Sue Moroney

Labour’s negging strategy and why it isn’t working

A commenter noted today on the post about UK Labour:

Isn’t it ironic. Labour a party that stands for women actually practices the dating art of “Negging”, with voters. That is, they try to make the voters feel bad about themselves, and have a low self esteem, so that Labour can come in and control them.

Whereas, National, keeps telling people that they have the ability to achieve.

I like this. “Negging” is described as:

Low-grade insults meant to undermine the self-confidence of a woman so she might be more vulnerable to your advances.

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Move over Annette, Little wants your seat

How unsubtle. I feel sorry for my good friend Annette King. I might send her some more flowers.

Andrew Little has basically told her to shove off, or at the very least let the cat out of the bag of her retirement.

Labour leader Andrew Little won’t run in Mt Roskill if MP Phil Goff is successful in his bid for Auckland Mayor, but Rongotai is in his sights.

Little has ruled out running in the long-held Auckland Labour seat saying, “there is a depth of talent out there already”.

Goff announced on Sunday that he would run for the super-city mayoralty next year and would stay on as Mt Roskill MP through to the election.

He would, however, relinquish his Auckland issues portfolio to avoid confusion as to whether he was attending events as an MP or with his mayoral candidate hat on.

When asked if Auckland Central’s Jacinda Ardern was an obvious replacement for the Auckland portfolio, Little said there were a number of Auckland MPs who are “potential candidates for that”.

Little will make his reshuffle announcements in the next week after holding off doing so until Goff had made a decision about the mayoralty race.    Read more »

Labour thinks bludgers should be able to breed without limits

Labour have attacked David Seymour for his comments in the debate over Paid Parental Leave.

There were angry exchanges during parts of the debate after NZ First MP Tracey Martin took issue with suggestions people should wait to have children till they could afford it.

But ACT leader David Seymour refused to apologise for that stance, saying it was not only what most New Zealanders believed, “It is what the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders do”.

This was on social media yesterday:

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More open and more honest? So not fully open and fully honest?

Has Andrew Little been learning his lines from Len Brown.

He has admitted Labour politicians are not open and honest all the time, and thinks it’s a good idea to be more open, and more honest.  But not open and honest.

And they wonder why they keep losing.

Labour leader Andrew Little is welcoming the news that Jeremy Corbyn is his new British counterpart, after a stunning win in the UK Labour leadership race.

The veteran backbencher started out as a 200-to-one outsider, but scored a convincing outright majority in the first round of voting.

Mr Little says Mr Corbyn spoke directly about issues that mattered to voters, and Labour members responded to that refreshing style.

“His challenge now is to convert that into a campaign that’s going to enlist the support of the majority of British voters,” says Mr Little. “He’s got five years to do that. He’s set himself up well.”

But Mr Corbyn now must wrangle a bitterly divided caucus, with seven members of his shadow cabinet resigning from the front bench.

Mr Little says his plain-speaking approach won party members over.

“I think there is a demand for a more refreshing style of politics, which is more open and more honest, and the more of that we can have, frankly, the better.”

Mr Little says Mr Corbyn’s election could influence politicians here into a more direct approach.

“I think it’s about the directness with which Jeremy Corbyn spoke about issues and not being hung up on whether he was going to meet this focus group requirement or that polling demand.”

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According to Michael Woodhouse and his dud legislation worm farming is a high risk occupation

Apparently worms have bloody big teeth…surely they must because Michael Woodhouse’s dud Health & Safety legislation has declared worm farming as high risk.

The Health and Safety Reform Bill, will classify worm farming and cat breeding as high risk, ahead of sheep, beef and dairy farming.

A list of industries classified as ‘high risk’ was released by Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse, and included the category “other livestock farming.”    Read more »

Will Dunne try to sell the Government out again?

If it wasn’t for National’s right to veto anything that isn’t budgeted for, this could be another one to run away from what was supposed to be a majority government.

These problems are only arising now because of Steve Joyce’s stuff up in Northland.

Labour MP Sue Moroney has had a second bill for 26 weeks paid parental leave drawn from the ballot — and NZ First leader Winston Peters’ win in Northland means this time the bill may not be voted down.

Ms Moroney’s Paid Parental Leave Bill was one of four drawn from the member’s bill ballot today and follows on from a similar bill she put up in the last Parliamentary term.

Ms Moroney had enough support to pass that last term — which would have forced National to use its financial veto to block it. However, after the 2014 election National and Act had just enough votes to vote it down and it was defeated in February.

Mr Peters’ win in the Northland byelection means National has one fewer vote and NZ First has one more, so Moroney has enough support to pass it again if NZ First, the Maori Party and United Future’s Peter Dunne continue to support it.  Read more »

Why do the unions hold sway over Labour? Ctd

In previous posts we have examined how much money the unions give to the Labour Party, which is the terribly small amount of $694,700 since 1996, and which unionists have won National held seats for Labour in the last twenty years (only one, Mark Gosche).

