Clayton Cosgrove

Comcom’s investigation into Countdown boils down to: What is an “ask”

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WOBH was one of first out of the blocks after Kiwi suppliers tipped us off about Countdown’s Godfather type behaviour, earlier in the year.

However today we see the Commerce Commission clearing Countdown from any anti-competitive behaviour, saying that it has investigated 90 complaints.

After a disasterous PR year for Countdown, its boss Dave Chambers is now on a PR offensive saying he’s been exonerated and that “the shadow of these false allegations” had been distracting for the company, alongside having a crack at former Labour MP Shane Jones.

All is not quite as rosy for Countdown as they would like, and the 90 complaints shouldn’t be dismissed quite so quickly. It’s not like it was one or two complaints… 90 complaints indicate they’ve got some “communication problems”.

To have ‘numerous suppliers asked that they not be identified’ should further demonstrate to Dave Chambers that all is not well with their supplier relationships.

The Commerce Commission’s observations that despite “Progressive’s conduct in each investigative case was not likely to be unlawful” they cautioned a number of parties, and included the warning:

exchanging information about future competitor behaviour, or discussing supplier interactions with a competitor. These types of exchanges create an environment in which anti-competitive agreements or conduct can 
easily emerge. This creates significant risk for the parties involved, including employees. Such exchanges and discussions should be avoided.

The Commerce Commission Report also says:

We accept that a smaller retailer may not be able to apply the same commercial pressure as Progressive. However, that in itself does not mean that Progressive has taken advantage of any substantial market power.

Meanwhile Labour’s Clayton Cosgrove is putting on a brave face and has issued a media release pushing for a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets. He’s saying that:

The Commission was only able to look at the letter of the law. In Labour’s view the law is not strong enough. In Australia the ACCC is currently prosecuting Coles for anti-competitive behaviour and has a code of practice.

The UK has an independent adjudicator with a mandatory code of practice. In that country there are ten dominant supermarket players who effectively control 85 per cent of the market and that has been judged to be too much concentrated market power. In New Zealand there are two dominant players, with 95 per cent market share.

My spies in Parliament are telling me that Countdown chief lobbyist Sue Wood has been sent in to calm the horses. Gee that’ll be a welcoming sight.

 

Finally someone addresses the elephant in the room for the left wing

Philip Matthews is a Twitter troll, and a journalist. He is a lot like John Drinnan, just with a smaller newspaper to bleat on it.

His constant harping and screeching about Dirty Politics led me to block him, he like many journalists think Twitter is the real world. He still misses the point of Dirty Politics. It was an attempt to silence, in my case permanently, opposing political voices.

Nonetheless he has written an article in the DomPost addressing the elephant in the room…the left wings very own dirty politics brigade (but without the influence or relevance).

The left wing mistook Twitter and blogging for the real world, and failed in their attempts to get me.

But are they part of the problem rather than the solution….after all Martyn Martin Bradbury established The Daily Blog with union funding to be “a Whaleoil killer”…and failed. He never even got close to his stated goal of a million pagewiews a month before the election.

In a parallel universe, David Cunliffe is the prime minister of New Zealand presiding over a Labour-NZ First minority government in a happy arrangement with the Green Party. Internet Mana, backed by German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has a few MPs in Parliament, including veteran activist Hone Harawira.

ACT is already history and former Prime Minister John Key has taken a long holiday in Hawaii.

Wake up. The Left was soundly defeated in the 2014 election.

“I think it’s fair to say we haven’t had dreams in colour since September 20,” says Left-wing activist and blogger Martyn Bradbury.

He freely admits he got it horribly wrong. That was his election prediction above. He “didn’t consider for one moment” that voters would rally to National and that high levels of early voting meant that New Zealanders were backing Key.

Instead, Labour had its worst result since 1922, the Greens slipped below their 2011 peak and Harawira is out of Parliament. “Despondent” is a good word to describe how those on the Left feel.

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Clayton knows what’s coming…

Independent MP Clayton Cosgrove knows that the Dirty Politics story is far from over.  He’s trying to cauterise some wounds…

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Clayton, I think the left blogs are to do whatever they like.  They are the left’s best advertisement for everything that puts people off about left politics.  Leave them be.  Also:  what’s with Labour trying to shut people up?  Stop it already.

I realise there is some bad news heading Labour’s way, and it is better if there is no backsplatter from the the blogs.  I understand that.  But it isn’t solved by trying to make them shut down.

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Would “someone else” please step forward

Labour is trying desperately to keep things under wraps about their leadership spill.

After an initial flurry things have gone quiet apart from a few daggers flying here and there.

David Cunliffe’s team are putting about the gayness of Grant Robertson, they won;t own up to it of course, such is Labour’s way of dirty politics.

Grant Robertson’s team, including Clayton Cosgrove are focussing on making sure no one else stands so Robbo can have his coronation.

