The discipline issue

July 21st, 2014 at 7:19 am by David Farrar

Danyl blogs at Dim-Post:

It’s been a shambolic couple of weeks for . They had their congress and launched a major education policy, carefully designed to attack National where they were vulnerable and attract centre voters back to , and they’ve spent every day since then talking about either Moas, or banning cosmetics, or Cunliffe’s ‘man apology’, or changing the burden of proof in rape cases, or Kelvin Davis’ support for the holiday highway, or te reo in schools – with some MPs supporting this and some opposing – ie they’ve been talking about pretty much anything other than the huge new policy they just launched.

That is a good summary. Labour has been in the news almost every day for a fortnight, but on a different issue – and generally a negative one.

Sounds like Labour are finally working this out, as Stuff reports:

Yesterday’s frontbench meeting is understood to have settled on a radical rethink of strategy for the remainder of the campaign, with Labour set to focus on fewer key policies and messages.

This is sensible. What is alarming is that such a common sense approach is thought to be a radical rethink.

But will the party keep to the script?

MPs are also under orders to be more disciplined. Cunliffe is believed to have had words with veteran MP Trevor Mallard about his plan to revive extinct moa, which grabbed headlines on the eve of a Labour Party conference that was supposed to showcase the leader.

Others singled out for criticism for going “off reservation” include Tainui MP Nanaia Mahuta and Te Tai Tokerau candidate Kelvin Davis, who have both taken opposing views to party policy on issues in their areas.

A senior MP said the latest poll ratings were a concern.

“We have to be bloody good at what we do, we’ve got to be very tightly focused and on message.

“We’ve got good policy, got a good campaign plan, we know we’ve got the troops on the ground, we can pull this up.”

There was an acknowledgement that the public was confused by the number of different signals coming from Labour, and that was blamed on “trying to do too much too quickly”.

“Then there’s another level with people saying things that are completely off the script.”

That included Cunliffe himself, for his apology “for being a man” to a Women’s Refuge conference.

But will Labour be disciplined enough. I doubt here. Here is Sue Moroney campaigning for free Moroccan cooking classes:

And it gets better. Sue also wants free Photoshop classes. Presumably for Labour Party staff.

Do you really think this is a Labour Party that could achieve surplus and run a balanced budget?

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16 Responses to “The discipline issue”

  1. OneTrack (3,092 comments) says:

    In other words they are going to still keep all their wacky policies, but they are just not going to talk about them until after the election. Condition normal for the left then.

    Nb changing the burden of proof IS their huge new policy they just lauched. What else did Danyl mean?

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  2. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Heard Slobcom screaming that Labour needs his party and performing like his Great Uncle Adolf. What is “Tojo” going to say about this despicable outburst from the filthy fat felonious freak? He obviously has some connection to “Tojo” and his party of homosexuals, lesbians, unionists, genderqueers, and losers. He is only interested in keeping out of a US pen, and is scared of becoming a gang member’s bitch . . . he is bad news so Cunliffe best distance himself, or is he in too deep?

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  3. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    Sue Moron-ey – the classic leftist thinker; forget about where the money comes from, whether it’s just a few million for extended PPL, evening night classes, just spend it. I reckon if she was my Mrs I’d be going round the house turning off lights, heaters, curling tongs etc left blazing day and night

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  4. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    Should Cunliffe rule out working with IMP now, now that they are vowing to close all prisons!!!???

    Will the media even ask them about this trifling matter?

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  5. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Yeah, fancy a political campaign that focused on key policy – what were they thinking – we all know that political campaigns promoting a particular party should be run on pointing out what is wrong with the opposition, rather than on what we want to offer the country and the policies in which that will be achieved.

    Besides when we focus on their mistakes, we deflect the attention from what is sadly lacking in our own campaign – nope it should be all about personalities, especially when a personality is all you have on offer!

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  6. OneTrack (3,092 comments) says:

    duggledog

    No he won’t and no they won’t.

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  7. Keeping Stock (10,339 comments) says:

    Sue Moroney walked right into the Photoshop trap. Did she really think that people would have forgotten the Photoshopped Helen Clark billboards from 2008? (Check out the image on the link below)

    http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2009/09/labours-2008-election-campaign.html

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  8. Yvette (2,819 comments) says:

    Greater proficiency in Photoshop would have much improved the “photo” of Cunliffe at the #Bring back our girls rally outside Parliament, and although black and white matched the situation perhaps, better Photoshopping would have aligned the colours of two images and so black and white would not have been needed to hide the faults.

    Could just consider digital photography classes too of course.

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  9. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    “I reckon if she was my Mrs I’d be going round the house turning off lights, heaters, curling tongs etc left blazing day and night”

    If she was my wife I’d be phoning a lawyer

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  10. Rich Prick (1,701 comments) says:

    Free cooking classes? Don’t we already pay for that to appear every night on state run TV? I would have though Sue might be a bit more concerned with Cunliffe polling at 9.5% as preferred PM than learning how to chuck some spices at a lump of lamb.

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  11. Left Right and Centre (2,979 comments) says:

    Do you really think this is a Labour Party that could achieve surplus and run a balanced budget?

    The only surplus they can achieve for now is ‘surplus to requirements’.

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  12. Kimble (4,438 comments) says:

    Two seconds on Google: http://speckyboy.com/2011/03/22/30-fresh-photoshop-tutorials-for-graphic-designers/

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  13. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    LOL – free Moroccan cooking classes for everyone, because that’s what society needs.

    And free vocational training for I.T. professionals.

    Rich pricks can just pay for it through their taxes.

    :neutral: You’re welcome!

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  14. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    What’s bad news for Labour is good news for New-Zealand.

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  15. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Free cooking classes for the wealthy, well qualified, middle classes is idiotic.

    I’m a member of Labour, I’d actively, strongly, oppose this kind of wasteful spending.

    Adult basic education, workplace literacy, classes for migrants, even ‘men’s sheds’ that re-engage the long-term unemployed are all reasonable activities that should attract public funding where they can be shown to build learner confidence before enrolling in work-related training.

    Morrocan cooking classes for the well-healed should also be available on a fee-for-service basis.

    This isn’t ill-discipline, it’s naive.

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  16. goldnkiwi (1,304 comments) says:

    Discipline? Where are the whips? (In political terms of course.)

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