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Crazy Corbyn?

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 88 comments
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Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity in the UK Labour leadership race has the political establishment in a tizzy. So of course, out come the dirty tactics. Private Eye has done a great job of showing up one of these…


88 comments on “Crazy Corbyn?”

  1. North 1

    The Herald must be consulting for these people in the UK……consider the headlining over Trev’s article in the Herald yesterday. Voting in the first flag referendum as one freely determines one will…….wow!……that’s engaging ‘gerrymander’ according to the Herald ??????

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      The Herald must be consulting for these people in the UK…

      More likely that they’re all owned by the same people and those people are calling the shots.

  2. Peter 2

    …… great article …. this should be a weekly Standard feature on our NZ MSM headlines.

    • greywarshark 2.1

      Thanks Private Eye for putting this together fascinating reading. And thanks for Notices and Features for making it public here. Very instructive on the media.

      I saw something on the radionz web site about a drift towards colouring in for adults. It must be a deep set need by adults to have clear definitions, boundaries for once, after sampling the fudgy, sticky media once too often.

    • Brillo 2.2

      Agree 100%.
      Who will volunteer to do it?

  3. Lara 3

    Interesting. So quantitative easing where money flows into the financial sector is okay, but QE where money flows into infrastructure would turn a country that tried it into Zimbabwe. Oooookaaaay……

    Does not compute.

    • David 3.1

      That’s because you have basic misunderstanding of how QE works. In effect, QE reduces interest rates and is reversible, pumping printed money into infrastructure is not reversible and will most certainly generate inflation. Use too much of it and you are walking the same road as Zimbabwe.

      • Lara 3.1.1

        I thought interest rates were set by the Fed in the US and the RBNZ in NZ.

        So where does the money go? It’s been created, and it goes where?

        It’s gone into the financial sector. It’s probably what’s been propping up the US stock markets for the last several years.

        It’s reversible how? Once the money is created and given how is it reversed? Taken back? I understand that it’s created as debt and when the debt is repaid it essentially ceases to exist. Is this what you mean by reversible?

        So if you tell me I have a basic misunderstanding of how QE works I would appreciate you being more specific on what you think this misunderstanding is. You’ve stated QE reduces interest rates, by my contention is that interest rates are set by central banks with our without QE, so if I’m missing something there I’d actually genuinely appreciate elucidation.

          • maui

            Quantitative easing (QE) is an unconventional form of monetary policy where a Central Bank creates new money electronically to buy financial assets, like government bonds.

            In other words this is an incredibly dodgy methodology that is exactly like creating money out of thin air for private banks to invest in the housing market and the stock market, all of which pushes prices of these items up, which means it is inflationary. It inflates the housing and stock bubbles (the exclusive part) in the economy that can only end up crashing. Meanwhile spending in the real economy is largely unchanged.

            • Draco T Bastard


              That’s it exactly. The present form of QE is creating even more problems that can’t actually be addressed while the form that Corbyn suggests won’t cause any problems at all – except that people would be employed and thus the private sector wouldn’t be able to force wages down as they’ve been doing.

              • greywarshark

                I just remembered reading a novel about the start of the iron working in the Industrial Revolution in Brit. The large companies taking this ground breaking venture forward were in the hands of Quakers. That is an interesting fact. Quakers, deeply religious, but not too spiritual to get money together to invest.

            • David

              “incredibly dodgy methodology that is exactly like creating money out of thin air ”

              All money is created out of thin air.

              • Draco T Bastard

                So, what exactly was your complaint about the government creating the money and spending it?

                • David

                  Well, just for a giggle I’d love to see what happens if Corbyn gets a go at this idea. Lucky I can lol from a distance.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Ah, so you’re saying that you don’t have problem and are just parroting off without an argument.

          • Lara

            So I’ve just read a doc on the Bank of England site, Quarterly Bulletin: design, operation and impact (of QE).

            I see how they expected QE to increase interest rates and inflation. But nowhere in that document does it explain how it’s “reversible”. But then I do know that the Bank of England has admitted that new money is created when banks make loans, and that when loans are repaid that money effectively ceases to exist. So yeah, I understand how it’s reversible.

