Matt McCarten

Media fall for Labour slight of hand

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This has Matt McCarten written all over it – it’s a brilliant move.

Labour has come out stating they have cut policies they haven’t even announced yet, so they are going to be able to deliver a better budget in light of the recent Prefu results.

The media have eaten it up like they were meant to:

The Labour Party has broken new ground in election campaigns by announcing cuts to spending that it had not announced. Leader David Cunliffe and finance spokesman David Parker called a press conference to say they had shaved $300 million from their plans after seeing the Treasury’s pre-election fiscal update last week. They said they had dropped six of seven commitments they had been planning to announce during the campaign, but they would not now say what they were. Read more »

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When Will The Centre-Left Call Time On Laila?

Laila Harre has lived a charmed life in New Zealand politics.

Her track record in the cold light of day is completely destructive and dreadful but wonderfully so to the left and the Union movement. ¬†Apparently she was the “best MP Labour never had”. ¬†Now she is nothing but their worst nightmare.

In 2014 her comic sideshow is¬†crowding out valuable media time for Labour this election. Chris Hipkins, Kelvin Davis and Stuart Nash are over it. There’s no way David Cunliffe would be too happy either. ¬†He just has to stop apologising for being a man and stand up and be one and stop the far leftie sideshow attaching to him like a festering scab.

Harre uses¬†her faux ditziness and feminine charms to tame the men of the left and bring the men of the right to believing “oh she’s just lovely that Laila it’s (insert male unionist/far leftie) we have to worry about”. ¬† This veneer is wearing thin.

There’s one thing about the far left that I find disgusting more than anything else. Their sanctimonious claims they care and have better morals than anyone on the far right.

Their entire platform is to paint us as the nasty aggressive win at all cost ones. This may of course be true but there’s something about being a right winger that I am extremely proud of.

Our political honesty.

I am involved in everything in life to win and for us to win the far left have to lose which means relentlessly pounding them and their crippled 3 legged high horse they ride in on. ¬† I don’t believe that the hapless poor the far left need to keep poor to retain¬†their voter base, have a divine right to keep reproducing or even keep their kids when they’re never going to be able to get themselves out of their own self-fulfilling poverty trap. I believe that adults who keep making bad choices in their lives because they are terminally stupid and know the taxpayer will bail them out need a lot more stick than more carrots. ¬†I won’t change my mind in a discussion with anyone on these matters.

This honesty has been with the far left in New Zealand as well in opposing this view.  Until now they have practiced what they preach.  Sue Bradford is the only exception as she stuck to her ideological purity and told the man and his money to shove it.

Kim Dotcom has done us on the right a huge favour in buying busloads of the far left movement and making them his army of recreational playthings for a few months.  Dotcom has proven just how bad these nasty, filthy, sanctimonious envy-driven liars on the far left actually are.

And there’s nothing worse than a liar. Because people who lie are arrogant enough to believe everyone around them is stupid enough to believe their lies.

Imagine even the centrist Young Nats producing a video with a baying crowd chanting “Fuck Laila Harre” as John Key stood on stage whooping it up like a bloated lump¬†of gangster white trash for the camera? For a starter Key and Sean Topham would be subject to a police complaint and talk of¬† a private prosecution. Harre would have extra security on her cushy middle class existence¬†as she would perceive it a threat on hers and her family’s safety. She would be on Campbell Live blubbing it up for the cameras as sugar Daddy Kim Dotcom (and that is what he is) would use some of his hidden fortune to go buy her a nice new outfit from Smith and Caughey to cheer her up. They would also without a shadow of a doubt claim the GCSB is watching them and it’s all the fault of the Jews as they invoked a Free Hamas chant and burned a flag or two. That’s what the far left do in their spare time. ¬†And ¬†while his army are out campaigning for him to stay in New Zealand, ¬†sugar Daddy¬†Kim makes jokes on twitter about killing prostitutes.

Harre¬†has always suffered from an extreme case of passive aggressive victim behaviour. Anytime she’s felt threatened she’s defaulted to the child like “the big kids are picking on me” defence¬†as a form of attack¬†to gain sympathy as a lot of outwardly demure but inwardly rat cunning women do. Until now she’s been off limits to a good schellacking by the right. In the most part¬†because Matthew Hooton remains under her spell.

Harre’s failure to distance herself from a revolting video shot for the Internet Party and her laughing off of Kim Dotcom’s offensive tweets and behaviour means all gloves are off.

Up until taking Dotcom’s cash in an obviously orchestrated jack up to help the far left in New Zealand sanctioned ¬†no doubt by Matt McCarten, himself a classic passive aggressive “woe is us” far leftie, Harre at least had some dignity and respect.

That respect included it from the polar opposite  extremes. The far left and right have had a begrudging respect for each other due to the lack of love for populist half measures. The respect comes from the ideological purity both sides are were proud of. The purity Chris Trotter will bore his younger students with ad nauseum over a cheap beer. This respect of ideological purity was the only way the 17 year old me could sit through a Jane Kelsey paper and enjoy it. Knowing she actually practices the utter repressive b.s she preaches made it easier. It is the only way Chris Trotter can sit in a room with a true right winger.

