David Parker

Why the Labour Leadership race is broken

If there’s one thing the Labour leadership contenders agree on, it’s that the Labour Party needs to change.

And there is your problem. ¬†For each candidate to stand out and make a clear difference over the other, they have to artificially come up with different ways to “fix” Labour.

During this year’s campaign, Mr Robertson said it was obvious Labour had lost its connection with people.

“We need a new generation of leadership, we need to do things differently,” he said.

“Labour must be a voice in the community every single day, not just when we show up at election time asking for a vote.”

Labour must campaign 3 years.

Ms Mahuta said Labour needs to have honest conversations within its membership.

“Only 25 per cent of people that voted for us and believed in the message that we had,” she said.

“This is about how greater New Zealand responds to who we are and what we stand for, and whether or not we’re listening to them.”

Let the Labour Party members tell us what to do.

Mr Parker said Labour’s spent far too much time over the last six years talking about itself.

“If we can agree on a unity of purpose, we will get strength and confidence from it and success will breed success and people will come back to us.”

Labour needs to figure out what it stands for. ¬† Read more »

Thank goodness David Parker knows why Labour lost

It’s too red.

I kid you not.  Parker thinks the colour of the party logo is a problem.

After you realise he’s not being ‘interviewed’ by The Civilian, and you think he’s done being ridiculous, he’s also called Labour cult-like.

Labour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its symbolic red party colour.

Mr Parker made the comments in an interview with the Herald as part of a series on the four leadership contenders.

He said part of the overhaul as Labour tried to recover from its damaging election loss should include its branding, which was the shopfront of the party most noticeable to the public.

“At the moment I think we present ourselves in the Labour Party as so … well, some of our imagery is so clearly ‘Labour red’. Read more »

Face of the day

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race? Last, cause nice guys always come last.

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race?
Last, cause nice guys always come last.

Mike Williams has chosen David Parker as the best of the bunch.

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Not sure channelling Pauline Hanson is a winner, Jacinda dear


Jacinda Ardern working like a navvy in the chippy

It appears that Jacinda Ardern is a little sensitive about her one page CV and lack of real world experience.

She has gone all snippy and declared that she is just like Pauline Hansen from Australia and has worked in a fish and chip shop.

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern has rejected a “beltway babies” jibe, saying she’s “worked longer in a fish and chip shop than as a parliamentary staffer”.

Ardern has thrown her support behind Grant Robertson’s party leadership bid, with Robertson saying he wanted her as deputy leader should he win.

The deputy is decided by the caucus, but the MP recommended by the leader is often chosen.

The other leadership contenders – David Parker, Andrew Little and Nanaia Mahuta – have ruled out picking a deputy before the leadership vote in mid-November.

At an event in Auckland yesterday, Wellington Central MP Robertson announced Ardern was his pick for deputy should he become leader.

“She connects with a broad range of New Zealanders, lives and breathes our values, and has driven bold and new policy for children,” he said.

“I would be proud to serve with her.” ¬† Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

David Parker’s shaky start: takes two positions in same interview

David Parker is stuck between a rock and a hard place. ¬†On the one hand, his baby, Labour’s taxation policy has been one of the major factors in Labour’s election defeat. ¬†On the other hand, he can’t admit to himself that he’s the part-author of Labour’s worst election result in nearly a century.

Labour leadership hopeful David Parker has admitted there were a “few glitches” with his capital gains tax policy in the lead-up to the election, but is making no apologies for the policy itself.

Rather, in an indirect dig at former leader David Cunliffe’s delivery of the policy during the campaign, Parker said “we had a few glitches as to how we sold it”.

The glitches he talks about was that it was seriously under-cooked. ¬†The detail was missing, and it didn’t stand any kind of scrutiny. ¬†When questioned, there would “expert panels” to flesh it all out later.

And on this basis, Parker is trying to both defend something that already lost Labour an election, and somehow he sees this as a major plank for his leadership aspirations.

But, as you can see, he thinks the policy is solid. ¬†Just needs to be marketed properly. Read more »

Labour’s fragmentation plays out in public

Not only is Labour’s leadership race a public debacle, it moves people that think they have influence to publicly state what camp they are in. ¬†Whereas the loyalties and alliances were previously kept in the darker areas of the caucus rooms, with lots of back channel chats, threats and bribes, Labour’s new way means we get to see everyone wear their political heart on their sleeves.

