Shearer confirmed

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According to, Patrick Gower David Shearer has be confirmed in the leadership vote this morning.

There’s no sign of the voting numbers yet but this offers certainty going into 2014. Let’s hope he shows some steel in his reshuffle and puts together the best team to take it to the tories in 2014.

Congratulations David, now it’s time to do the hard yards.

Update: Stuff reports an “overwhelming” majority.

511 comments on “Shearer confirmed ”

  1. r0b 1

    OK, so that’s done. I know the outcome won’t please everyone here, but I ask those who aren’t DS fans to consider now what’s best for the Left (not just Labour, but the Left) over the months ahead.

    • One Tāne Huna 1.1

      What’s best for the Left?

      The Green Party.

    • Yawn 1.2

      what’s best for the Left probably isn’t a party whose caucus blocks the membership’s clear desire for a say on the leadership.

      You know, the Greens let their members vote on the co-leaders every year….

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.3

      but I ask those who aren’t DS fans to consider now what’s best for the Left (not just Labour, but the Left) over the months ahead.

      Good luck with that. Really.

    • Colonial Weka 1.4

      “I know the outcome won’t please everyone here, but I ask those who aren’t DS fans to consider now what’s best for the Left (not just Labour, but the Left) over the months ahead.”

      What does that mean to you r0b?

      • r0b 1.4.1

        I’m a hopeless idealist CW. What I think is best for the Left is for Labour supporters to unify round Shearer and give the party their all. For Labour and the Greens to formalise a strategy of cooperation, and present a unified front as a government in waiting. For them to work together to highlight how completely crap the current Nat government is, and to present bold new policies for social democratic, environmentally aware and sustainable change.

        Like I said, a hopeless idealist.


        • Colonial Weka

          Thanks r0b. But I’m not really getting this (from you and others). The only thing that has changed from yesterday is that Shearer has been confirmed leader. Why do people think this will mean a change in policy development or in how Labour relates with the GP?

          Honestly, I’m not understanding where people are coming from on this at all. Can you please explain your thinking?

          • r0b

            I don’t think that it will necessarily result in change – what I described was what I think is best for the Left, not what will happen…

        • Fortran

          I am not convinced that the Greens would really co-operate with anybody.
          Not in their interest as they have to be seen to be different and not a patsy of Labour.
          Their make up of MPs is different.
          Most are middle class, well educated, financially secure, unafraid to be activists, tied in to their beliefs, as the only way forward in their righteousness.
          Under MMP they have worked for over 20 years to see their movement come close to political power, and to be seen consorting with Labour politically would be anathema.

          • tc

            +1 this is their moment with the mallarfia at play and they don’t come across as the trougers like goff/trev/king do so why sully your brand.

          • Foreign Waka

            Given the alternatives and policies presented there is no contest – labour is too much hung up on their own outdated empire building mechanism, with no real policies of any hue and I for one don’t want to move further right. So that means to me: green.

          • Colonial Weka

            “I am not convinced that the Greens would really co-operate with anybody.
            Not in their interest as they have to be seen to be different and not a patsy of Labour.”

            Nah, the Green Party are leaders in co-operation. They use co-operation well within their own organisation, and they demonstrate both the willingness and the ability to do so with other organisations.

            Co-operation doesn’t mean agreeing with the Labour party, or being subsumed by them. The Greens can keep their identity and independence, still play hard ball when they need to, and yet also work with their allies as and when that’s appropriate. Seeing how the Greens and Labour form a coalition could be one of the most interesting aspects of the next electoral cycle (expect some ground-breaking things to occur).

            Unfortunately I suspect that the great good for the left, and for NZ politics, that could have come from that will be substantially limited by the current Labour leadership (not just Shearer). I don’t trust the current lot to do anything other than play the game for their own ends. If we get really lucky the GP will have enough party vote clout to force Labour into a decent coalition, but it’s not likely to reach the potential of two coalition partners who genuinely know how to work with each co-operatively.

        • Blue

          What I think is best for the Left is for Labour supporters to unify round Shearer and give the party their all.

          Been there, done that – under Phil Goff’s leadership. The only problem was that we still lost.

          How many more useless leaders do we have to rally behind? Are we going to be asked to get our pom-poms out for David Parker in 2017?

        • Dr Terry

          rOb – the best word here is “sigh”. I admire anybody for having ideals and I take none of that away from you. But I cannot help thinking your message above could just as well have applied to Phil Goff not so many years ago. I am more cynical than you unfortunately,and am inclined to say “Welcome back John Key 2014” with huge regret. My ideals are reserved for the Greens.

        • Tiresias

          “What I think is best for the Left is for Labour supporters to unify round Shearer and give the party their all.” – r0b

          Problem is that you elect Chairmen, spokesmen, Head-boys, first-violins, Boards of Trustees. You can’t elect a ‘leader’. A leader elects himself, by leading.

          Having to exhort others to “unify around” a leader just means he isn’t leading.

    • The Fan Club 1.5

      Hahaha, this is not going to happen. Y’all have wound up the rubes, dangled all sorts of carrots in front of them, convinced them this is a fight for the soul of the party, and now you’re telling them that it’s not that big a deal and now we’ve lost to go home quietly?

      Not going to happen. Shearer’s the big bad, the neo-liberal devil. And Mallard and King are witches at his Black Mass.

      So yeah, have fun watching the Standard commenters lose their shit even as the more in-touch writers start to walk back the crazy in a vague (and I suspect deluded) hope that this year they can get back into the mainstream of the party.

      • IrishBill 1.5.1

        I had thought you were a Shearer supporter but now I’m beginning to suspect you’re a sophisticated tory troll because if anything will turn this into a Pyrrhic victory for Shearer it’s the line you’re taking.

        • The Fan Club

          Dude if I thought anyone actually read this shit that wasn’t already either a nutter or In Play, then the line, like all good, disciplined members, would be: Shearer’s going to lead us to victory in 2014 as a unified team.

          But it’s a collection of hacks and crazies, so I don’t really mind saying what I think. And it’s not like I’m speaking for the Leader’s Office or anything. I’m just a member.

        • One Tāne Huna


          Another possibility is that Fan Boy is showing all the symptoms of life in the bunker. The enemy within etc etc…

      • r0b 1.5.2

        Y’all have wound up the rubes

        Not me, Fan Club, not me.

        • The Fan Club

          Yeah, that’s true, and I apologise for the broad brush approach.

          • Pascal's bookie

            Though it’s interesting to note how you view the punters.

            • The Fan Club

              Pascal, you’re a bright enough guy. Look around you at the other people writing here. There’s 9/11 Truthers. There’s various weird banking obsessives. There are a surprising number of people who have difficulty with basic grammar and punctuation. It’s not exactly the drawing room of the Goncourts here.

              The Standard comments section just doesn’t have much to do with the vast bulk of the punters in NZ, or even the vast bulk of the Labour Party.

              • Pascal's bookie

                And yet, how did that vote go at conference, and why does the leadership fear going to the broader party to confirm Sheaer’s leadership?

                You can’t make claims about the broader party’s support while at the same time saying that the conference vote was an attemted coup.

                Well you can, obviously, because people are doing it. But it doesn’t make a lick of sense.

                • The Fan Club

                  In fact the vote at conference was lost if you count the rank and file members. It only passed on the block vote of the (to use a traditional left wing term) union bureaucracy.

                  So there’s that.

                  Also the claim isn’t that everyone who voted aye was so voting in an attempt to roll Shearer. The claim is that Cunliffe was running a coup, which is a different thing.

                  I note that you aren’t really coming out in defence of the Truthers or the banking obsessives or the paranoiacs here.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    So there’s what, exactly?

                    Explain the logic.

                    • The Fan Club

                      I have no idea what on earth you want me to explain. The concept that unions are not exactly citadels of transparency? The idea that Cunliffe was trying to roll Shearer?

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      So comrades, once we’ve purged the members, we must destroy the unions.

                      What a tool.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      I have no idea what on earth you want me to explain

                      What your argument is.

                    • The Fan Club

                      I have no idea what the fuck you’re on about. Let’s get back to the main point: the majority of commenters here really are loons.

                    • Pascal's bookie


                      You have no idea what is meant by someone saying:

                      “explain that thing you just said”

                      And I was talking about how what you say, reveals what you think, so it’s exactly on topic.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      “…the vote at conference was lost ..”

                      Loons who can scroll up to figure out what “logic” PB is questioning.

                    • The Fan Club

                      I have no idea how you fail to understand: the r&f membership at conference voted against the motion, it only carried on the union block vote, therefore it is not accurate to use the outcome of that vote as a guide to the opinion of the r&f membership.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      “…it only carried on the union block vote, and all the other people who voted ‘yes’” FIFY

                      A bit like the way Shearer was elected leader then. No, wait…

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Let’s unpack this a bit shall we, seeing you clearly are having some difficulty.

                      Do you think it is legitiamate that unions play the role they play in the NZ Labour party?

                      When you think ‘broader party’ do you include the unions in that thought?

                      And on another note:

                      Do you think leadership challanges should be done through an open process, or should they be National party style coups? Or do you find the very notion of leadership challenges to be treasonous to the party good?

                    • The Fan Club

                      Like all good leftwing Labour constituency members I think the union block vote is an oligarchical tool of the union careerist hierarchy. I welcome the involvement of union r&f in the party, but given that the unions often appear determined to prevent that happening it’s hardly me you should be quizzing.

                      I try not to think broader party, it’s an ugly phrase.

                      Like the majority of the party, I think leadership challenges should be handled openly, and restricted to certain times. Cunliffe, of course, failed both of those tests.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      “…often appear determined to prevent that happening…”

                      [citation needed]

                      A citation is also needed regarding Cunliffe, but that would ruin your whole narrative – because you can’t provide one. \

                      I suggest you take the wingnut approach of simply repeating the same lie over and over again. It suits you. Are you sure you’re in the right party?

                    • Anne

                      : the r&f membership at conference voted against the motion, it only carried on the union block vote, therefore it is not accurate to use the outcome of that vote as a guide to the opinion of the r&f membership.

                      This nutter TFC is definitely on another planet! He/she also has eye-sight, hearing and general cognizance problems. Either that, or he/she wasn’t even at the conference and (as usual) is talking through one enormous hole in his/her head.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      “good leftwing Labour constituency ”

                      You done gone and spelled ‘university young labour careerist fuckwit’ wrong. Your massively long typo means something completely different.

                    • The Fan Club

                      WTF you do know that the union block vote is traditionally hated by the constituency left? Because as a tool of the union bureaucracy it’s traditionally been used to shut down r&f desire for real left wing policy.

                      Again, you’re not defending the practice of the Affiliates deciding how they will exercise their members’ votes at conference in a smokey room on the Friday. (Word is that the EPMU executive were very unimpressed with the way their delegates voted. And apparently the Servos had a proper blow up later about the whole thing. Not exactly democratic, transparent good government is it?)

                    • One Tāne Huna



                      We’ll just take your (weasel) words for that shall we?

                      On second thoughts…

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Seems to me the ‘constituency left’ (now there is an ugly fucking phrase, funny how you find ‘broad’ to be awful, and that to be fine and dandy. Your language really is quite revealing), are pretty bloody hopeless to be honest.

                  • The Fan Club

                    Uh, Pascal, you’re not exactly bearing news there. It’s a traditional lost cause, yes.

                    • vto

                      Hey mrs fan club, if you knew you’re history you would realise that the so-called “loons” are where change in society stem from. From their ideas, their original (or you would say, loonie) thoughts, their activism. Those sticking with current orthodoxy and thinking get stuck in current orthodoxy and thinking. Pick a change, any change, and see what you find ….. You might like to try the vote for a start, or perhaps social welfare, or gay rights, on it goes. Or, in a non-political sphere, the property market – follow the hippies. Where they live is where the joe-average punter (especially the rich ones) end up further down the track when they realise the hippies were right e.g. Waiheke.

                      As far as I’m concerned the true loons are the ones who dismiss these people as loons.

                      Adios loonie

                  • David H

                    No FC that nasty POS Gower insisted that Cunliffe was running a coup.

              • geoff

                It’s called humanity.

              • Dr Terry

                TFC – The vast number of Standard comments clearly indicate that these are genuinely “representative” of the bulk of the Labour Party, the same Party which was not given any say today.

  2. CV - Real Labour 2

    Congratulations go to David Shearer and Grant Robertson. Now let’s get some unflinching left wing policies out to the electorate ASAP and kick these bloody Tories out of power.

  3. Peter 3

    I’m very disappointed at this outcome, but we have to think of the future for the Left. I can’t see much future for Labour to be honest now. It’s historical mission may have reached its conclusion. A party cannot continue when there’s a such a giant split between it and its membership.

    The first thing that occurs to me are the hundreds (if not thousands) of people who joined the NZLP to have a vote on the leadership – specifically to vote Shearer out. This number will also include those people who have remained in Labour specifically to vote Shearer out. Where will these people go?

    Well, I think a fair proportion of them will now walk to the Greens, or just won’t contribute at all. Some may stay and rankle within Labour, or like, me occasionally vent their frustrations on forums such as this.

    But yeah, if there’s any democratic socialism left in this country now, it’ll be coming through a different vehicle.

    Thanks Caucus, for standing up for your hard working members. Now I know a bit how Anderton felt in 1987…

    • McFlock 3.1

      Hundreds if not thousands joined labour in the past year? Really? To use a tried and true internet expression of scepticism and request for evidence to support an unlikely assertion: “dox, plox”.

      • CV - Real Labour 3.1.1

        I’ve spoken to the people at head office who were flat out for a few weeks processing new member forms. I reckon they were putting through more than three a day.

        • McFlock

          3 times 21 = 63.

          2012 Labour Party membership (meh, wikipedia): 56,741

          Shearer(/mallard/whomever today’s devil may be) isn’t exactly looking imperilled by the movement to join for change.

          • IrishBill

            That’s counting affiliates, McFlock. If you take the unions out my estimation is that financial r&f membership is under 10,000 possibly as low as 5000.

            It’s my understanding that following conference several hundred new members signed up. Of course you are assuming that a large membership is sought by the parliamentary arm. I don’t believe that is always the case.

            • McFlock

              ah – I thought it sounded a bit high.

              So basically, the rush to join labour and get rid of Shearer resulted in a net change in direct party membership that might have entered the double digit percentages.

              I’m just suggesting that the membership groundswell against shearer seems to be a bit imprecise. At the moment it’s gone from “if not thousands” down to “three or more a day for a few weeks” back up to “several hundred”.

              And, of course, people who were members before the conference voted against today’s vote being a full-party vote.

              • IrishBill

                I don’t see why you’re seeing a surge in membership as a bad sign. I would have attributed a lot of it to the fact that the rules changed to give members greater say in the party and that attracted a lot of democratically minded people.

                • McFlock

                  Peter’s statement was that hundreds if not thousands joined labour to vote shearer out.

                  I think that was more projection than reality.

                  • IrishBill

                    It was hundreds. As you point out that’s heading toward a double digit percentage increase. I think that’s a good thing. Do you?

                    • McFlock

                      Membership up? Of course good, except for nact.

                      Assuming specific motives to each and every one of those members, simply because you agree with those motives?
                      Nope. Not useful.

                      Predicting electoral calamity based on exaggerated estimates of the number of new members about whom one assumes a very particular motive that one happens to personally agree with?
                      I suppose one could do worse for political analysis. Maybe an uncritical and absolute belief in everything Gower says? You’d have to work hard, though.

                    • IrishBill

                      I don’t get the Gower comment. Can you elucidate?

                    • McFlock

                      I think that many of Gower’s stories are sensationalised guesswork (if not complete crap). Some of them fair guesses, but guesswork nonetheless.

                      At least wishful thinking based on the projected motives of a disillusioned Labour sympathiser has some tenuous link to the beliefs of the Labour membership. I don’t think Gower is that connected to Labour membership, or the caucus in general..

              • CV - Real Labour

                And, of course, people who were members before the conference voted against today’s vote being a full-party vote.

                That is correct, at Conference they opted to trust the good judgement of caucus.

                • McFlock

                  they knew what it was when they voted for it.

                  • CV - Real Labour

                    We’d probably voted on 20 or more items in that half-hour span McFlock. Some people were keeping up, some weren’t and some were thoroughly confused. But the way it is, is the way it is.

                    • McFlock


                      And of course, if today’s vote had gone to the membership and affiliates and Shearer had been re-chosen as leader, you’d be using similar excuses to demonstrate why you are right and democracy is wrong.

                • LOL, I hope they managed to find some. 🙂

    • Tom Gould 3.2

      Indeed, it is troubling to reflect on why Anderton left and why he rejoined Clark when nothing meaningful actually changed from 1985. Wasn’t it Lange who described Clark as ‘so dry she’s combustible’?

  4. Congratulations to Shearer.

    And I hope that steps are now taken to unite the party, ensure positions are held on merit, and improving the ability of Caucus to take it to the Government.

    • higherstandard 4.1

      Haha, positions held on merit ?

      That’s not the way political parties work, or most businesses come to that.

    • I’d settle for uniting the party and listening to the voices of members. Positions being held on merit has eluded Labour in the past. (obviously not as much as National, but still sometimes)

      As for improving the ability of Caucus to take it to the Government- that’s not what Labour needs, even National voters are getting sick of this Government. It needs to present itself as a credible alternative Government that can work constructively with its coalition partner(s) regardless of their disagreements.

  5. Santi 5

    Excellent and brilliant news.
    I’m extremely happy with the selection of this very articulate man to lead the Labour Party.

  6. Santi 6

    Go Shearer, go!

  7. IrishBill 7

    I was never in any doubt Shearer wouldn’t get the numbers. I was expecting 100% or close but if that was the case I’d have expected it to be announced as such. I’d love to know what they were but that’s just me being nosey.

    I would hope this means the end of the divisive tactics of the ABC and reciprocal goodwill from members and supporters.

