John Pagani

Chris Trotter recants, wants Shearer to go

Chris Trotter has changed his mind and now thinks David Shearer should go as leader of Labour.

New Zealanders are not natural radicals, but once persuaded that radical change is necessary and can no longer be avoided they can be very radical indeed. Roger Douglas and Richard Prebble understood this – and transformed their nation. Shearer showed a glimmer of understanding it when he held up the example of the Finnish prime minister, Esko Aho. Big change is better than little change, was what Shearer seemed to be saying. The problem was, none of those responsible for getting him the Leader’s job agreed.

Douglas and Prebble had the likes of Graham Scott and Bryce Wilkinson to rely on, Shearer had John Pagani, Fran Mold, Julian Robbins and Mike Smith. That wouldn’t have mattered if Shearer possessed the leadership qualities necessary to attract the sort of advisers he needed to succeed. But Shearer has never been that sort of man. He has always gone where he was sent, and worked with what he found there. Fine qualities in a UN troubleshooter. Massive drawbacks in a political leader.  Read more »

Paepae on the hypocrisy of The Standard

It is not often I agree with Peter Aranyi, but he makes a cogent observation:

And I think the controversy over ‘Colonial Viper’ and his implicit violence against John and Josie Pagani over on The Standard shows what can happen when people act without restraint.

It interests me that Clare Curran has suggested that commenter (whose identity is known to her) should pull his head in, now, finally, with a complaint to the Labour Council. Where was that sanction when the Paganis were being pilloried day after day at The Standard?

The attack on John an Josie was scurrilous and excused away by other members including the sysop Lynn Prentice. Now they are all outraged that Clare Curran is trying to silence an pseudonymous bully.

It seems Peter also has picked up my meme about owning your own comments.

Shearer busted again

David Shearer’s grand education speech is slowly being picked apart. The funny part is that now it is all falling apart they won;t be able to blame John Pagani for this cock up.

Among the questions – if you don’t trust parents to feed their children, then why would you trust them to decide which assessment system should be used for their kids?

And – if Labour don’t agree with National Standards then why aren’t they abolishing them?

But something else in the speech slipped by with very little comment.

We need to build pathways out of school and into new education and training opportunities…….

Our polytechnics and training institutions should be reaching into schools to guide students in different directions. It should be a seamless transition between school and the next step, not a sharp abrupt one.

There are some great models around. The tertiary high school at Manukau Institute of Technology is one that achieves remarkable results with kids branded as failures.

The trouble is most teenagers don’t start thinking about what they want to do with their lives until they’re just about to leave school or are standing outside the school gate.

That’s too late.

The time to start thinking about where they might end up is at the very start of secondary school.

I want to see kids getting early advice about the path that interests them, leadership training, life skills, civics that follows their time at secondary school.

Now compare the above to an announcement by Anne Tolley a year ago.

That’s right. Shearer couldn’t even be bothered changing some of the words.

But maybe he just didn’t know it was already happening – like this nugget from his brief spell as education spokesperson under Goff.

 

The Enemies of Labour

I am a bit disappointed not to make it to Jane Clifton’s list of the enemies of Labour:

They’re everywhere – and the official list is getting longer and longer.

It’s getting to the stage where someone – not sure who would get to decide whom – is going to have to issue an official list of Enemies of the New Zealand Labour Party. Just so we’re all clear.

As far as I can gather, reading the online effusions of those who profess to care deeply about the future of the left in our politics, including politically declared journalists, party activists and anonymous Green supporters, the official list of enemies so far includes:

the leader of the Labour party David Shearer for, among other things, opposing benefit fraud, but mostly for not being David Cunliffe;

at least half of the Labour caucus, including most senior spokespeople, for the crime of voting Shearer into the job;

deputy leader Grant Robertson, for his perfidy in supporting the leader and for the fact that he is often touted as a future leader, when Everyone Knows the only acceptable future leader is David Cunliffe;

former party advisor John Pagani and unsuccessful Porirua selection contestant Josie Pagani, for the atrocity of endorsing and defending the party leader in their roles as pro-Labour media commentators;

former MP Stuart Nash for his temerity in questioning whether too much Labour focus was going on issues like gay marriage and adoption, and not enough on core policy;

Su’a William Sio, Damien O’Connor and Ross Robertson for their treachery in treating the conscience vote on gay marriage according to their consciences;

David Parker, for not being David Cunliffe either, and for being in the vicinity of all of the above without even bothering to dogwhistle any ideological discomfort …

And still the list is growing.

