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The #teamkey personality cult

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, June 29th, 2014 - 120 comments
Categories: election 2014, john key, national - Tags:

National’s conference is being held this weekend and some of the details of their campaign have been disclosed.

Firstly it lives and dies on the personality cult that surrounds John Key.  He is National’s strength but also its weakness.  I suspect that from now to the election we will not see him involved in any further attempts to undermine David Cunliffe using underhand or subversive means.  Expect increased use of the right wing blogs however to continue to try and tarnish David’s image and expect Key to veer away from any behaviour which could be branded as manipulative and tricky.

The campaign slogan “Working for New Zealand” is one that Crosby Textor would be proud of.  It is deferential and has a superficial appeal to the working class and ordinary people.  It is also not true unless by “New Zealand” you mean the wealthiest 1%.

National has announced that it will be targeting four Labour seats, Hutt South held by Trevor Mallard, Port Hills held by Ruth Dyson, West Coast held by Damian O’Connor and Palmerston North held by Iain Lees Galloway.  They have already started their campaign for the West Coast with the crudest anti green wedge imaginable.  I am sure they do not think they will win any of these seats.  But they will be intending to scare the local Labour campaigns to focus on the electorate vote campaign.  This would be a mistake if the campaigns were to do so.  We live in an MMP world and the MMP vote will decide who forms the next Government, not individual electorate results.

Of course this consideration also applies to National.  But results will depend on what sort of campaign is run.  As Carmel Sepuloni showed last time in Waitakere it is possible to run a strong electorate campaign and maximise the party vote at the same time.

National is also borrowing the language of the left and saying that a low turnout will hurt it.  The rationale as presented by John Key is that in National held seats the drop in turnout last time was high.  If this is correct then I would put it down to disheartened Labour voters who without a turn out the vote effort by the local electorate organisation simply gave up and failed to exercise their democratic rights.  National wants a low turnout, the lower the better.

Coalition options will be vital.  It appears more and more likely that the Conservatives will be offered McCully’s head on a plate before nominations close. This is a risk.  Craig is seriously scary to a wide selection of the community and joining him at National’s hip will put some people off.  This is why they continue to claim that Labour will be dependant on the Internet Mana Party getting up.  There is a difference however.  Labour has made it clear that it will not enter into any negotiations with any other party until after the election.  National meanwhile is willing to do whatever it can to ensure that it holds onto power but will trot out slogans not to defend its position but so that it can plant the idea that Labour does it too.

If you wanted proof on how scary any arrangement with the Conservatives is, a recent Reid Research TV3 poll showed 60.1 percent of voters questioned didn’t want a deal.  When it came to National supporters, 49.3 percent were against it.  National may be damned if the Conservative Party fails to make Parliament and equally damned if it gives the CP a seat.

And National has a new social media hub at teamkey.co.nz.  According to Stephen Joyce this hub will collect National’s social media traffic.  The site appears to have similar capabilities to Nationbuilder which has been used with effect in recent electoral battles.

So National continues to pin its hopes on John Key and a well resourced campaign.  It will be hoping that Key is not subject to any intense scrutiny.  For instance it will prefer that he is not asked the question why the period after the tea pot tape scandal erupted and not the period after  the Christchurch earthquake or the Pike River mine disaster was his worst week as Prime Minister.

And National supporters will be praying that John Key does not trip or falter during the campaign.  Because clearly there is no plan B.

120 comments on “The #teamkey personality cult”

  1. ianmac 1

    John Key was reported as saying that “the minor parties in his Government had very little influence anyway.” Except for ACT of course.

    • Ronnie Chow 1.1

      All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.Go David!

    • You_Fool 1.2

      They do have very little influence, they are just outlets for Nat policies that they are too ashamed to claim as their own

  2. thecard 2

    Agreed the Nats plan is clearly very much don’t spook the horses and please vote for that nice Mr Key.

    Labour must counter that with more than

    1. Elect Cunliffe as leader
    2. ? + multiple gaffes
    3. Win the election
  3. blue leopard 3

    Every time I hear that term ‘teamkey’ I think of ‘turnkey’.

    Interesting, because the word has a few meanings:

    As a plural (turn keys) it means a person who has charge of the keys of a prison

    Another meaning: An arrangement under which a private contractor designs and constructs a project, building, etc., for sale when completely ready for occupancy or operation: turn-key housing, turnkey contract.

    Combined: Our jailers who are getting our country ready for sale?

    • cogito 3.1

      “turnkey”…. or maybe even “turncoat”….. selling out NZ and eating away at the soul and fabric of this country.

      • Chooky 3.1.1

        +100 blue leopard and cogito

        …and cult figures dont usually figure in Democracy….they are usually associated with autocracy , tyranny and skullduggery

        …there is usually a shadowside to cult figures which media are employed and persuaded to ignore ….until too much damage has been done to democracy and ordinary people’s rights and the country !

