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Unions own Labour and why 20% stacks up – Observation by the Owl

Helen Kelly and Andrew Little have completely stuffed Labour. This is a party which will never recover.

It will be doomed to the backwaters and is the new Alliance Party.

I give Labour another 3 more election cycles before it fades from history.

Here are some of the parallels

Unions got 20% of the vote to elect the Labour Leader

Total people belonging to unions in NZ (actually less than 20%)

Labour polls 20%   Read more »

Doctor Unions Ramp Up Anti-Govt Rhetoric

You can tell the election is nearing and the left is in trouble when Annette King and her cheerleader Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (their union in plain language) team up on RNZ to pour out co-ordinated criticisms with ridiculous claims of ponzi schemes, another novopay and “ crisis”.

Unions horror of a third term for the Nats has seen the Executive of the Association of Senior Drs (ASMS) under Mr Powell totally abandon any pretence of political independence or impartiality, and insert themselves into the CTU/PSA/ Labour/Green attack machine.

But I don’t think their busy hardworking membership of Senior Doctors quite know this.

Last year, the politically impartial ASMS Union executive leadership hired Lyndon Keene as its researcher. Yes, that’s Lyndon Keene, formerly Annette King’s Press Secretary   Read more »

Who are David Cunliffe’s secret two donors? [ POLL ]

poll

A – Helen Clark, personal donation

B – Don Pryde, EPMU president, on behalf of EPMU

C – Helen Kelly – CTU president, personal donation

Pick David Cunliffe's two "secret" donors!

  • Don and Helen (B & C) (57%, 803 Votes)
  • Helen and Helen (A & C) (25%, 358 Votes)
  • Helen and Don (A & B) (18%, 248 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,409

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Labour and unions plotting on Twitter

You have to wonder why things like this get tweeted, it gives us a clear idea about the cosy relationship between the Labour party and the unions…not only do they command a strong vote in Labour’s leadership contests, but they are also paying well for that privilege.

Now Trevor Mallard is issuing instructions to his proxies in the union for voting come the election.

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Smashed Unions own Labour and it has gone past donations – Observation by the Owl

Here is an extract from Helen Kelly speech to the Labour Party conference November 2013 – source CTU website

“We want to work with the NZLP on what this means for Government and for unions .  We want a different form of this historic relationship between our two movements based on our shared outlook of sustainable development and a fair society, and on agreed expectations of what good modern Government looks like and what it does,  and what a modern union movement looks like and what it does.

And this is a relevant discussion at this time on the anniversary of the Great Strike of 1913.  It really was the beginning of the development of the dual political/industrial wings of the Labour movement and the vision of how this relationship should look 100 years on is a very relevant discussion.

It might be true to say that more recently the relationship has been transactional rather than deliberative, depicted by both parties and in the media within the narrative of winning and losing, dominance, reliance and patronage, rather than within a common vision with intersecting values driving policies consistent with achieving those values and visions to the benefit of those that live and work in the country.  In this regard we have, to some extent, failed to play to our strengths, to build the logical mutually reinforcing set of interests which are firmly based within our joint constituency and mandate.  Read more »

A reader from Runanaga writes:

Death-Penalty

Yes, see I do have undercover readers in Runanga who aren’t feral ratbags.

Our correspondent writes:

Cunners was harping on in the house yesterday about National not caring about Pike families and those hard working NZers that don’t have any money, and decried the influence of donations. 

But how did he show his commitment to the West Coast recently?   Read more »

Unions back John Key. (I’m going to need a lie down)

via The Week

via The Week

Radio Live reports

Unions are worried many Kiwis would struggle to work beyond the age of 65 if the retirement age is lifted.

There are growing calls to raise the age after Australia announced it will increase its pension age to 70 by 2035.

But Helen Kelly from the Council of Trade Unions says that ignores the harsh realities for older workers.

Helen Kelly, the champion of the true working class.   Read more »

The Secret Diaries of Comrade Simon

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Bad Day. That bloody Australian Norman was having a go at me about that forest I didn’t read about.

He reminds me so much of Ronald McDonald. Clown. It is so hard to deal with those hippies, they are not at all like the street cleaners I met out on my before dawn run.

Good, rustic folk who know the value of a fair days pay for a fair days work, even if they smell a bit.   Read more »

The carnage and fallout continues

The left is in disarray as Shane Jones edges towards the exit door. There is still a month of this while Jones still sits in parliament and there isn’t a thing Labour can do as commentators and journalists pick through the entrails of an eviscerated Labour party.

Michael Fox reports:

Shane Jone’s controversial departure has exposed divisions in the Labour Party, with opinion split on his qualities as an MP and the impact it will have on election prospects.

Supporters say he broadened Labour’s appeal while critics say he was overrated and the party is better off without him.

Left-wing political scientist and commentator Dr Bryce Edwards said the split has been apparent in the wave of commentary in mainstream and social media since the news broke.

“You’ve got a lot of people debating about whether he was a plus or a minus for Labour, whether he was a working class hero for Labour and whether he attracted that so-called blue collar vote, and whether he was a misogynist.”

Edwards labelled it an “identity politics dispute”.

“People are really talking about what Labour stands for and with Jones going does that mean that Labour has more or less ability to speak to so-called middle New Zealand and to traditional Labour voters? And there doesn’t seem to be any strong consensus on that.”

Former Labour MP John Tamihere said Jones represented a Labour constituency that was increasingly being sidelined as interest groups gained greater control.

“The real debate isn’t about Shane Jones, it’s about certain sector groups in Labour having far too much say in advance, well in advance of their constituencies in the street.”

The party was becoming dominated by “liberal academic elites” more focused on social engineering issues such as the so-called anti-smacking law than issues such as creating jobs which had a broader voter appeal, he said.

Jones had “cut through” on the latter, earning support for his campaign against the Countdown supermarket chain, where his accusations of bullying of suppliers led to a Commerce Commission inquiry, as well as his pro-development stance. Tamihere said he reached out to voters turned off by factional politics.

Former Labour candidate Josie Pagani agreed, saying those in the party who had rejoiced in Jones leaving “are guilty of sectarianism at its worst”.

The division in the party was between those focused on social mobility and those focused on social engineering – “we’ll make you better off versus we’ll make you a better person,” she said.

The Labour Party was there to support wage earners and promote better jobs and higher wages “and that’s the thing that unites everybody”.

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