It was his team who put the hit on Stuart Nash over some research done a couple of years ago. The problem was Robbo fed the media, most didn’t buy it, and so they went full retard and got Patrick Gower to run the hit…but not before trying to have it pulled because Robbo went of squeamish and gay on it. It is telling that the hit only played on TV3 and has been left along by more seasoned and sensible journalists.

So where does all this leave Labour?

Two desperately unlikable candidates, and no one else.

The problem is the public actually thinks someone else should lead the Labour party.   Read more »

The post from The Standard that Labour doesn’t want you to see

Lyn Prentice from The Standard likes to go on about how independent the authors are, how no one tells them what to do or say, and since the election has been gobbing off repeatedly along those lines.

Then yesterday he wrote a post attacking Clayton Cosgrove.

In the afternoon however the post disappeared, and this message popped up on The Standard.

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So, after telling us how all independent they are they get a message from Tim Barnett to take the post down, and incredibly they then do so.

I have had, over the years, many requests from the hierarchy of the National party requests to take posts down, or instructions to stop bashing people, like Peter Goodfellow, and all those requests were met with a polite “Get stuffed”. If they pushed the issue then it go a stronger response along the lines of “Go f*ck yourself”.

Yet here we have a supposedly independent blog and author taking orders from the Labour party hierarchy.

Word from my Labour sources, both inside Fraser House and labour’s caucus is that Barnett and Moira Coatsworth are trying to hose down the animosity and open warfare and so are strong arming people to shut up, or remove posts like the one that has disappeared from The Standard.

Unfortunately for the world’s greatest sysop this is the internet…and nothing is gone even when you delete it.

So as a public service and as a matter of public interest in trying to understand why the Labour party is successfully censoring The Standard, here is the text of the post that the Labour party is trying to quietly bury.    Read more »

Cunliffe’s wife writes new chapter for dirty politics

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Generally political spouses do not enter the fray. There is an unwritten rule not to go after families.

That of course changes when the families go after you.

Then the gloves come off.

As I predicted the Labour leadership spill has got real nasty, and now Karen Price, Mrs Cunliffe for those who don’t know, has entered the political fray jumping on Twitter to abuse those who oppose her husband.

The distraught wife of Labour leadership contender David Cunliffe is behind a Twitter account that anonymously took aim at his rivals and critics.

Karen Price, a high-flying environmental lawyer, is understood to have started the @TarnBabe67 account on Saturday, the day Cunliffe indicated he would resign as Labour leader.

The account first attacked a newspaper for running candid pictures of the New Lynn MP, and went on to criticise others in the media. But the worst barbs were saved for those said to be in the “Anyone But Cunliffe” leadership faction, naming his rival Grant Robertson and MPs Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove.   Read more »

The unacceptability of David Cunliffe

After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin Rudd by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.

We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.

It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.

The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.

It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.

The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet tories and should actually be run from the party rather than emulated for their electoral success.   Read more »

Labour: Desolate, deluded and desperate

The Dance of the Desperates is about to begin, yet another leadership primary to decide who will replace the now drowned captain of the sinking ship Labour.

The desolation of the Labour party shows in the potential contenders for the race.

Speculation is now mounting that the contest won’t just be a race between the cardy wearing, beltway candidate , Grant Robertson and the narcissism of David Cunliffe.

First there are the truly deluded.

Andrew Little thinks the special votes will get him over the line in New Plymouth:

Former union boss Andrew Little did not rule out a tilt at the leadership, but pointed out that his return to the New Plymouth seat was still up in the air – it depends on special votes.

Yeah, that’s a nah for Little Andy. The election night results for New Plymouth show that he was spanked by more than 9000 votes by Jonathan Young. On top of that Labour lost the party vote by more than 12,000 votes. There is no way the specials can save Andrew Little and his claims of returning to a seat he has never held are simply deluded.

It is true that the specials might cost him his list spot in Labour though…perhaps that is what he meant.

From the deluded we get to the desperates:

Other names in the mix include former leader David Shearer, who regrets standing down a year ago and may have another shot.

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Is there a third candidate? A compromise?

With Labour’s leadership stoush underway now there are stark choices.

There is the unelectable David Cunliffe, a man so unpopular he has to hire relatives for advisors. Up against him is another unelectable candidate, Grant Robertson.

It is fine to get yourself elected by the luvvies of Wellington Central and quite another thing altogether to win the nation over.

Wellington Central is no New Zealand.

David Cunliffe has already proven himself as an electoral turn off.

He claimed that the more the electorate got to see him the more we’d love him.

Well he won 2 out of three o the debates and the electorate did get to see him. He was weighed and measured and found wanting.

If Dirty Politics hadn’t consumed 4 weeks of the campaign I suspect David Cunliffe would have delivered an even worse result.

If David Cunliffe is re-elected leader I predict that the fall out from Dirty Politics will claim his leadership in any case in just a few months.

Both candidates are essentially useless.

Is there a third candidate?  Read more »

The media are finally noticing a traitor in Labour’s ranks