Another Cunliffe numbers botch up. Again

Gerry Brownlee listened with some incredulity when David Cunliffe was touting his new Labour Cluster Truck Transport Policy yesterday.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes shows many motorhome owners would actually be charged higher Road User Charges under a Labour government than they are presently, not lower, as Labour’s leader claimed this morning.

“This is frankly remarkable – I’m not sure if David Cunliffe is being tricky or if Labour is simply a shambles,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This morning David Cunliffe announced a Labour government would charge motorhome and campervan owners for the wear and tear their vehicles do to the roads based on their vehicles’ actual weights.

“But analysis by the Ministry of Transport shows that based on the difference between average and maximum weights for trucks versus motorhomes, the owners of many motorhomes would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today.

Well, Cunliffe lost all the Truckie votes yesterday, and you can add the Gypsy demographic to that as well.   Read more »

Winston scolds the Green Taliban for “unsuccessful politics”

Someone’s found a couple of spare D batteries and reanimated Winston Peters.  I haven’t seen him this energised since he denied Owen Glenn had given his party some extra pocket money.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused the Green Party of attempting to destabilise the Labour Party over its approach to Labour for a pre-election coalition agreement.

Labour leader David Cunliffe this week rejected the Green proposal for the two parties to campaign as a “Labour-Greens Government” in waiting, preferring to stick with a “Labour-led Government”. But he has said he expected to negotiate a coalition agreement with the Greens after the election.

Mr Peters said Labour was right to reject it and saw it for what it was.

“You have an attempt by one party to destabilise another party by seeming to offer friendship and collaboration in a deal before the election campaign has even started, knowing full well that the other party has not invited that and does not want that. What do you call that? I call it unsuccessful politics.

“I think the Labour Party saw it for what it was and they are probably relieved.

“I am not surprised it was rejected.”

Mr Peters said the Greens would have known what Labour’s response would be and therefore putting up the proposal and making it public was “an attempt to torpedo the strategy of another party”.

To be honest, Labour and Greens fighting in public is a bit like a couple that are only together for the kids.  The love just isn’t there, and every  move is one out of self interest while forgetting the children will be the ones that suffer.   Read more »

John Armstrong on Labour’s impending civil war

Armstrong’s pegged it right:  the War Room won’t be so much used to take down the National Party instead of causing a severe amount of collateral damage to their own side

Having turned its caucus room in Parliament Buildings into a war room staffed almost around the clock by policy wonks, political strategists, experts in social media, plus assorted press secretaries – all in readiness for the coming general election – the Labour Party may find itself with another war on its hands before then. Or something close to it.

The “enemy” on this occasion will not be National. Neither will it be Act. Nor United Future. Nor Colin Craig’s Conservatives. Nor even Kim Dotcom and his Internet Party.

No, this war will be of the internecine variety where the combatants all come from the same neck of the (political) woods.

It will have been sparked by the seemingly endless positioning and posturing ahead of September’s election which will count for little in the aftermath. But this week it all turned ugly for the Greens. And things may yet get uglier still.

It may be that fate has decreed that the power struggle between Labour and the Greens takes centre stage at the worst possible time for the centre-left.

It may not come to open warfare. But the dismissive, almost contemptuous attitude displayed by David Cunliffe with regard to a supposed ally is bound to rankle deeply wherever Green Party members gather.

You can be assured there will be a response; that there will no longer be any scruples about upstaging Labour on the hustings.

Labour are not so much in a war mongering mind set as they are in a siege mindset.  This is all about survival of those at the bottom of the party list.

David Cunliffe and his “strategists” know that a friendly face towards the Greens before the election will result in job losses for Labour, and increased power for the Greens.

If you were in Cunliffe’s shoes, what would you do?  Maybe get a chance to take down National as an equal coalition partner, or preserve your own power base as best you can?   Read more »

Explaining is losing

Not long after I posted last evening’s article on the Greens being slapped in the face by Labour once more, the War Room called for damage control


Let’s recap

- Greens say:  “Hey Labour, want to co-brand this election?”

- Labour say:   “Naff off!  We haven’t wanted nor needed you stinky hippies in the past, we certainly don’t need you now”.   Read more »

Green Taliban fringe division gets enough funding for the John Key Nazi hate campaign

As seen on Bond Street, Wellington  (need to know the background? read our previous article)


I celebrate the fact that we live in a country where this is legal.  I don’t think it is clever, but I support people’s rights to put their money together and express their own views of the world by communicating this way.   Read more »

Under a Labour government, the ordinary decent working people of New Zealand will spell ‘raffle’ any way they like

via Twitter

via Twitter

Once again, the devil is in the detail.

The messages just get lost if you keep stuffing up the easy stuff.   Read more »

Pasifika going Blue? Not so, says Labour’s Su’a William Sio


Someone got a kick in the backside and told to do some work for a change.  Deny the defections to National!

Alexia Russel at Newstalk ZB reports

The most loyal Labour supporters of all are not going to swing en masse to National.

The Labour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, says stories of Pasifika leaders encouraging their communities to turn blue are exaggerated.   Read more »

Herald poll vs Whaleoil poll

The Herald-Digipoll results came out this morning.  As you may recall, we ran our own survey a little while ago so we could compare.

The Digipoll had 750 responses


March 2014 Herald-Digipoll

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Bob Jones on why women can’t bear to vote for David Cunliffe

Jones is required reading, in spite of his hit & miss columns for the Herald, they never fail to entertain

Given today’s diminished public interest in politics, there is, in lieu, an increased focus on the leader. Critically, he or she must be likeable.

John Key epitomises this. He’s an easy-going natural smiler, which is a rare attribute, and National would be swamped in this year’s election if he wasn’t there. Winston has been in Parliament since the Boer War ended, but survives on that x-factor. There’s a million-dollar prize if anyone can provide a coherent philosophic raison d’etre for his party, or even name any of his ever-changing MPs, but the fact is people like him. Even most MPs do. Why? Because, like Key, he’s a natural smiler; indeed, he’s better than that, having the rare ability to laugh at himself.

Appearance is particularly a factor with some women voters. A politics professor friend told me recently of her astonishment at finding that – literally without exception – all of her women friends, including many life-long lefties, say they won’t vote Labour this year because they don’t like David Cunliffe’s face.

The same thing happened when Stephen Franks jumped Act’s ship to contest a winnable seat for National. He lost heavily. A National Party activist told me its subsequent surveys showed a collapse in female support because they didn’t like Stephen’s face.   Read more »

Sinking ship promises removal of sunken ship

Cunliffe seems to be trying to win votes by the dozens at enormous cost to the taxpayer, this morning it was a couple of million to a litigation fund to sue EQC on behalf of a few Cantabs, and now:

Labour would ensure the owners of the Rena would fully remove the wrecked containership if elected.

Making the announcement in Tauranga today, leader David Cunliffe said a Labour Government would order that the whole wreck be taken off the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty.

It comes after the ship’s owners and insurers recently confirmed they would seek resource consent to leave much of the wreck on the reef.

The company expected the application, likely to be directly referred to the Environment Court, would be lodged between the end of this month and May.

Bay of Plenty iwi, along with Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, have voiced their opposition to the idea.

Mr Cunliffe said the decision to seek permission to leave part of the wreck was an “insult” to Bay of Plenty people and to the environment.

“Daina Shipping must be made to clean up the wreckage and pay for the cost of doing so,” he said.

“A Labour government will clean the reef up. We will make the Rena’s owner pay through any means possible.”

Sounds like a policy win:  Xenophobic, anti-big business and more green than the Green Taliban all at the same time.  Except…   Read more »