Labour are an embarrassment of a party, with a dud leader, dud policies and they are absolutely flat broke.
Moira Coatsworth said as much when she told the world that they weren’t going to campaign with billboards or signs, instead they were going to use social media, hashtags and some flash American software the Republican party uses.
Political parties cannot survive without money.
Labour has been a special kind of stupid in having a series of party people that have been dead set useless at fundraising. Chris Flatt, Andrew Little, Tim Barnett and Moira Coatsworth have left the party broke because they don’t raise any money.
Fundraising is the lifeblood of a political party. Read more »
Since the link between Donghua Liu and David Cunliffe surfaced early this week there has been widespread speculation that Labour breached the law in failing to declare two campaign donations made by Mr Liu in 2007.
Though Labour maintains it has no records, the Herald has reported that in 2007 Mr Liu contributed $15,000 for a book signed by Helen Clark, and an unknown amount of money for a bottle of wine.
Under the current law, a candidate donation can include:
“where goods or services are provided by a candidate under a contract or arrangement at a value that is more than their reasonable market value, the amount of the difference between that value and the reasonable market value of those goods or services.”
Corresponding terms govern party donations. Assuming the second donation was for more than $1500, they would capture both of Mr Liu’s transactions. The candidate or responsible party agent who knowingly failed to report them could face up to two years imprisonment (section 207I of the Electoral Act 1993).
But until 19December 2007 the law governing donations was different. Until then the Electoral Act 1993 defined ‘donation’ to include goods or services provided to the party at an undervalue, but did not expressly capture a sale at an overvalue.
This loophole was partly closed by the Electoral Finance Act 2007 but untl then it was arguably legal not to report the alleged Liu donations if they were provided by way of auction price.
The fact that the law was changed to capture the second transaction increases the strength of the case that parliament realised there was a legal loophole under the old provision.
Sources inside Fraser House are saying there is a very grim mood and not just because David Cunliffe has been shown to be a liar.
Since Mike “Fat Tony” Williams jacked in the fundraising role Labour have been flat broke.
Successive backroom operators Chris Flatt, Andrew Little, Moira Coatsworth and Tim Barnett are dead set useless at raising money, and have all squealed when told they had to go and bring in the money for Labour’s election campaign.
This has been compounded by the Leaders office spending like drunken sailors. My sources tell me that the Leader’s Office budget is stretched to pledge card proportions. Read more »
Regular readers will know that Cactus Kate is no longer a member of any party, having quit Act some years ago. She also famously donated $1000 to Labour at the last election after I lost a bike race against Trevor Mallard.
After David Shearer quit Labour decided to hold a leadership contest and made a pitch for new members…Cactus likes the cut of Cunliffe’s jib, a rich prick living in the leafy suburbs and proposing all sorts of changes that would benefit her as a lawyer arranging peoples financial affairs. So she signed up to be a member online.
There is a slight problem though. Labour are nearly at the voting stage and she hadn’t received her voting information so she emailed Tim Barnett.
From: Cactus Kate Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM To: “email@example.com”
Still waiting for my vote paper
Tim Barnett’s reply;
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 10 September, 2013 19:41:01 PDT To: Cactus Kate
I acknowledge receipt of your application for membership to the New Zealand Labour Party. However, membership to our Party is not automatic. Under Rule 6 of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Constitution, a member must “subscribe to the Constitution and policy of the Party”. From your well publicised positions, I have reason to believe that this is not the case.
As a result, I have decided to refer your application to the New Zealand Council of the Labour Party, which next meets on 28 September 2013, for a decision about whether to accept you as a member in accordance with our Constitution. The decision of New Zealand Council is final and binding. Should you wish to make a submission about your membership, please email me directly and I will pass it on to the New Zealand Council for their information.
Labour have appointed Tim Barnett as their General Secretary. That makes three if not four of the most powerful positions in the Labour party all part of the Rainbow faction.
Grant Robertson as Deputy Leader, Alistair Cameron as Chief of Staff, now Tim Barnett as General Secretary and of course Jordan Carter, a key policy influencer. Of course there is also Charles Chauvel, Louisa Wall, and Maryan Street.
Labour certainly looks decidedly top heavy in the Rainbow stakes, not that it should affect the votes of Waitakere Man in the slightest. Perhaps now Labour will have the courage to actually use the words same-sex marriage in their policy rather than skirting around the issue.
