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When will the knives come out for Andrew Little?

What do you mean I need a media person?

The recent Roy Morgan Poll has Labour back on 27%, signalling that Andrew Little’s honeymoon is over. He failed to do anything important in his first six months, and he is reaping what he has sowed.

Word from inside Labour is that fundraising has not been going well. The potential donors can’t see Labour being government so they don’t think it is worth giving them any money. This is exactly what happened with National under English. The donor community couldn’t see National winning so they didn’t give any money.   Read more »

Andrew Little’s 27%

Labour Leader Little Andrew

Labour Leader Little Andrew

The recent Roy Morgan poll has largely been overlooked by the media who were so busy chasing the story about John Key’s hair fetish that they ignored the big story of the week.

Labour and Andrew Little have tanked in the polls. They have fallen back to 27%. The brief honeymoon for Andrew Little has faded, mainly because he is deadly boring and seems to think that Charisma is an Olympic Gold Medal winning horse, rather than a necessary trait for a political leader.   Read more »

Does this mean he will kick James Dann in the arse?

Andrew Little posted this ANZAC message on his Facebook page yesterday, let’s hope he has called James Dann and asked that he read it.

Tonight, I’m privileged to be flying from New Zealand to join the official party at Gallipoli where we will commemorate the lives of so many young New Zealanders and Australians who were killed there 100 years ago.

Like so many Kiwis, this is a very personal journey for me. My wife Leigh had close family members who died on those beaches and cliffs. I will be laying poppies at their grave sites this week. Leigh visited Gallipoli as a young woman, a pilgrimage thousands of Kiwis make to honour those who sacrificed everything in battle. She has prepared me for how cold this trip will be, and the chilling effect of standing in a place where death and courage lie beside each other.    Read more »

Real voter winning suggestion from Young Labour

Yesterday I pointed out that Labour has a propensity to appeal to the margin and not to the middle of New Zealand.

Here is yet another example…Young Labour proposing that Te Reo be compulsory in schools.

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One Green Gets the Problems they Face

A bunch of unelected MPs who do no constituency work are seeking the leadership of the Green Party. One of them actually gets it, and most importantly gets that the one man with the moral authority that comes from winning a seat, Winston Peters, is likely to be able to choose whether the Greens have any power in the next government.

Mr Shaw, who has a background in business, named climate change as his number one priority but said the Greens also had to continue strengthening the economic credibility built up by Dr Norman.   Read more »

When will Labour start getting nervous about their polling?

His leadership is a dog's breakfast and tastes like a dog's leavings

His leadership is a dog’s breakfast and tastes like a dog’s leavings

Andrew Little has been leader of the Labour Party since November 18th 2014. He got an initial bounce up from Labour’s terrible 25% of the vote, but as the latest poll out shows he has not improved Labour’s poll numbers at all in the last two months.

The problem for Little is that without a dramatic increase in the polls he will consign Labour to another loss. At the moment his career is entirely at the mercy of the moral leader of the opposition, Winston Peters, who could choose to shaft him nearer after the election if Little doesn’t have a lot more than the 31% of the vote he currently has.   Read more »

State funding of news?

The Labour party, unsurprisingly, has come out and said there should be state funding of news.

Labour wants taxpayers to fund news and current affairs programming to prevent it disappearing from our screens.

It comes after MediaWorks’ decision to review its 7pm show Campbell Live.

Leader Andrew Little says Labour’s considering a policy which would see the Government fund daily current affairs.

“We’re going to have to find a solution to that, and New Zealand on Air is one potential solution – to use its funding to ensure that sort of programming is available, whether it’s on private channels or publicly-owned channels.”

Mr Little says current affairs programmes are essential for a good, strong, accountable economy.

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Meridian listed too cheaply, Labour and Greens to blame says analyst

When it became apparent that National was intent on honouring its election promise of asset sales the Labour and Green parties concocted a power policy called NZ Power that was deliberately designed to sabotage the listings.

It worked and the listing share price of Meridian was down graded as a result…but now the shares are trading at double the listing price and one analyst blames Labour and the Greens for the sharp discount.

Since listing at $1, Meridian shares have more than doubled, providing investors with a return of more than 100 per cent in less than 18 months. If dividends are included, this return jumps to 125 per cent over the period.

Utility companies such as Meridian are supposed to be predictable companies that offer steady (yet modest) returns. They aren’t supposed to double in price within barely a year the way a high-growth technology share might.

Part of this can be explained by a fall in interest rates over the period, which has made high-yielding shares more attractive and seen investor demand push up share prices.

But with the benefit of hindsight, another key reason for such a strong performance is that they were probably sold a little too cheaply in the first place.

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An insight into why Northland was lost

Most observers have struggled to pinpoint just precisely what went wrong in Northland.

I must confess to being flummoxed myself as well, that is until I read an article in the NY Times about the problems with modern political parties.

The article looks at the continuing demise of larger parties in Europe and Britain, and gives some insights to Labours problems here and also National’s problems.

Part of the reason for the decline is Socialism’s success, in the last century, in winning key protections for the working class, from trade unions to pensions and national health care, that are hard to finance in an aging population. But the right, which used to represent the landed and corporate rich and those who felt affinity to them, has suffered its own decline.

“Parties of the left, which used to be anchored in the working class, in the trade union movement and factories, are now increasingly dominated by public-sector employees and creative industries like the media,” Mr. Leonard said. “Parties of the right, which used to stand for the aspirational classes, are now more elitist and metrosexual. The countryside is disgusted by the metrosexual cosmopolitanism of the conservatives and the workers are disgusted by the new left.”

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Trotter on Nash and the Greens

Finally a Labour MP that doesn’t want to do dumb stuff that doesn’t get people elected.

This means he will probably get a good hiding at the next Labour caucus meeting, and sent away on sensitivity training.

But Chris Trotter nails it:

IF THE GREENS want a glimpse of their future with Labour, then they should listen to Stuart Nash.

Speaking yesterday (31/3/15) at the big oil exploration industry conference at Sky City, Labour’s energy spokesperson warned his audience that the tiny minority who opposed oil drilling was “always in our ear”. What’s more, he said, “they’re very media savvy”.    Read more »