She left Trevor off for some reason…I am sure he is an enemy of Labour by now.

Pagani gone drilling

During the 2011 election campaign much was made of Labour’s working man roots, especially the miners.  It seems that Labour has not only turned its back on the working man but has also driven one of its key strategists to work for the Oil and Gas industry. Jordan Carter ecstatically tried to break the news to his acolytes:

And Martyn Bradbury is alluding to some sort of putsch against Pagani on his little read hate-blog.

It now seems an open secret that in fact John Pagani has left of his own free will and accepted a role with NZ Oil and Gas.

Of course, Pagani isn’t there as a ‘working man’ but he’s going there as another lobbyist.  What becomes even more interesting is that he is the third former Labour staffer to go to the mining/drilling industries.  Mike Munro is working for Todd Corporation and Deborah Mahuta-Coyle signed on as a lobbyist for PEPANZ (the Petroleum industry’s lobby group).  Technically it may actually be four since Pagani is replacing another former Labour staffer Chris Roberts. Perhaps this explains Labour’s claimed change of heart on mining where they now share the same stance as National.

So what finally drove Pagani out (again)? Was it Mallard’s constant nitpicking over every word in every press release – only to then have a tantrum, go to his office and ring his media mates to bitch?  Or was it the slow creep of the ‘gaggle of gays’ as they took over the Leader’s office? Word has it that Mold has even turned from being Shearer’s number one supporter to now being the ultimate fag hag to Robertson.

Shearer’s strain to decide whether to appeal to middle New Zealand and ‘Waitakere Man’ has now disappeared. May be Sio and Nash are right?  May be Labour has lost the plot and got lost in the Jordan Carter like rhetoric.  After all, how many people who have experienced the real world are left in the Leader’s corridor?  All are too busy navel gazing, being terribly academic or are the ultimate beltway junkies.  How is Shearer ever expected to succeed with advice coming from those people?

Shearer is now a lonely, invisible man.  Who does he turn to?  Shearer’s instincts will be to include his opposition in his tactics… the silly man hasn’t worked out that in politics having no one on your side is a dangerous position.

David Shearer’s Third e-newsletter

Come on let’s have it.

His second one was so good

From the tipline - 

This week our MPs have been back in Parliament and I have needed a bottle of Chardonnay every day at 6pm to cope. holding National to account on the issues that matter to New Zealanders.

Education Infighting is top of our agenda. National David Cunliffe’s few caucus supporters and large vocal electorate supporters is are running down my leadership in our public education system. They’re not ruling out a coup increasing class sizes in the future. And David Cunliffe John Key says parents shouldn’t get is ‘hung up’ on the fact their children may be taught by on using an  unqualified barber teachers in charter schools to shave that silly fluff off his face. “I’m back”. Yeah whatever bro.

The lucky bastard of a Prime Minister was out of the country this week, so I got whipped by tackled Bill English on the issue in the House. It is incredible that the Minister and his colleagues think I parents shouldn’t be worried about David Cunliffe’s superior their children getting a quality education. Education is an obsession a priority for Labour and the left. It’s the only way to make The Unions are only really interested to make sure our children are indoctrinated into PC Union doctrine and teachers fill their Union coffers get the best start in life.

The Social Development Min(i)ster’s flippant attitude to the well-being of our children was exposed this week when she refused to quantify the problem of child poverty under questioning from Socialist Cindy Jacinda Ardern, Labour’s token front bench female social development spokesperson. Socialist Cindy doesn’t know the answer either but we will keep that quiet and let her smile and flick her hair as it calms the ABC troops. Paula Bennett simply doesn’t want to admit how bad the situation is or to expose her failure to deal with the issue. I hope they never ask why Labour never quantified child poverty when we were a true left wing party with a popular and competent Leader. I don’t think anyone has actually read She has released submissions to her paper on vulnerable children but it shows we are she is ignoring key issues like poverty and poor housing as I am still worried about that bloody bludger on the roof.

Parliament will get a chance to debate child poverty after a bill was drawn from the members’ ballot to extend the universal in-work tax credit. Labour will support the bill through to select committee because we are committed to reducing child poverty and this is a useful opportunity to let Paula Bennett take some more target practice on Socialist Cindy in debating new ideas such as mango skin recycling about how to that will help the 20% of children living in poverty in New Zealand primarily because their parents keep breeding like Somalis. Extending the in-work tax credit was our policy at the last election and it was very unpopular . We are looking at a range of ways to address the issue spin like a bloody top before those evil Greens take all the credit but in the meantime until Trev and Grant have worked out the strategy, we support all attempts to highlight the issue and the Government’s responding to the opinion polls failure to do so. In short I have to work out a way to deal with this before Cunliffe destroys me and Trev and Grant have been very slow.

