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On the Labour leadership

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, July 21st, 2013 - 207 comments
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Over the last few weeks Labour has been in a state of agitation as the party, the affiliates and even the caucus have come to the realisation that the Shearer project has failed.

This new realisation has been marked by the emergence of leaks from unusual sources, a fragmentation of the already loose factions in caucus and a spike in feverish late night phone calls as people try to position themselves for a post-Shearer Labour Party.

Talk of an imminent coup is probably premature, but should not be ruled out. There is a level of disquiet in the party not seen since the Moore-Clark battle of the early 1990s.

It is now almost impossible to find anyone in Labour who, when speaking on condition of trust, will admit to supporting David Shearer staying in the job. MPs are still giving media the pro forma “I support the leader of the Labour Party” line while quietly plotting his demise. Party members are vocally wishing his downfall. And the union affiliates are getting restive as it becomes clear that keeping Shearer as leader will only deliver National another term in which to hammer the labour movement.

What little support he did have evaporated with his handling of the #manban. Party members are furious at his disregard for democracy. The women’s sector is calling for his blood. And caucus members are in disbelief that he ignored the issue for so long when he had all the documents and was on the committee, then handled it so badly once it broke.

Meanwhile, the press gallery has clearly turned on the leadership. The journos had gone easy on David Shearer for a long time – some because they wanted to give him a chance to develop, others because they’d invested so heavily in backing him back in 2011 and didn’t want to lose face. None of this holds now.

Labour’s leadership team haven’t helped the situation. The online attacks on Duncan Garner over the non-existent caucus letter have backfired terribly. Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins, Annette King and Trevor Mallard may well have had reason to feel aggrieved, but the decision to attack Garner’s credibility so publicly and so personally went down very badly with Garner’s friends in the media – of which he has many. The media now have little sympathy for the Labour leadership and the mood against Shearer is firming.

In some ways, the dissatisfaction over Shearer is nothing new. There’s been concern for some time, including among many who saw from the start that he didn’t have what it takes to lead the party. It wasn’t helped by the impression that he was imposed on the membership by members of caucus.

But after November there was a sense even among Shearer’s detractors that they should give him another chance. He was, after all, the only leader Labour had, and maybe if he did have just “a few more months” we’d start to see the improvements we’d been promised. Maybe the Government would inevitably become unpopular and Labour would start to make headway with the public.

None of this ever materialised. Eight months on from conference, Labour is still failing to connect with the public and is mired in the low 30s. Despite regular Government stuff ups and scandals, Labour seems unable to make headway. The public aren’t stupid, they can see there is something wrong in New Zealand but they don’t see a credible alternative in Labour. This frame now appears to be stuck.

It’s in this context that Labour has realised Shearer is finished. The leaks are merely a symptom of this. The man ban fiasco is but a catalyst. Each poll that shows Labour up half a point or down two points is irrelevant in the broader context.

This isn’t a rut that one good poll or a new policy launch will save us from.

207 comments on “On the Labour leadership”

  1. Rhinocrates 1

    It’s not failure, it’s betrayal and corruption.

    The ABC club – Cosgrove, Goff, Mallard, King, Hipkins, Curran have hijacked a great party to serve their own cupidity.

    Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins, Annette King and Trevor Mallard may well have had reason to feel aggrieved

    Bullshit. Not only have they brought it on themselves, they’ve damaged the party for the sake of their own egos, and in doing that, the cause of the left itself. They have no reason at all to feel aggrieved. They are guilty.

    (Sorry Eddie, I’m not attacking you for anything… except for being too tactful)

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      It now boils down to if Robertson, Cunliffe and Little can sit down and work out a deal allowing a caucus vote launching a leadership primary. I think they need to. Shane Jones might reckon himself in with a chance too.

      If caucus cannot get 50% to vote for a primary, then the Shearer ship keeps sailing ahead…unless he resigns.

      • Santi 1.1.1

        The Labour Party needs to give Dave Shearer more time. He has what it takes.
        Patience is needed. We, the royal we, need to be patient. Victory awaits.

      • QoT 1.1.2

        Shane Jones might reckon himself in with a chance too.

        No no no no no no no no no no no no please God no no no.

        • handle 1.1.2.1

          Out of the stone-cold frying pan

        • karol 1.1.2.2

          What QoT said, plus 100 … or more….

        • Saarbo 1.1.2.3

          I was 100% certain right from the beginning that Shearer was never going to be successful at Leading Labour. I am pissed off that there were so many people in Labour caucus who lacked judgement and placed him in that position.

          I put Shane Jones in exactly the same category as Shearer, he simply hasn’t got what it takes.

          • Hami Shearlie 1.1.2.3.1

            Exactly how I felt from the start too Saarbo – The arrogance of the caucus thumbing their noses at the party members who wanted David Cunliffe as leader (after all he won 9 out of the ten debates) was a story that was never going to end well. I’m very surprised and quite relieved really that David Cunliffe is still there – but for how much longer? He could get a million dollar salary anywhere in the world, so I sure hope he sticks around – without him Labour will sink without a trace. It’s very sad to see that the green-eyed monster resides in so many Labour MP’s. They never forgave David Cunliffe for being promoted by Helen Clark so early – she saw his talent, but many of the caucus are governed by their own personal advancement prospects, from what I can see, and obviously fear that David Cunliffe would make them work their butts off, and EARN their spots in the pecking order.

            • Murray Olsen 1.1.2.3.1.1

              The problem with Cunliffe’s talent and intelligence is that those who don’t possess either fear these qualities when they see them in someone else. Luckily, I don’t think he’s motivated at all by personal financial advancement. Unlike the business heroes of NAct, he doesn’t need to get elected and get his hands on the trough to make money. If his personal wealth were a consideration, I don’t think he would have ever gone into politics.

            • Jimbob 1.1.2.3.1.2

              re Cunliffe – “He could get a million dollar salary anywhere in the world, so I sure hope he sticks around”
              ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!
              How could he get a million dollar salary/
              If he could he would already be doing it.
              Cunliffe is unemployable, no corporate would have him in their busines as he is a political cancer who you could never trust.
              As soon as he is out of labour, he is out of work.

              • AmaKiwi

                @ Jimbob:

                I will wage you $100 you cannot find another MP with a CV that approaches David Culiffe’s:

                Minister of Health
                Minister of Immigration
                Minister of Communications and Information Technology
                Made an Honorary Fellow of the NZ Computer Society in recognition of his significant contribution to the ICT sector.
                Associate Minister of Finance and Revenue
                MP for New Lynn since 1999 (14 years)

                4 years as a business consultant with Boston Consulting Group in Auckland
                NZ diplomat for 7 years
                Fulbright Scholar
                Kennedy Memorial Fellow
                Harvard University JFK School of Government and Harvard Business School, Master of Public Administration
                University of Otago, BA in politics with first-class honors
                Massey University Diploma in Social Sciences (Distinction) in economics.

                $100. Put up or STFU.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Jimbob seems to have no idea either of reality or of business. Strange that.

                • Arfamo

                  Cunliffe was a brilliant Minister. He is seriously intelligent. Intellectually competent. A hard worker. Cautious and thorough. Articulate and a fast thinker. Bold, principled and honest.

                  • Santi

                    If so, why is the ABC faction keeping out the job? Why so many people in the caucus against him? Just asking.

                    David Shearer is the undisputable leader. Start supporting him.

        • North 1.1.2.4

          QoT @ 1.1.2. Jones???? Jones????

          Before I even got down to your comment I was “No No No No No” ten times yours. In fact I was, still am, catatonic at the thought. Much Voltaren failing which a stonemason’s hammer to the head, please.

          The man is a cheapy, a double, nay triple by triple cheapy. Less committed to Maori or Left than Charles was to Diana. Committed only to his strange, fondness for silly hats, thinks he’s lyrical, warbling self. A dead ringer for the prideful, malodorous backwoodsmen flatulating unrepentantly on the National Party backbench.

          Note the name “North”. I tell you, I know.

          • Alanz 1.1.2.4.1

            Even the body language of those in the vicinity of SJ have been quite telling. If he cannot even earn the acceptance of party members and the wider public, he will not be successful in increasing the popularity of the party more generally.

