Josie Pagani

Josie Pagani on Labour’s woes

Last night on The Cauldron, Josie Pagani elucidated precisely what it was that is costing Labour this election.

She has written a post about it and what Labour must do to arrest the sinking polls.

First, stop blaming the media.

The problem isn’t ‘right wing framing’. There isn’t a media conspiracy to get a third term National government. When you fall behind everyone airs their favourite explanation and negatives get repeated and amplified. It’s the job of politicians, not media, to inspire a change in the story.

There is also no point blaming whoever went public at the weekend to criticise David Cunliffe for going on holiday. It was poor discipline, but poor discipline is not the main reason the party is 30 points behind National.

Politics isn’t fair. Even if  the media is sometimes unfair (such as when the Herald went too far with unsubstantiated claims of undeclared donations from Donghua Liu), one of the things the public are judging is how you behave under pressure. Stop complaining.

Unfortunately for Josie the Donghua Liu donations weren’t unsubstantiated. I suspect there is more to play out on that. She is right though in the folly of blaming the media, but they just can;t help themselves.

David Cunliffe just yesterday was claiming smears and media beat ups, and his loyal mouth piece and donation launderer Greg Presland was on the Standard claiming a smear about his visit and cozy lunch with NZ’s Rolf Harris.

Stop saying the polls are close. It reminds voters that Labour aims to lead a bloc in which it might not be all that dominant and which could include the toxic Dotcom party. Tortuous explanations about the Left Bloc v the Right Bloc sound cynical, as if you don’t care about winning support of people.

Distance Labour from Dotcom. One reason for Labour’s poor polling is people just want to get rid of Dotcom and somehow he has become Labour’s problem now. Only because he is an enemy of our enemy.  Labour should only ever say of Dotcom, “he shouldn’t be in the country and National should not have let him in. We want him and his party nowhere near government.”

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Larry’s Back!!! (Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB)

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Topics today may include:

1)  Most recent political poll results

2) Colin Craig’s “bottom line”: Binding Citizen Initiated Referenda

3) The fallout of Cunliffe’s holiday

4) NZ First policy announcements; GST and Law and Order

5) Kim Dotcom’s promised political “nuclear bomb”

6) Independent Police Complaints Authority clears police over Dotcom spying

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Manawatu Standard endorses Josie Pagani’s sentiments

The Manawatu Standard, normally a hotbed of arch socialists has become quite strident in recent weeks against the Labour party.

Yesterday they endorsed the sentiments of Josie Pagani’s 2012 article in the NZ Herald, the one that essentially caused her excommunication from the Labour party for daring to utter the truth. What she wrote back then is as true today as when she wrote it and perhaps even more true.

After Labour was humbled in the 2011 election the party’s Rangitikei candidate had some advice for the party.

Be more positive, Josie Pagani wrote in January 2012 in the New Zealand Herald.

“We were turning up on people’s doorsteps telling them their lives were gloomy. And anyone who has ever been poor knows the last thing you want is someone telling you your life is crap,” she wrote.

Labour had started to forget its roots, she said, that it was a workers’ party with a focus on making the lives of working people better, not a party focused on providing for those who were out of work.

When Labour launched its campaign at its general conference on the weekend it was clear some of Pagani’s message from 2012 had sunk in, or the party had reached the same conclusions independently.

The party’s slogan for 2014 is Vote Positive, with a tick instead of a v for good measure.

It was accompanied yesterday by a call from party leader David Cunliffe for candidates to refrain from sledging members of the opposition.

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Greg Boyed, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.  Greg is sitting in for Larry while he’s having some well deserved time off.

Topics today may include:

1) Labour Party Conference / Cunliffe: I’m sorry for being a man

2) The battle of Education polices – Labour v National

3) Fallout from the Malaysian diplomat scandal

4) Japanese Prime Minister’s visit – TPP & Whaling

5) The battle of violence polices – Labour v National

6) Trevor Mallard & the Moa

7) Horan & Winston Peters in a legal tussle?

8) ?

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A damp squid?

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The other night on The Cauldron, Josie Pagani had one of her rehearsed lines about the National party conference.

She said it was “a damp squid”.

Well given that all squid live in the water then I don;t know what she was really talking about…unless she made one of the 10 most misquoted phrases in the english language.

In fact it is number one.

So Josie can feel only slightly less stupid than the poms who stuff it up regularly.

Many phrases we use are often misquotes from Shakespeare and other traditional sayings – and people do not realise they have made mistakes.

Now a new poll has revealed a top ten of the most misquoted phrases in Britain.

Top of the league is a “damp squib”, a term for failure named after a dud 19th century explosive mining device, which is often mispronounced as “damp squid.”    Read more »

Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Rachel Smalley, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.  Rachel is sitting in for Larry while he’s having some well deserved time off.  Greg Boyed will sit in over the next two weeks.

Topics today may include:

1. Should Key name and shame the diplomat?

2. National Party Conference / Roading announcement

3. TV3 and One news/ Colmar Brunton Polls show Labour heading sub-30% yet better for Labour than other recent polls

4. McCully to stand aside in East Coast Bays if asked

5. Logging of windfelled trees on the West Coast.  Two Labour MPs crossed the floor.

6. John Key’s biography

7. Labour’s alternative budget

8. #TeamKey

Cam on Cam

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB [UPDATED]

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani and me Barry Soper on The Cauldron.  [Cam still tied up in court]

Topics today include:

1 – LIU GIVES $150K TO LABOUR PARTY AND THE PARTY HAS NO RECORDS

2 -THE PMS MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA —-PM’S SUPPORT FOR AIR STRIKES AGAINST IRAQ BY THE U.S.

3 -LABOUR PARTY LIST

4 -COLIN CRAIG TO STAND IN

5 -LABOUR RED ZONE BUY-OUT

6 -THE POLLS —STUFF POLL ON IMMIGRATION ….+COAT TAILING POLL

7 -LABOURS KIWISAVER PLAN

8 -TEAM NZ

Cam on Cam

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The Cauldron at 1600

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Jordan Williams and me on The Cauldron.

Here are our starters:

1) Lui – Donghua Lui whose links to the National Party led to a minister’s resignation, also made a secret $15,000 donation to Labour.

2) Owen Glenn Report

3) Epsom – Looks pretty clear that National will do a deal with Act on Epsom

4) The Internet Mana Party is campaigning against coat tailing

5) Iraq – The government isn’t ruling out the possibility of standing by the US if military intervention is required in Iraq – but the PM is saying — a request unlikely and its not a place where NZ wants to be.

6) Team NZ – There’s doubt from some as to whether Team New Zealand delivers enough return, to justify government investment. The team is now chasing sponsors to back its next challenge, but has warned it might not stay afloat past the end of the month without a government cash injection.

7) McCready & police – Serial litigant Graeme McCready plans to take police to court for not acting on John Banks.

 

Cam on Cam

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The Cauldron at 1600

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

This week there is no Pam Corkery…I know you are all probably cheering on the inside.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and me on The Cauldron.

Here are our starters:

John Banks guilty verdict/resignation

Coat tailing

The latest Roy Morgan poll

Greens carbon tax policy

Fracking

PPTA , Banks & Charter schools

America’s Cup and the taxpayer

You can listen online via iHeartRadio or tune in though usual methods.

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The Huddle

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There was no Cauldron this week because of the holiday but there was a Huddle on last night with me and Josie Pagani.

Our topics included:

  • Labour not ruling out Internet Mana Party
  • Green’s carbon tax/climate change policy

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