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Shearer makes first move

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 149 comments
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Vernon Small is reporting David Shearer is planning to bring the leadership vote forward to as soon as next week and it looks like his plan is to get it out of the way under the old rules.

As far as I understand it that would require sixty percent of the caucus to vote in favour of a leadership contest (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). If that’s the case Shearer and his crew are trying to do a desperate end run around the membership’s decision to change the rules.

While it might save his skin in the short term it spells bad news for the party and the members.

Update: Patrick Gower tweets:

Patrick Gower ‏@patrickgowernz
Senior Labour MP in Camp Shearer tells me they are looking at bringing forward the Feb leadership vote ‘to finish him (Cunliffe) off’

Update2: confirmed by John Armstrong. It seems Shearer’s line is that David Cunliffe is the source of his leadership woes. I guess he never knew about his own team’s talking campaign agonist him in the middle of the year.

149 comments on “Shearer makes first move”

  1. just saying 1

    Dirty move for Mr Nice guy.

    So much for democracy.

    • Dr Terry 1.1

      What kind of conduct is that, speaking of “finishing him off”? Whatever the outcome of the Conference (which looks positive) there remain some real ratbags among the party’s leaders. Is Labour (quite aside from Shearer personally) going to function well as a team given some of its personnel?

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        These nameless MPs ought to be very careful.  The vote on Saturday was very significant.  The rank and file went against the wishes of the leadership team, the New Zealand Council of the party and some senior members of the Trade Union movement to vote for members having a greater say.

        It is not beyond the realms of possibility that this new found enthusiasm for power and democracy could be exercised in other ways.

        • Pissed-off Member 1.1.1.1

          Fuck off, the affiliates were block voting for the remit. The rank and file voted against this remit; a handful of backroom boys from the unions made it happen.

          • AmaKiwi 1.1.1.1.1

            @ Pissed-off Member

            Obviously you didn’t hear the debates.

            The votes were not even close, except for the 40% trigger. On everything else the members were overwhelmingly demanding more control over the caucus.

            If the caucus leadership ignores the members again, there will be fury!

          • lprent 1.1.1.1.2

            Sure they were. The affiliates went into their own meeting on Friday and hammered out how they would use their small but significiant vote most effectively despite significiant differences of opinion between them.

            Just as many LECs with caucus MPs were block voting for or against.

            I suspect that the only “free” votes were those from electorates without electorate MP’s and many of those were voting on instructions from their branches or LECs.

            Do you have a point? Or are you just unaware how party voting operates.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.3

            Fuck off, the affiliates were block voting for the remit. The rank and file voted against this remit; a handful of backroom boys from the unions made it happen.

            The affiliates are an integral part of the Labour Party “rank and file”, genius.

            • xtasy 1.1.1.1.3.1

              In view of a highly commercialised, sort of corrupted (advertising dependent) media, thank goodness there are solid forces like “affiliates” still operating!

              If it was not for them, we would have open slather, next have commercial sell-out artists undermine the Labour movement and corrupt it beyond recognition.

              NZ society is corrupt as it is, against the wrong international perception. It is big business and the laissez faire kind of governments trying to tell the world NZ is “not” corrupt, while we had so many cases of rob and run entrepreneurs and investors.

              BS is the rule of the game these days, I am afraid. So I am all for “affiliates”, solid, loyal organisations upholding standards and values beyond the commercialised, semi or totally corrupt sphere!

  2. The *******,this just shows that he has no regard for democracy and certainly no regard for
    the membership of labour.
    It also demonstrates that members,posters,bloggers were right in recognising the person for
    what he is, self interested,self obssesed,di—-o-

  3. QoT 3

    Patrick Gower is reporting the same, based on the good ol’ “Senior MPs have told me …”

    I think it would just look incredibly desperate and has to blow up in Shearer’s face, especially given the tone of the conference so far (i.e. in favour of more member control of these kinds of decisions). But maybe that just reflects (a) his lack of political instinct and (b) the desperation of his old guard ABC supporters. Obviously this would not surprise me.

  4. A bold move.

    Here’s my take:
    The % required to move forward should in my opinion be 100%.

    Making it anything less allows for a democratic approach to differing views.
    (Theoretically only required when progress is impeded by the “few”)
    If the differing views makes delegation impossible you have a problem and heads need too role.

    Otherwise it’s business as usual, All for One M8!

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    Like I put in another post.

    The interesting thing was Shearers lot tried to oppose the 40/ 60 caucus vote and they fought hard Shearer didnt vote because supposedly it was a “conflict”. How was it a conflict for Shearer to vote? Either Shearer wants a vibrant democratic modern Labour Party or he does not! That was the story yesterday Shearer once again didnt have the balls to come out and say he agreed or disagreed with members views on how a leader in the Labour Party should be selected. For all his Macho read my lips this guy is a weak leader and he by way of his supporters didnt want members to have real power in the decision making process. David Shearer is not some nice bloke at all he is not progressive and the people/ mps who supported him being leader are not supporting greater member power in the party.They all showed their true colours yesterday.

    • QoT 5.1

      Exactly, CGE. On the surface it sounds so nice and democratic – oh, I’m the leader, I have a vested interest, so I’ll stay out of it – but then when you start saying “hang on, what do you mean you have a vested interest?” the obvious conclusion is that Shearer knew one option favoured him more come February and that was the one he supported.

  6. Can the labour party council sack the whole caucus and have fresh elections in feb 13 ?
    Far fetched but what is the rule of law ?

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      I don’t think so, no. They have to resign, or be removed by other means such as illness, death or conviction.

      They can be pressured to resign (like Pansy Wong and Darren Hughes) but I don’t think there’s any way for a party to remove someone from Parliament (especially electorate MPs): see also Chris Carter and Alamein Kopu.

      • alwyn 6.1.1

        ACT got Donna Awatere-Huata removed in about 2004. It can only apply for a list MP I believe.
        Electorate MPs are considered to be chosen by their Electorate voters, not by the party they may belong to.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.1

          Yes, but that was under a law specifically against waka-jumping that expired in 2005.

          • alwyn 6.1.1.1.1

            I didn’t realise that the law had expired. Pity, although there would have been a major problem if you got a situation like that of New Zealand First in 1997. There the party basically split in half so who would have been the ones doing the expelling?

