Annette King

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King: The 1980s were much worse

If you ever needed a sign in 2014 that your party needs rejuvenation, it’s your deputy leader telling the press that “The 1980s were much worse” [for Labour].

Labour’s caucus met [yesterday] and its former leader David Cunliffe resigned while David Parker was elevated from deputy leader to acting leader with Annette King as his deputy.

Ms King denied it was the most torrid time faced by Labour in her experience.

“The 1980s were much worse,” she said.

“Whenever there is a loss by a party there is going to be a time of turbulence. I have to say I’ve been there and seen that before. We will get through it, and we will come out of it and will be a strong party. This isn’t a permanent position.”

Mr Parker said he and Ms King – “the grandmother of the party now” – were chosen because they could offer stability and impartiality in the interim.

Seriously, when you have a grandmother of the party, you’re screwed.  This may not even be a two-term fix.  This may end up being a three term fix.   Read more »

Labour’s leadership battle will look like 300

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Labour’s leadership battle is shaping up to be an epic re-run of the battle scenes in 300.

Blood and guts everywhere.

It’s going to be awesome.

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More Hypocrisy from Palmerston North’s Nasty Stenographer Rooter

Iain Lees-Galloway is a hypocrite as well as a stenographer rooter.

This was his facebook post.

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What I find most depressing about National’s response to Dirty Politics is that they think it is politics as usual. It’s not, or at least, it doesn’t need to be. NZ has a proud history of open, transparent and relatively clean politics. This venture into American-style attack campaigns is unbecoming and hopefully the recent debate will help keep a lid on it.

Yet he is as guilty as anyone of dirty politics as well as being a dirty rooting ratbag.

LEARNING HIS LESSON?
by Cameron Slater on November 3, 2009 at 8:24am
Apparently Iain Two-Fathers has learned his lesson of being involved in Labour Party shenanigins.

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway says he has learned a political lesson after being caught up in the Labour Party’s polling controversy.

Mr Lees-Galloway recruited volunteers for the polling and was in the room when senior MP Rick Barker advised using a phony company name and false personal names if that would make the volunteers feel more confident. Read more »

No one likes The Cunliffe

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David Cunliffe aka The Cunliffe, isn’t as popular as Greg Presland thinks he is.

In fact the Fairfax Ipsos polls shows that Labour would do better without him.

Vernon Small delivers the bad news.

Labour would get an immediate lift in the polls if it dumped leader David Cunliffe, a new poll suggests.

The stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll reveals that Cunliffe may have become Labour’s biggest liability, with a significant number of voters saying they would be more likely to vote for Labour if someone else were leader.

Click here for full poll results in graphics.

The effect is sizeable, making a 13.5 percentage point difference to Labour’s vote.

Although a similar effect is seen on National when asked the same question about John Key, it is much smaller.

The finding will plunge Labour further into crisis after yesterday’s poll result cementing Labour’s support in the mid-20s.

Privately, Labour and the Greens now acknowledge that it would take an unprecedented swing against National to force a change of government on September 20.

Some Labour MPs were yesterday privately canvassing leadership options, even at this late stage.

But they believe Labour would be even more severely punished by such an outward sign of panic.    Read more »

Pot, Kettle, Black Mr Goff, do you remember your own ducking for cover?

I see Phil Goff thinks that the government is ducking for cover over the Malaysian diplomat incident:

The Government has gone to ground in response to the woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat scandal speaking out and saying Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully should resign.

Mr McCully is en route to Europe and Prime Minister John Key is out of the country on a break.

The acting Prime Minister Bill English also did not want to comment.

“They’re absolutely ducking for cover,” says Labour MP Phil Goff.

Brooke Sabin was probably still in school when a certain incident happened at Darren Hughes landlady’s house in Hataitai.

Wasn’t it Phil Goff who tried to cover up Darren Hughes little incident at his landlady’s house for almost two weeks until Jonathan Marshall flew down to Wellington and busted the case wide open? Why yes it was.  Read more »

National declares a second duck season

Laura McQuillan at ZB reports:

National can’t get enough of talking about Trevor Mallard – as it gives its best crack to winning his Hutt South seat.

