2014 election

It’s all a matter of trust. Or soundbite politics. Or something… #votepositive… maybe

DC: ?Hey guys! ?Let’s launch THE flagship policy of the election during my Congress keynote speech ok? ? Read more »

Labour’s flagship education policy is stillborn

Labour are truly bereft of original ideas, and they keep going back to the standard: ?spend more money to solve a problem.

As we’ve often said, because Labour make it so necessary to say it, if spending more money solved problems, we could spend ourselves into health, prosperity and zero unemployment.

We all know it doesn’t work that way.

On the face of it 2000 extra teachers sounds like a great idea, until you think it through. ?Forget the actual cost of it right now, that’s the least of the problems with this policy.

Where are these 2000 teachers coming from?

Teachers colleges turn out several hundred a year. ?So Cunliffe says old, tired, disillusioned teachers are going to be attracted to the profession. ? And he will be looking at immigrants.

Let’s break that down a little further. ?Teachers that have given up on teaching already will need to be “encouraged”, but the whole payment and reward system of the teaching profession is diametrically opposed to anyone being paid even once cent more than anyone else with the same qualifactions, experience and responsibilities.

So, they won’t be getting any more money. ?It flies against everything the teachers unions stand for. ?Equality in everything, and all that.

So if you aren’t going to be able to pay or reward these teachers for coming back, what form will Labour incentives take?

These teachers?coming back are disillusioned or retired. How are they going to hit the ground running with iPads, chromebooks, WiFi Internet?

These teachers?coming back are disillusioned or retired. How are their colleagues going to accept them? ?How would you like to be perceived as a burnt-out, disillusioned, retired teacher that only came back for whatever Labour is going to use to incentivise them?

How are your colleagues going to treat you, knowing you walked away from them in the past? ?You rejected the profession then, what’s changed? ?A Labour bribe?
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National don’t get social media either… #juststop

Today, some flunky at the end of John Key’s Twitter account live tweeted every line from Key’s keynote as individual tweets.


As a result, anything else in the timeline of those that follow Twitter was completely downed out. ? Twitter isn’t meant to be used this way. ?It annoys people, and it shows a total lack of understanding (and respect) for people’s time. ? Read more »

The John Key smear campaign against Sue Moroney continues unabated

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For the record, I think that defacing election signage is pointless. ?Tit for tat, there is no point to it. ?We all complain when it happens to our team, and we get accused of doing it if it happens to others.

Occasionally something inspired and funny happens, but in general it is just the same old same old with Hitler moustaches, swastikas, vampire teeth, missing teetch, eye patches and all the ususal non-funny stuff. Read more »

Even that cool/hip/rad/spiffing Laila Harre can’t get down with the kids

Andy Fyers has the skinny on record low enrollment rates and by inference the total failure of the Internet Party, Mana, Labour and the Greens to get any cut-through with their #rockthevote campaign.

Almost one third of eligible voters under the age of 30 had yet to enrol to vote in September’s General Election as of May 31.

Data released this month by the Electoral Commission, using population figures from last year’s census, estimates that just 71.9 per cent of New Zealand’s eligible voters under the age of 30 were enrolled to vote on that date, compared to 94 per cent for eligible voters 30 or older.

According to the data, the Auckland Central electorate had the worst enrolment rate for under-30s, with just 38.79 per cent enrolled to vote.

Overall 89.17 per cent of eligible New Zealand voters were enrolled on May 31. The remaining 10.83 per cent equates to more than potential 367,000 voters who are yet to enrol.

In New Zealand, voting isn’t compulsory, but enrolling is. ?? Read more »

2014 Labour List – changes at a glance

Hamish Rutherford does the hard work:

So Mallard and Curran are not on the list, along with Faafoi, Dyson and Nash, as expected.

Winners on the Labour list:
David Clark up from 49 in 2011 to 26 this year
Iain Lees-Galloway from 37 to 24
Loiusa Wall, not placed in 2011 is ranked 12
Chris Hipkins rises from 30 to 9 this year
David Shearer was 31 last time, ranked 13 for 2014
Megan Woods rises from 47 to 20.

