Chris Trotter

Chris Trotter on The Cunliffe

I’ve been waiting for this post by Chris Trotter.

He is the left’s canary in the coal mine. When others blame the messenger it is  Trotter is analysing the message.

MUCH SCORN has been heaped upon the claims of Fairfax political journalist, Vernon Small, that a change of leader could rescue Labour’s electoral fortunes. But shooting the messenger, as so many have done in relation to this story, is a poor substitute for studying the message. Especially a message like this one!

According to Small, if every person who claimed they would vote for Labour if David Cunliffe was no longer its leader kept their word, then support for the party would skyrocket. From its present parlous position, located somewhere between 23 and 25 percent, support would rise by an astonishing 13.5 percentage points to an election-winning 38.5 percent.

Whether this projection is statistically valid or not interests me much less than what the numbers cited by Small tell us about the political preferences of the electorate.

Clearly, there is an extremely large number of voters (several hundred thousand) who would like to vote for the Centre-Left but are disinclined to so while it remains in its current state.

At the heart of this disinclination is the Labour Party itself. Looking at it, they see a tortured, internally fractious, ill-disciplined organisation peopled by individuals who clearly loathe one another, and who seemed determined to not only lose the Election of 20 September 2014 – but all subsequent elections.

Not surprisingly, the person they blame for this state of affairs is the Labour leader, David Cunliffe. In spite of so obviously wanting the job, the general consensus among centre-left voters is that, having got it, he has made a God-Almighty mess of it.

Cunliffe’s tentativeness and outright bumbling has both surprised and disappointed his supporters. He had led them to believe that if Labour’s members and trade union affiliates made him their leader he would lead his party in double-quick time back to its democratic socialist roots. But, when Labour’s rank-and-file did exactly as he asked, Cunliffe spent the next three months doing three-fifths of bugger-all.   Read more »

Trotter on The Cunliffe and his apology

Chris Trotter writes about The Cunliffe and his apology:

“PLEASE TELL ME I’M DREAMING”, texted a friend of mine. “Please tell me that David Cunliffe didn’t just apologise for being a man.” I stared at my cell-phone in disbelief. Was he joking? Why would the leader of a political party languishing in the opinion polls alienate at least half of the voting public? Why would he hand his opponents such an enormous cudgel? As if his party wasn’t already battered enough?

Later that day, at the pub, the guffaws and the jokes continued. I have to confess, I contributed my fair share of them. I would also point out that although all of my drinking companions were lefties, by no means all of them were men. This was equal opportunity ridicule.

So what was going on here? Why were a tableful of seasoned leftists – male and female – and all of them well-versed in the facts and figures of domestic violence in New Zealand so unanimous in condemning the opening sentences of David Cunliffe’s speech to last Friday’s Women’s Refuge Symposium?

It might be useful, here, to remind ourselves of his actual words:

‘‘Can I begin by saying I’m sorry – I don’t often say it – I’m sorry for being a man, right now. Because family and sexual violence is perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women and children. So the first message to the men out there is: ‘wake up, stand up, man up and stop this bullshit’.’’

You see? Written down in full and contextualised, Cunliffe’s words don’t look all that silly – do they? Indeed, you might even say they look rather brave.

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The Daily Blog: Never mind the quality, feel the width


Awesome.  We’d like to congratulate The Daily Blog for being well on the way towards 1,000,000 by the election, which is what their objective was upon launching.   A bit disappointed they cut us off the rankings tho’ – we don’t do that to them, but it’s their blog, their rules.

Of course, a bit of creative editing went on above to make it look better, so forgive us for doing the same thing:


Oh look, The Standard is third now.  And by a significant 100,000 pageview margin.   (100,000… is that a lot?) Read more »

Guest post – Reclaiming the Left – 2014 election

A lefty frustrated at not being able to make this point on left wing blogs without being blocked out, or having comments removed by moderators has politely asked if I will post it.

I have no problem with posting dissenting views or alternate viewpoints, therefore I am happy to post it.


Who Do We Want To Win This Year?

This year’s election is being promoted by some of my colleagues on the left as a battle between good and evil.

Usually I’d agree with them; left-wing politics is the politics of community and altruism, right-wing politics is about selfishness.

But not this time. Because some on the left have allied themselves with a fat-cat capitalist fraud.

The “alliance” of Mana and Dotcom’s Internet Party is the greatest treason to the left in New Zealand since Roger Douglas and co. sold Labour down the river in the 1980s.

