victory and defeat going to be that significant?

Is it going to crush the hopes and dreams of your party to pick basically-electable Candidate A – who happens to be a woman, or a man of colour, or a person with a disability, or a woman of colour with a disability – over basically-electable Candidate B, who’s another white dude?

Sports metaphor:  in order to try out for swim team, you must complete [swimming task A] in under 3 minutes.  Kid 1 does it in 2:58.  Kid 2 does it in 2:53.  According to the “but merit!!!” arguers, you must choose Kid 2.  Even though Kid 1 might have a better attitude, or comes from a shitty home and needs the self esteem boost.

They both passed the mark.  Nothing wrong with taking other things into account after the fact.

(Of course, this raises a far broader, more complex issue of what constitutes “merit”.  In my books, ensuring a diverse range of viewpoints is about merit, because we know that more diverse groups make better decisions.  But that’s a whole book’s worth of discussion.)

Party conferences throw up ridiculous shit all the time

This is what got me.  Apparently for a few brief wonderful moments yesterday afternoon, TV3 had a story up on their website about the Labour Party introducing a Bill to change the law around candidate selection in every electorate.

I can see where the mistake comes from: when everyone’s squawking about something, you probably assume it’s serious.

But … it’s really not.

It’s a draft policy remit from a party committee which is going to the conference to be discussed and potentially included in the party’s rules, which would allow individual electorates to voluntarily request that only women be shortlisted if the party council agrees on a case-by-case basis.

fry

… fuck me, the fucking Amazons are storming the Bastille with fucking laser-cannons.  Hide your menfolk!

It’s not even a fucking quota, people

See above.

The painful/hilarious side of this is, of course, that the UK Conservatives are looking to introduce much the same process - but without the voluntary factor.  Yep, they’re going to mandate when winnable seats have to run women candidates.  But figuring this out would require Googling, paying attention to UK politics or following Andrew Geddis on Twitter.  Clearly, far to hard when you can just badger David Shearer into making stupid statements.

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(Image from Hark, A Vagrant. No, not the Futurama one.)

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ETA: Mod note:  There are literally four other posts on this issue at The Standard, with hundreds of comments on them.  You want to discuss sexism?  Go here.  Gender balance across other parties?  Here.  The proposal itself?  Here.  Other reactions?  Here.  I’m not interested in rehashing every single “Labour hates men” “this makes them unelectable” “lol sex changes” comment which has already been thrashed to death.  

This post is about the misconceptions being thrown around in a media which copy-pastes from rightwing blogs.  It’s not a place to propagate them.

219 comments on “ManBan!”

  1. jaymam 1

    All parties should have some kind of independent advisor that they can run ideas with, in case those ideas are stupid. Somehow, political parties seem blind to the effect certain stupid ideas will have and which will be quoted by their enemies for years. I did offer advice to Labour when I was a member but that was ignored, so I left. Is it the “can’t see the wood for the trees” effect?

    [QoT: This is not a "party idea". Re-read the post and try again. There are already multiple posts debating the value of the proposal. If you want to comment on that you may do so there.]

    • chris73 1.1

      Thats quite a good idea

    • Te Reo Putake 1.2

      I’ll stick with democracy, ta Jayman. btw, have you spotted the contradiction between your idea for an ‘independent’ advisor and your toy chucking when your advice when you were a member was ignored? Or are you just suggesting you should be that independent adviser? They wouldn’t listen to me when I was a member, they really must listen to me when I’m not.

      Also interested to know why think discussing ways of advancing women within Labour is stupid.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1

        The discussion isn’t stupid. The non-decision to wait for Cameron Slater to initiate the debate was though. Beyond stupid, in fact: the sort of blunder that only a complete tool would make.

        • weka 1.2.1.1

          a toolbox of complete tools in fact.

          • Bearded Git 1.2.1.1.1

            The way it should have been handled was to throw back in the journalists faces the fact that National has 16 women and 43 men in it’s caucus.”I’m sorry Mr. Gower but it is National that has the problem here not Labour.” Shearer’s response-weak, woffly; what’s new?

      • saarbo 1.2.2

        Spot on!

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.3

      Labour needs to put someone on Whale duty figuring out what Lusk’s lines will be and pre-empting them. Not a bad idea Jaymam. Kind of obvious though.

    • jaymam 1.4

      QoT: This is not a “party idea”
      Clearly it IS a party idea. Sue Moroney said so, and I have not seen an official Labour Party contradiction of that.

      Sue Moroney said: We all agree in the Labour Party that we want 45% [women] in the next [election]
      ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjJZw54WRs8

  2. chris73 2

    Of course once again its everybody else who just doesn’t understand, if only the people and the media understood what Labour were doing they’d know its for their own good…

    It was handled badly and the response was poor, deal with it.

    [QoT: No, chris, you deal with reading my post. The last sentence acknowledges this was handled badly. That doesn't change the fact that it's a non-story, at least compared to how it's been portrayed by the media.]

    • BM 2.1

      Yep, everyone else is so fucking dumb and ill informed, that’s the problem

      Maybe QOT need to break out of her insular little sect and go talk and mingle with others who aren’t tofu eating anarcho lesbian feminists.

      This idea within your little group may be seen as the greatest thing since sliced bread but outside that wee cloistered environment it’s a totally different world and unfortunately for you every one thinks this idea is shit.

      [QoT: this is your only warning, and I'm only leaving it here as evidence of why the rest of your derailing, abusive, irrelevant comments will be summarily deleted.]

      • weka 2.1.1

        BM, if you don’t come across feminists in your day to day life, you might want to ask yourself why*. Because I certainly do, it’s normal in NZ for women to be feminist (even those that don’t use the term).

        *three guesses:

        One, you simply ignore women who talk feminism, or you are tone deaf to women talking about issues that are important to women.

        Two, the women around you avoid talking feminism in front of you because you are so unpleasant.

        Three, there are plenty of feminist women around you but they don’t use the word feminist because of bigots like you.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.2

      It was handled badly, which allowed the complete misrepresentation of the circumstances and substance of the proposal, so no wonder the response was poor.

      As for dealing with it, the Labour Party needs a leader first.

      • BM 2.2.1

        The only way this idea was ever going to fly is if people like Trevor Mallard, Damian O’Conner, David Shearer got in behind it and explained why it’s needed and how it’s going to improve parliament, blah, blah etc.

        If the individuals who are going to be most disadvantaged got up and supported it, people may then think, “Hmm this idea must have some merit, you wouldn’t have the guys agreeing with it if it wasn’t needed”.

        On the flip side it may also enforce the perception that the Men within Labour are a bunch of brow beaten individuals led around by the nose.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.2.1.1

          The “perception”? Looks more like an unsubstantiated smear from a partisan hack to me.

          The worst thing that can be said about them (in this context) is that they owe their positions to their gender, but the problem is far worse in National.

          Speaking of which, do you think that the fact that only sixteen out of fifty nine National MPs are women is a result of the endemic gender bullying in right-wing circles?

        • deemac 2.2.1.2

          so we have to wait for the less progressive men to support any policy about women? And that’s not at all sexist…
          The NZLP website has over 60 pages of policy stuff but our journos are too lazy to read that.
          Should the party staff be able to anticipate which tiny bit of that Whale Oil is going to seize on? If you think you can anticipate that, you should apply for a media management job immediately!

