Labour Party ARDERN, Jacinda List SeatÂ CLARK, David Dunedin NorthÂ Electorate COSGROVE, Clayton List SeatÂ CUNLIFFE, David New LynnÂ Electorate CURRAN, Clare Dunedin SouthÂ Electorate DAVIS, Kelvin Te Tai TokerauÂ Electorate DYSON, Ruth Port HillsÂ Electorate FAAFOI, Kris ManaÂ Electorate GOFF, Phil Mt RoskillÂ Electorate HENARE, Peeni TÄmaki MakaurauÂ Electorate HIPKINS, Chris RimutakaÂ Electorate KING, Annette RongotaiÂ Electorate LEES-GALLOWAY, Iain Palmerston NorthÂ Electorate LITTLE, Andrew List SeatÂ MAHUTA, Nanaia Hauraki-WaikatoÂ Electorate MALLARD, Trevor Hutt SouthÂ Electorate MORONEY, Sue List SeatÂ NASH, Stuart NapierÂ Electorate O’CONNOR, Damien Peter West Coast-TasmanÂ Electorate PARKER, David List SeatÂ Read more »
Bob never sugarcoats
Two months ago I wrote that the election was done and dusted and that Cunliffe, the most disliked political leader in this country’s history, loathed by his caucus but foisted on them by extremist elements controlling the party, was leading Labour into a terrible disaster.
I suggested caucus should change the leader then and there if they were to save their party from a catastrophic outcome. That produced a flood of bitter abuse from their nasty bloggers, cowardly hiding behind pseudonyms, accusing me of being a die-hard National voter.
I last voted National in 1981 but did so this time with gusto, although giving Trevor Mallard my candidate vote.
Serial apologiser Cunliffe should put aside his sorrow at being a man and do the manly thing, namely apologise to his battered party and resign, as convention demands.
But behaving honourably was alien to Cunliffe who instead blamed the Hager sneak and Dotcom for distracting voters, ignoring the fact that he happily endorsed their nonsense at the time, plus their efforts plainly didn’t distract National voters.
Both Dotcom and Hager would be deified by the left had their plan actually worked out. Â It might have, had they not overegged the pudding so much. Â Read more »
The cognitive dissonance of the left continues with two union leaders on Radio New Zealand professing undying love for David Cunliffe.
They both think that poor old David Cunliffe was hard done by.
These guys are so out of touch it isn’t funny.
There seems to be this continuing narrative that Labour should have gone further to the left.
Have they not noticed that 75% of people didn’t vote for labour and David Cunliffe. Read more »
I was on The Huddle last night with Josie Pagani and Larry Williams
Our topics were:
- The Election results
- Labour’s terrible predicament
David Shearer has made a good call, for Labour and David Cunliffe to release the internal polling numbers to caucus so they can see what the truth of the campaign looks like.
The party leader, David Cunliffe, meets the Labour caucus at Parliament today, three days after delivering the party’s worst election result for 90 years in which Labour pulled in just 24.7 percent of the party vote.
Mr Cunliffe said he would he will ask the caucus to trigger a leadership primary as he wants to refresh his mandate.
David Shearer told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme a leadership race now would be a distraction and a forensic analysis of the election campaign was needed first.
“We need to know behind the scenes what our polling suggested, where our vote went,” Mr Shearer said. An independent review should be carried out by someone independent and not active in the party at present. Â Â Read more »
The left wing is hurting.
Their messiah actually turned out toÂ be just a very naughty boy.
Now that Labour has lost the election, itâs time for the partyâs caucus to focus on the issues that really matter. Iâm pleased to say that a number of them have made a flying start.
These are the issues that matter:
- Anonymously briefing journalists and attacking potential rivals within Labourâs caucus.
- Forming camps and factions to advance favoured candidates.
- Spraying opinions all over the media that probably shouldnât be aired in public.
- Showing a lack of grace or humility.
- Encouraging party members to locate and dispatch traitors within the party.
- Not knowing when to retire from Parliament.
- Refusing to accept any responsibility for disaster, and giving speeches blaming others for the epic defeat.
- Making contact with Cameron Slater.
The Labour Party is broke because Tim Barnett and Moira Coatsworth were dead set useless at fundraising.
