David Shearer

Is David Shearer a secret fan of Charter Schools?

David Shearer posted a photo on Facebook of a nice little initiative in his electorate…a book sharing scheme, or mini-library.

Here is the photo.

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Labour’s racist dog-whistle fails, One News poll delivers bad news

One News delivered the bad news for Labour last night, with barely a move in the two main parties. Their dog whistle, race baiting has failed…Phil Twyford’s promises to caucus of this being Labour’s Orewa have proven to be as hollow as him.

In the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, National has 47% party support; down 1% on May.

Labour is on 32%; up 1%.

And while they will be pleased to be heading in the right direction Labour would possibly have hoped for more of a lift given the media attention their Housing spokesman Phil Twyford’s campaign over foreign buyers in the Auckland property market has received.

But leader, Andrew Little, says, “I always have taken the view that people are biding their time with Labour.

“They’re just seeing whether we’re serious, whether we’re capable of taking on controversial issues.

“It’s pretty clear to me, when I talk to a lot of people, they like what we’re saying, they like what we’re doing, but they’re saying, ‘We just want to make sure you guys are serious.’

“So, I reckon the change will come but I’m perfectly happy with where things are at in terms of polling we’re getting”.

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Which Unions Give What to Labour?

Not enough union cash is coming in

Not enough union cash is coming in

Continuing on from our series on Union funding of Labour, or more correctly union non funding of Labour, it is worth looking at which unions give to Labour and when. Since the MMP era began Labour’s donations from unions have been less than $700,000.

Somewhat surprisingly there is only one donation from a union that does not have a vote in the Labour Party leadership election and that was a long, long time ago before Unions had a vote in the Labour leadership race.  Read more »

Why do the Unions have so much sway over Labour?

The Unions have a reputation for controlling Labour, and with some good reason. Six affiliated unions get 20% of the Labour Leadership vote, so you would think that they are also the Labour Party’s biggest donors.

The problem with this is it is not supported by the facts. Since 1996 union donations have been a little over 11% of Labour’s total declarable donations.

In most years the unions don’t give anything to Labour, who must only ask unions for money in election year.

Total Donations Union Donations Union Donation %
1996  $65,327.00  $- 0%
1997  $280,000.00  $- 0%
1998  $20,055.90  $- 0%
1999  $1,115,375.00  $80,000.00 7.17%
2000  $35,000.00  $- 0.0%
2001  $107,525.00  $- 0.0%
2002  $671,719.00  $70,000.00 10.42%
2003  $54,000.00  $- 0.0%
2004  $369,951.00  $- 0.0%
2005  $930,977.04  $140,000.00 15.04%
2006  $140,988.04  $20,000.00 14.19%
2007  $1,030,446.39  $- 0.0%
2008  $422,917.00  $117,500.00 27.78%
2009  $10,063.00  $- 0.0%
2010  $56,720.00  $- 0.0%
2011  $225,200.00  $105,200.00 46.71%
2012  $430,259.33  $- 0.0%
2013  $-  $-
2014  $251,000.00  $162,000.00 64.54%
Total  $6,217,523.70  $694,700.00 11.17%

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Labour lies and lazy media just repeat it

Yesterday David Shearer made the following statement about the price of milk:

Shearer said Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy had some explaining to do, as it was “all looking a bit too cosy”.

It was “perverse” that Coca-Cola was more affordable than fresh milk, at a time when child obesity and diabetes were causing major problems in the health system, he said.

And Fairfax ran this headline:

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What a shame that Aimee Gulliver couldn’t use the internet before she banged out her rehash of Labour’s press release.

I can, howeve,r and it took me just a few seconds to establish that David Shearer is lying, or being deliberately deceptive.   Read more »

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“Leaked review contains a glistening turd” – Phil Quin

Labour’s Gould Review got leaked… and Phil Quin has had a read of it and he doesn’t mince words.

The Gould Review was a carnival of navel gazing. A joke.

Media attention has focussed, predictably, on disunity blah blah.  A complete sideshow. Cunliffe suffered no more caucus dissension than most other leaders in opposition, and significantly less than David Shearer who was shafted up hill and down dale. The bullshit about the Anyone But Cunliffe faction has never been properly refuted, ironically because its alleged members are too loyal to defend themselves. “Unity above all” is a catch-cry of the despotic. Anyway, I won’t win that argument.