    Anyway, congratulations David Shearer – it’s time to take it to National.

  8. A caucus vote to confirm Shearer as leader doesn’t mean the tools we have will
    be put down,it means we look elsewhere to put our vote, Caucus dropped the
    ball on this one.

  9. The Fan Club 9

    Three cheers for Mr Shearer, and all that.

    Personally speaking, I would like Shearer to take steps, not to “unite the party”, but to make it clear that factional game playing won’t be rewarded in his team. A good way to start that might be by demoting those MPs who’ve wasted their time since the last election scheming. and rewarding those, like Hipkins, who’ve put their heads down and made the running on big issues like education.

    • IrishBill 9.1

      I agree, fanclub. This likes of Phil and Trevor need to be shown the door.

      • The Fan Club 9.1.1

        Actually, Irish, didn’t Phil run a pretty sweet operation around the MFAT changes? I seem to remember headline after headline about McCully’s incompetence.

        • Pascal's bookie

          And yet somehow McCully is still the minister.

          • The Fan Club

            Are you actually an idiot? Like, do you know how Westminster democracies operate? Ministers don’t quit. They just get more and more shopworn until they retire or are reshuffled, absent serious personal misconduct.

            Given Parata’s still at education, the fact McCully hasn’t left MFAT doesn’t tell you much about anything.

            • Pascal's bookie

              Strongly suspect you’re an idiot actually. Ministers resign when the cost of keeping them on is too high.

              That cost is extracted by the opposition.

              Though I have to say you are consistent.

              ‘Ministers go away through natural processes that just take time, just like governments.’

              • The Fan Club

                Well yeah that’s basically an accurate model of how the vast bulk of ministerial careers work.

                Ministerial resignations follow major scandals, and in general personal scandals. The number of scalps taken by the Opposition for purely mismanaging operational matters, like the restructuring of a department, is basically nil. (I mean, I struggle to think of any in the past twenty years, unless there’s real complicating factors.)

                Getting headlines is pretty much the best any Opposition can hope for.

            • fatty

              Are you actually an idiot? Like, do you know how Westminster democracies operate? Ministers don’t quit.


              Go get a coffee fanny, your stupidity and arrogance today is getting boring.

            • Foreign Waka

              TFC – can you please refrain to address people who disagree with you as idiot or stupid? Since when is this a means of getting a point across? Or have you yet to leave your Kindergarten day’s behind?

      • One Tāne Huna 9.1.2

        +1, but it won’t happen, especially while the likes of Fan Boy are smearing other Labour supporters (not to mention Jane Clifton).

    • fatty 9.2

      hipkins will be rewarded…but not for keeping his head down

  10. The Fan Club 10

    See above.

    • IrishBill 10.1

      Actually, Irish, didn’t Phil run a pretty sweet operation around the MFAT changes?

      Yeah but he was also responsible for this:

      That looks like factional scheming to me.

      • One Tāne Huna 10.1.1

        This is where Fan Boy starts to display right-wing tendencies: rejecting evidence, clinging to false narratives, etc.

      • The Fan Club 10.1.2

        So in fact Goff managed to do more to put National on the ropes than most of caucus? And he’s to be shown the door? Right… Likewise Hipkins; he made a lot of mileage on education (especially Novopay) and deserves to be given a promotion.

        I think supporting the leader against personality driven destabilisation is a good thing.

        • IrishBill

          So in fact Goff managed to do more to put National on the ropes than most of caucus?

          You know who drove that campaign, Fanclub, and you know Goff was largely carrying water.

          I’m assuming that, with this vote, many who have had issues with Shearer will now be willing to support him. His fans would do well to consider the wisdom of further antagonism.

          • The Fan Club

            There’s a group running a line that certain Cunliffe loyalists deserve to be promoted for their hardwork. There needs to be pushback on that one, because I think a lot of the names mentioned have been missing in action since Shearer’s election, and in many cases only got promoted as far as they did in a honourable but ultimately futile attempt at unifying the party.

            That didn’t work, so maybe this time around there needs to be consequences for disloyalty.

            [In particular, Irish, you know damn fine Cunliffe was flogging off front bench positions like there was no tomorrow. I have no time for people who lost a fight they started for nasty self-interested reasons calling for unity and making-up afterwards.]

            • One Tāne Huna

              “Consequences for disloyalty”

              This drongo thinks she’s in the army. Or perhaps North Korea.

            • IrishBill

              So you are a tory troll. I’ve got to take my hat off to you for your sophistication and dedication but if you think you’ll fuel more division you need to be more subtle.

              • Anne

                Yes, a Tory troll.

                Gave him/her the benefit of the doubt last week and apologised for calling him/her a troll. Take it back with bells on!

                • Colonial Weka

                  Good call Irish and Anne. I’ve been feeling something is not quite right, but couldn’t put my finger on it.

                  • Tim

                    I’ve a different theory or impression based on the same type of prejudices and judgemental behaviour that Fan Club seems comfortable with – but really it’s “just SOooooo uncool”. I realise he probably hasn’t read my response to his last effort to chastise me, because (last I looked), he hadn’t attempted to have the last word.

                    My theory is however that there are what I would describe as ABC celeb scene queens, with attitude (and altitude) that means they’re so far up their own arses that the hearing and ‘seeing’ qualities Anne was concerned are a physical impossibility.
                    Not only are they fans of insipid little Hipkisses, but also of the likes of Hughes, and of King. Indeed its their duty as scene queens to defend them with all their intellect – even if it means judging and applying any and all negativity to anyone that might have difficulty with grammar, or spelling, or who didn’t show the same scholastic genius as He. Oscar Wilde in His case would have be torn.

                    Like Anne (above), I too take back his feigned concern of (in my case – homophobia) – that is, if indeed he did read my response, because if he did and refrained from comment – apparently using the term Fag Hag is OK but ONLY if you’re part of the LGBTxxx commuity. Since, over the years I’ve had a couple of same-sex relationships, tho’ now very happy in a “str8” one, I’d have to identify with the “B” in Fanny’s world.
                    You’d have to admit, there’s a sense of a Paul Henry about the cnut and I’ll leave it to youse fellas to determine the reasons why.

                    What amuses though, is that this Hipkiss-like insipid little arsehole is he goes all quiet (although being a “Standard-on Air” adherent – and perhaps LPrent could check the hits) after quite obviously losing an argument logically played out (also see above).
                    The guy’s spectacular intellect, willingness to show interest in reasoned dialogue, his modesty, his compassion, if claim to ‘left-wing’ politics SURELY has to be a lesson to us all. I’m certainly in awe of this specimen
                    Alternatively – you guys could be correct and he’s simply another eeeeegotistical troll (he’d STILL have to be so far up his own arse – and I think it’s safe to say NOT others’ – because – as those prejudices would determine – a very willing ABC club “celeb bottom – pushed to be versatile at a pinch’) that he serves for nothing other than to reinforce a Waitakere-man view of the world.

                    I hope he’s got tickets to Mrdi-fucking-Gras, where hopefully he’ll get a Western Sydney bash.
                    Ooops – will that get me banned? AH well – so be it

                    • The Fan Club

                      Yes I’m working for Grant & Trev, but on the side Steven Joyce is spinning me a few extra bucks to keep the flames going.

                      I also have a wee deal with Dunne, but that one’s not for public consumption…

                      (You guys love a good conspiracy, don’t you.)

              • Elizabeth Bourchier Real Labour

                The Fan Club is NOT a Tory Troll. Look at the postings it made last night 03022013 between 10pm and midnight.
                The potty mouth is a very loyal Labour Activists in Wellington who gets very upset.
                Fan Club thinks that Labour coming third to the Nats and the Greens in Wellington Central is excuseable.
                Have a read.

                • Colonial Weka

                  I don’t know if they’re a tory or not, but they definitely behave like a trool.

                  • One Tāne Huna

                    I think it’s bunker mentality. We already know that Fan Boy thinks that Trevor Mallard is the messiah, as evidenced by an unhealthy fascination with who he’s “banging”. The brilliant campaign manager can’t possibly be responsible for the party’s dismal poll ratings, so it must be the party members at fault.

                    A sore loser, a worse winner, toxic in every respect.

                • Tim

                  Oh I’m bloody SURE he gets VERY VERY upset. When he does though, perhaps you could remind him that he’s not the sage he’s so DESPERATE TO BE, and that humility is actually a good quality, not so bad – no matter how hard it is that you’re trying to defend those you hold dear….. aye “pet”!
                  Actually, that was a public service announcement that was probably better delivered by Trev, but he wasn’t available to have his cock sucked at this point in time, other than by Kethlik Guurl.

                  IT’s al academic anyway – Labour have deserted me so the likes of Mike Smiths, or Fan frikken Bois, or Turps (and btw – there goes a joke if ever there was), are for entirely irrelevant.

                  If there was a Yellow card before, no doubt its now Red. So be it! However ….. “so” having said that, there’s probably about 20 votes that go too.
                  DS – you’re a nice enough bloke – just not what’s needed.
                  AK – you’re compassion and concern is admirable, its just that you’re idea of loyalty . v. enabling dysfunction has tended in the wrong direction – sad thing about your legacy aye, but there goes being a mutha-figure to absolute cnuts
                  Let the prejudices roll. ABC might actually gleean something from them – so far they’ve really only EVER ASSUMED with a MOULDY Fran leading the charge.

          • Dr Terry

            OK Irish -do I hear you saying you want Shearer in for better or worse, just get Labour in regardless of all?

        • One Tāne Huna

          You’ve already stated that you’d rather see further infighting – the epitome of “destabilisation” – than unity, just twenty minutes ago.

          To be magnanimous in victory is a virtue, but you have called for a vindictive purge. What a feeble hypocrite.

        • Yawn

          Yeah, well, when Mfat decides to leak to you, it’s pretty hard to stuff it up.

          Ultimately, the idea that embarrassing a minister over a ministerial restructure is some huge victory is part of the problem – it has nothing to do with New Zealanders’ lives, it says nothing to the people that used to vote Labour but have given up except ‘we’re more interested in the game then in you’

        • mickysavage

          Fan Club. You should learn the skill of shutting TFU and showing a bit of graciousness.

          • The Fan Club

            Hahaha am I actually being told to STFU by a guy that went on Morning Report and bitched about the Party? This is hilarious. We won, and you guys went off the reservation, and it’s going to have consequences, because we can’t let this shit keep on happening.

            • Olwyn

              You have seem to have a strange idea of unity, TFC; that it is only able to arise when everyone who disagrees with you has been purged. Well, I guess that is one sort of unity, but it doesn’t have much voter appeal. Those who practice it tend to be leaders of totalitarian states.

              • Anne

                Yes, and I think the time is fast approaching when IB (or someone) can send TFC to a little metaphorical plot of arid land where she/he can be a totalitarian state of 1.

            • mickysavage

              Consequences TFC?

              You really are being an idiot.

              What are you going to do? Take away from me the opportunity to deliver pamphlets, put up hoardings and give money and time?

          • Tim

            ain’t that the truth! Still – he did own up to it all part way.

      • David H 10.1.3

        Yeah but Garner and Gower Can’t call either of them Journo’s so they should go and work for fat boy at the Newly renamed Liar!

  11. Colonial Weka 11

    “The Labour Party has overwhelmingly re-elected David Shearer as its leader.” – Stuff

    Funny, I thought it was just caucus voting.

  12. bad12 12

    Yes Dave, bring on the policies and hopefully have the grace to have someone watching this space,(the Standard), so as the Labour Caucus can be fully aware of ANY and ALL perceived faults in proposed Labour Government policy…

  13. BillODrees 13

    Now is the time for Shearer to show his pedigree as a Peace Maker.

    Time to unite the Caucus by positioning the right people in the right positions on the basis of talent.

    Time to accept that the Party has changed irrevocably.

    Time to engage with all elements within the Caucus, the Membership and the Unions.

    That is the only way we will kick Key out.

  14. Olwyn 14

    I count myself as a Social Democrat who broadly accepts the guiding principles of the NZ Labour Party. In 2014 I will vote for the party that I see as upholding those principles. I would like that party to turn out to be Labour, but if it is not I will take my vote and my support elsewhere. I will not however, be persuaded by centre-right positioning in centre-left drag.

    • woodpecker 14.1


    • Red Rosa 14.2


    • rosy 14.3

      +1 I’m trying really hard not to see fan one as typical of the ABC club. It’s difficult.

    • Addison 14.4

      Agreed, why are those who seek change considered traitors?

    • LynWiper 14.5

      Me too O & others +1

    • Tim 14.6

      See…there’s the problem Olwyn. Under the current regime, guiding principles are subservient to those who consider (usually due to longevity as poltishuns) that they’ve paid their dues, and as such have certain entitlements.
      They’ll be the very people whose legacy will be that they have been responsible for the destruction of NZ Labour. All those attempts by the likes of MALLARD (ffs), and others who claim a right to the likes of Norm Kirk’s mana are welcome to try (as they have). Basically they’re fucked units in the long term. It’s a shame that others (such as King et al) are tempted to try similar. Sadder still are the likes of the LP scene queens such as that fan boy (or should I say fan boI)

  15. Anne 15

    Anyone for a sweepstake:

    How long will it take Trevor Mallard to leak the result?

    I’ll start it: 3:45pm Monday 4th Feb.

  16. karol 16

    The best for the NZ left? My support is going strongly to the Green Party, plus support for the Mana policies, and for any Labour MP that up-holds truly left or Labour movement values & practices.

    • geoff 16.1

      Yep absolutely, Karol. I also don’t agree with this idea that the Greens shouldn’t expand too quickly, that they don’t have the structures in place, that they’re not mature enough to handle the reins yet. Let them learn on the job, let the crappy politicians amongest them be identified. It can’t be much worse than this Labour party who have had more than enough chances and failed at every hurdle.

      • Dr Terry 16.1.1

        karol again is spot on. To my mind the Greens are well in advance of Labour almost in every conceivable way.

  17. fenderviper 17

    Well that little charade is over, I for one never expected caucus to vote in the interests of anyone but themselves.
    Come general election time the best way to protest (if unhappy)this self-interest cabal is to give The Greens your party vote.
    If you are happy with this outcome get yourself a kneeling pad and join The Fan Club.

  18. pete 18

    Looks like Team Cunliffe are dead in the water. Backbench to nowhere…..

    Congratulations to David Shearer.

  19. ad 19

    It’s a little stunning that the careful constitutional changes put in place to enable democratic input were not able to be used. After countless posts on this and other sites, and the entire constitutional change consultation and confirmation process, the whole thing came down to … this. But that’s the measure of Labour’s current MPs and their own career security, rather than a reflection on the new constitution.

    Is there any other mechanism for actual Members to have a formal say in Labour – any more than they have had for oh since 1984? Shearer still needs to engage with Labour members better than he has. Otherwise there would be far less reason for The Standard to exist at all.

    I agree with TRP that there needs to be more compelling policy come out of Labour now. Shearer seems to have gone as far as he can with housing; National are well on the way to limiting and cancelling the political imapct of that debate.

    Shearer does need to use other MPs around him – he clearly has limits selling policy. Otherwise more good policy will be framed and weakened. Housing should have been a polling gamechanger. It had better not be his best shot.

    For the good of starting to reunify the party it is so important that the vote breakdown is not leaked, now or ever.

    For me the core test is simply whether Shearer – the leader who will take Labour into the 2014 election – will move the polls at all (of course he is not entirely responsible). Together with an effort to unify progressives into something resembling an alternative government – starting of course with his own party.

    No congratulations from me until either of those things occur.

    • Colonial Weka 19.1

      “I agree with TRP that there needs to be more compelling policy come out of Labour now.”

      Sure, but what makes you think this will actually happen?

      • ad 19.1.1

        The housing policy came largely out of nowhere with little Policy Council input (and it’s showing now).
        So it can be done.

        • handle

          Where did the housing policy come from then, and what does that say about the influence of Labour party members on other policies?

      • Te Reo Putake 19.1.2

        “Sure, but what makes you think this will actually happen?”

        Because there is an election to win. Clearly, that election can’t be won on personality, nor should it be. We, on the left, are about making the lives of NZers better and that will take appropriate, acheivable and financially sound policy from the LP and the Greens. There are good signs in both party’s housing proposals that they can dovetail their thinking and the Manufacturing Enquiry shows they can work together well.

        I don’t much care whether readers here vote two ticks Labour or one tick Green, one tick red, but we have to move on to convincing our respective parties to put up policies that voters will care enough about to both get on the roll and then get down to the both on the day.

        If the left don’t win the next election, it won’t be Shearer’s fault, it’ll be ours.

        • One Tāne Huna

          One-eyed to a fault, VoR.

          Who’s the campaign manager going to be in 2014? Do you think they might share some of the responsibility much?

          • David H

            But they are going to be short people to help them put up hordings and stuff letterboxs and the other thousand one things the VOLUNTEERS do, and the volunteers don’t like being shat on by a dinosaur duck.

        • fatty

          Clearly, that election can’t be won on personality, nor should it be.

          The last two have been (and arguably every election before that). Donkey’s current popularity is personality based.
          Personality is more important than policy.
          That doesn’t mean Labour needs a leader who will do the gangnam on the day of an important treasury report…it means the Labour leader’s personality must resonate with voters needs and wants.
          The current Labour leader’s personality must include these traits: decisive, coherent and confident. You are right that the election shouldn’t be based on personality, but you are wrong that it won’t be based on personality.

        • Colonial Weka

          “I don’t much care whether readers here vote two ticks Labour or one tick Green, one tick red, but we have to move on to convincing our respective parties to put up policies that voters will care enough about to both get on the roll and then get down to the both on the day.”

          Sorry mate, but my party is already doing that. Yours isn’t. I sympathise, however my question isn’t what we should be doing, it’s why do some people think that anything is going to change within Labour at this point in time?

