Patrick Gower

Patrick Gower on Andrew Little and today’s announcement

Not surprisingly, the Labour fanboi is excited as the new Labour leader has managed to make it through 3 pressers and 2 interviews.  Yes, that’s all it takes to call a winner.

Little has barely put a foot wrong in his short time as leader, and the conservative reshuffle announced is another example.

I’ve now watched Little get through three press conferences, two major interviews and a reshuffle with no black marks.

With the reshuffle, Little has shown considerable political skill as he goes about building the complex latticework of loyalty required to run the Labour caucus.

The reshuffle is what John Key would call an elegant solution.

I think it has the right mix of a good deputy, Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe in the right spots and an effective front and mid-bench.

If it wasn’t Monday, you would be forgiven for thinking it was Throwback Thursday, given he has chosen Annette King as his deputy.

King was of course on Team Grant and hardly screams next generation.

But I actually think King as deputy is a good call. Aunty Annie is a cross between Labour’s Mother Hen and a Courtney Place bouncer. She is highly effective in Parliament, incredibly loyal to Labour Inc, doesn’t want to roll him and will be a good mentor to Little now he has plonked her in his inner circle.

Due to the time of year, I think Little will get the benefit of a few months of performing under very low pressure.  This will lead to a false impression and sense of competence.  One thing that Paddy forgets is that it isn’t just a case of being a steady leader – his talent below him will continue to be the gifts that keep on giving.  Let’s see how he survives a few scandals.   Read more »

Laila Harre quits after money runs out, Internet party pretty much dead

I can’t say I am sorry to see this news.

Of course Laila Harre was going to cut and run after the money ran out, that’s what all troughers do.

Reflecting on the internet Party’s failed election campaign, Ms Harre admitted “we completely mismanaged the last month of the campaign”.

“We had amazing momentum before then. The road trip, I think, worked extremely well.”

The downward spiral of the party’s campaign began when Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer criticised internet Party founder Kim Dotcom, Ms Harre said.

“Which fed into what became a narrative of a rift and division and it was one that we just couldn’t knock through the rest of the campaign. It became completely distracting from the release of policy.”

Ms Harre also blamed media coverage of the party for its poor election result.   Read more »

Gower backstabs Little less than 24 hours in the job

No love from TV3 Labour cheerleaders over Little it seems

Labour’s preferential voting system, combined with the backing of three-quarters of the union vote, saw Mr Little sneak through in what 3 News political editor Patrick Gower is calling “the great union ripoff”.

“It’s a backdoor takeover by the unions. Simply, Andrew Little would not be Labour leader without the unions,” Gower said on Firstline this morning.

“He is the unions’ man; Little is a union man, and the unions have got their man into Labour’s top job.”

Gower says it’s ironic after trying “almost too hard” to give men and women an equal say – the ultimately doomed ‘man ban’ – that a small group of “union blokes” have effectively chosen the party’s new leader.

“Most of those delegates, according to one of the most senior sources in the Labour Party, are men… It’s just six unions out of about 150-odd in New Zealand. Just six of them get to have their say over this, and five of them actually rely on delegates – the union bosses, the union chiefs, the union heavies. They say who they want.”

Having known Mr Little for 15 years, Gower says he represents a change in tack for the party, which has seen its share of the vote drop for three consecutive general elections.

“He is a straight-shooter, he speaks really directly, there won’t be any of this flowery language or hesitation or showmanship that we’ve seen from previous Labour leaders. The reality is he’s a hard bugger, and he’s going to need all of it to really crack some heads in that Labour Party and to take on John Key.”

What follows next is quite gob smacking – Gower undermines Little, who isn’t even 24 hours in the job – and puts his support behind a reworked Grant/Jacinda ticket Read more »

Would “someone else” please step forward

Labour is trying desperately to keep things under wraps about their leadership spill.

After an initial flurry things have gone quiet apart from a few daggers flying here and there.

David Cunliffe’s team are putting about the gayness of Grant Robertson, they won;t own up to it of course, such is Labour’s way of dirty politics.