            But nowhere on their website, in that document or in your comment is an explanation of why QE (pumping money into the financial sector) is only mildly inflationary (and lets be honest here, the inflation was minimal, and it required trillions of dollars to achieve it) and yet pumping money into the productive sector (as opposed to the financial sector) by employing people to build infrastructure would lead to runaway inflation aka Zimbabwe.

            I don’t think conditions in the USA or Britain are equivalent in any way to Zimbabwe.

            Did you know that creating new money out of thin air and using it to employ returned servicemen after WWII was exactly how the government of the day in NZ built our state housing stock? That wasn’t inflationary. In fact, it led to the most prosperous period in NZ’s history.

      • greywarshark 3.1.2

        That sounds glib. I don’t think you know what you are talking about. If so please quote textbook date of publication, author and chapter and page number.

        As I understand it, QE put into infrastructure would not create inflation because it is providing something that is not of a consumer nature and therefore not encouraging more spending and production on non-durable products.

        The Bank of England doesn’t have much to say about useful things for the country that can arise from QE, it seems just a way of putting money in and taking it out to control the inflation rate target wthich is 2%. A low inflation rate that is more important than having a country working and people able to live and be happy. It is acting to bring in post WW2 austerity again. Great BOE.

      • half crown 3.1.3

        “and is reversible,”

        So when can we expect the bankers to pay back the massive bonuses they got?

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.4

        It seems that you’re the one with the basic misunderstanding. If one form of QE is reversible then so is the other.

        Of course, the QE that is presently artificially inflating stock markets and house prices won’t be reversed as a few people are getting rich out of it.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.5

        In effect, QE reduces interest rates and is reversible, pumping printed money into infrastructure is not reversible and will most certainly generate inflation.


        eg. issuing credit to build many more houses will cause house prices to fall as supply goes up. No inflation. In fact you will get asset price deflation. That’s how the Labour Govt did it in the 30’s and 40’s.

        And of course they will NEVER “reverse” QE and go into money tightening because the bankers have fucked the markets and they cannot afford to.

  4. Clemgeopin 4

    Corbyn…What a great leader!

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Matthew Parrish UK radionz correspondent said this morning that Corbyn came over with refreshing integrity or the like. And I thought he had pinned it.

  5. fisiani 5

    Corbyn is just a symptom of the increasing irrelevancy of the Centre Left worldwide in the 21st century. Labour in New Zealand could learn from this and elect a potential winner like Kelvin Davis or Stuart Nash as leader but given the fact that caucus no longer chooses the leader it looks like they are doomed to be in Opposition in 2017,2020 and 2023. So many assume that the old pendulum principle still applies and that the public will eventually give the other side a chance to govern. Given the roaring success in every area of life we have had 2008-15 and with economic growth predicted to exceed 2% and our inward migration booming, housing construction aplenty, record employment levels and educational reforms I see no evidence of any popular surge to the Far Left other than here. The Greens have never been in government ever and Labour have no right to be a government. Oh well. The next Roy Morgan might raise a few spirits for a few days.

    • les 5.1

      what actual policies has the National govt implemented that have directly contributed to ‘the roaring success in every area of life we have had 2008-15 ‘?

    • weka 5.2

      “I see no evidence of any popular surge to the Far Left other than here.”

      None so blind as those that won’t look. Try Bill’s posts on Scotland for a very obvious example.

      • fisiani 5.2.1

        The SNP are not a part of the British government. You confuse seats with support for Far Left. Carry on with your delusion. I was in Scotland last week and there is no evidence of any Far Left policies affecting the people despite the SNP being in power for years in the Scottish Parliament. The collapse in support for Scottish Labour had to go somewhere. That is not the same as a popular lurch to the Left. Please keep on believing that is so. This is classical Corbynmania. It will soon appear in the DSM.

        • weka

          well of course you are going to say that. You will say that no matter what the evidence. Bill has covered this in his post, what the left wong policies are of the SNP, enacted in Scotland.

