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 »
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 »
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 »
It remains laughable Labour’s Phil Twyford and Andrew Little thought they could just use surnames as a method of labelling buyers Chinese.
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.
Ignore the frenetic media noise around party conferences and its obvious that the fundamentals haven’t changed: Labour is still likely to be the largest party or have a slim majority after the next election. But this episode is a good illustration of how the Labour leadership keep misunderstanding their intended audiences.
The Labour party leadership broadly face two problems: 1) people don’t understand what Ed Miliband stands for and seem hesitant to place their faith in him; 2) more Britons trust the economic competency of the Conservatives than Labour. In both cases the leadership has misunderstood the nature of the problem and reacted predictably. Read more »
Moira is trying to whip Labour Party members into shape. Apparently they have been playing dirty politics with each other and that is not OK.
Dirty Politics is only OK if it is used against nasty Bloggers like Cameron Slater and that horrible John Key who all those stupid sheep voted for last month. Labour needs to be on message and well disciplined and er united.
Flabbergasting is the best way to describe Phil Goff’s latest statement on facebook after he opened his cranium and spilled its rotten contents all over social media. The self styled
diplomat of Foreign Affairs Middle East Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman of New Zealand made a statement with an obvious anti Israeli slant that was riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. The obvious ignorance of human rights abuses by Palestinians Gaza Arabs themselves is astounding, and is a continuation of the mindless repeating of people who read the *NEWS*.
Goff’s goofy statement is not something I can let by without it being addressed, and for a Labour politician to take on the stance of such commentary around the conflict is idiotic, there goes the Israeli/Jewish vote for this election. Congratulations.
The following is the statement of Yasser Arafat’s hand in hand partner on facebook taken to pieces to reveal the shrouded bias: Read more »
David Cunliffe and Martyn Bradbury are running scared. Read more »
Labour’s big message today has been that they are going to be Positive about everything.
Not a nasty word will be spoken, no smears, no Gotcha politics. Just good old fashioned positivity!
Question is… can Trevor manage for 2 months?