We also took MFAT the Social Development Minister to task this week over their her disgraceful attitude to investigating confidentiality and privacy. Phil Goff’s old mates Paula Bennett breached confidence and privacy of their employment the privacy of a woman when she made details of her benefit payments public while trying to score political points. The MFAT leaker has She’s refused to apologise and their Union and lawyers says she they may do it again in future. Bill English has chipped in too saying that if people challenge the Government they can’t expect to have their privacy respected. That’s appalling and well below the standard I would apply to any of my Ministers. Clearly, New Zealand’s your private foreign affairs and trade information is not safe with this Government while Labour sanctions the leaks from Phil’s old mates.

I’ve been getting a right caning in all directions plenty of feedback on my newsletter last week, so please stop before Al quits like Stuart did keep it coming. As this week’s newsletter shows, we’ve renewed our focus on hating Cunliffe more than ever working as a team to highlight his National’s dead-end approach for Labour New Zealand and to say that I am here until Grant gets the numbers and Union support to roll me properly. what Labour would do differently.

Thank you for putting up with my dithering in not dealing with Cunliffe and the two MP’s with large gobs who took me a little too literally to go to Garner. your help too in getting the Labour message out to New Zealanders.

Warm regards from a very hot seat,

David. SHEARER!!

NEWS IN BRIEF

Congrats to our Olympians! I can now turn up on time to meetings I have made people wait at. They did a fantastic job bringing home 13 medals – six of them Gold. Our athletes have really done us proud. Click here to watch my speech about their tremendous efforts. (Alastair please edit my Howman speech gaffe before this goes online)

We’ve continued fighting for the issues that matter to our regions, focusing on transport. Phil Twyford has led the charge against the Government’s stripping of funding for local roads to spend on big city motorways that aren’t a priority. One Mayor has told us that tar-sealed back roads in his community are being returned to gravel because they don’t have the funding to maintain them. That’s just not on. The regions make a massive contribution to our economy and it’s not fair that residents miss out on decent roads and other services.

(Alastair that’s too boring even for me, ARE YOU TRYING TO HAVE ME ROLLED?)

David Parker and the Prick who I shall not speaketh his name David Cunliffe have had the Government in stitches laughing attacking on the ropes over its so-called ‘comprehensive exports plan’ which boils down to back stories story-telling, branding and Heartland Tours photo opportunities. (Oh shit no that’s me Alastair please edit). In contrast, Labour has a leadership struggle, members running rampant online and a guy on a roof a strong plan to deliver real growth in exports by increasing our investment pool through boosting savings and pro-growth tax reform. You can see more of John Pagani’s our ideas in David Parker’s speech to our Sponsors the EPMU here.

Darien Fenton is calling for a high-level inquiry into the exploitation of migrant workers who have moved to New Zealand for a better life than the beatings and often 50 cents an hour they earned in China . TVNZ’s One News has exposed cases of migrant workers being blatantly ripped-off. Some were being offered pay rates of just $8 an hour. That’s disgusting. When SME owners sometimes work for less than that when they start-up their businesses and even no pay if they take the risk and it fails.  They should go to Somalia and have a look at real poverty.

Our Women’s Affairs Spokesperson Sue Moroney confronted the Government over its lack of commitment to reducing violence against women. She grilled the Women’s Affairs Minister in the House about news that Rape Crisis has had to cut back its services in Wellington because of too many violent men in a civil servants city a funding cut. Perhaps National’s own Mr B would like to contribute to this we would say something but I’ve too many problems with the violence in my own team currently.

Last week, I attended the memorial service for our two fallen soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan. Labour joins with their family and friends in mourning the loss of two dedicated young New Zealanders. I passed on our sincere condolences in Parliament.

David Shearer’s second e-newsletter

From the tipline - 

 

This week our MPs have been back in Parliament and I have needed a bottle of Chardonnay every day at 6pm to cope. holding National to account on the issues that matter to New Zealanders.

Education Infighting is top of our agenda. National David Cunliffe’s few caucus supporters and large vocal electorate supporters is are running down my leadership in our public education system. They’re not ruling out a coup increasing class sizes in the future. And David Cunliffe John Key says parents shouldn’t get is ‘hung up’ on the fact their children may be taught by on using an  unqualified barber teachers in charter schools to shave that silly fluff off his face. “I’m back”. Yeah whatever bro.