          • Murray Olsen 1.1.2.4.2

            My Maori mates up north have nothing but contempt for Shane Jones. Surprisingly, even some of the quite conservative farmers are starting to say a few good things about Hone. He’s not up there like Matiu Rata yet, but it could happen.

        • JK 1.1.2.5

          Shane Jones is playing ‘nice guy” on his Facebook page, and getting good publicity.
          I agree with you, QoT, it would be dreadful if this arrogant man got anywhere near the leadership of the Party – he’s too rightwing – but I think he’s making a play for it !

          • Matthew Whitehead 1.1.2.5.1

            I think they already stretched to the limits of that direction with Shearer, myself.

            • Alanz 1.1.2.5.1.1

              I have been at a few public events where Shane was in attendance. Even with a bad cold and a stuffed nose, I could sense from the body language and non-verbal cues of people speaking with him and around him that it was as though he was emitting a really bad, awful smell. Actually, he was just talking and being his jolly self.

              In terms of public support with Shane, neither the optics, nor the acoustics would be acceptable, and that is before we have to deal with the anosmics.

        • Allyson 1.1.2.6

          Jones = Votes . He wowed the crowds in Taranaki with his attack on the greens anti energy stance.

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 1.1.2.7

          Shane Jones might reckon himself in with a chance too, because he doesn’t have to do anything. If there’s actual work involved he’ll run a mile. The guy has raised laziness to an art form.

        • Virginia Linton 1.1.2.8

          Funny how Shane only pops up/makes the effort when there is a glimmer of something extra in the wind for him.

      • Chris 1.1.3

        “If caucus cannot get 50% to vote for a primary, then the Shearer ship keeps sailing ahead…unless he resigns.”

        Unfortunately there will be no sailing ahead… Shearers ship is stuck in the doldrums

    • Red Rosa 1.2

      Got it in one. Put the guy out of his misery.

    • Nathan 1.3

      I agree. It was always agreed that the ABC group would do anything to keep Cunliffe out and Shearer was only keeping the seat warm for Robertson. Once elected Shearer should have done something about uniting the party and working with Cunliffe. Instead he demoted him and became the stooge of ABC group and Robertson being the puppet master.

      Over the period Greens acted like the real opposition and started talking about Labour-Green Govt. This scared some middle New Zealand. Any coalition with Greens should have been put in the back burner to be discussed after the polls. Instead they are talking of ministerial posts. Labour should have campaigned of ruling alone. This would have shown confidence in themselves. Now it is too late for Shearer. Cunliffe should become a leader with a new Front bench. Shearer should go to the backbenches where he belonged all along.

  2. Anne 2

    The women’s sector is calling for his blood.

    Sorry Eddie, not all women in the Labour Party are calling for his blood on the matter of the man ban. I think the mechanism they chose to go with showed naivety and a lack of political nous. It was inevitable the MSM and bloggers like Farrar and Slater would have a field day. What’s more, was it necessary to take the matter as far as they did? Labour is less than 10% away from it’s goal and if Carmel Sepuloni had captured 10 more valid votes, they would be only 7% away from the target.

    Edit: agree with Rhinocrates. The ABC club brought it on themselves.

    • billbrowne 2.1

      “What’s more, was it necessary to take the matter as far as they did?”

      I thought the “matter” got as far as it did through the normal and mandated process.

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        I think Anne’s point is they should have been happy to set a specific 45% and then 50% threshold, without specifying exactly what mechanisms would be used to reach those levels. Then after a period of reflection they could see whether the 45% and 50% targets were reached, and if not, what needed to be done – at that point they could have considered mechanisms such as the ‘man ban’.

        • billbrowne 2.1.1.1

          Who are they?
          At which point in the mandated process was this matter at?
          What was the next step for this matter in the mandated process?

          Genuine questions by the way.

          • Anne 2.1.1.1.1

            “They” billbrowne were the members of the “women’s sector” responsible for the original remit as per my quote – 2.

            • billbrowne 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Were the members of the “women’s sector” following the mandated process?

              • Colonial Viper

                The process led to a big flaming PR and political mess.

                • billbrowne

                  So it’s the process that’s the problem.

                  What’s the solution?

                  Do we need an overarching authority which weeds out any ideas that may be lampooned by WO?

                  On another note, why is the Labour party the only party who’s policies need to pass through the WO filter?

                  • Colonial Viper

                    So it’s the process that’s the problem.

                    good god man, that is not the conclusion. The conclusion is that you cannot leave processes on autopilot without using good human judgement and political nous.

                    • billbrowne

                      Sorry, there was meant to be a ? after “So it’s the process that’s the problem”

                    • QoT

                      Yes, but the suggested solution seems to keep being “so don’t make these policy suggestions in the first place, ladies” instead of “expect the leader’s office to have a modicum of political nous.”

                      The “man ban” is not the only affirmative-action-style policy proposal that’s been in the works. None of the others got the massive public attention. So clearly the policy proposal itself is not the issue.

              • Anne

                The members of the women’s sector responsible for that particular remit submitted it to the Annual Conference in the normal way. All remits passed then go to the policy committee for perusal and on to the Labour Council for final validation. That’s what the process used to be anyway. I never expected for one moment it would come out the other end in its original form. That’s why I see the fault falling somewhere between the two bodies – policy and council.

                What I was trying to do was be fair to Shearer. He was not responsible for the man ban fiasco.

                • Colonial Viper

                  What I was trying to do was be fair to Shearer. He was not responsible for the man ban fiasco.

                  He is however responsible for spinning the fiasco totally out of control. Shearer was advised by many in the party to handle the media in a certain way. When he got in front of the cameras however he decided to throw away the advised strategy and decided to risk improvising from scratch. He fucked it.

                  That finally convinced a bunch of people that Shearer not only lacks political judgement, but he actually has no idea how Labour Party processes are supposed to work. Which surprises a lot of us here not one whit, but was a real eye opener for some.

                • lprent

                  Agree with Anne. There are policy remits going through all of the time.

                  I seldom expect any of them to come through policy council in much the same form because the policy council has to balance remits against both existing policy and other remits. In this case it would have gotten through as a topic for discussion at council (who’d have probably recommended against it) and to conference / congress. I’d have expected it to be defeated at the latter.

                  If I’d been voting right now, I suspect that I’d have voted against it as not being required. However I’d have wanted to hear the arguments for and against such a change. If I’d been on the NZ Council and/or policy council I’d have been pushing it back behind other remits on the selection processes. There are more severe problems in that, and I suspect that fixing them to get better candidates would have fixed many of the issues with gender imbalances.

                  But this was just a remit – something that those hysterical misogynists like Cam Slater and his echo chambers on kiwiblog and the talkback fools ignored and that the media clearly preferred to ignore in the interests of a better story.

                  But as CV points out the effect of how it was handled was completely inept. That these hysterics caused a ‘solution’ that was super-dumb in terms of handling the political and media fallout.

                  All it did (as Eddie points out) was to expand the political dimensions. Having rabble rousing fuckwits like Cam Slater cause a shift in Labour’s policy development is appalling. The implications of an unacceptable parliamentary interference in the political process of the *party* is going to piss a lot of members off (myself included).

                  Basically the correct approach would have to have just to have repeated over and over again that it was a remit *and* that Shearer personally thought it wasn’t required (and would vote against it).

                  The jerk-off misogynist elements railing against it who’d clearly not bothered to read the remit wouldn’t have cared what action was taken. From now until well after the election we’re going to hear them pulling their dicks out and massaging them in an orgy of hormonally disturbed wanking regardless. So Labour should have just ignored them.

                • Tracey

                  Are you saying no men voted for the remit and no women voted against it?

                  This could never happen in the National party, because the women are in the kitchen making the tea.

      • Anne 2.1.2

        Sorry, I was referring to the original remit as presented to the 2012 Annual Conference. That is, barring men from putting their names forward if the LEC wanted only women candidates – a method fraught with potential problems and the stacking of LEC’s to achieve a certain outcome.

        In my view it was either the Labour Council or the Policy Committee who should have foreseen those problems and arranged for the remit to be revised before it saw the light of day.

        • Boadicea 2.1.2.1

          The “women only” sub clause was one that the women’s sector was content to loose at Conference as the 45% and 50% clause are where the real impact is won. Silly boys got upset over the lesser cutting clause.

    • David H 2.2

      Well here’s hoping the ABC club will enjoy their new seats on the back bench for this shit.