        • Mongoose

          Wow TRP, that’s the most sensible opinion anyone has said on this (mostly laughable) thread today.
          Absolutely it will be our fault if we loose – there is too much rediculous, poisonous rubbish that most people spout off here about trolls and right wing/left wing he said/she said.

          Honestly, I only glance at this blog once in a while, and really it’s no wonder.

          David Shearer is the leader of The Labour Party. David Cunnliffe is not. Clearly there is a reason for that.

          Green/Red/Brown/yellow whatever. Let’s get on and help get rid of this awful awful government. OK?

      • Skinny 19.1.3

        I concur decent policy will go a long way to outing National. Open source it among rank & file members for input before releasing the policy to the nation. This will give a inclusive bond and hopefully prevent rash roll outs that can be ripped to bits.

        btw TFC you are a legend in your own mind, fair bit of dribble on this thread by you fanny.  

    • pete 19.2

      Shearer does not need Old Labour. That faction is a liability and Labour would be best served when this lot defect to Mana or The Greens.

      With more centerist pragmatism, Labour will return to being a major party, once again, and won’t be so beholden to The Greens.

      • Olwyn 19.2.1

        “Centrist pragmatism” however, is not listed as a party value. If centrist pragmatists do not need old Labour, they still need their brand, which will rapidly disappear should they see fit purge themselves of old Labour. What then? An attempt to wrench the “sensible” label off of Dunne?

        • pete

          The “brand” for a major party under MMP is to occupy the center. You then place a support party to the right of you, and one to the left of you. You can then play them off against each other, thus neutralising them.

          Your thinking is pre-MMP. Values are what minor parties have. The big parties are about one thing under MMP – occupying the center and therefore power.

          • Olwyn

            This link is to the list of Labour Party Principles. One either subscribes to these principles or one does not, and if one does not, one should be representing a party whose principles one agrees with.

            How do we get people to accept that these principles are the best guiding principles for governing NZ? is one question. Which principles must we drop or dilute so as to get elected on a centrist platform? is a very different question.

          • David H

            Oh fuck Pete George has snuck back in.

          • GregJ

            Hmmm – what you say may be true for MMP as practised in New Zealand but for most of the existence of MMP in Germany there have been large parties of the right and the left (although the left has fractured in more recent years) and a smaller centre party acting as the pivot (where Peter Dunne arguably has been trying to operate for the last 15 years). The tendency in Germany has been to operate from a base on one side and move the centre as opposed to trying to occupy the centre.

            However I think the 2011 election wasn’t about National occupying the Centre – I would say they mopped up the right wing vote and then provided an outlet for Maori Party aspirations and “used” the quirks of the Electoral system to install a puppet in Epsom and ensure the seat of the Hirsute One in Ohariu. I would say in 2008-2011 National moved the Centre rather than occupying it – forming a Right Government with small amount of centrist support.

            However I suspect what you are saying encapsulates much of the present LP caucus thinking – they want to take back the 6% they think the Greens “took” from them, mop up some of the Maori Party vote and then take the 6 % of National they think is “soft” by appealing to the middle-class and get to around 41% – if Winston is around they can go for a 2005 re-run with the Greens & Mana (perhaps with 2-3 seats) providing Confidence and Supply (I’m sure Dunne will also be happy continuing being a minister). In my view the present caucus would appear be happier with a Lab-NZF coalition than with a Lab-Green (especially as the Greens are now perceived as being more “left” than the supposed party of the left).

            Now it may be that this is the business-as-usual way to get into power (and remove this right wing government – a worthwhile short term objective) and then you move to the left while you are in power (arguably what National did on the right in 2008-2011). However I think many commentators here are doubtful that any such move would actually happen given the record of the 1999-2008 Labour led Governments (and how may MP’s from that Government would still be around) which halted the neo-liberal agenda but barely reversed it. Is there really any point to calling a temporary halt to the neo-liberal paradigm for one or two terms if they just pick up again in a few years time?

            I think there is also an argument that the Economic Depression we are in (let’s stop calling it a Global Financial Crisis and say what it really is) and the challenges of a world facing peak oil and disastrous climate change means BAU is not the way of the future – that the Labour Party should be seeking to lead a government of transformation – a government like the 1st Labour Government – that transforms our attitudes, economy and society and that they should be open and bold about it with the electorate.

            • fatty

              nice comment GregJ…interesting

              Can you expand on this sentence from paragraph 2:
              I would say in 2008-2011 National moved the Centre rather than occupying it – forming a Right Government with small amount of centrist support.

              I never thought of it like that…do you think it was the nanny state issue that made this possible, or was it due to other factors?..also, can Labour do this in 2014 – move the centre, rather than occupy the centre.
              You also go on to mention the influence of the economic depression, which has in some ways limited, but also offered opportunities the Labour, yet they appear to be oblivious to the economic depression.

              I would say that Key’s ability to move the centre was because he was laid back when the people were sick of the (imagined) nanny state.
              …therefore, if Shearer is going to move the centre (instead of occupying it), how does he do it?
              I’m convinced that Labour have chosen a leader that would have been great at the end of Clark’s reign, but now those in the centre of the political spectrum are searching for a leader who personifies strength and coherence…Labour need a new Helen Clark, but they chose a another John Key.
              Attempting to shift the centre is surely impossible if the voters are asked to shift from a vague nice guy to another vague nice guy is.

              • GregJ


                I do think the “Nanny State” meme before the 2008 election was an attempt to move the centre. Once in power a number of things continued that approach – the wedge politics of an attack on beneficiaries and the (increasing) unemployed as being the “undeserving”, the “soft pedal” on partial asset sales ie. we can have our cake (retain majority ownership) and eat it (you can invest and get lots of profit to make your future secure), and even “national standards” in education and sticking it to those “pampered” teacher unions (asset sales are still unpopular but not enough to turn off people from voting for National in 2011 – the fight isn’t lost however!).

                I should note my view is a little from “outside” as I don’t currently live in NZ – but my observation from visiting in 2010, 2011, & 2012 was how much relatives, friends and acquaintances who were not inherently right in their views (and didn’t think of themselves as being “right”) had had “moved” their thinking in that direction.

                Can Labour reverse this in 2014 and move the centre (assuming they think they need too) – that I’m not so sure – possibly that sort of transformation within the party needed to occur before 2011 to build a bold enough long term vision. I can see why it didn’t from a purely short-term political angle – it would have meant that the party accepted that National was going to have 2 terms and that the Party focus was going to be about returning to power in 2014 – understandably unpalatable. However history would have shown that one term governments in NZ are rare beasts.

                Re the Leadership – I’m struggling to see how Shearer is really all that different from Goff – except Phil is more polished at public speaking and debating. In some ways Labour might as well have stuck with Phil and built on his campaign surge – or rather that Phil put the Leadership up for grabs but campaigned for it with some of the conviction he showed towards the end of the election. I think one of the issues for Shearer is that he is still not perceived as being his own man and a new broom bringing a fresh new Labour Party (ironic that his main “rival” in the last year is not actually even a “new” man!)

            • mickysavage

              Amen to that Greg, particularly the transformative stuff. My own personal take is that Labour needs a leader of conviction, which means that he does not play according to the beltway rules of the game but actually seeks to make a difference. If that is Shearer then let him do this.

              • GregJ

                Yes Mickey – if there is one thing I really think David is missing is a perception of passion and conviction – he may well be a very reasonable guy (I suspect he probably is – sensible, compassionate and thoughtful) and over time that can work to his advantage but there has to be a bit of fire or steel as well – and unfortunately in this day and age this means being able to convey it in the media in compelling and convincing sound bites (both on TV and in the House). Had he been the leader after 2008 I could see his style working as a long term approach to re-building the party for Government in 2014 (as above while accepting 2 terms of National) – I’m just not convinced as to wether he can pull it off in this amount of time for 2014 – I hope I’m wrong.

            • Scintilla

              +1 Absolutely. The Nats pretended to be centreish, but were firmly rooted in Actland and manipulated any opportunity they got to their advantage.

              I especially like: …”the Labour Party should be seeking to lead a government of transformation – a government like the 1st Labour Government – that transforms our attitudes, economy and society and that they should be open and bold about it with the electorate.”
              I wish.

              I think a lot of our MPs are underestimating the appetite for change out here in the Real World. Where people are heartily sick of free market BAU, whoever has control of the House.

              Bold – how I’d love to see Bold! My current fantasy is for Cunliffe to join the Greens, and any other underused talent out there – how about this guy?

              • pete

                They won’t. The center is not about transformation. Transformation is what idealists want.

                Most voters aren’t idealists. Most voters want business as usual with a fresh face every two or three terms.

            • Colonial Weka

              I also liked your comment GregJ, esp the transformative bit. My problem is that I just don’t see the current Labour Party as capable of that. I think the challenge for the membership is to take the medium and long view and look at who is up and coming in the party (at all levels) and find concrete ways to support them. The ABCs/neoliberals won’t last forever, and when they eventually leave/are pushed out, there needs to be good people and good systems in place ready to step up.

              • GregJ

                I’m going to break a (personal) reply rule and +1 you!

              • benghazi

                Unfortunately CW it will need to be a very long term view.

                The up and comers are being carefully selected by Robertson. His system is slick. Take for instance David Clark in Dunedin – he married Robertson and is one of his. Megan Woods in Chch – she has critical LEC members who are part of Robertsons inner network, so she becomes one of his.

                Couple this with Robertson’s (and Mallard/King) control of the new rules for MP selection where power is being centralised not devolved as most on the TS believe, then its going to be MANY years before we see the last of the ABCs/neoliberals.

                That’s too long for me to wait around helping the Labour Party. I don’t plan to join another political party but I certainly won’t volunteer for the LP anymore nor vote for it either.

            • pete

              National is occupying the center. National will always look right to Labour supporters. Some of their policies are right of center, but the orientation, in totality, is center.

              Labour caucus not only doesn’t need grass roots far left, it will *want* them to move to Mana & The Greens. Why? Because it means those parties can’t position closer to the center because their idealist left base won’t let them. That way, Labour can cast them as extremists and steal back some of their vote.

              The middle is not decided on the ground. It is decided using soundbites, mass media and cult of personality of the leader (in this case, it’s leader by default – people will get tired of Key, but Shearer is a bit like Key in terms of personality, so won’t scare the horses). In short, Labour does not need far left troops out on the street in order to win.

              Peak oil is dead. The world is awash with gas and oil. The GFC will not be the catastrophe many make out. It’s will be a slow, sideways move for a few more years, then a cyclic rise – same as it ever was. AGW is now becoming a far left issue as teh center has grown bored of it.

              Caucus have read it right. The left of the party are on the wrong side of history. The sooner they leave New Labour, the better.

        • Tim

          Quaint as it may seem, but I sure as hell am not going to be voting for a “brand”. The idea makes me want to puke.
          And I’m tired of voting for the least worst option based on who is most likely to win.
          It’ll be for a set of principles. Though Robertson might get a look in (at a real pinch), Labour isn;t going to figure in a party vote unless they begin offering some commitments that are closer to their ‘founding principles’.

          • pete

            No problem. They want you to move to Mana and The Greens.

            MMP, for major parties, is about pragmatism. They must occupy the center in order to gain power. The people they need to vote for them don’t vote for ideals and principles. They vote for people and policies.

            • One Tāne Huna

              The people they need to vote for them don’t vote on ideals and principles. They vote for people and policies.

              Says who?

              Ideas, principles, people and policies; I’d say all four of those qualities get a look in, and all of them are subject to other factors such as passion, conviction and delivery.

              • pete

                Says the big fat middle.

                If you’re posting on here, you’re not the middle. You’re likely a beltway idealist.

                • One Tāne Huna

                  In your dream, you speak for more people than your little self.

                  Pay attention: this is not your dream.

                  You have less than no idea about who or what I am, but there’s a big fat clue in my handle. That said, the fact that you think my identity is somehow relevant to the argument suggests that you may need to brush up your basic logic skills.

                  Can you provide a credible source for your assertion or not? Can you argue the point without introducing irrelevancies? Go on, surprise me.

                • One Tāne Huna

                  PS: since you’re laying claim to “the middle”, let’s examine that. Labour always does a better job of running the economy than National does: more GDP, better wages and conditions, etc. They do a better job of education: no loony wingnut excuses for profit-based schools, etc. They do a better job by every single measure; unless you are one of the National Party’s clients, and even they only get ahead by bludging off their servants.

                  So what is it about “the middle” you find so compelling? Do you want things to be a little bit shit? Or are you more concerned with personalities than policies, ideas or principles?

                  By the way: saying “I don’t agree” without saying why counts as a fail.

      • CV - Real Labour 19.2.2

        I actually think that pete is correct in the strategy here. The membership is seen as generally too left wing for where caucus perceives the electorate as being, and it would save caucus a lot of trouble if people just walked, New Labour style. The provocations are fairly deliberate.

        • pete

          CV gets it.

          • JK

            And with the walk – so go the people who get out on the streets delivering pamphlets, going to meetings, setting up cake stalls and so on. The Caucus will struggle to get activists out, but obviously they’re continuing to follow the other line that they’re “walking to victory” so they don’t need activists.

            • fatty

              Good point JK

              Although I agree with Pete’s analysis that a move to the centre can be beneficial, the way Labour have done it has left them with no plan and no strengths.
              Expanding on JK’s point…move to the left and your activist base gets stronger, move to the centre and your activist base becomes less necessary.
              The problem with this is that if you choose the latter and move to the centre, you must depend on the image, popularity and charisma of your leader as the vote grabber – this is why disenfranchising your activist base with Shearer as leader appears to be a bad move.
              How will the voters be seduced?

              Charismatic leader? – nope
              A motivated activist base? – nope
              Internet? – nope
              Policy? – nope

              Basically, Labour have decided to continue with their plan of waiting for people to start hating Key…I can’t see any other method to their madness.

              Occupying the middle ground is not new. Helen Clark did this with her antipodean version of the third-way.
              Bryce Edwards looked at the move to the middle of our politics years ago.
              John Key got in by bringing National to the left. From 2008-2011, National were a very third-way government then…then the moved towards a David Cameron Big Society type image, but they are shifting further to the right every week

              • Tim

                you’re a bit of a smart cookie incha fatty!
                Except that Key and the Nats just outright lied from the very start – they were never actually ‘brought to the left’ – they just bulsshitted like a used car salesman does trying to sell a lemon, and unfortunately lots of people buy lemons

        • Scintilla

          Yet when I look at the top lot of Labour MPs likely to be Ministers in govt., I’m not inspired. There’s a few “okays” – Robinson, Ardern, King, O’Connor, maybe Hipkins – but not enough to generate confidence.

          I agree with Fatty: “You are right that the election shouldn’t be based on personality, but you are wrong that it won’t be based on personality.”

          Take Key away from National and what have you got? Would NZ really vote back in a party full of has-beens like English, McCully, Williamson, Brownlee? Led by who – Collins or Joyce??

          And what – people think Shearer will look statesmanlike next to one of those two? And has-been Labour will look better than has-been Nats?

          The duopoly have got their fingers in their ears – the bell has tolled.

          • GregJ

            Hey Scintilla – may I respectfully point out it is Robertson not Robinson. Actually as there are 2 Robertsons in the Labour caucus you probably need to specify which one! 🙂

            I know it is easy to make a mistake when you are shooting off a reply (and it is an name that is easy to get wrong) but we should try to get the names of the MPs correct as much as possible to avoid confusion.

          • Rhinocrates

            Robinson, Ardern, King, O’Connor, maybe Hipkins

            Robertson (correction noted) is a dullard, but given direction (God help us if he’s in charge) could perform a subordinate ministerial role well. Ardern… well, nice teeth, but do teeth make a CV? My fingers are not only crossed, but exploring non-Euclidean dimensions considering her real performance. Maybe in time she’ll prove to be competent. O’Connor? An unmitigated arsehole. Right, leaving that aside, supposing that an arsehole has a role in a “broad church” ( with lots of teeth-grinding.) and maybe he’s capable and maybe he’ll attract voters (certainly the slick but otherwise dull apparatchik Robertson won’t).

            Hipkins? An utter prick, a Mini-Me and a scumbag. Maybe as a subordinate to someone, he might be effective. As someone with a real goal, then he might be useful until his fast-approaching sell-by date. Use him for now, but never promote the little shit. He reminds me of Goff in the 80s or a younger Mallard, but with less talent.

            King? Shit, no. She’s another faded Bride of Douglas, Mallard with a sex change and a little more tact, but never any talent or integrity. So now she’s just a sad parody and a symptom of parliamentary Labour at its worst, but suddenly she’s found a vestige of a memory of what she pretended to tell people that she believed in and thinks that will work to convince the sceptics. Fine, good luck with that. If she puts in the hard yards in, then maybe – we’ll see what happens – but she should remember that it takes hard yards.

            I remember that when I was an undergrad and King was my electorate MP that she sent me a very patronising letter about how she, like Paula Bennet now, had to pull the ladder up after herself.

            Do not think that the electorate does not forget.

            So Annette, establish your credibility in those rooms with darkened curtains and on those roofs… and see if you can take your leader Shearer along with you.

            • Scintilla

              Bride of Douglas… snort! You do a great catchy phrase, Rhino.

              I can’t even raise the enthusiasm to defend any of those I put forward as “okay” – it was a tepid assertion made as the consequences of the leadership confirmation sank in. I just read that Shearer wants us all to go round saying “Happy Waitangi Day”. He’s probably sending out e-cards to the faithful as I write. Can he be any more unctuous?

              In reality I’ve been “off” Labour for the last two elections. It seemed remarkably clear that Labour were never going to look after the interests of the working class (whether in work or not) even when they had the massive opportunity of three terms in power and posting surpluses.

  20. felixviper 20

    Best thing for the left? Easy: Labour and the Greens work together and present a unified govt-in-waiting to the electorate.

    Anyone got a problem with that?

    • rosy 20.1

      no problem with that. Lets see how it pans out.

