Moira Coatsworth

Moira quits, time for Tim to go, and Matt should pack his bags too

Election losses demand accountability, and when the election loss is as bad as Labour’s heads need to roll.
David Cunliffe has gone. Now Moira Coatesworth has gone.

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as President of the Labour Party and will stand down in mid-December.

Ms Coatsworth confirmed she had formally resigned and the party would elect a new President by postal ballot in mid-February to work with Andrew Little on making any changes required after the party’s post-election review.

She had earlier said she did not expect to stay on as President after holding the position for 3.5 years – working with four different leaders in quick succession – Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little.

Names which have been mentioned as possible contenders include Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and academic Nigel Haworth, Labour’s current policy director. Mr Leggett has previously expressed an interest, but his enthusiasm has reportedly waned. ¬†¬† Read more »

Labour’s Helensville candidate busted for anti-semitic Facebook post


Corie Haddock was Labour’s Helensville candidate at the¬†last election, he also¬†works for Lifewise (more on that later)

On 13 November he posted this anti-semitic message on Facebook.


He got busted. ¬† Read more »

The Labour leadership race you are all paying for

Moira Coatsworth has sent out a missive to members in which she states:

The four candidates are Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker, and Grant Robertson. One of these candidates will be the next leader of our party at a critical time.

Over the past few weeks we have processed hundreds of new memberships a day. Next week, thousands of voting papers will be sent out by email and post and in the next few weeks we will hold 14 husting meetings all around New Zealand. Labour Party staff will drive over 5,000kms to ensure that every meeting runs smoothly.

Running the leadership election is a massive undertaking for our Party. As a Party we monitor budgets carefully, and thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, we can keep costs down. But there are some expenses that can‚Äôt be avoided ‚Äď and as a result, running a leadership election is one of the most costly things we do from our limited resources.

What she doesn’t mention is that travel to all those 14 hustings meetings by the four candidates will be funded by parliamentary services, and I’ll bet it is more than likely that a great deal of the other travel expenses associated with this campaign will be likewise funded out of the same budget.

Moira Coatsworth might well be on the bludge because after the last leadership contest reportedly cost them more than $80,000 but the biggest expense, that is the travel of the MPs involved will be met by you the taxpayer.

Thankfully we have the Taxpayers’ Union to call these thieving pricks out. ¬†¬† Read more »

The post from The Standard that Labour doesn’t want you to see

Lyn Prentice from The Standard likes to go on about how independent the authors are, how no one tells them what to do or say, and since the election has been gobbing off repeatedly along those lines.

Then yesterday he wrote a post attacking Clayton Cosgrove.

In the afternoon however the post disappeared, and this message popped up on The Standard.

standard message

So, after telling us how all independent they are they get a message from Tim Barnett to take the post down, and incredibly they then do so.

I have had, over the years, many requests from the hierarchy of the National party requests to take posts down, or instructions to stop bashing people, like Peter Goodfellow, and all those requests were met with a polite “Get stuffed”. If they pushed the issue then it go a stronger response along the lines of “Go f*ck yourself”.

Yet here we have a supposedly independent blog and author taking orders from the Labour party hierarchy.

Word from my Labour sources, both inside Fraser House and labour’s caucus is that Barnett and Moira Coatsworth are trying to hose down the animosity and open warfare and so are strong arming people to shut up, or remove posts like the one that has disappeared from The Standard.

Unfortunately for the world’s greatest sysop this is the internet…and nothing is gone even when you delete it.

So as a public service and as a matter of public interest in trying to understand why the Labour party is successfully censoring The Standard,¬†here is the text of the post that the Labour party is trying to quietly bury. ¬†¬† Read more »

Face of the day

Moira Coatsworth

Moira Coatsworth

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.

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Good governance and the Labour Party – an oxymoron or a chance for their future

A guest post by Frances Denz.


Good Governance practice was initially developed in 1844 by Erskine May for the British Parliament and a bit later¬† in 1874 was adapted by Roberts in the US for their Government structures.¬† Since then “Roberts Rules” have become the model for governance both of parliamentary systems and for businesses.¬† These rules have been adapted over time by the Foundation formed by Roberts supporters.