      • Santi 2.2.1

        They will. They are firmly in control and decided to keep David Shearer at the helm. They can smell victory.

        • AmaKiwi 2.2.1.1

          @ Santi

          To the TS editors: Is there any way you can get drug testing on Santi?

    • unicus 2.3

      Only the daft ‘ stuck in the seventies’ crowd went with this – they embarrassed the party at the last conference and gave the snivelling corporate media what they wanted to attack Labour .

      They don’t have a bolters chance of progressing their purile remit any further

  3. Jimmie 3

    Well I guess spring is getting closer

    If Shearer isn’t gone burger by the next conference perhaps someone should introduce a remit to introduce a recall vote for the leadership that can be kicked off from the members and not just allow caucus to decide if there needs to be a new leader.

    This would be an incentive for the Parliamentary leader to be able to keep party and caucus together and not the disjointed mess there is now.

  4. Rhinocrates 4

    Despite regular Government stuff ups and scandals, Labour seems unable to make headway. The public aren’t stupid, they can see there is something wrong in New Zealand but they don’t see a credible alternative in Labour.

    That is exactly it. This is an awful government, they’re evil, they’re incompetent, they’re cronyists… and the Labour caucus “leadership” doesn’t even know what’s wrong with that and can’t say it or won’t dare to.

    Instead, out of sheer misguided terror, they let Whalecum dictate policy to them and they abandon the people they need the most to get a half dozen or so “Waitakere Men”.

    captured 10 more valid votes,

    Sorry Anne, but do you see how desperate that is? Ten votes would have made the difference? No. All this talk of “just a little bit more”, “just give him six more months” all boils down to “an inch as as good as a mile.”

    Edit: Hi Anne, in response to your edit, I hope I haven’t been cruel…

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      I believe Anne was speaking to the “manban” and how close Labour already is to achieving a 50/50 M/F split in caucus; nothing to do with Shearer’s performance per se.

    • lurgee 4.2

      I don’t think the New Zealand electorate see the government as awful, evil and incompetent. If they do, and almost 50% of the electorate still voted for them, and polls suggest they still enjoy a high level of support, what does that say about the New Zealand electorate?

      The unpleasant truth is that the government have done a very good job of running the country in a way that is not too offensive to a broad swathe of New Zealanders. For a lot of people, the economy seems to be ticking over and the underlying social, economic and environmental problems that the government is doing NOTHING about are below radar for people who aren’t tragic political spods like us.

      The New Zealand electorate is small c conservative. Labour benefitted from this for years under Clarke, as rthey were happy enought to re-elect her governemt because they seemed to be doing a good enough job. Then in 2008 it became apparent they had been asleep at the wheel so they were thrown overboard in favour of the other lot, who are now enjoying the same indulgence.

      Faced with the likelihood of another three years in opposition, the left lay about them, looking for someone to blame. It’s the fault of the ABC coterie. It’s the fault of the electorate for being too right wing, ignorant, reactionary and short sighted.

      The besetting sin of the left is its conviction it is right and everyone else is wrong and jsut has to change, rather than accepting that waving copies of What Is to Be Done? in people’s faces is part of the problem, not the solution.

  5. Ant 5

    Is the background photoshopped? Would any competent Labour politician let themselves be photographed in front of a blue background like that?

    • Olwyn 5.1

      As Lanthanide pointed out at the time, he wore a very blue shirt to the by-elections celebrations.

      • Tom 5.1.1

        So he is a National Party undercover operative showing his true colours ?

        Very subtle, I know ..

        :-)

    • felix 5.2

      The blue is actually the glow from all the tories he has lurking in the background.

  6. Yes 6

    Dam…I really love shearer.. Just get rid off little Robertson Cunniliffe ..little is a major weakness and appointing him will see NZ in a dictatorship within 2 years.

    Before anyone bag me just think about this guys rise and how he has risen through the ranks. Study his route to power carefully. Him and Russell are in cohorts.

    Trust me on this….remember my post the night of the garner tweet….I said isn’t there an urgent caucus meeting that night. Two hours later bang!

    Or you can call me a conspiracy theorist.

    • Rhinocrates 6.1

      Akshully, we’ve already given you a whole range of appropriate titles. “Idiot” will do for its simplicity and economy.

    • Arfamo 6.2

      God, Yes, it’ll be great when school holidays are over and you have homework again. Concentrate on spelling & grammar this term. And use a dictionary.

    • alwyn 6.3

      I am a trifle confused with this comment.
      Do you mean little (as in small) Robertson or do you mean Little, Robertson as in Andrew Little?
      I really can’t see a dictatorship with Robertson as leader.

    • North 6.4

      Fuck off YesHole @ 6 above ! Shouty Hooten owns the dim device you dimly employ. Stop fucking around with copyright !

    • No 6.5

      Is that you, Slater ?

  7. Rhinocrates 7

    As an historical aside, should Mumblefuck and his puppeteers be defeated, his successor (David Cunliffe?) will have to deal with them. Helen Clark appointed (gag) Goff to a senior position and as her successor, which was obviously a mistake (not even in retrospect – his attitude to civil liberties, as Peter Ellis and Ahmed Zaoui know, leaves a lot to be desired), but her former rival, Michael Cullen, proved to be very competent indeed in his role.

    For the next Labour-led government, I nominate Mallard as Minister if Being a Dickhead, Hipkins as Minister of Scrubbing the Toilets With His Own Toothbrush, Curran as Minister of Being a Pot Plant, Robertson as Minister of Fog and the others as Ministers of Oh WTF, I Forget.

  8. gobsmacked 8

    For the record, this is David Shearer (in his own words, uninterrupted, not mis-reported by the MSM) …

    “Within 2 hours of hearing about the women-only selections I said that I didn’t agree with them.”

    (interview on Focus on Politics, Radio NZ, Friday)

    Either this is a lie, or he has been asleep. The “women-only selections” (for consideration, not imposed) have been on the party agenda for months. Everybody had heard about them – and talked about them … except the party’s leader? Seriously?

    The issue is not the so-called ‘man ban’, it is the leadership … total lack of.

    Mr Shearer is simply not up to the job.

    • Arfamo 8.1

      Mr Shearer is simply not up to the job.

      That’s the guts of it. Now it’s just a question of how long it will be before something is done about it. Too bad if Duncan Garner can then say see I told you. It needs to happen now.

      • David H 8.1.1

        Shoulda happened last year.

      • North 8.1.2

        Arfamo @ 8.1 – most half-pissed rugby clubrooms late Saturday afternoon yobbos are gratuitously right (correct) some of the time !

        Jesus…….NZ’sleading media fucks all on one channel…….DungCan…….mine Potty,Gower……. Wet Lips Espiner

        • Arfamo 8.1.2.1

          To be honest I don’t think Garner’s ever going to be able to live that cuckoo coup cue down. :)

    • hush minx 8.2

      Actually I saw that quote too – on twisted hive (http://twistedhive.wordpress.com). Has some other quotes I think shearer would rather forget as well!

    • Anne 8.3

      The “women-only selections” (for consideration, not imposed) have been on the party agenda for months. Everybody had heard about them – and talked about them … except the party’s leader? Seriously?

      There was no debate about it to speak of at the conference. I think the sentiment inherent was why the remit passed with no protest. The chances are most delegates forgot about it once they left the conference. I did. From memory the remit came up for consideration not long before Shearer’s conference speech. He was probably out the back doing some last minute practising… :(

      • handle 8.3.1

        Isn’t Shearer on the Council that approved the remit?

        • Anne 8.3.1.1

          Leaders have an automatic right to attend council meetings but they sometimes have more pressing business to attend to. Shearer wasn’t present when that particular remit was discussed.

      • lprent 8.3.2

        Most delegates wanted it discussed after it’d been looked at. I remember looking at it, and then looking back at the candidates from 2008/2011 and thinking WTF? I also started to wonder about how this would make the selection processes too frigging rigid after every other “group” started pushing for the same thing.

        But really the constitutional changes to shift the party from the days of having a mass membership in the 70s to recognize the reality of it’s current membership state are far more important. Apart from anything else that is partly what causes the over-ride of the local membership.

  9. cricklewood 9

    Is it possible that caucus could engineer a deal where there is a “primary” but only obe person stands for the leadership tgus defeating the voting process?