      • blue leopard 3.1.2

        @ Cogito,
        Yes ‘turncoats’ definitely comes to mind!
        …because that is what they are….(in case anyone was in any doubt)

  4. fisiani 4

    TeamKey is the biggest political team in NZ. Since every portfolio is showing growth and improvement it is a formidable team with a message of strong stable government led by the best prime minister in history. I see a great future if people party vote National.

    • Michael 4.1

      For whom? The one percenters, certainly, although you are not one of them. The ten percenters, almost certainly, although again you are not one of them. The twenty to thirty percenters, probably, although you are probably not one of them. The fifty percenters, possibly, although you are possibly not one of them. The rest of us, certainly not, although you are very likely to be one of them. Although you intend to vote against your interests, and invite us to do so as well, do not be surprised if we decline your offer.

      • blue leopard 4.1.1

        +1 Michael well said

        • Once was Tim 4.1.1.1

          :)
          Da Fizz is always ready to swallow the cool aid huh? It’s got plenty of sugar and its a fucking sight easier than having to bother with critical thought processes.
          …… next
          Jamie Lee darling – How ya doing bro?

    • Brian 4.2

      HeeeHeee – thanks for that – I like a good laugh on a Sunday morning!

    • Skinny 4.3

      The National Party is too reliant on John Key, most people would view the use of # team Key as over done. It is great I love it out campaigning cheers Stephen Joyce.

      Now all I say is “look the National Party boasting of the use of ‘Key’ in all their campaigning, they may aswell change name to ‘The One Trick Pony Party’ that gets a laugh and comments like arrogant, desperate and if you take him out as leader and who going to lead them, dodgy Collins, nah probably Gerry Brownlee which gets a bigger laugh.”

    • cogito 4.4

      Did you lift that from a speech by the Fuhrer? Sieg Heil.

      Nek minnit he burnt down the Reichstag.

    • politikiwi 4.5

      “the best prime minister in history”

      Your knees must be dreadful sore…

      Honestly, anyone who thinks a man who’s presided over the accumulation of the largest debt in NZ’s history, who’s left 200k+ kids in poverty, is working on destroying the education system and bows to foreign powers at the drop of a hat is the best prime minister in history needs a lobotomy.

    • Clemgeopin 4.6

      National is a party working for the wealthy. If you don’t see that then either you are very wealthy or just a sucked in fool.

    • You_Fool 4.7

      Is it just me or is #teamkey trying to jump on a social meme from about 5 years ago? Makes Nat seem old and tired and out of touch to me…

  5. dimebag russell 5

    team key is like team new zealand.
    taking water and going down fast!
    I haven’t won a scratch and lose for months!
    why is that ?

  6. veutoviper 6

    It will be hoping that Key is not subject to any intense scrutiny. For instance it will prefer that he is not asked the question why the period after the tea pot tape scandal erupted and not the period after the Christchurch earthquake or the Pike River mine disaster was his worst week as Prime Minister.

    Re the tea pot tape scandal, I am no fan of Duncan Garner, but over recent days he has spoken at length on RadioLive and written an article on Stuff giving more detail of his and TV3’s involvement in this episode.

    Stuff article – http://t.co/yMYDq8nOFT

    RadioLive audio – http://t.co/U9BXAw262q

    In both, Garner claims that Key was more concerned about whether he had used swear words in the ‘private conversation’ than the actual content. In the Stuff article, Garner also suggests that the Nats are under very strict instructions to avoid talk and situations that could lead to a repeat of the teatape situation.

    The RadioLive audio provides more insight to how Garner acquired the tape; and the problems with its quality and the lengths TV3 went to in order to decipher it (syching with the silent video, lip readers etc).

    Of greater interest to me, however, is Garner saying that Key rang him every night to see whether TV3 were going to release the tape (repeatedly referred to in the audio but not covered in the Stuff article). A good indicator of just how close the relationship between Key and the media was, and probably still is.

    • idlegus 6.1

      i cannot recall the detail but once tv3 6 oclock news ran with something slightly critical of the nats & by the time the story finished one of the talking heads said something like ‘we just had a phone call from stephen joyce & he has given us some corrections’, incredible stuff! this is about 2 years ago.

      • Vicky32 6.1.1

        That would not surprise me idlegus, as TV3 has always given the impression that they’re in NACT’s pocket,
        Vicky

  7. SukieDamson 7

    Good question.

    A: because for honest John, being caught saying f**k a few times is a disaster that far outweighs Christchurch or pike river.

