Chris Trotter

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 »

Carbon Tax – Winston says no, and Labour too scared to say

Given that on OneNews Winston Peters said that NZ First would not support the Carbon tax that there is no zero chance of a Labour led coalition?

It would seem so because Labour too has refused at least to overtly support the tax, instead taking the coward’s way out and saying they will wait until after the election.

In a move seen as unfair to voters, Labour is refusing to say whether they support the policies or not until after the election.

The most recent ONE News Colmar Brunton political poll gave Labour 30% of the party vote, meaning to govern they would need to join forces with other parties.

Chris Trotter, editor of Political Review, says if Labour won’t say how they will work with other parties then voters will “turn to the others”.

Green Party co-leader Russel Normal says climate change is the most challenging issue of our time. The Greens’ solution is a tax on pollution intended to transition New Zealand to carbon neutrality by 2050.    Read more »

Chris Trotter goes for the jugular

Our normally calm and considered Chris Trotter has lost his temper with Te Tai Tokerau’s Kelvin Davis


Tell Kelvin Davis to pull his head in. His outburst on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report this morning was way beyond embarrassing.

The ill-considered slagging of Hone Harawira and the Internet-Mana Party (IMP) not only reflected poorly on his own political skills, but it also raised doubts about Labour’s overall ability to read what is happening in the run-up to 20 September.

It wasn’t just the absence of any semblance of strategic – or even tactical – understanding that was so worrying about Davis’s performance this morning, it was his barely concealed aggression.

There is an anger in Davis that calls into question his suitability for any kind of public office. Anger, and what appears to be a classic authoritarian character structure (the two often go together).

Kelvin Davis can see that deliberately losing to someone who takes money from Dotcom to help his party out isn’t something that he’s willing to do.   I told you he was different to most in Labour.

So what exactly does Chris think is the worst thing about Kelvin?   Read more »

Trotter endorses journalists declarations of political interests

Chris Trotter is a man from the left that I admire.

I enjoy our chats from time to time and he is a good bellwether for what is happening on the left of NZ politics.

He comments on journalistic ethics and undeclared inherent political bias.

IF YOU’RE READING this column you know already that it’s coming to you “From the Left”. You are, therefore, free to absorb its contents with a rare foreknowledge of its author’s ideological predispositions.

But how often can you say as much? How many of the stories, columns and feature articles published every day carry such a useful consumer warning? And how easy is it, Dear Reader, in the absence of such a warning, to discern how those stories, columns and feature articles have been put together and why?

Because, make no mistake, everything you read, watch and listen to, every newspaper article, television programme and radio broadcast, has been carefully constructed by an individual, or individuals, working consciously, or unconsciously, from well-established ideological predispositions.

The information a journalist decides to include in a story is very often less important than the information he or she decides to leave out. Indeed, this is almost always the case. Because in any “newsworthy” event there will always be many more details and contributory causes than a journalist’s employers could ever possess either the time or the space to relate.

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Trotter on the budget

Chris Trotter provides some useful thinking on the politics of the budget.

Sadly, David Cunliffe and his finance spokesperson, David Parker, failed to land a single solid blow on English’s creation. Cunliffe described it as the “Fudge-it Budget” (only to have the Prime Minister gleefully remind him that Rodney Hide had already given that name to Michael Cullen’s 2002 Budget). Parker’s response was typically wonkish: a perverse mixture of praise (for the $372 million “surplus”) and impenetrable – at least for the average punter – fiscal detail.

Not that we should be too hard on poor old Labour. What are they supposed to do when their enemies so shamelessly steal their policies? For the “true believers” at both ends of the political spectrum such behaviour is unconscionable. Whatever happened to principle!

But, like “Kiwi Keith” Holyoake before him, John Key is by no means averse to appropriating his opponent’s ideas – if that is what it takes to hold National’s vote together. That’s because Key remembers what the ideological hard-liners of his caucus (and Act) appear to have forgotten. That the purpose of the National Party is to bar the door to the House of Power and prevent the Labour Party from entering. Or, should Labour somehow manage to gain entry, to do whatever it takes to evict them. National’s first – and last – principle has always been: “Hold on to power at all costs, and don’t, under any circumstances, let Labour win!”

It’s what makes good National Party opposition leaders so ruthless and good National Party prime ministers so accommodating. It is also why it takes a special kind of Labour leader to summon the tremendous force required to make it through the door.   Read more »

Josie Pagani on “heretic hunters”

Josie Pagani has suffered herself as a potential candidate, with death threats from other Labour candidates and ongoing attacks on her integrity.

She calls these people ‘heretic hunters’, people who are hell bent on finding and rooting out of Labour others that they consider heretics for daring to belief and espouse other ideas other than the approved group think of modern Labour.

Shane Jones wouldn’t be quitting if he thought he was going to be in government next year. His resignation is a very clear warning bell; Labour cannot win if it loses people like Shane Jones and voters who support him.

