Matt McCarten

Hooton on the extreme left cuckoos in Labour’s nest

Matthew Hooton explains how it is that Labour has allowed itself to be hijacked.

My friend Matt McCarten, now Andrew Little’s chief of staff, introduced me to the word “entrism” some years ago.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “the policy or practice of joining an organisation with the intention of subverting its aims and activities.”

“Entrism” was first used by 1930s French Trotskyists when dissolving their own radical organisations and joining moderate parties to steer them towards Leninism. It became recognised in English in the 1960s and 1970s to describe the subversion of the UK Labour Party by Militant Tendency, which the party then spent 20 years eradicating to make itself electable again.

Since its election defeat in 2008 and the departure to New York of the firm hand of Helen Clark and Heather Simpson, the New Zealand Labour Party has been the latest victim of the tactic. In the past fortnight, that has reached fruition ,with Labour’s lurch to the extreme left over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its abandonment of the middle ground over student fees.

While the moderate centre of the party – as personified by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Parker, Stuart Nash, Clayton Cosgrove, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis – plan to launch an offensive against the party’s direction in May, they have no chance of success.

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Labour’s dirty politics being organised out of Leader’s Office

Matthew Hooton tweeted last night:

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He’s been leaked an email sent by Matt McCarten, arranging for two insane, embittered, extreme left-wing lunatics to speak with Labour’s caucus.

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New Zealanders live in a benign strategic environment? Nope.

The left-wing and the anarchists don’t want our government to protect its citizens. They oppose the SIS and the GCSB and even the Police in doing their jobs.

Every time I think about Kim Dotcom, Matt McCarten, Russel Norman, Wrongly Wrongson and their rent a mobs baying for the curtailing of SIS and GCSB powers, it makes me angry.  

These people are the enemy, not the government.  Their lives are driven by paranoia, whereas ours are driven by pragmatism and logic.  I know what I’d prefer.

The country’s security service says foreign intelligence officers broke into two New Zealanders’ hotel room and bugged their laptops and cellphones, in an attempt to access secret information.

The breach is one of many being used to teach government staff about information security.

The Security Intelligence Service has posted the case studies on a government website, and says they are based on real events.

One example refers to two New Zealand government employees at a foreign trade conference, who had tracking malware installed on their phones and laptops by intelligence officers.     Read more »

Will heading left save Labour?

Some of the left-wing in New Zealand are salivating in such large quantities over the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership of UK Labour that they have now tipped over into sialorrhea.

The thought is that Labour needs to go left to improve their polling.

But is this true?

Well according to Richard Harman perhaps not…the evidence shows Kiwis are deeply conservative not zombie lefties.

TVOne news was the single largest source of information on the last election for voters.

It was followed by newspapers and then TV3.

Just over 62% went to TVOne news “sometimes” or often: for election news; 54.9% to newspapers and 43.9% to TV3.

Research conducted for the New Zealand Election Study which is run by a number of New Zealand political scientists showed that the TV channels and newspapers dominated election coverage.

Radio was nowhere near as widely listened to.

In what may surprise many people, Radio New Zealand National was listened to for election news “often” or “sometimes” by only 21% — 58.6% listened rarely or not at all. And talkback radio fared even worse with only 19% listening frequently but 61.6% listening rarely or not at all.

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Audrey Young exposes Labour and the Greens on their flag opposition

Audrey Young lashes Labour and the Greens for their flag hypocrisy.

With the list of the final 40 just published, the debate has barely begun, apart from the objections by Opposition parties – two of which appear to be opposing the review for opposition’s sake.

Quite what Labour and the Greens will do when the debate gains momentum will present a conundrum for them. They cannot continue to attack the referendum process without indirectly attacking New Zealanders who are interested in it and want to be part of it.

They have ignored a basic principle in politics as in life: to thine own self be true, or the voters will see right through you.

It was understandable for the parties to rail against the Government asset sales programme last term – even though National won a mandate for it – because it was against Labour and Green policy.

But to rail against a review of the New Zealand flag – which National also promised at the last election – when it echoes your own party’s policy is simply dishonest and erodes trust in a party.

How can you trust a party that objects to its own policy?

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The denial of Nigel Haworth, president of the Labour Party

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Now I know Nigel Haworth, as President of the Labour Party, has to put a positive spin on the merits of his Party when geeing up his troops but there is spin and then there’s just blinkered denial. In his speech to the party faithful “Building for 2017” he made these stunning observations.

