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A 100-year-old vehicle is still a 100-year-old vehicle…

by BlokeinTakapuna

A motor vehicle is a perfect analogy for describing a political party. Now I don’t want to be rude, but… a 100-year-old vehicle is still a 100-year-old vehicle. So, would a vehicle that vintaged and antiquated be fit for purpose on today’s election highway? Would the policy pollution it emits on the election highway hold up voter traffic today?

Technology has advanced so quickly, we often look back with a sense of nostalgia and deep gratitude with the advances we’ve witnessed. Remember dial-up sound? Telephones that would only phone and then, sometime later, could send texts too?

Now I don’t want to be rude, but how fit for purpose is a 100-year-old political vehicle, and the thinking that went into creating it, for today’s political highway?

No matter how often the PR/groomers/Media party and fellow travellers attempt to polish its image, a 100-year-old vehicle polished that much from new, often goes from bright, optimistic “fire engine red” colour, reflecting back to the voters as more of a lacklustre, washed-out pinkish tone – ironically, like in some kind of Orwellian “dog looks like its owner” kind of way.

Sure the 100-year-old Labour party election bus gets fleeting attention when being pushed again somewhere by the MSM for something. Or, when parked up at some novelty side show, checking the tuning with a few enthusiasts, but is it really fit-for-purpose on today’s roads? Does it really matter to the crew when you have endless MSM Roadside Assistance? Read more »

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UK Labour plan to split in two if Corbyn is returned as party leader

The reason this is both fascinating and relevant is because New Zealand Labour are in the same position, albeit with less pressure at this stage of the electoral cycle.

More than 150 Labour MPs are plotting to form a breakaway party codenamed ‘Continuity Labour’ if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership battle – with Stephen Kinnock tipped to head it.

The Mail on Sunday understands a group of leading anti-Corbyn MPs are poised to make approaches to Labour’s top 50 donors to fund the new party if the Labour leader fends off challenges from Angela Eagle and Owen Smith.

The plot emerged as this newspaper also established that Mr Kinnock, the son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, has held secret talks with former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown about ‘safeguarding the interests of our country’.

Lord Ashdown denies that the discussions included the formation of a new centre-ground party.

Mr Corbyn was plunged into the leadership contest after losing a confidence vote among Labour MPs by 172 votes to 40, followed by dozens of resignations from his frontbench team. Ms Eagle, the former Shadow First Secretary of State, and Mr Smith, the former Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, have both since announced leadership bids.

With Mr Corbyn still commanding a strong following among ordinary party members, most moderate MPs accept the party will split if he hangs on to the leadership in September’s vote.

Strategically, there is actually room for a union-Labour party and a non-union-Labour party.  One would simply be the parliamentary arm of the unions, and they will push union-friendly policy.  This frees up the other Labour to appeal to the centre voter.  Read more »

Labour declares “Housing Crisis” for 98% of us

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Could Labour have made a bigger mistake?

“Housing pressures have seen house prices rise faster than wages in all but four areas of the country: the Grey District, Masterton, Westland and Wairoa. These four areas make up 1.25 per cent of our population.

“The housing crisis is making life tougher for most New Zealanders. Skyrocketing house prices are locking a generation out of the Kiwi dream of homeownership and pushing rents up so high, families are being forced to live in cars and garages.

“Labour’s interactive housing map – being launched today at http://www.labour.org.nz/housingmap – shows anyone how the housing crisis is affecting their neighbourhood. Information includes: rises in house prices, changes in homeownership rates, rent increases and the length of state housing waiting lists. Read more »

Trevor Mallard reacts under pressure

As reported on Whaleoil, Chris Bishop is contesting Hutt South against Trevor Mallard and is doing so well that Trevor’s return to parliament next year is hardly a certainty.

A journo was rating various political figures’ Twitter habits and found that Bishop was one of the more entertaining, informing and effective communicators.

As part of that article, the journo reported Bishop’s tweet proving the NZ Labour party had petulantly blocked him, petulantly, from following their Twitter feed.

