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The callous heartlessness of Labour’s new policy

In March of this year Andrew Little said this:

Labour leader Andrew Little said the government was creating a generation of “working poor”.

The minimum wage is still too low for the many workers who are dependent on it.”

Mr Little said the rise of $18 a week in take-home pay would only just cover rent rises.

And the head of the CTU said this:

Council of Trades Unions president Richard Wagstaff said the “miniscule” increases to the minimum wage would leave people treading water.

“We need to do a real jolt so the people on the minimum wage are actually earning enough to actually live properly.”

Lobby group Living Wage Aotearoa estimates $19.80 per hour is needed to maintain a decent standard of living.

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Due to National losing Northland, Unions are getting what they want

Labour thinks they won the debate on zero-hour contracts. They didn’t.

What won the debate on zero-hour contracts was Steve Joyce and Jo de Joux handing Northland to Winston Peters.

Unions have applauded the end of zero-hour contracts in proposed employment legislation, in what many political parties are calling a major back down from the Government.

The controversial contracts — which don’t guarantee hours and kept workers at the beck and call of employers — have been scrapped as a result of amendments to the proposed legislation.

Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff says having seen the final draft of the planned amendments to the Employment Standards Bill released today, he’s confident workers will have more secure hours.

“If the legislation is passed with these amendments, it means zero-hour employment agreements are gone, and working people will be better protected from these kinds of abuse.

“Working people should still negotiate to achieve fair outcomes, and working people are always strongest when we work to negotiate together, in union collectively to get the best results,” he says.

Unite Union says their campaign last year against zero-hours contracts in the fast food industry had been successful.

“We discovered that probably hundreds of thousands of New Zealand workers were on these contracts. Virtually every family in the country could count one of their members suffering under these contracts. Everyone understood immediately what we were talking about,” national director Mike Treen says.

The union is pleased the Government has backed down from implementing the law which “seemed to legalise these contracts”.

The proposition didn’t gain support from National’s normal partners the Maori Party and United Future, so forced it to compromise with Labour to get the legislation through. Read more »

Show us the money

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Let’s do a quick recap:

1. Labour can only tell us where the money for the first year of this plan is coming from.

2. They still need to find $935,000,000 by 2025. That equates to 37.4 flag referendums.

3. This assumes they will win four terms in office starting in 2017. Only one Labour government (the first, for 14 years) has ever lasted four terms. Most lasted just one term, except Lange’s (two terms) and Clark’s (three terms). Read more »

Not just rapists and murders but Labour is the friend of North Korea and Iran too

Judith Collins used her column in the Sunday Star-Times to highlight whose side Labour is really on as they campaign for cosy treatment for rapists and murderers.

Kelvin Davis wanted New Zealand to criticise Australia at the UN…like Iran and North Korea did.

The week has been full of attention seeking stunts, starting from the ambushing of the Prime Minister by Labour’s Kelvin Davis whose behaviour in front of TV cameras was exactly that.

A dishonest, disrespectful stunt that only served to underline his inability to sell to the New Zealand public that taking a position that criminals, who have already decided that they don’t want to come back to New Zealand, who have committed very serious crimes are somehow representing all Kiwis.    Read more »

Dompost says Andrew Little isn’t Labour’s saviour

The Dompost editorial reckons Andrew Little isn’t Labour’s saviour.

It was written yesterday, but after the shellacking he got in parliament from John Key it is obvious they are right.

Andrew Little wanted to clear the decks of old policy and shine a light on the new Labour captain – himself. The result was strangely depressing.

Little had moved long before last weekend’s annual party conference to kill off the remnants of the Leftish policy Labour touted last year.

The capital gains tax and a rise in the pension age were officially dumped at the conference without fuss from delegates.

Also dumped was the power policy, a joint effort with the Greens to tackle the electricity oligopoly that keeps forcing prices up. And much of the conference took place in secret.

This was creating a desert and calling it peace.

Little now stands on a bare platform with no significant policy. The fact that nobody much cared when he threw out the old policies might be taken as a sign of a newly unified Labour Party. Or it might be a sign that Labour is a corpse. It doesn’t have the strength to fight or even to disagree with itself. So the attempt to hide everything behind closed doors wasn’t even needed.

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Kelvin Davis reports Kiwi crims considering rioting to stay in Australia. Can anyone see a problem with that?

Some Labour MPs I’ve spoken to in recent days are pleased with the way Kelvin Davis is raising his profile.