However, the leaked review contains a glistening turd, namely the proposed Vetting Committee for the Labour list. Here it is without embellishment:

“One of the most criticised aspects of the last election was the process for selection of list candidates. The existing arrangements cannot be justified in terms of democratic practice or effective outcomes.
First, any Party members who get the support of 10 financial members of the Party should be able to nominate for consideration for a list position.
Second, nomination should be initially vetted by a central Vetting Committee appointed by the NZ Council. The Vetting Committee should consist of three experienced Party members who are not current members of the NZ Council or a Member of Parliament. The role of the Vetting Committee is to verify that the nominee qualifies under the rules, and to select 60 nominees for referral to the Moderating Committee that will allocate the place on the list to the nominees. All electorate candidates should also nominate for the list to ensure that candidates campaign for both the electorate and the Party. It was apparent in the last election that some electorate candidates did not campaign for the Party vote. The Vetting Committee should be aware of and give consideration to the Constitutional obligation for the Party list to reflect the diversity in the community, in particular gender, race and the regions.”   Read more »

How much longer has Angry Andy got? 12 months?

Roy Morgan came out last night.  In short, National up 3% at 54%.  Labour down to 25.5% (Greens and NZ First down also).

This poll was taken after ponytailgate, and before the budget.  Some budget details were already known, but not the increase in benefits.

Every time the left and the media go troppo on a National issue, they over-egg the pudding and end up driving voters back to National.

Labour was rejected by the electorate during the election at 25.5%.

At this stage, Andrew Little is adding no value over David Cunliffe and taking away value from where Phil Goff and David Shearer left Labour.   Labour, once again, have failed to capture the public’s imagination with their latest union muppet.

They did have some help from the man that poo-fingers everything he touches.  I’m talking of course about Martin Martyn “Wrongly Wrongson” Bradbury.   Donkey deep in Dirty Politics, he got a National Government elected with an increased majority.

As an encore, he returns with ponytailgate and pushes National beyond their election win, and plummets Labour back down to their worst election loss over seventy years.   Read more »

Heart Foundation responds to Shearer’s shabby attack

The Heart Foundation has responded to David Shearer’s shabby attack on them.

Mr Shearer,

With respect to your comments about the Heart Foundation Tick, we’d like to correct you on a couple of points. You say the science has moved on and so should the Heart Foundation. Well, you’ll be pleased to hear we have. In May 2014, we announced the introduction of Two Ticks, which has a sugar criterion for categories such as breakfast cereals and yoghurt. Two Ticks helps consumers easily identify the core foods for a healthy diet. Two Ticks foods are required to meet stricter nutrition criteria than foods with the single Tick, looking more at the food as a whole rather than focusing on specific nutrients.

But we haven’t stopped there Mr Shearer. In March this year we announced the re-introduction of a sugar criteria into relevant categories of the Tick Programme. This move was based on robust scientific evidence backed by new guidelines from the World Health Organisation. All of this information is readily available on our website. We’d love to meet with you and your advisors to talk you through the evolution of the Tick Programme, as well as all the other great work we’re doing in the heart health field.   Read more »

Labour returning to the nanny state that was so unpopular last decade

It looks like Labour can’t really bury their nanny state predilections.

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Opposition on wrong side of public opinion again

Andrew Little came out against our troop deployment to Iraq, the Greens attacked it, Winston opposed as well. The left wing blogs claimed that we were re-invading Iraq despite the fact we were invited by the Iraqi government.

And they were all on the wrong side of public opinion…again.

A strong majority of New Zealanders support the Government’s decision to deploy 143 troops to Iraq to train the Iraqi Army in its fight against Islamic State.

Many of the Kiwi troops have now reached Iraq, where they will work alongside Australian forces at a United States base in Taji.

In a Herald-DigiPoll survey 57 per cent of those polled agreed with the decision to deploy the troops; 34 per cent did not. Support for the deployment was particularly strong among men. Two-thirds of the men polled supported it compared to 47 per cent of women. Support levels were similar across all age brackets.    Read more »