I know – it already sounds like lemon-sucking sore losers acting like kids. But, Trevor Mallard manages to up the ante:

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How do our political parties’ immigration policies compare?

Immigration policies from all conservative political parties are listed below with links to their policy details at the end. I have also included non-conservative parties so that you can compare.

To help with this process I have summarised their policies. It is interesting to me that the Green party have much harsher guidelines and rules for migrants who bring money to New Zealand than they do for migrants who bring nothing but themselves. ACT on the other hand want to encourage migrant investors as do National. Surprisingly though, National have no policy details regarding NZ values/culture, citizenship, residency or NZ laws with regard to migrants.

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When will Nigel Haworth raise funds for Labour?

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via Stuff

Labour remain dead-set useless because they cannot raise the money required to fund a proper three-year-long election campaign. Their president, Nigel Haworth, has not raised a cent.

While the centenary offers plenty of chances for reflection, Labour’s president Nigel Haworth is focused on the future.

He believed the party had turned the corner. Read more »

Labour copies Nick Smith land-grab policy for its Special Housing Diktat

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Stop the world, I want to get off.

Labour’s proposed Affordable Housing Authority will have powers to buy land compulsorily, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

The authority will be tasked with partnering with developers to build 10,000 new homes a year priced below $600,000 in Auckland and below $500,000 elsewhere.

Little said it would need to be able to buy land compulsorily to put together land parcels big enough for bulk developments.

“There will have to be acquisition powers with the Affordable Housing Authority,” he said. Read more »

Aaaand another woman goes for the brass ring

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Angela Eagle – UK Labour Leader contender

Yesterday Whaleoil pointed out that women are likely to take over the world this year, with UK PM, the UN and the USA all being contested by strong, capable women.   This is the backdrop to Jeremy Corbyn digging in.  But he too is facing the wrath of a woman.

Angela Eagle, a senior MP from Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, says she will make a bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.

Labour has been engulfed in a deep crisis since Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union on June 23, with Mr Corbyn clinging on despite mass defections from his policy team and a motion of no confidence backed by most members of the parliamentary party. Read more »

Irony: Labour are being made irrelevant by technology

The party is aware of its past and its traditions in much the same way Aunt Agatha is aware of what your second cousin twice removed said over the Cold Duck at a family wedding four decades ago, and who still isn’t speaking to some family members as a result. New Zealand Labour faces many of the same difficulties of its counterpart parties around the world – although in some other ways it is in a better position. It is certainly in better shape than the UK Labour Party but there is detritus on footpaths outside public bars in better shape than UK Labour. Both are victims of similar global pressures but you need to go back further than 100 years to understand what is happening now. Go back, instead, 200 years.

A large, monolithic enemy had been defeated in Europe. There was an economic revolution under way. Governments were extending their power, oversight and control of citizens: official paranoia about the Illuminati and/or a return of Napoleon or his backers saw a boon in spying on citizens. There was growing unrest: Citizens wanted more say in how they were governed and felt locked out by the elites of the time.

They were, of course, worse off than those protesting today: They didn’t have the vote, and a wave of policies aimed at protecting landowners against the efficiencies of the industrial revolution saw food prices rise. But between roughly 1815 and 1848 you had the rise of the international labour movement, in English-speaking countries spearheaded by the Chartists who wanted the vote and greater political freedom to better the lot of the working poor. Industrialisation saw more people congregate in towns and cities, discover their numbers and their common interests and form what became trade unions.  Read more »

Another day, and Labour bring out an even more comprehensive…er housing plan

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As the day’s announcement on Labour’s comprehensive housing plan policy fails to inspire, Labour come out with the revised/improved version overnight.

Part three of Labour’s housing policy splurge is being billed as comprehensive.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the announcement at 2pm on Sunday will deal with several issues, including speculators and housing affordability.

On Thursday he announced an emergency housing policy, and on Saturday at the party’s centenary conference in Wellington he followed up with a state housing policy. Read more »