    • Colonial Weka 20.3

      felix, why would that happen now when it wasn’t happening before?

      • felixviper 20.3.1

        I never said it was the most likely thing for the left in the circumstances, just the best.

        • Colonial Weka

          ah, so this is the thread of wishful thinking….

          • felixviper

            I guess so. If you want to know what I think will actually happen, it’s more like this:

            Shearer continues to pretend that Labour doesn’t need the Greens and he continues to support and even promote MPs who publicly attack them. His supporters insist that it means nothing because he hasn’t actually said out loud that he encourages attacking the Labour party’s only friend and only hope of electoral success.

            He makes no impact whatsoever on the electorate apart from inspiring a few more Labour supporters to jump to the Green camp. Eventually the power clique in Labour realise he doesn’t have a shit’s show of winning an election and they roll him in an embarrassing and graceless ambush, but it’s far too late and Labour is stuck with it’s third-in-a-row lame duck leader.

            The Greens carry on as usual and pick up a couple of points and National win 2014.

    • Dr Terry 20.4

      Why would the Greens want to work with the current Labour lot?

    • QoT 20.5

      Anyone got a problem with that?

      Only the leadership of the Labour Party …

  21. Well Done Mr Shearer All the Best Mate I am looking becoming a Member of the Labour Party Because Labour Have some Lovely People in there Caucus ie Maryan Street and Damien O Connor to name a few Damien is Top Bloke and would love him to Promoted to Frontbench. I would like to see Megan Woods Louisa Wall Andrew Little David Clark Moana Mackey Clare Curran and Sue Moroney all Promoted go for Mr Shearer.

  22. Rich 22

    Overwhelming = more than 50% ?

    I assume the reason the result is suppressed is that it’s nowhere near the unanimity the party machine wanted.

  23. red+green=brown 23

    so nothings changed. my predictions are labour < 30%, greens in high teens in 2014

  24. KhandallaViper 24

    The fact that Shearer wants to keep the vote SECRET is a clear indicator that the result was uncomfortably close. No surprise there. It is a wake-up call.

    The issues have NOT gone away. Most of the Members will tell you that!

    Shearer can win if he UNITES the Party (ignore King and Mallard).

    CUNLIFFE must now be brought back onto the Front Bench in role that uses his proven skills (ignore King and Mallard).

    Then, when the UNITING BEHAVIOURS are clearly displayed the membership and Unions will row-in behind a united Caucus.

    • Matthew Hooton 24.1

      I don’t think that putting Cunliffe back on the front bench will help unite Labour. In my view, all that would happen, if Shearer did that, is that Camp Cunliffe would then use the olive branch and the status of a front bench post to continue undermining the leadership.

      My advice to Shearer – as I outline at – is to try to get Cunliffe to resign from parliament, the way Key did with Brash in 2006.

      As happened in National, that would unite the party because all those who seem to so fanatically support Cunliffe will then have to give up their fantasy that he will one day be leader and prime minister, and have no option but to either unite behind the leader or get involved in Mana or the Greens.

      Either would be good for Labour’s electoral prospects rather than allowing Camp Cunliffe to keep pissing on the current leadership from within.

      • One Tāne Huna 24.1.1


      • Olwyn 24.1.2

        Matthew, there will not be unity in Labour so long as you do your darnedest to turn it into a centre right party, at odds with its own guiding principles, and anyone in Labour continues to listen to you. And that throat cutting expression is just vile.

      • asd 24.1.3

        But Cunliffe is STRONGER than Shearer. Brash was WEAKER than Key. 2 are leaders and 2 are plainly not. This is how the two situations are similar. The secondary issue for Labour is about repositioning itself back to the left thus purging the neo-liberal element out, from within. Arguably National also did something similar by expunging the extreme right out from within whilst letting go a of a weak, low polling leader.

      • Pascal's bookie 24.1.4


        ‘Hooten confirms Key was Hager’s source, engineered Key’s resignation in disgrace’

      • gobsmacked 24.1.5

        Hi Matthew

        You do realize Brash was a list MP, and Cunliffe isn’t? Do you seriously think Labour want a by-election, with an angry local party having a candidate foisted on them? It would be open war.

        Unless it’s a multi-layered Machiavellian ploy to help the Greens win an electorate, I don’t think Labour want to lose New Lynn.

        • One Tāne Huna

          Why are you attempting to engage with this mendacious mouth-for-hire? You think his word is worth something? You want to give him oxygen?

          Really, I’m curious.

          • Tim

            Becaue OTH, if he doesn’t, the illustrious Hilda Hooten will throw another hissy fit and justafiably be able to cast nasturshiums about those crackpots on “TS”. Worse still, Kathlic Guurl (now struggling since they ablolished the confessional) won’t be able to cope, knowing full well that a “from the left….[insert Josie Pagani or Mike Williams]” is becoming a bit of a stretch. Worse still, that very very very very nice man Jim Mora in the afternoon might see an opportunity that not even a Slack or an Edwards could counter.

        • Matthew Hooton

          As I outline in my NBR comment piece, I think by-elections are usually good for oppositions, so a New Lynn by-election with a strong but loyal new candidate would be good publicity for Labour. Certainly better publicity than allowing Camp Cunliffe to continue undermining the party on the hope their man can become leader (which he can’t).

      • Anne 24.1.6

        You’re a liar and vindictive spinner Hooton.

        Comparing Cunliffe to Brash? Who do you think is going to fall for that piece of unadulterated garbage. And coming from one of the original Hollow-Men too…

        You Nat stooges really are scared stiff of Cunliffe. All the more reason to ensure he stays!

      • ad 24.1.7

        The problem with political analysis paid by the opposing Party, is that there is nothing but a rationale for blood, blood, and more blood. You could wash The Terrace and the whole of parliament’s steps with political blood and you would still not be sated.

        Because it is precisely in blood being spilled is where the story and the sensation of victory and conquest resides.

        Because there too is the route to the weakening of the Labour Party; a perpetual spill, in which, as it has been doing, the Labour caucus shrinks and shrinks until it is simply a barely living carcass.

        Most on this site want precisely the opposite politics from you; it’s where you build up a caucus, and a party, and a country. Stone by stone. Relationship by relationship. Deal by deal. Until good policy is delivered. Where there is no blood, only simple cooperation and trust.

        You and Garner and the rest who feast on the knife-metaphors, the garrotting and hands-in-viscera moments, you represent a true parasitical evil in this country.

        As for your point about who is responsible for Labour’s defeat last time: it’s the leader of the party. The leader sells the policy. The campaing manager sets up the sale. In order, for 2011’s election, that’s Phil Goff and Trevor Mallard.

        It may well be that you have to write like this to ensure that Shearer and crew will still hire you when November 2014 comes around. Unfortunately everyone knows how neck-deep in Tory filth you really are. Count the months to November 2014 Mr Hooten, because there your own future turns.

      • The Fan Club 24.1.8

        Much as I hate Hooton for it, it is hard to disagree with his analysis, and I suspect it’s not falling on deaf ears. If Cunliffe wants a future in the party he’s going to have show that Hooton’s wrong somehow.

        • blue leopard

          It is easy to disagree with Hooton’s analysis. It is all spin and reads like a five-year old has written it for other five-year olds; which is about the where its at, really. Note the short paragraphs (for those with an attention span of a gnat).

        • Olwyn

          What a surprise TFC. You seem quite impervious to the idea that people such as your good self may be more part of the problem than its solution.

        • mickysavage

          Much as I hate Hooton for it, it is hard to disagree with his analysis

          This unholy alliance between Hooton and ABC will be the death of the party …

        • CV - Real Labour

          TFC likes Matthew Hooten’s analysis? Say it ain’t so!

          • The Al1en

            I thought they were the same person.

          • emergency mike

            But CV, he began his comment with “Much as I hate Hooton for it,…” I mean shit, that’s some persuasive stuff right there… 100% proof positive that TFC isn’t just a blatant Hooten sockpuppet.

        • Tim

          Awwwe come on TFC – much as I hate Hooten for it?
          Nah,,, ya love him even though he’s on the other team. You’re so very adult about these things after all.
          Actually now I think about it – you remind me of those war stories where a couple of brothers end up being on opposite sides.
          Same ‘mo[u]ld’, that sharp wit, that superior intellect, that total respect for the individual regardless of status that has me in such awe.

      • David H 24.1.9

        Why don’t you just admit that you and your lot are scared shitless that Cunliffe will be brought back to the front bench and start asking some searching questions that Shonky does not want or Cant answer!.

        And I see that the nbr must be lacking readership if you have to keep on link whoring your own crap.

        • Matthew Hooton

          Cunliffe had three years as finance spokesman to ask Key and English questions they couldn’t answer. He never did once. Nor, in the year he was economic development spokesman, did he ask ever once ask Joyce a question he couldn’t answer. So I really don’t think anyone who supports the right or centre-right is “scared shitless” of one of the laziest pretenders to a major party’s leadership that NZ has ever known.

          • CV - Real Labour


            Key, English and Joyce may have provided ‘replies’ to Cunliffe’s questions, but providing actual “answers” was often well beyond them.

        • blue leopard

          Oh! Well done David H, it appears your comment got Hooton’s back up and rushing back here to try and paint over the veracity of it.
          Truth hurts only for those who wish to live amongst smoke and mirrors.

          Um, Mr Hooton, I recall the Q&A with Mr Cunliffe and English with fond memories, but then again, I’m no right-winger.
          He demolished Mr English.

          • Matthew Hooton

            I don’t think anyone has my back up, whatever that means. David H made some comments and I responded. That’s what happens on blogs.

            • blue leopard

              bit of a sore point for you there Mr Hooton?

              Was it the bit about being scared shitless, or the bit about your writing (if it can be referred to that) is crap?
              Hmm I wonder?

              (Don’t worry, I’m sure many readers won’t have noticed….)

            • One Tāne Huna

              Hooten. Did you just out John Key as the source of Nicky Hagar’s book or what?

              We already knew what he is, but how does your verbal incontinence reflect on you, gobshite?

        • RedBaronCV

          Totally agree DH. Whenever Mattie & the boys appear to diss Cunliffe you know that NACT are really scared of his appeal. Wouldn’t mind betting that the focus groups show that Cunliffe is popular with a lot of the local business crowd for his straight talking around manufacturing etc.
          NACT see these people as “theirs” as of right although I imagine that they have been copping an earful from some when they aren’t being ridiculed. Saw in paper the other day an unidentified fund manager describing the latest Reserve bank governor’s statement as “open mouth operations”. LOL not what right wing governments need.

      • mickysavage 24.1.10

        Thanks Matthew. You have just confirmed to me what should happen.

        Don’t you think the concern stuff is a bit too transparent?

      • BM 24.1.11

        You speak the truth.
        Hopefully Cunliffe realises the political chapter of his career is over and moves on.
        Sooner he goes the better.

        • Matthew Hooton

          Yes, I think that would be best for Labour and for David Cunliffe and his family.

          • IrishBill

            His family, Mathew? You fucking creep.

            • Anne

              ….. the lowest of low common denominators!

              On the strength of that comment should he not be permanently banned?

            • Tim

              Oops says Mathew…. I “mis-spoke”.
              Thankfully we all recognise that anything that comes out of Hilda’s mouth is mis-speak

            • Blue

              Calm down Bill, he didn’t say he was going to stalk them. Why get hysterical about something thats not there?

          • ad

            Other than simply replying to yourself, how many handles do you operate on this site?

            Invoking his family is low. Don’t invite us to start invoking yours. An easy sport for professional stalkers like yourself, but it’s quite a principle to be ruled by.

            Time you moved on yourself. Nothing to see here.

          • Scintilla

            Dream on.

          • VivaciousViper

            Or Cunliffe could start another party,he would get alot of support,just what
            are the right wing afraid of ?

          • mickysavage

            And for the National Party. And for every rich white boy in the country.


          • emergency mike

            And his family?!

            You fucking arrogant creep.

            Hey Matthew, do ever feel even the smallest twinge of shame or embarrassment while you’re blogging your transparent concern tr0ll crap here? Does it bother you in the slightest that you that many consider you to be one of the most repulsive bottom-feeding leeches upon society? Or do you have more of a ‘master manipulator, playa in da game, and damn I’m looking good in this shiny shirt’ kind of a self-perception?

          • 4wardthinking

            How many of the comments on this thread are yours Mr Hooten? Seems to be a few pseudonyms creeping in. That’s a dangerous game you play.

          • David H

            Oh FFS just piss off Hooton, you just write drivel and then have the temerity to try, try, and try unsuccessfully to defend it.

      • xtasy 24.1.12

        Hey Hootoff –

        Is your readership in the NBR falling, or why do you now so frequently turn up here at TS and desperately attempt to “advertise” your madly spun, idiotic, right-wing opinion pieces in that publication on here?

        Maybe get a “real” job, hands-on builders are needed in Christchurch, I hear.

        • IrishBill

          Mathew couldn’t hammer a nail straight.

          • xtasy

            He can carry bricks and blocks, and I am sure some will be happy to show him how that is done, so he can learn some “real” and “useful” skills, rather than pollute certain media with nonsensical speculations, conspiracy theories and with ideology that should belong six feet under the historic scrap heap.

            • fenderviper

              Oh that would be great except the public would get pretty upset having a looney throwing bricks at passing traffic. It may be best he sticks to fiction writing.

      • kenny 24.1.13

        Matthew, Cunliffe STILL frightens the shit out of you doesn’t he!

        You won’t feel safe (you and your RWNJs) until what you suggests happens. I think you will find that David Cunliffe is NOT going away and is playing the long waiting game; after all if he had won this round he would have to contend with the issue of dealing with the ABCer’s, which would really cause disunity in the party.

        This way he lets the electorate do the job for him in 2014.

  25. gobsmacked 25

    You can vote people into a position.

    You can’t vote them into a skill.

    David Shearer is who he is, and that cannot change, even if every Labour member dutifully worships him and all critics are silent, from now till election day.

    It is the people who decide. Unlike most of us, they have no axes to grind. No vested interests, except in putting a tick on the ballot paper. And in 2014 they will say: “This guy? Prime Minister? Seriously?”

    But as I’ve said consistently, the Labour caucus won’t let it get that far. Self-preservation and ambition will win out. After the tenth or twentieth Shearer cock-up, Robertson will (“reluctantly”) step up. Now we just have to wait. It’s a sad and stupid waste of time, but events will take their course.

    • JK 25.1

      Gobsmacked – do you really think NZers will support a gay leader ? IMO we’re still a very conservative country.

  26. Michael 26

    I agree with gobsmacked: Shearer will be rolled by the caucus once they calculate they cannot win with him at its head. Whether that realisation occurs before or after the next general election is probably the only matter worth discussing now.

  27. 4wardthinking 27

    Why isn’t the vote count being made public? I agree with CW – the only thing that has changed from yesterday is that Shearer has been confirmed leader. The obvious need for a change in policy development and addressing the division in the caucus, and between the party and the political leadership haven’t been addressed at all. To get both of these a generational change needs to happy in the senior leadership – away from the old tuskers like Mallard, Goff and King.

  28. Pete 28


  29. Annette King 29

    The vote of Caucus has always been a secret ballot as long as anyone can remember and not announced. It’s not a conspiracy, cover up or even a cock up !!

    • @ Annette King,
      Thanks again, for posting here. My requests to the Labour caucus:

      Please reinstate Mr Cunliffe, he comes across as extremely knowledgable, passionate, articulate and thus competent. You need these qualities to make a strong opposition to this sham of a Government and demoting one with such qualities is a very bad look for Labour.

      More passionate opposition required from Labour.

      If you improve the level of opposition I predict you will receive more media attention and that there will be far less criticism from people on this site. (Seeing as most of it is simply based on wanting Labour to be effective) The lack of strong opposition is leading to a mistrust as to where you stand. Nail the opposition and we will all be away laughing.

    • Bill 29.2

      No. It is a cock up Annette. A cock up of quite momentus proportions, well….unless that is, it’s viewed from the perspective of the troughers and those hanging on for grim death who are, doubtless, viewing matters as a battle won and a vindication of their arrogant and detached poltical perspectives.

      So Labour will continue to have its supporters for sure. But the numbers of those supporters…especially those engaged and giving up their time to electioneer on behalf of Labour just took a nose dive today.

      But congratulations…well done.

    • Anne 29.3

      Delighted to see you here Annette. I’ve been around the Labour Party both within the inner circles – and in latter years nearer the fringes – since the 1970s. Some of the events in recent months have been upsetting to witness. I speak in particular of the leadership reaction (plural) to some of the constitutional changes that were made at Conference. It seems to me that a number of caucus members badly misread the delegate thinking behind those changes. There were no personalities involved, simply a desire by delegates to have more say in both leadership and other aspects of the party management.

      As a Conference delegate who was able to observe first hand what was going on, I believe it was very unfair to blame David Cunliffe for some of the outcomes. I saw the way the media pack hounded and harassed David throughout the weekend. It was tantamount to a serious case of invasive intimidation. He couldn’t even blink an eyelid without some arrogant little cameraman sticking a camera into his face.

      I hope the leadership will heed blue leopard’s request and re-instate David Cunliffe to the front bench where he belongs.

      sincerely yours…

    • geoff 29.4

      Hey Annette, now that the leadership has been settled, is the Labour caucus interested in establishing a stronger relationship with The Standard?

      • McFlock 29.4.1

        Like what?
        Maybe a weekly email-style update on what the leader and caucus are up to?

        Oh, wait – that already gets shat on from a great height.

        • CV - Real Labour

          Funny, I didn’t think that Shearer’s Labour membership and supporter emails were written for Standardistas.

          Do you know different?

          • McFlock

            Well, someone take the time to forward “Shearer says” to the server each week. I don’t recall similar posts on behalf of Greens or Mana, for example.

            Or does “stronger relationship with The Standard” mean hugging the server each night?

