The continuing parallels of the UK and NZ Labour parties

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Tony Blair has issued his most withering assessment of Ed Miliband to date, suggesting he has turned Labour into a ‘traditional Left-wing party’ and predicting he will lose the general election.

The former prime minister indicated he thought Mr Miliband had deserted the political centre ground, leaving the Tories likely to win.

This, as we discovered, is what happens when the Labour party is the parliamentary wing of the union movement.  

Mr Miliband has attacked predatory capitalism and spooked companies with his pledge to freeze energy bills.

Not quite the same as nationalising electricity so we all could pay about $3 less on our power bill like the NZ Greens and Labour were selling, but, once again, amazing parallels.   And again, amazing losing strategy.

Asked what lessons he took from winning elections, Mr Blair highlighted ‘not alienating large parts of business, for one thing’.

Earlier this month, he criticised MPs who, like Mr Miliband, have never had a proper job outside politics.

Labour are full of academics, career activists that sidle up to the trough, and union people that have earned their way into early ‘retirement’.   Not a single one knows what it is like to be a waged worked or run a small company.

In November, Mr Miliband saw off an attempt by backbenchers to oust him in what became known as the ‘bonfire night plot’.

It followed a devastating attack on his leadership by the New Statesman magazine – the traditional journal of the Left – which described him as an ‘old-style Hampstead socialist’.

The Coup that was to take Cunliffe out was cancelled, and everyone settled in for a loss.  A loss that could then be sheeted home to David Cunliffe.

It seems Miliband is going down the same path in a remarkable replay of what happened in little old New Zealand.

– Mail Online


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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