Bringing Len into line

July 19th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

have not promoted very much one of the constitutional changes they are seeking to make, namely new rule 146B:

The Policy Platform is binding on all Party members elected to public office and on the Parliamentary Labour Party, the New Zealand Council and the Policy Council.

Previously the policy platform was only binding on members who stood on the Labour ticket. What this means is that Mayors such as will be obliged to vote in accordance with the Labour Party policy platform in future. Brown is a member of the Labour Party, but did not stand as a Labour candidate.

I’d say this clause was drafted by the Maritime Union, a Labour Party affiliate member!

This means, if passed, that any Labour Party member who stands for any public office is bound to vote in accordance with the Labour policy platform. I’ve actually voted for some Labour Party members for local body elections – including in 2010. I won’t do so, if this passes as it means they will be servants of the party, not of their constituents.

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13 Responses to “Bringing Len into line”

  1. Nookin (2,887 comments) says:

    This is actually quite scary.

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  2. Keeping Stock (9,787 comments) says:

    Speaking of Labour Party local body candidates, did anything happen to Daljit Singh, the bloke accused of falsifying enrolments in 2010? Just wondering…

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  3. Cobolt (82 comments) says:

    Nookin, you bet me to it. It’s fucking scary.

    And after the constitutional changes Labour has made to leader selection it’s sounding more and more commie party setup.

    Time to bring the dancing cossacks back.

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  4. anonymouse (651 comments) says:

    sneaky sneaky, I guess poor old Harry up in NP would also get caught by this dragnet…..

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  5. anonymouse (651 comments) says:

    Also, presumably this will include those on Health boards (until he of the stripy shirts and ties actually gets round to axing some of them), and also things like the Vector Energy Consumer Trust in Auckland (which in 2005 engaged in a nasty part privatisation of Vector….)

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  6. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    Little Lenny is a puppet of the Socilaists Party in any case. He is redistributing wealth in Auckland by pumping up the rates in areas with non Labour Party supporters and holding down rates in areas with Labour Party supporters.

    I said at the time he was elected and I was proved right that Little Lenny will do all he can to punish the hard working citizens in Auckland. Hes a Socialist an evil piece of works.

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  7. Graeme Edgeler (3,216 comments) says:

    did anything happen to Daljit Singh, the bloke accused of falsifying enrolments in 2010? Just wondering…

    I understand it goes to trial later this year.

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  8. George Patton (330 comments) says:

    The centre-right in NZ’s local body elections have been traditionally disorganized. They will be boosted beyond belief if they can tar and feather Labour candidates as drones of the sickly Wellington Labour caucus.

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  9. alex Masterley (1,438 comments) says:

    Anonymouse.

    Correct.

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  10. big bruv (12,321 comments) says:

    How long before Labour announce that they will fight the next election on the basis of returning to compulsory unionism?

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  11. James Stephenson (1,885 comments) says:

    He is redistributing wealth in Auckland by pumping up the rates in areas with non Labour Party supporters and holding down rates in areas with Labour Party supporters.

    That’s a bit simplistic, he’s mainly starting the process of rating people out of their properties in the areas he wants to increase population density.

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  12. orewa1 (425 comments) says:

    What I havent seen is any information about who the centre right is going to put up in opposition to Len at the next local body elections. Hpefully they have learned by now that the Banks/Brash?ACT brand is toxic, but who knows?

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  13. Paulus (2,291 comments) says:

    Whatever Lying Len stood for at the election he has and always been a Labour Party Member.

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