Carol Beaumont

Mallard and Dyson shafted by their own team in boundary redraw

It is looking increasingly like Labour’s own advisor to the Electoral Commission has worked very hard at shafting Ruth Dyson and Trevor Mallard. So much so he has missed some strange looking boundary adjustments in other areas.

Jadis has performed some very good analysis of the changes over at the lifestyle, travel and arts blog of David Farrar. From the looks of it there are no winners on the left side of politics.

And most of the losers are Labour.

Losers:

Ruth Dyson, Port Hills – Dyson is the biggest loser in this boundary review.  Her majority has been reversed with the Nats stronghold of Halswell moving into the seat, and Anderton’s old stomping ground of Sydenham moving into Christchurch Central.  Dyson will have a real battle to hold this, even with the Nats putting in a new candidate.  How winnable the seat is very much depends on the strength of the Nat candidate, but a good candidate could take the seat with a 2000 majority.  I’d be gutted if I was Dyson as Pete Hodgson (who did the boundaries for Labour) is a good mate of hers.  Perhaps this is Labour’s new (poor) strategy of retiring MPs.

Trevor Mallard, Hutt South – This is the surprise of the final boundaries.  Mallard has gained all of the  Western Hills (good Nat territory) and lost super red areas of Naenae and Rimutaka. Labour should have been able to stop this occurring but appear to have put up no fight.  Mallard should be furious with his party for failing to keep Hutt South a real red seat.  Why didn’t Hodgson fight hard for Mallard?  Was it a directive from on high?  Realistically, Mallard should hold the seat but he’ll be working hard for it and never should have been put in this position. I expect Mallard’s majority to be pegged down a few.  Read more »

Is Scott Simpson batting for the other team?

Scott Simpson is my oldest and longest friend in National’s caucus…what he doesn’t know about skulduggery and the dark arts of campaigning isn’t worth knowing. Much of what I’ve learned about the despicable side of politics I learned from Scott in the trenches of Eden electorate.

I know it is summer break from Parliament but c’mon Simpson… Beaumont and Moroney!!!!

Perhaps he should be over at Pauanui calming down the locals who are facing the prospects of having all the beach and reserves handed over to Maori instead of cavorting at the races with the Labour party…who we all know are against gambling when it suits them.

Predictions results

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’s missus is still dirty with him every time he mentions a certain stenographer.

Not much has changed here.   Read more »

Time for Labour to have a cleanout as well

Under Helen Clark there was almost no renewal…after 9 years of her government pretty much the same faces existed…then there were the 3 years of Phil Goff again with no renewal.

While National cut dead wood and encourages retirements Labour is looking like going into the next election with the same old tired faces.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has been crowing about the growing number of National MPs who have decided to stand down in 2014, likening it to rats deserting a sinking ship. Instead of seeking to make political capital out of his opponent’s obvious drive to bring in new talent at the next election, he would do better to follow suit and start sending the underperformers and time-servers in his own caucus the message that it is time to move on.

Rejuvenation is critical to all political parties. It allows them to bring in new blood to remain fresh in the eyes of voters. However, all too often it is not the parties themselves that do the job, but the electorate, via crushing defeats which see large numbers of sitting MPs turfed out of Parliament.

That is what is so significant about the rejuvenation underway in National. So far, seven of its 59 MPs – nearly an eighth of its caucus – have indicated they will not seek re-election, and there was talk last week that up to six more are considering whether to stand again.   Read more »

Inside the Young Labour war over Labour’s leadership

Some in Young Labour will be on Q+A this morning making the case for Labour to move to the left. The reality is they’re deeply divided.

Given the Young Labour National Executive is firmly in the clutches of Grant Robertson’s Wellington’s Mafia, it’s likely they’ll get in behind but not without backbiting from the Cunliffe-controlled Princes St Labour (PSL) branch in Auckland.

The factions in Young Labour are quite simple – Auckland (which backs Cunliffe) and Wellington (which backs Robertson). It’s Wellington that currently dominates the Young Labour Executive but the youth wing is far from united.

Camp Robertson

  • Reed Fleming – staffer in Grant’s office so is fighting for his job, especially after he we was eased out of the Labour leader’s office under Shearer.
  • Rory McCourt – VUWSA president and union-trougher. Elected via a nasty campaign helped by his mate Reed.
  • Arena Williams – Popular AUSA president. A Shane Jones fangirl who’s seen Robbo as a better bet. Has parliamentary aspirations sooner rather than later.
  • Levi Joule – regarded as principled third wayer. Failed AUSA politician. Tried to smear John Banks in 2011 and got exposed by this blog. Joule is on the outer in Princes St Labour because he doesn’t fit the Cunliffe mould of extremist leftism that he inspires in his supporters.  Read more »

Who should be Labour’s deputy?

