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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