            Or maybe it simply means “make a futile attempt to please every commenter who takes the time to write ‘Captain Mumblefuck’ on teh interwebz”.
            It would probably involve a statement like “Labour completely endorses an immediate ban on fossil fuel mining and hydrocarbon imports, and will make the miners build low rent houses for beneficiaries on a UBI who have the option of planting trees to combat global warming which is a result of CIA involvement in 9/11“. That will help Labour get 45% in the 2014 election, because we all know how well lightbulbs and WFF-for-beneficiaries went. /sarc>

        • gobsmacked

          a weekly email-style update on what the leader and caucus are up to?

          But it isn’t. It should be, then it might not get “shat on”. Instead it’s a parody of platitudes, devoid of content.

          It is an illustration of Labour’s problem … “We’ll churn out any old shit because the plebs don’t matter.” So it’s not surprising that contempt breeds contempt.

          David Shearer was on Newstalk ZB with Larry Williams half an hour ago. He said (again) that he doesn’t read blogs, because they aren’t “real New Zealanders”.

          (feel free to check the interview out online but … advance warning: Shearer is as incoherent as ever. Don’t listen if you want to keep believing that his critics are the real problem).

          • CV - Real Labour

            But it isn’t. It should be, then it might not get “shat on”. Instead it’s a parody of platitudes, devoid of content.

            It is an illustration of Labour’s problem … “We’ll churn out any old shit because the plebs don’t matter.” So it’s not surprising that contempt breeds contempt.

            No, please hold back gobsmacked. McFlock thinks that the Shearer Says emails are good evidence of Labour trying its best to connect to readers of The Standard. He’s no doubt quite right.

            • McFlock

              Any other party of the left do as much?

              What the fuck do you expect? Policy shaped by pseudonymous commenters, many of whom are probably not party members and some of whom are almost certainly delusional? Maybe a weekly confessional, where the labour caucus ritually declares its sins for not being “left” enough? A revolutionary policy announcement every single week for three years?

              Yes, they are simple. Even pro forma. But they are slowly evolving to contain links (so people can examine a point or speech more closely before comparing Shearer to Stalin or just abusing the shit out of him), and simply say what he’s done, where he’ll be, and one or two minor policy points. Seriously, what more do you want from a weekly update? A coupon for a blowjob from your LEC chair?

              • CV - Real Labour

                Sometimes its the only way to stay awake, to tell you the truth.

              • Colonial Weka

                Why the hostility McFlock?

                Comparing the emails I get from the GP as a member (that comes from the co-conveners and the co-leaders), to the email that Shearer writes for the LP membership*, I would have to say the biggest difference is that the GP talk about what they are already doing, and they talk in specifics. Shearer talks about the future (“Labour will…, Labour is ready to…”), and in very vague generalities. The GP routinely give the members clear directions on how to get involved, including how to take part in policy development (yes, that’s right, the GP want people to get involved in policy development). Maybe the LP has other ways of doing this, but it’s not via Shearer’s email.

                I can’t tell what the point of Shearer’s emails are, because they are largely devoid of useful content. All the say to me is what Shearer wants me to hear. They’re not telling me anything useful that I might want to hear. I don’t see them evolving (just went back and looked at the last 4 or 5), I see them as a sop to effective membership communication, and they look like they come from someone who wants to consolidate power not share it.

                Listening to the LP members here, past all the rudeness and slamming of Shearer, what I hear is that the members want a party that values them. It’s pretty obvious to me that the LP could be using ts as a way of engaging with the membership that spends time here, and making good use of them. You’ve been wholly negative about that opportunity, which surprises me. Yes, the LP would have a hard road to hoe at first, given that Shearer has often said that the LP members here aren’t real and aren’t voters etc. But I see Annette King fronting up here today and while the comments to her are not without criticism, I also see people expressing respect and thanks to her for making an effort. I would guess that if the LP machine did this more, it would build more respect, and the criticisms here would become more constructive. We might even see the policy development idea progress.

                *you get that Shearer Says isn’t written for the Standard, and it’s just one of the ts authors who is a LP member who puts it here, not someone from the LP organisation?

                • McFlock

                  See, that’s actually slightly more constructive criticism than “We’ll churn out any old shit because the plebs don’t matter”.

                  I do get that it’s forwarded. I also get that the Green emails you speak so highly of aren’t. I also get that when they first started, there were no links. Then people here bitched that there were no links, and links subsequently appeared. Correlation!=causation, but what the hey. Maybe they could include cliff-notes of the speeches and activities the email links to, fair enough.

                  “not without criticism”.
                  lol – AK has gotten off relatively lightly. She’s merely been accused of being a trougher and bene-basher.

                  Shearer can’t even email “happy new year” without abuse and nitpicking.
                  That’s why the moderate exasperation. People are keen to write that the emails are vacuous or vague or whatever, but then do the same thing if they even bother to say what they actually want. Most attempts at engagement by caucus members result in some instance of outright abuse. And then I wander what sort of “engagement with TS” people actually expect? And whether it’s actually worthwhile for any political party to do so? And given many of the other comments about Labour that the “engagement” demanders make, it seems to me that the “engagement” they require is ‘do exactly what I say, oh and by the way make the guy I like the leader'”.

                  • Colonial Weka

                    I agree with you that it would be hard for any MP to spend time here given the amount of slagging off that goes on (not impossible though). But you seem to think that that is the only thing that happens, and it’s not. Do you even see the comments to Annette today that are appreciative? The ones that are critical of policy but not abusive?

                    If you have some neighbours who’ve been at war with each other for a couple of years, and mistakes have been made on both sides, and wrongs have gone unaddressed and then allowed to build up resentments on both sides…. then you have to find ways of peacemaking. On the one hand, when you finally get everyone down the pub, you can’t expect one side to stay if they immediately get presented with a list of everything they’ve done wrong and demands to make amends. On the other hand, pretending that there aren’t amends to be made isn’t going to work either. And having one of your team outside telling the local paper that the people inside aren’t real and don’t matter is just a quick way of undermining any attempt at peacemaking.

                    I think r0b is on to it – ideally the Standard mods need a protocol for dealing with conversations where MPs (from any party) are engaging with the commentariat here. I don’t know if this is possible, given the anarchic and volunteer structure of ts admin/mods, but the other option is that people like Annette take the time, over time, to engage, and in the first instance just suck it up. Eventually things will settle down, and I think you will find that many people here will tell others to pull their heads, but only if they see something constructive coming from Labour MPs. We already have ways that the community self moderates.

                    Another option is for some of the ts authors to run the posts on policy development, with specific moderation policy for those threads. Or they could run threads for individual MPs to turn up and answer questions. Then the MPs can feel like it’s worth their while turning up. I see this from purely a pragmatic point of view – most MPs aren’t going to have the time to deal with lengthy engagements that go off track, so tighter moderation is needed. Allen seems to get the balance right here –


                    However, if you want to look at how it can be done, check out this thread that QoT posted the other day. Gareth Hughes, going reddit for the first time with an Ask Me Anything –


                    There’s a learning curve to be had for all sides.

                    • @ Colonial Weka (&R0b)
                      I also like the approach of some respect when addressing MP’s although I see the paradox in this approach

                      (a) if MPs are not being respectful of the people
                      (b) Just lookat how they behave in parliament!!!!

                      Clearly they are not little lambs….

                      It makes me ponder…if they are prepared to be shouting across the parliament in the way that they do, then perhaps they are robust enough for a little of the same here?

                      Anyway, despite this consideration, (and I’m sure there is a double-standard involved too: “its o.k to shout amongst peers, yet the “rabble” should be respectful”), I like your & R0bs suggestions.
                      Just seems that it is more likely to lead to constructive interactions/effects if some level of courtesy was shown.
                      Good idea re specific moderation for certain threads. Then if an MP felt like staying “safe” that is where they could do it!

                    • McFlock

                      R0b’s idea is good, but the thing is that commenters at TS aren’t all one group – there will always be someone to throw abuse at them, and really that has to be balanced against whether there’s any benefit to actively “engage” here (especially as any level of “engagement” will be too little for some and too much for others). And what was with all the “deleted” things on that reddit link?

                      What I do see are a number of Labour caucus members reaching out, and so on. How many greens/mana/whomever “engage” with TS even that much? There seem to be as many of their supporters here as labour, some days. And it’s never those parties abused for failing to “engage with the Standard”.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      The big difference is that you don’t have hoards of GP members shouting for year for the party to be more democratic. That’s because the GP already operates in ways that satisfy their members.

                      Labour aren’t being lambasted for failing to engage with the Standard. They’re being lambasted for failing to engage with their own members. Honestly McFlock, you are intelligent enough to understand this, so what’s with the strawpeople?

                    • McFlock

                      A few labour members are pissed their man didn’t win.

                      And I refer you to comment 28.4 in this thread.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Thanks for minimising the fuckloads of party members and affiliates who voted for the 60% +1 threshold McFlock.

                      You’re not even a Labour Party member so what have you got to say about us you prick.

                    • McFlock

                      Didn’t they also vote to NOT automatically put shearer’s leadership to the new election system?

                      Oh, I forgot, the delegates got all confused for THAT vote. The silent majority done fucked up that one.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You’re a real smartass McFlock. Hope that’s going well for you.

                    • McFlock


                      Didn’t do cunliffe too much good, though.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Caucus decided not to give the membership and the affiliates a voice McFlock. Not that you give a fuck about that small point.

                      But what do you care? You’re not a member and you rarely ever vote Labour, being more aligned to the Alliance.

                      However, you will rhetorically back the centrist/right rump of the Labour Party every chance you get?

                      Nice one, a real winning approach.

                    • McFlock

                      Caucus decided not to give the membership and the affiliates a voice McFlock. Not that you give a fuck about that small point.

                      The voice that the membership turned down at conference. Caucus merely said they had confidence in Shearer as leader. The conference only wanted the election if caucus didn’t have confidence.

                      See, where you get me wrong is not that I particularly support Shearer, in fact I’m generally bemused as to why I end up being the one to say he’s not the devil.

                      What I do believe is that the broader left will get nowhere if it insists on validating chicken littles and paranoiacs. All they have to support their claims about what the wider membership want is anecdata and projection. Excuse me if I don’t take as gospel the statements of some folks who took 25 or 30 years to realise that Labour is highly unlikely to appropriate the means of production into the control of the working classes.

                      There are disillusioned people here, I freely admit, but how much is actual membership going down by? Not including the thousands that joined to vote shearer out, of course.

                      I want Lab+(mana-MP)+green to be on 55% in 2014. That is my objective. And if people think a labour govt under shearer will not be light years ahead of the present regime, they are fucking insane.

                  • Colonial Weka

                    btw, when you get the chance, can you please link me to the best of Shearer’s emails, from your pov? I’d like to understand if I’ve missed something, or if we really do have radically different ideas on what constitutes useful content or what is appropriate from the leader of a political party.

                    • McFlock

                      it’s funny, but they’re all pretty bog standard. But they do seem to be evolving, and they’re better than the newletters that come with my phone or power bills.

                      Can you post one of the Green ones?

                    • Colonial Weka

                      Not sure how the formatting will survive…. I’ve had three emails from the GP this week. One is the regular update from the co-conveners about what’s happening nationally within the party. The second is about the Asset Sales Campaign. The third is Greenweek, an email update from the MPs. I’ll post that one (have edited some of the URLS because they go to my member page I think. Yes, the GP have member access on their website. I’ve put in direct links where I can)

                      Greenweek – Email news from the Green MPs

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                    • McFlock

                      So basically it’s like labour but with a digest of press releases and blogposts from the green website, and some more activism (personaly I would like more strike coverage from labour, but what the hey).

                      Fair nuff. A bit better than labour, but I’d probably want to mix the chatty style of labour with the pr digest of the greens.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      The reason I’ve posted the whole of the email is because I want you to see what is possible. If people just want the gist of what is going on, they read the top of the email. If they want more in depth they read down, and follow the links. The tools for subscribing options are in every/any email, making it easy for managing membership. The links for social networking are there, again making it easy for members.

                      They make it clear that if you want to talk with the GP about the email, you can just reply to the email (never tried that so no idea how well it is managed at the other end).

                      In emails that come out about specific campaigns, you get the contact details for the GP member.

                      In other words, they just make it easy for people to engage if they want to.

                      Maybe Labour sends out more detailed emails than the one we get to see here, but if that is the case, why bother with Shearer Says?

                    • McFlock

                      When the labour one was first posted here, there were no links at all. Looked like a straight copy of a banal newsletter, but it was still something.

                      They now have links to the labour website, but could improve. The other difference of course is that it’s a “personal” email from shearer, not an actual roundup, but that’s easily tweakable if needs be. I’d probably like to keep the personal format, but incorporate some of the wider stuff.

                • The Fan Club

                  You realise that the Labour Party has infrastructure for getting information about things like policy development from the centre out, and it’s structured around branches and physical addresses? Paper based, old fashioned, needs to be replaced, but also deeply entrenched in the party and seen as important to internal democracy. Shearer Says is not a device for talking about the party’s organisational matters. (Apart from anything else, that’s a job for Coatsworth/Barnett, and it’d be improper for Shearer to usurp that role.)

                  I mean, ffs, if you want to get involved in policy development in the NZLP it’s really fucking easy. But at the same time, the NZLP has to respect the democratic views of members who range from Douglas-ite to Trostky-ite. (It also has to produce a coherent fully costed manifesto, which the Greens never do.) It’s a lot harder than just saying: oh let’s have some links in some emails guyzzz.

                  • Colonial Weka

                    So what is the actual point of Shearer Says?

                    • The Fan Club

                      To communicate with the majority of Labour members, supporters and sympathisers who aren’t activists, and just want to know that Shearer’s out there, doing the Party’s work?

                      I would assume that most members are also on branch and electorate level loops that handle the heavy lifting as far as organisational stuff goes, and Coatsworth sends out regular enough begging letters.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      Does the question mark at the end of your first sentence mean you don’t know and are guessing?

                      You are probably right. Shearer Says doesn’t tell the members anything, other than that he’s gone to the trouble of letting them know that he Does Stuff (for me, personally, I would assume that it was a given that the leader of the Labour party was Doing Stuff). We don’t know what that Stuff is exactly, nor why he is doing it, nor how it furthers the aims and values of the Labour party.

          • blue leopard

            re Gobsmacked comment

            Yeah, it seems to be a real no-brainer to connect with “interneters” (whoops! whats the term?)…being that it is a large part of culture for the youth of today…as well as older people. Sigh

            (Do Labour actually want to remain in opposition?)

        • felixviper

          Gets shat out from a great height more like.

        • David H

          Well, what do you expect for such condescending shit. I mean, go and read them. A 7 year old could have written them!

      • xtasy 29.4.2

        geoff: Yeah, great idea: “The Caucus Sings” or along those lines. A new piece every week. Singing “hail thee, hallelujah, we love our great and knowledgeable leader, whom we will follow until the very end”.

    • Pascal's bookie 29.5

      Annette, that’s all well and good, and like others I appreciate that you don’t have to say anything here, so thanks.

      However, you may be aware that there have been a number of comments, both by journalists and others, along the lines that the vote would be unanimous. Journalists didn’t get that insight out of the ether.

      That to me is an example of what many are finding frustrating about Labour’s performance.
      Already, on twitter, opinion formers like Marcus Lush and Colin Espiner are saying the result numbers should be made public. The reason for that is that by saying it would be unanimous an expectation was raised. The narrative those comments made demands closure.

      I’m guessing the result is not going to be released and the narrative would be resolved anyway through speculation media about the result, partially fed by leaks. Which is not really what anyone should want to be happening. Another comms mistake.

      • bad12 29.5.1

        You mean that Lush and Espiner want the secret vote to be public property so that THEY can continue to shit-stir about the leadership issue,

        Did the Labour Party Conference vote for a public vote from the Caucus, well no they didn’t,

        Anybody that allows either Lush or ‘Spinner’ to form their opinions must be lacking something, i would suggest intellect…

        • Pascal's bookie

          Thanks for engaging with what I actually said. Oh, what’s that, you didn’t?


          Just keep cheering for people who clearly don’t understand modern media and comms then. See how it works out for you. (Hint: 2011 election campaign).

          You can’t just pretend that media don’t operate to narratives. That stories don’t have an arc. That each event will be reported sans the context of the previous story ion that arc. Themes persevere, they might not be in every story, but unless you force them to change, they will not.

          When you prime a story arc (unanimous!) you do so at a risk. Politicians need to be aware of this. Accidents don’t just happen. the narratives aren’t made up out of whole cloth. They are shped by what the subjects say and do. Bring aware of that stuff is a big part of a political party leadership team’s job. If you fuck it up, it will mean you lose.

          The media is what it is. You need to understand it for what it is, not what you imagine it to be, or even worse, what you want it to be..

          Pretending otherwise is like trying to fight a war while pretending that artillery hasn’t been around for centuries, you’ll get your arse kicked.

          • The Fan Club

            Hey ho, meet the nutters’ club Pascal.

            • Pascal's bookie

              Ok wiseguy.

              Your idea is that Shearer should follow this up with a big old purge of suspected Cunliffe supporters in his reshuffle, which is the next big scheduled event in the narrative.

              Just saw Gower (like him or not he’s tv3s political editor so what he says matters) saying he thinks the Q of the reshuffle is whether or not Shearer will show ‘guts’ by getting rid of some dead wood.

              So ‘guts’ is defined as getting rid of ‘dead wood’. The leadership thing is potentially off the radar.

              How do you sell punishing Cunliffe and co, after Shearer won today as ‘guts’ and ‘getting rid of dead wood?’


              • The Fan Club

                How do you sell punishing Cunliffe & co? Well, to start with there’s no point attacking Cunliffe openly right now. Privately, I’d be inviting him to consider his future, and making it very clear there’s no room for him in a future Shearer cabinet absent some pretty massive contrition and behaviour shifts. (One point I’d be making is he might want to have words with his LEC about appropriate online behaviour.)