Will Cunliffe suffer the Moroney Effect?

Both David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson have pledged to support a man ban…essentially forcing 50% of candidates to be women.

It stands to reason that they should, if they are true to their words nominate a deputy…as a kind of package deal so members know what they are getting in advance.

David Cunliffe has explicitly declared he will have a woman for his deputy but who? Word has it that Sue Moroney has got the nod and she was certainly front and centre at Cunliffe’s campaign launch.  Read more »

Cunliffe’s great lurch left & other bombastic comments

David Cunliffe‘s entered the race for #laboursgottalent.

His press conference was bizarre.

Surrounded by party luminaries like Iain Lees-Galloway, Sue Moroney, Carol Beaumont, Louisa Wall and Nanaia Mahuta, he defended his wealth by claiming that the PM apparently flies over his Herne Bay house by helicopter en route to his electorate office.

He also claimed that mothers can no longer afford milk for their kids, and that taxi drivers work 14 hour days for $5 an hour..

At one point he literally embraced ‘socialism’ with a staged presentation of roses.

Perhaps worst of all, he promised top economic jobs for the Green Party in any Government he leads.

A few high/low lights:

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Labour members still focussed on Man Ban

Despite David Shearer’s order to Ban the Man Ban, the Labour wimmin are still pushing ahead with discussions about it.

It would seem that they intend to ignore David Shearer.

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New Zealand Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth invites you to join her and the Labour Women’s Council for our Conference this coming weekend.
Interested in building womens leadership by supporting other women or taking a step up yourself? There is still an opportunity to take part in this important and exciting conference.

On Friday you can join Labour MPs Nanaia Mahuta, Sue Moroney, Carol Beaumont and Moana Mackey for a special community event – Building for Habitat for Humanity.  Read more »

Judith Collins on Labour’s Man Ban

Judith Collins has used Facebook to discuss Labour’s Man Ban:

A little more on Labour’s Man ban. Labour’s Electorate selection panels are controlled by HQ – just ask David Benson-Pope what happened to him when his HQ wanted him gone and Clare Curran selected. They have 3 people on the panel. So HQ only needs 2 people voting for want it wants. The National Party, by way of contrast, has selections by 60 or more delegates, depending on the local electorate’s membership numbers. So, what Labour is now saying is that they:
1. don’t have faith that under Labour selections women will get selected and
2. don’t have faith that under Labour, their hand-picked 3 person selection panel will choose women.

Surely, the people of New Zealand have a right to expect that a party that sees itself as an alternative government will put more effort into selecting candidates who can represent people no matter what their gender. As an electorate MP, it would be bizarre if I felt that I could only represent the women in the Papakura electorate. Perhaps Labour’s wrong thinking is because so few Labour MPs – particularly women MPs represent electorates. In the Northern Region (Northland through to Auckland) there are 4 National women electorate MPs and no Labour women electorate MPs. In the Central North Island region, Labour holds no General Electorates. They now hold 2 Maori seats represented by women, Nanaia Mahuta, as MP for Tainui and Meka Whaititi for Ikatoa Rawhiti.

Annette King is the only Labour women electorate MP in Lower North Island.
In the South Island, there are currently 2 women electorate MPs in Canterbury : Ruth Dyson and Lianne Dalziel. The other woman Labour MP is Clare Curran for Dunedin South.  Read more »

Herald Editorial on Man Ban

The NZ Herald editorial is rather strong today on Labour’s Man Ban:

Just when the country imagined women were doing well in politics, particularly in the Labour Party, the party’s organisational wing says they are not. It is so worried that women do not yet fill half the party’s seats in Parliament it might allow electorates to ban males from selection as the Labour candidate. Predictably, the “man ban” has been ridiculed from all sides but if Labour wants to do it, why not?

The party’s former president Mike Williams offered one reason: “It’s discrimination, there are human rights issues.” Certainly it is discrimination, the kind of “positive discrimination” that Labour parties believe in. Another red-blooded male, MP Shane Jones, said, “Last time I checked it was the blue-collar, tradie, blokey voters we were missing”, implying they will not vote for a woman.   Read more »