Helen Kelly

Where are the small business owners?

Labour has announced the make up of what they call their “Future of Work Commission“.

Most Kiwis work in small business, or own one. Yet they are not represented in the future of work commission.

Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Chair of the Future of Work Commission Grant Robertson has announced the membership of the External Reference Group which will guide the Commission’s work over the next two years.

“The External Reference Group brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to this important project. We have people from business, union, academic and community backgrounds, all of whom bring specialist skills that will provide expertise to ensure the Commission meets its goals.

“We have deliberately cast a wide net to get people who will challenge us. We want to be clear that each person who has agreed to be on the reference group is doing so because they believe in the importance of the issues the Commission is considering. Their involvement should not be construed as indicating any political preference by them or their organisation.”   Read more »

Helen Kelly reveals she has lung cancer

 

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Helen Kelly has announced that she has lung cancer.

Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

In an email to trade union colleagues last night, Kelly said she would be undergoing additional tests to determine the prognosis.

“I have a string of appointments now and I hope by 9 March to have a plan of some sort,” she said.

“I am looking after myself and feel remarkably well all things considered.”

She thanked her colleagues for their “beautiful support” this week.    Read more »

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Never listen to unionists, especially Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly vehemently opposed the filming of The Hobbit in New Zealand.

She nearly got her way with her henchmen from Australia.

But, over 300,000 visitors went to Matamata last year as a result of the Hobbit movies.

Matamata’s Hobbiton movie set last night hosted a group of international cruise customers accompanied by some Hobbit cast and crew.

Crystal Cruises chose Hobbiton to host its 25th anniversary celebrations for 500-plus clientele, with organisers hoping it will help put New Zealand on the world stage.

Hobbit actors Mark Hadlow, John Callen, Jed Brophy and Peter Hambleton mingled with the passengers on their guided 1.2km trek around the movie set.

Hobbiton has come a long way since it opened in December 2002 by hosting a half-full 12-seater van.    Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

The unacceptability of David Cunliffe

After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin Rudd by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.

We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.

It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.

The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.

It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.

The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet tories and should actually be run from the party rather than emulated for their electoral success.   Read more »

Face of the day

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Quitting spots on popular Radio stations appears to have become a new sport amongst some women.

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Now we know where Robert Reid’s anti Israeli diatribe is coming from: Helen Kelly

Several days ago I posted about  the leaking skull Unite Union general secretary Robert Reid’s incoherent utterances about Israel:

“New Zealand does have to have a stronger line, and make…absolutely say that what’s happening in Gaza is just beyond the pale. I mean, 1500 people dead already, 9000 injured, people locked in as David Shearer said, basically an open air prison and just being bombed every day of the week since this campaign’s been on. New Zealand has to step up and say more and part of saying more is to get over this thing about saying on one hand Israel, on one hand Hamas, the brutality, the war crimes that are happening are happening from the Israeli side and Israel has to be made to account for what is happening” 

It seems pretty obvious where his uneducated diatribe is coming from, straight from the cranium of the Council of Trade Terrorist Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly. Anyone that states that the war crimes are coming from one side and one side only has either been sitting in front of Al Jazeera all day or being fed misinformation from somebody else. Surely there has to be nothing more embarrassing in public than repeating something that someone else has told you that is patently wrong (think Winston Peters). Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

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 »