Labour’s Leadership Election

Labour’s constitution says the following.

Election of the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party – the Leader must be a Member of Parliament; an election for the position of Leader is triggered if there is a vacancy, or if requested by a simple majority of Caucus (at any time), or if the Leader fails to obtain the support of 60% plus 1 of the Caucus membership in a vote held within three months after a General Election (and in February 2013, as a one-off); the Electoral College comprises 40% party members, 40% Caucus (both One Member One Vote), and 20% affiliates (varying voting systems); the first version of administrative rules will be developed by NZ Council, in conjunction with the Caucus, by end 2012.

So David Cunliffe putting the leadership up for grabs was mandated anyway.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has promised to put his party’s leadership on the line before Christmas after leading it to what has been described as a “tragic” defeat.

Labour slumped to 24.7 per cent support, down from 27.5 per cent in 2011 and the party’s worst result in decades.

But Cunliffe, elected leader little over a year ago, will not walk away from the drubbing.

Speaking this morning on TV One’s Q+A programme, he said a leadership vote “should be over by Christmas”.

“I don’t believe that rotating leaders is the key to changing and upgrading our party, if I did then I would simply stand down now.”

David Cunliffe also told The Nation that in any leadership primary he will be standing.

I can imagine his pitch…”Ok, ok I was f*cked last time, but I promise I’ll be less f*cked next time.”

See how that runs David…not well is my prediction.

Labour really needs to be smarter about selecting their leader.

They cannot get the guy that appeals the most to the base or he will tank Labour’s vote like Cunliffe has.

They need to get their version of Pinko Farrar to do the research necessary to see who can win over middle New Zealand.

Our pinko mate is bloody good at what he does but someone on the left should be able to do what he has done.


– Fairfax

One loser this election is still self-dellusional

Guest post

Watching the election results unfold it was clear that there was one major loser, it was clear that this group were confused and could not understand what was happening before them. They sat there realising they were losing the election and could not understand what had happened. They had spent so much time pushing for a change of government even adding up the numbers that didn’t exist to try and show that a change was coming. Then last night giving excuses for the numbers that were coming out, this is normal, it will change.

Hone got shown that Kim Dotcom was poison. Every politician he touches shrivels up and dies.

Greens are scratching their heads wondering where their chance to become the main opposition party has gone. Ssssh, they never really had one

And labour, well I think the only ones who never saw the labour result coming was David Cunliffe. It has been obvious since Clark left labour have no one capable of leading labour.

Colin Craig and Dotcom learned that money can’t buy voters, but I am sure many a youth played Kim for a nice free night out at the Internet party party’s.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Labour’s home wrecker candidate rinsed in gay ute country

Anna “Marge” Lorck got soundly beaten in gay ute country, with Craig Foss winning on the night by 5800 votes.

The tip line has been running hot with more Marge stories, and how she is graceless and undignified in the campaign.

Tukituki Read more »

Map of the Day


What would have happened if Scotland voted YES


Paid to Win – Simon Lusk’s Guide to Campaigning

Simon Lusk is one of the few full time campaigners in New Zealand who also wins. He is releasing a campaign book chapter by chapter on Amazon.

The first chapter is Start with a Good Candidate….a good chapter for the Labour party to start with.

Paid to Win: A Campaign Professional’s Guide to Winning New Zealand Campaigns



Labour’s Tony Milne Problem

The Labour Party has a really big problem.

It keeps selecting candidates that cannot win, even in seats that they should win.

The best example of this is Tony Milne in Christchurch Central.

Milne did the hard yards over the years, made all the right connections and was very, very close to former MP Tim Barnett.

The problem is that to win you actually need to be electable.

Milne was never electable. Unfortunately for Tony he has absolutely no presence. He is a midget that wears massive dark framed glasses and walks into a room and nobody notices him.

Check out Tony’s campaign video.

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Dotcom’s worst investment yet


$577 per vote.    And $4.5M for… nothing.


Dimpost on the left’s slaughter

Danyl McLauchlan writes about the slaying of the left.

  • The National Party is an incredibly well resourced, well managed, professional political party and it turns out that these things counted for a lot last night.
  • The phone was not off the hook for Labour. Twelve months ago, just after Cunliffe won the leadership of his party Labour were on 37% with the Greens on 12%. There’s a cliche that oppositions don’t win elections, government’s lose them, but Labour lost this election. Cunliffe is probably the worst campaigner in New Zealand political history.
  • Based on the preliminary figures I think turnout will end up being slightly higher than last time but still very low. I was a strong advocate for a strategy of having left-wing parties try and improve their vote by targeting and mobilising younger voters, but it turns that that strategy is electoral suicide! Sorry guys!
  • So the lesson from last night’s right-wing landslide seems to be that older New Zealanders are very engaged with the political process and younger New Zealanders are not. That’s a shame but it’s a message politicians cannot ignore. No one’s going to waste time and energy chasing ‘the youth vote’ again for a very long time.

Youth don’t vote, ever. A few Nat MPs I know don’t bother chasing this vote, the effort required for the payoff means you are better off working elsewhere.

  • I think that the best way forward for Labour is for Cunliffe and ‘the old guard’ – Goff, Mallard and King – to resign. They’ve been at war for six years now and they’re tearing their party apart. I doubt this will happen though. The civil war will drag on for another parliamentary term. That party is dying.

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Did the left actually READ Dirty Politics?

They can’t have.  In it, it has lots of little bits of wisdom.  Rhonwyn Newson writes:

Is this the key passage in Dirty Politics Nicky Hager, Glenn Greenwald and Kim Dotcom should have given attention to before dropping their “bombshells” during the election campaign?

In Chapter One Hager quotes National Party strategist, Simon Lusk, on negative campaigning:

“There are a few basic propositions with negative campaigning that are worth knowing about. It lowers turnout, favours right more than left as the right continue to turn out, and drives away the independents. Voting then becomes more partisan.”

So, they accuse Key of being clean by working through ‘attack blogs’ and not getting any mud on him.  They think this is a good idea, and use an ‘attack author’.  But there is a huge difference.

This blog never pretends to be anything other than what it is.  People do not feel cheated or lied to by coming here.

Not so with Hager and his sycophants.  The claim of independence and balanced journalism was so absurd, nobody believed it from the start.  Had Hager been smart enough to add a few chapters on the left as well, he may have had more credibility.  Surely they had some old and dirty washing they would like to launder at the same time?     Read more »