Clare Curran

Josie Pagani on Labour’s woes

Last night on The Cauldron, Josie Pagani elucidated precisely what it was that is costing Labour this election.

She has written a post about it and what Labour must do to arrest the sinking polls.

First, stop blaming the media.

The problem isn’t ‘right wing framing’. There isn’t a media conspiracy to get a third term National government. When you fall behind everyone airs their favourite explanation and negatives get repeated and amplified. It’s the job of politicians, not media, to inspire a change in the story.

There is also no point blaming whoever went public at the weekend to criticise David Cunliffe for going on holiday. It was poor discipline, but poor discipline is not the main reason the party is 30 points behind National.

Politics isn’t fair. Even if  the media is sometimes unfair (such as when the Herald went too far with unsubstantiated claims of undeclared donations from Donghua Liu), one of the things the public are judging is how you behave under pressure. Stop complaining.

Unfortunately for Josie the Donghua Liu donations weren’t unsubstantiated. I suspect there is more to play out on that. She is right though in the folly of blaming the media, but they just can;t help themselves.

David Cunliffe just yesterday was claiming smears and media beat ups, and his loyal mouth piece and donation launderer Greg Presland was on the Standard claiming a smear about his visit and cozy lunch with NZ’s Rolf Harris.

Stop saying the polls are close. It reminds voters that Labour aims to lead a bloc in which it might not be all that dominant and which could include the toxic Dotcom party. Tortuous explanations about the Left Bloc v the Right Bloc sound cynical, as if you don’t care about winning support of people.

Distance Labour from Dotcom. One reason for Labour’s poor polling is people just want to get rid of Dotcom and somehow he has become Labour’s problem now. Only because he is an enemy of our enemy.  Labour should only ever say of Dotcom, “he shouldn’t be in the country and National should not have let him in. We want him and his party nowhere near government.”

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Is he all mouth and no trousers?

David Cunliffe did a stand up after his Congress speech where he talked very tough about what he’d do if MPs broke his sledge pledge.

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So much for the “sledge pledge”, Clare Curran carries on with the Nasty party plan

David Cunliffe made a sledge pledge in line with his party’s “Vote Positive” slogan.

The Sledge Pledge has been ignored, in what can only be a slight against David Cunliffe’s leadership.

Yesterday it was Grant Robertson getting nasty on John Key.

And today it is Clare Curran proving Labour remains the Nasty Party.

It seems Labour leader David Cunliffe’s “sledge pledge”, in which he promised a “positive” election campaign, hasn’t got through to Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

Curran has branded rival MPs nasty, homophobic and foul-mouthed in an interview with a student newspaper.

The article was published online on Sunday – as Cunliffe was delivering a keynote speech.

“This election campaign is not about dirty tricks or dodgy deals; smear campaigns and a personality cult,” Cunliffe told delegates, including Curran.

Later, he told reporters the public was fed up with political debate centred on personal attacks rather than policy.

“We want to run a clean, positive campaign.”   Read more »

We’ve figured it out: Trevor’s after parliament career



and he’s even appointed his supply manager!



H/T Fishnhunt nz Forum

Have the opposition caused a justice problem?

In their unseemly rush to launch an attack against Murray McCully the opposition yesterday climbed into a snap debate in parliament.

In doing so they attacked the government and more importantly they slammed Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail with all sorts of insults and accusations. I wrote earlier that Labour had acted a wee bit early and so it has come to pass.

Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail is being sent back.

A disgraced Malaysian diplomat will return to New Zealand to face charges for sexual assault, the Malaysian Government confirmed this evening.

In a dramatic twist to the case, Malaysia said it had decided to send back Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail to New Zealand, where there is an active warrant for his arrest.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman confirmed the news to New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully this evening.

A statement released by the Malaysian Government said: “It is of the view that this decision will provide an opportunity for Mr Muhammad Rizalman to cooperate fully and assist the New Zealand authorities in the on-going investigations on the allegations made against him. Read more »

Clare Curran prepping for pimping the poor

It looks like Clare Curran is recruiting some poor for a pimping the poor story soon about damp houses with flood risk.