  8. cogito 8

    Over 30,000 views on that Trade Me auction for the book on Key, and not one of the many comments is pro-Key. Begs the question of how popular Key actually is and whether National have misjudged the public mood re having a Key personality cult.

    Surely Kiwis have seen enough of his dodgy dealings by now not to be fooled.

    • infused 8.1

      Why would National supporters bother?

      • cogito 8.1.1

        Hopefully they’ll take the same apathetic attitude on Sept 20th as well. LOL.

      • Clemgeopin 8.1.2

        Why not? Aren’t the National supporters who are supposed to be 50% of the voters not loyal enough or don’t they have enough guts to show support for Key?

        • You_Fool 8.1.2.1

          Not to be a kill joy, but the likelihood is that the Nat supporters are all too old to understand computers or the internet. I mean did you see the piece on the news yesterday where they were asking if #teamkey was a cult of personality, I don’t think I saw an under 50 being questioned at all.

  9. fender 9

    “Working for Families New Zealand”….” communism fascism by stealth design”..

  10. Maureen 10

    Had to laugh, so National has no plan B? Which plan is Labour on exactly?

  11. dimebag russell 11

    Straight down the mainline.

  12. taxicab 12

    Vainglorious Key may have just given the left the perfect oportunity to expose just how much their re-election chances depend on the cult of Key . If as I suspect the billboards will have a picture of Key with the statement “VOTE TEAM KEY ” adhesive labels attached next to the statement reading “ITS ALL ABOUT ME” just about says it all.

    • fisiani 12.1

      Another Green vandal. What part of defacing billboards is democracy?

      • blue leopard 12.1.1

        Well considering the actions of this current government I would have thought vandalism was all the rage…..

      • Tracey 12.1.2

        what part of further delay to ecan elections is democracy?

        What part of veto is democracy

        What part of constantly misleading the electorate is democracy

        • fisiani 12.1.2.1

          Are you defending vandalism or just trying to deflect?

          • blue leopard 12.1.2.1.1

            Neither by the looks. Sounds like Tracey is detailing and criticizing vandalism to me – is it really so hard for you to understand what others are saying Fis?

          • Tracey 12.1.2.1.2

            are you now objecting to deflection or just trying to stop your head from exploding from the presentation of facts unsanitised by team key

            • Akldnut 12.1.2.1.2.1

              fisiani What part of defacing billboards is democracy?

              What part of spying on New Zealanders democratic?
              What part of taking away our rights to protest is democratic?
              What part of ignoring the people of NZ and carrying on with asset sales is democratic?

              Are you defending vandalism or just trying to deflect?

              Vandalism is dismantling our society and fucking everyone over in the process.
              If you compare a few fucking signs with what they’re doing to us only an idiot would argue in their interests.

              Get with the big picture fuzzy

      • taxicab 12.1.3

        Not green but interesting you should rush to call vandal when it is a truthful statement of fact !! If it is not the truth then what is it about “the party” maybe “the policies” yeah right!!!!!

        • fisiani 12.1.3.1

          The Left always believe they have a right to vandalise National billboards. They believe that the end justifies the means. TeamKey respects freedom of expression and does not vandalise billboards.

          • fdx 12.1.3.1.1

            I will make an extra effort now to modify said billboards so they come across more clearly.

            • fisiani 12.1.3.1.1.1

              Modify is another word for vandalism. The Left have to rely on vandalism to cover their unpopularity. Modifying or vandalising billboards is criminal damage and not acceptable behaviour. The billboard is the property of the National Party. The police are aware of this. Do you want a criminal record?

              • vto

                Reform is another word for vandalism. The Right have to rely on ‘reform’ to thieve from the hard works of previous generations in building this country. The Right’s behaviour is not acceptable in driving increasing wealth into the hands of the 1% – this is the real crime. The only reason they get away with it is because they control the jackboots.

                Everyone should deface a National party billboard because they are misleading and deceptive.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Drive steel spikes into National Party billboards before loggers come and cut them down.

                • Nakiman

                  “Everyone should deface a National party billboard because they are misleading and deceptive.”

                  It is easy to see why feral scum don’t like police surveillance,they think crime is justifiably. I am beginning to see why so many on the left don’t like the GCSB, its bad for crims.

                  • Michael

                    I hope GCSB are more usefully employed than staking out National party billboards. OTOH, it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s what they’ve been ordered to do, or even if they’re doing it in their own free time. Spies are a necessary evil in every society but ours show an unhealthy propensity to act as a branch of the National Party. It’s time for a clean out.

              • ropata

                defacing billboards won’t change anyone’s mind… volunteer to help your local lab/green candidate instead

              • Craig Glen Eden

                Please last election I caught a team of guys while putting up Nat signs having ago at Labour signs at about 1230 am in Block house bay they almost shat themselves when from out of the darkness I yeld what the hell do you think you are doing a mate. Then for the next two hours I followed two cars around West Auckland who were trying to damage Labour and the Greens signs we never got their number plates but this year I intend to. So you can drop the pious crap fisi.