As much as I would never support a new tax in my life proposed by a Unionist or indeed Unions at all and view all taxation as theft I would never expect Harre to take money and support from a convicted criminal multi-millionaire German who bought and embellished his way into New Zealand. This is the man who not only employs unskilled foreign labour over local unskilled labour many whom would be Mana voters, he has the audacity not to pay the foreigners on time and flaunts his wealth around them as they stay unpaid. Harre has then been bought and paid for to¬†tour the country at his side while inciting kids to classlessly chant “Fuck John Key”.

Harre is a bit too caught up in her new Star Trek world to know it but Kim Dotcom is doing that to her and quite nicely f***ing her respect among everyone in the public but her truest of believer right now.

In many ways you just want her to continue, it will only help National’s vote.

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Hooton on Cunliffe’s delicate dance

Matthew Hooton looks into the problems besetting Labour with their dance of the veils with his potential coalition partners.

David Cunliffe can only become prime minister if Hone Harawira wins Te Tai Tokerau and brings Laila Harré, Annette Sykes and John Minto into parliament with him.

At the same time, any overt endorsement by Mr Cunliffe of Mr Harawira would do more harm to Labour’s still-strong election chances than what John Key feared would happen to National were he to endorse Colin Craig’s Conservative Party.

These brute facts explain the extraordinary manoeuvring that is underway in Mr Harawira’s electorate, which spans Cape Reinga to West Auckland.

Labour’s candidate is Kelvin Davis, who has a number of disabilities in the eyes of modern Labour: male and not ashamed of it; married to a woman; three kids all to the same woman; assistant principal at a Catholic school; plays rugby; drinks beer; lives in the provinces; believes in work not welfare.

Unsurprisingly, he was given a place on Labour’s list that makes it impossible for him to return to parliament unless Labour wins an unlikely 29% of the party vote.

Kelvin Davis is in the one position many in politics hope their opposition is never in…that of having nothing to lose. If he doesn’t win Te Tai Tokerau then his political career is over, therefore he will use any and all tactics open to him.

As first revealed exclusively in the NBR last week, Mr Davis and his supporters are determined to win Te Tai Tokerau from someone whose angry and grievance-based politics they regard as anathema to Maori economic development.

They wanted to launch an innovative web-based campaign targeting Mr Harawira’s relationship with Kim Dotcom in order to raise funds for the election, but were thwarted by Labour’s general secretary, the far-left Tim Barnett, who argues both Labour and Internet-Mana are part of the same progressive movement.

Perhaps out of desperation, some of Mr Davis’ supporters even approached me, asking if I would organise a corporate fundraising lunch for their candidate, after hearing of a similar event for another Labour candidate I was associated with.

That was also put a stop to.

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Hosking moans deliberate to allow Cunliffe to fail with someone else taking the blame

Labour attacked TVNZ and Mike Hosking this past week, ostensibly because Hosking is supposedly bias against David Cunliffe.

They presumably would have not uttered a word had Shane Taurima managed to continue as a covert Labour apologist at TVNZ and they had chosen him. They certainly haven’t complained that John Campbell is bias, so one can only presume that if the bias is against them is is unfair and if for them perfectly ok.

The only reason they did this was to frame the debates ahead of time as being unhelpful to David Cunliffe and to frame up his pending loss int eh debates to John Key as someone elses fault, hosking’s, for being biased.

Phil Quin explains:

Labour has been¬†bleating¬†about Mike Hosking being used as moderator in a TVNZ election debate. There is even the unconvincing talk that Labour may boycott the debate if Hosking takes that role. As the story goes, Hosking called Cunliffe a moron because he gave his state of the nation address on Auckland’s anniversary day and has demonstrated a pattern of antipathy towards Labour over a sustained period.

Hosking, as we know, is a flagrant Tory sympathiser, in New Zealand’s low-octane shock-jock sort of way.

Exposing him as such is, I’m told, Matt McCarten’s latest genius ploy.

Here’s the thing, though. Everyone in New Zealand with enough interest in politics to sit through a televised debate knows full well that Hosking dislikes the Labour Party, adores Key and probably thinks Cunliffe is a moron or worse. But this is not bad for Labour and Cunliffe. This is great for Labour and Cunliffe.

Debates are about expectations. If people think you‚Äôre going to do well, you invariably do poorly. If the public expect a trainwreck, more often than not you come out the ‚Äúwinner‚ÄĚ. It‚Äôs not really about the substance of these debates ‚Äď they rarely have much of that ‚Äď but about how the contestants performed compared to expectations leading in.

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Labour attack the media. Another stupid thing to do

Andrea Vance managed to type all this while laughing and shaking her head

The Labour Party is in a standoff with TVNZ over plans to use presenter Mike Hosking to moderate the live televised leaders’ debates.

The state broadcaster is refusing to budge, declaring: “Mike is our man.”

Leader David Cunliffe’s inner circle believes the Seven Sharp host is too close to National and has compiled a dossier of examples.

A “dossier” no less!

It includes Hosking dismissing Cunliffe as a “moron” – and his endorsement of Prime Minister John Key before a major political speech last year.

A Labour source said that, despite protestations, the party was unlikely to pull out of the two scheduled TVNZ debates. “When we heard it was Hosking the initial reaction was ‚ÄėAre you f…ing joking?’ But we are trying to get it changed. We are not making a hullabaloo about nothing, we’d rather they get someone else.”

What’s the big deal here? ¬†You don’t get John Key complaining about John Campbell fronting the TV3 debates. ¬† Read more »

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