Labour’s losers review flawed from the get go

Labour picked one of the Labour movements biggest losers to review their performance at the election. He is Bryan Gould.

Chris Keall explains his credentials at losing.

The convenor for Labour’s panel is Bryan Gould – the ex-pat famous for being a senior MP in the British Labour Party. He even got as high as making a bid for the party’s leadership in the early 1990s, but was outmanoeuvred by rivals and returned to NZ to become vice chancellor of Waikato University.

Gould is a smart man, I’m sure. But he’s not a winner in the game of politics. The ex-pat was a senior MP between 1979 and 1992 – a period of course dominated by Thatcher and the Conservatives as Labour struggled to make itself look anything close to electable.

Gould has poured vitriol on Tony Blair – the man whose up-beat style and move to the centre saw the party finally return to power.

Many in Labour will agree with Gould’s critiques of Blair for going too far in greasing up the press, moderating policy, and poodling to America on Iraq. In various newspaper editorials and his memoirs, Gould won the moral high ground hands down. But he lacks Blair’s ruthless and practical streak, and focus on likeability, that’s so necessary to win power.

A key question for NZ Labour is whether to shore up the party’s base with hard left polices or move to the centre, where elections are won. No prizes for guessing where the academic Gould will land.

Just last Thursday, Gould was comparing Key to Kim Jong-un. Great lorks if you’re a humour writer for the Internet Party. Not so much if you’re trying to talk to middle NZ.

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Victim of “New Zealand’s Jimmy Saville” is not giving up

Name suppression for the “high profile New Zealander” that gave David Cunliffe a bottle of wine and published a photo of themselves on his Facebook page is still in place.  The victim has been, and continues to fight for suppression to be lifted.

The offence took place in Louise Hemsley’s home in November 2011.

“It’s like an invasion isn’t it, it’s an invasion of your privacy, he invaded my space and took advantage,’’ Hemsley told TVNZ.

The man responsible was ‘‘a person I suppose you would look up to; he’s had a brilliant career’’.

The man was originally charged with indecent assault, but it was downgraded to indecent act, a charge he agreed to plead guilty to.

He was convicted and ordered to pay compensation, but immediately lodged an appeal, eventually winning a discharge without conviction and final name suppression.

It is this slimy process that has him more or less “unknown” to the public, but in reality the whispers have gone around the country enough times now for most people to be aware of the offender’s identity.   Read more »

Paraphrasing Justice Simon France: Kim Dotcom’s stories don’t stack up

And so Kim Dotcom cops another one in the glockenspiel:

Claims by internet mogul Kim Dotcom of a conspiracy between the United States and New Zealand Governments do not have “an air of reality”, a High Court judge has ruled.

In a decision released today, Justice Simon France upheld a previous court ruling not to order Government agencies to release all the information they hold on the Mega founder to help him with his extradition battle.

His lawyers had argued last month that a judicial review should be conducted on Government agencies withholding and redacting files requested by Dotcom and his legal team to decide whether they were legitimately withheld.

It was relevant to his extradition process because previous files had been withheld and later released which showed “political pressure” in the granting of permanent residency to Dotcom, his lawyers argued.

They claimed Immigration New Zealand approved his application despite his previous convictions and despite the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) informing it of a possible FBI investigation.

Simply Gruesome lawyers really aren’t adding to their CVs of late.  All this is fanciful speculation at best.

What did the Judge actually say?   Read more »

Is this why @Freednz want drone operators?

Alleged training video from Springhill

Armstrong: John Key’s hidden objective

There is some life in John left – he’s seen right through John Key’s plan

Today’s Speech from the Throne outlining the new National minority Government’s legislative and policy programme is unusually non-contentious. So non-contentious that it seems rather bland.

And that is just the way the Prime Minister would like the speech to be viewed – solid, if unspectacular.

You had to wait until the Governor-General had read the last paragraph of the speech for a definitive statement on John Key’s real agenda behind his Government’s agenda.

That final sentence notes that National is “privileged” to have won the trust and goodwill of New Zealand voters for a third time and will seek to re-earn that trust and goodwill “every day” over the next three years.

In other words, Key’s mind is already intently focussed on how his Government avoids the third-term blues and matches Sir Keith Holyoake’s 1960s achievement of winning four straight elections – something which is even more difficult under a proportional electoral system like MMP compared to the previous first-past-the-post system which had a built-in bias favouring National. Read more »

Now we know why MPs are members of unions, so they can get multiple votes

When moderates complain about Labour, they’re told they can join and have their say.

But will it be an equal say?

No. Because unionists and special interest groups, the very people corroding the party, get more than one vote.

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No wonder things just keep getting worse. Talk about a failed attempt at democracy!   Read more »

Will Winston do a Deal with Grant Robertson?

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Grant Robertson is running a pretty slick campaign.

It is certainly better than his opponents, and is talking about lots of the right things.

His big problem, however, is finding a route to victory. How does Robbo get 50% +1 of the votes in Parliament.

It would be a very, very brave or foolhardy person to predict that Robertson could find a route to victory without including New Zealand First in his coalition. To include New Zealand First he first needs to get Winston Peters to agree to do a deal with him.

Robertson realises this.

Build confident and mature relationships with other parties that we can form a government with in 2017.

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Time to vote – again!

It’s time to vote again.  Please.

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Face of the day

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race? Last, cause nice guys always come last.

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race?
Last, cause nice guys always come last.

Mike Williams has chosen David Parker as the best of the bunch.

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