Little wonder (if you will excuse the pun), that Shearer has bought off the union faction by ceding control of the party to them with their constitution changes.
The Labour Party has appointed former Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett as its new general secretary.
He takes up the position on July 26 replacing Chris Flatt who has been appointed secretary of the Dairy Workers’ Union.
For the past year Barnett has been a consultant in Southern Africa “developing political leadership to address the HIV epidemic”, Labour said in a statement.
Labour president Moira Coatsworth said Flatt had been a very strong leader during challenging times, and left the party in a stronger financial position and in good health.
“Tim comes to this role with considerable experience as a political representative and manager of organisations, at a fascinating and exciting time in our history. He will be driving implementation of our Organisational Review, forging a campaign-ready Labour machine nationwide and spearheading our fundraising. All key tasks towards achieving Labour-led government from 2014,” she said.
The Labour party already has enough trouble keeping within the guidelines set out by the Electoral Act, but now they want to get an extra day which they will no doubt use to continue flouting and breaching the Electoral Act safe in the knowledge that the Police won’t ever prosecute:
The Labour Party wants a ban on electioneering on election day to be scrapped, saying it was “puritanical” and “from a bygone era.”
Labour’s General Secretary, Chris Flatt, told the justice and electoral select committee it was time for the ban to be reviewed and there was no logical reason for all election advertising to disappear by midnight the night before.
He said provided there were laws to prevent intimidation of voters, there was no reason why electioneering should not be allowed on election day as was permitted in Australia and several European countries.
“The puritanical view in New Zealand could be reviewed, especially in light of the number of people who make up their mind to vote in the last week of the election campaign, and the 12 per cent who make up their minds on the day itself.”
However, Chief Electoral Officer Rob Peden told the committee that it had been part of the political culture since the late 1800s.
“New Zealanders may not be experts on many aspects of electoral administration but one thing most know is that you can’t electioneer on the day.”
It is an interesting site. It carries an authorisation statement, but not a single logo of the Labour party, nor a parliamentary crest so he must be paying for it himself which would be a first for a socialist.
It also asks for contact details. Grant has done this before. There is no privacy statement about what he plans to do with people’s emails? Is this another of Grant’s email harvesting exercises?
If you sign up to give Grant suggestions for Wellington then expect to be spammed with begging letters from Chris Flatt and Labour.
As for ideas, here are some of mine:
Do something about Wellington’s shithouse location
Same for the shithouse weather
Remove 50% of the bureaucrats to improve the general populace
Shift the government departments to Palmerston North to improve rent rates for the productive sector businesses
Make all politicians who promote public transport catch the airport bus instead of taxis ir crown limos
Labour will not mount a challenge against the cliff-hanger election result in the west Auckland seat of Waitakere, confirming National’s Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in the seat.
“We have made the decision against seeking an electoral petition,” Labour secretary Chris Flatt said today.
“We have considered all the options; legal, cost, time.”
Bennett was in the lead by 349 on election night but lost to Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni by 11 votes after specials were counted.
But that was overturned after Bennett sought a recount that gave her the seat by nine votes.
Flatt said the party had discussed the possibility of a challenge with those involved in the recount.
“We have confidence in the Electoral Commission and the process they took.”
A petition could have cost $30,000-$50,000 and possibly more than $100,000 if Labour had chosen to challenge on the basis of malpractice.
There is of course absolutely no suggestion of malpractice on National’s part. Labour are more nervous of what an electoral petition would show on their side.
In short, it’s proof that Labour are both broke and broken – they can’t afford the challenge, and they haven’t got the heart.
With David Shearer absent and disinterested in helping the interests of the union workers over Ports Crisis, and now in charge of a party with no money and no balls, it’s like John Key has Shearer’s mojo in a little box on the mantlepiece, ready for Key to take out and be amused by whenever he feels like it.
Labour and Trevor Mallard counted on their massive use of social media to win the election for them. unfortunately it involved Trevor Mallard talking to people which usually resulted in him abusing them. Like small business owners.
I leak an email from Chris Flatt where he tells Labour supporters that “the shift has begun” off of the back of one poll. The next day more polls are released showing that Chris was a bit premature with his joy.