  7. Craig Glen Eden 7

    Also interesting that its fine for Shearers group to meet in a back room with black curtains to plot and scheme against democratic processes voted on by members, but Bloggers are not allowed to sit and post from the comfort of their homes according to Shearer and Little.

  8. Bill 8

    One of his allies said Shearer had had “a guts full” of being undermined and he was planning to challenge Cunliffe to “either put up or shut up”.

    Wtf? Hasn’t Cunliffe tirelessly reiterated that he’s a team player and that he supports the leader…at least in the present tense…which is all that can be reasonably expected from someone?

    I’m thinking of the psychology of the wee boy with his hand stuffed in the cookie jat who yells ‘Thief! Thief!’ to ensure everyone runs off looking for a phantom.

    The membership – as well as potential voters – have said pretty loudly and pretty clearly that neither Shearer nor a continuation of his (apparent) preference for soft shoe shuffle neo-liberal policies are going to cut it.

    But Cunliffe has to stop refusing to say anything about the leadership because that is undermining the leadership? Seriously, what the fuck is he meant to do to satisfy the gods of the strange ABC universe? Were they not at conference? Or do they maybe regard members and the views they express as irksome non-entities…just a noise that’s maybe on a par with their take on bloggers who write under pseudonyms?

    I say either Shearer gets serious – steps down and renominates himself in a proper leadership contest to clear the air (and yes, I realise that would only be a caucus vote) to in paraphrase of his own words “put the fuck up or shut the fuck up”.

    And then he might be kind enough to simply fuck off. (dreamin’)

    • QoT 8.1

      I think we’re dealing with a faction within Labour who actually believe what O’Sullivan, Farrar and Armstrong write. Ergo, all the anti-Shearer posts of the past week are part of a conspiracy which can only be headed by Cunliffe, making him an evil traitor.

      Shearer and his team are clearly so far up their own arses they can’t actually comprehend that multiple people might, for their own personal/political reasons, not like him.

      • IrishBill 8.1.1

        Despite being faced with a room full of said people?

      • Bill 8.1.2

        Until very recently I merely didn’t like what he stood for. But now I can’t help but view him as a particularly loathsome expression of humanity.

        And as for the desperate and power hungry cabal that surrounds him – the vultures that will feed on his political corpse when they deem ‘their man’, the Robertson, to be ready – these days I think I could maybe conjure up satisfactory flashes of imagination involving me, them, a dark alley and a 2×4.

        Is the sun over the yardarm yet?

        • geoff 8.1.2.1

          Yeah well they know if Shearer goes then they go too.

        • muzza 8.1.2.2

          Come on Bill you gotta see the game thats being played here…

          Who has Cunliffe served under during his time in the LP, what has he seen, what does he know….LOTS.

          Who are Cunliffes backers, and in turn, who are theirs.

          Obama syndrome, lets see what happens, should Cunliffe end up at the front, or perhaps he does a JFk, and attempts to steer the ship onto another course, gripping stuff this political theatre!

      • Aotearoean 8.1.3

        So Shane Jones is fine with his comments that totally undermine the relationship with the greens but Cunliffe needs to be disciplined because he wants to stand in a constitutionally mandated contest?

        What gives?

        • Rhinocrates 8.1.3.1

          It’s called “cognitive dissonance”.

          If Shane Jones is blamed, then that opens the floodgates, raising questions about Shearer’s ability to discipline the caucus overall. It also upsets the calculations over the very, very slim margin in caucus votes Shearer had to begin with. Jones is too valuable to alienate.

          Instead, Cunliffe/Goldstein is the enemy! Hisssssss! All evil must be shown to reside in one vessel. Once that vessel is sealed in a bunker or smashed, all will be well and we needn’t question our inadequacies ever again!

          Ever!

          Really!

          Shut up!

          SHUT UP!!!

          • QoT 8.1.3.1.1

            Besides, once people *wake up* and realise that *they HAVE to vote for Labour because Labour’s awesome* they won’t NEED the Greens, hahahahahahahahaha.

            … I kind of hate myself for typing that.

            • Rhinocrates 8.1.3.1.1.1

              Don’t worry, I know that that’s dark irony.

              The membership showed their mettle this weekend. There’s some hope. All due praise to them!

              Still, I’m voting Green, despite their Luddism. Both ticks Robertson, you plonker.

    • saarbo 8.2

      Yes exactly right Bill. Cunliffe didnt change the rules, we did as members. I can’t believe the arrogance of Shearer and his advisors. Given yesterdays rule changes and obvious unhappiness with caucus, a real LEADER would have apoligised to the membership, stated that he and his caucus will ensure that the membership are more involved going forward. But he didnt say anything in his speech about this. All we got was something about “ambition”. It is clear that Shearer and his band will use “ambition” as Cunliffe’s main crime. Its not true, it is just a bull shit narrative that the King/Goff/Robertson brigade have come up with to discredit Cunliffe. 

  9. gobsmacked 9

    Here’s the key question:

    Will Grant Robertson sacrifice his future, for the sake of keeping Shearer’s corpse on temporary life support?

    As of now, Grant has a real prospect of leading the Labour party one day. Maybe he wouldn’t win a contest with Cunliffe, maybe he would. But there will be other days, other contests, other leaders. Grant is young.

    If he wants to serve both the Labour Party and his own ambition then he should not be a part of any desperation moves by Shearer.

    If he helps to destroy Labour from within, that will NEVER be forgotten.

    • In my experience if that is his goal he should stand for leader now, otherwise take the delegated responsibilities and “Shine” with them, simple choice really.

      To say he can’t yet from lack of experience will only make his goal harder to achieve,
      best foot forward M8,
      go for it, you’ll end up with a lot more respect that way.

  10. pohutukawakid 10

    These are dangerous times:

    From Macbeth Act 1. Scene VII William Shakespeare

    If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
    It were done quickly: if the assassination
    Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
    With his surcease success; that but this blow
    Might be the be-all and the end-all here,
    But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
    We’ld jump the life to come. But in these cases
    We still have judgment here; that we but teach
    Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
    To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice
    Commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice
    To our own lips. He’s here in double trust;
    First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
    Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
    Who should against his murderer shut the door,
    Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
    Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
    So clear in his great office, that his virtues
    Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
    The deep damnation of his taking-off;
    And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
    Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubim, horsed
    Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
    Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
    That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
    To prick the sides of my intent, but only
    Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
    And falls on the other.