                I don’t particularly want a purge. But there seems to be this perception that the party works like the ALP on some kind of factional power sharing scheme, and that’s just not true. There’s no reason for Shearer to promote people who don’t deserve it in an attempt to “unify” the party.

                So there’s nothing there to sell.

                • rolling in clover

                  You big fibber. You’d love a purge. It gets your little heart racing just to think about it. Finally you could be the big swinging dick you’ve always rated yourself as.

                  But you’ve realised that you need power to purge. And your guys don’t have power because you’ve burned the unions, the left of the membership, the biggest labour-affiliated forum in the country, and I’m betting a big chunk of the caucus too.

                  Which leaves you where, exactly? C’mon big player, tell us where.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Yeah, your ideas about how ‘power’ should work in a party that isn’t in fact a hive mind are pretty clear.

                  • The Fan Club

                    I don’t think you quite get it Pascal. I want to move power from caucus to the membership. I don’t want to spend my time worrying about personality-driven leadership fights amongst caucus. If caucus can’t put the party first, they need to be reminded who put them there.

                    • CV - Real Labour

                      lol whatever

                    • rolling in clover

                      Fuck me, you’ve change your tune you greasy little wretch. Crawl! TFC! Crawl!

                    • The Fan Club

                      Dude, you’re a banking obsessed political crackpot. That’s cool, I quite like crackpot economic theories but also man you really shouldn’t be going around going lol whatever.

                      Also micky, let’s be clear, you guys are forever threatening to purge the party of all those nasty neo-liberals. (Which appears to mean anyone that disagrees with the mob this week.) So you can fuck right off with the ooh-purge bullshit.

                    • CV - Real Labour

                      Wow, a shill for the vampire squid banksters as well, Fan Club. You really are in with TPTB.

                    • rolling in clover

                      Playing The Victim? Really, TFC? That’s all you’ve got left? Fuck mate I think you should go back to arguing about utilitarianism or whatever you young-labour-vic-pols-grads-want-to-be-a-big-fucking-political-dick types do nowadays, because you’ve got no fucking fight in you, you back-crawling little prick.

                    • The Fan Club

                      By the way, if any actual Young Labour Vic pols grads are reading this, I’m sorry for giving you guys all a bad name around here.

                      I’m not playing the victim, I’m just saying that you can’t call for purges of the neo-liberals in the party and then act all butthurt when the “neo-liberals” turn around and play the same game.

                    • Olwyn

                      @TFC: I have never suggested a purge, but there is a difference in kind in wanting to purge neo-liberals from the Labour Party and wanting to purge outspoken lefties from the Labour Party. The Labour Party is a social-democratic party. It has a set of principles. Those principles do not include neo-liberalism, but they do include social justice. Hence you are justified in calling someone a hijacker of the Labour Party if he tries to pull the party to the neo-liberal right, while it would be silly to call someone a hijacker of the same party for publicly standing up for the oppressed.

                    • The Fan Club

                      Except I’m pretty sure y’all think I’m a neo-liberal. Now, I’m not. But I can’t be fucked convincing y’all of that, ’cause to be blunt you’re a mob that wants a hate figure. And it’s not just me; there’s a bunch of other people in the party that are solid Left that you guys have in the neo-liberal right-wing deviationist bucket. So I’m pretty sure I don’t care if you’re claiming to be after the neo-liberals.

                      (Also, Olywn, the NZLP principles don’t include social democracy, and we’re not explicitly a social democratic party. The constitution talks about democratic socialism; are you a right-wing sell out for not holding to the socialist flame? Because I, personally, think you are.)

                • I was trying to draft something cutting and witty to say but ric and pb did it very well.

                  I agree that there should be no reason to promote someone only because they are part of the other faction. But to actively suppress them even though they have talent to burn seems to be a major waste.

                  Over to you and yours TFC.

                  EDIT: Ooh just saw the comment about his LEC. Please detail the problem. If you wish to suppress what individuals wish to say an explanation would help.

                  • rolling in clover

                    You won’t hear from TFC anymore. He’s belatedly realised how his favoured strategy has fucked him and his mates and he’s off with his tail between his legs.

                    There’s a reason Annette’s turned up here being all nicy-nice today and it’s not ‘cos she likes the company of the left.

                • The Al1en

                  “I don’t particularly want a purge. But”

                  Everyone has their price.
                  Your’s appears to be a sniff at the arse of failed opposition politicians.
                  Go for it, tiger.
                  Grrr. 😆

            • Pascal's bookie

              And I’ll just note here the irony of you mocking people’s grammar and spelling when you don’t seem to be able to work out what the apostrophe in my fucking handle means.

              • Te Reo Putake

                I’m picking Fanny’s still scratching his head (arse?) trying to work that one out, bookie.

    • Tim 29.6

      Just as an aside Anne(tte)….does the Boss know you’re deigning to comment on such irrelevant media as “TS”?
      I worry for your legacy – it hasn’t all been bad I know but unfortunately you’ve shown a distinct ineptitude for judging character. But never mind – probably most battered wives could lay claim to the same.

      Maybe a change of scene? That Miramar Penninsular and environs – it was bound to cause a conflict aye!
      Waitakere Man’s view is probablt going to be one of Annie Get Your Gun…’s “SOooooo Uncool aye”

    • The Al1en 29.7

      “or even a cock up !!”

      Like 31.5% after four years of a woeful government is.

      Shame on you.

    • 4wardthinking 29.8

      Wasnt it a late decision not to make it public though? Indicates there is a level of knowledge that all is not well at mill.

    • rosy 29.9

      “The vote of Caucus has always been a secret ballot as long as anyone can remember “

      And yet, Paddy Gower with microphone went chasing DC and feverishly tried to get how DC would vote in the Feb meeting. And no-one supported DC with a “The vote of Caucus has always been a secret ballot as long as anyone can remember. It’s not a conspiracy etc, etc”.

      Even if you believed DC was conspiring for a leadership challenge it would have done an awful lot of good, to publicly support him in this. What went on privately about apparent leadership challenges would then have been up to caucus.

      • Colonial Viper 29.9.1

        After the 2011 elections, the Shearer/Cunliffe leadership “secret” ballot got leaked to the media right away.

        • benghazi

          Yes but the leak was all lies spun by Mallard and King. There were two votes in it in December 2011 – yes just 2!

          As for today…… The reason the MSM want the numbers is they were promised them last week when briefed by King/Mallard about today’s process.

          However, it was only today that Mallard/King got a bit worried that the vote might not actually be ‘overwhelming’ and changed things back to (the usual practice of) keeping the numbers secret.

          So Annette your post was not telling the whole truth was it?! Yes caucus ballots like these are usually secret, but that is not the rules of the game you put in place last week and you changed them at the 11th hour.

      • blue leopard 29.9.2

        Well said, Rosy

  30. Afewknowthetruth 30

    I am underwhelmed.

  31. Rhinocrates 31

    Not a Pyhrric Victory yet, but the ABC club and Fanboy do need to remember this quote from Plutarch:

    Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one more such victory would utterly undo him. For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward

    And before anyone says “but he does have friends – Phil, and Trev and Annette and cute little Chippy”, yes-men aren’t friends, puppeteers aren’t and neither are tapeworms (take your pick).

    • Te Reo Putake 31.1

      Always a great quote to whip out, Rhinocrates. Dya reckon in the current situation Standardistas could be seen as the Italian confederates?

  32. Annette King 32

    Thank you Blue Leopard for your comment. The Caucus has made it’s decision including David Cunliffe. What we need to do now is to be the strongest Opposition possible, opposing the raft of anti worker, anti women and anti democratic policies of the Govt while proposing alternative policies that reflect our principles.

    • dancerwaitakere 32.1

      Your principles like bashing beneficiaries etc etc.

      Give up Annette.

      • r0b 32.1.1

        I think that remark is completely unfair.

        • bad12

          Yeah same here, this place is a constant hot bed of wah wah wah the Labour Caucus are not listening to us,

          Why would they engage when all they receive is a flood of hostility…

          • Dr Terry

            This is exactly why they damn well SHOULD ENGAGE!

            • bad12

              That’s really f**king bizaare if you don’t mind me saying Doktor, tell me something do you abuse your employees,

              Annette King should come on the Standard regularly to receive a dose of child like anger from all and sundry because She is a member of a Caucus that just had a vote as required by the rules of the Party on confidence in the leadership of that Party,

              Seems to me that the mass baying for blood is here barking up the wrong tree, if the members of the Party at Conference were wide awake they would have voted for a system where the trigger for such confidence votes was held by those attending that Conference along with a ranking system for MP’s,

              The fact that the Conference did not vote for such rules says way more than all the massed voices here at the Standard yelling at the same time can…

              • McFlock

                agreed, b12

                • bad12

                  LOLZ with which bit, just joking, it is tho bizaare, we as a group of mostly leftists/leftishes want the political party’s to hear what we say but then begin baying for blood should one (a politician) dare to enter the halls of the Standard to comment,

                  One of the more obscure MP’s came on one night a week or so ago and immediately got hit with a comment about how hard it was to drag Her-self away from the trough,

                  On one level this was amusing as that MP called for a moderator to step in, but, on another hardly amusing if anyone here wants to try and build an ongoing dialogue with MP’s,

                  Of course we are only going to get from any MP party policy as their part of the discussion, all MP’s are bound by such party policy and it is when we can put up reasoned argument for or against party policy while promoting logical alternatives that changes of mind may just occur…

                  • McFlock

                    yeah, the alternating demands for “engagement” and vitriol are counterproductive to the point of absurdity..

                    What I will note is that while Shearer might not take too much notice of the blogs, a few caucus members obviously either lurk or have someone tell them what’s going on. So some assistant in wgtn probably takes note of the occasional gems and discards the “horse apples”. And the “Shearer says” are forwarded here each issue, largely as sacrificial lambs but it’s more regular engagement that from the greens or whomever.

                    • gobsmacked

                      McFlock, just get the history right.

                      1) Standard starts up. Years of posts and comments follow. Standard accused of being slavishly Labour, in time of Clark, then Goff. The only people getting “vitriol” are right-wing trolls. And Pete George .. 😉

                      2) After … how many years? Five? … things start to change. Gradually, there is more and more criticism of Labour’s leadership. So – in traditional playground style – who started it?

                      Think about it. Last year wasn’t the year of the Standard’s birth. Read (if you care to) the many, many regular commenters who constantly stood up for Labour as the party of the left, as “our” party. They have changed because … 1) a Mind Controller told them to OR 2) because finally, after years of patience and loyalty, a whole lot of people have got well and truly pissed off.

                      Chickens, home, roost. Put the blame where it belongs.

                    • CV - Real Labour

                      gs, maybe if we just stay loyal and hardworking for Labour for another few years, the party will finally find its pre-1984 soul again?

                      Or is 30 years long enough to wait?

                    • McFlock

                      Who started it?

                      People who can’t move on. Maybe in caucus, definitely here.

                      How difficult is it to just say “and that’s why I now vote [green / mana / whomever] – I like [green/mana/whomever], they have policies XYZ, and their caucus seem more active and specific than Labour”? Rather than whining every time someone from labour dares to open their gob, and then complaining when they don’t.

                      If they’re losers, let them wither on the vine.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      “And the “Shearer says” are forwarded here each issue”

                      [citation needed]

                      It looks more to me like one of the ts authors gets the email because they are a member, and they then put it up as a post. If I am wrong please provide some evidence that Shearer’s office makes this happen.

                    • McFlock

                      It looks more to me like one of the ts authors gets the email because they are a member, and they then put it up as a post. If I am wrong please provide some evidence that Shearer’s office makes this happen.

                      Don’t need to.

                      Go to the front page of The Standard website. Scroll down to a “Shearer Says” post. You’ll see “We’re happy to post similar newsletters from other opposition leaders – our email is on our contact page.”

                      And yet none of the Green supporters here kicked that invitation to Green HQ. Or if they did, nothing happened. And that’s assuming no current author is a member. Basically, Labour seems to be better at “engaging with The Standard” than the greens.

                      edit: oooo had tag issue and got all shouty, sorry 🙂

                    • r0b []

                      It looks more to me like one of the ts authors gets the email because they are a member, and they then put it up as a post. If I am wrong please provide some evidence that Shearer’s office makes this happen.

                      I receive Shearer Says as an ordinary member and sometimes I put it up. But I didn’t start the process, someone else did, possibly because it was sent to The Standard email address (I dunno because I don’t read that email).

                    • Colonial Weka

                      Ah, so you don’t differentiate between a member, and someone in the leader’s office. Interesting.

                      The GP don’t need to post here, they’re already engaged with their membership in useful and productive ways.

                    • geoff

                      How difficult is it to just say “and that’s why I now vote [green / mana / whomever] – I like [green/mana/whomever], they have policies XYZ, and their caucus seem more active and specific than Labour”?

                      If they’re losers, let them wither on the vine.

                      Why the fuck should Labour members let their party wither on the vine!?
                      If they believe that current Labour leadership is not politically aligned with the historical roots of the party AND that their present trajectory is endangering a left victory at the next election then good on them for loudly complaining!
                      These people are fighting for their party, and you’d have them just give up.
                      Scratch that, you want them to give up.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      If they’re losers, let them wither on the vine.

                      The minor complication is that the country will fail along side them.

                    • McFlock

                      Hang on, the question is whether Labour should actively try to come here and get pilloried (sorry, “engage with The Standard readership”), not whether it should send emails to its members or simply work through branches

                      My point is that even if the Shearer Says emails come from authors who are members, then if there was any reason for the Greens to regularly “engage” with a broad left blog site then the invitation has been open for months.

                      Labour seem to engage with their membership. They had a conference and everything. Send weekly emails. Some members seem to be pissed off, fair call. But is TS the appropriate medium to engage with those people? I don’t give a shit, I’m not in Labour. I just think it would be cool to have weekly emails here from every left wing party, with MPs occasionally engaging, too.

                      Just as I’d like to see 38:11:7 Lab:green:mana in 2014.

                    • felixviper

                      I don’t see Green members complaining that their caucus ignores them or that their leaders don’t communicate with them openly.

                      Do you?

                    • McFlock

                      I don’t see Green members complaining that their caucus ignores them or that their leaders don’t communicate with them openly.

                      Do you?

                      Nor do I see frontbenchers take months to say whether they’ll contest the leadership. Horses for courses, I guess.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      that’s probably because the Green co-leaders have the skills and management ability to lead their caucus together without knifing colleagues in the back.

                    • McFlock

                      Maybe they’re just lucky that they don’t have to get the blades out.

                    • felixviper

                      I’m confused McF.

                      I thought you were saying the Greens aren’t as good as Labour at engaging with their members.

                    • McFlock

                      no, “engaging with The Standard”. Which was the original comment at 28.4.
                      Why would I worry about how a party that I’m not a member of engages with its members (unless their dirty laundry gets thrown around here, of course)?

                    • felixviper

                      Because without them succeeding at least to some degree the coalition of parties which broadly represent your interests and philosophies will fail to reach the necessary threshold to form a government? 😉

                      But yes, point taken.

        • dancerwaitakere

          Is it? Is it really unfair?

          Because last time I checked, the caucus seems to be running all of these lines about “principles” while only paying lip service to may of them.

          • bad12

            Yes UNFAIR, can you point out where Annette King has ever directly attacked a beneficiary???…

            • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

              If you want senior members of the Labour Party to contribute to debate here, being civil to them might be a bare minimum.

              • dancerwaitakere

                I never said anything uncivil. I never post anything that is uncivil on The Standard.

            • CV - Real Labour

              Better yet, any time in the last year that any Labour front bencher has come forward and said that benefits are too low and need to be raised.

              • CV - Real Labour

                OK, let’s make this easier, any time in the last year that a Labour front bencher suggested that political parties attacking or bashing beneficiaries was a dirty low tactic targetting the vulnerable.

                • CV - Real Labour

                  I’m going to have to go out on a limb here I see. Anytime in the last year that a Labour front bencher suggested that it was important to reduce barriers stopping beneficiaries from accessing the payments that they are entitled to.

      • Bill 32.1.2

        Oh, you kind of gazzumped me there ‘dancerwaitakere’. I really do want to know what ths ‘our principles’ refers to. Is it the self serving ‘no time for losers’ principles of those who control caucus? Or traditional Labour Party principles that understand poverty is a justice issue and not one of personal responsibility/choice?

        Sadly, I suspect the former. And further than that, suspect the crucial and vast difference between the former and latter position results in nought but puzzled frowns appearing on the faces of those dear caucus members.

      • Mary 32.1.3

        Yes, King’s omission of attacks on the poorest of the poor couldn’t make things clearer. Don’t expect a response from her on Labour’s policy on beneficiaries. We already know the National/Labour tag-team are still in business. Labour makes me sick.

        • r0b

          Mary, Annette King spearheaded Labour’s policy at the last election to put the wellbeing of children at the the center of Labour’s policy platform – a move which would have very much put the focus on the issue of poverty and how to alleviate it.

          Do you really believe that there is no difference between National and Labour?

          • bad12

            yes Annette at one point in the 2011 election campaign stated that Labour would include beneficiary dependent children in the Working For Families tax credits scheme,

            Unfortunately, and as a result of what i believe were ‘internal machinations’ this was later stated to be a policy that would take effect ‘in time’…

            • Mary

              Yes, precisely bad12. And while I do think there is a difference between Labour and National, that difference is pretty much how Willie Jackson put it about National stabbing you in the front and Labour in the back. There are countless positive promises Labour has made about social security that they’ve reneged on. The first was reinstating basic benefit levels to pre-1991 levels, which was flip-fopped on as quickly as the WFF promise to beneficiary families. There has also been vehement criticisms of National government policies which Labour have then turned around and done themselves, only ten times worse. Abolishing the special benefit was one of them, after criticising National’s failed attempt to place all supplementary benefits into regulations. Another was continuing with policies on the National-led government’s introduction of the idea of income-status being relevant for tax purposes. In fact the whole WFF policy relies on this – a concept foreign to our tax system until Bill Birch’s tax cuts in 1996 which excluded beneficiaries by lowering the gross rate of benefits to leave the net rate unchanged. Susan St John was the first to point this out – the concept of “those significantly dependent on the state” getting hammered under out tax laws because of things other than income. Charming.