          Support for Corbyn wihin UK Labour would be another example.

    • Detrie 5.3

      The fact that most people [sheep] here tend to vote on personalities, not their policies doesn’t help. And labour NZ is still a centrist partly not providing a clear alternative to national. Things will have to get much worse here economically and socially, before we get another labour government. A fourth term national government is very likely.

      • David 5.3.1

        If people here are [sheep], why do you have such a hard time convincing them to vote the way you want them too?

        • maui

          Detrie doesn’t have large scale media supporting her or the establishment, kinda makes things difficult…

    • Draco T Bastard 5.4

      Corbyn is just a symptom of the increasing irrelevancy of the Centre Left worldwide in the 21st century.

      Actually, Corbyn and those of us who think like him are a result of 30+ years of the failure of RWNJ policies. We now know that such policies don’t work and are really designed to enrich the few at everyone else’s expense and so we’re looking for better ways to do things.

      • Clemgeopin 5.4.1


        Only clever crooks and stupid fools support the right wing pro-wealthy, pro corporate, anti-worker, anti-family and anti-environmental policies.

        • greywarshark

          You missed an important group = the complacent, they are not stupid though they are fools. They have got everything right for themselves, and don’t want to take on other people’s problems. And yes they are pro-wealthy.

          And hunger, homelessness, that is not in their purview. Lack of opportunity – get education, go and look for a job, keep at it you will get there. The unsolvable macro problem can be fixed by one person succeeding in their eyes, or the problem is personified by the one failure they see on tv. They constantly see the particular and ignore the general.

    • Clemgeopin 5.5

      The post is about the dirty politics, LIES and misrepresentations indulged in by the media and the RW towards Corbyn. You are doing exactly that here by hijacking the post rather than addressing the real issue of the points made in the post. The post is NOT about Corbyn but about the misinformation/lies/distortions done by the MSM on his actual statements. Did you not understand what the post is about?

  6. Glenn 6

    The Daily Mail had a piece vilifying Corbyn over what he may have said about the killing of Bin Laden a couple of days ago. Nothing unusual there in that conservative rag but what was unusual was the comments section where over 95% of the comments were supportive of Corbyn and very critical of the paper running him down.

  7. The lost sheep 7

    Even if you’re not a fan of Corbysocialism specifically, you’ve got admire what is happening with U.K. Labour.
    Clearly, a section of the population have decided that for their interests to be represented, the political dynamic of The Left must change.
    So they have organised, formed a plan, and executed it brilliantly.
    It’s just great to see that at least some portion of the Left have grasped the concept that you can’t just keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.
    So more power to them. Even if this change turns out not to be the right one, once they have broken the inertia and got the ball rolling all sorts of options are likely to spring out of the flux.

    So. The big question.
    What are the chances of something similar occurring in NZ?

    I can’t see any difficulty.
    The Far Left Networks could easily organise for large scale membership recruitment to the Labour Party, and you’d only need about 20,000 new members to control the Party Member vote….
    And then the balance of power would lie with The Unions, who you would think would favour a jump Left?
    And you’d quickly have the Old School Centrists outflanked and playing the stunned Mullet just like their equivalents in the UK. .

    Honestly, I’d love to see our tired old grey suited political landscape get some kind of kick up the arse. It really is painfully dull at the moment.

    • Bill 7.1

      So. The big question.
      What are the chances of something similar occurring in NZ?

      I’ve thought about this and…didn’t come up with a comfortable answer. Messily put…

      In the case of Scotland, a major party that could take the ground abandoned by Labour already existed (The SNP). In England and Wales, due to the fpp electoral system, a sizable genuine left wing remained within the Labour Party. (Corbyn was first elected in the 80s)

      In NZ, there is no existing major party that can step onto the ground abandoned by Labour and no (as far as I know) sizable and solid left wing component to NZ Labour.

      Labour contributed to the demise of a fairly nascent Mana Party as well as others. And when there was ideological differences in NZ Labour, NZ Labour split and the break away party withered.