  11. rosy 11

    I can’t believe this. It’s got to be a beat up. There’s not much ‘a different way of doing politics’ there.

    • ianmac 11.1

      Totally agree Rosy. This looks so unlikely and should we use the afore-mentioned commentators as gospel? That so many are using Small, Gower, Armstrong as credible is daft.
      So if nothing happens before February, will they apologise and retract?

      • gobsmacked 11.1.1

        Get your head out of the sand, Ian.

        MPs are telling Small, Gower etc, off the record. And increasingly, on the record.

        • ianmac 11.1.1.1

          Can you name a couple of MPs?

          • gobsmacked 11.1.1.1.1

            Here’s Clare Curran on Twitter:

            “You nailed it #Shearer You will be our next PM and stuff anyone who says otherwise”

            • pete 11.1.1.1.1.1

              We, on the right, thank Labour.

              This is great entertainment.

              • fatty

                we on the left think this is great entertainment too…a continuation of shearer would have resulted in another term of Donkey…bring on the new leader

                • Rhinocrates

                  Amen. The reason why I hate the ABC club with such a passion is that they are Key’s best hope of another term, either because they have so deluded themselves that they are so right that every New Zealander will see the light any day now and deliver them to office or else it is we who are not worthy or they simply have forgotten why they were elected and only want to keep their flat arses on comfy parliamentary seats, no matter what the cost.

                  Really, the “Senior” (hahahahaha!) caucus and those who want to be admitted to that tree hut (Jacinda, I’m talking about you) are turning into the People’s Front of Judea… or is it the Judean People’s Front?

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb_qHP7VaZE&feature=related

            • Anne 11.1.1.1.1.2

              Clare Curran is going to have to be taken in hand!

              She needs to grow up… and fast. I’ve seen (or heard about) some rather silly behaviour on her part in recent months.

              If she doesn’t watch her step, someone will end up putting something she’s done (or said) out there…

              Edit: Btw, Shearer did make a very good speech and he got a well deserved standing ovation. That doesn’t absolve Clare from making a comment that someone in her position should know better than to make!

              • gobsmacked

                She should. But she doesn’t.

                There is a pattern of behaviour. Clare Curran keeps doing what she does. Trevor Mallard keeps doing what he does. The ABC faction keep doing what they do.

                When the leader calls for discipline, he has to mean everybody – including those who support him. But he doesn’t.

                So nothing changes, and nothing will change. This is basic child psychology. Will the ABC MPs be punished for ill-discipline? No. Will they be rewarded for behaving better? No.

                So will they become new people in 2013? No. Will they stop, until Cunliffe (“the enemy”) is gone? No. And anyone who thinks otherwise is sadly deluded.

                • Olwyn

                  What is it exactly that makes Cunliffe the enemy? He has not actually spoken out against Shearer since Shearer became leader. From what I hear it was not Cunliffe’s anger that rattled the caucus at yesterday’s meeting, but the delegates’.

                  What seems to make Cunliffe the enemy is the fact that even when he is curtailed in what he is allowed to say, his very presence suggests there are alternatives that the Shearer lot don’t want to countenance.

                  • gobsmacked

                    Exactly, Olwyn.

                    So if Shearer gets a caucus vote to uphold his leadership, and announces “Unity!” and Cunliffe accepts and takes whatever portfolio he’s given …

                    … then Cunliffe will be seen as a threat to Shearer simply by doing his job well. Which is what he’s been elected – and paid – to do.

                    Is he supposed to talk jibberish to make the leader look good? Is that the new version of “loyalty”?

                    It’s madness.

    • Anne 11.2

      I’ll tell you what Rosy:
      The same people who voted in the electoral changes that give the membership more say in the running of the Party (including the parliamentary wing) yesterday, also gave David Shearer a well deserved standing ovation for a very good speech today!

      I’ll tell you something else:
      As conference was getting underway this morning, Patrick Gower was standing in the foyer grabbing Labour MPs as they wandered past and trying to get them to comment on the supposed Cunliffe challenge. Some ignored him and kept walking, some didn’t. I know someone who was busting to go the loo, but couldn’t get through the loo door because a certain senior MP had been accosted on his way out said door and was being interviewed in front of it. I believe the story had a happy ending. :)

      My point is: anything that may have been saying to the MSM off the record, is sour grapes because of what happened yesterday. A handful of people are upset at losing some of their power?

      • Anne 11.2.1

        A handful of people are upset at losing some of their power?

        Aah, haa…
        Trevor Mallard on TV3 news. Refusing to make a comment:

        because anything I said could not be aired.

        • IrishBill 11.2.1.1

          Trevor only offers his opinion on these matters anonymously.

          • gobsmacked 11.2.1.1.1

            I saw that on TV3.

            Now, who shall we blame? The media for asking him, and broadcasting his answer? The bloggers? David Cunliffe? Anybody?

            Except Trevor. We mustn’t blame Trevor. Trevor can do anything he wants. Trevor is never the problem. No, he’s just … Trevor.

            (simple exercise – imagine the exact same words, said by David Cunliffe. Imagine the response).

            The old guard ARE the problem. THEY. WILL. NOT. CHANGE.

            Sorry, but it has to be shouted. The next election will be chucked away, by the same people who chucked away the last one.

          • Rhinocrates 11.2.1.1.2

            Does that man have one redeeming feature? One at all? Please?! Can he cook? Does he at least match his tie and handkerchief well?

        • Rhinocrates 11.2.1.2

          Old Russian/Soviet joke:

          Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev are on a train.

          The train beaks down.

          Stalin has the engineers shot as enemies of the people… but the train does not move.

          Khrushchev has the bodies exhumed and reburied with honours… but the train does not move.

          Brezhnev, being very wise, observes this, draws the blinds and begins to rock back and forth, going, “Choo-choo… Choo-choo…”

          It looks like the Choo-chooing is getting rather strained, and they know it.

        • ianmac 11.2.1.3

          It could be that Trevor’s comments were aimed at the reporters who were spinning on the “divisions that ripped the Labour Party Conference apart.”
          “…because anything I said could not be aired.”
          Having just watched the outrageous TV3 “report” on the Labour Conference would cause many more than Trevor to be tight lipped.