              To answer r0b’s question, it all comes down to Labour’s track record. They’ve not kept one positive promise that I can think of when it comes to beneficiaries, and instead have introduced policies akin to what you’d expect from an ACT/National government. Add to this Labour’s reluctance to be open on its current plans for social security and you’re left with the conclusion that, yes, Labour is no better than National, and because they stab you in the back they’re probably even worse.

              • bad12

                MMP gives you the ‘freedom’ to join and/or vote for anyone you choose…

                • Mary

                  So did FFP. Annette King’s talking about open and constructive discussion on policy, excluding, of course, Labour’s welfare policy, that is. I’m talking about trying to find out what Labour’s policy on benefits is now so that we can have a discussion about that, now. I’ll bet you everything in my Kiwisaver she won’t be interested in that one tiny bit. no surprises there, though. It’s because she knows it’s worse than National’s therefore any “discussion” about it won’t be “constructive”. How’s that for open and constructive debate, Annette?

                  • bad12

                    Exactly where is Annette King talking about open and constructive discussion on policy which excludes Labour’s welfare policy,

                    Since when does Annette King make up the labour Party’s welfare policy, here was me thinking that Labour has committees which put up such policy,

                    Your last paragraph is totally non-sensical and goes part way to my education into why some attach certain names to us lot that comment here…

                    • Mary

                      King said: “What we need to do now is to be the strongest Opposition possible, opposing the raft of anti worker, anti women and anti democratic policies of the Govt while proposing alternative policies that reflect our principles.”

                      Where’s reference to National’s anti-beneficiary attacks on the poor? Conspicuous by its absence.

                      “Since when does Annette King make up the labour Party’s welfare policy, here was me thinking that Labour has committees which put up such policy,”

                      When Annette King was welfare spokesperson it was the same old story. She was also minister at the time of much of the destruction of the Social Security Act Labour was responsible for from 1999. Importantly though, the point is that if Labour had a clear and coherent policy on beneficiaries any Labour MP could talk about it, especially Annette King given her previous positions and seniority in the party. But no, welfare’s still a no go zone, just like it was when King was opposition spokesperson and now with Ardern.

                      “Your last paragraph is totally non-sensical and goes part way to my education into why some attach certain names to us lot that comment here…”

                      Are you talking about my comment at 4.41? If so, all I can say is that you need to do some research.

                    • bad12

                      Shucks i am really soooo sorry, Annette you are soooo naughty,how dare you enter the halls of the Standard without first typing out a 20 pager touching upon all Labour Party policies,(even the ones what aint yet wrote),…

                    • Mary

                      You slay me.

                • CV - Real Labour

                  MMP gives you the ‘freedom’ to join and/or vote for anyone you choose…

                  Great. The neolib “free choice” meme.

                  • bad12

                    Whats Neo-Lib about it???, freedom as a concept and a reality are hardly Neo- Liberal dogma,

                    We are free to join any political party we choose, what’s neo-liberal about that,

                    Perhaps having vented your spleen already today you are unable to construct a comment of intelligence in reply so you just reach for the neo-liberal meme…

                    • CV - Real Labour

                      Whats Neo-Lib about it???, freedom as a concept and a reality are hardly Neo- Liberal dogma,

                      Sure it is. “Free markets” “free choice” those PR memes have been used to construct the basis of neolib ideology. Used to make people believe that we have real choices when in fact we have fuck all. Find me the political party which isn’t pushing for economic growth, for instance.

                    • McFlock

                      Neolib “freedom” is based on “freedom – if you have the money”.

                      Democratic freedom is “everyone gets one vote, and can use it how they wish”. Practically communi5t.

                      Surprised you confuse the two.

                    • bad12

                      Mac’s just pointed out the obvious to you,


                      The freedom extends to you being free to start a political party that promises a no growth economy…

                    • CV - Real Labour

                      Just like I have the freedom to start my own bank, mobile phone company, community co-op or train system? Because it’s a free market and i should just put my money where my mouth is?

                    • McFlock

                      Your vote.
                      Your doorknocking skills.
                      And spare time you have to spread your message to either start a new party or change an old one.

                      Some people are given much more money than others, but everyone has 24 hours a day and a single vote.

                    • CV - Real Labour

                      I think I’m going to take your suggestions to heart, McFlock. Cheers.

                    • The Al1en

                      Don’t know where this will come out in the conversation (I’ve seen some cool forums that are a lot easier to navigate), but…

                      “Just like I have the freedom to start my own bank, mobile phone company, community co-op or train system? Because it’s a free market and i should just put my money where my mouth is?”

                      Dear Santa, where do I start? 😆

                    • McFlock

                      well, while I don’t agree with much of what you say, this place is good for hammering out a coherent perspective. You’ve got one, but this ain’t the place for distribution as such – most people in the country probably haven’t even heard of TS, let alone read it, and them that do often have cast-iron opinions anyway. Pick your dissemination strategy and run with it.

                      Everyone should find their niche, I reckon.

                      I’m a bit of a dick who doesn’t suffer the rest of the planet gladly, so the publicly-visible option is out (unless I go doorknocking for the nats, but I’ve called too many of them “smarmy fuckheads” to maintain a plausible cover 🙂 ). But I’ve got my own little way of making the real world a minutely better place.

                    • bad12

                      CV, as far as i am aware we were discussing ‘freedom’ in terms of politics where you are free to join and vote for any Party you so choose and if the choices do not suit you free to start a political party of your own,

                      The fact that you choose to be essentially stupid in attempting to drag such a topic off into other pursuits in which you could not be said to be totally free to ‘start’ something simply devalues what are mostly insightful comments you usually make…

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    It’s not neo lib, CV, it’s capitalist boiler plate. The concept goes back centuries. I’d argue that neo liberalism is actually opposed to choice in the sense that the winner dominates (think Betamax (loser) and Microsoft (winner)) Both good technologies, but only one still exists.

                    The difference between MMP and FPP is that, generally, both votes are effective and therefore right can’t gerrymander elections under MMP as they used to in NZ.

                • Mary

                  Yeah, and FPP doesn’t?

    • bad12 32.2

      Good to see you here at the Standard again Annette, plus nice move to have Fletcher Building on the TV1 News telling the nation that of course we can build 300 thousand dollar houses,

      the simpering reply to that from Slippery the Prime Minister was a gem…

    • Mr Key should not be allowed to do those spiels he does, condemning opposition parties at the end of each answer at question-time. Labour needs to ensure this is stopped.

      • McFlock 32.3.1


        • blue leopard

          By doing Points of Order like Winston Peters does; By being on the Speaker’s case.

          • McFlock

            Does it work for Winston?

            Will the speaker do a damned thing about it?

            • blue leopard

              Winston got it to the point where the mics are turned off quicker (by persisting with the Speaker). Brilliant when that happens, Key’s smug little face, with his mouth moving and no sound, then suddenly he looks down with a look of child-like despondency/embarrassment, as he realises noone can hear the [free] spin he is imparting. Very enjoyable. Haven’t you seen it?

              • CV - Real Labour

                Winston knows the rules inside out. The young ones could learn a thing or two from him.

              • McFlock

                nah. But sounds good.

                Maybe I’m just too cynical about this government (including their speaker) actually sticking to any rules whatsoever.

                • …yeah it took perseverance…and I really wonder why Labour doesn’t take part in that type of perseverance. Its worth it!

                  (To be fair they do sometimes work together with NZF & Greens when there has been a noticeable infraction by the Nats, yet I would like to see the Nats mics turned off more often; they get away with far too much)

    • Olwyn 32.4

      Thanks Annette, for joining the conversation. Let us all hope that a strong opposition of the sort you envisage emerges from this. In common with others on this site, I would like to see less of the low paid worker versus beneficiary wedge at work than I have seen in the past. At a primary school near where I live, 700 people recently applied for a part-time, low ranked administrative position, some of them highly educated with strong work histories. When this is the state of play, what chance do the least qualified, least employable people actually have? It does not seem fair to rub salt into their wounds, even indirectly, by omission. They too should be able to have confidence that a Labour government would improve things for them.

    • ianmac 32.5

      Annette. I know you have the wisdom to be unimpressed by some commentators on the Standard. Some like dancerwaitakere and Bill just scream out unsubstantiated wild accusations that are somehow meant to impress you and Caucus. Just rubbish.
      Many of us have faith in the Caucus and back you all the way.

      • geoff 32.5.1

        Obsequious, ignorant dross. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…… ianmac!

        • mac1

          Better include me on your list, geoff, ‘cos I stand alongside my brother ianmac especially when it’s to stand in opposition to comments like yours.

          • geoff

            You enjoy that sense of loyalty while the country goes up in flames.

            • Colonial Viper

              As well as the tatters of what’s left of Labour’s Red Flag.

              • mac1

                ‘Tatters’ mean you’ve been in a scrap, CV, and not just kept the colours in a glass case away from light and dust.

            • mac1

              ianmac mentioned “unsubstantiated wild accusations.” Your comment is both wild and unsubstantiated, geoff- “the country goes up in flames,” indeed.

              And yes I do enjoy loyalty, solidarity, a belief in debate and exchange of ideas in preference to unmerited criticism and name calling- core left wing values, really.

              • geoff

                unsubstantiated wild accusations eh.

                Like housing being completely unaffordable, unemployment at 7% and rising, 200,000+ kiwi kids living in poverty, the list goes on and on.
                How is that not ‘the country going up in flames’?

                I have a go at your brother because he consistently defends this crew leading labour who are just cronies. The dog whistle politics, the Curran situation, the manufacturing of a supposed coup at conference, undermining the Greens, this list goes on and on as well.
                I’ve zero faith in their ability to lead our country out of this quagmire with their Blairite
                third-way centrism.

                The question you need to ask yourself is, why am I defending them?

      • Chris 32.5.2

        What you said ianmac.Totally!

    • The Woodpecker 32.6

      Just to be clear, is that a yes or no re. Cunliffe? Because it sounds like a no to me.

      • blue leopard 32.6.1

        lol, you are asking a politician for a yes or no answer?
        Hopefully they will see sense and reinstate him, it is entirely silly not to 🙂

      • bad12 32.6.2

        Comprehension fail- what Annette is saying is that by secret vote every MP had their say today on whether or not they have confidence in David shearer as the Leader, this vote was held in accordance with the Labour Party rules,

        David Cunliffe also had His say in this secret vote…

    • Annette, How can you possibly think that the party can unite when democracy has been
      trashed ?
      If the opinion of commenters and posters here is only a sample of the feeling of being
      cheated by the caucus installing their favourite, then the wider voting public are also reflecting
      the thoughts of many here, re: the stagnation in the polls.
      Principles of the current labour caucus have so far reflected a strong lean towards
      the neo-lib path of 30yrs ago, it’s all very well to self promote democratic policies
      when the reality is exactly the opposite.
      Remember the membership vote for leader that was won hands down by Cunliffe,
      who trashed that democratic vote ? it surely wasn’t the members etc, democracy has
      no home in the Labour Party of today,sadly.
      Labour will continue to bleed votes unless there is a democratic process,once again,
      which includes members and affiliates and the result respected by caucus.
      It is good to see you interacting with people on this site.

    • beatie 32.8

      Annette, if Labour is re-elected will they reverse the welfare reforms. A yes or no would suffice.

      • woodpecker 32.8.1

        Not allowed yes or no questions, blue leopard thinks they are silly.

        • blue leopard

          Yes, well said Woodpecker.
          Pollies would rather, …well,… drink cheap white wine* than answer “yes” or “no” to anything….

          (*and they just don’t do that…sacrilege…)

    • xtasy 32.9

      Dear Annette –

      What is your comment to this kind of range of topics?

      And Dr David Bratt, appointed as Principal Health Advisor for MSD and WINZ under your last government:

      Him comparing benefit dependence with drug dependence, and him having trained and mentored Regional Health Advisors and Regional Disability Advisors within WINZ, same as GPs as their selected “designated doctors” to make the decisions that MSD and WINZ “expect” them to make, is that what Labour supports?

      I suppose that you will meet with Jacinda Ardern, and also Green MPs Metiria Turei and Jan Logie to perhaps discuss this and come to some understanding of where a “Left” Labour-Green force may take welfare in NZ. Some feedback would be appreciated. Thanks for that, if it ever comes.

    • The Al1en 32.10

      “What we need to do now is to be the strongest Opposition possible, opposing the raft of anti worker, anti women and anti democratic policies of the Govt while proposing alternative policies that reflect our principles.”

      And you couldn’t do that between 08 and now because?

    • Naki nark 32.11

      Mrs King. Thank you for coming on.

      I have been opposing anti democratic policies. I have been proposing an alternative. The conference wanted democracy. The caucus did not.

      [Personal question deleted – hey moderators – we need to have a discussion about what is ok and what is out of bounds re interacting with MPs. r0b]

      • McFlock 32.11.1

        So when the conference voted in favour of the new leadership election format, it “wanted democracy”.
        When it voted against replacing the caucus confidence vote in 2013 in favour of the new election format, it … well, I guess conference only wanted a member+affiliates election if Shearer didn’t have the confidence of caucus.

        • Naki nark

          The conference vote got messy. Members wanted democracy. MPs like Chris Hipkins intimidated people. Today MPs could have made healing but they did not.

          I am not trying to be rude rOb. I feel today like Mrs King does not stand for what I think Labour membership means. What is in the constitution.

          • McFlock

            So the vote you agree with is valid, but the vote you disagree with was the result of intimidation?

            • Naki nark

              I disagree with the same group of MPs making the only votes that count over and over. I think members should count in Labour too.

              I have not posted many comments before McFlock and ROb. I will think about what you say.

          • r0b

            I am not trying to be rude rOb.

            Pleased to hear it Naki nark. Express your opinion all you like, but I still don’t think that your question was relevant to the discussion, or appropriate.

      • The Al1en 32.11.2

        “hey moderators – we need to have a discussion about what is ok and what is out of bounds re interacting with MPs”

        With no desire to step on toes or egos, I’m okay with coming down hard on the ‘you’re drunk’ nastiness, but if it’s about not being able to say the polls suck, you’ve done a bad thing, then I’d be happier walking away than fending off an attack from the bold letter monster.

        Seriously, they are not gods. Just people with better salaries and careers.
        I respect the interaction, but I don’t do one way conversations with anyone.

        Thanks for the fish.

        • r0b

          I suspect that your position on this would be widely shared Al1en. Don’t worry – I’m not proposing that we wrap them in cotton wool – this is a political blog after all.

    • Saarbo 32.12

      Thanks for commenting Annette, as a Labour member I have been surprised and disappointed by the attitude of many in the Labour caucus towards blogs (particularly after Nov conference), social media, Labours website etc. So it good to see Labour caucus members using TS to help explain/account for their decisions.

      Up to this point we have had some condescending messages from apparent advisor’s…which has had the affect of putting me and many others right off the Labour Party. So good to have your comments on here. Is DC allowed to speak freely again?

  33. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 33

    Labour will go down like the Titanic if it follows the same pattern. Complacency and sticking with a system that has a shonky design. It isn’t sufficient to say It looks okay, it suits me, don’t make changes to meet current needs.

    • Rhinocrates 33.1

      Yes, but Robertson, Goff, King and Mallard will have the very best-placed deck chairs, so they win!

  34. AmaKiwi 34

    Personalities win elections.

    – John Key, the smiling assassin.
    – David Lange. His memory still makes me chuckle. “I can smell the uranium on your breath.”
    – Sarah Palin. She didn’t win but millions adored her.
    – Ronald Reagen. In 1984, the entire White House press corps knew Reagen had Alzheimer’s but he was re-elected in a landslide.
    – Adolf Hitler. Mein Kamp is incoherent but millions worshiped him.

    Personalities win elections. David Shearer needs a personality transplant or Labour is dead in 2014.

    To those who say the caucus vote was close: We know Shearer got at least 21 votes (62%). 62% to 38% is NOT a close election.

    The Labour caucus has made their bed. Now they have to sleep in it. I am not going to bring them breakfast in bed.

    • Pascal's bookie 34.1

      JFK, GWB, Thatcher, Obama, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Clinton, Clark, .. it’s not actually a list that ends.

      • Pete 34.1.1

        John Major had no personality (that’s why the Edwina Currie thing was such a surprise) and managed to win in 1992, but he had the advantage of being the incumbent. He won in a squeaker, with 41.9% of the vote, the rest split between Labour, the Lib Dems and minor parties in a FPP system.

        • Pete

          Also Jimmy Carter. Who is without doubt a good man and benefited from the first election since Watergate, but just couldn’t lead or inspire.

          So that’s where I would place Shearer. In the ranks of Carter and Major.

      • Olwyn 34.1.2

        Some of these people; Kennedy and Hawke, for example, were charismatic to begin with. Howard was not, he acquired his charisma on the job, and so did Helen. Both of these last two seem to me, retrospectively, to have had a core of strength that provided a base for acquiring charisma, but I cannot tell if I am reading that into them from the perspective of knowing what they became.

        • Pascal's bookie

          I’d agree with all the points you and Pete have made.

          Seems to me Clark and Howard started to resonate after being elected. Aunty Helen and Battler respectively.

          So the Q is how did they win without resonating, and it wasn’t policy IMV. Clark won because Shipley’s govt was hated by then and she couldn’t resonate either.

          Unless labour can take Key out of the picture, ( and I can’t see that happening) they won’t win without a leader who resonates before winning.