  10. KJT 10

    Labour leadership, is, at present, unfortunately for New Zealand, a contradiction in terms.

    We have had one of the most incompetent and repressive Governments in our history, and Labour is still stagnating.

    Even a Labour Greens vote in 2014 will result in the current dickheads in charge, of Labour, being in Government. Ensuring a one term National lite fuckup. Almost as frightening a prospect as National getting another term.
    At least, one more term of National will mean labour may re-organise enough to remember what they are there for, and ensure National does not return for a decade.

    • Santi 10.1

      Another National term is unthinkable. Do not despair, David Shearer will win.

    • Colonial Viper 10.2

      Your analysis verges on being tragic for the nation, but I believe it is close to the mark.

    • geoff 10.3

      So we’re in for a 1 term of National-lite, followed by 2-3 terms of another National government and THEN we might get a good leftwing government??

      Yeah let’s just sit around and wait till, hmm when will that be…2023 at the earliest?

      Or we could organise and agitate, and boot these incompetent pricks out of the caucus within a couple of months.

      • Tracey 10.3.1

        it wont be a good left wing government, it will be one slightly to the left of the current one, but still to the right of centre. That’s the clever little manipulation that’s been going on… It’s white man heaven baby

  11. hush minx 11

    I think one of the most unfortunate aspects of the situation labor now finds itself in is that to get anywhere near resolving this mess some open and honest dialogue is required. But everyone (in terms of caucus anyway) is avoiding talking so it seems, lest they be seen as stirring and blamed for the mess. Commentators here and in the media are the reality check – announcing the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. But we all know that the ruler is naked (deceiving himself?) and many others prefer to look away. Stopping analogy now before it gets to carried away!

  12. Olwyn 12

    CV said, on a previous thread, “Left wing” parties are nothing of the sort and usually range from being partially to totally complicit with the neoliberal agenda, currently morphing into the next phase, the total surveillance state.” http://thestandard.org.nz/kevin-rudd-and-the-boat-people/#comment-66573 One could add aspects of this phase that include further drives to remove social commitments from the state, neuter the unions and turn the unemployed into destitute wanderers.

    What I would like to know is this: would a change of leader give us a Labour Party that would at least try to even partially defend the New Zealand population against these forces?

  13. Arfamo 13

    It could take decades for the country to recover from another National term. Labour needs to get a real leader now.

    • Santi 13.1

      Right and 100% correct. That’s why we must unite behind David Shearer, future PM.

      • Arfamo 13.1.1

        Something’s wrong with the delete option. I can’t delete your comments Santi. Everybody should be able to delete your comments.

        • Santi 13.1.1.1

          Dear Arfamo, you lack the patience of a true Labour supporter. Have faith in David Shearer. He’ll deliver the goods.

          • Arfamo 13.1.1.1.1

            Do you mind checking to see if you can delete your own comments Santi? Try it on about a half dozen first and then wait about 5 minutes.

            • Santi 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Faith in David Shearer as Labour leader, faith is needed.

            • felix 13.1.1.1.1.2

              I can’t delete Santi’s comments either. Something must be broken, can lprent or a mod have a look at this?

              [lprent: yeah right. ]

          • Jimmie 13.1.1.1.2

            Exactly right. With Shearer as leader a true Labour supporter will be patiently waiting for an election win for a long time to come!

      • North 13.1.2

        Skanky @ 10.1 above; see 6.4 above.

    • Yes 13.2

      Omg what a load of rubbish…the GFC had labour fingerprints all over it you fool. Bet you don’t work

      • felix 13.2.1

        “the GFC had labour fingerprints all over it you fool”

        Half of me thinks it would be wicked funny to see you explain this. The other half just wants you to drown in a pond.

        • Colonial Viper 13.2.1.1

          Does the Euthanasia Private Members Bill let you act in order to save everyone elses misery?

    • Blue 13.3

      Leadership isnt the problem, its policies that, whilst some voters agree with, aren’t enough to convince people to switch sides. Labour is being hijacked by so many internal groups its difficult to see what they stand for and what benefit the average voter gets from Labour. I agree with the ‘delete’ option. I’ve been trying to delete yours all day, but to no avail.

      • Tracey 13.3.1

        I disagree. It seems to me the smallest group in the Labour party is the white middle class group which believes that neo liberalism with a sprinkling of compassion will do the trick. The problem is they dont like to show the sprinkling of compassion in case the imaginary “majority” of ordinary kiwis (which they define to suit) wont vote for them. Anyone who thinks the Labour party and its policies are at “the mercy” (read this as a negative) of unions, gays and women (as is so often spat out in vitriol) doesn’t look at their actual policies or implemented policies since 1984.

        Just who is the “average voter”. If you think labour should stand as some homogenous mass of nothingness just be careful what you wish for, I think they are already there.

        If you take gay voters, union members, women (or feminists – but you have to say it as though you are spitting), maybe pacific island voters… out of your average voter mix, how many voters are you left with?

  14. karol 14

    The Labour leadership issue is just plain depressing for this leftie. The totally misguided installation of Shearer as leader, is the most depressing aspect.

    • Blue 14.1

      Exactly. How can anyone have any confidence in the Labour caucus when they have shown themselves to be totally incompetent at something as basic as deciding who should be the party’s leader?

      They are asking New Zealanders to vote for them to run the country when they can’t even run their own party. Putting someone so inexperienced and so lacking in any kind of natural political instinct or presentation in the top job was nothing short of lunacy and that these idiots have not realised their mistake until now shows that they are not fit to run a cake stall.

      That’s why I believe Labour is stuffed for 2014 no matter what happens with Shearer. The problem is so much deeper than him.

    • Neiklot 14.2

      Misguided ?

      It was carefully guided by Goff .. I don’t know what part King may have played.

      Goff, the man who sacked workers after publicly promising not to.

      If your record means anything, that says it all.

      There has since been a flow of despairing workers to Australia. I have met many.

      And then Shearer, in Goff’s image.

      Make it quick.

      Move on.

  15. Jimmie 15

    Scenario time.

    What is likely to happen in 2014 if Shearer is rolled sometime soon and the party/affiliates and a caucus minority elect a leader is who is not supported by the rest of caucus?

    In the long term obviously the old has beens will be sent out for pasture however in 2014 its going to take the wisdom of Solomon to stop the old bitter fruit from destabilizing the new leader – might be needing some tough action to sort them out.

  16. Lefty 16

    Shearer is excelling at doing the political job most needed by the working class at this time in history – destroying the Labour Party.

    He is badly needed until this task is completed.

    Then all who call themselves left, including unions, activist community organisations and socialist individuals might be able to unite and build a left alternative movement/party that is not captured by technocrats and career politicians.

  17. Progressive Paradox 17

    I’m personally a Cunliffe supporter, I think that the best option for Labour would have been to elect him in 2012 as leader and electing him now wouldn’t be a bad idea.

    But saying this I think the attacks on Garner were totally justified. He was implementing what is little more than yellow journalism by not actually having any clear sources whatsoever. What’s worse still is the way Garner approached the topic was just a self-fulfilling prophecy and you can do it for anything, for example: I believe Garner is paid by a National MP to spread false rumours about the Labour party, this has been backed up by a National caucus source and a member outside the party, he will deny that this is the case but any journalist in this situation would he will try and attack my credibility but that’s just how these things start.

    On a more serious note however, the caucus really need to decide now if they’re going to ditch Shearer or stick by him none of this rubbish like we saw last election with Goff.

  18. handle 18

    Swapping the ‘leader’ but keeping the same idiots in the back office and around the caucus table will not fix Labour’s problems.

  19. Yes 19

    I am surprise you guys can’t see Russell is behind your disabling of any labour functions. The whole MSM have been hammering that point. Manufacturing crisis..greens…QE…greens…powernz..greens…

    All that needed to happen was put out the policy and tell greens to stand in the queue for podium…but no…hold hands.

    Wrong.

    Now here’s the link…little and Russell manufacturing, little and Russell powernz ..oh EMPU business again…QE…read unions websites to devalue the $

    Save our David shearer fan club

  20. Cantabrian 20

    Get rid of Shearer and clear out the front bench – put King, Goff, Mallard on the back benches – their time is over.