“I’m heartened by the positivity I am experiencing for Labour around the country. We have come out of defeat in better shape than we might have. Andrew Little’s leadership is going very well. He has authority and experience and people recognise that and it is really striking a chord within communities. There is a lot of unity of purpose with the caucus. We have a unified caucus and a strong, unified party, with Andrew at the head of a great team working seamlessly together.”   Read more »

Labour’s leadership puts head in sand and starts cleansing dissent

Matthew Hooton, in his NBR column tells the tale of how Labour are moving to shut down what they see as dissent inside their party.

Progress wanted Labour to take a more holistic view of who people are, how they live and where they want to be.  As they see it, in a 24-hour day, people want the opportunity to spend eight hours being involved in creating something meaningful and valuable at work.  They want another eight hours to enjoy time with their families and communities.  And they need the remaining eight hours for sleep in a safe, warm, comfortable home.

Progress believes this more well-rounded vision is a far more accurate echo of the message of Labour’s original founders than the views of the “self-serving unionists and gaggle of gays” they believe have undue influence on the party today.

Alongside Labour’s approved factions – the Women’s Council, Te Kaunihera Maori, the unions, Rainbow, the Pasifika Sector and so on – the new Progress group thought they might have something to offer.  It turned out they were wrong.

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Phone hacking illegal, but email hacking fine. Well, if it’s my email it is

Nick Davies will forever be known as the journalist who broke the phone-hacking scandal in the Britain, bringing down the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid.

At a Christchurch WORD event on Tuesday night, he discussed his views on the media and his book, Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch, with The Press editor Joanna Norris.

Starting in 2008 after a tip-off, Davies, who works for The Guardian, began investigating illegal phone-hacking and bribery by journalists employed by News International.

He wrote more than 100 articles over two years on the activities but it was only when he revealed News of the World journalists had listened to and deleted voicemail messages left for murdered teenager Milly Dowler that public outrage forced the police to re-open investigations.

By 2011, it was revealed more than 210 people had been complicit in the illegal activities and victims numbered more than 5000.

Don’t hold your breath that the same will happen in New Zealand when it comes to email hacking.  Journalists, decent, trained and skilled, have been directly involved in the Dirty Politics hacking against me and others.    Read more »

Dotcom’s employment antics being revealed in court

Remember way back when I said that staff of the Dotcom’s were being ripped off and paid less than the minimum wage?

What readers don’t know is when I found out about their predicament and that of the security guards I took my concerns to Matt McCarten. I have done that before for other workers and always got action. I loathe dead beat employers who rip staff off. I thought I was doing the right thing, so I was surprised when there was no action. I couldn’t believe it at the time.

Then of course along came Dirty Politics, and Matt McCarten was there int eh forefront as the Chief of Staff for the Labour party, and still is. Of course Mana also got into bed with Dotcom and so now it isn’t a surprise at all that Matt McCaretn did nothing to help those workers because he too was in bed with Kim Dotcom.

The left-wing ratbags threw vulnerable workers under the political bus to suit their own greedy needs for power.

Now it is all playing out in court, where it isn’t a union helping these vulnerable workers but a caring business man who was approached by them to help out.

Victoria Young at the NBR reports:

An employment dispute between the Dotcoms and their former employees is dragging out as the estranged couple fight the claim.

The German giant and wife Mona are fighting allegations that they underpaid household staff employed in the Dotcom mansion.

The three household employees, Panfilo Orduna Junior, John Ryan Tactaquin and Ruth Nolasco Relleve, who have returned to the Philippines, first made public the allegations in September last year.

The allegations reported by current affairs show Third Degree are that Mr Dotcom and his wife Mona did not pay them the wages they were entitled to. The trio say that, after the raid when the Dotcoms’ assets were frozen, they worked long hours and were not properly compensated. They told the TV show they were upset that Mr Dotcom had $3.5 million to fund the Internet Party but had not settled this dispute.

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Did McCarten drop Little down a hole?

I’m starting to wonder if Andrew Little has been set up over his non-payment of an invoice from journalist David Cohen.

I’m starting to think that Matt McCarten, who doesn’t exactly have a stellar record for paying things like tax, has set him up.

Patrick Gower reported last night:

3 News has obtained emails that further embarrass Labour leader Andrew Little over his failure to pay a contractor.

The emails show Mr Little’s closest adviser and fellow unionist, Matt McCarten, knew about the outstanding debt before Christmas. Despite promises, Mr McCarten did nothing about it.

Mr Little failed to pay the bill for the worker for almost four months. The exchange is all in the emails from freelance journalist David Cohen and show Mr Little’s chief of staff, Mr McCarten, promised to fix up the debt before Christmas.

But referring to Mr Cohen as “a worker” has made Mr Little grumpy.

“Your commentary talked about a worker,” says Mr Little. “He was a contractor.”

Mr Little’s a former union boss, and Mr McCarten was too. But this was one worker whose rights they failed to defend.

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