          • Rhinocrates 11.2.1.3.1

            Considering Mallard’s record, no. “Tight-lipped” implies prudence and thinking strategically, but that just isn’t part of his make-up. Spite, glibness and and masturbatory gratification always takes precedence with him.

            “…because anything I said could not be aired.” Is just passive-aggressive dissimulation. If he says that, then he’s clearly implying “Fuck, fuck, fuck, fucking fuckety FUUUUCCCCCKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!”

            “aimed at the reporters”

            Then he’s an idiot… but then I know that. Anything aimed at reporters gets reported. That’s what reporters do. He knows that too.

            If there’s anyone more deserving of being fed into a woodchopper feet first and fully conscious, then it’s my former employers at Massey University – but that’s another story. In the meantime, Mallard will do.

          • karol 11.2.1.3.2

            Ditto from Gower, ianmac.  His report doesn’t really make sense:

            First he says there’s a showdown between Shearer and Cunliffe; then he says Cunliffe is “effectively” making a challenge for leadership by refusing to endorse Shearer.  Look, it’s a muddle of Cunliffe is challenging, and then saying his behaviour implies a challenge:

            But Mr Cunliffe is mounting what is effectively a leadership challenge, by refusing to endorse Mr Shearer again today.

            “Until you do that, the race is on,” says Mr Cunliffe. “And I am not going to have the Labour Party’s internal process dictated by you or anybody else.”
             
            So Mr Cunliffe won’t endorse, which is code for game on. Mr Cunliffe simply can’t hide his ambition, and Mr Shearer made a coded attack of his own on that.

            Mr Cunliffe is clearly confident. He wants the February vote held right now. And yes, of course he is refusing to endorse Mr Shearer.
             
            “That is a matter for the caucus,” says Mr Cunliffe. “It doesn’t matter how many times you ask me that question, I am going to give you the very same answer.”

  12. Rhinocrates 12

    This could well blow up in his face, even if it is a caucus-only vote. I had the impression that Shearer’s victory was very slim – just one more on his side than the other. Having seen what the membership wants, some of the more intelligent caucus members who did vote for Shearer might reconsider their positions. I can’t imagine that he’s gained support in the past year, or that everyone who voted for him is fixed irrevocably to ABC.

  13. just saying 13

    Simple solution for the flaxroots at the conference. When he announces his plan, get up and walk out.

  14. Hell the hell is Shearer going to stand up at conferance and give a speech now?
    In all probability the members at the conferance will not clap and cheer and stamp
    their feet with gratitued,but as i seen on tv, he asked people to stand up,just a short
    clip,but said alot.
    Shearer’s idea of democracy is staying leader,come hell or high water,tramping over
    membership wishes,in order to satisfy a few of his cronies inside parliament, why ?
    what is in it for them ?

  15. Uturn 15

    If this “rumour” is correct, David Shearer just handed the Labour leadership to David Cunliffe. Two possibilities: Team Shearer made a strategic blunder of archetypal proportions; Team Cunliffe is playing the game at a higher level than even Clark could manage. If first scenario, Labour more or less return to being whatever Labour (traditionally) are before next election. If second scenario, wherever Labour go, the power they wield will be unmatchable for a long time – not always a good thing, for the people.

    • IrishBill 15.1

      Sadly, it’s not rumour. I suspect they hope it will be buried in the news under the housing policy.

    • ianmac 15.2

      Another possibility is that it is all a beat-up.

      • IrishBill 15.2.1

        It’s true.

        • ianmac 15.2.1.1

          You might be right Bill but it seems so unlikely to me.
          You are saying that Mr Shearer’s Camp is going to call for a vote of Confidence, say before Christmas? Certain?

          • IrishBill 15.2.1.1.1

            Yes. They’re trying to do it under the old rules but also doing numbers and making offers for 60% just in case.

            • ianmac 15.2.1.1.1.1

              If this is so then the up-side would be decisively clearing the air one way or another.
              If Shearer survived he would be there for 2014.
              If he did not survive then someone else would have to get high degree of support for 2014.

              • IrishBill

                I don’t think it’s a bad thing to get it all over and done with before next year and then get on with beating the government but I think that it needs to be done under the rules the membership has clearly chosen.

                • Rhinocrates

                  I agree heartedly that it needs to be dealt with ASAP – a whole summer of speculation would be deeply harmful, but as you’ve pointed out, it’ll take time to set up the infrastructure for it to be done under the new rules. Can’t say I have an answer for myself…

                  In any case, such open contempt for the will of the party membership is truly staggering. I can’t imagine why they think this will help them in the long run unless they’re drunk on Kool-Aid (sorry, tasteless Jonestown reference).

                  • Chrissy

                    Too hard on your own Kool aid reference, Rhino: Remember the other “it’s in the Kool Aid”, from Ken Kesey and the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test?

                    • Rhinocrates

                      ‘fraid not. When it comes to the Beats and Hippies, I know William S. Burroughs and Hunter S. Thompson better. Clearly this is a fault to be rectified.

                      (Hmmm, “S” as a middle initial.. Burroughs, Truman… Thompson…. Plinkett… hmmmm)

                      Now can you imagine Shearer on acid? Campaigning in a bus? Woo-hoo.

            • PlanetOrphan 15.2.1.1.1.2

              From what others have been saying it sounds like 4 or 5 people against Shearer.
              They’re playing a media game to bolster support, but they’ve been losing support so far.

              So after some consideration, I think it’s the right response to ask the whole party too put it to rest once and for all.

  16. Perhaps Shearer never had the numbers in caucus after all.

  17. Rhinocrates 17

    Attributed to Talleyrand, on the House of Bourbon: “they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing”.

  18. Michael 18

    If the caucus wants to vote who it thinks its leader should be they should do so asap. Of course, neither Cunliffe nor Shearer may have the numbers. In that case, step forward …. , I think Niccolo Macchiavelli might have some clues, in “The Prince”.

    • just saying 18.1

      Sneak in the middle while playing both sides like a fiddle you reckon?
      That’ll be hard to pull off. Intentions would have to be declared.
      Or would it be played as a compromise in the interests of unity?

  19. Tanz 19

    They need to be a unit. Key is getting to much leverage with all this leadership stuff going on. It’s getting to be old, stale news.