          • handle 2.2.1.2.1

            Labour needs to be ready to counter anything scumbags like Slater run with. It is not that hard to predict and be ready.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.2.1.2.1.1

              No, it isn’t. “What will the enemy do” is a basic part of any policy debate.

  3. Toby 3

    We in the Labour Party look forward to Moira Coatsworth’s and Tim Barnett’s resignation. The latter, in particular is a disgrace to the Labour Party, he has only ever used the party to further his own agendas and people. Bring back Mike Williams and Mike Smith. They had credibility and good political instinct. Coatsworh and Barnett are fruit loops.

    [QoT: this is not relevant to the post.]

    • deemac 3.1

      is that the royal “We”?

    • JK 3.2

      Who is the “we in the Labour Party”, Toby ? It is certainly not I. Tim B is doing okay while Mike Smith in his former position was a muddler of the first degree with NO political instinct.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    it has been informative watching the MSM tele presenters / auto-cue writers repeat the schoolyard meme (boys aren’t allowed, not even to watch).

    and Mike Williams? – “it’s sexism”. hmmm.

    Quote of the yesterday : “poor old David Shearer, now there is a man whose a victim”.
    -Judith Collins (Winston Smith / chris73 woulda’ got there jollies with that one; Yes? ).

  5. Roflcopter 5

    The problem is more fundamental than what the media are saying.

    That Labour feels the need to propose rules to increase the number of women representatives in the party shows that they have essentially failed in their ability to seek out, encourage and support more women into the world of politics, at a core level. Doing so would have seen a natural increase in the number and quality of women, and negate the need for an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff proposal.

    This is what the media are banging on about… not the fact that there’s these new proposed rules floating about, but the fact that Labour, who purport to support huge diversity/equity within the party, feel the need to actually make rules to cover the fact they suck at practicing what they preach.

    • QoT 5.1

      Clearly you’ve been reading different media to me, Roflcopter, because all I’ve seen is a swathe of “but we had a woman Prime Minister so sexism doesn’t exist” and “David Shearer can’t control his party” (because Patrick Gower doesn’t understand how political parties work) and “PC gone mad”.

      If the media wanted to “bang on about” the lack of representation of women in politics, that would be, well, probably really terrible, but at least relevant to an existing issue. And they’d have to look at National too, and it’s complete lack of action on the even greater lack of gender balance.

      You are welcome to provide citations to the contrary, of course.

      • Roflcopter 5.1.1

        I’m probably not expressing this as well as I should, so apologies QoT.

        What I’m trying to get at is that fundamental gender balance issues should not need to be addressed by Labour proposing rules that force the balance. Labour (or any party for that matter) need to step back at a deeper level to develop themselves an environment where gender balance doesn’t need to be thought about, it happens naturally. What they are currently doing is proposing stuff that says they suck at doing that, and the media is calling them out on it.

        National are just as bad, they recognise it, and just like Labour, need to step back at a deeper level to develop appropriate environments where gender balance doesn’t need to be thought about, it happens naturally. Unlike Labour, what they won’t do is propose rules to cover their shortcomings.

        The media suck in general, but in this case, where they are clearly calling Labour out on their shortcomings, you would at least hope Labour would see that and step back to look at the deeper issues that puts them where they are currently.

        • QoT 5.1.1.1

          You do have a point, Roflcopter, but the fact is that the two options which are now presented are:

          (a) do something small and tactical like introduced optional women-only lists;

          (b) destroy patriarchy.

          I am all in favour of B. But we don’t get to B without taking steps like A.

          • Roflcopter 5.1.1.1.1

            I guess that’s where I sort of differ from your thinking.

            I’m more of the thinking that A delays, or even sets back, any moves necessary to achieve B.

            I’m more than happy for the media to continue to call out anyone on stuff like A, because the more people are held to account for thinking along the lines of A, the greater the chance the people will take a good long hard look at themselves and realise that B is where their heads needed to be at in the first place. This is the only way progress will be made.

            Blaming the media is a cop-out.

            • QoT 5.1.1.1.1.1

              God, I’m over the “waaaaaah, cop-out” line. The media’s just slightly influential, you know.

              And if you think A is the reason no one makes “proper” moves towards B, I suggest you go do some homework.

              • Roflcopter

                Put it this way, if B was the norm, A wouldn’t have happened, there wouldn’t be a story, and you wouldn’t need to be writing this piece.

                A is not the way to get to B, it’s just something done to make people feel good.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Even if that were true, “feeling good” has a positive effect on confidence and therefore ability. Not to mention electability.

                  • Akldnut

                    Why couldn’t it have be an unwritten policy/guideline over the formal written one, then this discussion wouldn’t even need to take place and Labour would be scoring big on being the most inclusive party to choose from.

                • QoT

                  And you base this on what?

                  • Akldnut

                    Wishful thinking, if it was already being done then there wouldn’t be a need to make it a written rule, this would all be moot.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.2

          That’s what they’ve been doing for quite some time and it’s not working.

          Here’s the thing: IMO, putting in place these policies will help bring about that natural balance while not doing so will help prevent that natural balance due to the momentum of the present imbalance.

    • deemac 5.2

      er, no it isn’t. The media have been repeating Whale Oil’s meme and totally failing to report the facts. Pretty normal for them really.

      • Roflcopter 5.2.1

        In headline only….

        The facts are clear: Labour feel the need to make rules to cover the fact they suck at practicing what they preach. They got called out on it.

  6. Descendant Of Sssmith 6

    Nah it wasn’t handled badly it was something completely misrepresented by the right.

    Their response to it is as stupid as yelling fire in a picture theatre when there isn’t one.

    If only the media got as worked up about real removals of liberties in this country such as removing voting rights from prisoners, illegally stopping them smoking, imprisoning people for using drugs, banning begging, increased powers of searching your homes without a warrant, the various bits of legislation re Chch, the abuse of urgency, and so on.

    The media have been unintelligent and Pavlovian in their responses.

    The desire to get any story out first on the net means they can be led by the nose when you tap into the writers own prejudices towards sensationalist shit.

    Slater and his co-writers tap into that.

    Shearers response was pretty crap as well. He doesn’t do the “nothing to see here move on” anywhere near as well as Key.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      Of course it was handled badly: the media environment is what it is, Lusk and his sock-puppet should never have been in a position to break the story.

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 6.1.1

        Nah once you buy into “the perception is reality” bullshit you are doomed to chase your tail on everything.

        Whoever started using that phrase as a management meme should be sent to Pluto.

        The “perception” of the proposal and the reaction to that “perception” is miles out of kilter with the reality.

        If the media had any credibility they’d report on the reality.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1.1.1

          Who’s buying into it? Question: did the publicity vacuum (prior to yesterday) serve the interests of the Labour Party?

      • Don't worry be happy 6.1.2

        Maybe Labour have a ‘Plan Ban’ as well…seems to have kicked in about the time we had Goff foisted on us.

    • RedLogix 6.2

      Between QoT’s post and this comment more or less said everything that needed saying here.