    • Rhinocrates 20.1

      Personally, I’d like to feed them feet-first into a woodchipper when I’m in a bad mood, and a combine harvester when I’m in a good one.

      [lprent: And I like feeding people who say things like that into bans because as well as being distasteful, it is a guaranteed silly flame starter. Have a educational ban for a week. Read the policy. I’m sure that I have pointed this out to you before – but I couldn’t locate it. ]

      • Chooky 20.1.1

        Squawk Squawk….Rhinocrates…you are naughty!!! ….but you always make us chooks laugh….

        I might add I agree with just about everything you say on the leadership of the Labour Party…and you are so mightily eloquent at times!…..please come back when your ban is up

        ….and avoid those earthquakes….ie stay close to lawns and open skies, always wear a tin hat with a big brim, wrap around sunglasses and tin shoulder pads and tough rubber boots , preferably with steel caps…and practice your sharp angle running, reversing at speed and rolling like hell techniques in the park…Move like a ninja ( this is advice from Christchurch)

  21. George D 21

    I know that nobody reads the Magazine Formerly Known As The Listener, so this illustrative photo might have been missed. It concords well with what I know about the structure of power within caucus.

    (Yeah, I know, hold your nose over the source and ignore the silly captions)

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/07/shearers-gang-or-is-it-the-last-supper/

    • QoT 21.1

      Why is my first assumption about David Clark’s position in that shot that he arrived super-early and either (a) ensured he was right next to the glorious leader or (b) committed a massive seating faux pas which everyone else has been polite enough not to point out to him?

  22. Rodel 22

    I wasn’t keen on Shearer but after listening to him more I am now warming to him and might resume activity on behalf of the Labour party.
    What did someone worthy once say? ‘ When the evidence changes, so do I…What do you do?’

  23. Barry 23

    I think the leadership problem is only a symptom of a bigger problem. The Labour party can’t make up its mind what it stands for.

    The rank and file want a party of the left that stands up for low paid workers and beneficiaries. The caucus (at least an influential part of it) are envious of John Key and want what he has. Consequently whoever is leader is goung to sound wishy washy.

  24. Cantabrian 24

    Kick the right wing career politicians out of Labour including Shearer. Cunliffe can deliver for the left.

    • Santi 24.1

      I don’t think so. The ABC faction is too strong. Mallard is behind all this.
      Shearer should lead, but if not, Robertson should be next in line.

  25. Tautoko Viper 25

    My feeling is that since Helen has gone, the Labour MPs have enjoyed the lack of discipline and fear that David Cunliffe would reinstate the strict control of caucus which is so obviously needed. The MPs seem more interested in being able to say what and when they like (Shane Jones) rather than work as a disciplined team providing a unified and coherent message.
    It is time Labour MPs put the good of the country ahead of their own interests. If they can’t stand a bit more discipline then bugger off, because there are masses of people out here who are desperately hurting because of National.

    Kotahitanga is required with a leader that can express the message with clarity.
    David Cunliffe may not be the Messiah but he is the best equipped to do the job. Please, David Shearer, pass the baton.

    • Progressive Paradox 25.1

      Totally agree.

    • Tracey 25.2

      As long as Labour thinks the promised land is a slight slant on National (which is a slant on previous labour) they won’
      t get back in until the electorate is simply fatigued by National and Key has resigned. National must know there is a chasm awaiting the successor to Key.

      The key to good leadership is the seamlessness of succession. Sadly the ego and self interest of politicians makes this unlilkely

  26. AmaKiwi 26

    If I were Cunliffe I might wait until the caucus is so desperate they beg me to be the leader. That would be after the 2014 election debacle, not before.

  27. Tracey 27

    On Saturday night I realised the country will have a third national government. People like Santi and Yes vote for them btw.

    On Saturday night my father, an occasional ACT voter but mostly National said the following, and I quote:

    “I am getting sick of the supercilious grin on that man’s face”. He referred to the PM. I was shocked. I then realised that my because my father would never vote greens, and this Labour party gives him NOTHING to justify a shift to them, he will have no option but to pout (pun due to spelling error) a tick next to Mr Bridges name and the Nats… he MIGHT vote NZ First but I think he would fear it might cause him a stroke.

    My father was a stalwart anti Clark person and used sexist terms to describe her but he never described her the way he did the PM. I was genuinely shocked.

  28. Dean Reynolds 28

    As a long time Labour member I despair of what’s happening. People who say that Shearer needs more time are delusional – he’s a great humanitarian but he hasn’t got the x factor required to make him an effective party leader or potential PM. It’s no accident that the party membership want David Cunliffe as party leader – we have a more realistic view of the world than some of the caucus.
    Cunliffe is the only Labour MP who can articulate Social Democratic principles & denounce neo- liberalism for what it is – the greatest social & political evil since fascism.

    • Colonial Viper 28.1

      The fight against neoliberalism was the fight of the 80’s and 90’s. The fight of the next 20 years is that against the feudal surveillance state. And it will have to happen against a backdrop of international economic decline.

  29. Matthew Hooton 29

    I think there may be an excellent hedge opportunity on iPredict over this issue.
    Currently, there is a 62% probability of “David Shearer to depart as Leader of the Labour Party in 2013″ – see https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=SHR.DEPART.2013
    Shorting that – ie, betting he will stay in the job – would cost 38c, which you would lose if he was rolled, but you would get $1 if he survived till 1 Jan.
    Then, to cover that, you would buy “There will be a Labour Prime Minister after the 2014 General Election” for the current 45c (see https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=PM.2014.LABOUR ), on the assumption that if Shearer goes Labour will win (with Cunliffe). If there is a Labour PM, you win $1.
    So, your total investment is 83c per position. If Shearer survives and Key wins you get $1. If Shearer is rolled and Labour (probably Cunliffe) wins, you get $1. Either way, it is 20.5% return over a maximum of 16 months. This assumes you think there is a 100% inverse correlation between Shearer staying and Labour winning.

    • bad12 29.1

      i think the paid shills of the Tory elite should take their advertising of the ‘ipredict gambling site’ elsewhere,

      if Victoria University the nominal ‘new owners’ of that particular piece of internet gambling want to advertise on the Standard they should contact the ‘owners’ and fucking pay for the privilege…

      • Tracey 29.1.1

        How much did they pay for it?

      • Matthew Hooton 29.1.2

        Victoria University have always been the owners. They invented it as an academic experiment. I just did the marketing for a while (with less success than I think the uni’s efforts deserve).

        • tricledrown 29.1.2.1

          MH for once you have told the truth,and not your crosby textered lizards of OZ forked tongued double speak!

        • bad12 29.1.2.2

          Bullshit, they didn’t invent it, it’s a direct copy of a US site that promotes the same gambling,

          But, that’s not the point is it,and nor is your abject failure as a marketing agent, where obviously you have ideas way above ‘your station’ in life which from all i have read and heard from you would be that of floor sweeper/gofor to some honest workers in a factory some place,

          The point is, you are actively promoting that particular site, read the rules Hooten or better still, fuck off back to the sewerage outlets from whence you came…

    • Tamati 29.2

      Your post made no sense whatsoever until the last sentence.

    • Rosetinted 29.3

      That’s right turn everything that is important to citizens into a money making opportunity. Push the markers around on the action board and watch the results subjectively, to see if you can profit from others.

      People who would gamble on anything with gusto don’t care enough to make changes that will result in financial loss to them, even if it would be ‘right’ to do so. In the end they don’t know what right is. The game is the thing.

      Think hedge funds manipulating falls that they have allowed for themselves.

    • felix 29.4

      “This assumes you think there is a 100% inverse correlation between Shearer staying and Labour winning.”

      lolz. You’re supposed to say that bit really fast and then quickly change the subject Matthew.

  30. Tracey 30

    Can I advertise my business on here too?

  31. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 31

    Shut up.

    There’s no coup. That was made up by the National Party and fed to journalists too stupid to recognise the informants were from the National Party.

    Everyone in the party is completely happy with Shearer’s leadership. He is safe and has the job for as long as he wants it.

  32. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 32

    Shut up.

    There’s no coup. That was made up by the National Party and fed to journalists too stupid to recognise the informants were from the National Party.

    Everyone in the party is completely happy with Shearer’s leadership. He is safe and has the job for as long as he wants it.

    • erikter 32.1

      True. It will be David S who leads the party to victory. He’s the right leader for these difficult times.

