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Labour’s Angst

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by Keith Rankin

Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage?
My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late swing from the Greens in favour of Labour, though partially offset by a drift from Labour to New Zealand First, and a late drift from NZ First to National. MORE >>
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Setting The Agenda View All →

The rich get richer

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By   12 hours ago

Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power.

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Labour’s Angst

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By   2 days ago

Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage?

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Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveillance and the spirit of dissidence

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By   2 days ago

“When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.”

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Internet MANA the election and the media

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By   2 days ago

I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment.

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Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population

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By   2 days ago

We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details).

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Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind

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By   2 days ago

Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind.

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The tasks before the left and labour movement

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By   3 days ago

Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election.

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David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Beltway

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By   4 days ago

David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he can be truly tested. The alternatives would have seen Robertson become leader uncontested, a tactic […]

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership fight (Meanwhile the NZ Herald is pimping for war)

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By   11 hours ago

The combined wisdom of the last two reviews was that the Party had to give affiliates and members a say so that they would feel connected to Labour and such interaction would boost membership. So how do those affiliates and members now feel after the Leader they selected had a Caucus sit on its hands and sulk?

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A brief word on reinvading Iraq

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By   2 days ago

Seeing how most NZers reacted to mass surveillance and dirty politics by rallying to Key, the sick thing about NZ right now is that Key might win 2017 if he invades Iraq.

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A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to National

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By   2 days ago

One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate.

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A Study in Party Stability

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By   3 days ago

In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens.

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Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2

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By   3 days ago

If Cunliffe can’t show he has listened to the damage that disunity has produced, then he isn’t fit to be a leader. One means available to Cunliffe for this is the symbolism of who he picks as a running mate for this primary. In this Stuart Nash has the edge.

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Deep thought vs Deep prejudice

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By   4 days ago

. . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless breeding“. The previous letter writer, a Mr Smith,  parrotted the usual prejudice, For too long, […]

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Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win

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By   6 days ago

Let’s give the sleepy hobbits what they want, uncomplicated boiled meat and 3 vege politics led by Cameron Slaters mate, Stuart Nash as leader and Grant Robertson as deputy.

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The graceless win of Kelvin Davis

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By   6 days ago

The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow.

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Media Watch View All →

When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?

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By   2 days ago

When the defenders of the mainstream media say they covered ‪Dirty Politics‬ – what exactly did they cover? That Hager was a hypercritical thief for using stolen emails or that it’s a left wing conspiracy theory to smear John Key?

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From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on the job

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By   4 days ago

While the Fiji general election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006 “coup to end all coups”, a student team from AUT University performed something of a coup themselves.

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GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!

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By   5 days ago

Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM.

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UPDATE: Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist group removed from Facebook

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By   6 days ago

Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook.

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps Giving

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By   2 weeks ago

If you’re one of the 21% who would consider voting for advert-free television, or part of the huge majority of New Zealanders who simply want better television news, the solution is advert-free television. Take a look at the CBB Broadcasting Policy Guide

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3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happened

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By   2 weeks ago

TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping to using Whaleoil as a source for a story as if Dirty Politics never happened.

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A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero

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By   2 weeks ago

At a time when many of us have lost faith in the mainstream media, Nissen is a reminder that ethical journalist of honour still exist.

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BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil

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By   2 weeks ago

If we want a better democracy, it starts by having the civic ethics to not fund hate speech sites like Whaleoil.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love

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By   2 days ago

A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit from their policies. Here are the topmost thoughts from a week of reflection.

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!

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By   2 days ago

One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and measured response, the factions have revolted; it’s a free for all, put -the-boot-in, knee jerk reaction. It just goes to show how much I know.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post

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By   2 days ago

Finding himself in the awkward situation as head of a hostile caucus, David Cunliffe did everything they demanded. However despite doing every thing they wanted, on losing the election the caucus were still not satisfied and not prepared to wait till there was another conference, they wanted Cunliffe to resign immediately and hand the leadership over to someone of their choosing, without allowing a membership vote.

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GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)

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By   2 days ago

There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.

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GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superficial media story

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By   2 days ago

The left relied on social media this election to disseminate its message. Is that enough? Or do we have to try to reclaim some of the mainstream narrative?

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party

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By   3 days ago

We all have our thoughts on the reasons for these results, and I will certainly be giving mine during the Labour Party review. Unlike some Labour MPs, I don’t intend to use public forums to air internal party issues, in a way that is destructive to the Party.

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post party depression

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By   4 days ago

Just get back on the horse and giddy the fuck up Labour. You may have been lapped but we need you still in the race.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my own experience of Dirty Politics

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By   5 days ago

In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a lot. And I mean a lot.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi

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By   2 weeks ago

What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his mother’s funeral.  It was a punchy, in-your-face, look through the windows into the family living […]

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Dirty Politics: the book review

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By   3 weeks ago

Page 117 is as far as I can stomach to read of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics before writing this review. The emotional arc of the shit rainbow painted so vividly and irrefutably in this book began with wet anticipation – and went through stages of wonderment, scepticism, alarm, fascination, horror and dismay – to this point of dry retching.

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Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoter selfie this election with your child now

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By   4 weeks ago

If we want to stop apathy, we need to celebrate voting & bring our kids along – we’ve voted for change #futurevoter

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Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig & Laila Harre

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By   1 month ago

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.

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Review: Hairspray

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By   1 month ago

  Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that is was  probably mostly because of Zac Efron’s presence in both. Though they are equally […]

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Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM 7.30pm tonight on The Daily Blog

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By   1 month ago

As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate…

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result

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By   12 hours ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result

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At the end of the day…

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By   2 days ago

At the end of the day…

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Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty

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By   2 days ago

Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty

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The NZ National voters elected

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By   4 days ago

The NZ National voters elected

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So we can expect this now?

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By   1 week ago

So we can expect this now?

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New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA

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By   1 week ago

New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA

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New Flag competition

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By   1 week ago

New Flag competition

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I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could

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By   2 weeks ago

I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could

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