Carol Beaumont down from 22 in 2011 to 27 this year
Maryan Street, 7th in 2011 is ranked 15 this year
Phil Goff, leader in 2011 and number 1 in 2011, is ranked 16

also, Tamati Coffey is the highest placed male non-MP.

Judging on his performance so far, Labour are continuing to reward mediocre talent.

2014 Labour List

1 David Cunliffe
2 David Parker
3 Grant Robertson
4 Annette King
5 Jacinda Ardern
6 Nanaia Mahuta
7 Phil Twyford
8 Clayton Cosgrove
9 Chris Hipkins
10 Sue Moroney
11 Andrew Little
12 Louisa Wall
13 David Shearer
14 Su’a William Sio
15 Maryan Street
16 Phil Goff
17 Moana Mackey
18 Kelvin Davis
19 Meka Whaitiri
20 Megan Woods

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The magic “Seven reasons” that will drive this election

Everyone is suffering a bit of a political news vacuum at the moment, as we are experiencing a little lull before the election period storm. ?Many commentators are trying to pick the winners and losers, give scores our of ten, and all sorts of other pointless space fillers. ?The Herald has a huge article where John Armstrong and Isaac Davidson share their own fantasies.

Here is their take on what you should be thinking

The seven crucial factors that will largely determine election result

1 John Key’s personal popularity.

National’s biggest asset. The marked lift in the economy would probably still have National well clear of Labour had Key fallen under the proverbial bus. But not at a sufficient level to win a third term in power. Key is the difference. No one else in National has the agility to cross the political divide and lure people who would normally never vote National.

2 The ‘no-change’ election.

This election is in the same class as the ones in 2002 and 1987 where Labour victory was a foregone conclusion. Antagonism towards the incumbent ruling party is arguably even more sporadic than it was in those cases. To the message of change being pushed by Opposition parties, the electorate seems to be emitting a collective yawn that says, “Why change?” The difference with those previous cakewalks is that National has effectively consumed the votes of its allies, leaving it poised between a slim victory or narrow defeat. Read more »

Mutterings of a coup due to Labour’s own polling

The Labour Party knows the Rogue Morgan poll is a lot of horse droppings. ?Their own internal results match those of the National Party’s polling: ?Labour is solidly mired below 30% with no signs of any of the Oravida or Maurice Williamson side shows?providing any purchase.

David Cunliffe is so incredibly caustic to the Labour Party, they’ve even had David Parker front the Big Tool roll out.

With no discernible difference.

For a while you?had to read between the lines a little, but Labour’s private murmurings of a coup are starting to seep through into the media.

Claire Trevett reports

As for Labour, Grant Robertson wanted Cunliffe’s job last September. Last week, things were so fragile he might have been in with a chance. List MPs were doing the numbers as internal polling showed them diving into the low to mid-20s and Cunliffe with stratospherically high negative ratings.

One poll was reported to have Labour only five or six points ahead of the Greens. Emerging from the election as effectively a medium-sized party is no way to celebrate Labour’s centenary. The prospect those List MPs could be looking in the Situations Vacant come October was focusing minds.

There were whispers about the nuclear option of forcing a leadership change, not necessarily to win the election but to try to shore up Labour’s vote from a catastrophic low. Ironically, Cunliffe’s opponents Jones and Robertson may well have stopped those musings turning into a more concrete push. Some had discussed putting Jones up as that last-minute leader because he could have an immediate impact on the polling. Read more »

Shane Jones happy to keep talking to the press

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Shane Jones was a problem when he hadn’t resigned, he was a problem while resigning, and he’s not doing Labour any favours while he’s sitting out his final few weeks.

Shane Jones has taken another shot at the Greens, labelling them anti-industry. And when asked whether a Labour-Greens government would be preferable to a National government, he avoided the question.

How long before Labour is going to let Trevor Mallard off the leash? ? Read more »