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Labour’s housing policy a winner

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 pm, December 1st, 2012 - 113 comments

Re Labour’s housing policy, announced by David Shearer at the Labour Party conference, John Armstrong says: “For the first time in a very long time, Labour has come up with something radical on the policy front which may grab the public’s attention, if not imagination – and which National cannot really get away with copying.”

Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 3:24 pm, November 30th, 2012 - 161 comments

David Shearer’s weekly e-newsletter, this week on “100% Pure”, climate change and our environmental reputation.

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Explaining is losing

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, November 27th, 2012 - 73 comments

David Shearer had Key on the back foot today in the House over Labour’s housing policy. Even Speaker Lockwood Smith sat Key down for going on too long and off the point. He had to be rescued by Chief Whip Michael Woodhouse with a patsy question, but the leadership crack it was designed to bring out fell flat too.

Why I will party vote for the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 2:24 pm, November 26th, 2012 - 169 comments

I’m tired of watching the Labour caucus screwing up the left’s chances of winning the treasury benches. I don’t really trust them to be competent to implement any new ideas if they control parliament. And most of their recent ideas are just warmed over ideas from the Greens. The caucus stupidity over the last week  has convinced me to eliminate the middle-man and leave the Labour whips to enjoy their busted trophy.

Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, November 24th, 2012 - 129 comments

David Shearer’s weekly e-newsletter, this week on Labour’s Conference, and leadership.

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A stronger mandate for the Labour leader?

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”.

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, November 23rd, 2012 - 82 comments

Winners and losers

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, November 21st, 2012 - 155 comments

So, who won and who lost?

Leadership meeting – the outcome

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, November 20th, 2012 - 470 comments

Shearer’s announcement is streaming live on 3 News at 5pm. Shearer has unanimous endorsement as leader. Cunliffe demoted, portfolios removed.

Leadership and unity

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 20th, 2012 - 152 comments

There is a Labour caucus meeting later today where, it is widely reported, Cunliffe is going to be demoted. I understand the temptation for Shearer. When challenged on his leadership he wants to portray the strong leader. But there is a better way. What we need now is reconciliation.

An apology to David Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, November 19th, 2012 - 121 comments

I’m sorry, David Cunliffe, for the part I have played in your downfall.  Wait a minute, what?

Cunliffe Has Overplayed His Hand

Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, November 19th, 2012 - 100 comments

At the end of this weekend’s Labour Annual Conference, delegates were happy. Speaking as a delegate, we had made the first and most important changes to the party in its history. But every night, after we got home and turned on the TV or visited a news website (or even some of the blogs), we didn’t see those stories we felt proud about. We saw Patrick Gower and Brook Sabin and Jessica Mutch sticking the camera in David Cunliffe’s face

Shearer’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, November 19th, 2012 - 9 comments

Reaction on the end of conference

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 40 comments

It was a good productive conference for Labour. The best reaction about David Shearer’s speech and the rank and files reactions to the conference that I observed was probably from Robert Winter, so I have quoted it here. Thanks to the NZLP’s council for letting me attend, and thanks to the working journalists for tolerating me.

Some facts for today

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 27 comments

The Labour Conference was not ‘acrimonious’. The Party was not ‘split’. A good time was had. Shearer’s speech was fantastic. The Party was rejuvenated. The February vote can’t be brought forward. Labour showed great progressive values. The media showed great beat-up skills.

3 out of 3

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 39 comments

First Gillard, then Miliband, now Shearer – three Labour leaders who have completely turned things round with one speech. The result for Shearer – an energised Labour Party ready to work for victory in 2014, and plenty for kiwis to talk about over the Christmas break.

The Speech: Active Government

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 25 comments

David Shearer’s speech to conference was everything that it needed to be – and more. The headlines will be about KiwiBuild, as they should be, it’s a stunning policy. But just as important for the future of the country is the strong commitment to active government.


Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 212 comments

100,000 new entry level homes. The biggest public building programme in over fifty years. Hope for young families and households. A massive boost to jobs and the economy.

This is a historic policy.

Break For The Future

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.

Looking for a new left direction: more than just one housing policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, November 14th, 2012 - 216 comments

A policy focusing on increasing state housing and affordable rents would be a good start. However, my current criticism of Labour leadership focuses on the policy direction of the leadership team.  This requires more than just one policy. A bold new left wing plan is needed to deal with the difficult challenges ahead. Updated

Shearer Says – on leadership

Written By: - Date published: 4:12 pm, November 13th, 2012 - 93 comments


Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2012 - 69 comments

NZ Herald: ‘David Shearer is brushing off a crescendo of calls for him to step down by left-leaning bloggers and commentators, saying it is “nonsense” and should be ignored.’

Shuffle the caucus deck

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, November 12th, 2012 - 89 comments

By all means, get rid of the unfortunate experiment that is the David Shearer leadership. But the problem is really with the NZLP’s parliamentary caucus who appear to have lost sight of what we want them to achieve. Until that problem is fixed the party will continue to shed people willing to exert effort supporting them.

Don’t panic

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, November 11th, 2012 - 73 comments

Twice this year we have seen Labour leaders  turn around perceptions of them and their party with one speech; Ed Miliband at the UK Party conference in November and Julia Gillard  in the Australian parliament in October. I think that calling for David Shearer’s head in the week before the Labour party conference is a sign of panic.

Who could replace Shearer?

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, November 11th, 2012 - 88 comments

Some people are Anyone But Cunliffe.  Some people think Cunliffe is the One True Leader.  Some people want more options.  So let’s make a case for it.

Leaders under pressure

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, November 10th, 2012 - 37 comments

Both John Key and David Shearer have had a bit of a pasting in the media lately. Shearer’s problems are solvable – Key’s are not…

Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, November 9th, 2012 - 63 comments

David Shearer’s weekly e-newsletter, this week on jobs and the Pike River report.

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Make your own “Shearer Says”!

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, November 3rd, 2012 - 48 comments

Every week or so another gripping read is emailed out from the Labour leader’s office.  Find out how you too can inspire a nation!

Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, November 2nd, 2012 - 79 comments

David Shearer’s weekly e-newsletter, this week on the Spring Creek miners, Christchurch school closures, and people as a priority.
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Gordon Campbell on Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, November 1st, 2012 - 151 comments

It looks like Gordon Campbell has picked up on Irish’s piece on what Labour needs to do and added a few thoughts of his own. I think Campbell has a point here and it troubles me deeply. The last thing we need is for Labour’s vote to collapse in election year the same way Bill English’s did in 2002, or for the campaign to be derailed by faux pas like Brash in 2005.

Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, October 27th, 2012 - 12 comments

David Shearer’s weekly e-newsletter, this week on Greymouth, jobs, and privatisation.
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