      Everyone with half a brain cell needs to stop and think about this incident; the pig arrogant, deeply entrenched sexism it has revealed across the whole of this nation lies bare to be seen.

      It’s the same shit Clark and Gillard had to swim through, the same shit women everywhere have to fend off daily. The same shit any man who refuses to ape the staunch machismo manboy culture has to keep his mouth shut about … lest more shit get shovelled down it.

      Depressing and contemptible are the two words that describe how I feel about what has happened here. And my respect to those of you with the sheer energy and guts to fight back on it.

      Thanks.

      • deemac 6.2.1

        +1

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.2

        +1

      • mickysavage 6.2.3

        Agreed RL.

      • LynWiper 6.2.4

        +1 totally agree RL

      • farmboy 6.2.5

        dont forget to lift up your dress when you sit down to pee,ya pansy

        • Te Reo Putake 6.2.5.1

          Excellent riposte, farmboy. I too remember the sixties and the terrific fun to be had accusing people of being homosexual because you can’t outhink them. Reminds me of an old joke:

          Farmboy is in court, accused of molesting a sheep. The judge gives him a withering look and asks if the sheep was a ram or a ewe.

          “A ewe your Honour! Whaddya think I am, queer?”

          • farmboy 6.2.5.1.1

            haha not bad you must be gutted we the most successful farmers in the world.Funny how people on here get all up in arms about gay jokes,untill directed at farmers, kind of fucked up but keep it up im amused

            • weka 6.2.5.1.1.1

              If by most successful farmers you mean leading the charge in completely fucking the environment while lining their pockets, then stand up and take a bow.

              (of course we also have some outstanding sustainabilty farmers here too, but I suspect that wasn’t what you mean).

            • Draco T Bastard 6.2.5.1.1.2

              It’d be interesting to see just how successful if you were actually held to account (ie, had to actually look after the environment) and didn’t get any government subsidies. I suspect that you’d be whinging that it was all too hard.

              • farmboy

                [QoT: Bored now.]

                • RedLogix

                  @ farmboy.

                  When I read your comments what I see is exactly the same behaviour as goes on in schoolyard bullying. You have made no argument of any sort, produced any evidence or tried to engage in conversation.

                  Of course this being the internet you can’t reach out and physically abuse us, but you are attempting to impose your emotional and psychological dreck upon us.

                  For the most part the people here simply shrug it off; we’ve lived through this kind of shit being dumped on us all our lives. We’ve learned that stooping to your level merely betrays our own values. There’s no satisfaction in that.

                  So feel free to troll away farmboy. It means little to us and if it somehow gives you a warm sticky feeling … then what’s the harm?

      • Macro 6.2.6

        Excellent comment RL totally agree.
        Am very disappointed in some of the nonsense being spouted – would hope we were past that sort of crap – but obviously not.

      • Huginn 6.2.7

        +1, here too

    • David H 6.3

      But that’s just typical right wing media policy, find what the left is doing, and get slimebucket to write some crap that really has nothing to do with the original draft policy, Call their tame Journo and hey presto, no Shonkey vs Kim Dot Com. Instead all we have are these pathetic headlines.

  7. vto 7

    So QoT, how do you deal with this msm problem?

    Seems more smarts needed to ensure the correct picture is picked up and portrayed in the media.

    More smarts.

    • QoT 7.1

      Well, that’s where we can start discussing the response from the Labour Party itself. I think if you’ve failed to stop a story breaking and being misrepresented, like this, you have to be bloody quick and decisive in your response, and stop people like Josie fucking Pagani from making things worse.

      • vto 7.1.1

        One thought: It seems the problem stemmed from schemes hatched in the bowels of the Labour Party and then discussed and promoted among the party. Hair-brained schemes, good and wise schemes, forward-thinking schemes, backwards-looking schemes, all sorts of schemes. Perhaps it is right here that the brakes need to go on lest these schemes get out and tarnish the entire Labour Party, which is what they do.

        It is no good trying to explain to the public that these things are only discussion points / part of a regional concference thingy / caucus thingy. Those explanations don’t wash with the public – they have no idea what they are and all they hear is what is printed in the media. This is a reality.

        So, in light of that, perhaps some tighter control of schemes and ideas. Either ban them from open discussion or create a separate place within the party where new ideas are discussed and formed (which is confidential). Or some other mechanism to control this type of discussion.

        Personally, Labour is a mainstream party and as such should not be bothering itself with ideas and schemes that are more fringe. Let other fringe parties attend to them and let those fringe parties bring the discussions into the public arena.

        Here is another mechanism – plant a plant in the Nats and learn how they do it….

        • Descendant Of Sssmith 7.1.1.1

          It is no good trying to explain to the public that these things are only discussion points

          I think the reverse. That is what should happen. I can’t see any reason to treat the public as stupid or to not convey the truth.

          Style over substance just pisses me off.

          Just tell the truth – consistently and regularly and build a reputation for not bullshitting.

          • vto 7.1.1.1.1

            I appreciate that DoS, and the public are surely not stupid I agree. And neither has any mention of bullshit been made.

            But the issue is, as QoT states, the manner in which the media operates. And the manner in which people consume news – quickly and briefly. Sure, they will understand about discussion points, if they have the time to read a whole lot, but they generally don’t have the time to read the detail. This manner of operation seems to work against the manner you describe and this man ban is a perfect illustration.

            I guess you can fight it if you want and continue as you wish, but don’t expect the results to be any different. Or, you can adjust the method of operation to suit this reality, and that should not involve treating people as stupid or bullshitting them either. Surely the intended result can still be arrived at.

        • weka 7.1.1.2

          Gender equity is not fringe, and it’s been on the agenda in society for a long time.

          By bowels of the Labour party I assume you mean the memberhip?

          I can sympathise to an extent with the desire to go secret (the GP ban on media at their last AGM for instance), but there are other ways to handle this. The fact that after a couple of days we have no idea who developed the proposed rule change, why it was a rule change and not some other kind of discussion, why it wasn’t alongside other gender equity proposals, how the process of development was managed particularly in relation to LECs and National Council and the PR dept of Labour… the fact that we don’t know those things tells me that Labour have pretty disfunctional internal systems. Do they even talk to each other? Did the person who put forward the final version of the rule change talk to the person who prepared teh document and did they discuss this with Labour party PR strategists?

          • vto 7.1.1.2.1

            That seems to be the problem to me weka – a disfunctional operating system for the Labour Party. It needs to be sharpened up to a knife edge, not blundering around making great blunt hacks at things and leaving a worse mess.

            Sharp knife for sharp incisions.

            Blunt knife equals mess.

          • Rogue Trooper 7.1.1.2.2

            well, Louisa Wall is publicly in support of the proposal weka
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10895113

            • Alanz 7.1.1.2.2.1

              As a man with balls and proud testosterone surging through my red hot blood veins, I support the proposal and thank Louisa.

              And thanks be given to so-called men like Shane Jones, in a party that would be better off without him, who demonstrate the value of ensuring such a policy does go through for the Labour Party.

              Next policy proposal please.

          • The Fan Club 7.1.1.2.3

            Weka, look, the thing is, this is in fact stuff that’s in the public arena. Barnett’s presser details this.