              • Tracey

                speaking of modifying. I see the asset sales funds promised to be for lowering debt, health and education, are going on roads.

              • fdx

                Do you want a bib and a warm bottle Fizzy?
                And for the record I am neither ‘left’ or ‘right’ but have a strong sense of what is right or wrong. As for a criminal record? Well it’s a bit late for that.

          • KJT 12.1.3.1.2

            No. Just a country!

          • Daveosaurus 12.1.3.1.3

            Except when they do.

            Fuzzy, you’re just a lying little scumbag.

          • Akldnut 12.1.3.1.4

            Small shit mate, why do you waste your time?
            Nothing to see here, move on.

            Wait, hold on! That’s what RWNJ’s do, they focus on the small stuff and make a big deal out of it.

            Granny Herald political advisor?

        • taxicab 12.1.3.2

          But if it true then what is the crime ?? He has made it about HIM . Why not own it then

      • karol 12.1.4

        We won’t be seeing defaced Cunliffe billboards this election, then?… unlike Cunliffe’s billboards around New Lynn last election?

      • You_Fool 12.1.5

        I would argue that it is part of freedom of speech, and if Key was as universally popular as you would like to think then vandalism of his signs will not be that bad…

  13. Fi 13

    “Working for New Zealand’s 1%”

  14. Tracey 14

    Lolly scramble politics for the regions via roads.

    One thing is certain. Labour has long known that national without key is back in 2002 territory. 30% of its own voters would go if key went… That is NOT a victory for policy.

    • Nakiman 14.1

      “One thing is certain. Labour has long known that national without key is back in 2002 territory. 30% of its own voters would go if key went… That is NOT a victory for policy.”

      I guess Labour would like to think that since they are polling below 30% and have not had a competent leader since Clark

      • Tracey 14.1.1

        I am not labour

      • You_Fool 14.1.2

        Also it is true. National without Key is the same as recent history Labour without Clarke Clark. It is the danger of having a cult of personality around the leader, but National are heading down that road at full pace

        [lprent: Who were you talking about? John Clarke? Get the names right. Then you don't get auto-moderated. ]

  15. KJT 15

    Well, they can’t exactly campaign on their polices or “achievements”, can they?

    Apart from the ones they copied from Labour and the Greens, of course.

    • blue leopard 15.1

      ….and …they’ve even borrowed their slogan from Labour by the sounds – sounds extremely reminiscent of ‘working for families’… No Ideas National strikes again….

      [see Fenders comment @9]

      • KJT 15.1.1

        That’s why Fisiani is so funny. It is like training a parrot.

        Don’t any of them have an original thought?

        • blue leopard 15.1.1.1

          ….apparently not….

        • Clemgeopin 15.1.1.2

          No, just like Key, English and the Nats who are not really smart original thinkers as shown when they simply copied many of the social policies of the previous Labour government!…Policies such as Working for families, Interest free student loans, Kiwi Saver, Kiwi bank, paid parental leave, free doctor’s visits for children etc.
          National adopted these against their for political right wing philosophy purely for political expediency. They then put in many right wing nasty measures on the country!

          I think if these ACT and NAT fools get another term, they will unleash even much many more drastic right wing agenda on the country which will cause long term harm to most of us, except the wealthy, the privileged and the powerful. Why would anyone want that?

          • Wayne 15.1.1.2.1

            Clemgeopin,

            Mostly because the voters do not believe your scare story that National on 47%+ will bring a “much many more drastic right wing agenda on the country”. The experience of the last 5 1/2 years tells them your scare story is not true.

            Voters can also see that ACT does not dictate the Nats agenda. I know posters here love to say that, but it is demonstrably not true.

            In contrast it is so much easier for the Nats to talk about a Labour/Green/Mana/Internet hydra, when Labour is polling below 30%. In that case Labour is at best 60% of the govt. Who knows what the policy of such a govt would be.

            That is the great advantage for Nat going into an election as obviously more than 90% of a potential centre right govt.Voters basically know what they are going to get from such a govt.

            However, since you always say that the Nats are the most extreme right wing govt ever, I guess you will continue to delude yourself with that.

            • vto 15.1.1.2.1.1

              Wayne, just recently I saw mention by Bill English of a third term to completely reform, to an extent not seen in NZ history or elsewhere for that matter, the way in which government services and departments are operated and funded.

              This would clearly be a very major development in New Zealand, yet Bill English has not made any public announcement about these ‘planned reforms’. If it is to be a scale intimated by English then he has a responsibility to outline in detail what this is and how it would work so the people of New Zealand can make a decision about whether they want it or not. Before the election.