      • Not a PS Staffer 32.1.1

        erikter. 32.1 @10.40
        did you call Shearer a “Right: leader?
        Why do you think we need that type of leader for these difficult times?
        Are you referring to the difficult times inside the Labour Party?
        Are yoiu referring to the widening of the gap between the rich and the workers?

        • Tracey 32.1.1.1

          I suspect he is referring to him being the right leader to ensure the re-election of the National party. I also suspect he/she thinks they are funny.

  33. Christine 33

    What does Labour stand for in 2013 looking out to 2030? So many people commenting on this and other blogs are calling for the Labour Party to look back to when it was strong in the 1930s. But New Zealand in 2013 isn’t the same as the 1930’s.
    Labour’s purpose and messages to voters from the 1930’s through to the end of the 20th century were strong and clear. What is its purpose now for New Zealanders as the country evolves economically, diplomatically and socially in the 21st century taking account of the international opportunities and issues it will have to face.
    So much of what Labour stood for when it was established seems to have been resolved. The education system which Labour leaders and unions has strongly influenced has produced people that are generally better educated, more worldly and self confident, more questioning. Labour’s message must be for those in tough circumstances but it must be for many more groups of society as well.
    A strong Labour shouldn’t have to depend on the Greens to scrape back into power. A compelling Labour purpose to 2030 should bring back support to take Labour into the 40’s in the polls competing head to head with National as the main opposition party.
    New Zealand needs two strong main parties for democracy to function properly.

    Can The Standard set up this discussion?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 33.1

      What is it about human need that has changed in the last eighty years?

      Has the fact that humans are more successful when they cooperate and organise changed?

      Or are statements like “we’re not in the 1930s any more” just meaningless right-wing tropes designed to marginalise and destroy left-wing values?

      • Christine 33.1.1

        So are you saying that Labour’s purpose in the 1930s is the same now, that people’s need for resolution of the problems of the 1930s have still not been satisfied.
        If you believe that Labour is to improve people’s situation and opportunity, then you are saying that nothing has improved or changed by your answer.
        I think that is incorrect.
        I agree that people are more successful when they cooperate and work together, we see this all the time in what people achieve through being part of clubs and associations for example. And any political party would want to achieve the same for the same reason.
        However, using your terms, my question is whether the values of the left are still relevant or should they be updated to reflect the world now and looking ahead to the 2030’s to reflect the thinking of mainstream New Zealanders as well as marginalised groups.

        • karol 33.1.1.1

          Who defines “mainstream New Zealanders” and their views?

          • Christine 33.1.1.1.1

            I dont think anyone clearly defines mainstream New Zealanders. It is fluffy term like ‘the ordinary New Zealander’ which always annoys me because we all have special qualities that dont match with being defined as ‘ordinary’.
            Who really knows what are their views? We can all guess from reading blogs, watching surveys in the media or the polls and then interpreting the results of elections. But its a guess.

    • Colonial Viper 33.2

      Rentier capitalists run this economy like never before, Christine. Misallocation of capital, fraud and tax evasion are rampant. I agree with you that Labour need a vision of the future which it does not have yet. But I would not agree with you that Labour’s task from the 1930’s can possibly be finished when you have working poor and hungry children up and down the country.

      • Christine 33.2.1

        I dont want any hungry children either, I dont think any New Zealander does.
        Taking you literally, are you saying that one of purposes of Labour is to stop the misallocation of capital, fraud and tax evasion? And if successful there would be no hungry children?
        I think a political party that is going to lead a government, ie Labour or National has to present a basket of policies that work together to achieve an overall improvement in a set of objectives that the party puts up the electorate. So, unfortunately focusing on hungry children in isolation doesn’t work by itself and doesnt answer my question.
        My point is that New Zealanders need a clearly discernable message from Labour that is relevant well into the future before enough will believe in the party to vote for it.

    • Rosetinted 33.3

      Christine
      Are you trying to white ant MMP that at least gives us the opportunity of having room for ideas and representation so they can be viewed and discussed not just dismissed as would be the case if we went back to two parties. I would have thought that anyone writing here would have already recognised this. MMP isn’t perfect but without it any vitality gets lost in the drive to maintain the traditions of government, that suit the major parties, and then if they agree. Look at the USA what a shower.

      • Christine 33.3.1

        Not at all, I accept MMP.
        All I’m saying is that I think a government that has a majority of seats from one party supported by a mix of minor parties is more likely to be stable and to push its programme through. For a left wing government I am assuming that Labour would be the dominant party. At the moment, its polls are showing that it would only have about 60% of the seats in government and would be very dependent on other parties agendae. It would not be in a strong position. Is this what Labour Party members want of their party?

        • Rosetinted 33.3.1.1

          Christine
          It still sounds as if you’re nostalgic for the past where electoral seats could pile up nicely with a clear majority even though numbers voting didn’t match up. It seems that often today in NZ and other countries there is not what I call a clear majority just a simple one as at present ad in one – Dunne. It seems strange that the country’s voters can be so evenly divided.

          • Colonial Viper 33.3.1.1.1

            Population of voters appear evenly divided only because half a million people or more have stopped bothering with the game.

  34. McFlock 34

    Well, I’m finally too busy and bored to bother arguing too much about the labour leadership today, but this bit made me laugh: “But after November there was a sense even among Shearer’s detractors that they should give him another chance. “.

    Not if the usual suspects around here are anything to go by.

    • quartz 34.1

      Shearer’s last fan speaks! Until the leadership changes and then you’ll be someone else’s little doggy. Tell me. McFlock, who do you think the best leader of Labour would be?

      • McFlock 34.1.1

        Doggy? Cheers for that. Better than being a cunlip.

        Frankly, I reckon they all lack something, although I doubt any are all that bad (except maybe Jones). Leaning towards coleadership as a model just to spread the skillset (whack opposites together eg: experience vs newer/younger, attacker vs more considered image, and so on. Maybe King/Robertson, Shearer/Ardern, King/Cunliffe, that sort of thing), but I can’t figure out whether it would halve the opportunity that whining fucktards and chicken littles would have to piss inside their own tent, or simply double it.

        • Chooky 34.1.1.1

          Cunliffe as warrior leader with King as deputy might be good…….King could be the woman Mumsy figure …..We need a woman in at the top to represent/attract half the population of voters….

          • McFlock 34.1.1.1.1

            Male and female co-leaders? But that would be electoral suicide! :)

            • Chooky 34.1.1.1.1.1

              Not as co-leaders:

              1. Cunliffe as Leader
              2. King as Deputy-Leader

              As long as King was loyal to Cunliffe…I reckon this combination would trounce National. King is a good solid performer.

              Labour needs to win back the women voters.

              Cunliffe must be leader….He is acknowledged as the best contender by rank and file Labour members…..and the best to counter Key and National……anyone else invites more problems for the Labour Party and plays again into the hands of National..

          • Colonial Viper 34.1.1.1.2

            …..We need a woman in at the top to represent/attract half the population of voters….

            National don’t.

  35. asd 35

    Shortly after John Key became PM in 2008 a political scientist said words to the effect of: “I think John Key will serve as PM until such time as he stands himself down from the job due to his very high level of charisma, popularity and confidence that he exudes and is manifest within the general public who perceive him to be a strong, bold, solid, ruthless and uncompromising leader”.
    Now, those of us on the left all know that this is exterior BS, but nonetheless it prescribes a pathway Labour must take if it is to face up to the enigma of Key, and beat him at his own game.
    David Cunliffe is the only person in the Labour Party currently who can beat Key with such similarly endearing qualities that the general public will look up to as cornerstone characteristics of a ‘strong leader’. Cunliffe matches Key in the strong, arrogant and smarmy stakes, and you must fight ‘like with like’ if success is to be a chance.
    What is there to lose if Cunliffe is installed as Labour Party leader leading up to the next election? If he pulls an election win off, the caucus will embrace him, and if he doesn’t, well, Robertson and Little will still get another shot in 2017 anyway.
    Shearer was only ever meant to be the ‘nightwatchman’ or ‘caretaker’, until such time as Labour works through its election strategy and appoints a much stronger leadership, and nothing more.
    Until an aggressive strategy is implemented against Key with a strong Labour leadership, the polls won’t begin to close down the gap with National. I hope I’m wrong. I want to eat my hat.