And Labour cannot keep Shane Jones and the people who support him unless it looks like a party capable of winning, and that means a party that is inclusive, focused on jobs, better pay, and on celebrating opportunities for all of us to do better in life.

That is a basic core message that the Labour left ought to be able to unite around. The grave threat to Labour are the people, many of them Cunliffe supporters and workers in his own office, who are celebrating Shane’s departure and calling for even more Labour voters to be purged.

Here’s what Martyn Bradbury said on the Daily Blog tonight:

Labour dodge a bullet….(it’s like) the relief of a haemorrhoid being surgically removed, losing Shane Jones is no different to that. Good riddance”.

Here’s a taste of what they’re saying on The Standard:


22 April 2014 at 6:40 pm

no shane jones was labours john key and accordingly pushed national policies. HE WAS IN THE WRONG PARTY HENCE HE HAS DISCUSSIONS WITH MCCULLY FOR SOME TIME.”

Some, not happy to stop at driving Shane out, want to see others gone too:

Kerry @plateaunz Protected Tweets 

Goff Mallard and King should have walked the plank.”

There’s no problem finding other Labour party staffers and candidates who share the view that Labour needs fewer not more people on its side, and that it can define itself by throwing people out rather than bringing them in. These are the militants who make every issue, from man bans to building roads a litmus test, and if you fail – good riddance.

The viciousness of these heretic hunters is driving people out of the Labour party at a time when Labour needs all the votes it can get.

If you disagree with these policy police or attempt to debate an issue, you are not just an opponent  – you’re an enemy within.

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Trotter on the demise of Labour and the rise of the Greens

Another day – and we have more Chris Trotter musings – this time forecasting the end for Labour and the rise of the Greens.

There is a growing awareness, among politicians and journalists alike, that the only person standing between the Greens and truly effective political power is the NZ First Party’s leader, Winston Peters. This will likely see the old campaigner restored to his role as “kingmaker”.

Labour’s decision to reject the Greens’ offer to campaign jointly under the banner of a “Labour/ Greens government” makes this even more probable.

The neo-liberal Establishment may not care for NZ First and its eccentric boss but, if he is ready to bar the cabinet room door to Russel Norman and Metiria Turei, they will tolerate him.

The pundits are confident that Peters’ presence at the centre of the current political equation has the Greens beaten. Regardless of which major party he decides to back, the Greens will play no part in the resulting coalition government. Yes, they may end up wielding an indispensable number of votes but these will avail them nothing because, in the end, they will not dare use them to force a new election.

Will they not? At some point the Greens will have to step away from the adjunct status they have, to date, been willing to accept.   Read more »

Beware of the bunker mentality


On Thursday evening the latest Roy Morgan poll came out. Normally I don’t comment on Roy Morgan polls, for a start they aren’t a member of the Market Research Association of NZ and their poll is all over the place showing massive swings for no apparent reason.

The only reasons that I comment on Roy Morgan polls is because it is the darling of the left-wing commentators who clutch at straws these days and because they tell us that they poll mobile phones, which is yet another bugbear of the left who think the indigent classes are left out from land line polling. There is not evidence at all to suggest this is the case, yet they persist with the urban myth. That, therefore, is why I comment on Roy Morgan…because the very things that the left uses to discount results of other polls that don’t suit their narrative don’t exist in Roy Morgan polls.

So, looking at left-wing commentary since the latest Roy Morgan it has been a struggle to see anything. save for the erudite musings of Chris Trotter, other than int he comments sections of the more popular left-wing blogs or on news sites.

The one thing that is apparent though is the bunker mentality of some.

Normally the left-wing blogs will crow about the Roy Morgan, now there is nothing but silence. Greg Presland even went out of his way to write a post that declared last week a win for David Cunliffe, despite his “cluster truck” policy being panned universally all week, their manufacturing policy launch slipping by un-noticed due to releasing it late on the day before a long extended holiday weekend and continued vocal criticism of their inept and wonky social media campaign that continues to deliver cock-ups and mis-steps. No mention of the poll still despite three days having elapsed…but plenty of time to write a post as to why Chris Trotter and Kiwi in America are wrong, dead wrong, and labour really is on the up and up.

Even Lynn Prentice felt so compelled to fill the void of political commentary that he wrote a lengthy post about how the servers operate The Standard, proving once again that he is the world’s greatest sysop. For a site with so little traffic they seem to have engineered themselves something Telecom would be proud of to run their enterprise.

The bunker mentality has set in, and it is bunker mentality that really takes its toll in politics. People hunker down, they ignore observable facts and details and continue to issue stirring announcements about great victories when the reality is they are pressed on all sides.

Comments dismissing polls and commenters with spurious reasoning shows this:

Pete it was one poll taken during the royal visit, Labour and the Greens went down and the right track wrong track rating went up by a similar amount to National’s increase. Wait for the next few polls and then have the discussion. Or do you think that we should cancel the election now and just let Key get on with it.

And do you always agree with Chris or just when he backs up your world views?


Presuming it is valid, and RM does bounce around, it seems that the Royal Tour has had the desired effect …

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