  20. fatty 20

    I dunno if I’ll bother believing this until an early leadership vote is called. I’m no fan of Shearer but surely this move is even beyond his stupidity. He will lose support of the Labour base by trying to sidestep the new process that they have just voted for.
    Gower and Armstrong’s analysis over the past few days has been pretty average and they seem to be trying to create something out of nothing as QoT has pointed out.
    Over the past year or so Gower’s reporting has focused on creating drama and it lacks substance, the way he presents a story with his dramatic pauses is humorous – he’s good for a laugh, but he typifies NZ’s average political journalists

  21. Kia Ora

    I have found David Shearer to be consistently underwhelming as leader. And if the Labour Party is going to be a credible force that can take on National and defeat it at the next election, it needs to make changes.

    http://willsheberight.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/david-shearer-consistently-underwhelming/

    I hope for the sake of New Zealand it sees the light sooner rather than later.

    Rob

  22. Rhinocrates 22

    Update2: confirmed by John Armstrong. It seems Shearer’s line is that David Cunliffe is the source of his leadership woes. I guess he never knew about his own team’s talking campaign agonist him in the middle of the year.

    Interesting how they fixate on one identifiable cause for complaint, one scapegoat or Emanuel Goldstein instead of looking to their own performance. Shane Jones? Mallard’s gaffe with the…? Su’a William Sio?, Mallard’s gaffe with the…?, the mythical bludging roof painter?, Mallard’s gaffe with the…? Mahuta’s paranoid tweet, Mallard’s gaffe with the… nope, all Cunliffe’s fault. Or, ah, um… I mean… you know [licks lips] um, there are some who say… [eyes dart to side, looking for an exit], ah…. I mean…. mangoes, I think… well that’s not true… very soon, we’ll be announcing policy… I mean A policy, there might be a policy… Someone may have said that we have a policy, but that’s only one view… Housing!… Um… [licks lips]… I have a gramophone recording of it somewhere… maybe a wax cylinder that man from Apricot invented… Edison… Claire Curran is our technology expert, just the other day she mentioned that you can draw pictures on the walls of caves… she asked what , ah… charcoal… um shark oil… whatever, she asked what that is…

    Anyway, substitute “Canada” with “Cunliffe” and this is fun:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA

    And so much simpler.

  23. irascible 23

    For those who attended the conference rather than reading the entrails that eminated from Gower and Co’s pre written imaginings it would be somewhat unlikely if any leadership spill occured within the Labour Party. The mood of the conference was positive, focused and principled throughout. Acromony, if it existed, would only have come from a reporter whose chair got lifted by a delegate rather than from those who entered into debate.
    Shearer’s speech today was greated with acclamation and enthusiasm by all present in the Hall. Having been given a platform from which he could speak with authority Shearer demonstrated that he has more to offer than the brain fades that characterise KeY’s efforts at principled leadership or vision articulation.

  24. weka 24

    When do the new rules become official?

  25. Chrissy 25

    The party voted for the 40% threshold: from that you can fairly clearly discern the party’s mood. If there is talk along the lines proposed here, it’s up to the head of the party, the President, to send a pretty gnarly message to the MPs concerned, about the perils of holding the party’s clear dispositions in contempt.

    Surely, though, everyone in caucus knows that the overwhelming tide of evidence is that Shearer isnt going to cut it. Surely no-one really wants him in there leading a Goff 2 countdown to misery up to the 2014 election while the party sheds activists and vote share to the Greens. Surely the preferred alternative candidate of the people who have supported David Shearer will also want a leadership spill in early Feb, which (s)he will be wanting to win against David Cunliffe. Surely????

    • Chrissy 25.1

      My pick would be that if this really is happening, this is tactical on the ABC side: trying to panic Cunliffe into some premature move now, which might undermine him. Or they have heads so far up arses they …. no, I really cant believe that!??!

      • Rhinocrates 25.1.1

        I’m with the heads-up-arses hypothesis. Everything else they’ve done is consistent with that.

      • Chrissy 25.1.2

        In fact that’s what Vernon Small is suggesting:

        “Shearer is moving to put his leadership to a caucus vote as early as next week in an attempt to end speculation about his position and draw out challenger David Cunliffe.

        “Shearer’s lieutenants were today meeting to consider ways a vote could be taken early under caucus rules.

        “That would likely not replace the scheduled vote in February at which only 40 per cent of the caucus could trigger a run-off according to new uses approved by the Labour conference yesterday.

        “But if the caucus gave him a strong endorsement, possibly in a vote that was made public, that could make the February vote more of a formality. No caucus meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, but an urgent one may be called”.

        “There are also rules that require at last a week’s notice of a leadership ballot, but that may not be needed to simply endorse Shearer”.

        “It is understood if Shearer wins the backing of caucus he will move quickly to demote Cunliffe.”

        So, there will be two votes: one to flush out Cunliffe and try to kick him in the balls under the current rule, and another, held under the new rules in Feb, which, I dare to say, will not be a formality at all for David Shearer, no matter how hard his backers try to provoke and stomp David Cunliffe between now and then. What it would “draw out” was just how scared these others are of Cunliffe: though I guess we know that already.

    • Rhinocrates 25.2

      while the party sheds activists and vote share to the Greens

      I may be wrong, but my reading is that Labour may have lost some votes to the Greens, and an insignificant amount to National, but an earlier post on this blog seemed to make it clear that Labour really lost votes to “Ah, Fuck ‘em All, I’m Staying at Home”.

      I personally don’t think that Labour as it is has lost too many votes to the Greens, as many Green voters are young, first-time voters.

      That, I must admit is only gut feeling and we all know what comes out of guts.

      Still, I’ve seen supposedly intelligent commentators say that its sensible for Labour to move to the right because they’ll only be in government in coalition anyway and the Greens and Mana can grab the Left vote for them. This, I think, is idiotic because it’s, first, based on the premise that the political spectrum is a spectrum, i.e., a one-dimensional range where all parties are assessed by their “leftness” or “rightness” relative to one another, and second, that everyone who bothered to vote last time are all who are ever going to vote next time. Both are stupid, IMO.

      • Draco T Bastard 25.2.1

        …but an earlier post on this blog seemed to make it clear that Labour really lost votes to “Ah, Fuck ‘em All, I’m Staying at Home”.

