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M.I.A. Joe

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, March 22nd, 2020 - 19 comments

America has a question.

Burning Bridges

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, March 18th, 2020 - 23 comments

One of Simon Bridges’ caucus supporters has raised the possibility of a leadership coup. Let’s hope not, people!

In the one month since Jacinda Ardern became leader…

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, September 3rd, 2017 - 8 comments

Don’t expect the impossible of Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 4th, 2017 - 29 comments

I enjoy a ray of hope as much as the next leftie, and Jacinda Ardern is off to an incredible start, but let’s not burden her with impossible expectations.

The Ardern effect – and why this leadership change was different

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 3rd, 2017 - 60 comments

With donations and volunteers flooding in, I think it’s fair to say that reaction to Jacinda Ardern has exceeded all expectations. Why was this leadership change different? Two reasons…

Acclaim for Jacinda Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 2nd, 2017 - 119 comments

Changing leaders this close to an election was a political gamble for Labour, but it has already paid off. The commentary is almost universally positive, the reviews for Ardern are glowing. Donations are flowing in. Activists are energised and people are talking.

Labour leadership announcement – livestream

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, August 1st, 2017 - 49 comments

The livestream is over. A very impressive performance from Jacinda Ardern.

Thank you Andrew – go well Jacinda!

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, August 1st, 2017 - 54 comments

Unlike lprent I am not discouraged by Little stepping down. New leadership is a real opportunity for Labour. Little: “As leader, I must take responsibility for these results. I do take responsibility and believe that Labour must have an opportunity to perform better under new leadership through to the election.”

Little gone

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, August 1st, 2017 - 187 comments

Andrew Little has stepped down – expects Jacinda to replace him.

Helen Clark farewelled by UN

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, April 16th, 2017 - 17 comments


Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

A PM but not a leader

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, January 31st, 2017 - 35 comments

Bill English has failed his first test of real leadership. Compare and contrast, English and Little’s responses to the Muslim ban.

Update: The image is Emmerson’s take in The Herald.

Robertson: Lessons from the Future of Work Commission

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 10 comments

Robertson: “What is the economic paradigm that will meet the challenge of world of less secure work, more automation?”

Eagle vs Window Pane

Written By: - Date published: 5:14 pm, July 10th, 2016 - 81 comments

So Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has been openly challenged.

Labour’s Ten Big Ideas

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 26th, 2016 - 167 comments

National’s only idea this term has just been shot down by the public. Meanwhile Labour has been thinking about the future and the issues that confront NZ.

Future of Work Conference

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, March 23rd, 2016 - 69 comments

Labour’s Future of Work Conference is under way. There is a page with information and live stream here.

Looking to the future – planning to adapt and protect people – this is work a government should be doing. In this case, a government in waiting…

Fear is a Man’s Best Friend

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, March 17th, 2016 - 141 comments

It’s been an intense day or two for Andrew Little. But he’s still feeling better than John Key. Why? Because Key’s got the fear.

Hot hotter hottest

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, September 15th, 2015 - 102 comments

Plenty of distractions in the political circus at the moment, but meanwhile

Surprise – ordinary UK voters like Jeremy Corbyn too

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 pm, August 16th, 2015 - 70 comments

According to a new poll, Corbyn appears very electable indeed, despite more squeeling from Tony Blair and the right wing establishment of UK Labour.

Win or Lose: This is Labour

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, August 7th, 2015 - 199 comments

Some people have suggested that the more progressive parliamentary elements of the left are done and dusted. I’m not so sure…

Helen Clark in the news

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 2nd, 2015 - 20 comments

A couple of good pieces on Helen Clark recently, on global challenges and on UN leadership.

Andrew Little; leadership, loyalty and lasting the distance.

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, February 26th, 2015 - 64 comments

Its 100 days since the NZ Labour Party elected Andrew Little as its leader. What an inspired decision that has turned out to be! Little has galvanised the party, united the caucus and looks set to be the next PM. How has he turned Labour around?

Green Party announcement – Russel Norman to stand down as leader

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, January 30th, 2015 - 237 comments

Twitter has gone berserk about an announced Green Party press conference for 11 am today. Initial speculation is that a Green MP may be standing down. Update: One News has tweeted Russell Norman has resigned as leader. Update: Russel’s Norman’s statement added.

On the unruly parts of the Labour caucus

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 105 comments

It has been disappointing in the last few days to see the lack of respect that some of the Labour politicians on the right of the caucus have for the policy of restraint requested by the party. It appears they see themselves to be above such restraints.

Q&A with Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, October 12th, 2014 - 188 comments

I’d like to say thanks to the Standard for hosting me today. I’ve always enjoyed robust political meetings and I’m a firm believer in fronting up and answering the hard questions. Labour is a great party. Our movement’s values are values that New Zealanders share – we’re a party and a nation that believes deeply […]

Q&A with Andrew Little 3pm Sunday

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 pm, October 10th, 2014 - 39 comments

At 3pm on Sunday, Andrew Little will be on The Standard for discussion with questions from our audience of ardent left-wingers, greens, those who are just interested, and the odd troll with a fenestration obsession.

A Little Goes A Long Way

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, October 5th, 2014 - 241 comments

Finally confirmed as a Labour List MP, Andrew Little is mulling over a tilt at the leadership. This is good news for the party. Cunliffe is a busted flush and Robertson is too bland to win voters back. Labour needs a circuit breaker. A Little may go a long way.

Wendy Brandon: DC’s chief of staff

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, September 19th, 2013 - 65 comments

Ok, I’m very pleasantly surprised. David Cunliffe has made a very interesting choice for chief of staff. Based on what I know about the task, she looks like a damn good fit for the role. In fact I’m just surprised that he managed to attract her at all for the thankless task.

I’ve always thought that the Chief of Staff role should be exercised by someone who was more managerial and staff orientated rather than being deeply embedded in the political game.

Post Key leadership struggle goes mainstream

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, July 2nd, 2013 - 67 comments

The simmering leadership struggle in the National party doesn’t get a lot of attention in the mainstream media, but here’s an exception. Judith Collins will not be pleased.

Nat leadership speculation

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 15th, 2013 - 107 comments

I didn’t see Key’s Q+A interview on Sunday, but it seems to have been an interesting one. Speculation about the leadership of the Nats appears to be growing.

A stronger mandate for the Labour leader?

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, November 24th, 2012 - 199 comments

A Labour Party member writes, praising Labour for the new democratic reforms, and calling for David Shearer to submit his leadership to the new Party selection process: “David Shearer, you need a mandate from this new organisation, not a prop-up from the shards of the old one.  Give us this chance to really unite behind you, or your successor, and give you the backing you surely will have earned”.

The Speech: Active Government

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, November 18th, 2012 - 27 comments

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

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