Labour’s Next President

The Labour Party is about to elect a new president after Moira Coatsworth retired. Labour desperately need a new president of the same quality as Mike “Fat Tony” Williams, New Zealand’s best political shakedown artist.

The most important role of any party president is to raise fund and build a war chest for the election campaign. Successive Labour presidents have failed abjectly, thinking fundraising was beneath them.

Andrew Little and Moira Coatsworth were both useless at fundraising, and as “Fat Tony” keeps saying, they have to ask if they want to get.

The two contenders are highly, if somewhat misguided, regarded union thug Robert Gallagher and Auckland University Professor Nigel Haworth.

Robert Gallagher has long been considered a man coming in the union thug wing of the party. He is known for his extremely abrasive personality and willingness to fight for even the most trivial point to the bitter end.

Rumour has it that the only reason he is running is because he wants to get his missus Carol Beaumont back into parliament as she is never going to get a job that pays as well as MP.

At least Gallagher recognises the role of fundraiser.

He would not set out what he believed the priorities were in the role, saying it was something he’d be addressing with party members. However, he agreed fundraising was an important factor.

The over-riding impression from Labour people is that he is dreadfully boring, rather dogmatic on minute points and certainly is no agent for change, in fact he is not even an agent.

biggestProf Haworth is basically an old liberal elite school socialist wanker, pretending to be a cloth cap socialist while pulling down some serious dollars in some quite interesting roles. His leadership of the policy shop inside Housing New Zealand should mean he has some sensible ideas around fixing the housing crisis in Auckland, like telling the Greens to piss off.

He was Chair of the Partnership Resource Centre, located in the Department of Labour, and its successor, the High Performance Work Initiative, and was, for six years until 2009, Chair of the Centre for Housing Research, located in the Housing Corporation of New Zealand.

Prof Haworth is from the less thuggish and more intellectual side of the union movement, having been the president of the University Staff union, and heavily involved in the ILO.

The problem for Labour is that they already know how to shake down unions, but need a president to shake down business to fund their campaign in 2017.


Unfortunately Haworth is a bit of a womble and has never run a campaign in his life, ever.

Word is that Gallagher is so obnoxious that business will give him the bum’s rush if he tries talking to them. On these grounds alone Prof Haworth is probably a better bet because when he pushes the bell on the security gate the rich pricks won’t release the hounds.

Both of these candidates are not agents for change, which Labour desperately needs.

There is probably one good thing for Labour.

Neither man has a reputation for a short temper and violence towards women.


– NZ Herald


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  • Richard

    If the level of business donations is directly related to how party policy will effect the bottom line, then why would any business in their right mind pay to have there own kneecaps taken out… wage, extended maternity leave, additional holiday leave et all…

    • You overlook the many businesses that grow fat on the largesse thrown as welfare by the state. Who cares if your costs go up when your contract is based on cost plus …….

      • Richard

        That’s not the basis of every business model though is it and there in lies the problem.
        The Unions see all employers as the devil and Labour will try to adopt a cookie cutter approach across the board and the small business owner be damned.

  • timemagazine

    and they are probably not sorry for being men.

  • Justsayn

    It is all a bit preemptive. Until Labour comes to terms with what it is that they are doing wrong / should do better, how can they decide who is right to be the party president (or for that matter leader of their party in the House)?

    By electing union men like Little (and either of these two) they are really putting up a block so that the real issue for Labour will never be put forward, let alone addressed – that they way it is beholden to, and controlled by, a small interest group in the unions.

  • Murray Smith

    The lack of planning to raise funds, seems to be a recurring theme with those with Labour leanings. The ask and get, seems to suit their style.
    Of course I’m somewhat biased in my opinions though.

  • oldmanNZ

    I thought Labour biggest donors were the Unions?

    Should not be too hard for a union man to ask his own ranks to chip in? or are they stingy as well, since the memberships are dropping.

  • Eiselmann

    So the talent pool is limited to a Liberal elite who likes to pretend to be one of the masses but heaven forbid he actually had to live amongst them and a thuggish pedantic bully with dodgy taste in women…….I know Angry Andrew and Grant ‘Trust me’ Robertson love to gamble but this looks like the last throw of the dice..

  • cows4me

    Oh well it could be worst, imagine if they were one guy, a very bright thug wouldn’t be a good thing.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Not sure why Turkeys are voting for Christmas?!?!

  • Dave_1924

    Nice sledge at the end there ……

  • Aucky

    There’s no logical reason why Gallagher should be selected other than he’s a union colleague of Little’s and the missus who is also a unionist wants to be pushed right up the list to get her old job back.

    Gallagher is a cinch.

  • Reid

    Every time they have an important role to fill, be it Chief of Staff for the Leader, the Leader, the President of the Party, you see nothing, nothing at all, zip, zero, nada talent. It’s what you’d expect if someone like this had been running the dear old party for simply ages.

    But of course that couldn’t be the case, could it. After all, she’s the best PM NZ ever had, apparently. Of course she is.

  • damm good thrashing

    Is ‘retired’ in the first line a euphemism?