  35. JonL 35

    “David Shearer is who he is, and that cannot change, even if every Labour member dutifully worships him and all critics are silent, from now till election day. ”

    My apolitical relatives see him as a bumbling, incoherent who can barely string 2 sentences together. Vote for him (and, by inference – Labour) – are you mad!…
    Public perceptions are the name of the game, and I’m afraid DS hasn’t got what it takes! Which means, that aforementioned rellies will probably vote Nats again….then bitch for the next 3 yrs……..

  36. xtasy 36

    Congratulations David Shearer – and to the Caucus of Labour, for pulling this one off, once again!

    You have thus far got away with it, so nothing has changed, and the agenda with little policy, with little tit for tat stings against Key and National (inside and outside the House) will continue, like it did last year.

    Consistency of sorts, one may say, but “decisive action”, determination, clarity and vision??? Do not ask me, please, I do not wish to ruin your day.

    Labour is now set firmly to achieve a decisive victory in 2020. On the battle goes, Shearer as the modern day “Don Quijote de La Mancha”. He and his loyal servant(s) are ready to storm, ready to battle, those large political windmills, and he will conquer NZ’s mainstream, to throw out the Nats after another 2 terms, after the rot within the right has set in so big, that even a 31.5 percent vote will mean that Labour will again be the largest party in NZ.

    Best of luck and best wishes.

    I will focus on other allies and parties.

  37. xtasy 37

    While reference was made to that article at the top, and while “overwhelming” was mentioned in regards to Shearer’s support within caucus today, perhaps look at the poll result beneath the article.

    That online open public vote gives Shearer 49 per cent support by readers as “best” or right leader for Labour, while 51 percent (now at 04:40 pm, 04.04.) think otherwise.

    Now how “overwhelming” is that when it comes to the public? And against what possible competition will that need to be seen?

    • AmaKiwi 37.1

      The same pathetic caucus that would not replace Goff when for 2 yrs. prior to the election everyone knew he would lose.

  38. KhandallaViper 38

    Hooton’s disgusting article on the NBR is a reminder to all of us that Hooton is the enemy of the Labour Party.

    Hooton has been stirring sh*t in these pages under various disguises. Do not bother to engage with stirrers. It only encourages them.

    Hooton and his ilk would love to see more in-fighting. That is why he is advising a purge.

    David Shearer has won the vote. He is now viewed as a strong Leader. He now has the mana to ignore bad advisors like Hooton.

    The Labour Party wants to unite itself. Nats like Hooton want to divide us.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 38.1

      a reminder to all of us that Hooton is the enemy of the Labour Party

      Where has he ever claimed to be anything else?

      • George D 38.1.1

        On the other hand, Josie Pagani

      • Rhinocrates 38.1.2

        He’s often claimed to support the current Labour caucus and its direction, so…

        More seriously, tho’, I don’t think that Hooton is very Machiavellian – he’s not very smart after all, he just thinks he is.

        He believes what the current Shearer-figureheaded caucus believes: that there is a natural cycle to politics and in 2014, it will be Labour’s turn. He’s got his red light out, it’s very bright and he’s shining it directly at who he thinks his next batch of clients will be, people who don’t scare him too much because people who have principles are scary and incomprehensible to him.

        Sorry, that could disparaging to sex workers. I’m sure that no prostitute would ever want to be compared to Matthew Hooton.

  39. BillODrees 39

    Where has he [Hooton] ever claimed to be anything else?

    Unfortunately some of our comrades involved in “Strategy” have thought it advantageous to play footsie with Hooton. There are some who have listened to his advice.

  40. Elizabeth Bourchier Real Labour 40

    Had the Leadership been confident of the numbers they would not have gone for secrecy on the vote.

    Had they lost by about 50/50 then Shearers position would have been untenable.
    If they were confident they would have asked the room to give a unanimous endorsement and avoid a vote. But they were afraid. Diddums!!

    They must have worked out that at least a third was willing to say FU to Trevor, Grant and Annette.

    That is a serious shot across Shearers bow. He must realise he has to unite the caucus very quickly or he and everyone else will be absolutely exhausted by Easter.

    • ad 40.1

      So he’s not willing to let us in on uniting together constitutionally.

      His only other option is to produce such stunning policy that everything is forgiven, and the country loves him, and the polls rise as a result.

      His only path to unity now is to produce results.

  41. Molly Polly 41

    “The Labour Century Fund is our automatic contribution scheme,
    raising money for our campaigns for Labour values and principles.”

    I no longer know what those values and principles are.

    Therefore, my regular once a month contribution to the Labour Century Fund has ended today after 10 years. Previous to that I paid a yearly membership fee.

    Phew! No more making excuses to my extended whanau for the lack of leadership in the Party.
    No more delivering pamphlets, door knocking, telephone canvassing and organising fundraisers.

    What can I say except – Go the Greens!

  42. Skinny 42

    I will be off to my new LEC for a look see, can just imagine it now no one there under 50, average age 65 all 6 of them bless their souls. That’s the problem most activists have been beaten over too many times & moved on further left. 
    Anyway I like to mix it up so my reward is when the nobs from caucus come visit I put them on the spot. Lol.

  43. dan1 43

    I am not too much into omens, but the TV3 News tonight provided one tonight. The Labour leadership meeting was at St Michaels in Henderson, where my Mum and Dad got married in 1948! If I remember, it used to be on the other side of the road, up the road from the Corban’s entrance. The last time I saw it it was in drastic need of redemption (another omen perhaps!) The church was about a mile away from my grandparents place in John St. You won’t find John St anymore; it is buried under the mall/pub carpark off Station Rd. Poppa Arthur was formerly a Ministry of Works foreman who told stories of the Depression, where doctors and lawyers were forced to accept any job going, and worked for him labouring on bridges north of Auckland. Nanny was a homemaker. They were close to many in the migrant community, who were Lebanese or Dalmatian. They were not overtly political people but they gave Michael Savage a saintly aura because he believed in the importance of community rather than individual. They would never have voted for anyone but Labour.
    I hope the omen means the Labour Party will get its act together. I have met the two Davids briefly. They are both talented and keen to do the best for NZ. There is too much preoccupation with the leader; it is the substance of the policies that count. I want policies that work for the disadvantaged and disaffected. I want policies that encourage non-voters to vote. I want policies that are not just NAct light. I want policies that will inspire NZ to believe in itself. I don’t want NZ to limply follow US or IMF directed policies that favour the wealthy.
    It was pleasing to see Annette commenting tonight. That is another omen that Head office and caucus are listening. Cunliffe should be reinstated and given a prominent role. The disaffected need to find another party; I have had enough of their negativity.
    Omen…. maybe! Amen… hopefully not!

  44. RedBaronCV 44

    While I thank Annette for coming on here, unfortunately, to me, the statement below reads like a “dog whistle” to the demographics that vote for it.

    “King said: “What we need to do now is to be the strongest Opposition possible, opposing the raft of anti worker, anti women and anti democratic policies of the Govt while proposing alternative policies that reflect our principles.””

    If this is what the Labour Party believes it then, without even going near the beneficiary arguments – not that they aren’t valid, why do they vote for and propose policies that are acheiving exactly the opposite!

  45. RedBaronCV 45

    Doesn’t David Shearer need to ask himself two hard questions:

    Is the Labour Party going to get more or less votes with Cunliffe in highly visible position?

    If the answer to the first question is “more votes” then he needs to ask himself:

    Am I so self focused that I would rather have fewer votes and no fear of being challenged or am I big enough and confident enough to run a more inclusive party for the benefit of New Zealand?

  46. AmaKiwi 46

    I sat near Annette King at conference. She was apoplectic when the conference voted for a 50% membership trigger. When we voted the 40% trigger she nearly went into orbit.

    Democracy: “Rule of the people” . . . NOT representatives. Rule by the people themselves.

    It’s nauseating to read TS readers sucking up a leader of the anti-democracy gang in caucus.

    Today the caucus voted “no confidence” in the members and affiliates.

    Annette King, the feeling is mutual. I vote “no confidence” in you and your anti-democratic caucus majority.

    P.S. This ain’t going to heal with sweet talk about everyone uniting. You don’t let me vote on the leadership, you don’t get my help for the next election.

    • Colonial Weka 46.1

      Fair enough Ama. But I’d like to know how you see any of the ABCs commenting here, if regulars don’t make them feel welcome. Do you think they should stay away?

    • Anne 46.2

      When we voted the 40% trigger she nearly went into orbit.

      Lols. You gotta see the funny side sometimes. I didn’t see that, but I was watching a large cluster of MPs standing at the back when the result was being announced. They appeared to be smiling sweetly which I mistook for acceptance. It wasn’t. They were so stunned their facial muscles had frozen solid.

      • CV - Real Labour 46.2.1

        Yeah that’s right…there was also a noticeable rise in facial blood pressure from a couple of the MPs.

    • @ AmaKiwi,
      Your comments (45, 47 & especially 46.1) are very poignant and thought provoking.

  47. Anne 47

    Also Ama, it’s not sucking up when a TS commenter is polite and ‘welcomes’ a senior Labour MP here. At least it gives us the opportunity to speak to them directly about our concerns in the hope it might eventually go some way to resolving them. Call it a counseling session if you like, but it’s not going to do any harm and just may do a lot of good.

    • AmaKiwi 47.1

      Labour MP’s all read The Standard or get summaries of it.

      Today they proved they ignore us.

      • Colonial Viper 47.1.1

        because they still can, for the moment. Looks like we’ll have to get louder. It’s time the membership step up democratisation of the party another notch, and especially of Labour Party selection procedures.

  48. AmaKiwi 48

    Darien Fenton was also nearby. When the 40% trigger was voted she said, “This is madness!”

    Some Labour party leaders talk about democracy the way a whore talks about virtue.

    • Colonial Viper 48.1

      You should stop impugning the good reputation of whores like this.

    • a whore talks about virtue? Could you possibly get your point across without disparaging women. Ta muchly.

      • xtasy 48.2.1

        Well, try the word “prostitute” then, which I in all fairness would attribute equally to male and female ones, as there are such of either gender. Will that solve the issue for you?

        • No it wouldn’t – had thought we’d long moved beyond chastity and virtuousness as been the pinnacle for measuring human morality or the way we score points of each other. So wtg Amakiwi… tell me, did you support the Left’s move to legalise prostitution or did you just pay lip service to the principals of self determination and basic legal rights for sex workers; meanwhile happy to perpetuate and parrot the prostutitute is a whore.

          On Topic : congratulations Labour, Shearer talks of been bold, GregJ up there @ talked of needing a party of transformation; stay bold Shearer and all Labour MPs and potential MPs of the future.

          • xtasy

            I am opposed to prostitution. If people feel they wish to have a promiscuous sex life, then they should be able to and do it without getting paid for it.

            Prostitution is to me not what I would equate with “work” as such, although of course such activity by either gender is done for “pay” and thus considered as a kind of “work”.

            No, I am opposed to paid sex, and having travelled far and seen a lot, it is a first step to endless more problems, that are hard to contain, in any society, NZ included.

            I am also opposed to any work that is slave like and prostitution like, as I consider any constructive work activity should be well rewarded, respected and paid.

            So I have some principles of sorts in that regard, and I do not give a damned shit what others think about that.

    • Tom Gould 48.3

      An apology would be appropriate, in my view. Regardless of the semantics, your linkage is clear, and just plain nasty. Your comment also illustrates how ‘phoney’ all this talk of democracy is. Rather than accepting her right to express a deeply felt view on the 40% trigger, you chose to liken her and those sharing her view to whores, which speaks volumes about the angry left.

    • Anne 48.4

      That is an indication therefore just how brainwashed some of those MPs have become. Their ignorance would seem rather profound considering Britain, Canada, Australia and I believe some European countries have triggers that are around 40% – and in some cases less!

  49. Ignorance is bliss, it seems in the labour caucus.
    They can’t see the wood for the trees, so it seems.
    We fought the good fight,on behalf of all NZ’ers,we did our best, we lost.
    But, we shall remember,come 2014.

  50. AmaKiwi 50

    “We shall remember, come 2014”

    My Labour Party membership renewal form just went through the paper shredder.

  51. geoff 51

    Surely we can push this post past the 500 comment threshold

    • woodpecker 51.1

      If you think about it geoff and add up all the posts on this subject you would probably hit around 5000 comments. ( +1 more)

      • geoff 51.1.1

        Absolutely, it’s been thoroughly discussed. But what does it all mean? (your turn)

        • blue leopard

          Pretty extensive discussion on this subject. Its a great relief having a thread like this to come and read when something occurs which is really on the disappointing side.

          From reading this site I would have thought it better that caucus simply vote in order to allow the members a say. It may well be that Mr Shearer got endorsed and then all cause for doubt would have been removed.

          Its brilliant to be able to read people’s considered thoughts on the matter.

          Cheers Standardistas! (+1 more heh)

          • McFlock

            “From reading this site I would have thought it better that caucus simply vote in order to allow the members a say. It may well be that Mr Shearer got endorsed and then all cause for doubt would have been removed.”

            That would probably have been the ideal path to take, I agree.
            Another missed opportunity. C’est la vie.

  52. Scintilla 52

    It means the Labour strategy of occupying the middle like a big, fat Mallardian toad, whilst shooing anyone of slightly Left sensibilities over to Greens/Mana, is doomed.

    • @Scintilla
      I’m interested in a thread about this topic. I’m in two minds on the matter. It seems sensible to target the middle ground voters, if they are such a big bunch of people (as we are all “told”) yet the downside could end up meaning that some less “middle ground” matters (that middle ground voters don’t want to know about) go on unaddressed. And they need to be addressed.

      If Labour caught these middle-ground voters, and lost those more to the left, and the Greens and Mana picked up substantially more of the left including the non-voters (who are assumed to be a lot of left-wingers, which I tend to believe too) it could work.

      Yet would this happen or will more people simply not vote out of a belief that the “two main” parties are much the same? Hmm

      • Anne 52.1.1

        Yet would this happen or will more people simply not vote out of a belief that the “two main” parties are much the same? Hmm

        That is exactly what is happening and it will only get worse.

        It beggars belief those with the power in the Labour Caucus can’t – or is it won’t – see it. If they really want to be the government in order to implement policies that were just and fair to all NZers, then they would not be trying to shut down those on the left of the political spectrum. In reality most of the commenters here could be categorised as centre left too. Most are not hard left as some are trying to have people believe.

        Surely it would be so much easier for Labour to attract back the 800,000 non-voters they lost over time by pursuing right of centre policies. In my view I think that is why the likes of Hooton and co. are so relentlessly trying to demonise the left of the Labour Party. They know if Labour moves to recapture that non-vote in earnest, then the NAct govt. would be history.

        • blue leopard

          Ahh interesting, Anne, especially re the demonisation of the left.

          I have just realized there isa thread fairly well on this subject (I didn’t check the new threads before reading this one!), so I’m going to read up on what people have to say.

          I will say, however, that “the two main parties are the same” is a comment I hear a lot by people who don’t intend to vote. It seems that people haven’t shifted from a FPP mentality because there seemed a good range of parties to vote for on the left. Perhaps a left-wing, with no environment or maori focus might be required?

      • Scintilla 52.1.2

        BL: “If Labour caught these middle-ground voters, and lost those more to the left, and the Greens and Mana picked up substantially more of the left including the non-voters (who are assumed to be a lot of left-wingers, which I tend to believe too) it could work. ”

        IMO it could – if a) we trust Labour to meaningfully accommodate more Leftist views and b) the middle & swing voters see Labour as the best option over Nact. They still need some convincing reasons to do so – who has the better team, who can manage the economy to NZ’s advantage. If voters are really thinking about getting the best MMP option, they’ll be watching how strong the Greens are and who can form the most effective coalition.

        But, I tend to think we’ve gone past that stage since the GFC. All the outright job losses, casualisations, financial losses through finance companies and the ever-growing overseas exodus have created a whole different climate. A lot of people are hurting, right across the spectrum. And alot of eyes have been opened to the bankster bullshit and associated perversion of sovereignty.

        I also think a lot of kiwis, like me, waited in vain for the Clark govt to deliver on social equity – they had the best chance in 20 years and blew it. Trust is a big issue.

        • blue leopard

          Thanks Scintilla

          “But, I tend to think we’ve gone past that stage since the GFC. All the outright job losses, casualisations, financial losses through finance companies and the ever-growing overseas exodus have created a whole different climate. A lot of people are hurting, right across the spectrum. And alot of eyes have been opened to the bankster bullshit and associated perversion of sovereignty.”~Scintilla

          I would hope this is what is occurring; that people’s eyes were opening. I’m not convinced that it is; (note the reaction to Occupy Wall Street) yet I sincerely hope it is.

          Your (& Anne’s) comments are food for thought for me, the jury is very much out for me on this subject. I would hope that the political parties of the left are actually researching people’s opinions, and reactions and working out what it is that they are wanting, (& why 100s of 1000s aren’t voting), however, I have a nasty feeling they aren’t. A certain silence over the matter of the non-voters assists this feeling….and dog whistles….and polls not shifting…

  53. xtasy 54

    A “” online survey (up to date at 07.35 pm, Tue., 05.02.13) on Shearer as Labour leader:

    Would David Shearer make a good Prime Minister?

    Yes, he’d lead New Zealand well 27% (2589)

    No, he doesn’t have what it takes 52% (5012)

    Maybe, but I won’t be voting for him 16% (1525)

    I don’t know 5% (502)

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    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
    The Greek Parliament has voted for marriage equality: Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday's 176-76 vote in parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would "boldly abolish a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
    Here are six words that are not easy to say but god it can feel good when you finally say them:I’ve been doing this all wrongFive years ago today I said to myself:What if I'm doing this all wrong?Five years ago today I said to Karren: I think I’m going to ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    7 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Todd Stephenson) Goods and Services Tax (Removing GST From Food) Amendment Bill (Rawiri Waititi) Income Tax (ACC Payments) Amendment Bill (Hamish Campbell) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I don’t know! 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    12 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    7 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    3 weeks ago

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