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Dirty Media causing problems for Labour

The Labour party has enjoyed the support of the Media party for so long they can’t recognise when they are being played.

Right now the conventional wisdom amongst dirty media is that Labour needs to change their deputy because Jacinda Ardern got a measly 10,000 votes in a by-election labour was always going to win.

They are going all in, perhaps because they realise that they can’t touch National with their machinations so they may as well give Andrew Little and Annette King a tickle up in a bid to make Labour more competitive than they really are.

Tracy Watkins sticks her oar in.

The best advice is free they say. And there is never any shortage of it when you are leader of the Opposition.

Labour leader Andrew Little must feel like he’s been hit by a wall of advice – well meaning or not – since the Mt Albert by-election reminded everyone that Jacinda Ardern is one of Labour’s biggest assets.

So here’s some more and Annette King won’t like it very much.   Read more »

If Jacinda is the answer it must have been a really silly question

The serious politician?

Not many people know this, but in 2008 David Farrar and I had a long lunch with Jacinda Ardern in Morrinsville.

It was pleasant enough but I was left with the distinct impression that Jacinda Ardern was living a dream and a plan created by other people…for her.

She also left me with the impression that she was nothing but a collection of bumper sticker slogans and she had about as much depth as a car park puddle in Alice Springs.

Now the Media party are pushing hard for her to be the deputy leader of the Labour party and replace septuagenarian Annette King.

Chris Trotter has fallen for it also. He thinks that Labour’s future rest upon Jacinda Ardern’s reluctant shoulders.

“Jacinda” was the only name on Labour’s by-election billboards. Andrew Little will have noted that. When the electorate starts identifying politicians by their given name – “Rob”, “Winston”, “Helen” – it signals a significant up-tick in political familiarity. It’s easy to vote for a candidate who requires no second name. “Jacinda” has acquired a winning ring.

If Little doesn’t respond to Jacinda Ardern’s emphatic by-election victory in Mt Albert by promoting her to deputy-leader, then he’s a fool. Success merits promotion. Any failure on Little’s part to acknowledge Arden’s pulling-power in Auckland will only fuel suspicions that he lacks the fortitude to shake-up the delicate factional balance of Labour’s caucus.

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More people are seeing Jacinda’s star on the rise

Claire Trevett declares the Mt Albert rout the most boring by-election ever.   But it has once again boosted Ardern’s profile:

It is likely by now Little is wondering if he could squeeze a bit more profile and a few points in the polls out of having Ardern as his deputy instead of King.

That is no indictment of King – but there is a bit of magic about Ardern.

The by-election was a handy chance to road test how the two went side by side on the campaign trail.

Other than that the only vaguely interesting bit was The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan saying the by-election would be a litmus test on whether the party stood in the general election. It’s a silly litmus test – Geoff Simmons was hardly well known there.

Like a school sports day, it was reduced to being about participation rather than competition.

The concept of using Jacinda as political eye candy has to be considered.  Other MPs jobs may depend on it.   Read more »

Hooton on Little’s racist attack on the Maori party

Matthew Hooton thinks that Andrew Little’s attack on the Maori party was racist:

[T]he Mana leader is unquestionably a genuine representative of a certain kaupapa of a minority within Maori society.  Equally undeniable is that the rival Maori Party gives voice to another genuine Maori worldview and mission, albeit one that is more positive and optimistic.  The temporary truce between the two parties indicates that both believe Parliament is richer that the other is represented, despite their differences.  They are almost certainly right.

Labour leader Andrew Little takes a contrary view.  In a Monday morning rant every bit as hate-fuelled as Mr Harawira at his worst, the failing Labour leader – a white man from Wellington – declared the Maori Party was hopeless, had achieved nothing for its people and was “not kaupapa Maori.” He savaged Mr Harawira, who has been nothing if not consistent through his many decades as a radical activist, as “all over the show.”

Mr Harawira was first out of the blocks, defending not just himself but also his Maori Party rivals. In an interview all the more devastating for its unusual restraint, Mr Harawira called Mr Little’s premeditated attack inappropriate and nasty, and declared that Maori did not need “white guys like Andrew Little telling us what to do and what our aspirations should be.”   Read more »

Rare bipartisan cooperation between National and Labour

An overhaul of the legislation governing the spy agencies is set to go ahead next month after the Government agreed to Labour’s call for changes to ensure stronger safeguards before agencies can spy on New Zealanders.

The Select Committee looking at the lntelligence and Security Bill has reported back and the Government has agreed to pick up most the changes recommended.

The overhaul will give the GCSB the power to spy on New Zealanders as well as the SIS and Prime Minister Bill English said the most significant change was a new two-pronged test before a warrant to spy on New Zealander could be issued.

That would require a minister and Commissioner of Intelligence Warrants to be satisfied it was necessary for national security and that it fitted within a list of seven situations such as terrorism, violent extremism, espionage, sabotage or serious crime. Read more »

Tories win Labour seat they haven’t held for 80 years

If you need further evidence of the waning relevance of Labour parties around the world then the result in Copeland in the United Kingdom provides it.

The Conservatives have won the Copeland by-election, beating Labour in an area it represented for more than 80 years.

Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes to Labour’s Gillian Troughton’s 11,601.   Read more »

Labour Party on Immigration and the refugee quota

I contacted National, Labour, Act, The Maori Party, NZ First, the Greens, the Opportunities Party, the Conservatives and United Future to ask them all three questions. Five parties responded to my questions and I published their responses in full and un-edited. My attempts to get a response from the Labour Party were unsuccessful so I looked at their website to try to find the answers to the questions I asked the other parties.

Immediately I had a problem as the Labour Party states on their website that…

Following the 2014 Election, Labour placed all policy under review.

We will continue to announce new policy through to the 2017 Election.

However, Labour has announced 12 new policies so far and while none of them was about immigration their very first one was about the refugee quota.

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Politicising her position – trying for personal gain from children’s misery

According to Stuff’s “School Report” Merivale School in Tauranga has less than 150 students and gets funded at $7,500 per student.

Apparently, though they cannot afford to buy the odd blanket for the kids.

The Principal somehow manages to not only work 60 hours per week and be stressed and burned out:

Burnout of school leaders was significantly higher in rural and isolated areas due to less professional support.

Merivale School principal Jan Tinetti, who did the survey herself, said she was dismayed by the findings.

“I work about 60 hours a week, and I know lots of places do, but it is not sustainable every single week. It’s hard work.”

“I’ve been a principal for 20 years, and the stress has increased out of sight, and the hours have increased.”

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Andrew Little doing his best to slag off potential coalition partners

Following on from his angry outburst against Cadbury, Andrew Little is now angrily insulting the Maori party:

In an interview on Morning Report, Labour leader Andrew Little accused the Māori Party of not being kaupapa Māori, or Māori-based.

He added that the party had “conceded on every important issue affecting Māori in the last nine years”.

An onslaught has followed, with a founding member of the party, Dame Tariana Turia, reaffirming why she didn’t believe Māori could trust the Labour Party.

“Our people need to be reminded of the racism that continues to exist in the Labour Party.”

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Poster on wall in Napier

via the Tipline

Hard to imagine how much further left they would need to go.  As far as pleasing Martyn Martin Bradbury probably.

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