Dickens on Labour

April 24th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

at NewstalkZB writes:

Rajen Prasad’s stand on Nigella Lawson in the weekend was truly laughable. We can’t keep out a visitor without criminal conviction unless they represent truly objectionable viewpoints such as rappers praising gang rape or holocaust deniers. We can’t deny Nigella a visa unless we decide that she really does use too much butter. So it was a Don Quixote moment, except Nigella will never look like a windmill. The real story is that Rajen was not under control. Matt McCarten seems to have lost his legs, just like Benji Marshall – the game line is safe.

Then there was Andrew Little’s outrage yesterday that Wanaka worked over Easter weekend. says they’re all about jobs, but they’re not when they say that when 25,000 people visit town no-one is allowed to profit from it due to an antiquated law. Wanaka jobs are dependent on snow and the Warbirds. They wanted to make money, they wanted jobs so I don’t get what Andrew is on about. When the workers want to work and when the work is there, they work and you let them. That’s called supporting workers Mr Little. I didn’t hear anyone from Wanaka moaning about working when they flouted the law and made hay.

I find it weird that so many people who claim to be a champion of workers’ rights, want to deny them the chance to earn some extra money.

So another week of more gaffes, more overthinking. It’s a weekly wonder. And before all you Labour supporters start thinking I’m some sort of Tory cheerleader, there’s Shane Jones.

Has there ever been a clearer example of a rat leaving the sinking ship than Shane? Last year he charged for the Labour leadership. This year he’s leaving to be a salary boy, jacked up by Murray McCully no less. He’s given up. He can’t see a Cabinet job on the government benches so he’s off to make hay. Can’t say I blame him!

So Labour has lost its mojo. It doesn’t even know how to spell mojo. There’s something deeply wrong. After two terms out of office, they should not be this far out of the race this close to an election. It’s sad.

Labour has just 152 days to convince voters it is a credible alternate Government. This week has made their job much harder.

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29 Responses to “Dickens on Labour”

  1. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    “When the workers want to work and when the work is there, they work and you let them.
    That’s called supporting workers Mr Little”

    Exactly.

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  2. Redbaiter (9,490 comments) says:

    Greens are anti jobs.

    Labour are for the worker.

    How does that partnership work?

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  3. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,914 comments) says:

    ‘News from the War Room

    A major assault on the PM was successfully carried out yesterday in Napier.

    Our storm troops retired after expending all their ammunition.

    Unfortunately the PM wasn’t there at the time but much cosmetic damage was done to his car.’

    I still haven’t figured out whether this was the latest brilliant tactic devised by the tax cheat or just a few out of control idiot locals.
    Whichever, it sure as hell will have lost them some middle ground votes.

    David, would you please write to the Speaker and ask him to kick this motley bunch of thieves out of the opposition caucus room?

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  4. burt (8,301 comments) says:

    Redbaiter

    Labour are not for the worker – they are for the unions.

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  5. Jack5 (5,144 comments) says:

    Who now represents the working folk of the country and their families?

    The meat workers, farm hands, tradies, shop workers and their families I know are fairly conservative compared with the minorities-heavy Utopian Labour Party.

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  6. Richard Hurst (868 comments) says:

    Labour are all about jobs- in the civil service, DHB admin, new ministries, new agencies and commissions to manage or represent this or that minority interest, more quango’s and a whole range of salaried back office non-jobs for various projects that lead to nothing in particular. Oh yes Labour are defiantly all about more jobs, more govt jobs that is.

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  7. Rich Prick (1,719 comments) says:

    “Labour has just 152 days to convince voters it is a credible alternate Government.”

    Regrettably that should read “The Greens have ….” because Labour is stuffed.

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  8. BeaB (2,142 comments) says:

    Add to the list the Labour MP who suggested banning Facebook.

    No policy, no leadership, no discipline, no guiding principles – no need for any of them.

    Vote National!

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  9. Manolo (14,024 comments) says:

    Greens are anti jobs.
    Labour are for the worker.
    How does that partnership work?

    They are comrades, shades of crimson red all over.

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  10. Paulus (2,656 comments) says:

    Aren’t the Rolling Stones due to tour in New Zealand.
    Do they have clean drugs record – am not so sure from their past history, but they go to the USA so they are different from Nigella.
    Have they received dispensation yet to come ?

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  11. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    The Prasad thing was farcical, I thought the idea of hiring McCarten was he’d bring clarity to the messaging, it’s a dreadful failure to date.

    The Wanaka thing, perhaps not so bad. I missed what he said, but the trading laws are a farce. Personally I’d sweep them all away and allow business to operate whenever it wants with the sole exception of ANZAC day.

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  12. Steve Wrathall (284 comments) says:

    Add to that their new/retread addition Kelvin Davis’s #1 priority …”It gives me a platform and the resources of an MP to campaign.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11243097
    Feet not yet back in the trough, and he’s salivating at the state resources to be used by statists to promote statism. Labour has not changed at all since the pledge card theft

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  13. wreck1080 (3,956 comments) says:

    “I find it weird that so many people who claim to be a champion of workers’ rights, want to deny them the chance to earn some extra money.”

    She is more the 1% , and labour is against rich people.

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  14. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,914 comments) says:

    Steve Wrathall

    Not taking anything away from you justifiably jaundiced view of Labourites. Kelvin Davis is an extremely capable and experienced person who will never be short of employment offers outside parliament at a salary considerable better than that of a back bench MP.

    You know, he never struck me as a salivator.

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  15. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    Alan>The Prasad thing was farcical, I thought the idea of hiring McCarten was he’d bring clarity to the messaging, it’s a dreadful failure to date.