              Before the election Wayne. Don’t you dare dump such a change on the country post-election without full warning.

              So, what’s the story Wayne?

            • framu 15.1.1.2.1.2

              “The experience of the last 5 1/2 years tells them your scare story is not true.”

              yeah wayne – thats the funking point – its like youve never had a false sense of security before

              “Voters can also see that ACT does not dictate the Nats agenda. I know posters here love to say that, but it is demonstrably not true.”

              now now wayne – thats not quite right. Many here see nat and act as two faces of the same ideology.

              “In contrast it is so much easier for the Nats to talk about a Labour/Green/Mana/Internet hydra,”

              Talk? – or spread repeated not so subtle suggestions that there are indeed radical reds under your bed? – the bullshit marketting that national are so centre that anything to the left is a commie plot is a utter fabrication and im going to be charitable and assume you already know this.

              And if they had to talk policy the conversation would last very long would it – what have they got this time? – another bullet point list and some sketches on the back of a napkin?

            • miravox 15.1.1.2.1.3

              so key lied when he said charter schools had to be implemented as part if the coalition agreement with act?

              • Wayne

                How big a deal is 5 to 10 charter schools? Pretty much on the margins I would have thought.

                Obviously even small coalition partners get something, but in truth it is not much.

                In contrast a coalition partner that is one third of the govt gets a huge amount, and at this stage we do not know what a Labour/Green/Mana/Internet govt would actually do. It is not as if there at least a general outline of such a deal.

                It matters more when the main party of the group does not have the decisive say.

                • framu

                  “How big a deal is 5 to 10 charter schools? ”

                  when its the first step of the global G.E.R.M. mission its a big deal

                • Tautoko Viper

                  Wayne, the fact that Charter schools get so much more than ordinary public schools is unfair. This reminds me of the Bulk Funding trials in the nineties when those schools in the “trials” were given extra money to help them achieve a better result.
                  Why can’t this “extra” money be put into state schools. 4 or 5 charter schools are 4 or 5 too many.
                  National wants to introduce bulk funding, performance pay, vouchers and increased subsidies to private schools but will not campaign on these. However, if successful in the election, National will implement these policies with relish while sheeting the criticism to Act.

                  A vote for National is a vote for Act policies.
                  A vote for National is a vote towards privatisation of our education system.

                  • Clemgeopin

                    I agree with your excellent points. I am guessing that if National wins a third term, they will unleash very drastic pro capitalist, pro wealthy and pro-corporate polices as it will be their last golden opportunity to fulfill their ideology and agenda which they were a little careful with due to political expediency and to prevent huge public backlash by throwing a few scraps around for the masses. But we haven’t seen nothing yet!

                    If they do get a third time, I suspect they will move to…

                    [1] Privatise the Kiwi bank.
                    [2] Stop or alter the Kiwi saver top up and the start up $1,000.
                    ]3] Revamp the WFF payments making life harder for the low income families.
                    [4] Introduce interest on student loans.
                    [5] Hike up tertiary fees affecting students from poorer families.
                    [6] Open more and more privately run charter schools, private health and privatised ACC care with generous public funds.
                    [7] Open vast amounts of land and sea for mineral and oil exploitation without sufficient safeguards.
                    [8] Sign the TPP in a hurry without due care, even if it harms us in the long run.
                    [9] Undermine the unions further and dilute worker’s rights even more.
                    [10] Make life more profitable for the wealthy but less so for what Key once referred to as the ‘under class’.

                    That is my guess from what I have seen slowly happen in the last term of this personality cult driven coalition government. I am hoping and think that the majority of people will see through this evil discredited crony capitalist supporting pro wealthy government and vote them out on Sept 20 and help usher in a fair, just, caring and more enlightened Labour led government.

                • blue leopard

                  So good of Wayne to come on here and prove KJT’s, Clemogeopin’s and my point re no original thinking on the right.

                  It is just the same old parrot-like responses from Wayne that you hear repeatedly from right-wing politicians.

                  Just repeat until people think it is true

                  “Mostly because the voters do not believe …”
                  Note it is not about what is or is not occurring – it is about ‘believing’ because it is all about perception – to hell with reality – so long as the right can fool enough people.

                  Poor show Wayne, all you Key acolytes are achieving is to increasingly look like a bunch of Moonies.
                  Thanks again for illustrating the point that myself and others were making.

                  p.s. Polly wanna cracker?

                • miravox

                  “How big a deal is 5 to 10 charter schools? Pretty much on the margins I would have thought”

                  I think it’s a pretty big deal to implement a multi-million dollar policy that neither party campaigned on and that can change the way education is produced.