As Mike âFat Tonyâ Williams, New Zealandâs best shakedown artist, explains, if you donât ask you donât get.
It is a pretty simple proposition but Tim and Moira wouldnât ask so they didnât get. Â Read more »
My how the worm has turned.
The left wing is turning on Nicky Hagar and Kim Dotcom…mostly Kim Dotcom.
David Cunliffe has thrown him under the bus in a desperate bid to save his leadership.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has delivered a belated acknowledgement that it was a mistake not to work more closely with the Green Party and lashed out at Kim Dotcom as “reprehensible.”
Asked if Mr Dotcom had affected the chances on the left, Mr Cunliffe said “absolutely.”
“For anybody to wade into New Zealand politics, spend over $4 million and end up wiping out his own supporters and damaging the left I think is reprehensible.”
During the last parliamentary term we were all told repeatedly that this policy or that person was a “game changer”.
How did those game changers all work out?
Chris Trotter thought Matt McCarten was a game changer:
These are the stakes the Left is playing for â and they could not be higher. If progressive New Zealand rallies to Cunliffeâs and McCartenâs bright-red banner and helps them convince Middle New Zealand that Labourism, far from being an alien and dangerous creed, actually stands for all that is best in this nation, then it will have won an historic and lasting victory. But if it fails to seize the opportunity it has been given, then all that is worth fighting for on the Left will go down to defeat and New Zealand will be Nationalâs for the foreseeable future.
Now IS the time for all good comrades to come to the aid of the party. Because, whichever way it turns out, the appointment of Matt McCarten is bound to beÂ a game-changer.
Chris Trotter was very prescient in that post, he also predicted disaster.
[T]he Left has been given an extraordinary opportunity to prove that it still has something to offer New Zealand, but a desperately short period of time in which to do it. If old wounds, old grudges, old defeats (are you listening Jim?) are allowed to get in the way of making this unprecedented situation work to the advantage of ordinary New Zealanders, then it will end in failure.
And that failure wonât just be Cunliffeâs and McCartenâs, it will be the failure of the entire progressive movement. And it wonât just be for a triennium (or three) it will be for an entire generation.
If Cunliffe and McCarten are allowed to fail, the Right of the Labour Party and their fellow travellers in the broader labour movement (all the people who worked so hard to prevent Cunliffe rising to the leadership) will say:
âWell, you got your wish. You elected a leader pledged to take Labour to the Left. And just look what happened. Middle New Zealand ran screaming into the arms of John Key and Labour ended up with a Party Vote even more pitiful than Nationalâs in 2002! So donât you dare try peddling that âIf we build a left-wing Labour Party they will comeâ line ever again! You did â and they didnât.â
Be in no doubt that this will happen â just as it did in the years after the British Labour Partyâs crushing defeat in the general election of 1983. The Labour Right called Labourâs socialist manifesto âthe longest suicide note in historyâ and the long-march towards Blairism and the re-writing of Clause Four began. (Never mind the impact of Maggie Thatcherâs unlikely victory in the South Atlantic, it was Michael Footâs socialism wot won it for the Tories!)
Plenty of others thought Matt McCarten was a game changer…they just didn’t realise he wasn’t working for Labour. He certainly was a game changer…for National. Â Â Read more »
1. Christ, what a shellacking. Click around Harkanwal Singhâs Herald interactive. In electorate after electorate, polling place after polling place, National won at least a plurality of the votes. Even where voters collectively chose to return their Labour MPs to Parliament, they generally gave their party votes to National. Labour won the party vote inÂ only five general electorates. I donât think itâs viable for Cunliffe to stay on after this.
No it isn’t. Cunliffe must go and go now….he lost his own party vote in New Lynn FFS!
3. The election was not primarily about policy. Although it will understandably be regarded as a mandate for Nationalâs policies, I donât think this has been an election about policy, but about who the voters have seen as fit to govern. Where discrete policies have been tested in polls, the public has often-as-not favoured Labourâs over Nationalâs. They just didnât back Labour to enact them. Iâm very concerned now over what happens in education, where I think the degree of the mess National has already made (National Standards is objectively a shambles) is not widely appreciated.