            The fact that after a couple of days we have no idea who developed the proposed rule change,

            (A) inside baseball and no-one cares anyway, and (b) in fact, this has been put out.

            why it was a rule change and not some other kind of discussion, why it wasn’t alongside other gender equity proposals,

            It was. It really, really was tried up with so many other proposals. The media didn’t cover them! There’s not a lot Labour can do about that, because guess what? “Culture changes” and so-on are boring and not newsworthy material.

            how the process of development was managed particularly in relation to LECs and National Council and the PR dept of Labour…

            Yes, god knows bureaucratic details of internal constitutional changes are exactly what will get lapped up…; also am pretty sure that Coatsworth and Barnett were briefing on this from lunchtime the day it broke…

            If Labour were to manage it’s internal process even more with an eye to PR, we may as well give and go home as far as having an open, democratic membership goes.

      • weka 7.1.2

        This from Jan Logie at the Greens, in response to Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew criticising the quota, saying people should be selected on their merit

        There is a wealth of evidence that shows entrenched gender bias is a reality. This article demonstrates it in the sciences:

        “To test scientist’s reactions to men and women with precisely equal qualifications, the researchers did a randomized double-blind study in which academic scientists were given application materials from a student applying for a lab manager position. The substance of the applications were all identical, but sometimes a male name was attached, and sometimes a female name.

        Results: female applicants were rated lower than men on the measured scales of competence, hireability, and mentoring (whether the scientist would be willing to mentor this student). Both male and female scientists rated the female applicants lower.”

        If the Minister of Women’s Affairs doesn’t recognise gender bias then we really are in trouble.

        I’m not saying quotas are necessarily the answer but it makes sense that they should be considered as a response to bias let alone historical discrimination. They’ve worked really well for us in the Green party.

        http://www.greens.org.nz/node/31702

        See Labour, and MSM, it’s really not that hard.

      • Jimmie 7.1.3

        [QoT: You will go much further in life (or, at least, in getting your comments through moderation) if you don't use phrases like "feminist rants" as pejoratives and also don't throw out ridiculous straw arguments.]

      • Sponge 7.1.4

        Wasn’t Josie a Labour candidate?

    • vto 7.2

      Coatsworth showed no smarts. In fact the reverse, she showed negative smarts. She didn’t just do the right thing badly, she did the wrong thing correctly.

      Smart, accurate and detailed thinking and actions are required if you want to avoid this problem again.

      smart

      accurate

      detailed

    • David H 7.3

      For the last year we have had a sycophantic media, and Key could have eaten live babies on the 6pm news and still got away with it.
      However things are starting to change, and John Key the Teflon PM is now the Badly tarnished PM with a convenient case of amnesia. But the MSM, and TV MSM in particular are still kissing Keys arse. And with Gower around to make shit up, and stir the pot, and all the other Free to air channels are just as bad. And on the Nation this morning, the main story/joke was the Man ban. FFS No John Key getting his arse handed to him by KDC and looking like the school bully and acting like it as well.
      And the the story was supposed to run for the weekend, then along come Labour riding the light blue horse to save the NATS from a weekend of embarrassment. No wonder the voters are deserting them in droves

      • RedLogix 7.3.1

        Key could have eaten live babies on the 6pm news and still got away with it.

        And pronounced them delicious. Our entire political scene at the moment alternates between boring, drearily incompetent and disgusting.

        • karol 7.3.1.1

          This week I’ve heard some very anti-John Key stuff raised by people I don’t usually talk politics with. There’s obviously a few people out there who are not taken in by the dominant pro-Key MSM spin. Some people who just see him as a con man that doesn’t have the interests of the majority of Kiwis at heart.

          • handle 7.3.1.1.1

            “Some people” does not win an election.

            • karol 7.3.1.1.1.1

              They may be “some people”, handle. But to me they seem to be pretty “ordinary”, or “everyday” kinds of people. I was surprised to hear them express such strong anti-Key views.

          • Mary 7.3.1.1.2

            But can that stuff get through the teflon? The weakness of our opposition might suggest it can’t, in my humble opinion, of course.

  8. Descendant Of Sssmith 8

    I can also see no good reason why Shearer, Mallard, etc have to explain it.

    They didn’t propose it.

    It’s obviously much too difficult to talk to the actual person who proved it about why and clearly BM needs a man’s opinion on it to be able to consider it’s relevance. Not that he’s really interested of course.

    Sometimes explaining just feeds the trolls.

  9. Blue 9

    The media are idiots, and you can’t really expect them to be anything else. As soon as someone coins a catchy term like ‘manban’ which will get people frothing appropriately, you can give up on any attempt at rational, balanced coverage.

    The problem is that Labour doesn’t understand this, and therefore keep on handing their enemies sticks to beat them with. This proposal, no matter how well-intentioned, is electoral suicide no matter how it is spun, and should never have seen the light of day.

    It’s yet another symptom of the current Labour party malaise – incompetence, ill-discipline and a tin ear for political realities.

    • BM 9.1

      True, it’s gone the way of the fart tax.

      From this point on this policy will be nothing but an anvil around the neck of the labour party.
      For a start it’s completely destroyed the next labour conference any positive rah rah stuff will be totally drowned out and destroyed by the ‘manban’ vote.

      Starting to feel a bit sorry for o’l Dave.

  10. Matthew Hooton 10

    You make good points re meritocracy (or lack of it). My party is one where Clem Simich beat David Kirk for the Tamaki nomination in 1992. Whatever arguments can be made against the manban proposal, arguing the status quo is a meritocracy isn’t one of them.

  11. Dazzer 11

    [QoT: Please read the mod note at the bottom of the post, then take your comment to an appropriate thread.]

    • Dazzer 11.1

      [QoT: Funnily enough, I'm more than happy to keep moderating people when they try to play the "you just hate disagreement" card. See the many disagreeing comments I let through which manage not to be rude and derailing.]

  12. Tigger 12

    Great post, Q.

    “And that’s ignoring the obvious disparities of gender, race and class between “who’s in Parliament”.

    Sexual orientation too. Notice the drop in Labourite out gay men? Carter, Chauvel – gone. I link it to the hate directed at them by O’Connor and others, the ‘gaggle of gays’ BS. Same will happen here. Now women will be blacklisted because choosing them looks PC. This was a hamfisted way to go about this. Policy is fine but did anyone think how this would read. It’s hurt, not helped this cause.

    I’d also like to see more Maori candidates in general electorates. And more disabled MPs. Question is – are policies like this the best way to make it happen?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 12.1

      Of course they aren’t: quotas may have their place but they’re way down the list behind, for example, Spencer vs. MoH etc.

    • weka 12.2

      “Question is – are policies like this the best way to make it happen?”

      Discussion of proposed policies is one good thing to make it happen. And that’s what should be happening, both within Labour, and within the wider community via the media (if the media served democracy, rather than themselves).

    • QoT 12.3

      Well, Tigger, the merits of more proportional representation are being discussed in other posts – including the fact that there’s a lot of research to show that just saying “we want more women/POCs/PWDs” pretty much never achieves proportionality.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 12.4

      There’s never a best way. There’s only different ways.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.4.1

        That would be incorrect, there is a best way but we just don’t know it as of this moment in time and thus will need to discuss it and try a few options until we do find it.