Steven Joyce says it’s one of four “strategic” Labour-held electorates National’s targeting.

“Labour can’t get Trevor Mallard to retire, maybe we can, and that would be a huge public service.”

Mr Mallard also rated a mention as Judith Collins listed Hutt Valley crime stats.

“Violent crime is down by 20%, it could be because Trevor Mallard’s been busy elsewhere.”

Trevor Mallard’s laughing off the remarks.

“I think there’s a fair bit of obsession with me both on Steven and Judith’s part – but I think it’s probably a bit of a compliment really.”

Meanwhile, National’s gunning for four Labour-held electorates – if not to win, then to improve its share of the party vote. Read more »

Same problem here for Labour

Labour in the UK is in dreadful trouble with a lacklustre leader who is highly rated, by himself mostly.

Last Friday, Ed Miliband’s team assembled to review the previous day’s launch of the “Condition of Britain” report from the IPPR think tank, which Miliband had enthusiastically embraced. The morning papers were dominated by England’s World Cup defeat at the hands of Uruguay, but what coverage there was gave the Labour leader’s aides cause for concern. “No one’s out there backing us up,” observed one of his press advisers sombrely.

Although the speech had been heavily trailed in advance, the rest of the shadow cabinet were conspicuous by their absence. With the exception of Rachel Reeves, who holds the welfare brief, few of Miliband’s colleagues appeared keen publicly to endorse his tough new line on benefits.

“Well, what did they expect,” one bemused shadow cabinet member told me. “He’s spent the past four years telling everyone: ‘I’m going to stand up to the Tories on welfare.’ Then he suddenly says: ‘Actually, you know what, I’m not.’ And he expects everyone to come running?”

As Ed Miliband is painfully aware, no one is planning to do so. Which is why his office had to spend the rest of Friday ringing round, drumming up support for their beleaguered boss in the weekend papers. Reeves, Chuka Umunna and Tristram Hunt duly emerged to issue supportive statements, along with Neil Kinnock, who was – bizarrely – sent out to rebut the charge that Miliband was turning into… Neil Kinnock.

One person who did not issue a supportive statement, of course, was the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls. Indeed, over the past few weeks, rumours have started to circulate in the corridors of Westminster that Balls is “on manoeuvres”. “He’s up to something,” MPs have been whispering to one another, in conspiratorial tones.

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Doctor Unions Ramp Up Anti-Govt Rhetoric

You can tell the election is nearing and the left is in trouble when Annette King and her cheerleader Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (their union in plain language) team up on RNZ to pour out co-ordinated criticisms with ridiculous claims of ponzi schemes, another novopay and “ crisis”.

Unions horror of a third term for the Nats has seen the Executive of the Association of Senior Drs (ASMS) under Mr Powell totally abandon any pretence of political independence or impartiality, and insert themselves into the CTU/PSA/ Labour/Green attack machine.

But I don’t think their busy hardworking membership of Senior Doctors quite know this.

Last year, the politically impartial ASMS Union executive leadership hired Lyndon Keene as its researcher. Yes, that’s Lyndon Keene, formerly Annette King’s Press Secretary   Read more »

Sugar now blamed for all Maori woes

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I know it’s Friday and has been a long week for opposition politicians hogging the limelight, but did Tariana Turia really just blame sugar as the food of colonisation?

Seems so.

Yesterday a bunch of troughers turned up in Wellington demanding action against Fizzy drinks.

As usual, a number of carefully selected MPs were invited. One of which was Labour’s Annette King, who was quick out of the starting blocks saying “Labour supports a fat tax across the board not just on fizzy drinks”.

Poor old Green Taliban MP Kevin Hague had his thunder stolen with that remark.

The other MP attending was outgoing Maori Party co-leader and keen trougher supporter Tariana Turia. They have taken the cake when it comes to placing the blame on others.  Read more »