David Shearer

Groucho Marx’s Labour party


This accurately sums up the state of the Labour party.

You can see the evidence of this in their ham-fisted attacks and smears on Judith Collins and now John Key. Aided by their pals in the compliant media, like Patrick Gower and Corin Dann they really are making a mockery of politics, their party and journalism.

The excuse making and justifications of Gower’s recent behaviour in Shanghai, by journalists like Russell Brown, just make that sort of scurrilous reporting available to all.

I look forward to Patrick Gower invading the office of Selwyn Pellett and rummaging his drawers, fridge and bookshelves looking for evidence of his cozy relationship with Labour and the unions. Of course that won’t happen.

Since the departure of Helen Clark the party has been stagnant, and now since the arrival of the entirely false and contrived David Cunliffe in freefall in the polls. The current state of the Labour party can be sheeted home entirely to the legacy of Helen Clark.¬† Read more »

Watkins on Cunliffe

Tracy Watkins writes about David Cunliffe and asks if it is at all possible that he can turn around the sinking ship that is Labour.

You could probably have cut the air with a knife at this morning’s Labour caucus after another poll showing the party on a slide toward defeat in September’s election.

The Herald-Digipoll has Labour on 29.5 per cent which simply confirms what every other poll has been telling the party since the start of the year.

Blame National leader John Key’s extraordinary popularity, blame the surge in economic confidence and belief that the country is on the right track, blame Labour leader David Cunliffe’s stumbles over trusts and party policy, blame the carry-over of mistrust toward Cunliffe from within his own caucus, or blame the fact that there is clearly an internal struggle within Labour over direction and strategy.

What it all adds up to is a party that is yet to put up a convincing case to voters that it is ready to govern or that there is any reason for a change from National.

Can David Cunliffe turn things around?¬† Read more »

Labour poll-axed in Digipoll

in big twubble

The latest Herald/Digipoll is out and the reading isn’t at all good for David Cunliffe or for Labour.

Labour has a two in the front of their number.

Labour’s support has sunk nearly six points and it is polling only 29.5 per cent in the¬†Herald-DigiPoll survey.

The popularity of leader David Cunliffe has fallen by almost the same amount, to 11.1 per cent. That is worse than the 12.4 per cent worst rating of former leader David Shearer.

National could govern alone with 50.8 per cent if the poll were translated to an election result.

The popularity of John Key as Prime Minister has climbed by 4.6 points to 66.5 per cent.¬† Read more »

Wrong plan, bad choices, but Labour wants regulation to stop people being stupid

The Mataitonga watching TV

The Mataitonga watching TV

A reader does some research on last nights PR for the Labour party on TVNZ:

Yet more epic Labour fails with another botched PR piece last night.

Remember when Labour rolled out that young property speculator as their poster-boy for the plight of first home buyers?

Then on Friday Cunners scored the own goal with the Twitter chart showing how much power went up in his watch.

Well the Labour Muppets are at it again.

Last night’s One News rolls out in front of the nation a mother of 5 to highlight David Shearer’s latest political stunt on power prices.

In truth it is really about people who make dumb choices. ¬† Read more »

Pimping the poor on TVNZ

The Mataitonga watching TV

The Mataitonga family  watching TV

Last night TVNZ ran a Labour party fed story about power prices.

Tens of thousands of Kiwis on pre-pay electricity plans are being charged up to 60% more than those on ordinary plans, figures obtained by ONE News reveal.

Really…obtained by ONE News…more like obtained by Labour and given to ONE News…here is Labour’s press release¬†(timed at 14:12)

Power companies are unfairly targeting the poorest New Zealanders by charging them the highest electricity rates, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.

New figures obtained by Labour show those on pre-pay electricity plans – paying electricity bills in advance – pay up to 60 per cent more than those paying a regular power bill.

Amazing coincidence that TVNZ seems to have obtained the same figures and miraculously run a story that played some 4 hours after Labour issued a press release.

The figures have prompted calls for greater regulation of power prices.

“It’s grossly unfair that these people, the poorest people in our society who have no choices, should be stung by our power companies in the search for more profit,” says Labour’s energy spokesperson David Shearer.¬† Read more »

Hooton on Jones and Cunliffe

Matthew Hooton thinks Shane Jones could well be the saviour of the Labour party but first he reviews the woeful performance of the current leader of the Labour party, David Cunliffe.

September 27 is overwhelmingly favoured but rumours persist John Key may opt for August or even July for the general election.

The rationale is to allow plenty of time for coalition negotiations, for a new government to be sworn in and for a properly mandated prime minister to represent New Zealand at the G20 and Apec leaders’ meetings in November.

Whenever the election is held, Labour now risks another disaster.

