With just one Tweet Phil Twyford has signalled the undermining of Andrew Little as leader.
The politicians on both sides of the house and the Media party are having kittens over what has happened in Fiji with the arrest and detainment of opposition politicians and union ratbags in Fiji.
Everyone seems to be blaming Fiji PM Bainimarama from David Shearer to Murray McCully and of course the idiots in the Media party like Sally rounds and Michael Field.
None of them live in Fiji, are in Fiji or understand how Fijian judicial processes work. They simply move to their anti-Bainimarama default position and rant and rave. Worse still are their editors of those in the Media party who allow this carry-on.
One should remember that these are domestic Fijian issues. Fiji doesn’t comment on our domestic politics, and they could, given the precedent set by various governments here. Since this current issue is about electoral law Fiji should ask why it is that not a single politician has ever been charged under our electoral law despite hundreds of complaints being referred to them by the Electoral Commission over the past twelve years. These complaints include sign vandalisation, over spending, non-reporting of electoral expenses and various other clear breaches of electoral law. These laws are important they govern what can and can’t be done in seeking election and are the core of our democracy. But the NZ Police are sending a clear message to ratbag politicians that they can act with impunity, breaching electoral laws willy-nilly. Read more »
When did Labour call for no state visits from Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand or any other country other than Fiji?
David Shearer has gone full retard on Fiji. Like the Media party, the Labour party have a real blind spot and resort to finger-wagging over domestic issues in a sovereign nation.
Their latest stuff up is to call for halting of a state visit by Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama in October.
Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer says a state visit by Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama should be “quietly put on hold” until concerns about the Opposition politicians in Fiji are resolved.
Over the weekend five people – including the leaders of two opposition parties and a trade union leader – were taken into custody in Fiji after taking part in a public political forum.
RNZI has reported all had since been released but the Director of Public Prosecutions was reviewing the cases, raising concerns of politically motivated charges to prevent them contesting the next election in 2018.
Prime Minister John Key had invited Bainimarama to come for a formal state visit while he was in Suva in June this year. Read more »
Labour are gloating over John Key’s “failure” in Fiji.
Prime Minister John Key’s attempt to rebuild New Zealand’s relationship with Fiji has backfired on him, the Labour Party says.
Mr Key described his official visit to Fiji this week as a success, despite publicly disagreeing with the country’s leader on several issues.
At a state banquet, Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama criticised the New Zealand media and defended his banning of some journalists from Fiji, claiming they dispensed with facts.
John Key asked Mr Bainimarama to reconsider the ban during the visit, and said they would have to agree to disagree.
But he said overall the trip was a success.
“The aim of this visit was really to reset the relationship, put the last sort of, I suppose eight years of the military coup behind us, really to say, look we now have a new foundation stone, we want to take the relationship from strength to strength.”
However, Labour foreign affairs spokesperson, David Shearer, said the trip was a disaster.
“It backfired completely,” he said. Read more »
MP David Shearer says he will return to waging war against the supermarket duopoly and credit card interest rates after being restored as Labour’s consumer affairs spokesman.
Mr Shearer was given the role back in a minor rejig by Labour leader Andrew Little after MP Clayton Cosgrove’s decision not to stand again in 2017. The changes promote Kris Faafoi into the shadow Cabinet and he picks up Mr Cosgrove’s tourism portfolio while keeping his state services portfolio. Read more »
David Farrar has posted the chart of doom:
Those are the preferred Prime Minister ratings of the last four Labour leaders. It is rather telling. Read more »
Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar loves his numbers, and today he’s in devastating form. Read more »
David Shearer is generally a decent guy. He is sometimes a bit economical with details, like his claims about mangoes in South Sudan, but generally he is a decent person.
However, he does have a blind spot and that blind spot is his bias over Israel.
A recent post on David Shearer’s Facebook page, supporting Murray McCully’s statements blaming Israel for the stalling of the peace process, has brought these shortcomings into clearer focus. On being challenged about his post he replied:
Yes none of us should ignore or tolerate violence particularly against civilians – I agree – but settlement expansion IS the major issue to any two state solution. That’s obvious. Since I left there in 2007 tens of thousands of new houses have built. More than 500,000 settlers now live in the West Bank. Each settlement has its own roads, infrastructure that for the most part are completely separate from the Palestinian villages they are adjacent to. How is it possible for a Palestinian state to operate with thousands of Israelis inside it? Or why build more if a two state solution is the end goal and reaching that goal will be made evermore less possible?”David Shearer [emphasis added]
To which there was a reasoned response and question from Juliet Moses:
David, Israel “operates” and indeed flourishes with a 20% Arab population, as you will be aware. Arabs have fully democratic rights and function at every level of civil society, including Parliament, the Supreme Court and academia. So, if I understand the argument correctly, Israel can and is expected to operate like this, and Palestinians insist they must have the right of return to Israel, which would soon mean an Arab majority in Israel. However, the West Bank, where Jews have lived for thousands of years and that Palestinians have NEVER had sovereignty over, must be judenrein? How is that even-handed? How you can think that settlements is THE issue when the Palestinians demand self-determination in and sovereignty and exclusivity over the West Bank but deny that same right to the Jews in Israel?“Juliet Moses [emphasis added] Read more »
Matthew Hooton looks at the case for the resurrection of David Parker to Finance for Labour, dropping Grant Robertson so he can concentrate on his Future of Work project.
Among moderate Labour MPs and activists, and even the odd union boss, talk is now incessantly about the party’s leadership.
Alarm has been raised after Labour’s private polling showed it was down to just 30% in February, from 35% before Christmas. Worse, those voters have not gone to the Greens but slipped back to National so that the gap between left and right is now wider than a month before Labour’s last election debacle. Since Helen Clark’s fall, only under David Shearer’s more centrist leadership has the Labour-Green bloc regularly polled above National and its minor allies.
The Media party really don’t like John Key.
For a couple of elections they’ve tried really hard to unseat the government with stings, smears and attacks. Bizarrely, last election there was an attack on a journalist and media personality in an attempt to get rid of John Key.
For a couple of months senior Labour MPs have been putting it about that their internal polling before Christmas was showing Labour on 35%.
No public poll in the last three years has shown Labour on 35%…not since David Shearer was leader did they come close.
Journalists were privately laughing, but those senior Labour MPs were insistent on the ‘truth’ of their polling.
Either the public polls were wrong or Labour’s poll was wrong…or the poll wasn’t wrong; Labour was spinning it better than it was.
It isn’t a coincidence that this is the same issue that raised its head during the election when Labour and their various proxies, like Rob Salmond, were putting it about that Labour were higher in their own polling than the public polls. It all got drowned out in the Dirty Politics hit job…but at one stage it was stated Labour’s polling was at 35% when on election night it was a full 10% lower. Support doesn’t evaporate that much, that fast. Read more »