  13. unpcnzcougar 13

    Apologise in advance if this isn’t the correct thread for this comment – as a female and mother I would like to see a quota system in place for men teaching at Primary/Intermediate/High School.

    I sense this is one of the reasons why boys are trailing behind girls at schools and the times I see this issue discussed privately or publically it is akin to talking about the elephant in the room.

    [QoT: Wow, you're right, this isn't the correct thread for this comment. What on earth would make you think it was? We have Open Mike posts for a reason.]

  14. One Anonymous Knucklehead 14

    How best to approach the problem of media incompetence?

    1. Make better media and out-perform the existing lot with fact-checked well-written and resourced commentary.

    What does “better” media look like? Examples abound, pick your favourite.

    • infused 14.1

      I thought you’d already know by now. News isn’t news, it’s entertainment. Hence why this shit all got blown up.

      Ain’t anybody got time for news.

      IMO, all could have got shut down very easily from shearer. But he let it go on for 24 hours.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1.1

        That must explain why the BBC makes so much money. No, wait…

        Well written fact-checked journalism is far more entertaining than partisan crap.

        • infused 14.1.1.1

          [QoT: Deleted. infused wore out his welcome last time.]

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1.1.1.1

            Which probably accounts for sites like this getting so many hits per month, and the decline in newspaper sales.

            How has it come to this? A dull bean-counter approach to the news – too much “cost-cutting”, the result: under-resourced desk-bound journalists.

            Even neo-liberals rely on accurate information from time to time.

          • weka 14.1.1.1.2

            Another brilliant and insightful contribution to the discussion there infused.

  15. Yes 15

    It’s about handling your own press and PR. Labour failed at both of them

    • QoT 15.1

      Nobody’s denying this. But it’s also about lazy media not even having the nous to ask basic questions – or alternatively, knowing full well they’re talking shit, but knowing they’ll get a headline or two and no one (outside of say leftwing blogs) will take them up on it.

      • infused 15.1.1

        [QoT: infused, after the last time? I'm still not happy with you commenting on my posts.]

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1.1.1

          Two reasons they don’t need to are the lack of competition, and that partisan crap is cheaper to write.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.2

      That’s part of it, but there’s another part. An illustration:

      “The Labour Party’s feet of clay stumbled again today, as they let a golden opportunity to lead the gender debate go begging.

      Instead, it was left to National Party boot-boy Cameron Slater to break his own version of the story, which he did with typical disregard for the facts.

      What this says about the state of our two main political parties – one unable to speak and the other unable to speak the truth, is another matter, but it has certainly done nothing for the gender debate.”

      You see? Balance. Not that hard is it?

  16. Pete 16

    Railing against the media for simplifying a story down to the point of a two word sound bite is very much like King Canute trying to hold back the tide. We don’t live in a world where the media behaves as it should behave, instead the left needs to adapt and front-foot every message. And I don’t think that should be as hard as we might think. We’re not looking for the hearts and minds of the whole population. Just 50% + 1 of the people who show up to vote.

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      And this is the reality. As opposed to the Left hypothesizing on remaking the world on some fantastic image.

      • QoT 16.1.1

        Really, CV? You think that’s what’s going on here?

        Pete: my post doesn’t argue anything differently. I can, magically, be annoyed by the state of our media AND annoyed by Labour’s failure to deal with it at the same time!

  17. Jackal 17

    If politicians were appointed on merit, there would likely be more female representatives than men. That’s because females are usually more qualified and are more likely to make a business succeed when they’re running things…at least that’s what the research shows. It’s a pity the mainstream media has chosen to rely on misogynistic based speculation instead of the facts.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.1

      Given full equality (and as Chomsky said of Capitalism – “Show me some!”) I’m pretty sure that women can screw things up as badly as men. Exhibit a: Paula Bennett.

    • TheContrarian 17.2

      “females are usually more qualified and are more likely to make a business succeed when they’re running things…at least that’s what the research shows”

      Got a link to this research?

    • Jimmie 17.3

      Trouble is Labour is not exactly overflowing with successful business men or women.

      Plenty of academics and career politicians (and ex unionists) but as for successful ex business men/women apart from possibly Shane Jones it would be hard to name anyone else.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.3.1

        Hard for you perhaps, but then your lying Prime Minister has never run a business in his life either, and neither has your finance minister, who has lived off the public teat all his working life. Stephen Joyce’s claim to fame is the bankruptcy of everything he touches. Need I go on?

        It must be noted here that Labour are better economic managers than National too; higher gdp, balanced books etc.

        So not only do the so-called-but-actually-not “business friendly” National Party have less economic credibility, they are handicapped by the revolting culture of gender bullying that promotes dropkick incompetents like Aaron Gilmore (and Jimmie) over talented women. Shall we talk about David “receivership” Bennett?

        Most of them are only MPs because of their sex.

        • farmboy 17.3.1.1

          bill english owns farms mate case you dont know that is a business

          • Te Reo Putake 17.3.1.1.1

            Which he doesn’t personally run. He’s the owner, not the manager. Where is Dipton anyway? Does English know?

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.3.1.1.2

            “Owns farms”

            Well, I suppose when you’re so corrupt you tell lies about your accommodation for money, it makes sense to buy up assets with your ill-gotten gains, but as TRP said, best leave the running to someone else. Perhaps someone with personal integrity and good business sense, because if Bill English ran his farms the way he repeatedly crashes this economy he might as well change his name to Crafar.

  18. Bill 18

    Given that parliament and msm, both reflect and are examples of the nature of power in society – ie, are patriarchal – then how could the msm be anything but critical of any idea (good or bad) designed to challenge the power structures that also run through their own organisations? It’s not that such a challenge would be ‘unthinkable’…but it sure as fuck wouldn’t come ‘naturally’. What comes ‘naturally’ are precisely the types of lines we are getting from them, and those lines require no spin to be generated.

    I’m not suggesting that makes what they are saying acceptable or wholly inevitable. Just that these lines are a consequence of their own culture and not a glitch or an example of stupidity that they themselves might remedy or not repeat in the future: that would require the msm being spun.

    • weka 18.1

      Maybe, but I cant help but think that there have been times in the past when the issue of equity for women in parliament would have been handled better by the MSM. Think Kim Hill on Nine to Noon instead of Kathryn Ryan. I fear we have lost ground in the past few decades in terms of how we talk about gender issues publicly.

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.1

        That probably goes for most issues of public and civil importance

  19. Rogue Trooper 19

    you may have seen this Bryce Edwards summary Queen, lamenting the focus on “identity politics” generally;
    -60-80% of New Zealanders are ‘working- class’ , depending on the sociological definition one uses.
    -concern over the blindness to economics, inequality and power (which, ironically, are arguments for quota)
    -essentially “Pagani is asserting that class and economics are more important than gender and feminism”
    -Labour lacks representation from lower socio-economic groups (once again, societal sectors disproportionately containing females: single parents, low-wage earners etc).

    Moi? realpolitik.

    ps. The Standard et al; get a mention.