                  Your final sentence is interesting too –

                  “It matters more when the main party of the group does not have the decisive say.”

                  So it mattered that National (the main party) had the final say? That brings me back to the original question :

                  Did Key lie when he said charter schools had to be implemented as part of the coalition agreement with ACT?

            • Clemgeopin 15.1.1.2.1.4

              Key and English have kept some Labour’s social policies because they KNOW that voters, even many of their own RWNjobs, will kick the government out if they tinker with those too much.

              But if they get a third term, which may then be their last, will be their golden opportunity to unleash drastic right wing policies and agenda. Remember when Bill English was caught secretly saying to his supporters at their party conference that he intends to sell the Kiwi Bank, unawares that a microphone was on? After being exposed by the media, Key defended his deputy Bill English. “Well eventually but not now. It’s working. Our supporters get a bit angsty but it’s working,” said English.

              Jim Anderton at that time said, ‘National knows that if they told people upfront they intend to sell Kiwi Bank, no one would vote for them.”

              During this term, National has started the Charter school agenda of the ACT party. Yesterday, ACT president has said that they want to FREE all schools from ministry so that they can ALL opt to become Charter schools. He also said that “we want to increase the subsidy for independent schools”. Cool stuff, right?

              The Labour led coalition does definitely better represent the needs and aspirations of the general population of the entire diverse country while the Nat outfit will primarily be working for the wealthy while throwing some politically convenient scraps around for the less privileged and the less well off.

              Also, in my opinion, the intelligence, integrity, conscience, care and concern for all the people and the country in Mr Cunliffe and the leadership of the progressive parties is any day of a higher quality and more genuine than that found in National in their vision less personality driven party that has now descended primarily into a Key cult party.

              • Wayne

                Well you all have your views on what National would do, but none of you can say what a left leaning government would do.

                And “fair, just, caring and more enlightened” is not a policy prescription.

                After all if you put those words as an aspiration to John Key, he would say, “That is precisely what a government led by me will do”. There might be a minor quibble on the actual policies to achieve that.

                • Clemgeopin

                  “but none of you can say what a left leaning government would do.”

                  Oh, Wayne. I am sure you follow news and politics. Labour and the progressives HAVE released many policies already. More will be announced during the election campaign proper prior to the election. I am sure Mr Cunliffe will announce the direction and some exciting policy at the Labour Congress starting this coming weekend, to help bring you and many others on the dark right wing side into our progressive fair world.

                  Some of the already released Labour policies and full details are in this page:
                  https://www.labour.org.nz/policy
                  Have a read. I am sure you will like most of them, if not all.

                  Of course, you could also go to the Greens and Internet MANA party pages to look at their policies.
                  Here are their links:
                  https://www.greens.org.nz/policy
                  http://mana.net.nz/policy/
                  https://internet.org.nz/

                  Cheers!

                  • Wayne

                    I know what each Party is promising. But how will it all come together, where would the compromises be?

                    As I said, that is the advantage of being 90% of a coalition. On all the main issues it will be clear by the election what a National led govt will actually do.

                    That of course is why Shane Jones said Labour needed to get to 40%, to give that level of certainty. And in truth I am sure David Cunliffe also wants that outcome, but at this stage it does not look likely.

                    So even if there is no formal deal, it would help voters if Labour and at least the Greens gave a greater indication of their common ground, not just in generalities, but on some specifics, for instance taxes, housing, the ETS and transport.

                    And Helen Clark knew the importance of this in 1999, in cutting the deal with the Alliance. The electorate then knew what Labour/Alliance would do in govt.

                    Not an unreasonable ask I would have thought.

                    • lprent

                      Which is what should have been done. That is a loose association of shared objectives. And was what National used to do with Act probably three times before they shrivelled and died, and which Labour managed once with the Alliance before it disintegrated.

                      However the Greens wanted to campaign together, effectively as one. That was a whole different kettle of fish particularly as there are a lot of areas where the Greens and Labour are miles apart.

                    • McFlock

                      Wayne, if a coalition have a majority of a single seat, then the party with a single seat can wag the dog.

                      The point is that there’s room for compromise between most of labour’s likely coalition partners. Even NZ1 has proved willing to compromise on e.g. immigration if it gets more goldcard perks for the seniors.

                      But look at ACT with their funder Mr Crimp, vs the Maori Party. Or colin craig vs ACT’s social liberalism. There as many more opportunities for a failure to compromise there than there are between the left and centrist parties.

                    • Clemgeopin

                      “On all the main issues it will be clear by the election what a National led govt will actually do”

                      Did you and the country know when they cast their votes in 2011 that National would destabilise our great education system by giving in to ACT for the profit making Charter school rort of public money getting funding at three times the rate of public schools for private business in education with no requirement of trained qualified teachers, no requirement to follow our education rules,oversight and guidelines, no public audit and accounting, no provision for their teachers to be represented by a union to help protect their wage and working conditions, no requirement of health and safety guidelines as regards breaks, leave, teaching times etc?

