Last-minute Labour leadership contender Nanaia Mahuta wants to assert the Maori and Pasifika presence as the party rebuilds.
Ms Mahuta said her rivals all had something to offer, “but certainly the party is looking at a different way of doing things and I think I offer a difference”. She was hopeful of one day becoming New Zealand’s first Maori Prime Minister, “but one step at a time”.
What do the Twits on Twitter think about this latest development?
David Cunliffe acolyte, trustee and launderer of donation cash through Cunliffe’s secret trust, flea lawyer and blogger at The Standard is going full retard this morning.
Now that his messiah is nothing but a stinking, rotting, political corpse he is unleashing on the enemies of the left.
Suddenly I have some more independence. ¬†Instead of people thinking I am some sort of mouthpiece I can just be myself and say what I think.
I would like to start with this new feeling of independence by saying to David Shearer that the thing that really drives activists wild is when our MPs say stupid things to the media that reinforce right wing narratives about¬†the Labour Party. ¬†Please do not do this. ¬†If you feel¬†the urge to do this¬†please¬†just be quiet. ¬†The right will still use their framing but at least the effect will be reduced because people in our party will not be saying the same thing.
And there is Greg Presland aka Micky Savage doing what socialist and Labour people do best…threatening silence on dissent, not because the message is inherently evil¬†but because¬†it doesn’t fit their narrative or world view. This over-riding belief that people who have different views should be silenced is part of Labour’s problems not a solution.
And another thing, going on Paul Henry‚Äôs show and talking to him about Labour‚Äôs internal politics is not a good thing to do. ¬†He is not a friend of the party. ¬†He is actually a real @#&*%^&+. ¬†He does not have the party‚Äôs best interests in mind and any Labour MP getting an invite to appear on his show should decline the opportunity. ¬†And yes I know that David Cunliffe appeared on his show. ¬†The things we do ‚Ä¶
It didn’t take Carmel Sepuloni¬†long to go back to her old nasty ways.
Guess she’ll take over from Trevor Mallard soon for being the nastiest person in Parliament.
I’m wondering if the berm in front of the 1 anti Labour person I door knocked today is public and an approved place 4 signage….
‚ÄĒ Carmel Sepuloni (@CarmelSepuloni) May 17, 2014
Ok so here were my predictions from January…how did I go?
1. National Party MPs will cringe every time Hekia Parata is asked a question in the house, and will avoid being in the house when they know Hekia is going to be rinsed.
Went pretty much as predicted…and got progressively worse as the year progressed, saved only by inept Labour questioners who were more distracted by fighting amongst themselves over the leadership.
2. Nanaia Mahuta remains anonymous and never holds Hekia to account.
Yup, neither did anyone else which is bizarre because she is tits and a legend in her own mind.
3. Iain Lees-Galloway‚Äôs missus is still dirty with him every time he mentions a certain stenographer.
Not much has changed here. ¬† Read more »
Apparently John Tamihere is going to stand in Waitakere for Labour…even though he denied it when I asked him about the rumours last Thursday.
If it is true I’d whole-heartedly support his return to parliament and give the voters of Waitakere a good and proper right wing candidate to vote for. Though there are rumours that there may be another party involved rather than Labour.
Of course there will be a shit fight with the union heavies who will be backing the Septic Tank.
John Tamihere is understood to be eyeing a return to Parliament in 2014 – almost a decade after his former leader Helen Clark said he faced “a very long route to redemption” for an outburst in which he called females “front bums” and was dismissive of the Holocaust.
Sources said Mr Tamihere had joined the Labour Party again and was sounding out the hierarchy about standing.
Mr Tamihere would not comment yesterday, saying it was too early to speculate.
However, he is understood to be considering standing in the most marginal seat in the country: Waitakere.
That would pit him against Social Development Minister Paula Bennett but he could have to fight for selection with Carmel Sepuloni, who lost by just nine votes to Ms Bennett last year.
Ms Sepuloni said yesterday that there was “a good chance” she would stand again.
The Septic Tank aka Carmel Sepuloni reckons she is going to come back in 2014:
Former Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni may have dropped the Waitakere fight for now, but looks likely to pick up where she left off in three years time.
Labour confirmed today it would not be seeking an electoral petition for the tightly-contested Waitakere and Chrischurch Central seats.
National’s Paula Bennett led the race for the Waitakere electorate by 349 votes on election night, but lost it to Ms Sepuloni after special votes gave the Labour candidate an 11-vote advantage.
Ms Bennett reclaimed the seat with a margin of nine votes after she requested a judicial recount.
Ms Sepuloni said today the decision not to keep fighting the result was a relief.
“It would have taken months, and I was quite happy with the process and felt that it had been fair,” she told APNZ.
“It’s not the end of the world, I can go and do something else. I’m very priviledged to have been an MP, especially at the age of 31 when I got in.”
Ms Sepuloni said the seat was winnable for Labour in 2014, and there was a good chance she would be back.
Che obviously hasn’t been reading what Josie Pagani has been saying about how out of touch Labour is, particularly with the very people who mostly reside in Waitakere these days.
Labour have abandoned a challenge against Paula Bennett, for cost, time and legal reasons.
Labour will not mount a challenge against the cliff-hanger election result in the west Auckland seat of Waitakere, confirming National’s Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in the seat.
“We have made the decision against seeking an electoral petition,” Labour secretary Chris Flatt said today.
“We have considered all the options; legal, cost, time.”
Bennett was in the lead by 349 on election night but lost to Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni by 11 votes after specials were counted.
But that was overturned after Bennett sought a recount that gave her the seat by nine votes.