Ex Labour Party president Mike Williams has put his name behind David Parker

David Parker has to be the front-runner for the Labour leadership. Excluding Nanaia Mahuta’s capricious candidacy, Andrew Little and Grant Robertson have too narrow an appeal and are making their moves prematurely.


First sentence. ¬†Mahuta’s a spoiled little Maori girl with delusions of grandeur. ¬†Little and Robertson are boring and gay. ¬†Ergo: ¬†Mister Grey Parker is the new PM Leader.

Parker has a warmth and authenticity that would make him a vote-winner in an election campaign. He notices and absorbs the world around him. He once told me a clear sign of growing inequality is to be found in the state of factory workers’ teeth.

He’s no slouch in an argument, as his bettering of Bill English in a recent TV debate demonstrated. Although you mightn’t associate “charisma” with Parker, you wouldn’t associate it with Jim Bolger, either, and he won three elections in a row.

So here’s Mike’s argument:

He has warmth! (eh?) ¬†He’s authentic (wot?) ¬†He cares about factory workers’ teeth (that’s going to bring the swing voters running back)

And look, I know he’s got all the charisma of a dead fish that’s been lying on the beach in the sun, but that didn’t stop Spud Bolger, eh? ¬†Eh?


But finally he comes to the real problem – Labour’s own suffocating internal rules. ¬†It doesn’t actually serve the party – it kills it ¬† Read more »

John Roughan on Labour’s leadership spill

John Roughan echoes my stance on Labour’s leadership problems and Helen Clark’s legacy.

But he discusses just precisely how if any one of the four mediocre people standing for leadership of the Labour party at the moment was elected that our economic policy, at least, wouldn’t change that much.

Labour’s leadership problems began with Helen Clark’s retirement announcement on the night her Government was defeated. The audible groan from Labour people in the hall that night was possibly not simply sorrow at her sudden departure. Seasoned members, as most seemed to be, might have sensed what would happen.

In need of a new leader quickly, the caucus elected the next most experienced minister still in its ranks, Phil Goff. When Goff went down to predictable defeat, he followed Clark’s example. It may seem the noble and proper thing to do, but it is not in a party’s interest. It is better that the defeated leader soldiers on, suffering the taunts and indignities of a lame duck, until a natural successor emerges from the pack.

To force the issue so soon after a devastating election defeat not only runs the high risk of choosing another poor leader, it increases the risk that the party will be destabilised in its policies and direction too. This might be exactly what returners from the Alliance desire. ¬† ¬† Read more »

We’re happy that we flew, flew, flew, how about you, you, you?

The Labour party leader primary is an internal party matter.  It does my head in that tax payers are ferrying them around the country for the privilege.

The four Labour leadership contenders have defended using taxpayer funded flights for their campaigns, saying most of the other costs will have to come out of their own pockets.

The four — Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson — were at Labour Party HQ this morning to sign a Code of Conduct and go through the campaign rules.

They can use the MPs’ unlimited air travel allowance to travel around the campaign — but have to pay for any other costs themselves including hotels, taxis and meals.

Mr Robertson said the use of air travel was within the rules. “[The taxpayer] is not picking up the tab for the contest. We are obeying the rules we have around airline travel. Everything else is our own cost.” Read more »

Circus? More like a party of clowns

Labour's leadership contest has become a Carnival of CLowns

Labour’s leadership contest has become a Carnival of Clowns

Vernon Small chokes down a bite of dead rat and writes about the state of his beloved Labour party that in his mind at least has become like a circus.

By rights the political debate should be focused on the Government’s handling of two things.

How does it meet its self- imposed need to do something alongside traditional allies and friends in Iraq and Syria without getting too deeply embroiled in the war against Islamic State?

And how will John Key make a dent in the number of children in poverty, given the Government’s pre-eminent focus on work as the best route out of poverty?

That begs the obvious question: what about the large number of working poor? And how out of tune was Bill English with his view that planning laws and local government rules were the main cause of poverty because they drive up house prices?

But then along came Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Shearer and the whole Labour three-ringed circus to demand its place in the limelight.

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