        Yep and I was thinking that Labour becoming more democratic may have changed that but we’re just getting more of the same failed policies from the last three decades and so probably not.

  26. gobsmacked 26

    Shearer, interviewed after his speech:

    “I am the leader, I determine how this party goes forward and what happens in this caucus. It’s as simple as that.”

    (Newstalk ZB/ Radio NZ)

    • Rhinocrates 26.1

      Christ, what a childish tosser. If it’s all about him unzipping his fly and waving his willy about, he’s lost, or at least shown which organ he thinks with.

      And as for the party and their vote this weekend, this is what he has to say:

      “Fuck you. You do my bidding. Labour is my vehicle. I do not represent you – instead, you serve ME and don’t you dare say otherwise.”

    • Bill 26.2

      Erm. Wtf? TVNZ just spun all this as Cunliffe being a ‘bad apple’ making a move to challenge and in the process spoiling the housing announcement. (Nicely backed up having two or three mps voice their backing for Shearer.)

      • karol 26.2.1

        Is Gower writing for pulp fiction?  He talked of Cunliffe’s “naked ambition”.  Although he toned it down for the print version.

        • Bill 26.2.1.1

          TVNZ had a clip of Cunliffe saying he’d welcome the contest/challenge or whatever because the party needed this shit out of the way. Now, I’d guess that was in response to Shearer’s utterances. But they spun it as Cunliffe laying down the challenge. Really fucked up and dishonest reporting.

      • Anne 26.2.2

        What the hell is going on! I was there. Cunliffe made no challenge in any shape or form. In fact he kept a low profile. TV1 and TV3 seemed to be following him around like a bunch of demented lunatics. He couldn’t get away from them.

        Yesterday’s debate on the Consititutional remits was remarkable civilised. It had little to do with Shearer or Cunliffe.

        Who is driving this madness?

        • PlanetOrphan 26.2.2.1

          A pre-orchestrated litany of news reports you say ? …. watch this space ….. will they change their tune ….. just who is the MSM party anyway ?

        • dancerwaitakere 26.2.2.2

          Those who have an interest in Cunliffe being slaughtered.

          The sooner the Labour Party realises that they are being played, the better.

        • Draco T Bastard 26.2.2.3

          Who is driving this madness?

          Considering that if Cunliffe has power he will change monetary policies that probably will hurt a few peoples gravy train… Who wants to stop Labour getting in power with Cunliffe as leader?

          The MSM have proven beyond doubt that they are not impartial and certainly don’t hold to any sort of honesty though.

        • lprent 26.2.2.4

          What was kind of funny was the story that some young labour had to surround Cunliffe so Patrick Gower would stop shoving a mic in his face asking him when the coup was starting. Didn’t see it myself but it sounded daft enough to be true.

          But no. Didn’t see David Cunliffe doing any of the usual destabilizing things like talking to media and left bloggers. Looked more like he was avoiding anything that might even look like it.

          I’m with QoT. Sounds like someone trying to manufacture a story from negatives.

          • Anne 26.2.2.4.1

            Yes, I saw something similar. We were waiting to be allowed up the stairs and in the lifts to the Conference theatre for “the speech”. Cunliffe was in the middle of the crowd with his back to a TV cameraman who had his camera permanently trained on him. Cunliffe had a group of people standing in a tight circle around him so that this cameraman couldn’t get close enough to film his face. It was such an idiotic scenario that Cunliffe was giggling, his circle of protectors were giggling and I was giggling.

          • infused 26.2.2.4.2

            No, sounds like his plan is blowing up.

            • lprent 26.2.2.4.2.1

              I suspect that it never started.

              It was mostly the media being fed a convenient excuse for why the members want more control on caucus.

    • Hami Shearlie 26.3

      And they say that Cunliffe has a huge ego!! Shearer is finally showing everyone who he REALLY is! I for one am not impressed and not at all surprised! He’s gray, boring, can’t articulate anything, and in Parliament he’s a disaster with his “tape” of John Key that he never had!! Cunliffe is not disloyal, he owes his loyalty to the PARTY not David Shearer! A pity that the Caucus are so contemptuous of the party members. They might live to regret that when the election rolls around and they have no-one to put up their hoardings and deliver their leaflets!! Can’t STAND Shearer, he’s got worse in the last year, not better. The Caucus must be pretty thick if they haven’t noticed that!

  27. xtasy 27

    This is now a very delicate and dangerous scenario. Activists, most bloggers and many members are to a fair degree uncertain or totally disillusioned with the Shearer leadership. Shearer does though seem to have some solid support, whether justified or not is another question.

    Cunliffe does appear to smell the coffee, but some fear, rather just for his personal aspirations and agendas. Hence he leaves the kettle boiling.

    It is only natural for Shearer and his caucus supporters to want to sort this out a.s.a.p..

    Personally I think a leadership change should ideally happen before the holiday break, as that would give space and time for all to adjust after a possible leadership change, or instead a confirmation of the status quo. The “non political” media environment would allow time to heal and keep any fall-out in control, as the public will focus on time off work, sun, beach and barbeques.

    So let it happen, I’d say. The air needs clearing, one way or another.

    I see a problem though, as the Shearer and Cunliffe camps seem increasingly irreconcilable. That would be the worst outcome, if they stay at logger-heads, and the loser hold a grudge. Also if Shearer gets confirmed, then Cunliffe may lose interest in politics, and perhaps pursue other career options. Some may welcome it, but it would be a loss of sorts, for sure.

    As much as it is controversial, I see a need to replace Shearer, and the only balancing power to replace him may after all be Grant Robertson, who could hold both camps together. He is not an ideal choice, but maybe the only sensible one now. He is more capable in many respects than Shearer, but he would not cause ripples as Cunliffe may with some within caucus.

    Sadly, that is the caucus Labour has, and the party and members need to work with them, at least until next election.

    Bring it on, otherwise the media will continue to tear Labour apart on this! They focus more on the leadership than policy, the shallow, nasty rats (most of the media I mean).

    • geoff 27.1

      Robertson is centre-right. We don’t need another one of those.

      • pete 27.1.1

        It’s not “mad”. It’s the market working perfectly. And rationally.