Grant Robertson’s team, including Clayton Cosgrove are focussing on making sure no one else stands so Robbo can have his coronation.

It was his team who put the hit on Stuart Nash over some research done a couple of years ago. The problem was Robbo fed the media, most didn’t buy it, and so they went full retard and got Patrick Gower to run the hit…but not before trying to have it pulled because Robbo went of squeamish and gay on it. It is telling that the hit only played on TV3 and has been left along by more seasoned and sensible journalists.

So where does all this leave Labour?

Two desperately unlikable candidates, and no one else.

The problem is the public actually thinks someone else should lead the Labour party.   Read more »

Poor Nicky, on edge after cops raid his house

Nicky Hager is crying a river of tears to anyone who will listen, which is most of the complicit media, like his pal David “Tainted” Fisher:

The family of journalist Nicky Hager have been left worried and afraid after a 10-hour police search of his home in a bid to find the hacker Rawshark.

Computers and papers were seized in what appeared to be an attempt to discover the identity of the person who provided information used in his Dirty Politics book.

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Hager said five officers came to his Wellington home last Thursday with a search warrant.

He was in Auckland at the time, giving lectures at the University of Auckland.

“Soon after the police arrived, the lead detective stated that I was not a suspect in their case, merely a witness.”

Hager’s sister Mandy Hager was present at the raid, and described on Twitter last night what took place.

“I observed police as they searched – polite and respectful (and slightly sheepish) – clearly strings pulled from above #dirtypolitics,” she wrote.

A police spokesman told the Herald officers had not deliberately waited until after the September 20 election to conduct the search.

“No. This is a purely operational decision based on where our inquiries have led us to date.”

In a media statement, a spokesman confirmed police had removed “computers and related items under search warrant from a Wellington address” as part of their ongoing investigation into alleged hacking of Slater’s emails.

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Meme/Caption/Photoshop contest

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You know what to do – just stick within the moderation and commenting standards please.  Make your own here and share the results in comments.

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Post election Prebble

The Letter just came in and among some of the more amusing items (ACT has a strong brand?), these items deserve a wider audience?

TVNZ, TV3 and state radio called this election wrong.

The credibility of our news services has taken a huge hit.

Night after night TV and radio told us John Key was a liar.

First “Dirty politics” and then claims of mass surveillance were given not just top billing but saturation coverage.

The news blogs are going to be the big winners.

This election has been the clearest example yet of the main stream media picking a winner and doing everything they could to make it happen.  Radio New Zealand, TV3 and the NZ Herald had nailed their colours to the mast for such a long time, changing gear was no longer possible once they realised they were backing the wrong horse.

Sadly, it’s been seen as a left v right issue, when it’s really been a right v wrong issue.  By picking sides, and as it turned out, very much the losing side, these media organisations have lost customers and credibility.

Look at the numbers for Campbell Live since Hosking joined Seven Sharp.

Look at the NZ Herald subscription numbers while they are desperately trying to push others out at cost to keep their numbers up.

Viewers are turning off.  Paywalls have been postponed.   Read more »

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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Patrick Gower on the election

When Patrick Gower isn’t taking stories from me, he is taking stolen materials from hackers.

But today he writes in the Herald on Sunday about the election.

Try to make sense of this: it looks like John Key can’t lose an election that he can’t win.

Yes, Key in an unloseable position in an unwinnable race.

The polls show the left can’t win – they can’t get the numbers together to get a feasible majority no matter what.

The right can get the numbers together to win – but not without some serious compromises. It looks as if it’s not a matter of whether Key wins, but more how he wins.

For several years now the opposition have mocked John Key, along with the pundits like Gower, claiming he didn’t have support partners.

Now it looks like National has plenty of support partners…so many that National may be able to form a government easily with at least 60% of the vote.

Things aren’t so flash on the other side.

Let’s start with the death throes of the left.

The Greens’ tricky, cynical and reheated claim they could work with National was probably the final gasp of the left bloc this week.

It was just Greenwash, really: Russel Norman and Metiria Turei hate Key and everything he stands for, and have spent the past three years bashing National.