Martyn Bradbury

Unions destroy jobs with their minimum wage demands

I warned people this would be the result.  Why can’t unions ever see beyond the next wage round?

mcdonalds-automation

If there’s a silver lining for McDonald’s in Tuesday’s dreadful earnings report, it is that perhaps union activists will begin to understand that the fast-food chain cannot solve the problems of the Obama economy. The world’s largest restaurant company reported a 30% decline in quarterly profits on a 5% drop in revenues. Problems under the golden arches were global—sales were weak in China, Europe and the United States. Read more »

An interesting perspective on Martyn Martin Bradbury and the looney left

I actually don’t care too much about what those on the left say or don’t say about me. Mostly their blogs are the sound of one hand clapping.

However they do have an audience, albeit a shrinking one.

I generally can’t be bothered analysing Martyn Martin Bradbury, mostly because he is just wrong. But others have done that and I think this is one of the better posts about him.

It is called the Daily Poison.

In recent history according to Martyn Bradbury, the Labour Party failed to win the election because the Party was disloyal to David Cunliffe and too far to the right. Those “Neo-Libs” sleeping under the deck, who want to pander to middle “Nu Zillind” are to be the death of the party.

In saying this Bomber not only insults the intelligence of those in the centre, and the intelligence of those to his right, who include Joseph Stalin and Helen [sic] Kelly, he also embodies everything that is poisonous within the Labour Party and the politics that has failed to win the past three elections.

Cunliffe’s lack of trust in those around him came from his inability to lead effectively, which in my view, resulted from his being elected against the wishes of the caucus team that he was to lead.

The lack of loyalty he received is a simple consequence in the lack of loyalty Cunliffe showed to his predecessor’s, Phil Goff and David Shearer.

My mum always told me that you should treat others as you would like to be treated yourself, and, possibly more apt in Cunliffe’s situation, you reap what you sow. Wise lady, my mum.

In constantly planting the seeds of disloyalty prior to taking on the leadership David Cunliffe was doomed by his own hand and now that he has pulled out of the race to be leader, he should pull his head out of his backside and resign from parliament.

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Deception and Demoralisation

Karl du Fresne talks of deception and demoralisation amongst the left in the wake of Dirty Politics and the so-called Moment of Truth.

I WONDER, was this the most demoralising election result ever for the New Zealand left?

There was an excited buzz in the left-wing blogosphere and in social media in the weeks leading up to the election. There seemed to be a sense that victory was in their grasp, even when the polls suggested otherwise. But they were cruelly deceived.

Their optimism is easily explained. In the early stages of the campaign, they saw the fallout from Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics dominating the news bulletins night after night.

After that firestorm had abated, the media turned its attention to Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth, with its dazzling line-up of high-profile journalists and leakers from overseas, all eager to tell us how morally bankrupt our government was.

Those on the left observed the adulation heaped on Hager, who was lionised at speaking engagements. They thrilled at the big turnouts attracted by Dotcom and his incongruous handmaiden, Laila Harré. And they deduced from all this that an unstoppable momentum was building, the inevitable result of which would be the unceremonious dispatch of the Key government.

They were wrong. It was a massive indulgence in wishful thinking, and it must have made the left’s defeat even more crushing psychologically.

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Blast from the Past – Asset Sales

An astute reader highlights a Sledge of the Day I posted 2 years ago:

Just came across this video you posted ages ago Cam.

It’s Trevor Mallard saying that national will be in opposition for 9 years if they go ahead with asset sales (in 2012).  #Nostalgia

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Crippled by Crazies

Russel Norman has come out swinging.

In an interview with Willie Jackson at Radio Waatea he described Dotcom and his pals in the Internet Mana party as “crazies” and they crippled the Greens campaign.

Greens co-leader Russel Norman says Internet Mana was a guided missile aimed at the left.

He says he visited Kim Dotcom at the start of the year to try to convince the internet mogul not to start a political party.

The party went ahead under the leadership of former Alliance MP Laila Harre, who had worked during 2013 as the Greens’ Auckland-based issues director.

Mr Norman says dragging Mana leader Hone Harawira into the mess by convincing him to sell his first list position set the scene for disaster.

“I mean we had enough trouble with John Key standing up every day telling all his nonsense about us and on the other had we had to deal with these crazies. Having them on the radio and tv all the time talking their nonsense, it was like ‘Oh god,’ it did make it incredibly difficult to change the Government at that point because a lot of people who might have voted for Labour went ‘Oh god, if a vote for Labour means a vote for Dotcom and Harre, I’m not going to do that,'” he says

Mr Norman says Internet Mana’s party vote strategy was to spend $3 million trying to take votes from potential Green supporters.

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A rare moment of media honesty and genuine insight

The opinion pieces about Labour, the election, Kim Dotcom, Dirty politics, and the Labour leadership are coming thick and fast.  The leaks are like a geothermal field full of geysers and the usual crew are trying to set the scenes for their own teams.

Have we ever seen a more stunning election result? Watching the campaign it was hard to believe the attack on the character of John Key would have no effect.

Even when polls showed the public unmoved by the hatchet book and the news frenzy that followed, it seemed hardly possible that none of the muck would stick.

Until people work out why it didn’t work, they will continue to get it wrong.   And I’m not going to help them.  I know there are screeds  of politicians, their henchmen and media that don’t understand why a month of negative about Key, Whaleoil and myself has actually resulted in a better result for Key, and an absolute strengthening of  my position.

