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One of our commenters makes an astute point:

Has Grant unshackled himself from the green caboose? He will have to publicly do that before Winston will talk to him in any meaningful way.

Spot on Euan.

Winston won’t do a deal with the Greens, so if he is alive at the next election Grant will need to work out how to shaft the Greens and do a deal with Winston.

Someone in the MSM should talk to Winston and find out who he reckons should be Labour leader.

Meanwhile new lefty blogger Josh Forman explains his own thoughts on Winston Peters and Labour.

With Winston Peters embarking on what is almost certainly going to be his last term in the New Zealand Parliament he is looking to secure the future of the party he founded after splitting with National in 1993 after being sacked by then PM Jim Bolger to years earlier.   Read more »

Thank goodness David Parker knows why Labour lost

It’s too red.

I kid you not.  Parker thinks the colour of the party logo is a problem.

After you realise he’s not being ‘interviewed’ by The Civilian, and you think he’s done being ridiculous, he’s also called Labour cult-like.

Labour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its symbolic red party colour.

Mr Parker made the comments in an interview with the Herald as part of a series on the four leadership contenders.

He said part of the overhaul as Labour tried to recover from its damaging election loss should include its branding, which was the shopfront of the party most noticeable to the public.

“At the moment I think we present ourselves in the Labour Party as so … well, some of our imagery is so clearly ‘Labour red’. Read more »

Labour’s losers review flawed from the get go

Labour picked one of the Labour movements biggest losers to review their performance at the election. He is Bryan Gould.

Chris Keall explains his credentials at losing.

The convenor for Labour’s panel is Bryan Gould – the ex-pat famous for being a senior MP in the British Labour Party. He even got as high as making a bid for the party’s leadership in the early 1990s, but was outmanoeuvred by rivals and returned to NZ to become vice chancellor of Waikato University.

Gould is a smart man, I’m sure. But he’s not a winner in the game of politics. The ex-pat was a senior MP between 1979 and 1992 – a period of course dominated by Thatcher and the Conservatives as Labour struggled to make itself look anything close to electable.

Gould has poured vitriol on Tony Blair – the man whose up-beat style and move to the centre saw the party finally return to power.

Many in Labour will agree with Gould’s critiques of Blair for going too far in greasing up the press, moderating policy, and poodling to America on Iraq. In various newspaper editorials and his memoirs, Gould won the moral high ground hands down. But he lacks Blair’s ruthless and practical streak, and focus on likeability, that’s so necessary to win power.

A key question for NZ Labour is whether to shore up the party’s base with hard left polices or move to the centre, where elections are won. No prizes for guessing where the academic Gould will land.

Just last Thursday, Gould was comparing Key to Kim Jong-un. Great lorks if you’re a humour writer for the Internet Party. Not so much if you’re trying to talk to middle NZ.

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Now we know why MPs are members of unions, so they can get multiple votes

When moderates complain about Labour, they’re told they can join and have their say.

But will it be an equal say?

No. Because unionists and special interest groups, the very people corroding the party, get more than one vote.

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No wonder things just keep getting worse. Talk about a failed attempt at democracy!   Read more »

Will Winston do a Deal with Grant Robertson?

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Grant Robertson is running a pretty slick campaign.

It is certainly better than his opponents, and is talking about lots of the right things.

His big problem, however, is finding a route to victory. How does Robbo get 50% +1 of the votes in Parliament.

It would be a very, very brave or foolhardy person to predict that Robertson could find a route to victory without including New Zealand First in his coalition. To include New Zealand First he first needs to get Winston Peters to agree to do a deal with him.

Robertson realises this.

Build confident and mature relationships with other parties that we can form a government with in 2017.

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Deputy Ardern: a tactical error, arrogance or the first sign of incompetence?

Unlike the party leader who is elected by the unions, membership and the caucus, Labour’s deputy leader is always selected by the caucus.

Jacinda Ardern may emerge as Labour deputy leader whoever wins the race for the top job, but her nomination as Grant Robertson’s running mate is seen as a risk because the deputy’s job may be useful in reconciling the rival camps.

The Wellington Central MP nominated Ardern as his preferred deputy on Sunday, but his main rivals have signalled they will not name a favoured deputy.

Former president Andrew Little, who made the early running in the tight race, said he would not promise any role to anyone. Acting leader David Parker said he would ‘‘stand on my own two feet’’.