  36. Outofbed 36

    There are only two pictures of Shearer on the Labour Party web site home page, down from 5.
    He is on his way

  37. lurgee 37

    I give up. I thought the insanity that seems to have possessed the post-Clark Labour party would have run its course after 2011. But it seems some can not sate their need to schism and plot against their own party, rather than their opposition.

    Does anyone really think installing David Cunliffe or Andrew Little is really going to give Labour a real boost in the polls? That suddenly this brain dead, factionalised caucus will suddenly unite and start pouring out brilliant ideas? That suddenly the New Zealand public will realise what it has always wanted to do was embark on a Long March to the left? Get real.

    Swapping out Shearer for Cunliffe will simply mean the current coterie around Shearer will become the scheming plotters trying to undermine the leader. The (possibly terminal) decline will continue. The polls will stay miserable, with the occasional 35% rating being greeted rapturously, while National pooter along quite happily at 48%.

    Do you really think there are Brilliant Ideas – better than KiwiBuild and the NZ Power – that some members of the caucus have just plain forgotten to mention but will rediscover with Shearer out of the top spot? It seems rather unlikely, to be generous.

    There isn’t much to be said for Shearer. There isn’t much to be said for Cunliffe. If Shearer is rolled, the electorate will not rejoice and switch from National to Labour. They will look on the conspirators as the Roman plebs looked on Cassius and Brutus – only they won’t need an Anthony to rouse them. They’ll see it for what it is. The petty politicking of little men who were so interested in advancing themselves they betrayed the movement they claimed to be part of. The electorate will be more firmly pro-Key than ever, because the NZ Labour party will have succeeded in becoming toxic as well as useless.

    Cunliffe – and anyone else – would be a fool to roll Shearer now. it won’t fix anything – not one of the buffoons put forward as a possible new leader has the wit or charisma to fix the problems of the Labour party. They are the symptom, not the solution. They will look at how few of those who strike the fatal blow go on to wear the crown. Brash rolled English and lost. Gillard rolled Rudd and lost. Rudd rolled Gillard and will likely lose – and if he does win, based on his moves against refugees, it will be a Phyricc victory as who would want to win on a platform of xenophobia and fear?

    Cunliffe and the other contenders – pygmies all, but the Labour party is a party where pygmies are well represented – would probably prefer to wait until after 2014. They are none of them so stupid as to think substituting Shearer for any one of them would make a sufficient difference. But they also know that by 2014 they will be as stale and unappealling as Phil Goff in 2011. So they will perhaps be compelled to act now – before whatever miniscule talent they possess is completely over-shadowed. I suppose being leader for a year and a bit would be preferable to never being leader at all.

  38. Chooky 38

    That is very dour of you lurgee….what sort to lurgy have you got then?…a depression?….try to cultivate a more hopeful outlook.

    I think you are wrong!…There is a lot to be said for the Cunliffe leadership option ( if it failed , at least the Labour rank and file would have had their wishes respected)

    ……And the combination of Cunliffe as leader plus the older, long experienced Annette King as Deputy could provide continuity , heal wounds, save faces and be an electoral winner…

    At the moment there is no viable alternative to the Key Nact Govt. to inspire the voting public!…50% of whom are women!

  39. Ralph Malph 39

    The Man Ban was worthy of the Mcgillicuddy Serious party. Labour lost credibility over the notion and would have lost even more if Shearer hadn’t resisted the idea. I still find it hard to believe such a silly proposal — which could only ever make many voters regard Labour as a party impossible to be taken seriously — saw the light of day.

    I like Shearer and thought his integrity and decency — at least when compared with that of the shallow, grinning fool Key — would not be lost on the public. Alas, I got that wrong. Perhaps we might as well forget about casting around for a new Labour leader and just accept that, even if Christ himself beat Cunliffe to the top party post, most New Zealanders would still plump for Key as the man they want in charge of the show. They eat him up like a fat man wolfs down McDonalds.

    (Incidentally, I’d be happy for Labour to go into the next election with every candidate a female — but only if they were the best people available. I don’t believe in quotas.)

    • lurgee 39.1

      “I like Shearer and thought his integrity and decency — at least when compared with that of the shallow, grinning fool Key — would not be lost on the public.”

      The public don’t care because – unlike spods like us – they don’t give a toss about politics mid cycle. they would only start to look at Shearer seriously in the six months before the election. We think this is a big deal because we’re political obssessives. We factionalise and scheme because we’re convinced Our Vision is the correct one and the NZ public will recognise it if only we get given the opportunity to state it clearly from a position of authority – not realising this is precisely what has been denied Shearer because NO-ONE LISTENS TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION MID CYCLE (an exception may be when the PM is so loathed, a la Gillard, that anyone – even Tony Abbot or Kevin rudd – seems preferable).

  40. The big problem with that proposal Chooky is that King has led the right faction within caucus for years and is a key member of the ABC.

    • Boadicea 40.1

      I can see why a tie up with King could be an attractive (and possibly politically necessary). However labour has been loosing votes because there is a perception that little has changed since Helen moved on.
      The disconnection of many people and particularly young people is a concern to all politicians. It is also an opportunity for Labour. A return to King would further distance us from youth.
      It would further paint us as a party that cannot jump start itself into the next generation.

  41. Reid 41

    Interesting debate, in that much of it centred not around the personalities of the candidates but rather around Labour philosophy, and IMO, you need a leader who will sort this because it’s not your leader that’s at the heart of your low polling, it’s your philosophy, and the evidence of that is in the combined Labour-Green polling.

    You, IMO, need to listen to the electorate. Your advanced thinking on all things progressive has caused you to get ahead of what the electorate is thinking or even wants. For example, can you even name anyone in the caucus apart from Little, who connects with the blue-collar battler, who used to be your stalwarts?

    Helen bought you into a new arena of support and thinking with the strong wimmin focus and it’s quite clear from an outsider’s perspective you guys haven’t yet absorbed that into your anatomy in the sense it’s not yet comfortable in your skin and voters sense that, even if they can’t articulate it.

    Another area of philosophy you need to reconcile is your visceral hatred of all things commercial. You need to change that from an irritant into a pearl and start recognising that business people aren’t ALL evil, selfish creatures driven by insatiable lust of money and more money. That’s just not the case but it’s clear this is what you think. And again, voters sense this and recoil.

    It’s Labour’s job to bring the progressive perspective into politics, that’s your position, but you’ll never do it by fighting, instead you’ll do it by subtle nuance to the status quo. This is what you need to do to start slicing into National’s vote, and leave the aggression to the Greens.

    Picking a leader who can sell that message is what you should be looking for and newsflash it’s not Cunliffe, it’s Little and Jones. Cunliffe is supercilious and the public sees straight through that. Key also is but he’s good at hiding it, but Cunliffe isn’t and if you pick him you’ll see the polls showing that up once the public have had six months of him and it will get worse from there. He’s very capable, but you can’t hide that, unless he has a Road to Damascus transformation, which I doubt will happen, he likes himself too much and that’s his greatest strength and his greatest weakness, just like it is with Key.

    I agree Jones has some rough edges but he’s a cut-through communicator that speaks to your base and he would make inroads into the Green vote while Little makes inroads into National’s. If the caucus settle down enough to give them their head.

    Your issue is their inexperience, Little isn’t ready to lead and he doesn’t have the time. But Key did an (almost) similar parachute when he started. Little’s would be more radical, for sure.

    And that’s your dilemma. If you go with Cunliffe, he will lose. If you stick with Shearer, he will lose. If you go with Little and Jones, they may lose, depending on whether Andrew can step up to the biggest challenge he has ever had. Don’t, for goodness sake, give the leadership to Jones, he’ll stuff it up because its not his strength. He’s an operator, a connector. He could get Winston and Hone on board as well as get your base back. He’ll mightily piss the Greens off but that’s Little’s job. Little’s the diplomat.

    But that combo is the only one I can see you guys have available that has a chance of winning 2014. Of course you might prefer to install Cunliffe, watch him crash and burn then do it with Little and Jones and that would win 2017 of course. I don’t care, that’s your choice and your dilemma, because Little is definitely a gamble at this point in his political career, and you might not care to take that chance. But the way I see it, it’s the only one you have.