      The Greens can be said to sit to the left of Labour, but I’d say that they are currently to the right of where Labour ought to be positioned. Said it before. NZ politics will just belatedly bob along in the wash of any new international political consensus that emerges on the left.

      • The lost sheep 7.1.1

        “In NZ, there is no existing major party that can step onto the ground abandoned by Labour”

        Only Labour itself? The vehicle that already exists.
        All you need to do is find 20,000 people who want to have a major platform for a Far Left Political platform, and carjack it.
        That is exactly what has happened in the UK?

        • weka

          NZ Labour doesn’t have Corbyn. Nor does it have an SNP to wake Labour up via elections.

          If NZ left wing voters had the sense, they’d vote GP. If the GP were sitting on 20% and starting to get electorate seats by now, we’d be in a different situation. Too many times I’ve seen left wing people at elections either waste their vote (IMP etc) or vote Labour out of fear.

          I also think that there is no UK equivalent of the 1980s betrayal of NZ by the Labour party. We still haven’t recovered from that. It will take a lot more in NZ to get people starting to trust Labour again. Little unfortunately isn’t inspiring confidence that anything much is going to change. He’s doing some good things for sure, but ultimately I don’t see how the next election will be that much different than the last. This doesn’t mean National will get a 4th term, but I doubt we will end up with an actual left wing, socialist govt.

        • Bill

          That is exactly what has happened in the UK?

          Well no. There was a contender for the leadership who came from the left of the party – an internal left that I’m thinking doesn’t exist within NZ Labour.

          After Corbyn stood and people heard what he had to say, people paid to take part in the election. That can’t happen in NZ.

          First up, in NZ, there is no ‘supporter’ levy (only members can vote). There is also a cut-off date for voter eligibility that would pre-empt any Corbyn type scenario. Then, in NZ, a single MPs vote counts the equivalent of (potentially) thousands of ordinary members votes (the 25%, or whatever it is, weighting of caucus) whereas in the UK an MPs vote only counts as one vote.

          • The lost sheep

            So to sum up, you don’t think the NZ Left is capable of instigating change?

            That’s not much of a vote of confidence eh, and it does make me wonder why the average voter would have any confidence in the effectiveness of the Left if someone like you doesn’t?

            Surely there’s a bit more spark going than that!

            • Bill

              Not quite. The summation would have been more accurate if it said ‘NZ Parliamentary Left’ in place of ‘NZ Left’.

              For me, it’s always been a case of affecting change beyond the bounds of the social democratic parliamentary sphere. Their only part – I say ‘only’, but it’s not minor – is to be ‘on to it enough’ to create the spaces where change can then occur.

              That aside, I thought the discussion was about the likelihood of parliamentary politics taking a turn in tune with developments in the UK Labour Party or with the more broadly based political developments in Scotland?

              • weka

                would it be fair to say that the changes in the UK and Scotland are to do with the broader left but it just looks like a parliamentary thing because of distance and we don’t see what the people are doing? Or do you think in both, or either situation it was party or MP/staffer driven?

                • Bill

                  Well, the independence referendum came about because the SNP had it as a commitment in their Holyrood election manifesto. So they were forced into a corner when they unexpectedly won an overall majority in an electoral system that was geared to prevent majorities.

                  Alongside that, they had already moved to occupy the ground abandoned by a Blairite UK Labour.

                  Referendum comes along and people engage, meaning that the broader left got energised. After that, people just didn’t go home.

                  With UK Labour it’s been an internal fuck up by the party (its dogs dinner of a democratic process) that’s resulted in Corbyn having a punt at leader and resulted in a cross section of the population in England and Wales ‘waking up’ – getting energised, enthusiatic and engaged. I don’t think it’s too dissimilar to what happened in Scotland.

                  In both cases it came about as an unintended consequence of parliamentary processes. I just can’t see the parliamentary vehicles people would/could hitch their hopes to and that would smash through any parliamentary fuck up in NZ . Where is the anti-austerity (anti- neoliberal) party or figure or the principled left parties or figure?

                  • Jeremy

                    Where is the anti-austerity (anti- neoliberal) party or figure or the principled left parties or figure?

