Stuart Nash

Why do the Unions have so much Sway over Labour? Ctd

Yesterday we looked at how little money the Union movement has given to Labour, yet they remain captured by the Unions who don’t pay for Labour’s upkeep.

Today we look at whether unionists are electable, and whether union leaders can win over the middle New Zealand.

If the union movement’s best and brightest were able to win seats from National they would be valuable to Labour as good vote winning candidates.

So over the past 20 years which union reps have won National seats?

This is a bit of an unfair question because Labour have been so useless that they have not won National seats in any number since 2002. In 2014 Stuart Nash won the vacant Napier seat. In 2011 Damien O’Connor, famous for his “gaggle of gays and self serving unionists” won back the West Coast seat he had lost at the previous election. Two good keen men but they are not from a union background.   Read more »

I wonder if Megan Woods and Louisa Wall will push harder for the expulsion of these rabble rousers

Yesterday Richard Harman broke the news that a new ginger group was being set up by Josie Pagani, Phil Quin and Nick Leggatt to attempt to solve the ills inside Labour.

He also reported that several MPs in Labour’s caucus were aghast at the idea and promptly called for the excommunication of those involved.

WOBH can reveal that two of the most vocal supporters of expulsion for the rabble rousers were Megan Woods and Louisa Wall.

Meanwhile Josie Pagani has spoken to Claire Trevett at the Herald.

One of the founders of a proposed Labour-aligned lobby group says it will make some in the party uncomfortable but Labour cannot avoid the tough issues it is facing.

Josie Pagani, a former Labour Party candidate, confirmed she was involved in setting up a “think-tank” called Progress targeting Labour’s right and centre.  Read more »

Finally someone in Labour gets it, now watch for the witch hunts to drive them out

The Labour Party preaches tolerance, mainly in other people. We are supposed to be tolerant of all the minorities out there including gays, ethnic minorities and all religions except Christianity. The problem for Labour is that they don’t actually like a faction that cares about sensible things like getting elected.

Richard Harman has a great yarn about a new grouping inside (for now) of Labour trying to effect change.

Controversy within the Labour Party over moves by some right wing members and MPs to set up a think tank aligned with the party.

Some sources say that things got heated at last week’s Labour caucus over the proposal and  expulsion of some of those involved was threatened.

But a spokesperson for Labour Leader Andrew Little says that while he does not discuss what happens at caucus, those reports are “inaccurate”.

Indeed the spokesperson said Mr Little said he welcomed the idea.

“Labour is a broad church and we welcome all sorts of ideas,” she said.

“If people want to have things like think tanks with ideas that’s good.”

One source said the proposal was initially for the new body to be called “True Labour”.

But when it was discussed at the Caucus last week it apparently came under fire.

It was then renamed “Progress”.

Names mentioned in connection with the proposal include two Labour members usually identified as being on its right wing; Porirua Mayor, Nick Legget and the blogger and commentator, Phil Quinn.

Former candidate, Josie Pagani and Napier MP, Stuart Nash are also said to be involved.

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Did Nash win Napier because of McVicar?

All the luvvies on the left don’t want a rugby playing, beer drinking, woman rooting Labour MP to look like he has ever done anything good. So following Chris Trotter’s endorsement of Nashy for the next Labour leader they are aggressively running the silly line that vote splits gave Nash Napier.
Don’t believe it. Nashy won Napier because as Chris Trotter says:
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Fifth Time Lucky? After trying, and failing, four times to make an emotional connection with the electorate, perhaps Labour should look for a leader who got himself re-elected to Parliament the old-fashioned way – by raising heaps of cash and then persuading “mainstream” New Zealanders to vote for him. Napier MP, Stuart Nash (above) addresses a provincial business audience.”

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Labour’s problems and a possible solution, Chris Trotter explains

Chris Trotter analyses Labour’s problems and discusses a possible solution to their woes.

THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has cast a deep pall of gloom over all three Opposition parties. Among Labour supporters, however, a growing sense of utter futility is palpable. Support for the party has crashed back to the abysmal figures of Election Night. Barely a quarter of the adult population is willing to identify Labour as their first electoral choice.

The corollary to Opposition gloom is, of course, Government elation. And, with the Roy Morgan poll showing National on 54 percent, who can blame its MPs and supporters for breaking out the bubbly? Remember, this latest poll was conducted when Amanda Bailey’s ponytail was dominating the headlines. Did it damage the Prime Minister’s reputation? (As so many of John Key’s enemies were hoping.) Not appreciably. “Teflon John” continues to shine.

The problems are well known, we just saw them repeated in the UK. Doing more of the same is no longer an option.