                      And you trust ACT and National ‘transparency’ and lack of any secret ideological ‘agenda’?

                    • blue leopard

                      Just more propagandist and divisive tactics from you Wayne,

                      I am 100% confident that whatever compromises/arrangements are made by the left-wing parties when they get into government will be light-years more beneficial for substantially more New Zealanders than any agreement and non-policies that the right are offering . Voters can be assured that if National get in that only the top wealthy will be advantaged from such a government and more peoples’ interests will be addressed by a left-wing government – on that we can be certain.

                      Therefore while it would be nice to have some details about what the policy ‘mix’ would entail with our soon-to-be left-wing government it is not necessary for the left to dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ prior to the election in order for voters to make a sound decision on what government would be more beneficial to New Zealanders’ interests.

                      Thanks so much for your concern though and I wish to express additional thanks to you for the heads up on the latest divisive electioneering strategy that your masters are planning for us.

  16. Clemgeopin 16

    Labour should emphasise the importance of the PARTY VOTE by asking voters to primarily give PARTY VOTE to LABOUR.

    TWO TICKS LABOUR, in this ORDER of importance

    FIRST ESSENTIAL : PARTY VOTE , LABOUR.
    SECONDARY : Candidate vote, Labour.

  17. Penny Bright 17

    Strategic voting is the name of the game.

    That’s why I’m standing as a (fiercely) Independent ‘Anti-Corruption / Anti-Privatisation Public Watchdog against John Key in Helensville for the ELECTORATE vote.

    I’m not a member of any political party.

    Of course all political parties should stand in Helensville, to help advocate and promote for their party vote – but if thousands of Helensville voters give me their ELECTORATE vote – it will be GAME ON.

    (In my considered opinion :)

    But will John Key stand in Helensville?

    It is my view that he was probably intending to do a ‘Bill English’ and only stand as Number 1 on the National Party list.

    Hopefully, John Key will not bail, and will stand in Helensville, so I can beat him ‘fair and square’ :)

    For those who think that is ‘mission impossible’ – did you ever state – for the public record, that John Banks would be found guilty of electoral fraud?

    I’m campaigning to get rid of this National/ACT Government – except that the ‘ACT’ bit has already gone – thanks to Graham McCready’s successful private prosecution of John Banks.

    So – http://www.dodgyjohnHASgone.com

    The BIG question that I intend to ask John Key in any Helensville political debates is:

    “What role did YOU play, John Key, in the Repeal of the Glass Steagall Act in November 1999 – the effect being to leave the derivatives market completely without regulation, which played a ‘key’ role in the Global Financial Crisis?

    Given that in November 1999, you, John Key, were the Head of Derivatives for Merrill Lynch, and a Foreign Exchange Advisor for the New York Federal Reserve?”

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright

    • Clemgeopin 17.1

      Good luck Penny. Hope you will vanquish this cult leader, the smiling slimy assassin and have the last laugh. New Zealand will rejoice with you, the modern day Joan of Arc.

  18. infused 18

    National want a lower turn out? God you’re full of shit.

    The fact is, in National strong holds, the voter turn out for National was low. Mainly because people thought the election was in the bag.

    National have used the line ‘have to get out and vote’ for well over a year now.

    • Clemgeopin 18.1

      I read it as ‘get out and vote the bastards out’

    • felix 18.2

      “The fact is, in National strong holds, the voter turn out for National was low.”

      lolz. The overall turnout was low in Nat strongholds, not the National turnout.

      Everyone who is ever going to vote National is already voting National. And they only just squeaked in with a one-seat majority.

      Key knows this. Joyce knows this. That’s why they’re sending contradictory messages.

      To the general electorate they’re saying “50 FUCKING PERCENT,BITCHES. WE’LL GO IT ALONE”

      And to the faithful, it’s “hey guys, don’t believe the hype. This is realy really tight and if Labour pick up a couple of percent we’re fucked”.

    • felix 18.3

      Here you go infused: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrGCrZjCUAAIeNc.jpg:large

      That’s as good as it’s ever going to get for National. All downhill my friend.

  19. dimebag russell 19

    I saw kweewee on the teevee last night. He was snarliing and snarky and he never mentioned his governments policies once.
    oh thats right.
    they dont bother with that anymore.
    they just slag everyone else off and then do what they want to do by stealth.
    nice guys.

