Written By: - Date published: 5:54 pm, October 31st, 2014 - 17 comments
Meet the candidates.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2014 - 73 comments
InsideOut has a look at the current state of the labour leadership campaigns. Predictably they plump down on the side of a particular candidate. But they do point to various issues with all of the campaigns.
Written By: - Date published: 11:44 pm, October 29th, 2014 - 40 comments
Labour West are hosting an event this weekend where you can meet two of the Labour leadership candidates.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 29th, 2014 - 35 comments
The Dairy Workers Union has officially endorsed Andrew Little’s bid for the Labour leadership.
Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, October 25th, 2014 - 17 comments
Servo Cafe, Te Atatu, 2:30 on Monday 27 October.
Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, October 24th, 2014 - 61 comments
I know Nanaia reasonably well, having worked with her at a regional level in the Labour Party. Her level-headedness, the way she can grasp complex problems and find solutions, her ability to connect with everyone, her ability to stay positive and focused and to find a way through are skills that are desperately needed in the Party right now. [Updated]
Written By: - Date published: 9:20 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 22 comments
Also in the email from a few days ago. As people will have observed I have been more notable by my absence than my presence in the last few days. But I finally found some time to read back in my email today. Weka particularly asked for this to be put up, and I see […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 64 comments
For many decades Galbraiths has been a local watering hole for some of the unionists, academics, and commentariat on Friday night. I have been known to go along to
stir participate in the bemoaning lofty debate and to spend a few coppers. David Parker is going to be there on Friday evening. I suspect I may have to go along to observe.
Written By: - Date published: 7:34 pm, October 21st, 2014 - 231 comments
My Labour leadership voting form turned up in email today. The problem is that unusually I have absolutely no idea who I want to vote for. Nor who I want to vote against. Perhaps a blender might help? Any advice? But please read to the end of my post. It is safer.
Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, October 20th, 2014 - 100 comments
The Labour leadership campaign is now under way and the first meet the candidates meetings are scheduled for this week.
Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, October 12th, 2014 - 187 comments
I’d like to say thanks to the Standard for hosting me today. I’ve always enjoyed robust political meetings and I’m a firm believer in fronting up and answering the hard questions. Labour is a great party. Our movement’s values are values that New Zealanders share – we’re a party and a nation that believes deeply […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 pm, October 10th, 2014 - 39 comments
At 3pm on Sunday, Andrew Little will be on The Standard for discussion with questions from our audience of ardent left-wingers, greens, those who are just interested, and the odd troll with a fenestration obsession.
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, September 29th, 2014 - 93 comments
Labour is being criticised for leadership divisions. If the party had not examined its leadership it would be being criticised for ignoring the message of the voters. So never mind the media frenzy, concentrate on running (like last time) a positive and constructive selection process and review.
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, September 15th, 2013 - 283 comments
It’s official David Cunliffe is Labour’s new leader. And, having been democratically elected by Labour’s Parliamentary, Party, and industrial wings in the first round, he carries the strongest mandate of any leader in the party’s history. It’s a great day for democracy. But not as great as the sixth Labour government will be when we […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, September 12th, 2013 - 100 comments
I voted for Cunliffe, Robertson, and Jones in that order. My reasons are in this post. It is unnecessary for people to speculate on additional motivations.
But if any MP or jonolist wants to try to run a politically based smear on me like they did on Jenny Michie, Mike Williams, and others then I’m perfectly happy to tear them a new rectum through their political credibility over the next decade.
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, September 10th, 2013 - 163 comments
You’ve seen the candidates. You know where they stand. So grab your ballots and vote!
Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 24th, 2013 - 193 comments
There’s a lot of speculation about whether a deal is being put together to find a single ticket for the Labour leadership, but I don’t think that’s likely at all.
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, November 24th, 2012 - 198 comments
A Labour Party member writes, praising Labour for the new democratic reforms, and calling for David Shearer to submit his leadership to the new Party selection process: “David Shearer, you need a mandate from this new organisation, not a prop-up from the shards of the old one. Give us this chance to really unite behind you, or your successor, and give you the backing you surely will have earned”.
Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, November 20th, 2012 - 51 comments
Funny thing about winnning the war is that it can take a bit of time to sink in.
Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, December 13th, 2011 - 31 comments
To Cunliffe and Shearer, good luck. To the 34 people choosing the next Labour leader, remember your task is to choose the person who can represent a million+ centre and left voters. The man to take the centre-left to victory in 2014. Don’t you dare let petty personal issues cloud your judgement. We, whom you are privileged to represent, deserve better.
Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, December 12th, 2011 - 10 comments
The Labour leadership contest is not a left-right battle, but a tough call between an Obama-like orator and a down-to-earth guy who lives his values. Both talented and want to reform the party: but hard to chose who’s best to lead the fight to National.
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 12th, 2011 - 70 comments
Tomorrow morning the Labour caucus will meet to vote on a new leader.
That means there’s just one day left for party member to have their say.
So email or phone your nearest labour MP and let them know who you want. It’s time for party members to own their party’s future.
Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, December 9th, 2011 - 16 comments
Scott wants his say on the Labour leadership – even if he’s not sure who he’d vote for. But he’ll decide like many of us at the Sunday Meet the Candidates Meeting.
Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 5th, 2011 - 43 comments
Labour’s leadership primary was a great idea. Labour has an open, honest, and respectful debate about itself. Candidates tested in public. Can stumble without damaging the party like a failed leader does. Labour frames the political news with enthralling debates. If there was no primary, Parker would be leader now and NZ would be reaching for the remote.
Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, December 3rd, 2011 - 134 comments
I ran David Shearer’s campaign headquarters in the 2009 Mt Albert by-election. That gave me unique perspective to get a good hard look at a man in a pressure cooker environment. David arrived from the middle east literally a few short hours before the candidate selection speeches. It showed. He looked tired. But he went […]