Dotcom is not a socialist. He didn’t grow up poor. He made millions by sloshing money from one pocket to the other, never created an ounce of real value, and stole from other workers in doing so. Hundreds if not thousands of film workers here and overseas lost their jobs because of Dotcom and his ilk. And not content with just stealing, he also committed insider trading.  Read more »

They don’t like it up ‘em

“If the Herald’s protestations of fairness were genuine Mr Liu would have been required to swear a formal and legally binding affidavit attesting to every one of his funding allegations. This is what Mr Cameron Slater of the Whaleoil Blog did when he exposed the Len Brown Scandal. What’s more, Mr Slater was willing to post the sworn affidavit of Mr Brown’s paramour on his blog for everyone to read. It is highly significant that, to date, the Herald, by steadfastly refusing to release Mr Liu’s “signed statement”, has treated it readers with less consideration than the Whaleoil blog. A professional discourtesy which Mr Cunliffe has quite understandably construed as a breach of “natural justice”.”

– Chris Trotter

Two things.

1.  It appears that, at least to Chris Trotter, Whaleoil has higher journalistic standards than the NZ Herald.  My, how things change.

2. My sources in Labour tell me this isn’t over by a long shot, and they know it.  I’m not sure how the war room is seeing it, but some Labour people are singing like canaries.   Soon there will be no need for affidavits.

Of course, the thing Trotter isn’t considering is that if Whaleoil had done the same thing and not posted the affidavit, people would have written it off.   Read more »

The far left say Cunliffe is no Bill Rowling…in a bad way

You know things are bad when you are being compared to Bill Rowling…the man Robert Muldoon once described as ‘a shiver looking for a spine to run down’.

The hard left are saying that David Cunliffe is no Bill Rowling…and they aren’t being positive.

HIS SUPPORTERS say that David Cunliffe is the man to lead Labour  away from neoliberalism. According to The Daily Blog’s  Martyn Bradbury, for instance,  ‘the establishment have gone romper stomper on Cunliffe’s desire to break with 30 years of neoliberalism.’

And, like Bradbury, blogger and columnist Chris Trotter  is of the opinion that ‘left wing’ Cunliffe is a target of right wing conspiratorial forces within Labour. Bradbury calls them the ABC’s (Anyone But Cunliffe).

The problem for Bradbury and Trotter though is two fold. First of all they have actually have no concrete evidence there is a conspiracy and are seemingly  hell bent in engaging in endless speculation where the facts are few and far between.

The second problem with this view is that David Cunliffe isn’t the left wing politician that Bradbury and Trotter keep on insisting that he is.

The reality is that David Cunliffe  is not so much the ‘change’ candidate, but a politician who will deliver more of the same neoliberal policies that both National  and Labour governments have followed over the past 30 years.

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Phil Quin on why Dotcom’s pets actually help National

- Dominion Post, Tom Scott

– Dominion Post, Tom Scott

Phil Quin must be getting close to a visit by the union thugs to teach him a thing or two about shooting his mouth off.

He writes at Pundit about the Internet Mana party and the left’s unholy alliance.

In pursuit of political legitimacy, Dotcom’s millions won’t amount to much unless the media plays along — and coverage of Harre’s cannabis stance, as well as the NZ Idol-style list selection over the weekend, suggests Internet Mana’s shiny newness is too much for an otherwise bored press gallery to ignore.

John Key, meanwhile, could hardly script a more favourable turn of events, or conjure a better cast of villains: “That’s what you’re going to see from the far left of politics,” he warned voters last month, “you’ll be led by Russel Norman, Kim Dotcom, Mana, David Cunliffe”. By refusing to close the door on Internet Mana, and even talking up Laila Harre’s political pedigree, Cunliffe risks giving credence to exactly that ungainly prospect. This stance, understandable if somewhat timid and ambiguous, was cast in unflattering light by the forthright rejection of Internet Mana as a “scam” by Kelvin Davis, Labour’s candidate in Te Tai Tokerau.  Read more »

Trotter promoting jihad and political cleansing of Labour

Chris Trotter is still on his bender, this time he is promoting a jihad and political cleansing of Labour.

After a tedious little history lesson of the Labour party from the black and white era we get to the nub of what he is saying.

 [T]he Labour Party of 2014 boasts a narrow left-wing majority. That majority, after changing the party rules, elected David Cunliffe as its leader and is in the process of constructing a binding policy platform for the next Labour Government. At first glance, then, the lessons of the 1980s appear to have been learned.