If the union movement actually helped Labour they would be expected to fund Labour, or to provide vote winning candidates to run for Labour and win seats from National.

The leading unionists to run for Labour since 1999 are Darien Fenton, Carol Beaumont, Sue Moroney, Iain Lees-Galloway and Andrew Little.

Darien Fenton was list only in 2005, and ran in Helensville in 2008. She was list only in 2011 and retired in 2014.

Carol Beaumont, the woman so useless the union movement wouldn’t take her back from Labour when they offered her, ran in Maungakiekie in 2008, 2011, & 2014. She lost each time to Sam Lotu-Iiga, and increased his majority from 1942 in 2008 to 3021 in 2011. Labour thought they had stitched up Lotu-Iiga with boundary changes before the 2014 election, nominally increasing the Labour vote by 5000, and Beaumont still managed to lose by 2,348.   Read more »

Why do the Unions have so much sway over Labour?

The Unions have a reputation for controlling Labour, and with some good reason. Six affiliated unions get 20% of the Labour Leadership vote, so you would think that they are also the Labour Party’s biggest donors.

The problem with this is it is not supported by the facts. Since 1996 union donations have been a little over 11% of Labour’s total declarable donations.

In most years the unions don’t give anything to Labour, who must only ask unions for money in election year.

Total Donations Union Donations Union Donation %
1996  $65,327.00  $- 0%
1997  $280,000.00  $- 0%
1998  $20,055.90  $- 0%
1999  $1,115,375.00  $80,000.00 7.17%
2000  $35,000.00  $- 0.0%
2001  $107,525.00  $- 0.0%
2002  $671,719.00  $70,000.00 10.42%
2003  $54,000.00  $- 0.0%
2004  $369,951.00  $- 0.0%
2005  $930,977.04  $140,000.00 15.04%
2006  $140,988.04  $20,000.00 14.19%
2007  $1,030,446.39  $- 0.0%
2008  $422,917.00  $117,500.00 27.78%
2009  $10,063.00  $- 0.0%
2010  $56,720.00  $- 0.0%
2011  $225,200.00  $105,200.00 46.71%
2012  $430,259.33  $- 0.0%
2013  $-  $-
2014  $251,000.00  $162,000.00 64.54%
Total  $6,217,523.70  $694,700.00 11.17%

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Sensible safety-based policy

Sue Moroney’s only achievement in parliament is to increase the majority of every National MP she has stood against. It’s called the Moroney Effect.

She is a graceless person and stupid to boot.

Her latest outburst is against ACC changes which see levy rebates for cars with higher safety ratings. ACC is all about safety and so this seems a sensible course of action.

Labour is accusing the Government of rewarding those with “flash” cars at the expense of older and poorer owners, with ACC levies tied to vehicles safety ratings.

The new risk-rating ACC regime, which kicks in next month, means some owners of older cars will pay $158.46 annually – 52 per cent more than the $104.09 they would have paid without the differentiated system

Labour ACC spokeswoman Sue Moroney said more than a million owners would pay more than necessary.

“This penalises, for no proven reason, superannuitants, young people and those on modest incomes. Those with the oldest cars will collectively pay $41 million more in ACC levies, while those who can afford the latest model cars pay $41m less.

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye said the purpose was to improve safety and the regime gave incentives to have safer vehicles.   Read more »


Pimping the Poor: Twyford style


When media and politicians pimp the poor they usually do two things.

They pick a poor example to suit their cause, but they get the headlines so they consider that a win. They also expose the alleged poor person and all their past.

That is what Phil Twyford has done in pimping the story of the Laurents of Hamilton.

They have moved house nine times in 10 years.

On one occasion, a landlord returned from overseas and moved back into the rental home. On the other occasions they’ve been forced to move because the Hamilton rentals they were living in were sold.

That’s nine times they’ve called the removal trucks, nine times they’ve packed up their lives into boxes and nine times they’ve hunted for a place to stay – in just 10 years.

Aucklanders have been buying into the Hamilton property market, making it difficult for Hamilton families such as Debbe Laurent, 47, Mark Laurent, 43, and their four children, to make the leap from renting to owning.

They’ve been trying to save for a home but Auckland’s raging property market, lending restrictions, property investors, rising house prices and a cut to the official cash rate (OCR) were factors working against them.

“This is our ninth place in 10 years because every single house has been sold out from under us,” said Mark Laurent.

“With the exception of one,” said Debbe Laurent.

They were in one house for less than six months before it was snapped up and have only been in their current dwelling since March.

“The house we were in before was put on the market at Christmas time, it was sold at the beginning of February and we were given six-weeks to move and there was nothing in the price range we could even consider to afford,” said Mark Laurent.

The Laurents’ four children need plenty of space at home. They also needed a place close to their children’s school to reduce the disruption.

So far so good, we have a good wah wah wah story for the media to push.

Phil Twyford and Sue Moroney from Labour did their part in pushing the story out there.  Read more »