    • Pascal's bookie 19.1

      Pagani et al have an argument that gets trotted (heh) out all the time around identity issues.

      They are sad and angry that the left attracts votes from the liberal middle class, and that it isn’t as strong among the working class as it ought to be.

      The argument goes that it is the middle class liberalism which has pulled Labour to the center and that it is driving out the working class conservatives. And to an extent, there may be some truth there ( a sliver). But we rarely get to see data.

      More to the point is that the Labour hasn’t moved to the center by adopting identity issues. That is grade A toxic bullshit. This is easily demonstrated by how the right reacts to identity politics.

      The left has moved to the center by abandoning things like redistribution as anything other than a band aid. That, surprise surprise, is what is hurting them in the working class. Labour abandoned the working class conservatives not by adopting identity politics, but by abandoning fighting for the working class.

      The only thing Pagani ( and Shane Jones and numerous others) seem to have to offer the working class, is conservatism on identity issues. Now how the fuck is that a left wing thing to do? Let alone a Labour party thing to do.

    • QoT 19.2

      I’m seriously disappointed in Bryce’s column, to be honest. The argument only works if you presume that the “60-80% working class” group doesn’t include working-class Maaori, working-class women, working-class people with disabilities, working-class queer people.

      The only other thing I would add, besides +1-ing everything PB said, is that I also find it hilarious for people to say Labour should ditch identity politics for working-class politics. As though it’s only evil feminists and brown people who have been stopping Labour from giving a shit about economic disparity, and not the centre-right tendencies of many of its senior people.

      • handle 19.2.1

        Yes, that ‘either-or’ argument has always been weak.

      • Rogue Trooper 19.2.2

        + , now you know my thoughts on IP, yet, as handle identifies, it is ‘this’ and ‘that’. Still, there is the environment to consider.

      • weka 19.2.3

        “The argument only works if you presume that the “60-80% working class” group doesn’t include working-class Maaori, working-class women, working-class people with disabilities, working-class queer people.”

        It also presuposes that working class people aren’t politicised around ethnicity, gender, disability etc. Which is a bloody patronising generalisation.

        This also from Bryce

        “The Maori Party’s major weakness appears to have been its core model of operating as an ethnicity-based party, independent of class and other political forces”

        He really hasn’t been paying attention has he. What does he think that split between the MP and Mana was about?

      • Mary 19.2.4

        Why does the Labour Party think that women should want to be part of them, anyway? Those who think this must believe Labour’s got something to offer in the first place. Maybe Labour’s problem is simpler than they think?

    • weka 19.3

      I’m still waiting for someone to explain why class politics aren’t identity politics too.

      • handle 19.3.1

        Lack of imagination.

      • QoT 19.3.2

        Because identity politics are bad and class politics are good. It’s simple, really.

        • weka 19.3.2.1

          I assume it’s because class politics came early on when only men could vote and be MPs. So class got defined as proper politics, because that was the primary battle amongst white men. Not like that trendy lefty (oh dear) stuff that comes later (and can always be put aside until the time is right).

      • Rogue Trooper 19.3.3

        nested hierarchies

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 19.3.4

        Can’t explain wrong thinking so no explanation can be given.

        Simply by virtue of discrimination those who are disadvantaged via identity are more like to have lower earning opportunity and are more likely therefore to be working class.

      • Colonial Viper 19.3.5

        “I’m still waiting for someone to explain why class politics aren’t identity politics too.”

        A: academically, class politics are certainly a kind of identity politics. In practice, issues of class often overrule, superceed or at least modify the considerations or experience of other forms of identity politics.

        As an example, old money class, wealthy, well educated business professional and gay.

        • QoT 19.3.5.1

          Dude, seriously. Google “intersectionality” before you embarrass yourself further. All forms of privilege can mitigate other forms of oppression, all forms of oppression can interact to create extra levels/types of disadvantage.

          • Sosoo 19.3.5.1.1

            I’m sure that poverty stricken children would love to spend their time contemplating concepts from the lightweight side of the social sciences (a fact which makes your patronising tone that much more amusing). Or perhaps they’ll spend their time thanking the identity politics brigade whose myopia, selfishness and egotism made it certain that they would live under another three years of a hostile National government.

            When people tell you to shut up, it isn’t always because they are the evil patriarchy. Sometimes it’s because you’re screwing it up for everyone, including yourselves.

            [QoT: Your wilful misreading of the post will be left unedited here so people can see exactly why any future comments of yours will be deleted. You think poverty-stricken children don't feel the effects of racism, sexism, or ableism? It's not "lightweight social sciences", it's their lived experience.

            Thanks for the early tip, though, it's good to be forewarned that Labour's inevitable fuckup at the next election will yet again be blamed on its critics and not its leaders.]

            • McFlock 19.3.5.1.1.1

              The kids wouldn’t be poverty-stricken if mum was paid as much as a man, and wasn’t limited to low-paid jobs with flexible working hours because kids finish school at 3.

            • karol 19.3.5.1.1.2

              And the Key government gets replaced with…. what?

              We currently have a very some fairly traditionally male-dominated government, which is prioritising masculine value: values that foreground a version of the economy that equates a strong economy with commercial activity. It includes the increasing marginalisation of community and public sector work that makes a significant contribution to the public good. And it is largely women, waged and on benefits, who are taking the brunt of this in Key’s “war on the poor”.

              Yet Team Shearer’s response is to be every bit as masculinist as Team Key, and to embrace a return to misogynistic dark ages as a way to court the (male?) working class vote. Shearer’s failure to comment of Shane Jones (blatantly offensive towards women), looks to me like a return to Shearer’s fiddler-on-the-roof style. (Referring to Jones labeling women politicians as “geldings”).

              I find Team Shearer’s inadequacies on so many fronts, to be thoroughly depressing.

              • Rogue Trooper

                regarding the ‘public sector’, man, are they laying back and takin’ it with the widespread utilization of personality tests ; they are even being used to screen for casualties of downsizing (redundancies).

              • weka

                I’d have to reread it, but I thought Jones was calling Labour men geldings for letting wimmin try and run the show again (geldings being castrated male animals). Either ways its deeply misogynistic and offensive.

          • Colonial Viper 19.3.5.1.2

            Intersectionality, you planning to win many votes with that?

            • McFlock 19.3.5.1.2.1

              not the Waitakere Man vote (well, maybe some of the gay ones).

            • QoT 19.3.5.1.2.2

              You mean, would I, if I were in a political campaign, try to understand the many different types of power and oppression which affect people’s lives in order to relate my policies to their needs, and assume this would endear me to them?

              Why don’t you have three guesses at the answer.

              • Colonial Viper

                So now you’re going to campaign to the wider electorate through analysing their needs as people based on concepts of intersectionality and other related approaches, in order to change for the better the conditions of power and oppression that they live under.

                Very cool.

            • weka 19.3.5.1.2.3

              BAU with the patriarchy, you planning to win many votes with that CV? How’s it going so far for Labour?

