crisis management

Running a political party by committee fails every time


National was in the same spot in 2002 that Labour found itself in 2008, 2011 and indeed today. ?It takes effort to climb back out of a defeat, but National almost did it in two terms.

National chose three new leaders over nine years in opposition: Bill English, Don Brash and John Key. Each led the party at an election and it was third time lucky. Labour has chosen three new leaders over six years but only two have been put to a public vote. Mr Shearer did not survive a full term. He wants another chance. So does Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson, who ran unsuccessfully in the party election last year when he was the preferred candidate of the caucus.

Whoever Labour chooses this time, it must get it right. Four leaders for a party in opposition is unprecedented.

And yet it won’t. ?It has a bigger problem than not having an effective leader. ?It needs a total overhaul. ?Putting a new steering wheel in a vehicle with an unreliable engine isn’t going to get you anywhere. ? Read more »

Snapper can lose you elections

It isn’t looking good for Nathan Guy

Here’s a major scandal in the making…

A photo of small New Zealand snapper being sold in an American supermarket has fishers up in arms.

The snapper were for sale in a Costco supermarket in Los Angeles in a pack of four with a total net weight of 3.44lb (1.56kg). The price was US$24.05 ($29.08).

The minimum legal length for commercially exported snapper is 25cm.

NZ Fishing World?was given the image by a reader and posted it on the magazine?s Facebook page on Wednesday.

So New Zealand is selling oversized whitebait commercially?

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