Russel Norman

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John Armstrong on Labour’s impending civil war

Armstrong’s pegged it right: ¬†the War Room won’t be so much used to take down the National Party instead of causing a severe amount of collateral damage to their own side

Having turned its caucus room in Parliament Buildings into a war room staffed almost around the clock by policy wonks, political strategists, experts in social media, plus assorted press secretaries – all in readiness for the coming general election – the Labour Party may find itself with another war on its hands before then. Or something close to it.

The “enemy” on this occasion will not be National. Neither will it be Act. Nor United Future. Nor Colin Craig’s Conservatives. Nor even Kim Dotcom and his Internet Party.

No, this war will be of the internecine variety where the combatants all come from the same neck of the (political) woods.

It will have been sparked by the seemingly endless positioning and posturing ahead of September’s election which will count for little in the aftermath. But this week it all turned ugly for the Greens. And things may yet get uglier still.

It may be that fate has decreed that the power struggle between Labour and the Greens takes centre stage at the worst possible time for the centre-left.

It may not come to open warfare. But the dismissive, almost contemptuous attitude displayed by David Cunliffe with regard to a supposed ally is bound to rankle deeply wherever Green Party members gather.

You can be assured there will be a response; that there will no longer be any scruples about upstaging Labour on the hustings.

Labour are not so much in a war mongering mind set as they are in a siege mindset.  This is all about survival of those at the bottom of the party list.

David Cunliffe and his “strategists” know that a friendly face towards the Greens before the election will result in job losses for Labour, and increased power for the Greens.

If you were in Cunliffe’s shoes, what would you do? ¬†Maybe get a chance to take down National as an equal coalition partner, or preserve your own power base as best you can? ¬† Read more »

Explaining is losing

Not long after I posted last evening’s article on the Greens being slapped in the face by Labour once more, the War Room called for damage control


Let’s recap

- Greens say: ¬†“Hey Labour, want to co-brand this election?”

- Labour say: ¬† “Naff off! ¬†We haven’t wanted nor needed you stinky hippies in the past, we certainly don’t need you now”. ¬† Read more »

Labour MPs get no say in cold shouldering the Green Party

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If you’re David Cunliffe, and you rise to the controls of Labour Party power that essentially allows you to become party leader which results in you having about a third of the support of your colleagues, how can you get anything done democratically?

You can’t. ¬†Not if you don’t want to get voted down every time.

Labour has rejected a proposal from the Greens to work together as an alternative government, with the larger party’s leadership saying it will focus on maximising its own votes.

Labour’s deputy leader David Parker says the decision to dismiss the proposal was made by the leadership group. ¬† Read more »

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A challenge for David Cunliffe, put your money where your mouth is

Jamie Whyte has issued a challenge to David Cunliffe…for him to put his money where his mouth is.

The Labour Party has announced a return to ‚Äúindustrial policy‚ÄĚ. If elected, they will decide which businesses and sectors of the economy will deliver the highest returns and promote them in various ways ‚Äď most obviously, by subsidising them with taxpayers‚Äô money.

This policy effectively replaces the decisions of private investors with the decisions of Labour Party politicians. It would be a foolish policy if Labour Party politicians were not better investors than the private investors they will replace.

So, before asking people to vote for the policy, shouldn’t David Cunliffe prove that he and his colleagues really are better investors than those who do it professionally?

He could do this easily. Mr Cunliffe could set up a small investment fund ‚Äď $5,000 would suffice to get started ‚Äď and trade it in the months before the election. Since he claims to know better than private investors which businesses will give the best returns, his fund should massively outperform the NZX 50 and other stock market indices.¬† Read more »

Hone Harawira on investments


A reader writes

Dear Cameron,

I don’t usually get involved in political stuff, but the following Herald article had me scratching my head. ¬† Read more »

Who are the Internet Party using as their “visionary”?


Let’s face it, if the law allowed it, Kim Dotcom wouldn’t be a “party visionary”, but he would be the Winston Peters of the Internet Party.

Instead, the law keeps him at arms length. ¬†Only his money, and of course all his direct orders will be implemented. ¬†A bit like being a bankrupt that has his wife running the company… on paper.

So it behooves us to look into Kim Dotcom’s aka Kim Schmitz’s past and see what where foundations of his visions lie. ¬†People tend to be able to point into their past to explain how they came to their current world view.

Schmitz’s biography is the stuff of local tabloid legend, beginning with his arrest six years ago for allegedly hacking into corporate computer systems and stealing telephone calling-card numbers.

Schmitz spent several months in pretrial detention, an experience that inspired him to try using his skills to make a legal profit.

“That’s where I decided to use my knowhow and skills to become the world’s most successful businessman,” says Schmitz, with characteristic modesty. ¬†¬† Read more »

The hypocrisy of the left over free trade

When Labour, supported by the Green party and Winston Peters were last in government they negotiated a free trade agreement with China. This was a good thing. They also negotiated it in secret until the deal was done and then let everyone know the results.

The FTA with China has been spectacular in its achievements for Kiwi business.

Move forward a few years and the TPPA is being negotiated and these same politicians are now calling for our negotiations to be conducted in public and are screaming and marching in the streets.

David Cunliffe, who professes on his CV at least to be a trade genius had this to say yesterday:

“We are demanding the Government release the text and the details,” he said. “This deal needs to be in the public domain so that New Zealanders can be informed and we can have a proper public debate … I can’t say today what our final position is going to be because we are going to wait until we see the details.”

The hypocrisy can be smelled over the internet such is the stench.¬† Read more »

Key and his evil government must be brought down

The only reason Kim Dotcom is getting any traction with his Internet Cult Party is because the hopeless Left see it as the only viable option to deny National the next term in government.

The desperation comes from the fact that no matter where you look, the National Party has been doing a decent  job at running the country.


The man without a flag and the man with the dodgy CV are waking up to the reality that they won’t be the next government on their own talents alone.

So Kim Dotcom is going to get an unprecedented run at getting his own cult party up and running.

Perhaps Labour+Green+Dotcom can finally unseat the most hated man in this country’s political history?



After all, the left really, really, really, really, really, really miss Helen Clark


But are happy to settle for 2nd choice


Ah, what a day!

A German “Nazi enthusiast” starts a party, has been in talks with 12 current MPs belonging to other parties, and claims to have no ideology at all.

I can’t wait to see where this goes.