  20. Jrobin 20

    Keep thinking about Turnkey, Blue leopard. That was probably a Freudian slip from deep within the guilt ridden right wing conscience. The aversion to Colin Craig however makes a dangerous alliance between Winston and turnKey ( TurKey even)more likely though, so is not overall an advantage. Winston on Backbenchers was reinforcing his role with condoleeza Rice in closing the gap between US and NZ. That made me feel uneasy, pro American allies, not a pleasant thought.
    Defacing billboards may be pragmatic with this in mind, despite being illegal. If it does help to rid us of the biggest public nuisance (turnKey that is) to have defaced the hallowed halls of Parliament, since Roger Douglas.
    Actually Is it illegal to alter billboards, isn’t it part of free speech during elections? Especially if done with good humoured wit. They are usually on Public land on verges. Anyone know the law in this respect?

    • blue leopard 20.1

      That is really interesting re Freudian slip – that is probably exactly what it is! I keep doing a double take every-time I see that name – all I can see is ‘turnkey’ at first.

      I like your reasoning re billboards ;) Perhaps we could have some blank billboards put up especially for the purpose?

      …as for Winston…he really is very unpredictable isn’t he?!

    • Colonial Viper 20.2

      Actually Is it illegal to alter billboards, isn’t it part of free speech during elections? Especially if done with good humoured wit. They are usually on Public land on verges. Anyone know the law in this respect?

      What was said about the Greens stunt on the NAT billboards last time around?

      Hoardings as they are more properly called, frequently get damaged during campaigns. Nothing unusual in that, as any seasoned campaigner can attest to.

    • Clemgeopin 20.3

      Forget about it. It is a very bad idea and very undemocratic and unfair. Don’t even think of going there. It will do more harm than good to our progressive cause.
      We should fight the bastards through conviction, policies, campaign, persuasion, education and social media.

      • Colonial Viper 20.3.1

        Nice sentiments. But how many hoardings have you put up or repaired on the campaign trail front line.

        • Clemgeopin 20.3.1.1

          Never involved in billboards. Only did door knocking and pamphlet drops in post boxes.

          If opposition damages out bill boards, sure it is a pain and does repairs etc, but I still think it is not good to retaliate. What do you think? and what has been your experience?

          • Colonial Viper 20.3.1.1.1

            Everything on the campaign trail makes a point. If all the red hoardings in a town of 10,000 have been demolished or defaced, and John Key’s smiling face on a pretty blue background looks out perfectly from all over the town, that says something of significance to the Labour voters there.

  21. Valleyman 21

    I hope like hell that key does a deal with the whacko craig, along with keys arrogance & ego will be his downfall.

  22. If I were Matt McCarten right now I’d be making heavy use of the fact that John Key has thought about quitting, and remind people there’s a possibility that a vote for National will net you Bill English as Prime Minister.

    That should make David Cunliffe look very attractive to voters. :P

    • Nakiman 22.1

      Key said he is not quitting, he may do four terms

      • Tracey 22.1.1

        …and he never lies

      • Colonial Viper 22.1.2

        No GST rises either…

      • Clemgeopin 22.1.3

        And you BELIEVE him?! He also said he will NOT raise GST. You believe him? He said he DOES NOT REMEMBER where he stood on the Springs Bok tour. You believe that? His innumerable convenient ‘brain fades’. You believe him? You are sucked in, mate.

        Get out of your dark side. Be patriotic!

      • Blue 22.1.4

        Pffft. That sook was considering quitting after the tea tapes. He can’t take the heat – one decent scandal and he’ll be off to Hawaii faster than you can say golf.

    • cogito 22.2

      Funny you should say that… Personally, I always had a bit f a soft spot for Bill English (prior to him being infected by Key) as he always came over as quite a straight talking, level headed family man…. I have often wondered how he actually gets on with slime-ball Key.

      • Dee 22.2.1

        I liked Bill once to, but he has gone along with this rotten govt so he is over as far as I am concerned.

    • Dee 22.3

      Good one Matt, but will they do it?

  23. dimebag russell 23

    an oxymoron really.
    key hasn’t got a personality.
    he is cold and shallow like a pit viper.

  24. Whatever next? 24

    Teamkey or turkey? Gobbling up new zealand

  25. Jrobin 25

    Clemgeopin, yes I see your point. It can backfire to vandalise. Satirical and good humoured alterations though may add an element of an ‘outside’ to the overwhelmingly persuasive propaganda machine that is kicking in behind re electing Key. it is dirty tactics though and I guess there are more positive ways to counter turnKey.

  26. freedom 26

    Hi, I am looking for the Obama version of the TeamKey image below. It was floating around the other day but it seems to have vanished from google searches and I cannot recall exactly where I saw it posted. I will keep trawling but if someone has it, I would appreciate the link.
    Have a good day.
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrKsVdrCYAAgUyT.jpg:large

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    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
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