        Your problem is that demand exceeds supply. Prices rise. To solve this problem, and to not sprawl Auckland out, or up, which is going to create even more infrastructure costs, we simply incentivise business to move to the regions. Dunedin and Nelson, for example. Use differential tax rates, and other incentives, such as more points for immigrants who settle outside Auckland.

        These other towns and cities have underused infrastructure. They could absorb many more people, and their land cost would remain relatively low.

        • geoff 27.1.1.1

          You’re an idiot.

          [lprent: You should say why you think that. Otherwise you might get pinged as writing pointless abuse. ]

    • Hami Shearlie 27.2

      South Auckland won’t countenance Robertson as leader. They won’t vote for a gay man to be leader. That’s just the way it is. And Robertson has little experience in the outside world, just university student council stuff then working for Helen Clark. Cunliffe has the most impressive CV by far. Cunliffe looks like a Prime Minister, has charisma, gravitas, intelligence and would burn John Key to a crisp. The ABC brigade are blind if they can’t see that. But then, their agenda is a very different one to the agenda promoted by the members of the party!

    • the sprout 27.3

      it was robertson who orchestrated the absurd installation of shearer in the first place.
      he is a big part of the problem, and none of the solution.

  28. Cactus Kate 28

    If the Cunliffe faction had any balls they would have had a snap vote of confidence in the leader and rolled him at the conference. Poor effort. It is clear they had the numbers at the conference and that would have been the best power play.

    [lprent: Well I suppose you only know the snake pit of Act politics rather than a structured remit forum. That tactic isn't possible at either conference or congress in the NZLP. Perhaps you should read the NZLP constitution - you're a lawyer IRL right?. There is probably a copy online. Otherwise I have a spare hardcopy that I can send you. ]

    • tinfoilhat 28.1

      Cunliffe is just another cog in the crony capitalist machine.

      For real left policies and change for the better in NZ we need a Green/Mana government, Labour along with National should be consigned to the political graveyard.

    • Olwyn 28.2

      It was a constitutional conference, not a leadership-change conference.

    • xtasy 28.3

      No surprise with such a comment coming from ‘Cactus Kate’.

      If that should have happened, then it should have happened straight at the beginning of the conference, and Cunliffe and possibly other candidates and their supporters should have prepared fro this well in advance.

      But this conference was not the right forum for this, really, as they first of all needed to get the support for changing the voting system for any leadership votes in future.

      So a challenge can happen any time now, after the conference, or in February 2013, both of which will be “delicate” for various reasons.

      Getting it sorted in the coming weeks is preferable to me. But I am not a member of Labour, so my view will not be all that relevant to them.

      I am waiting with interest, as the coming weeks, certainly 2 to 3 months, will likely bring a real major change in the political landscape in NZ.

      Add to that what Dotcom may have to reveal about our “Dear Smile and Wave Leader Don Keypone”, developments in the new year may be presenting a true game changer.

    • KhandallaMan 28.4

      Cactus, you do not know what you are asking about. 
      A well structure conference in a modern political party is not the place for big OK-Corrale style shoot outs.
      It would make great TV.
      Why don’t you take the idea to Hollywood?
       

    • halfcrown 28.5

      Shit I never thought I would agree with you, but you are so right (pun not intended)

  29. infused 29

    Just have to laugh really.

  30. gobsmacked 30

    If anybody is still wondering where Gower and the journos are getting their stories from, here’s Goff on the record … (Radio NZ)

    Senior MP and former leader Phil Goff says Mr Cunliffe could end any speculation today.

    “I think David Cunliffe just needs to come out and say of course he supports the leader.

    “He’s properly elected, he’s been there 10 months, he’s done a good job, he’s narrowed the gap in the polls – why wouldn’t you get behind and support your leader.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/121166/several-mps-refusing-to-endorse-shearer

    • Rhinocrates 30.1

      Right Goff, you loser. Dye your hair again, get back on your motorbike and see if Liz Hurley will want to fuck you.

      Somehow I don’t think that she will, because you see, a mid-life crisis is just your own problem, not anyone else’s. It just ain’t sexy.

      [Deep breath]

      OK, that’s out of the way…

      Well, it looks like tempers are high and the Rubicon has been crossed.

      • gobsmacked 30.1.1

        the Rubicon has been crossed.

        Yes, it looks like ABC have decided to try and get rid of Cunliffe altogether. And to hell with the consequences.

        • Rhinocrates 30.1.1.1

          Which shows exactly what their priorities are, the skidmarks.

        • Olwyn 30.1.1.2

          Let me get this straight:

          1. Members kick up a fuss about having an unconvincing, centre right leader inflicted on them by caucus, and vote for a threshold that would give them more say.

          2. There is someone (David Cunliffe) that some members do not find wholly unconvincing.

          Solution: Ensure that “members’ choices” are reduced to a selection of unconvincing centre-right candidates by getting rid of Cunliffe.

          Sigh.

    • Tim G. 30.2

      holy shit.

  31. Draco T Bastard 31

    Well, I’d say that all the BS that the MSM has been peddling about the Labour party is working quite well – looks like it might be nicely destabilised.

    • gobsmacked 31.1

      They are being fed the BS by the Shearer team (see above). This isn’t a “Crosby textor” job, it’s self-inflicted.

  32. gnomic 32

    This really is a very sad spectacle. If this is the best the ‘Labour’ Party can do, why does it even exist? In fact that’s a very good question, perhaps someone can put a post up along those lines? Surely it can’t merely be a vehicle for sundry careerists to enjoy a life of troughing in the talking shop and environs? Or maybe it could? I’m afraid I’m not seeing much evidence of anything else. The shadow cabinet doesn’t stand out as overwhelmingly better than the distinctly indifferent bunch on the government benches. In fact it just doesn’t stand out. Could it be that that ‘Labour’ has lost its soul, any hint of a reason for being?

    It gives me no pleasure to vent the above, in former times I voted for the party. Clearly something is very very wrong. Even supposing Cunliffe is the miracle ingredient, it seems very likely he will totter from all the daggers in his back should he attain the poisoned chalice. It really begs the question, can we get there from here? Can a political party that apparently insists on disembowelling itself in public expect to be taken seriously?

    And if Shearer is to stay, a vocal coach please forthwith. At the moment he sounds as if he has a strangulated hernia. He doesn’t sound as if he believes what he is saying, so why should anyone else?