The lucky bastard of a Prime Minister was out of the country this week, so I got whipped by tackled Bill English on the issue in the House. It is incredible that the Minister and his colleagues think I parents shouldn’t be worried about David Cunliffe’s superior their children getting a quality education. Education is an obsession a priority for Labour and the left. It’s the only way to make The Unions are only really interested to make sure our children are indoctrinated into PC Union doctrine and teachers fill their Union coffers get the best start in life.

The Social Development Min(i)ster’s flippant attitude to the well-being of our children was exposed this week when she refused to quantify the problem of child poverty under questioning from Socialist Cindy Jacinda Ardern, Labour’s token front bench female social development spokesperson. Socialist Cindy doesn’t know the answer either but we will keep that quiet and let her smile and flick her hair as it calms the ABC troops. Paula Bennett simply doesn’t want to admit how bad the situation is or to expose her failure to deal with the issue. I hope they never ask why Labour never quantified child poverty when we were a true left wing party with a popular and competent Leader. I don’t think anyone has actually read She has released submissions to her paper on vulnerable children but it shows we are she is ignoring key issues like poverty and poor housing as I am still worried about that bloody bludger on the roof.

Parliament will get a chance to debate child poverty after a bill was drawn from the members’ ballot to extend the universal in-work tax credit. Labour will support the bill through to select committee because we are committed to reducing child poverty and this is a useful opportunity to let Paula Bennett take some more target practice on Socialist Cindy in debating new ideas such as mango skin recycling about how to that will help the 20% of children living in poverty in New Zealand primarily because their parents keep breeding like Somalis. Extending the in-work tax credit was our policy at the last election and it was very unpopular . We are looking at a range of ways to address the issue spin like a bloody top before those evil Greens take all the credit but in the meantime until Trev and Grant have worked out the strategy, we support all attempts to highlight the issue and the Government’s responding to the opinion polls failure to do so. In short I have to work out a way to deal with this before Cunliffe destroys me and Trev and Grant have been very slow.

We also took MFAT the Social Development Minister to task this week over their her disgraceful attitude to investigating confidentiality and privacy. Phil Goff’s old mates Paula Bennett breached confidence and privacy of their employment the privacy of a woman when she made details of her benefit payments public while trying to score political points. The MFAT leaker has She’s refused to apologise and their Union and lawyers says she they may do it again in future. Bill English has chipped in too saying that if people challenge the Government they can’t expect to have their privacy respected. That’s appalling and well below the standard I would apply to any of my Ministers. Clearly, New Zealand’s your private foreign affairs and trade information is not safe with this Government while Labour sanctions the leaks from Phil’s old mates.

I’ve been getting a right caning in all directions plenty of feedback on my newsletter last week, so please stop before Al quits like Stuart did keep it coming. As this week’s newsletter shows, we’ve renewed our focus on hating Cunliffe more than ever working as a team to highlight his National’s dead-end approach for Labour New Zealand and to say that I am here until Grant gets the numbers and Union support to roll me properly. what Labour would do differently.

Thank you for putting up with my dithering in not dealing with Cunliffe and the two MP’s with large gobs who took me a little too literally to go to Garner. your help too in getting the Labour message out to New Zealanders.

Warm regards from a very hot seat,

David. SHEARER!!

NEWS IN BRIEF

Congrats to our Olympians! I can now turn up on time to meetings I have made people wait at. They did a fantastic job bringing home 13 medals – six of them Gold. Our athletes have really done us proud. Click here to watch my speech about their tremendous efforts. (Alastair please edit my Howman speech gaffe before this goes online)

We’ve continued fighting for the issues that matter to our regions, focusing on transport. Phil Twyford has led the charge against the Government’s stripping of funding for local roads to spend on big city motorways that aren’t a priority. One Mayor has told us that tar-sealed back roads in his community are being returned to gravel because they don’t have the funding to maintain them. That’s just not on. The regions make a massive contribution to our economy and it’s not fair that residents miss out on decent roads and other services.

(Alastair that’s too boring even for me, ARE YOU TRYING TO HAVE ME ROLLED?)

David Parker and the Prick who I shall not speaketh his name David Cunliffe have had the Government in stitches laughing attacking on the ropes over its so-called ‘comprehensive exports plan’ which boils down to back stories story-telling, branding and Heartland Tours photo opportunities. (Oh shit no that’s me Alastair please edit). In contrast, Labour has a leadership struggle, members running rampant online and a guy on a roof a strong plan to deliver real growth in exports by increasing our investment pool through boosting savings and pro-growth tax reform. You can see more of John Pagani’s our ideas in David Parker’s speech to our Sponsors the EPMU here.

