Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, August 7th, 2015 - 199 comments
Some people have suggested that the more progressive parliamentary elements of the left are done and dusted. I’m not so sure…
Written By: - Date published: 6:13 pm, July 19th, 2015 - 179 comments
With overall confidence dropping and Labour being all over the headlines for the past week, Labour’s support…
Written By: - Date published: 6:10 pm, July 19th, 2015 - 119 comments
The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll is out. National drop one to 47%, Labour gain that point to lift to 32% , the Greens rise to 13% and NZ First are steady on 7 %. Consumer confidence plummets 9% points to just 36%.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments
A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!
Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 331 comments
Hardly a comprehensive take, but in the interest of stating some obvious stuff…
Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, May 10th, 2015 - 49 comments
There’s a major and rather obvious contributory factor to UK Labour’s failure in the UK general election that doesn’t seem to have drawn any comment. Until now…
Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, May 1st, 2015 - 41 comments
A snippet on Labour’s prospects in Scotland.
Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 63 comments
As the NZ Labour Party stands on the cusp of some soul searching, it might want to note that there are alternatives to pointless navel gazing.
Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 202 comments
Sometimes I despair for our media. I mean, the latest parroting of Key’s line on Best Start is the stuff of black comedy. Apparently Key’s claiming David Cunliffe misled people about eligibility because they don’t get the payment while they also get paid parental leave. And the media are trumpeting it all over the place. […]
Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, January 22nd, 2014 - 185 comments
Following your great response to Micky’s recent post David Cunliffe has got in touch about your comments, his policy, and his big speech on Monday.
Written By: - Date published: 10:08 pm, August 27th, 2013 - 58 comments
The contest for the leadership of the Labour party heralds a new era of democracy for the Labour party, and for New Zealand, and people are quite rightly excited about it.
As I’ve said before, this is a great opportunity to bring unity to the party and to get a head-start on the election campaign.
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: 9:18 am, November 14th, 2012 - 101 comments
When Margaret Thatcher was asked about her greatest achievement, she promptly answered: “New Labour.” And she was right: her triumph was that even her political enemies adopted her basic economic policies. True victory over your enemy occurs when they start to use your language, so that your ideas form the foundation of the entire field. Today, when neoliberal hegemony is clearly falling apart, the only solution is to repeat Thatcher’s gesture in the opposite direction.
Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, August 17th, 2012 - 139 comments
Pagani wrote it. Robertson cleared it. And Shearer uttered it. To summarise; those living by sickness entitlements are probably dodgy b’stards. Nice. Before I go on, I should be clear that this post isn’t some insightful fiction. This is the reality of getting by with a sickness benefit.
Written By: - Date published: 4:15 pm, September 19th, 2011 - 15 comments
118 years to the day when NZ became the first country in the world to give women the vote. You can imagine how incredibly proud Kate and the sisterhood must have been. You can imagine them lifting their eyes to the future and seeing women standing shoulder to shoulder with their brothers, equal in political rights (and determined to […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, June 11th, 2010 - 22 comments
John Key continues to let his attack dog do his business, and take the heat. So on Saturday there’s some more heat with a big Day Of Action to fight Rodney’s latest nasty bill. The Greens, Labour and the Maori Party are all fighting this odorous piece of legislation that aims to allow privatisation of water, amongst other attacks on local democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, December 30th, 2009 - 15 comments
With so much attention on climate change, and such a lack of concern, urgency and commitment to action from the current Tory government you would think it would be something labour would be working hard on, and be busy drafting detailed policy and vocally demanding action be taken. The Copenhagen climate summit was a cop […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, July 10th, 2009 - 14 comments
I figured this was deserving of a post of its own. It’s a cartoon from The Standard (v1.0) sent in by Anita in reference to the post on Labour and Nazis below. Thanks! Front page, 23 May 1940. Click for enlargements.
Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 16th, 2009 - 4 comments
Stolen from the Grassroots Labour site.
Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, January 27th, 2009 - 99 comments
Conservatism is all about maintaining the status quo. It assumes that the status quo is essentially ok, while change is best avoided. The idea comes from philosophers like Edmund Burke who figured the reason conventions and structures get to endure in the first place is because they work. Of course if you’re in the middle […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:39 pm, August 31st, 2008 - 40 comments
Comment soon but for now here’s their full list (PDF link). Scoop’s got their presser up. [lprent: Handmirror: A Woman’s Place: The Labour Party List. No Right Turn: Labour’s list: looks like New Zealand. Granny Herald: Surprise picks in Labour party list. Salient: The Labour list has been announced. Grant Robertson: Wellington central candidate ]