    What did you expect? McCarten’s previous political hobby horse was Mana. He is skilled in promoting a left wing party to the point of polling two percent, but turning that two percent support in to an election victory is a big ask.

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  16. georgebolwing (978 comments) says:

    No, you don’t understand. Workers are an oppressed underclass, at the mercy of the capitalist runny dogs. They must be saved from exploitation and it is the historical duty of the vanguard party of the left to use the powers of the state to unshackle the down trodden from their chains. Or something.

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  17. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Labour logic: criticise the admission into NZ of Lawson, yet have a senior MP who is a self-confessed serious drug addict. These f/wits are too much!

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  18. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    Parliamentary staff using parliamentary premises, phones and computers to do electioneering work during parliamentary time surely breaks parliamentary rules.

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  19. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Yes, but every single party does it, so it’s ignored

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  20. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    Fisiani>Parliamentary staff using parliamentary premises, phones and computers to do electioneering work during parliamentary time surely breaks parliamentary rules.

    Whenever Cunliffe’s parliamentary War Room is mentioned, I imagine all those Downfall subtitling spoofs. With Cunliffe ranting about something he disagrees with (Jones resigning, Facebook, asset sales, Nigella Lawson, the polls, etc) in his taxpayer-provided Fuhrerbunker. McCarten, Cunliffe’s cousin press secretary, and Presland are in uniform, listening to the ranting and wondering what they’ve got themselves in to. Curran is outside in the corridor in tears.

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  21. mandk (1,013 comments) says:

    “Labour has just 152 days to convince voters it is a credible alternate Government”

    Does this mean we face the prospect of Labour and Greens swapping the leadership on a week-and-week-about basis?

    I think you mean alternative. Alternate is a horrible, ambiguous Americanism.

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  22. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    “Labour has just 152 days to convince voters it is a credible alternate Government”

    Oh please. In retrospect, they’ve never had a shit show of winning this election. National could be exposed as a paedophile ring and they would still win.

    We have an incompetent, idiotic government and a disorganised opposition. Any rational person would spoil their ballot.

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  23. cha (4,076 comments) says:

    Any rational person would spoil their ballot.

    A butch feminist with bad teeth managed to spoil it three times on the trot.

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  24. lilman (965 comments) says:

    I dont know what you want for a government Tom,all we hear is words like,idiotic,uncaring,selfish,divisive and such.
    So if this is bad please actually tell us what would be your ideal government with policies that I can comment on.
    Fair enough Tom,I have no problem with you wanting more,just interested in your ideas.

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  25. Sadu (129 comments) says:

    I happen to live in Wanaka and I feel pretty strongly about this. The warbirds event is huge and brings a lot of people into town. This article says 25,000 people, other articles say 80,000 who knows what the actual figure is – but given the permanent population of the town is about 8,000 this show is a pretty big deal. Every person visiting will be spending good coin on rental cars, accommodation, food, other touristy stuff while they are here. Wanaka is a resort town – we have no industry as such, so when visitors come to town we need to be able to sell them stuff.

    Saying that shops have to close for 2 days out of four over the long weekend is fucking nuts. The place is buzzing. People want to buy dinner, look at some local art, book a ski wekend, replace their lost cellphone, have a beer with friends, get a puncture repaired, buy some expensive merino clothes. You get the picture.
    There is a mountain of visitors to town for a very short period of time, and all the shops should be open if they want to be. All the visitors are in town to have a good time, and the retailers in Wanaka want to help them do that and make some coin in the process.

    But the council beaurocrats declined all the special liquor license applications except one, and the government says retailers have to stay shut, and we have Andrew Little banging on about worker rights or god knows what. Somehow someone leaked that the beaurocrats weren’t going to be checking up on the town, so all power to the shopkeepers who took the only logical course of action and opened their doors. If it was Jacqui Dean (our MP) who leaked this information, then I’m really pleased that our voice in government is actually on our side. Big +1 all round.

    I’m assuming Andrew Little doesn’t live in Wanaka, and therefore who gives a fuck what he thinks on this matter.

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  26. burt (8,301 comments) says:

    Sadu

    If the good people of Wanaka were crammed into the Churches celebrating in good Christian style then the call to close the shops would possibly make some sense. I suspect Little is just being a socialist like Len Brown…. He’s pretending to be a good Christian man for the sake of his popularity.

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  27. Viking2 (11,547 comments) says:

    He’s pretending to be a good Christian man for the sake of his popularity.

    errrrrrrrrrr

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  28. tvb (4,491 comments) says:

    Labour’s problem is they have to form a coalition with the Greens and NZF to form a Government and that does not seem to be a credible alternative Government. People will ask themselves – why change to something unstable and unknown. Add into the mix David Cunliffe is not a credible alternative PM. But whatever happens the numbers will be close. The campaign will matter but Cunliffe is more likely to stuff up than Key but only more likely. Key can make mistakes such as the tea cup incident.

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  29. wat dabney (3,805 comments) says:

    The National Right To Work organisation has been trying to protect ordinary American workers from the depredations of the labour cartels since 1968: to support Right to Work legislation in as many states as possible so that average joes are not dictated to and prevented from working by politically-organised rent-seekers.

    http://www.nrtw.org/

    “Right To Work States Have Lower Unemployment, Higher Income and Healthcare Coverage”

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/right-work-states-have-lower-unemployment-higher-income-and-healthcare-coverage

    The “problem”, of course, is that unions exist to represent their members at the expense of everyone else. Just as the Labour Party exists to represent union members at the expense of the rest of us.

    New Zealand needs its own National Right to Work organisation.

    It could call itself The Real Labour Party.

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