    More in sorrow than in anger.

    • Colonial Viper 32.1

      Don’t be too sad mate, Labour is in damn fine spirits. Wee bit of clean up work left to do here and there, but you know :)

  33. Utterly disgraceful disregard for the membership and affiliates.
    Self-serving caucus old guard at its very worst.
    They need to go.

  34. just saying 34

    It’s all over now baby blue…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7WJHdE0__I

    (because I don’t like the Dylan version)

  35. AmaKiwi 35

    Is it possible everyone could take a deep breath and say, “Let’s get on with our attacks on National and have our required leadership vote in February. Any damage we do to the Nats is good for each and everyone of us.”

    Are we Standard readers just letting the MSM wind us up?

    Are all the Labour MPs so stupid they want to tear the party and their careers to shreds?

  36. xtasy 36

    Get a few dozens of beer, invite Cunliffe, Shearer and Robertson, let it all flow, put on a good music video or film, have some good food delivered, turn up the volume and have a sound “party”. It may all be good afterwards, that is if they are all fair and honest.

    Now why not get them together to talk, word it out amongst themselves in a fair and sound forum environment, excluding the crap commercial MSM?

    We might get a solution over night.

    I fear the MSM is the biggest traitor and shit force in the country now, since they did a few years back sell their souls to National and Spinmeister Key!

    They should be charged with HIGH TREASON!

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    It beggars belief that the Minister in charge of the SIS, John Key, is still claiming to know nothing about his official's attacking public servants through a third rate blog site, Whale Oil Beef Hooked.If we were to believe the...
    The Jackal | 31-08
  • New shit has come to light
    Via Stuff (sorry about quoting so much of your story, guys):  Judith Collins’ office processed an Official Information Act request in just two days to release an email embarrassing then Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feeley in 2011. The revelation...
    DimPost | 31-08
  • Brownlee’s contempt for the OIA
    Minister’s office has delayed responding to my OIA request about possible cronyism involving up to $284 million of taxpayer's funds until after the election. This is a disgrace. As readers may recall, Gerry Brownlee recently announced the winners of $284...
    Polity | 31-08
  • Capture: The Colour Of Spring
    Here she comes Silent in her sound Here she comes Fresh upon the groundCome, gentle spring Come at winter's end Gone is the pallow From a promise that's nature's giftWaiting for the colour of spring* In as much as we...
    Public Address | 31-08
  • My own take on Dirty Politics
    Now that Judith Collins is gone, what now? First, of course, the search for answers carries on. What did John Key or Wayne Eagleson know about the dirty tricks campaign in their midst? Which other Ministers might be rotting the...
    Polity | 31-08
  • What is the CFN? Transport Debate Summary
    At the 2014 Election Transport Debate organised by the Campaign for Better Transport I was charged with summarising our Congestion Free Network as an introduction to the candidate’s speeches. Here is that short speech: What is the CFN? The CFN is...
    Transport Blog | 31-08
  • Gordon Campbell on John Key’s ‘blame it on Judith’ strategy
    Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious...
    Gordon Campbell | 31-08
  • On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment
    Press Release – UN News 31 August 2014 Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability.SAMOA: On eve...
    Its our future | 31-08
  • The Greens Are Deep In Dirty Politics
    I have a confession, as a Green candidate I too have been involved in some dirty politics and it has been filthier than many would expect.I had someone contact me recently because of his concern about poor service from an...
    Local Bodies | 31-08
  • Pop-up Tea Shop
    Rose and vanilla tea, complete with cosy, and accompanied by old-fashioned carrot cake, Pop-up Tea Shop, August 31 2014This post is part of the 100 Days ProjectDay 52Some enterprising people ran a pop up tea shop in the Grey Lynn...
    Notes from the edge | 31-08
  • Collins gets a cheer
    This post is part of the 100 Days Project Day 51I was in my hairdresser's making an appointment today and the owner was on reception, so we got to shooting the sh*t a little, as you do.  Things turned political and...
    Notes from the edge | 31-08
  • When someone you care about goes left
    This post is part of the 100 Days ProjectDay 46I wrote earlier about how you get the chance to become a better person when someone you care about has a different political perspective, because this forces you to you listen...
    Notes from the edge | 31-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 20 – The All Blacks would take do...
     John Key news conference 18 August 2014 Election 2014 Fact or Fiction?    Prime Minister John Key has made the  claim in relation to Dirty Politics. Asked about allegations that the National Party had been involved in gaining access to the Labour...
    Arch Rival | 31-08
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #35
    SkS Highlights Nichael J.I. Brown's guest post, What I learned from debating science with trolls attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Many commenters provided their own example of lessons learned. The post...
    Skeptical Science | 31-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 31 August 2014
    The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll has just been released, and there’s some interesting results there. National drop 2%, down to 48%. That’s on top of the 2% they dropped in the mid-August Colmar Brunton poll. On the left,...
    Occasionally erudite | 31-08
  • UKIP set to hammer Tories
    Douglas Carsewell stunned the British political establishment last week.Not by defecting to the UKIP - who cares how right wing fruitcakes arrange themselves? - but by doing the honourable thing and resigning his seat so he can legitimately continue to...
    Left hand palm | 31-08
  • Carbon
    CARBON is the first film in the Green World Rising Series.“Carbon” is narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, presented by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners. Executive Producers are George DiCaprio, Earl Katz and Roee Sharon Peled. Carbon is produced by...
    The Jackal | 31-08
  • The National Party, Integrity and John Phillip Key
    There have been a few things floating around in my head over the last week. I’ve started this post several times and deleted it as I tried to gather those thoughts together into some kind of coherent narrative. Following the...
    My Thinks | 31-08
  • A Wicked Web Is Uncovered
    Following image is from the good work of some of the folks on the Facebook Page – ‘John Key Has Let NZ Down’ – you can request membership HERE...
    An average kiwi | 31-08
  • Matthew Hooton’s assertions re the Prime Minister’s Office
    ‘Explosive’ is one of those words that gets kicked around in politics and political reporting to the point where it’s almost lost its meaning. But it’s not an exaggeration to describe right wing spin doctor and self-declared National Party loyalist...
    The Paepae | 31-08
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
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