              And then what happens if by some fluke Labour manage to get enough votes to form a govt? After the election won’t be the time to look at all the non-rich, white, male people’s needs, because Labout will need time to get settled in. A year later won’t be the right time either, because they’ll have had a leadership coup and need time to recover (all that nasty media coverage). Two years later, still no, because now they need time to cement the Real policies they were elected on. Two and half years, nope, because now there is an election. See how this works?

              But thanks for the scraps thrown from the table in the meantime.

              • Colonial Viper

                “See how this works”

                We both recognise that things are not working for Labour and have not been for a long time.

                If you think “patriarchy” is a major cause of that, I hope you can help get rid of it asap so Labour can start smashing National in the polls.

                At 50% female MPs instead of 41%, Labour would have 3 more women MPs today out of 34. Should make a big difference to how the electorate views how ready Labour is to govern, and hence bring a win in 2014 into grasp.

  20. QoT 20

    Yep. Kinda proves my point.

  21. Populuxe1 21

    If Labour is as dedicated to gender equality among it’s MPs as it claims to be and should be, they should have been able to handle it within the list of their own accord, and by making a special effort in recruitment and candidate training. That would have caused far less of a confused furore than this tin-eared presentation of the idea in question. Labour’s primary and overriding concrn right now should be galvinising support, not scaring the horses, and getting the scumlords of NACT out of power if there is any part of the country left worth saving.

    [QoT: Yet again we're characterising this draft remit as though it's official Labour Party leadership-endorsed policy. And we're going to stop doing that.]

    • Populuxe1 21.1

      Even not treating it as Labour Party leadership-endorsed policy (which obviously it isn’t because Mumblefuck has clucked), why not offer a remit that tackles things at the culture level using the perfectly adequate tools already in place in the party and isn’t going to play directly into the hands of the right wing? How did it get out there in the first place? And to rephrase, the primary and overriding concern of all cliques and interest groups within Labour right now should be galvinising support, not scaring the horses, and getting the scumlords of NACT out of power if there is any part of the country left worth saving.

    • The Fan Club 21.2

      Poppy, what makes you think we haven’t tried that, darling?

      It isn’t the list either. It’s the electorates. Do try and keep up…

      • Populuxe1 21.2.1

        The electorates might just possibly want a say before something that dramatic is imposed on them, whereas you can pretty much put anyone anywhere you like on the list. Don’t fuck with the electorates or they might just not vote for you. Do you even do politics, darling?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.2.1.1

          Such an imposition, this new voluntary power would be. So onerous. Ow my back!

        • Macro 21.2.1.2

          Do you even understand the proposal? Or are you just mouthing from empty space again? I realise you are coming from behind because as QoT has succinctly put it The Media have got their grundies (masculine underpants) in a twist in a clear attempt to kibosh the thing. But do try to keep up – the electorates will have their say in due time. And remember that > 50% of the population is female.

  22. [QoT: Fuck off, Brett. You've ruined enough interesting threads this week.]

  23. Herodotus 23

    How will achieving this proposed quota benefit nz and or women within nz?
    So in a few years time the gender split within labour caucus will be 50:50. What will change or what are the expectations and how do these expectations differ than without any quota ?
    Will as is current a 40% representation weaken any perspective or decision making ability by a government or parkiamnet than a 50% rep would allow?
    I have not read how this proposal other than for appearances sake will delivery anything different.

    [QoT: IT'S. NOT. A. FUCKING. QUOTA. There is also a quota proposed - which isn't even new, as I understand, it's changing a target which already exists. But that is not what got everyone panicky.]

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 23.1

      You haven’t read anything. Is that because you can’t find anything or because you haven’t looked?

      • Herodotus 23.1.1

        If you are so well informed how about a link or 2 as to what will be achieved ? I have taken a day or 2 reading the posts and not knee jerked into responding , I have not read what this will achieve by this.
        And qot how will this achieve any seismic changes in outcomes or new outcomes that would not have occurred without such a change. Ie what difference will we see ?? Will maternity leave benefits be increase due to this, will professions dominated by women ( eg teachers, nurses) be rewarded or benchmarked against similar professions that men dominate eg police? I doubt it. So what changes ?

        • McFlock 23.1.1.1

          What difference do we see because of the Maori seats?
          I’m sorry, my scrying glass is broken – all I know is that there will probably be a difference, and for the better.

          • Herodotus 23.1.1.1.1

            How will it be for the better ? some detail would be appreciated.
            Will there be new policy introduced that wold not have been given the status quo, will by having ( should labour be able to govern on here own) better decision making ?

            • weka 23.1.1.1.1.1

              Do you honestly not think that having more women in parliament will have any positive affect on how parliament deals with issues important to women?

              • Herodotus

                Are you saying that those currently in parliament have been lacking in putting forward issues that are not important to women ( using your phrasing) and that the male colleagues are unable to see these issues and not be supportive.
                I am sure in many cases male mp’s understand issues that are perceived important to women. They are not the racing, rugby and beer types. Good policy should be acknowledged by all.

                • McFlock

                  I am sure in many cases male mp’s understand issues that are perceived important to women

                  Well, when you exclude the Jones/O’Conner types, the number of male MPs that this would apply to seems to shrink dramatically.

        • karol 23.1.1.2

          The idea of quotas was actually something raised by Judy McGregor in her speech to the NZ Labour Party last year – it was one of at least 3 suggestions.

          It’s a pity journalists have such short term memories, and/or failed to pay attention to anything much at the conference beyond looking to see if Cunliffe was leading a rebellion.

          Damn, looking at what I posted on this last year, it’d be tempting to re-post it….. if only I knew how.

          Because, it’s pretty much in keeping with what I have been thinking about the quota issue now.

        • karol 23.1.1.3

          Oh, and this is the actual remit proposed this year, as linked to by a Labour Party Press statement.

  24. Clive Bixby 24

    [QoT: Fuck off, troll.]

  25. karol 25

    Excellent post, QOT.

    I’ve been close to banging my head against the wall in frustration at the way the MSM and many others have dutifully followed the whalespew on this.

    Also I am unimpressed with Mike Williams – he needs to learn a bit about how sexism works. And Josie Pagani. And disappointed in Bryce Edwards.

    This morning I saw a front page blurb on the NZ Herald for Fran O’Sullivan’s take on it. I mistakenly thought I wouldn’t be able to stomach her addition to the outflow of misunderstanding. Actually, on reading her piece, for once I agree with some of Fran O’Sullivan’s opining. Her opening paragraph had me a bit worried as to where she was going:

    Congratulations to Party Central for putting gender equality ahead of diversity when it comes to the ranking criteria for selecting the next crop of Labour MPs.

    But then she continues:

    Quaintly, the notion that a 21st century political party might opt to use its selection process to try to make sure that as many women as men represent us in Parliament has been met with howls of derision and barely disguised outrage.

    That’s just on the Labour side of politics. Let’s point out here that the most vocal MP opponents (Yes, I am talking about you, Shane Jones and you, Clayton Cosgrove) are only there themselves by virtue of their list rankings.

    You see, not enough of those blue-collar men which these obviously middle-class male MPs now put on pedestals and consider Labour’s voting base, voted for this pair in 2011 so they could win electorate seats. Maybe a spirited woman could have done the trick?