A key rule of governance is who do the directors represent?  They represent the business or organisation.  Their job, as stewards, is to ensure that the organisation is governed for its own good.  Not for the shareholders, other stakeholders or the community as a whole.

Now this is really interesting in the governance of political parties and of Parliament themselves.

The Prime Minister and his Cabinet have stewardship over the whole country.¬† Not the Party: not sector interests: not their mates.¬† A political party has stewardship over the Party as a whole, not the country.¬† So where does that leave the Opposition? I submit that they are responsible to the country, as is the Governing party.¬† But the problem with the Labour Party is that their method of nominating their leader is by the sector interests having a vote – for their own interests.¬† And the Leader has been, by default, the Leader of the Party as well as the Leader¬† of the Political wing.¬† Two different roles. (and then you have the Leader of the House, just to complicate matters!) ¬†¬† Read more »

Mallard not shutting his gob

Trevor Mallard, fresh from a scare orchestrated by his own party int he boundary changes, won’t be told to shut up and neither will he shut up about his voting preference for the upcoming bloodbath otherwise known as a leadership spill.

Neither will he listen to Chris Hipkins, since he was the one behind the push for boundary changes in order to rinse Mallard.

While Mallard sweats on the specials he isn;t shutting up.

Trevor Mallard has reportedly sent an email to his fellow MPs saying he would not stay silent on the Labour leadership race.

RadioLIVE reported that Labour Party senior whip Chris Hipkins told MPs to not publicly discuss who they were supporting in the leadership race.

Mr Mallard sent an email saying he didn’t want to be gagged by Mr Hipkins, and wanted to tell the public who he backed, RadioLIVE reported.

However, Labour president Moira Coatsworth told the radio station that there were no gagging orders on MPs. ¬† Read more »

Labour’s Expensive Leadership Election


The Labour Party is broke because Tim Barnett and Moira Coatsworth were dead set useless at fundraising.

As Mike ‚ÄúFat Tony‚ÄĚ Williams, New Zealand‚Äôs best shakedown artist, explains, if you don‚Äôt ask you don‚Äôt get.

It is a pretty simple proposition but Tim and Moira wouldn‚Äôt ask so they didn‚Äôt get. ¬† Read more »

Cunliffe is tits at fundraising

On election night and the day after Labour’s worst election result in more than 80 years David Cunliffe claimed that Labour has no money.

He was using that as an excuse for the loss.

What Cunliffe forgot is that the people most responsible for fundraising are firstly the leader. If people don’t like you then raising money is doubly hard. As we have seen 75% of the voting population decided to cast their votes elsewhere and that is due in a large part to the unlikeability of David Cunliffe.

Secondly the President and General Secretary are also responsible. My Labour sources, both inside Fraser House and in the wider party tell me that fundraising efforts were vetoed or blocked by Tim Barnett and/or Moira Coatsworth. At the same time they refused to fundraise themselves, thinking it was beneath them.

David Cunliffe has been dead set useless as Labour leader. He has managed to tank Labour’s vote to an undeniably bad level.

One of the worst parts of Cunliffe’s leadership, just as it was with Phil Goff and David Shearer‚Äôs leadership, is their inability to raise money.

Instead of working their guts out like Don Brash did to rebuild National‚Äôs war chest Cunliffe blames everyone else.¬† Read more »

What 22.5% means to Labour

Labour’s poll number of 22.5% means that there is a very real chance that Labour will not have any List MPs in parliament after the election.

Labour will almost certainly hold all its own seats, and looks likely to pick up Tamaki Makaurau, Napier, Te Tai Hauauru and Waimakariri. This would give them 27 Electorate MPs.

Percentage PV         MPs without wasted vote
20%                            24
21%                            25
22%                            26
23%                            28
24%                            29
25%                            30
26%                            31
27%                            32
28%                            34
29%                            35
30%                            36

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