Darien Fenton is calling for a high-level inquiry into the exploitation of migrant workers who have moved to New Zealand for a better life than the beatings and often 50 cents an hour they earned in China . TVNZ’s One News has exposed cases of migrant workers being blatantly ripped-off. Some were being offered pay rates of just $8 an hour. That’s disgusting. When SME owners sometimes work for less than that when they start-up their businesses and even no pay if they take the risk and it fails.  They should go to Somalia and have a look at real poverty.

Our Women’s Affairs Spokesperson Sue Moroney confronted the Government over its lack of commitment to reducing violence against women. She grilled the Women’s Affairs Minister in the House about news that Rape Crisis has had to cut back its services in Wellington because of too many violent men in a civil servants city a funding cut. Perhaps National’s own Mr B would like to contribute to this we would say something but I’ve too many problems with the violence in my own team currently.

Last week, I attended the memorial service for our two fallen soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan. Labour joins with their family and friends in mourning the loss of two dedicated young New Zealanders. I passed on our sincere condolences in Parliament.

Whaleoil Replies to “Colonial Viper”

An anonymous coward from The Standard Lynn Prentice’s blog has taken objection to my post about the disgusting treatment of the Pagani’s.

I have a very simple message for “Colonial Viper” and all the anonymous cowards at The Standard Lynn Prentice’s blog and it is about accountability for what you are writing online.

Hi I am Cameron Slater, I live in Auckland and author and take full responsibility for everything published on the Whaleoil blog.  Now who the bloody hell are you?

I have been to court to take accountability for what I have published online.  How many anonymous cowards at The Standard Lynn Prentice’s blog would do that?  They are all lying, it has nothing to do with their “employment” (Union hacks and Parliamentary workers) as to why they choose to remain anonymous cowards, it is that they are too ashamed to take accountability for the words they write and then publish.

Why is it that right wing bloggers  and mainstream media of the experience of Fran O’Sullivan all manage to understand this but the anonymous cowards at The Standard Lynn Prentice’s blog are too ashamed to own their work?

They are so cowardly none would write the same way if everyone in the blogging community and mainstream media knew their identity.

The Standard and Death Threats

The Standard’s attack by several authors against both John and Josie Pagani has reached new depths, and now involves death threats.

Take a look at this comment from regular contributor Colonial Viper:

“Time to put Zarak and Gaeta back in their place.” Sounds innocuous unless you are a sci0-fi fan and follow Battlestar Galactica

How is that not a death threat?

From Wikipedia:

“After regaining control of Galactica and defeating the mutiny, Adama has Zarek and Gaeta executed by firing squad.”

Ummm, too far? I think so. There really is no other way to read that. The only way that Zarek and Gaeta were put in their place was execution.

Colonial Viper seems unhinged. That individual has been making some foreboding comments in there:

Josie and John must be beside themselves. They have a young family and those are serious threats.

The authors of The Standard and Lynn Prentice as the ostensible “owner” of The Standard know a great deal about this commenter…for a start with all of Lynn’s self professed IT literacy he will certainly know the ip address from which those comments were posted.

The authors at The Standard like to call my blog and DPF’s blog – “The Sewer”. I think that title has been snatched beyond doubt now by The Standard.

Commenters who debate with logic against the authors are frequently banned and their comments deleted for far, far less. The fact that the comments stand after so many hours ahows tacit approavl by the authors. It is time they were held to account for their actions.

It is clear that they do not respect freedom of speech, or even freedom of association. They are fascists. Fascism in what ever form must be confronted and defeated.

If anyone knows anything about the identities of the commenters and/or authors then my anonymous tipline is available for you to confidentially share that information.

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Civil War Continues – Labour Eats Its Own

The civil war in Labour continues.

This time the anonymous coward “The Sprout” from The St(r)anded lobs a grenade at both Josie and John Pagani in a post titled Two little Pagis Squeal and Squeak.

The use of the terms “Pagi” is just a little too close for comfort to the derogatory term “Paki” for my liking.  It is getting nasty.

John Pagani is a patient, calm reasonable man but I would not want to be known to be any author working on that blog when he decides to deal with matters.

It is one thing to personally abuse a team mate to their face but from the safety of anonymity is gutless cowardly behaviour reserved for…..oh….. Labour’s ABC (Anyone But Cunliffe) in caucus.