Caucus spokeswoman Annette King said that, unlike the leadership, the choice of deputy was determined by the party’s MPs alone.

That could potentially stymie Robertson’s choice – although it is unlikely the caucus would make such a blatant challenge to a new leader – or see her elected deputy whoever wins.

However, one party source yesterday said Robertson’s move was risky because the deputy’s role could be a useful olive branch to help unify the caucus after the run-offs.

Here’s the problem:  Robertson is said to have only 12 supporters within caucus.  If the remainder do not support Ardern, even in the event Robertson wins, the caucus can install its own thorn in Robertson’s side.  Someone like Parker, or Little, for example.   Read more »

Not sure channelling Pauline Hanson is a winner, Jacinda dear

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Jacinda Ardern working like a navvy in the chippy

It appears that Jacinda Ardern is a little sensitive about her one page CV and lack of real world experience.

She has gone all snippy and declared that she is just like Pauline Hansen from Australia and has worked in a fish and chip shop.

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern has rejected a “beltway babies” jibe, saying she’s “worked longer in a fish and chip shop than as a parliamentary staffer”.

Ardern has thrown her support behind Grant Robertson’s party leadership bid, with Robertson saying he wanted her as deputy leader should he win.

The deputy is decided by the caucus, but the MP recommended by the leader is often chosen.

The other leadership contenders – David Parker, Andrew Little and Nanaia Mahuta – have ruled out picking a deputy before the leadership vote in mid-November.

At an event in Auckland yesterday, Wellington Central MP Robertson announced Ardern was his pick for deputy should he become leader.

“She connects with a broad range of New Zealanders, lives and breathes our values, and has driven bold and new policy for children,” he said.

“I would be proud to serve with her.”   Read more »

Gracinda? Someone needs to tell them they’re dreamin’

Ok so the name that they’ve come up with for a gay man and childless single woman to lead Labour is…”Gracinda”.

I mean seriously?

These people with single page CVs of nothing jobs and a lifetime in the trough are wanting to lead a party called “Labour”…I doubt either of them have ever had a callous on their hands from using a shovel or doing some other sort of “Labour”.

Bryce Edwards is drinking the Koolaid.

The dynamic duo of Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern – now termed ‘Gracinda’ on social media – could well be the Labour Party’s best bet for recovering from its 2014 electoral nadir. The two are probably the most dynamic of the leadership candidates on offer, and have real talent. There will be a strong temptation among the membership to choose their ‘new generation’ message. But there are also some major problems with putting ‘Camp Robertson’ in charge of Labour. While they might have more style than their counterparts, some commentators are pointing to their lack of substance as being a worry for the party’s future.

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The Huddle

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Last night Susan Wood sat in for Larry Williams to do The Huddle with Jock Anderson and myself.

Our topics were:

  • Labour Leadership race
  • Parliament swearing in, but grumbles about allegiance to the Queen rather than Te Tiriti
  • Australia has backed off its anti-burqa law

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The image softening of Andrew Little (caution: it is nauseating)

A journo in Taranaki’s local rag is happy to provide Andrew Little with a human dimension… such as it is.  By making Andrew’s cat, and how much it loves Andrew, the story

In the tight race for the Labour party leadership, a cat called Buddy is taking a lion’s share of the Little limelight.

So far, four candidates are contesting the leadership of the party that was humiliated at the polls in September and further tortured by their leader David Cunliffe’s reluctance to concede he was a deadweight.

Two time New Plymouth candidate Andrew Little’s announcement he would stand for the position hardly came as a surprise but few picked his run for the top spot would also make a star of his cat Buddy.

The black moggy has photo bombed several of the Labour list MP’s promotional pictures and jumped up onto his lap, uninvited, during television interviews.

In doing so, Buddy has become a hit with Little’s Facebook following, so much so that more than a few are asking if the cat can stand for the leadership or at least be Little’s deputy.

“When he wandered in while I was doing a television interview, I thought this was a cat with a media savvy that few other cats have,” Little said yesterday.

We can’t find much else to relate to Andrew Little.  Not is lovely family, or his kids, or the time he spends at the local surf club rescuing kids from the surf.  In fact, Andrew Little is a very plain, boring person.

Buddy to the rescue!   Read more »