Deb Mahuta-Coyle

The left’s problem and a possible solution

Selwyn Manning is a nice guy, I genuinely respect him. Even though he is from the left he is at least considered and only prone to occasional lapses of judgement and falling for conspiracy theories.

His recent articles on the SIS OIA were very fanciful, and he should talk to sensible people rather than ranting idiots who are invariably wrong like Martyn Martin Bradbury.

His latest article though looks at the problems with Labour, the left and he also suggest a possible solution. It is TL;DR, but I have read it for you.

Here are the best parts.

Labour must wake up and scent the air. Because from outside this once broad-tent, in the real New Zealand, springtime has sprung. People are moving on, fast. From here, Labour?s self-dissection will simply create a political latency that in turn will become Labour?s self-conceived prophesy ? it risks creating a political sea-anchor that will cause the party to stall, further disengage from opposition-politics, and further render its MPs as irrelevant and cumulatively a spent-force.

We know from previous observations that Labour is notorious for its naval-gazing. Whenever a crisis occurs, those who have occupied its caucus seemingly for decades roll out the tried and true rhetoric of ?oh we must examine why this has occurred? and ?we must learn from our mistakes?. Well, this tradition fails to cut it when one considers the responsibility this party shoulders as the leading force of the political centre-left ? irrespective of last Saturday?s failure.

Any self-examination, of what went wrong or otherwise, will only reveal what has been blindingly obvious to any independent observer over the past six years. The detachment, the disengagement, the aloofness, the tribalism, the inability of the party to attract quality candidates based on merit. That the inverse has too often been the case where selections have been based on a person?s label, their political identity, rather than on their raw ability to represent and lead.

This, in large part, has contributed to Labour?s estrangement from real contemporary New Zealand. Out here, real people aspire to progress and desire to prosper and expect the party they elect to be representative of their own values.

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Ikaroa Rawhiti Skulduggery continues

The stitch up continues, with the strong local candidates Henare O?Keefe and Meka Whaitiri getting it in the arse from the nasty faction who are promoting ring in Shane Taurima.

The decision looks likely to be stripped out of the local?s hands by the nasty faction. Paul Tolich?s new coffee machine has been purchased and he is working overtime on behalf of Shane together with the nasty faction led by Carol Beaumont and Sue Moroney. Emails are being sent supporting Shane by Deb Mahuta-Coyle on behalf of Shane Taurima.

Unfortunately for the Nasty Faction they don?t seem to understand the party rules. Sources inside the faction are telling me that they are frantically trying to sign up members at this very late stage, although new members will have no say in the decision. The sources are in disbelieve that Paul, Sue and Carol can be so inept, and through their immoral tactics and skulduggery they are putting the chances of a good man at jeopardy.

Shane Taurima is known to be honest and reasonable, but is ruining his reputation by working with inept, nasty party fixers. He should take a big step back, look at those who are supporting him, and wonder whether it is the Maori way to screw over two very good people in Meka and Henare. Selections should be fair and honest, not nasty and unethical.

Parekura Horomia was a man whose integrity and decency was recognised by all sides of the political spectrum. He would be disgusted with the lack of mana shown by the nasty faction trying to stitch up the selection in his old constituency.

Advice to Tim and Moira, if you want selection to be an absolute shambles get Carol Beaumont involved. Everyone knows Carol is useless and got kicked out of the union movement and into parliament because even unions can’t have useless people working for them.

HR for political parties, Ctd

I have been sent a suggested list of possible methods of creating KPIs for politicians by a National party insider. Labour would do well to look at some of these suggestions.

There clearly needs to be a mix of indicators. An overemphasis of one at the expense of others means you get an MP who will coast.

1. Party votes – the ultimate indicator of worth. Obviously this needs to be subjective since every electorate is different in terms of worth to the party, but there can be some kind of assessment whether the MP did a great job of winning the PV in their seat. Did they beat the previous election result, did they over or under perform against the average result, is the result reflecting the kind of PV needed in a “blue” or “red” seat. ?Deb Mahuta-Coyle is probably regarded as next to useless because of her appalling result in Tauranga for Labour. She may never get a decent Parliamentary opportunity again because her colleagues know she can’t win votes.

2. Electorate vote – Obviously, people who win seats are better MPs. Sadly, list MPs who only go for PV are not quite as recognised for effectiveness, since they don’t bring in extra resources that come with a seat, not have the ability to keep an organisation going. MPs who win marginals and hold them should be highly regarded. The obvious KPI is “Did they win?”, followed by “Did they over or underpeform against the swing”. Louisa Wall will be regarded well in Labour for winning Manurewa well.