All but one – and that the most important of them all. Majorities mean nothing outside the only Labour Party institution that truly matters: the parliamentary caucus. If you cannot control the caucus, then you simply cannot reassure the party that its best efforts will not be rendered worthless through the calculated insubordination of a clique of rebellious caucus members.

This is especially problematic when these insubordinate rebels (most of whom are securely ensconced in safe Labour seats) believe it will be easier for like-minded politicians to protect “the policies this country needs” if David Cunliffe and all that he represents loses the forthcoming general election.  Read more »

Dirty money, dirty politics

I have been asked by a reader:

If the National Party was failing politically, and every attempt to restore it to some semblance of effectiveness was quite obviously failing, and a new and well-resourced right-wing political formation suddenly appeared on the scene, raising the prospect of reinvigorating the Right’s election effort across the board – would you back it?

I have thought about this…a fair bit since Kim Dotcom dumped his loot into the Internet party.

I would probably support such a party, as my reader asks, but there are some qualifiers.

It would have to be democratic…the Internet party is not. No one elected the leader, it has no candidates and is having a joke selection process to find candidates and when you look at the constitution it is deeply undemocratic…and no one voted to adopt the constitution or the rules either. On top of that no one can ever remove the “Visionary”. This has all the hallmarks of a cult not a political party.

It would have to no association with indicted criminals. I think this critical…mainly because people and commenters on the left would say the party is tainted by association with a criminal, and yes Dotcom is a convicted criminal. He has numerous dishonesty convictions including massive securities fraud. He has been indicted on serious other charges, including racketeering and money laundering and currently faces extradition. I think, rightly, that anyone on the left would claim that the funding of a political party was only to save his skin from extradition. It is interesting that none of them can see the hypocrisy in this. Look at the vicious attacks on the Brethren, look at the law changes to prevent donations from overseas donors (excepting Owen Glenn, because he donated to the Labour party). The hypocrisy continues now with people on the left wing saying Act is tainted because john Banks was found guilty…well so has Kim Dotcom, many, many times…is the Internet party not tainted too?

The party would have to have some philosophical bent that I could agree with…I do wonder what the philosophical bent of the Internet party is now after recruiting the hard left of NZ politics.

And it would have to have fresh talent not retread hacks who were unsuccessful the last time they stood for parliament.

I get that Labour is failing, god knows I have told them why for years…as have many others…from their own different perspectives. But the solution is not millions of dirty money.

One of my mentors, a sinful man, but one who seeks salvation, has always said to me that if you take dirty money then your own resources become tainted and dirty too.   Read more »

Chris Trotter is either on the payroll or simply lost the plot completely


Chris Trotter, it appears, has also sold out his principles. He has seriously unhinged over the past few days writing post after post after post variously screaming at Labour MPs to
STFU” and calling them stupid.

Now he is out-right shilling on behalf of the Internet Mana Party, it seems he too ahs sucuumbed tot he magic millions from the Crook of Coatesville.

BRACE YOURSELVES, COMRADES, for some horrendous poll results. The next round of surveys from Colmar Brunton, Reid Research, DigiPoll, Ipsos and Roy Morgan will almost certainly register a major slump in the Centre Left’s support and a concomitant rise in National’s numbers – quite possibly to 55 percent-plus. Labour and the Greens will both take nasty hits and the Internet-Mana Party (IMP) will be very lucky to make it above 1 percent. Apart from John Key, the only other person likely to be smiling is Winston Peters.

The polls will be bad because the framing of Kim Dotcom’s latest intervention in New Zealand politics has been so near-universally and overwhelmingly negative. From the Right (and Sue Bradford) has come the steady drumbeat that Hone Harawira and the Mana Party have done a “dirty deal” with Kim Dotcom and, in the process, “sold out their principles” for cash.

Amplifying this message, TV3’s political editor, Patrick Gower, has characterised the IMP strategy as “a rort” (a term which normally denotes morally questionable if not downright illegal manipulation) even though what the Mana and Internet parties are proposing is well within the rules of MMP and has been a feature of every election campaign since the latter came in force in 1996. Gower’s destructive message has, however, been repeated, ad nauseum, by an endless succession of editorial writers, talkback hosts, columnists and bloggers.

What Chris Trotter forgets is that those editorial writers, talkback hosts, columnists and bloggers are merely repeating the same attack lines that people like Trotter himself, and Martyn Bradbury and all the other sellouts have used against National and Act over Epsom and against Peter Dunne in Ohariu.  Read more »