The fact they don’t understand this means they don’t understand much at all.   Read more »

The left’s problem and a possible solution

Selwyn Manning is a nice guy, I genuinely respect him. Even though he is from the left he is at least considered and only prone to occasional lapses of judgement and falling for conspiracy theories.

His recent articles on the SIS OIA were very fanciful, and he should talk to sensible people rather than ranting idiots who are invariably wrong like Martyn Martin Bradbury.

His latest article though looks at the problems with Labour, the left and he also suggest a possible solution. It is TL;DR, but I have read it for you.

Here are the best parts.

Labour must wake up and scent the air. Because from outside this once broad-tent, in the real New Zealand, springtime has sprung. People are moving on, fast. From here, Labour’s self-dissection will simply create a political latency that in turn will become Labour’s self-conceived prophesy – it risks creating a political sea-anchor that will cause the party to stall, further disengage from opposition-politics, and further render its MPs as irrelevant and cumulatively a spent-force.

We know from previous observations that Labour is notorious for its naval-gazing. Whenever a crisis occurs, those who have occupied its caucus seemingly for decades roll out the tried and true rhetoric of “oh we must examine why this has occurred” and “we must learn from our mistakes”. Well, this tradition fails to cut it when one considers the responsibility this party shoulders as the leading force of the political centre-left – irrespective of last Saturday’s failure.

Any self-examination, of what went wrong or otherwise, will only reveal what has been blindingly obvious to any independent observer over the past six years. The detachment, the disengagement, the aloofness, the tribalism, the inability of the party to attract quality candidates based on merit. That the inverse has too often been the case where selections have been based on a person’s label, their political identity, rather than on their raw ability to represent and lead.

This, in large part, has contributed to Labour’s estrangement from real contemporary New Zealand. Out here, real people aspire to progress and desire to prosper and expect the party they elect to be representative of their own values.

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Martyn Martin Bradbury gets something right

Political pundit Wrongy Wrongson being wrong again

Political pundit Wrongy Wrongson being wrong again

Martyn Martin Bradbury is the most dead set useless political pundit and strategist in New Zealand.

Not only does he lose with his strategies…he also gets his predictions so wrong it is no longer funny. He started Thee Daily Blog to counter WOBh, claimed they would have a million page views per month by the time of the election…yeah, nah. Then there were his election predictions…rinsed on those too. To cap it all off he ran an attempt to hijack my advertisers, which has backfired as I have more advertisers than ever before.

Kim Dotcom is probably sending in the debt collectors now looking for a refund.

However yesterday he did get something absolutely right…for once.

He has created a list of strategies for Labour to implement that would actually work.

So let’s give the sleepy hobbits what they want, uncomplicated boiled meat and 3 vege politics led by Cameron Slater’s mate, Stuart Nash as leader and Grant Robertson as deputy. Grant will be there to reassure the PSA and EPMU that they don’t need to do much and Stuart to reconnect with the ‘average’ NZer in a way that never threatens the mainstream media’s corporate masters or our neoliberal overlords. Put Goff in as shadow trade minister so America knows its TPPA will get signed, Shearer in as Foreign Affairs so America knows it can get whatever it wants  and Jacinda Ardern somewhere on the front bench so it can pretend to be liberal and gender balanced.

The 5 horse people of the mediocrity.

Stuart Nash has all the ambition of a piranha in a feeding frenzy and this should be his top 6 start list for becoming leader of NZ.    Read more »

Political commentator burns his own business

...and abracadabra...Magic! ...there goes my business and reputation...

…and abracadabra…Magic! …there goes my business and reputation…

Many in the general punditry destroyed their reputation over the weekend and the preceding election campaign.

The were mostly wrong but some were really wrong.

One such pundit who, like Martyn Martin Bradbury has been more wrong than right is Matthew Hooton. His reputation is in tatters too now.

Positioned as a centre-right political commentator Matthew Hooton has been whoring himself around the media during this election period. Last night TV3 had him on as their centre right political commentator.

Some despise Hooton as an evil  right wing fascist.

Others more to the right of him, think he’s soft – despite telling all and sundry to give their two ticks to ACT in his regular NBR column.

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Dimpost on the left’s slaughter

Danyl McLauchlan writes about the slaying of the left.

  • The National Party is an incredibly well resourced, well managed, professional political party and it turns out that these things counted for a lot last night.
  • The phone was not off the hook for Labour. Twelve months ago, just after Cunliffe won the leadership of his party Labour were on 37% with the Greens on 12%. There’s a cliche that oppositions don’t win elections, government’s lose them, but Labour lost this election. Cunliffe is probably the worst campaigner in New Zealand political history.
  • Based on the preliminary figures I think turnout will end up being slightly higher than last time but still very low. I was a strong advocate for a strategy of having left-wing parties try and improve their vote by targeting and mobilising younger voters, but it turns that that strategy is electoral suicide! Sorry guys!
  • So the lesson from last night’s right-wing landslide seems to be that older New Zealanders are very engaged with the political process and younger New Zealanders are not. That’s a shame but it’s a message politicians cannot ignore. No one’s going to waste time and energy chasing ‘the youth vote’ again for a very long time.

Youth don’t vote, ever. A few Nat MPs I know don’t bother chasing this vote, the effort required for the payoff means you are better off working elsewhere.

  • I think that the best way forward for Labour is for Cunliffe and ‘the old guard’ – Goff, Mallard and King – to resign. They’ve been at war for six years now and they’re tearing their party apart. I doubt this will happen though. The civil war will drag on for another parliamentary term. That party is dying.

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