I’ve questioned this, asking them how cuddling criminals in Australia, in New Zealand and continuing to pimp the indigent, the useless and the work shy is helping voters with the impression that Labour doesn’t represent working New Zealanders anymore.

You can hear crickets chirping as that sinks in.

But no matter Kelvin Davis is still cuddling criminals, this time in Australia.

Kiwi detainees in Christmas Island detention centre are so angry, hungry and traumatised they are considering rioting, Labour says.

MP Kelvin Davis had a five-hour “highly emotional” visit with detainees yesterday, gaining access to the centre after a week waiting on the island.   Read more »

Good news, Grant Robertson has discovered how to steal ideas and cut/paste them into policy

Grant Robertson is the person responsible for Labour’s much vaunted “Future of Work” policy initiative.

Phil Quin, though, has discovered that he is simply cut/pasting exact phrases from news organisations because they sound about what Labour wants to say.

I have reviewed one small section of Labour’s Future of Work discussion paper, and uncovered three clear cases of plagiarism. I can only imagine other such instances are rife throughout the document.

The section in question is titled “Emerging Challenges and Opportunities”.  In total, the section comprises just over 1,200 words.  Among them, a straightforward Google search uncovered three occasions where the drafters of the report directly lifted whole sentences and paragraphs from articles in the Economist and Business Insider.

Labour wrote:

Complex tasks such as programming a computer or writing a legal brief can now be divided in component parts and subcontracted to specialists around the world.

On January 5th this year, in an article titled “Workers on Tap”, the Economist reported:

Complex tasks, such as programming a computer or writing a legal brief, can now be divided into their component parts—and subcontracted to specialists around the world.

Labour went on to write:   Read more »

Labour’s race-baiting wasn’t their Orewa, will someone take Twyford out back and sort him out please

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Andrew Little and Phil Twyford must be held accountable for their race-baiting and dog-whistling housing claims.

Touted to the caucus as the king hit they have been waiting for to get John Key and Labour’s own version of Orewa, it has failed utterly.

Strangely though the print media are silent on these last two polls from reputable companies, preferring instead to wax lyrical about Roy Morgan’s dodgy out of whack poll because it delivers an anti-government slant.

The 3News-Reid Research poll is devastating for Little and Labour.

Full results:

3 News/Reid Research poll, July 15-22, 1000 voters
Margin of error: +/-3.1 percent

Party standings

National – 47 percent, up 0.6 percent (on last poll in May)

Labour – 31.1 percent, up 0.7 percent    Read more »

Andrew Little Promotes the Nanny State

Arts, Travel & Lifestyle blogger David “Pinko” Farrar has interrupted his hectic travel schedule to point out that Andrew Little has decided to continue promoting the Nanny State.

Stuff reports:

Labour leader  labelled the review “flakey”.

Police needed time to investigate the circumstances of each accident, before leaping to any conclusions, he said.

“[For Woodhouse] to go onto a talk-back show and get roasted and decide you are going to do something then it looks, frankly, just a little bit flakey to me,” Little said.

“If there is a debate about whether there should be a more varied range of speed limits – some open roads can accommodate 110km per hour and some can’t – that is a separate debate and we should have that at some point.

“But I am a little bit uncomfortable about this climbing into the police for enforcing the speed limits.”

Little backed police, saying he saw no problem in  “sending a signal when you know that there are peak travel times, saying that you are going to strictly enforce the law.”

So Labour’s policy is that you should be ticketed for driving at 101km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone if it is a holiday period!

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Trotter on the demise of Labour and the rise of the Greens

Another day – and we have more Chris Trotter musings – this time forecasting the end for Labour and the rise of the Greens.

There is a growing awareness, among politicians and journalists alike, that the only person standing between the Greens and truly effective political power is the NZ First Party’s leader, Winston Peters. This will likely see the old campaigner restored to his role as “kingmaker”.

Labour’s decision to reject the Greens’ offer to campaign jointly under the banner of a “Labour/ Greens government” makes this even more probable.

The neo-liberal Establishment may not care for NZ First and its eccentric boss but, if he is ready to bar the cabinet room door to Russel Norman and Metiria Turei, they will tolerate him.

The pundits are confident that Peters’ presence at the centre of the current political equation has the Greens beaten. Regardless of which major party he decides to back, the Greens will play no part in the resulting coalition government. Yes, they may end up wielding an indispensable number of votes but these will avail them nothing because, in the end, they will not dare use them to force a new election.

Will they not? At some point the Greens will have to step away from the adjunct status they have, to date, been willing to accept.   Read more »