In just the past seven days, David Cunliffe has admitted he made a fool of himself attacking Mr Key’s lifestyle, been caught laundering campaign donations through a secret trust, been embarrassed by his staff emailing his confidential ICT policy to the government and faced questions over his failure to declare another trust until after his predecessor David Shearer was caught with an undisclosed $50,000+ offshore bank account.

This is on top of his misrepresentation of his baby-bonus policy and the questions over his claimed business, academic and community-service background.

Labour is now lower in the polls than when Mr Shearer resigned, Mr Cunliffe’s personal popularity is worse than his ever was, and there is no evidence the Herne Bay multimillionaire has the skills connecting with the poor and downtrodden in South Auckland that he claimed.

The timing is tight but it is not yet too late for Labour to fix the mistake made by the unions and its membership last September. ¬† Read more »

Vernon Small on Labour’s “issues”

Yesterday Vernon Small wrote about the biggest issue facing Labour ahead of this year’s election.

Well the biggest problem after the issue with their tits leader….rejuvenation…or rather the lack of it.

¬†In politics rejuvenation rates alongside succession planning. Both are easy catchcries and generally seen as “a good thing”.

In reality they are a type of parliamentary Nimby-ism – nice to have if it is someone else who is vacating a seat, and fine as long as you are not the leader whose replacement is being groomed.

On the National side of the aisle rejuvenation is in full swing. At last count 14 MPs have either gone or are going out of a caucus of 59. It is generally accepted as a worthwhile and necessary refreshment of the party. Certainly it is being handled well and without any overt bloodletting. No dummies have been spat in the remaking of the National caucus.

Of course if the polls were different it would be a different story. Shave a theoretical five points off the Government and give it to the Opposition and the narrative might be akin to the “rats leaving a sinking ship” theme that Labour leader David Cunliffe has tried to get up.

But that just looks lame when the last three polls had National harvesting enough support to govern alone.¬† Read more »

Cunliffe keeps power policy secret while Shearer swims upstream

Nothing more efficient than a bunch of rowers all pulling the oars in unison, is there? ¬† Labour won’t disclose the details of their Power policy while at the same time having David Shearer submitting a private members bill showing exactly what they want to do with the power sector:

A Labour MP has set out to demystify power bills, saying the way they are now consumers can’t tell which part of the industry is ripping them off.

David Shearer has drafted a member’s bill which would make retail power companies “unbundle” bills and spell out the cost of each component.

He says that information is being hidden and each part of the industry blames the others for price rises.

“Each component of our power industry is playing a game of `hey, it’s not our fault’ while quietly pocketing a proportion of the increases,” he said.

“Wellington residents are being stung by up to seven percent more for their power and that increase is likely to be repeated across the country in time for the onset of winter.”

Mr Shearer says the “cynical blame game” has to end. ¬† Read more »

Trotter is onto it…inside job for the hit on Cunliffe

Labour is in serious trouble.

I had trouble keeping up with the long list of Labour people calling me about the problems inside Labour right now.

The more I think about it the more I eel that all these stuff ups and mistakes and leaks there are the more it looks like an inside job…especially the trusts and donations issue.

Chris Trotter is onto it, even if he does take 423 paragraphs to get to the point.

Basically it is an inside job to white ant David Cunliffe.

As for the latest revelations or error ‚Äď those swirling around the trust mechanism chosen by Cunliffe‚Äôs campaign team to conceal the identities of those willing to donate money to his cause. Have our political journalists really forgotten the strength of the factional undercurrents that have ripped and bruised Labour MPs and activists since the right of Labour‚Äôs Caucus imposed David Shearer on a left-wing Labour Party in 2011? Can the Press Gallery really not imagine the reputational and career consequences for those who backed a losing Cunliffe campaign ‚Äď and then had their names made public? ¬† Read more »

Using Twitter to identify leadership aspirants

Matthew Beveridge has some interesting statistics regarding the use of Twitter by Shane Jones.

Matthew is doing some good analysis across the spectrum of social media use by politicians. I expect I will refer more to his posts during the course election year.

Shane joined Twitter on 31 July [2013], which is only 3 weeks before David Shearer resigned the Labour leadership, by which time there was already much discussion of his future in that position. In the first month, Shane sent around 66 Tweets or retweets. Which is around 1/4 of his total as at 1740 28 February. In late August through early September Shane was sending 4, 5, 6 or more Tweets a day. This dropped off in the days leading up to the actual vote, most likely due to time pressure as he was out meeting delegates. However the Tweets that were sent were the sort of Tweet destined to encourage engagement, containing images or quotes about where he saw Labour going under his leadership.

Shane stuck with being a reasonably active Tweeter up until the end of September, after that his rate of Tweeting dropped off. With days missed in late October, and then nearly 2 weeks without a Tweet from 20 October to 1 November. Tweeting remained rather sparse through November, with a few flurries, but a number of days with no Tweets. This sparse nature remained the norm for December.¬†¬† Read more »