    There is also a too-obvious presumption that the women who might come into Parliament after a bit of list manoeuvring will be unqualified for the role.

    Frankly, that is absurd. There is no reason why Labour (or any other political party – like National if it ever gets with the programme) should not seek out well-qualified female candidates and (hopefully) from a broader pool than the unionist/teacher/public servant range which has enabled Labour to become stereotyped in recent years.

    Surely, such candidates can stay focused on the major issues facing New Zealand. This is hardly a zero sum game.

    And on it goes….

    I’m not so keen on her reasoning around including gender plus ethnic and other diversity – she seems to kind of pit them against each other. But, she does seem to agree that something extra needs to be done to get a broader representation of all sections of society, including gender, ethnicity etc.

  26. karol 26

    Is it just me, or has something strange happened to the numbering and positioning of comments?

  27. karol 27

    I’m also disappointed in Selwyn Manning’s post on this over at the Daily Blog. Manning usually does excellent stuff, but this time….

    For instance, he says this:

    The true test of whether a policy is right or wrong is to turn it on its head. For example, would it be right to exclude women from selection? Would it be right to exclude candidates on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation? No, of course not. Just as it is wrong for any entity to exclude people from employment or opportunity based on their gender.

    I haven’t seen the Nation slot, but, spot the problem with this for a discussion on the importance of gender balance:

    The Nation’s host Duncan Garner had a fabulous line up to debate all the angles: Chris Trotter, Martyn Bomber Bradbury, Jordan Williams and Labour’s own Sue Moroney.

    I guess gendering of politics (and political commentariate) runs deep.

    • karol 27.1

      PS: On the first quote from Manning: Maori seats?

    • Rogue Trooper 27.2

      hope to watch on the ‘morrow

    • QoT 27.3

      AAAAAAAAARGH.

      You know what? If we had a Parliament of 80 women MPs and 40 men MPs, and women MPs were routinely placed in safe, winnable seats and high-ranking Cabinet positions and all the other systemic advantages men are currently given? It WOULD be fucking appropriate to start talking about men-only lists. But this would involve us living in a parallel fucking universe.

      Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh I’m so fucking angryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

      • Rogue Trooper 27.3.1

        Here’s Everybody Loves Chris taking the low road (footpath).

        • QoT 27.3.1.1

          I’m sorry, RT. I already took a sacred vow not to read his thoughts on the matter, for the sake of my brain.

          • Rogue Trooper 27.3.1.1.1

            was thinking, as you do, these intersections,
            -there are some people of difference in the current Labour caucus
            -the issues around political representation of identities in addition to traditional gender may be more salient to younger left voters, which has the potential to grow, or renew the Labour constituency in electorates, particularly in the significant large urban electorates.
            -However, there is a lot of suggestion in political prediction, that conservative values will have a greater influence on voting behaviour in the coming years.
            -there has been verifiable commentary in the media that older women may not be as supportive of positive discrimination as their younger, or more politicized counterparts.
            -definitely intersections of income (therefore socio-economic class) with minority identity status, along with minority identity intersecting with other social disadvantage.
            -Generation X, and older, unless personally concerned with issues of identity, may not be as motivated by the politicization of such as younger generations.
            -Successful Generation Y and older may be more concerned with the material status that has characterized the history and political influences of their cohorts, along with,say, national security and law and order.
            -There has been an obvious backlash against (even the publication of ) these proposals by both men and women representing the Left.

            Still, if the proposals are sensible enough for Colin James, I believe you can rest your case, and your moderation whip (OK, keep it cracking) 8-)

      • weka 27.3.2

        Yeah I’m gobsmacked.

        And fuck Selwyn Manning’s inane and demeaning poll at the bottom of his post. All I can take from what he has done is that he is some how offended as a man at the idea that all is not fair in the world and we might have to take some actual steps to make men share power with women.

        Someone should put Louisa Wall in charge of Labour.

        • Mary 27.3.2.1

          She will be in charge of Labour one day…in the not-so-distant future, I hope. Not quite now, but at some point not too far away. The current problem is what to do now. Maybe we could could entice Steve Maharey into taking a sabbatical leading Labour til it’s Lousia’s time?

        • QoT 27.3.2.2

          Someone should put Louisa Wall in charge of Labour.

          SERIOUSLY.

      • karol 27.3.3

        Good statement in the comments.

        And Selwyn’s response?

        This issue has really exposed just how deeply the masculine dominance of politics runs (as much an issue of attitude and approach as of numbers).

        I’m staggered.

        It’s not as if we also aren’t fully aware of the struggles people are dealing with in a day-to-day basis, because of poverty and the ruthlessness of our current government.

    • Mary 27.4

      Why do some people think Jordan Williams’ views are worth reporting?

    • rosy 27.5

      “The true test of whether a policy is right or wrong is to turn it on its head.”

      Hmm, how about we turn the current selection processes on their heads and see what happens. If it appears that one group has been favoured then maybe work out a policy to fix the process.

      Hang on….

  28. BeeDee 28

    The present game is “Flick Chick”. and aren’t we over that!

  29. Sanctuary 29

    I don’t much to add – these two quotes pretty much sum up my views:

    “…It’s a draft policy remit from a party committee which is going to the conference to be discussed and potentially included in the party’s rules, which would allow individual electorates to voluntarily request that only women be shortlisted if the party council agrees on a case-by-case basis…”

    And

    “…The discussion isn’t stupid. The non-decision to wait for Cameron Slater to initiate the debate was though. Beyond stupid, in fact: the sort of blunder that only a complete tool would make…”

    However, I would like to thank QoT for the time taken to moderate this comments thread. It has been a breath of fresh air to see the serial trolls dealt to in such a comprehensive way.

    The trolling of this site is so comprehensive that it wouldn’t surprise me if it was revealed to be organised and deliberate – especially as the way this story was “broken” and then repeated by the traditional media reveals the power of blogs in a world where corporate media journalists are now just tabloid keyboard jockeys who are nothing more than lazy, reactionary, repeaters of what they read on the internet.

    I guess to moderate ever thread this way would just be way, way to intensive – but it would improve the impact of this site on the credulous useful idiots who interview the internet for their tabloid fodder for the talkback Taliban, Daily Mail lite newspapers and 6pm news.

    • QoT 29.1

      Thanks, Sanc. As you say, it’s hard work moderating threads (we all have to sleep, and most of us at TS only moderate our own stuff.) Doing it full-time would be, well, a full-time job. Hence why I maintain my own much-quieter corner of the internet for the bulk of my posts.

      • handle 29.1.1

        I also appreciate the firmer moderation you have shown is possible here with this post, Queen. Wading through acres of trolling to read the useful stuff is often not worth the effort.

    • weka 29.2

      I agree Sanctuary, it changes the debate hugely when that dumb shit just gets taken out.

  30. fender 30

    Growth off the back of a natural disaster “farmboy”, people died for that growth you insensitive gas cloud.

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    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Test Stream
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Te Kuiti man imprisoned for images of young children
    A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry, 35, appeared for sentence in the Tauranga District Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Japan Maritime Training Squadron visit – Open Day, Band
    • The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will make port in Auckland from Wednesday 3 September to Saturday 6 September...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
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  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
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  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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