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The perspective of distance

I live in Auckland, many would say that gives me a handicap in talking and commenting on politics which is largely centred inside the Thorndon Triangle or to use the American idiom, “The Beltway”.

I find that living outside of the incestuous and collegial atmosphere of Wellington means I get a different perspective on matters and can say and write things without fear of my restaurant dining buddies and cafe, latte sipping confidantes getting upset and refusing to talk to me.

The same could be said for Dene Mackenzie at the Otago Daily Times.

A change in the Labour Party leadership to Grant Robertson would have benefits for the two Dunedin MPs, Clare Curran and David Clark, both of whom were strong supporters of Mr Robertson in last year’s leadership round.

Mr Robertson indicated yesterday he had ”no intention” of challenging leader David Cunliffe before the election. However, another bad poll for Labour and Mr Robertson is likely to feel his colleagues breathing down his neck, urging a change.

Mr Cunliffe’s actions are coming under increasing scrutiny, particularly after it emerged this week he had written a letter on behalf of wealthy Chinese businessman Donghua Liu.

The letter was written soon after Mr Cunliffe was elected New Lynn MP, 11 years ago.

He claims to have no recollection of the letter or any meeting with Mr Liu. But the first sentence of the supporting letter indicates either he, or his office, had been approached by Mr Liu.

Dunedin South MP Ms Curran was demoted by Mr Cunliffe after he was selected as leader of the party, as his support came mainly from the membership and trade unions, rather than caucus.

Dunedin North MP Dr Clark lost some seniority in the reshuffle, but took it well by taking a long-term view of his prospects.

Both MPs told Mr Cunliffe of their support for Mr Robertson before the Labour leadership forum held in Dunedin.

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Never going to happen

Kim Dotcom reckons he wants to become a citizen…never going to happen…not unless that is the payoff for installing David Cunliffe as Prime Minister.

Dotcom revealed his desire today after prospective Internet Party candidates made pitches to party apparatchiks, hangers-on and supporters at a candidate selection meeting.

The German internet mogul said he would definitely considering running for Parliament if he gained citizenship, ideally before the 2017 general election.

“I would love to but this is not the time. Maybe at some time in the future when I have citizenship.”

An upbeat Dotcom dismissed speculation about a backroom deal involving the Labour Party pulling out of the Te Tai Tokerau race or fielding a purposely weak candidate in an Epsom tea party-type arrangement.

Such a deal would virtually guarantee a seat in Parliament for Dotcom’s new ally, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.

“I had no chat with David Cunliffe,” Dotcom said, referring to the Labour Party leader. ” I don’t think Hone needs that. I think he’s going to win the seat easily.”

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So who will be the leader of the Internet Party?


There is ongoing speculation as to who will be the Internet party leader to take orders directly from Kim Dotcom.

We know from our numerous sources inside the mansion that Paul Brislen was asked repeatedly by Vikram Kumar to step up.

We know that Don Brash was asked personally by Kim Dotcom.

We know that Clare Curran was also asked.

We also know that Kim Dotcom spent a considerable amount of time asking John Campbell to leave his media job at TV3 to become the leader of the Internet party.    Read more »

Comment of the Day

Voters that previously considered Kim Dotcom’s political ambitions as likely as snow on the sun are coming to grips with the fact that the Mana Party leader has been bought by Kim Dotcom, and the Mana Party/Internet Party merger is now a reality.

Bart67  comments

OK, when this started, I was a little bemused, however, as KDC’s merging with Mana appears to be gaining traction, my bemusement (Is that a word?) is starting to morph in to outright anger. Here’s why!

What we have here is one person, an immigrant of dubious moral character, who is attempting to influence the outcome of an election in order that he does not have to face the consequences of actions which are at best morally ambiguous, at worst serious copyright infringements.

In order to do this, this one man is using his money and influence to try and take down the government that WE elected! 

Let that sink in for a minute. Read more »