                    Currently outside parliament, having lost Te Tai Tokerau.

                    • weka

                      The GP are still there.

                    • greywarshark

                      Have you lost your way Jeremy? What is the name of the person you are fumbling for? And do they live in Te Tai Tokerau. You seem confused. Which way did you come in? We can help you out.

                    • Bill

                      Indeed. And that means NZ is kinda screwed with regards emulating the road map presented by the UK and/or countries within it.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Which suits Tory Labour just fine.

                • The lost sheep

                  If the sudden rapid and huge influx to Labour Party membership in the UK is the evidence Weka….then it looks to be the broader left outside of the current political structure seeking to drive change?
                  But the crucial point is Bill, that they are specifically targeting Parliamentary Politics as a vehicle for change.
                  This seems a perfectly sensible tactic to me. From what ‘space’ could you more rapidly and effectively create change than from the position of being in Government?

                  I have seen much comment that the ‘broader left’ moving into UK Labour contains many people who were active supporters of the Occupy movement, and I think it entirely possible those people have gone away and thought about the degree of change Occupy thought it could accomplish in it’s early days, and yet how little it did actually change in the end….and so the movement is now aligning around a new tactic in the hope it will be more effective in achieving change?

                  And I still don’t see why something similar would not be a completely valid and possible tactic here in NZ?
                  If it’s not that then what is the plan for the Left?
                  FFS, something needs to change the current dynamic.

                  • Bill

                    I think a lot of people are targeting parliamentary parties, not for change, but to get some relief and maybe also in the hope that the space I talk of opens up.

                    I’d suspect if the space doesn’t appear, then they will push for it.

                    If they were just looking for, or hoping for enough change to come from parliament then, for example, the people in Scotland would have gone off home after the referendum. That they didn’t, indicates to me a rejuvenation of politics at the grassroots.

                    It’s not an ‘either/or’ type scenario – more a recognition of the limitations inherent to some vehicles for change and the need for a generally more sympathetic environment so that the other (extra-parliamentary) stuff can get traction.

  8. Alan W 8

    um, isn’t that what Labour NZ has now, a union appointed leader?????

  9. RingoStarck 9

    With an overtly socialist leader we at least stand to gain back the GreenGround.

  10. Brillo 10

    It’s worth noting that the DomPost gets much of its UK news and some of its lifestyle and general features reprinted directly from the Telegraph – which features so strongly in these misrepresentations here.

    For further entertainment, Google the Barclay brothers who own the Telegraph. For irrelevant fun, try to find a photo of the formerly very famous wife of one of them – he tried to buy up every photo of her on the internet.

    • swordfish 10.1

      Yep, the Dom Post largely relies on the right-wing Telegraph Group and Rupert Murdoch’s The Times for its international coverage and, above all, Op-Ed Opinion Pieces. Hence, the Dan Hodges crap on Corbyn in yesterday’s edition.

      Wellington is one of the most politically progressive, Left-leaning places in the Country (second only to Dunedin in its Left Bloc vote) and yet we’re stuck with newspaper opinion on international affairs that is well to the Right of what you’d find in The Herald and far less diverse.

  11. swordfish 11

    And yet, despite all the caricature and misrepresentation and demonization, the tidal wave of Corbymania just continues to sweep relentlessly through the UK.

    Here’s a tweet from the BBC’s Economics Editor on the fervour in the East Anglian city of Chelmsford, a Tory stronghold since 1950 (Tory majority 2015: 18,000) …..

    Tory Chelmsford's main theatre. There is overflow in bar and people are asking for returns. Something is going on pic.twitter.com/ymQgL6duau— Robert Peston (@Peston) September 2, 2015

  12. Wayne 12

    I think the Corbyn effect should be laboratory tested in New Zealand.

    New Zealand is not Greece, but a country that at least on OECD measures is doing moderately well. So we will know if the Corbyn effect has real appeal in New Zealand, and other similar countries in circumstances other than crisis.