At around the same time as Roy Morgan’s callers were working the phones, Sir Michael Cullen and the NZ Fabian Society were attempting to rally Labour’s dejected troops with a presentation entitled, rather hopefully, “Destination: Next Progressive Majority.” Arriving at that destination, says Sir Michael, will depend on whether Labour is able to re-present itself as the party of Choice, Aspiration, Responsibility and National Pride.

For that re-presentation to work, Sir Michael stresses, Labour must re-connect emotionally with the electorate. “Policies can be a means to this”, says the former Labour Finance Minister, “but rarely the most important means.” In saying this, Sir Michael is echoing the advice of Lynton Crosby – the man who, earlier this month, won the UK General Election for the Conservative Party. Policy matters, says Crosby, only inasmuch as it expresses the less tangible and more visceral reasons for supporting one political party over another.

“This is Key’s huge strength”, Sir Michael observes, “he has enormous emotional connection with voters. The sloppy language we like to make fun of is the language most people speak, not like University lecturers like Helen, Steve and I. The casualness to turn things aside, not important, at the end of the day.”

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Trotter on Nash and the Greens

Finally a Labour MP that doesn’t want to do dumb stuff that doesn’t get people elected.

This means he will probably get a good hiding at the next Labour caucus meeting, and sent away on sensitivity training.

But Chris Trotter nails it:

IF THE GREENS want a glimpse of their future with Labour, then they should listen to Stuart Nash.

Speaking yesterday (31/3/15) at the big oil exploration industry conference at Sky City, Labour’s energy spokesperson warned his audience that the tiny minority who opposed oil drilling was “always in our ear”. What’s more, he said, “they’re very media savvy”.    Read more »

Is Lawrence Yule’s legacy project rooted?

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Local Government NZ chairman and Hasting Mayor Lawrence Yule has staked his legacy on amalgamating the Hawkes Bay Councils. He has faced vigorous opposition from the three other mayors in Hawkes Bay, and a well funded, well run anti amalgamation campaign by Labour MP Stuart Nash.

Yule got sledged by Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, and was too slow witted to come back with the obvious response that the status quo was proven not to work.

Dalton is staunchly opposed to the proposal, Yule very supportive. Yule said the big issues were not each council’s debt, or a fear of losing representation, which he said was unfounded. They were competition, climate change and global trends.

He listed some of the statistics in which the region features poorly compared to others: youth unemployment, GDP and population growth.

Yule said the region could tackle all those issues more effectively if it worked as one, rather than as various parts.

Dalton wasted no time in dismissing Yule’s claim that amalgamation would help this occur.    Read more »

So there is someone with brains in Labour

Stuart Nash has got some brains, and he is challenging the Labour party to ditch their stupid power policy.

Labour’s controversial power-pricing plan is in the firing line, with energy spokesman Stuart Nash urging the party to dump the “questionable” policy.

The party is reviewing its manifesto after last year’s crushing election defeat. Nash is working on a discussion paper which proposes that NZ Power be dropped in favour of promoting cheaper solar power.

The brainchild of ex-finance spokesman David Parker, NZ Power would see the creation of a new state agency to buy electricity wholesale and bring down prices. It was announced in tandem with the Greens two years ago.

But critics said it would damage the renewable energy sector – and Nash, who took on the energy portfolio in November, agrees. He also believes the market is competitive.

“It will be my very strong recommendation that we drop NZ Power,” he said. “There are very few people that think it is a policy that’s needed in 2015. Maybe 10 years ago there was a strong argument for it, but not now.

“We have got a regulatory framework – the Commerce Commission and the Electricity Authority – which is out there looking at predatory behaviour, and also with a strong mandate to foster competition . . . you could argue that the level of competition necessary to drive prices down is coming in.”    Read more »

Even socialists don’t like the dodgy socialist dam

Not even the socialists of the Labour party like the dodgy socialist dam that the Hawkes Bay Regional Council is trying to ram through.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company’s decision to borrow $4 million to keep the Ruataniwha project afloat is a case of throwing ratepayer’s good money after bad, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri and Napier MP Stuart Nash.

“This bridging loan, which goes before the Council tomorrow, is nothing short of a desperate bid to keep the Ruataniwha going in the face of serious environmental and economic concerns ,” says Meka Whaitiri.

“Instead of seeking more money from investors and ratepayers the council should be telling us just when the spending stops. Its time the council addressed the real concerns of the environmental groups who got the project sent back to the drawing board.    Read more »

One Labour MP got 1/6th of all the funds raised

… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the … biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.

He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.

“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.

Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.

“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”

In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.

71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average.  Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate.   That’s just really, really sad.   No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”.   Read more »