Sorry Nige, it’s all ’bout the money, dumb dumb, da da dumb dumb

Labour president Nigel Haworth thinks that Labour can win if they just play nicely together and they look amateur by squabbling.

Labour Party President Nigel Haworth has rapped party delegates over the knuckles, telling them a lack of discipline and internal bickering hurt the party and made it look amateurish.

Mr Haworth delivered his address to the Labour Party conference in Palmerston North this morning.

He spoke of the party’s defeat in 2014 and the need to make sure it was focused on winning in 2017.

To do that, Labour needed to have discipline and focus in everything it did, he said.   

However, Mr Haworth said the delegates too had to play their part.

“First we have to decide whether we are a united, disciplined party or a jolly decent loose federation of like-minded people and organisations. For that is how we often appear.”

He said there were instances in which the party had approved a pamphlet or billboard but local branches had refused to use them or instead used their own versions.

“[They] decide they don’t agree with it, or they don’t like the design, or Andrew isn’t smiling enough, or whatever, they don’t like the particular shade of red…There are many other examples of this delightfully organic federation-style behaviour.

“The point is simple. We can operate like a loose federation if we want to. But such behaviour weakens our campaign, weakens our brand, and frankly makes us look amateur. And in this modern world we can not afford to look amateur.”

No Prof Haworth. Labour are not amateur because they squabble among themselves like National did in 2002. They are amateur for the same reason National were amateur in 2002. They can’t pay the professionals because they are dead set useless at fundraising.

Labour conference delegates need to be asking Prof Haworth how his fundraising is going, and when he will pull some $30,000 donations that require immediate declaration, or some $15,000 donations that require declaration at the end of the year.

Until Labour has some money to run professional campaigns all the solidarity within the party will never ever lead to an election victory. Though they might learn to enjoy singing kumbaya a lot.

He said the whole party also had to take responsibility for fundraising – another key failure the party’s review team had identified in 2014.

“It is not someone else’s problem.”

Well Nige, you are the president, you are supposed to do the fundraising. Mike “Fat Tony” Williams, New Zealand’s best political shakedown artist did. Stop telling everyone else to raise money. Raise the scratch yourself or resign.

Fat Tony did it. So can you? Or can you?

But here’s the rub…in order to get the money, first you have to have something to sell, and a short arsed, dopey-looking union boss as leader isn’t going to do that for you.


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