Highlights from The Standard

November 5th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Not a headline I thought I’d write often. But two items worth a read.

Queen of Thorns has done her own “Shearer Says” template:

This week I’ve been in [ insert location].  The people there are [hard-working/real] New Zealanders with a great sense of [fairness/justice/community/family].  But they’re [having a hard time/losing their jobs/worried] because of [insert recent National policy implementation].

This isn’t [good/just/fair/helpful].  This is [bad/stressful/unjust/unconstructive].   will stand by the people of [insert location] and help them through the tough times ahead.

National was elected on a promise to [insert promise here].  Instead they’ve [insert policy here].  This isn’t [the way forward/the right thing for New Zealand/what they promised].  As the Leader of the Labour Party, I will do something to fix this [optional:  and will shortly be announcing our policy in this area].

Labour knows that [jobs/children/the environment/the economy/the heartland/our communities] are important to New Zealanders.  Under National, [insert previous] is [suffering/in decline/living below the breadline/spiralling out of control/neglected] while they [insert policy implementation].  As Leader of the Labour Party I’m committed to fixing this [optional:  and will shortly be announcing our policy in this area].

Warm regards,

Leader of the Labour Party

The commenters seem to feel that QOT version is better than the actual thing, and that she should be hired as a writer for Labour!

Michael Valley assesses the Labour front bench. He comments:

Comparing them to the winning Labour team in 1999 really hammers home how awful our guys today are. I pitted each of the frontbenchers today against their 1999 equivalents. Out of the 9, only 2 of the 2012 crop come out on top. And only 3 (Parker, Cunliffe, Cosgrove) have done the job they’ve been put there to do.

Some of his assessments:

Leader
David Shearer (2012) vs Helen Clark (1999)

No contest. Whatsoever. None. Clark looked like the next Prime Minister. Shearer’s minders wouldn’t even let him front on Q+A this morning for fear he would be shown up by Norman.

Deputy Leader
Grant Robertson (2012) vs Michael Cullen (1999)

Grant is better than his leader. Without a doubt. But he just doesn’t shape up compared to Cullen. While Cullen gave excellent support to Clark, oversaw a brilliant house strategy, and kept on top of every portfolio he was ever given (finance, tertiary education, attorney-general, acc etc.) Robertson has failed to fire. His strategic genius has put Labour in the shit they’re in now, and Labour are virtually invisible in the Tertiary Education and Environment space. …

Social Welfare

Jacinda Ardern (2012) vs Steve Maharey (1999)

Maharey was a brilliant advocate and really held the government to account. Remember Christine Rankin hiring a plane for WINZ executives to visit an exclusive Taupo resort? Maharey uncovered it. Ardern on the other hand has been invisible, even after being gifted the MSD privacy uncovered by Keith Ng the Greens outshone Labour. She does not deserve the portfolio nor being put at number 4. New Zealand’s most vulnerable deserve better. …

Health

Maryan Street (2012) vs Annette King (1999)

While now past her use-by date, 1999 Annette was a brilliant opposition politician. While no one even knows who Maryan Street is, in 1999 Annette was ripping Wyatt Creech to shreds. Barely a day went by without health making the news and Annette always stood strong against good healthcare for only the rich. Street on the other hand is awful. She must go.

Education
Nanaia Mahuta (2012) vs Trevor Mallard (1999)

Trevor used to be good. Bloody good. This really is no contest. Nanaia hasn’t performed. Putting out a press release after getting hints she might be dumped doesn’t cut it. She ought to be slaying Parata. To be fair she’d probably beat 2012 Mallard. But how hard is that? Yesterday, Mallard thought it would be a good idea for a senior Labour MP, him, to publicly attack the head of Treasury after he made comments widely welcomed as open-minded and turning away from dry neoliberalism. At least Nanaia keeps her mouth shut rather than putting her foot in it.

It’s going to be an interesting Labour Party conference in two weeks time.

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10 Responses to “Highlights from The Standard”

  1. Manolo (14,046 comments) says:

    Dismal, bloody dismal. Even worse if we consider these mediocrities could be the next government.
    Arrrggghhhh.

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  2. Pete George (23,682 comments) says:

    QoT has been a good addition to the authors at The Standard. Makes a refreshing change from the same old.

    Interesting to see that there is scant support for Shearer at The Standard, as comments on both the linked posts show.

    There is significant support for Cunliffe there, thinking he will be the great saviour of real Labour and restorer of power to the left. But some thought Goff did well in the election campaign last year.

    And Michael Valley is a fan:

    Economic Development
    David Cunliffe (2012) vs Pete Hodgson (1999)

    This is a tough contest. Like Parker, Cunliffe is one of the front benches’ performers. Articulate and makes a lot of headlines. Clearly hates what the Tories are doing to the country, and it shows in his work. His ability to bring economics into human terms and speak with vision and passion nicely compliments Parker to form a strong economic team when it’s given the chance. While Pete was also an incredibly effective opposition MP and knew his stuff, Cunliffe edges Pete out in the public performance stakes. Cunliffe clearly still has leadership potential.

    Cunliffe performs well in public to those who like him, but I think he still has a major problem beyond his fanbase. Apparently his caucus and the voting public are very wary of him.

    He has obvious intelligence and good knowledge of economic matters but I don’t see him communicating with genuine conviction. I saw his Vote Chat last year, a relaxed and extended interview, and he only seemed open, honest and believable about half the time.

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  3. Manolo (14,046 comments) says:

    The title is in itself an oxymoron: there are no highlights at that sewer, The sub-Standard.

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  4. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    I certainly hope they appoint Cunliffe. What appeal does he have beyond his narrow base?

    His personality could ensure Key gets another three years, whereas Shearer may win by accident.

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  5. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    I keep forgetting Ardern is ranked no 4 .. hahahahahahahahahahaha

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  6. Mark (1,489 comments) says:

    Peter (849) Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    I certainly hope they appoint Cunliffe. What appeal does he have beyond his narrow base?

    His personality could ensure Key gets another three years, whereas Shearer may win by accident.

    I doubt labour has any option now. Key has been sloppy and careless in the past 6 months and shearer has been to inept, timid or simply too nice to king hit him. It also shows in his appointments. Ardern and Mahuta have all been pathetic in their respective portfolio’s despite having their respective National Ministers offering their heads on a plate. Ardern is simply no match for the experienced and tidy Ryall.

    Roberston is simply not leadership or D/Leadership material.

    Cunliffe, Parker and bring Hipkins into Education and you may see some runs on the Board in terms of damaging the government.

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  7. lastmanstanding (1,300 comments) says:

    Blood on the carpet at the Socialists Conference? How much more time is Shearer going to be given. Hes at 11% Luigi is at 6% in the polls.
    Ardern at 4 shows the real lack of breath and depth. Shes just a wet behind the ears kid. Never had a real job in the real world. Just a face full of white teeth.

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  8. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Labour are an absolute *rabble*.
    Hekia Parata is the worst Education minister *ever* (and I say that as a right-winger), and yet Mahuta is nowhere to be seen! Ridiculous and abysmal.

    The Nats badly need the Libertarianz to step up and “get out there” to form a viable partner in 2014. Having Labour in government is too awful to contemplate.

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  9. hj (7,063 comments) says:

    Oh bullshit! This is all about elite labour versus real labour. Shearer had the mendacity to suggest that it was wrong for immigrants to take New Zealanders jobs (something Poo-bah Labour and National/ Act agree on).

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  10. RF (1,448 comments) says:

    Hardly worth the time and effort. Labour are doomed to remain in opposition behind the Greens

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