    NZ Labour should therefore adopt all the Corbyn policies, themes and political rhetoric (adapted of course for New Zealand conditions), and test run them for the 2017 election. It will require real discipline by Labour MP’s. They all have to sign up for this test. No wimping out and going to dinners for charters schools. And no cozy dinners with CEO’s and private boxes at Eden Park.

    The next election is only two years away, so if the Corbyn effect is real, then it can be implemented by an incoming Labour led government in just two more years. Conversely if it is not real, then Labour only has to wait till 2020 to have a more appealing programme.

    Of course Labour (and Standardnistas) will have to put up with the swingeing attacks on them from the Nats, and their tame friends in the MSM. Cam Slater and David Farrar will have a field day.

    But that is to be expected; it is all part of the Lab test. After all, the Corbyn effect has to be able to triumph against a vicious Crosby Textor campaign.

    My only questions:

    Does NZ Labour have the courage to run such a campaign?

    Or will they sell out to third wayism?

    • miravox 12.1

      “I think the Corbyn effect should be laboratory tested in New Zealand.”

      I’m trying to think of the person who is as genuine in such “policies, themes and political rhetoric” as Corbyn to front them. Because that’s the bit of the Corbyn effect you missed in your imagined laboratory test.

      • Chris 12.1.1

        Steve Maharey?

        • miravox

          I’m not sure he has the down-to-earth touch. Would be good if he did. In any event, he’d have to be discounted due to no longer being in parliament.

          • Colonial Viper

            Maharey ain’t the right guy for this any more; maybe 20 years ago. No way would he go back into Parliamentary politics.

            • swordfish

              He used to be touted as a future figurehead of Labour’s Left. But, apart from an apparent tendency towards pointless, pleasant-sounding waffle, (after conversing with him for half an hour, people would apparently come out none the wiser), he was also known to speak very fondly of the Blairite ‘Third Way’.

              Maharey aint no Corbyn. Never was.

              • Grant

                “Maharey aint no Corbyn. Never was.”

                Never a truer word was spoke.

              • Chris

                Yeah, I know he was into blairite third way, but so were a lot of us at the time. It was only when the neo-liberal underpinnings were properly exposed that things became clearer. I think Maharey was duped by the initial rhetoric but quickly saw it for what it was. There were obvious reasons why Maharey left politics but I think his disillusionment with Labour’s social policy direction was more significant a reason than many think.

            • Chris

              Yes, I agree he wouldn’t go back into parliamentary politics. But if he did, would he be the right guy?

    • Olwyn 12.2

      I think the Corbyn effect should be laboratory tested in New Zealand.

      What is significant about the Corbyn effect is that it has come from the grass roots up rather than in the form of a top down experiment. Corbyn was included in the leadership ballot with amused disdain, so that no one could complain that there was no left wing presence. And it has turned out that people were hungry for what he had to offer. You never know Wayne – it is not the case that everyone worth bothering about is now happily middle class, and you too could find yourself taken by surprise.

      • The lost sheep 12.2.1

        There are lots of old school Socialists in the UK, and most of them attract diddly squat attention.
        The crucial difference with Corbyn is that he may become leader of the Labour Party.
        It is the power of that long established major ‘brand’ that makes him such a potent force.
        Without Labour he would be insignificant.

        As Weka pointed out, Hone is a Corbyn-like figure here in Aotearoa. So yeah, ho hum. But if he rejoined the Labour Party and 30,000 Far Left supporters joined the Party in order to push for his leadership?
        That would generate some interest I’m picking.

        But anyway, as far as NZ is concerned, I have a wee feeling that all the ‘Corbynist’ fervour is a touch vicarious.
        I’m willing to bet that we continue to have many discussions about it here on TS, but the one discussion that will not fly is the one about actually replicating something similar here in Aotearoa….

        • weka

          It wasn’t me that said that.

          One distinguishing feature of Corbyn is that he’s been part of UK Labour for a long time and has always been left wing (as far as I can tell). We simply don’t have anyone like that in NZ.