Flatt said the party had discussed the possibility of a challenge with those involved in the recount.
“We have confidence in the Electoral Commission and the process they took.”
A petition could have cost $30,000-$50,000 and possibly more than $100,000 if Labour had chosen to challenge on the basis of malpractice.
There is of course absolutely no suggestion of¬†malpractice¬†on National’s part. Labour are more nervous of what an electoral petition would show on their side.
In short, it’s proof that Labour are both broke and broken – they can’t afford the challenge, and they haven’t got the heart.
With David Shearer absent and disinterested in helping the interests of the union workers over Ports Crisis, and now in charge of a party with no money and no balls, it’s like John Key has Shearer’s mojo in a little box on the mantlepiece, ready for Key to take out and be amused by whenever he feels like it.
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While David Shearer was running his campaign against David Cunliffe the Maritime union was busy shutting down the Ports of Auckland.
Any sympathy they might have had from the general populace evaporated when bloggers leaked their salary details.
Another rich prick was spotted on the wharf.
The Young Nats endorsed David Cunliffe with a “bloody exciting” video:
Labour seemed to have trouble sending their emails again so I helped out.
With all the VRWC backing Shearer and with the revelations of his plotting being conducted at a BBQ at Matthew Hooton’s house afte the election I call David Shearer the Manchurian Candidate.
Sue Moroney forgets who won the election and continues the nasty.
Chris Trotter explained how to commit economic treason and sabotage.
I bust the Remuera Rackets Club Rampant Rooter.
I explain the Sabbath and what it means to me.
Kevin Campbell rants about deaf people, following up his stunning propensity to say and do stupid things.
I went on Breakfast to discuss the Law Commission report on blogging and journalism.
I published the letters from Ports of Auckland that the union described as “filthy,¬†reprehensible, repugnant literature”, they weren’t
The Maritime Union then¬†blames their continued strike on me¬†because I published the letters.
Darien Fenton picked a fight with a blogger.
Peter Goodfellow made headlines again, for the wrong reasons.
I published a Guest Post about Charter Schools and how they would work.
I started my Whaleoil Awards voting:
- Rookie of the Year
- Worst SMOG
- Best Journalist
- Best Blog
- Worst Politician
- Worst Political Blog
- Worst Political¬†Journalist¬†
- Best Electorate MP
- Best Minister
- Worst List MP
Labour were a walking PR disaster area in 2011. In compiling my Redux series for 2011 I am gob-smacked by how many cock-ups they managed and a great many of them by their strategist Trevor Mallard.
Today a list of the Top 30 PR disasters in New Zealand has been released and when you look at it you can see why Labour lost in 2011.
4. Darren Hughes.¬†In early March the police receive a complaint from an 18-year-old male. The incident is reported to be of a sexual nature and alleged to have occurred at Labour Party deputy leader Annette King‚Äôs home, where Hughes lived. Witnesses report seeing the complainant outside and naked that morning. Although Labour Leader Phil Goff knows about the police complaint for two weeks he takes no action and his office tells the media that no Labour MP is involved in any such complaint to Police. During this time both Darren Hughes and Annette King participate in a debate performed in front of the entire press gallery with the moot ‚ÄúPolitics is a grubby business.‚ÄĚ After being grilled by the media Phil Goff then admits Darren Hughes is at the centre of the Police investigation but defends Hughes stating it is a matter for the Police. He then refuses to accept Darren Hugh‚Äôs resignation (but changes his mind later on). Labour Party President Andrew Little only finds out about the matter when it hits the news headlines.
8. Phil Goff and the numbers. During The Press debate and in interviews on both Q&A and The Nation Labour Party Leader Phil Goff bumbles the numbers and fails to respond to questions with accurate figures that are the very basis of his party’s policy proposals.
13. Darien Fenton.¬†Labour MP Darien Fenton launches a personal attack on Mad Butcher founder and philanthropist Sir Peter Leitch because he said something positive about Prime Minister John Key. She says that because he is ‚Äúsucking up to John Key‚ÄĚ and is a “sycophant‚ÄĚ she is never going near him again and will be boycotting Mad Butcher stores. She then goes on to say she won‚Äôt buy anything from people who support Tories. After Darien Fenton apologies for her public outburst, Labour MP Louisa Wall quickly negates the apology by justifying her colleague’s attack on Sir Peter Leitch by stating:”We would have assumed Sir Peter was a working-class champion…if you look at what the National Government has done, it has taken workers’ rights backwards.”
25. Ruth Dyson.¬†Labour MP Ruth Dyson uses tax payer‚Äôs money for a private trip for her and her husband to Ethiopia. She then agrees to refund the $16,000 once the media question her about it ‚Äď stating she planned to refund the money all along.
26. Trevor Mallard.¬†Labour MP and Election Campaign Manager Trevor Mallard accuses political strategist Matthew Hooton, Kiwiblog owner David Farrar, Minister of Finance Bill English and the PSA of apparently paying for Otago University political analyst Dr Bryce Edwards to make attacks against the Labour Party. The attack is launched after some political data showed Labour was down in the polls. Labour MP Clare Curran then joins the conspiracy theory adding that the young Nats and ‚Äėnon-Labour left‚Äô are suspiciously ‚Äėcosy‚Äô with the academic Dr Bryce Edwards.
27. Carmel Sepuloni.¬†Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni insults National MP Paula Bennett after she thinks she has won the Waitakere seat off National. However, five days later once the special votes are counted Paula Bennett wins back the seat for National leaving Carmel with egg on her face.
Heh, I caused a fair few of those.