Hooton on Little’s rejection of the centre ground

Matthew Hooton writes at NBR:

No one will ever accuse Andrew Little of being boring after his bold rejection this week of the political centre.

The one political concept almost everyone grasps is the traditional left-right spectrum. People understand that the right tends to want lower taxes and spending and the left wants to raise them; the right likes exams and the left school counsellors; the right is more supportive of globalisation and the left more interested in protecting particular jobs; the right is more likely to support a US military adventure while the left defers to the UN; the right wants to lock up criminals while the left prefers restorative justice.

These are all generalisations, of course but you can’t do political analysis, economics or any social science without generalising.

Moreover, people continue to be happy defining themselves broadly on the spectrum.  When asked in 2014 by pollsters UMR, 30% of New Zealanders roughly identified as left, a quarter as right and 42% as in the middle. That the largest group lies in the centre is why John Key, like Helen Clark before him, has trained his ministers to parrot in public “we think we’ve got the balance about right.”

More sophisticated models of political values have been developed but the traditional left-right spectrum continues to do its job.    Read more »

Is it time to #changetheopposition?


One News has released their latest Colmar Brunton poll. After months of fabricated crisis after crisis this is the result…

It’s a shocker for Labour and Andrew Little is calling the poll “bogus”.

There are fresh worries for Labour following the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll.

The party has slipped three points to 26 per cent. That’s the lowest it’s been in the ONE News poll since the last election when it recorded 25 per cent.

National, however, remains in fine form riding high, steady this month at 48 per cent, the same result it picked up on election night in 2014.    Read more »

There is no accounting for the stupidity of left-wing activists

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Jeremy Corbyn is announced as the new leader of the Labour Party at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre on September 12, 2015 in London, England. Mr Corbyn was announced as the new Labour leader today following three months of campaigning against fellow candidates ministers Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham and shadow minister Liz Kendall. The leadership contest comes after Ed Miliband's resignation following the general election defeat in May. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

It is suspected that many of the 100,000 new members have joined Labour since 23 June with the express intention of defying Labour MPs and voting for Mr Corbyn in any leadership election.

The surge in membership comes amid what some are calling an attempted coup against Mr Corbyn by the party’s MPs. There have been mass resignations from Mr Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, with exiting members calling on him to resign, and a no-confidence vote in which MPs in the Parliamentary Labour Party opposed their leader by an overwhelming margin of 172-40.

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White Britons now the minority in London



The Labour Party’s push to increase immigration has changed London’s population. The National census which looked at change over a decade has revealed that London’s racial and religious mix has changed significantly. Christians used to make up 58 percent of the population but now they have dropped to 48 percent. In only ten years Muslims have increased from 8 percent to 12 percent. In contrast Hindus only make up 5 percent, Jews 2 percent and Buddhists 1 percent.

Only days ago London has voted in its first ever Muslim Mayor and now the census has revealed that White Britons have dropped from 58 percent of London’s population to 45 percent, an astounding drop of 13 percent in only ten years. Is this White flight or have migrants simply outnumbered them thanks to the Labour Party’s immigration policies?

Half of London’s foreign born residents arrived between 2001 and 2011, reflecting the surge in immigration under Labour and the first years of David Cameron’s premiership.

For those who may think that it is racist to comment on the changing face of London consider this. What if it was the capital city of China or Japan and ethnic Chinese and Japanese had become the minority? That is a big deal. Japan and China are Asian countries just as England is a European country. Imagine if an African country’s capital city now had ethnic black Africans in the minority? When the native population becomes the minority then a country has been colonised and it will never be the same again. This is history being made.

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Why Corbyn is so popular

Is he? I guess, in the way that Andrew Little is popular.

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What the left has become


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The hate-filled protests in Manchester [, UK] are indicative of a [Labour] party that is in danger of wiping itself out.

On Sunday afternoon a friend of mine who works for a political consultancy arrived in Manchester for her first Conservative Party conference.

She is 23 years old, small – about 5ft 3in – and was travelling on her own. As she walked up to the entrance a group of men approached her. “Tory scum” they shouted.

One of them leant forward and attempted to spit in her face. A policeman stepped in between them. Then another four or five officers gathered to form a physical barrier around her so that they could safely escort her to the conference hall entrance.

Welcome to the “new politics”.   Read more »

For Labour, arresting the backward slide is considered success

Before I start…


It will be a year since the last election, Labour’s third successive defeat under three different Labour leaders.

The party has had five leaders in seven years, but now seems to be entering a period of stability.

Stability?  Or boredom?   Or perhaps, so little happening, excuse the pun, that nobody is feeling compelled to change their minds?   I’ve noticed before that the absence of Labour leaders in the press always seems to stabilise their polls, whereas an active Labour leader seems to bleed support.    Read more »

The Media Party run another campaign – part 1


This time, against the Government, assisting Labour in making National look like they don’t care about people.

Labour concerned about Lake Waikeremoana[SIC] bridge failure

Labour’s concerned about the failure of a swing bridge near Lake Waikeremoana[SIC].

It collapsed as four tourists walked across it, dropping them eight metres into a river below.

An investigation’s been launched, and Conservation spokeswoman Ruth Dyson hopes it’s thorough.

“This was a very lucky escape, and I am so relieved that nobody was injured. But it could have been quite different.”

Conservation workers had checked the bridge just three months ago.


That’s all of it.

No attempt at balance.   And of course it’s only Labour that’s concerned.    Read more »


Using Labour’s racist techniques, this is an overseas buyer


It remains laughable Labour’s Phil Twyford and Andrew Little thought they could just use surnames as a method of labelling buyers Chinese.

Sour grapes

The Fox and the Grapes

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei complained that she was overlooked by Angry Andrew for a position on the Intelligence and Security committee because of her sex. She had no proof of this claim apart from the fact that he gave the job to someone else.

He said that he didn’t choose her because he wanted someone with … ‘skills, understanding and experience’  which in her mind implied that she did not have these qualities. Certainly no one would raise an eye brow at his decision to appoint David Shearer given his background in international relations and aid. After all he did spend nearly 20 years working for the UN, managing the provision of aid to countries including Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq.No one could say that Andrew Little gave the position to some one less able and experienced than her. In fact the opposite is true as she has no international experience at all. Nothing, nada, nil, zero, nought.

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