          “I’m willing to bet that we continue to have many discussions about it here on TS, but the one discussion that will not fly is the one about actually replicating something similar here in Aotearoa”

          Not sure where you have been, but we’ve been having those conversations already. It’s not about replicating (as has been pointed out there are very good reasons for why it’s not happening here), it’s about finding the NZ equivalent. From reading Bill’s posts and comments thing thing I understand about Scotland is that there was a cause that untited people and repoliticised them (and I assume that the shift in the UK Labour is a result of that). So what’s the issue in NZ?

        • Draco T Bastard

          As Weka pointed out, Hone is a Corbyn-like figure here in Aotearoa.

          Not really. He’s got a few similar views but I think you’ll find that Hone is far more authoritarian than Corbyn and that puts people off.

    • RedBaronCV 12.3

      Thinking of some one like say “David Cunliffe”, that looked like he attracted a smear campaign here? But then smear campaigns are looking like what the right in the UK is most interested in – panic setting in is it??

  13. swordfish 13

    (Reply to The lost sheep with the unsightly dags)

    Ah, right. So Corbyn’s on target to win the leadership because a whole lot of “Far Left” supporters have just joined the UK Labour Party in some sort of ‘Entryist’ conspiracy ?

    Putting aside the fact that most of the people enthused by Corbyn are of a decidedly social democratic disposition, the fact is polls suggest Corbyn is on course to win not only among newly signed up supporters and affiliates but also among the pre-2015 membership.

    Hone is a Corbyn-like figure ?

    Bollocks, nowhere near as likely to scare the horses as Hone.

    • The lost sheep 13.1

      Labour had already uncovered evidence of infiltration by members of hard left groups who oppose the party, such as the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition….
      Labour has confirmed that 65,000 of its 275,000 full members joined since the general election. Another 35,000 have paid £3 to become registered supporters, which gives them a leadership vote. A further 35,000 trade union members have signed up as affiliated supporters. It is understood another 20,000 members have joined since these figures were released – including 7,000 over the weekend before last.


      • swordfish 13.1.1

        Just to be clear:

        We’re talking about 200 Greens and some very minor “infiltration” by members of a Left group (37 members of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition). Along with 13 Tories, 7 Ukip supporters and 1 bloke from the BNP.

        The final 5 lines of your quote have nothing to do with entryism. They simply set out the huge influx of post-May 2015 members and supporters, most of them enthused by Corbyn (although the other 3 candidates collectively receive a-by-no-means-paltry
        40-ish % amongst them as well). In case you haven’t noticed, a tidal wave of Corbymania has just swept through Britain, mobilising and re-energising tens of thousands of previously-dispirited traditional labourites and social democrats.

        Meanwhile, as I said, you’re very conveniently ignoring the fact that polls suggest Corbyn is also winning among the Pre-2015 Labour Party membership.

  14. Wayne 14

    Realistically it has to be Andrew Little who runs with this experiment. He needs an obviously radical Deputy Leader.
    I don’t really mind if he succeeds, after all in NZ political mistakes can be corrected in just three years. And if it is a great success as per 1935, well, Labour gets re-elected.

    • weka 14.1

      I reckon Little would work, which begs the question of why he is not doing it.

      • The lost sheep 14.1.1

        Good question. Why not?

        And regarding the discussions about ‘finding the NZ equivalent’, what progress has been made? I seem to have missed that.

  15. newsense 15

    Would have to be a Labour electorate MP with 30 years of community activism, Wayne. Short on the ground.

    Thing is though, UK Labour is trying to deal with the odious and smarmy legacy of the Iraq war and Bush.

    In NZ Helen Clark was a long serving and mostly very moral politician who kept us well clear. She was fairly clear on sport and politics and where she was in 1981.

    Peters perhaps is another analogue for the protest and long serving vote.

    If anything it is the National party who are struggling with message diScipline and marketing hype (well done) v. genuine and sincere opinions.

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    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
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    2 hours ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
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    17 hours ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
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    17 hours ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
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    19 hours ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
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    20 hours ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
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    23 hours ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
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    1 day ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
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    2 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
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    2 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
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    2 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
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    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
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    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
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    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    6 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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    7 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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    7 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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    7 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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    7 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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    7 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
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    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
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    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
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    2 weeks ago