Matt McCarten

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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How thick are Labour?

Andrew Little has fed a story to their embedded gallery journalist Vernon Small about the requirements for a new chief press secretary.

Expect to see Labour leader Andrew Little in a good light on the 6pm television news – or questions to be asked at the top of his media unit.

Little is advertising for a new chief press secretary to head the party’s media and communications strategy, and the successful applicant is expected to ensure Little appears “in a positive story on the 6pm news at least twice a week”.

Other key targets put emphasis on social media, including 100,000 “likes” for the party’s Facebook page, up from about 38,000 now, and 40,000 “likes” for Little’s Facebook page by the 2017 election. It currently boasts 10,422 “likes”.

Little’s new spin doctor will also be expected to increase Labour’s email contact list to 200,000 by the 2017 general election, from about 87,000 now.

How dumb is that?

This just shows that Labour has learned nothing from the past 6 years. For two elections now they have touted their fantastic ground game, their dominance of social media and even rolled in David Talbot to advise them on this stuff…all to no avail and with results the reverse of what was predicted. How he could even bill Labour for such a losing strategy is beyond me.

What these chumps have not realised is that Facebook likes does NOT equal votes. Slacktivism or Clicktivism is called that for a reason…useless big talking internet warriors who don’t translate the click of their mouse into actions on the ground.    Read more »

With friends like Matthew Hooton who needs enemies?

Matthew Hooton is a friend of Laila Harre (  Still I assume ) as they went/or are still to go on a skiing holiday to Whistler together. The trip has been planned and paid for, for months. It will be/should’ve been an interesting trip if it was the source of Matthew’s statement on Paul Henry yesterday about The Labour Party and The Internet Party.

He stated that the Labour Party’s  “Vote Positive” campaign slogan was designed to complement Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth as the idea was to provide a contrast between despicable John Key and The Labour Party. This confirmation, from a confidant of Laila’s, confirms what we have said all along here on Whaleoil about Dirty Politics being a hit organised by not one but two political parties ably assisted or led by the Machiavellian Matt McCarten, a long time friend and Alliance pal of Laila Harre.

This is the first time that Hooton has dropped the veil. Of course he was donkey deep in pushing the left-wing slant on Dirty Politics…he constantly claimed that this MP or that MP was next, and that John Key would have to resign, and that National would lose the election. He was drinking the Kool-aid of the Dirty Politics crew, literally, from the horse’s mouth. He is as complicit as the media, and perhaps more guilty than most.

I still find it interesting that there is nary a mention of him in Dirty Politics…and certainly nothing about his own business practices…very interesting indeed.

However the collusion between Labour’s inner sanctum and Dotcom’s criminal political conspiracy is now established.There is no longer any doubt that Labour via the cosy relationship between Matt McCarten and Laila Harre colluded with and plotted with Kim Dotcom in order to subvert our democracy and hijack an election through a criminal enterprise.

This now makes the story I heard from one National MP that saw McCarten approach Mark Mitchell, and stop and say “Ahhh, so I finally meet the puppet master” make complete sense.

Now what on earth could McCarten have meant by that statement? It means nothing unless you also watched Martyn Martin Bradbury claim constantly via his left-wing hate speech blog that Mark Mitchell ‘s election was going to end in tears and that he should have shut up about Kim Dotcom.

But I digress…that story is for another day.

Best of all, with Hooton outing the relationship,  and just after revealing this pertinent bit of information, Hooton then threw Laila under the bus, naming her the years biggest Political Loser but trying to soften the blow by comparing her to feminist icon Kate Sheppard!

Hooton is nothing if not shameless, I’ll admire him for that, but as for his political predictions for the election, they were as accurate as those of Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury.

Audrey Young has been at the Kool-Aid too

It looks like dear old Audrey Young has been drinking the Kool-Aid too.

She writes about whether or not Matt McCarten is going to be able to save Labour.

The answer is easy, it is no, for two reasons…one is he won’t be in place for long and second is he isn’t what his legend makes him out to be.

Undeterred by the obvious Audrey Young attempts to ignore it all.

An extraordinary thing happened in the Labour Party last week.

It went largely uncommented upon because extraordinary things happening in Labour are not unusual at the moment.

The party has been utterly entranced by new leader Andrew Little, who almost did not get back into Parliament at all after the election. It’s the stuff of fantasy, Little rightly muses.

But so, too, was his appointment of Matt McCarten as his permanent chief of staff.

It is the same Matt McCarten who spent a lot of his Machiavellian years if not trying to destroy Labour then at least trying to supplant it on the left with the breakaway Alliance. He was also the key adviser to a leader who took the party to its worst result in 92 years.   Read more »