Meet the candidates online

September 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Clare Curran blogs at Red Alert:

The Labour Party Leadership roadshow continues around New Zealand this week. There are 12 hustings meetings being held from Whangarei to Dunedin. Today we see the announcement of a “virtual hustings” meeting which is yet another new initiative in our quest to bring greater membership participation in the party.

Under the rules for its current Leadership Election, the Labour Party is required to hold a “virtual hustings meeting”. This is an opportunity for eligible voters to put questions to the candidates online, created by the New Zealand Labour Party working with the Scoop Independent News website. It starts today.

Today the Party is putting out a call to eligible voters to submit questions to the three candidates. To submit a question to be put to the Candidates please send an email to LabourGenSec@scoop.co.nz . The cut-off date for sending your question is midnight on Wednesday 10th of September.

Then from 10-13 September selected questions (from eligible voters) will be answered in a series of blog posts here on the Red Alert. Everyone will then be welcome to join in the discussion (currently moderation policy will apply). The discussion will continue into the weekend on 14 September and online voting closes at midday on Sunday 15 September.

The online promotion is being organised by Scoop.co.nz and promoted over the Scoop Media Cartel group of websites.

Not really that much of an online meeting. More just a non-live Q+A. What would be fun would be a live video-conference where people can tweet, e-mail, text questions in and have them answer them on the spot. But still a good opportunity for Labour members to ask questions, and of course anyone can join in the discussion on Red Alert.

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20 Responses to “Meet the candidates online”

  1. rouppe (960 comments) says:

    Not everyone. Trevor banned me a couple of years ago for reminding him of some history he didn’t like. Six months later I was still banned so haven’t tried since

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  2. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    David Cunliffe was on The Standard yesterday answering questions and laying out his vision for the country.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/david-cunliffe-2/

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  3. rakuraku (162 comments) says:

    The Three Mouseketeers darkie, whitey and fairy.

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  4. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    Today the Party is putting out a call to eligible voters to submit questions to the three candidates.

    A better approach was taken by the Standard, where anyone could put questions to a candidate (Cunliffe). All posts were moderated, with those not meeting the rules shifted to “Open Mike”.

    The party approach suffers from the problem that inconvenient questions can simply be “disappeared”. With a forum, relevant points that are not addressed can be picked up by other posters.

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  5. big bruv (13,651 comments) says:

    Notice how everything the left do is highly moderated?

    Comrade Ross points out that Cuntliffe was on the standard yesterday, as per normal it was a complete waste of time as Iprent and co did not allow any questions from non Labour (or non Cuntliffe) supporters.

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  6. Chuck Bird (4,819 comments) says:

    I noticed Cunliffe was on Live chat on the Herald web site Monday where I do not think awkward questions disappear. If Robertson becomes leader he will not be able to avoid questions which show he is a homosexual activist and not just an MP who happens to be gay.

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  7. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    rakuraku: How come you don’t get demerits for mentioning what Robertson is?

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  8. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    Robertson is the foulest choice Labour have ever made . . . even when he loses they will not get rid of the stigma attached to him.

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  9. Colville (2,234 comments) says:

    and of course anyone can join in the discussion on Red Alert.

    Unless you are one of the 1,000’s they have banned for speaking against the BS posted there…

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  10. thedavincimode (6,606 comments) says:

    Can’t make it sorry. I’ve a previous engagement to eat 3kg of congealed mutton fat.

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  11. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    … as per normal it was a complete waste of time as Iprent and co did not allow any questions from non Labour (or non Cuntliffe) supporters.

    Do you know of any relevant points from questions that were moderated out to Open Mike?

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  12. kowtow (8,092 comments) says:

    chuck bird

    Questions about Robertsons homo activism?

    Not a chance matey,the brave MSM wouldn’t dare,and furthermore the MSM are part of that agenda so don’t care.

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  13. Paulus (2,586 comments) says:

    Saw the Union sector private meeting in Tauranga last evening.
    Main meeting was in another section of the Hotel.
    In the bar, of course, after their sector meeting, following the main meeting.
    Typical looking Unionists with some having Union badges on their clothes.

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  14. Mark1 (90 comments) says:

    “… being held from Whangarei to Dunedin.” Presumably Labour have given up on the Far North and Southland then?

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  15. Chuck Bird (4,819 comments) says:

    @kowtow

    I was pleased that the Herald published my comment. If Robertson manages to become leader I will step up my efforts to get and answer. Anyone who agrees with me a thumbs up on the Herald site would be helpful.

    Chuck Bird (Ngaruawahia)
    02:59 PM Monday, 2 Sep 2013
    If Labour selects Robertson they will go the same way as Labor in Australia as Robertson has misrepresented himself as an MP who just happens to be gay.

    Robertson was a homosexual activist while he was co-president of the NZUSA while at uni. People change as they got older but if he has why would he refuse to answer questions relating to his former activist’s views. He has consistently refused to answer questions relating to his earlier activist’s views.

    He used to be opposed to NZ Blood Service’s policy banning active homosexuals from donating blood. I fail to see how this disadvantages homosexuals in any way. If Robertson still hold this view I would say he places scoring a political point or pandering to the homosexual lobby ahead of public health and safety. Robertson’s electorate office promised me a reply. Mr Robertson when are you going to honour that promise?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11117046

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  16. backster (2,135 comments) says:

    So a hundred crowded into a hall in Tauranga last night, wonder how many there really were, allowing for media exaggeration and reporting personel.

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  17. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    backster: There would be at least 75% bludging followers and media, the weirdo’s entourage of exhibitionists, and possible more riff raff following porn man, maybe a few following “Tojo” as well . . . doesn’t bode well for support!

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  18. Chuck Bird (4,819 comments) says:

    Below are three separate questions on Live Chat at the Herald that were screened so he did not have answer them.

    Grant, do you believe that NZ Blood Services should change their policy and allow active homosexuals to donate blood and put the public at risk to score a political point?

    Grant, why are you refusing to answer question relating to your homosexual activism?

    Grant, if you become leader do you think you will always have a friendly media that will help you dodge awkward questions?

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  19. OneTrack (2,958 comments) says:

    At least the ties are sorted now

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  20. OneTrack (2,958 comments) says:

    “Unless you are one of the 1,000′s they have banned for speaking against the BS posted there…”

    Freedom to say what you are allowed to say – Why were/are all the totalitarian states based on socialism?

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