3. Membership –?MPs who support organisations that grow membership have power that grows with it. A good MP is one who finds good people to help run their seat and grow membership, hold functions, engage in report backs and fundraise. John Carter would have to be regarded as a superior MP in recent years on this KPI, whereas Paula Bennett and Murray McCully would score dismally in this regard.

4. Media coverage – obviously positive news rubs off on the character of the MP. For a backbencher, that means getting into the local suburban paper for useful things showing community benefit. This doesn’t mean posing at ribbon cuttings for a community hall that was commissioned by the council, but rather posing with community constables recently coming into service due to boosted police numbers.

5. Name recognition – closely linked to media coverage. Lots of people know the names of Simon Bridges, because he is successful for Tauranga and gets good media. However, other politicians get name recognition because they get drunk and piss on trees, or maybe they they want to compulsorily arm Muslim taxi drivers. Everyone knows who those idiots are. The KPI in this category would need to carry plus?scores?and minus scores.

6. Parliamentary business – again subjective. Large numbers of PQs might only suggest they have a staff member who can ask loads of questions. But unless you ask questions, you don’t get answers that help drive stories of public concern to win votes.

7. Fundraising – an MP who can bring in money for their party is valuable. Someone who has good connections to fundraising sources is indispensable. Someone who is too frightened to ring around the Rotary Club asking for $100 from each member is probably not going to hack it as a successful MP. Even a good left-wing electorate MP should be able to raise a bit of money from small business people if they are personally liked.

8. Campaign skills – ?Does this MP run a decent campaign – not just an election, but an issues campaign that crops up during the course of the term. Do they take the lazy way of campaigning and wave signs around or bother shoppers at their local supermarket or pub? Do they aggravate people on social media? Or do they take a professional approach, using skilled volunteers to identify pockets of potential support and then work them over with doorknocking, phone calls, written material and more? Do they work over the media about their campaign, and can they find decent photo opportunities to make their point. For example, Nikki Kaye had a technically competent campaign that helped withstand the tactical voting tricks of the Greens and Labour.

9. X-Factor – ?Either you have it or you don’t. Amy Adams and Simon Bridges have X-Factor. David Shearer and Mark Mitchell do too. Richard Prosser doesn’t. Neither does Colin King. While those MP don;t have X-Factor, Darien Fenton has the exact opposite of X-Factor turning away more voters than than she wins, if any.

10. Mark on Parliament – What laws have they passed, and what have they done for us lately? What initiatives have they started that improved the lives of people? Brian Neeson weakly raised the fact he helped microchip dogs when he was challenged by John Key. People didn’t care. He hadn’t made a mark on Parliament in the years he was there. Jackie Blue did well with herceptin for women, but seems to have gone invisible since then. Are they an attack dog, perhaps an effective debater who makes logical useful points that other MPs want to listen to? Or are they just a drone who can’t string two sentences together even when some hard working researcher gives them everything they need to say?

In-fighting already

The in-fighting in Labour has begun in earnest after the release of their lack-lustre list.

Labour MP Damien O’Connor has hit out at his party organisation, saying its candidates list was drawn up by “a gaggle of gays and self-serving unionists” who gave “straight shooters” little chance of success.

Damien?O’Connor is a genuine good guy. He works hard for a Labour MP and certainly has a great chance of being the only Labour MP to take back a seat from National at the next election. Being frank and up-front about his views will only help that cause.

Mr O’Connor, the electorate candidate for the marginal West Coast-Tasman seat, said he withdrew from the party-list process before the final meeting.

“I wouldn’t trust them. Between a gaggle of gays and some self-serving unionists, I’m not sure that a straight shooter such as myself would be given a fair deal.”

A few others don’t seem to be getting a fair deal either.
What is clear from Labour’s list is that there is definitely no role for straight white males in the modern Labour party?especially if they are rooters or even former rooters. Look at Stuart Nash’s listing, one of the stars of the new intake but downgraded below hacks and lackeys probably due to his past inveterate rooting?and Iain Lees-Galloway is paying dearly for his stenographer rooting. The sisterhood frowns on this behaviour and they have long memories.

Stuart Nash hasn’t a prayer against Chris Tremain, he should really have a crack at Tukituki where a solid red blooded male will go well against a guy in a gay ute. I’d even think about helping him with his campaign there.

Phil Twyford, another straight white male who got slammed on the list. Phil Goff says:

people were chosen for their skills rather than backgrounds

What does that say about the skills of Phil Twyford then who hasn’t been wanted in 4 seats and now cops a demotion on the list? He isn’t from a union background and is straight and white….down the list you go fella. That is of course a lie because as Danyl at DimPost points out:

If I were leading a party that was seen as out of touch and unable to communicate with the public I?d try and talent-search my new MPs from somewhere other than my communications staff.

He is of course talking about the rapid rise of Deb Mahuta-Coyle.