    • Murray Olsen 41.1

      Thank you for your advice. I do not consider any of it worth taking. Jones is the only caucus member who is worse than Mallard. For all that you say about the public, they do not like people who have the reputation of beating the meat in motel rooms.

      • Colonial Viper 41.1.1

        And that’s the least of what is common knowledge about Jones around party circles.

      • bad12 41.1.2

        LOLZ, can you imagine Shane Jones as leader of the Labour Party, calling the bloke a wanker is in His case a mild form of praise,

        Way back Jones was touted in some circles as ‘leadership material’ based upon the fact that He had received part of His education at Oxford University and if Jones is the sum total of such an education i would suggest He has been sadly and badly let down by their filling His head with a load of utter crap,

        Most of us would call a shovel a shovel, Jones tho would explain such a simple manual appliance in terms of elongated words by the dozen which few of us could connect to the word shovel,

        The best thing Labour can do with with Jones is to give Him a low place on the Party list and tell Him to win Tamaki Makaurau or take a hike, and after having done so give Him something interesting to do in a quiet corner well away from being able to inflict even more damage to the Party and any future coalition options…

        • Santi 41.1.2.1

          All is pure speculation that serves no purpose.
          David Shearer is here to stay. He is and will be the leader. Period.

  42. lurgee 42

    Bloody Hell, if masturbating is a bar from political office then where will we ever find a leader?

    I thought Reid’s analysis was interesting and deserved more than a petty “I do not consider any of it worth taking” dismissal. That’s become too typical of the left. there’s an unpleasant whiff of elitism. Reid’s comment that the the progressives have moved further and faster than the electorate will countenance is worth consideration. If it isn’t true, why is the Labour party at 30% and National at 50%. I don’t think it is because it is too leftwing economically, but the taint of ‘Identity politics’ still taints the party (rightly or wrongly). It’s weird that almost 50% of New Zelanders identify themselves with a party that refelcts the interests of 2% of the population, but there you go – there is little logic to how these things work, another fact the Labour party has yet to digest. Zeitgeist and mood are as important to success as sound policy. After all, if it was just a matter of having the right ideas, Phil Goff would be prime minister, as he campaigned on the best platform Labour have had in years (I’m moderately impressed the rejected policies from 2011 haven’t been ditched wholesale, as I suspected they would be).

    As I’ve said before, there’s little consolation in having the right ideas as long as you are stuck on the opposition benches.

    • bad12 42.1

      LOLZ, racing into the 2011 election with the policy of ‘raising the age of entitlement for superannuation’ is what you consider the ‘best policy platform in years’ set against the Slippery shysters tax cuts which were carefully crafted to give to the top 50% the bulk of the cash give-away,

      i forgot how to do the rolly-eyes icon…

    • Colonial Viper 42.2

      Reid’s analysis did have some merit, but the conclusions he reached seemed to have been rather contrived. To say that Cunliffe is good, but an inevitable crash and burn, while Little is worth the gamble, is a custom fit answer to say the least.

      Further, an additional point – Little has been more than happy to do deals with the right wing of the party in order to bolster his own position.

  43. lurgee 43

    I wasn’t talking about what policies would be most electable, but which made the most sense. There is – un fortunately – a gulf between what we need to do and what we want to do. The left sometimes offer the former, the right say they will provide the latter.

    Labour’s 2011 manifesto was the best in terms of sane, sensible policy. I think that was was clear from my post. It was going to be hard sell to the electorate, who are less in which I think I also made clear.

    Obviously, not clear enough for some.

  44. Chooky 44

    From the Perches ( Chooky analysis):

    Little can’t cut the mustard with the working class or the electorate….he failed awfully in Taranaki.

    Jones way back before his private peccadillos went public and viral ….causing a colossal image publicity blunder….. was interesting…. but he wont be ” top of the pops” with many women voters.

    Shearer is commonly acknowledged as not a capable leader or fighter against Key….anyone who suggests otherwise, or that this should be overlooked, does not have Labour’s winning interests at heart.

    Cunliffe has to be the leader because the rank and file of Labour want him to be leader….no matter what bad spin other interested parties put on this….anything else is an insult to the rank and file membership….and they will vote or not vote accordingly…..Why not put Cunliffe as leader to their vote?

    As regards the Deputy Leader: If Annette King cant play the Mumsy( for the woman vote ) …..maybe there is another woman in the Labour Party who can ….(I would have thought Lianne Dalziel) , but she is gone to be Christchurch Mayor……..What about a Maori woman MP ?

  45. Ron 45

    It appears to me that the whole Labour Party needs reorganising, the parliamentary wing and the back office. I am almost believing that we should hire Michelle Boag to come in and do a wholesale clean out of the Labour MP’s. She certainly did a great job on Nationals deadwood. We don’t seem to have any one in the party capable of doing a clean out, but it so really needs it .
    As recent example, I recently rejoined party and duly sent off my payment and received the auto reply thanking me and saying I would be contacted shortly to put me in contact with my electorate organisation.
    Wait a few weeks nothing. Send off an email to the contact saying I wanted contact with my Labour electorate committee. Once again nothing. Maybe they are too busy to even answer emails, but less than 15 months from an election, the party should be grabbing new members with both hands. Of course it could also mean that there is no organisation in my electorate yet, and there is no one doing anything locally. I have a horrible feeling that is more likely the problem.

    • Chooky 45.1

      Reply Ron

      My daughters friends ,(in their late teens )were beautiful , vibrant well educated young Labour activists ( high up in the organising hierarchy in that election for Labour) ….They spent hours and hours on foot door knocking and working to get people out to vote from the poorest most alienated sections of our major city…..These young Labour people were thoroughly disheartened, (in fact they personally voted Green) because both old former Labour supporters and potential Labour supporters , were so disenchanted and apathetic they did not even go out to vote….even when transport was offered.

      It is so sad !!!!

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    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Latest secret TPPA leak reveals mass surveillance plans
    When the GCSB debate was in full flight I warned that a seemingly innocuous e-commerce chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) could become a stalking horse for the NSA to get its hands on our personal data, as well...
    The Daily Blog
  • Say ‘Yay’, not ‘Nay’, to this New Zealand Flag
    In 2017, we will get a chance to have our chance to choose what is arguably the most important symbol for our country; our national flag. I remember asking Jack Marshall in 1972, at a political meeting in Palmerston North’s...
    The Daily Blog
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.   “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the...
    The Daily Blog
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
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  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
    The Daily Blog
  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
    The Daily Blog
  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
    The Daily Blog
  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
    The Daily Blog
  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
    The Daily Blog
  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
    The Daily Blog
  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
    The Daily Blog
  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
    The Daily Blog
  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
    The Daily Blog
  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
    The Daily Blog
  • SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA applauds the ban on the sale and use ofglueboard traps in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today...
    Scoop politics
  • Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government
    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today....
    Scoop politics
  • Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken and Ms. Santa Cla
    Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms....
    Scoop politics
  • Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome
    Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority....
    Scoop politics
  • Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms
    The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses....
    Scoop politics
  • Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation
    Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981...
    Scoop politics
  • Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand
    JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics
  • Christmas Day in Prison
    Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day....
    Scoop politics
  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
    Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship...
    Scoop politics
  • EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari oil field in the South Taranaki Bight....
    Scoop politics
  • DHB puts staff and patients at risk in order to save money
    The Public Service Association (PSA) is alarmed that the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is proposing to cut the 4 and 2 roster system, established nationally, for mental health nurses. The PSA represents more than 210 mental health nurses working...
    Scoop politics
  • Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations
    Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol...
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  • Alcohol forum recommendations: a step in the right direction
    The Forum has stated clearly that that it accepts alcohol marketing plays a role in heavy alcohol consumption and subsequent harm, and that young people need to be protected from it by regulation....
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
    Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot...
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
    Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors...
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
    As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson...
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  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
    Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources....
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    ‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland....
    Scoop politics
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch...
    Scoop politics
  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics
  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
    Scoop politics
  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
    Scoop politics
  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
    Scoop politics
  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
    Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)....
    Scoop politics
  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
    Scoop politics
  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
    Scoop politics
  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
    Scoop politics
  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
    Scoop politics
  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
    KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity...
    Scoop politics
  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
    Scoop politics
  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August...
    Scoop politics
  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
    Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list....
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  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
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