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Institutionally Labour is a person who can’t write but who is also ignorant of the fact that he can’t write. You know, he’s that guy who says “what do you think of my article/post/chapter” and when you politely say “um, it needs work” he looks at you like you just stabbed his puppy to death. Because he is unable to see that his article/post/chapter is a piece of shit. It’s not just that he’s a bad writer; he’s a writer so bad that he does not know the difference between bad writing and good writing.
Labour can not communicate. It does not know the difference between sensible effective communication and nonsensical ineffective communication. When you politely say “hey, that press conference/interview/facebook post wasn’t handled well”, well you’re just a puppet of the right-wing PR machine, probably on the Crosby Textor payroll.
There’s a laugh-a-minute subject for you, Crosby Textor. Labour hates that outfit. Hates them so much. And the reason is simple: Crosby Textor is a campaign-strategy consultancy firm. It is good at communication. That’s its business. And since Labour does not know the difference between good communication and bad communication, Crosby Textor’s effectiveness is a total mystery. Labour can’t understand with this slick well-paid organisation is so effective in the service of its clients, because in Labour’s eyes there is no difference between what Crosby Textor does and what the Labour comms team does. Labour is ignorant of the fact that it is not as good as Crosby Textor. And that makes Labour crazy. It’s hilarious to watch.
Labour doesn’t understand that having the Leader say something different from what the policy actually is might be a big deal. Labour doesn’t understand that getting the press pamphlets and web infographics right is important. Labour doesn’t understand that having the Leader make his big speech on a Monday, on the Auckland Anniversary public holiday, on the Australia Day Australian public holiday, on the day of the Grammy’s with Lorde up for two big awards, might not be good timing. Labour doesn’t understand that having David Clark come out and accuse Facebook of being a paedophile network that should be shut down ON THE MORNING AFTER THE LEADER’S BIG SPEECH might have a negative impact.
Labour doesn’t realise that these things are bad until after they happen because it’s only after they happen that someone says to Labour “hey, that wasn’t handled well”. Then Labour acts like you stabbed its puppy.
Of course this isn’t to say that there aren’t effective communicators within the Labour comms team, it’s Labour the organisation that has the problem. As Danyl mentioned above the fact that the senior comms staff get sacked after every leadership change might have something to do with it.
We've been absolutely frank and absolutely clear in all the materials for this speech that people have the choice between going on the $60 a week for the whole first year or taking Paid Parental Leave if they qualify. They can't do both. At no point have we said that they could do both.
accused the Labour leader of "misleading New Zealanders" over the proposed child payment scheme
David Cunliffe's developing a reputation around Parliament for being very tricky
they're indulging in disappointing, personal attack
Prime Minister John Key's tentative proposal to change the national flag has wide support within Parliament, although he admits that debate about an alternative design could distract people from more important issues during election year
It would give all families with a newborn and earning less than $150,000 a year, a payment of $60 a week through to the baby's first birthday
David Cunliffe's policy today has been described as the Breeders' Bonus
The Labour Mantra
More bloody taxes.
Soak the rich pricks.
Maori Party has used the annual Ratana anniversary to send a message to Labour not to rule it out as a potential coalition partner
Labour intended to contest all the Maori electorates and, as yet, had no plans to do a deal with Mana leader Hone Harawira to help him hold his seat while increasing Labour's chances of winning others back.
"There's no prospect of that at this stage," Mr Cunliffe said
Roy Warren, whose 5-year-old-son goes to St Heliers School, laid a complaint after the school refused to stop its half-hour religious classes
Saint Helier (died 555) was a 6th-century ascetic hermit. He is the patron saint of Jersey in the Channel Islands, and in particular of the town and parish of Saint Helier, the island’s capital. He is also invoked as a healing saint for diseases of the skin and eyes.
$1.5b of revenue freed up by the tax policy changes will be used, says Cunliffe, for "game-changing plans that will help New Zealanders"
An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers
The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable: “With the advent of the Internet and the decline of print and broadcast media … the line between the media and others who wish to comment on political and social issues becomes far more blurred.” Citizens United, 558 U.S. at 352. In defamation cases, the public-figure status of a plaintiff and the public importance of the statement at issue — not the identity of the speaker — provide the First Amendment touchstones.
Wairarapa MP John Hayes is to step down at the next election, bringing to 10 the number of National MPs who have said they will go
New Zealand healthcare will change before the year is out as Kiwis are signed into patient portals allowing them to self-manage their medical records, book doctor appointments and chat to their GP online
Each region and each district in New Zealand will roll this out
would be user-friendly for the elderly, but would also be available on smartphone applications
I wonder who will pay for the hideously expensive data charges to chat online to your GP.
Quad bikes aren't exactly the most safe form of transport, but that didn't stop Gisele Bündchen from carrying her baby on her lap as she drove one
Figures provided to the Herald by police showed 20 cyclists had been picked up for travelling faster than the minimum 50km/h limit in 2012
Cyclists accounted for 60 per cent of red-light runners ... the city's transport authority has revealed
Gruesome images of the mangled bike on which an Auckland man died under a truck will be followed by an advertising campaign
The Transport Agency says its launch this weekend of the $400,000 campaign on radio, billboards and buses
campaign is designed to personalise and humanise people cycling
Goudie said he was so shocked by the apparent drunkenness of the boy that he turned his camera on him and exposed what he considered one of the biggest issues in New Zealand - underage drinking.
When he had stopped filming, he immediately rang the police.
Inspector Greg Nicholls, city commander for Hamilton police, said Goudie had further victimised the boy by posting the footage online.
"While police are grateful the cameraman rang 111, we feel the boy's interests would have been better served had he provided the footage to police or CYFS, rather than further victimise the child by publishing the footage.''
Nicholls said police had contacted YouTube parent company Google to remove the footage but also made a plea with Goudie that he take it down himself.
"Early investigations suggest there is no culpability on his part . . . morally I plead with him to do the right thing."
"shocking and appalling" by a top alcohol and drug counsellor. Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Counselling clinical manager Roger Brooking said authorities needed to take action over the incident.
had contacted Child Youth and Family
Child Matters founder Anthea Simcock said a crime had been committed and appropriate action should be taken
My intention was for someone in NZ to see it and do something beyond my power
It had to be done, really...Someone's got to say, it if no-one says it it's just going to get worse and I'm only one person saying it, but look what it's done.
North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un's aunt, the daughter of the communist regime's founder, has either died of a heart attack or committed suicide, according to reports
If she is dead, then this is a serious problem for Kim Jong Un ... As the sole daughter of the founder of the nation, she had both authority and legitimacy and she used that to protect Kim Jong Un's government. She was the sun and he was the moon. No one could go against her and she could force the party and the military to obey her orders by invoking her father's name.
Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon (Xue Long in Chinese) has escaped from the thick ice floes that trapped the ship after its successful Antarctic rescue mission
Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal - on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.
Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives.
Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.
He has just been with a whole lot of work-weary people.
Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces, comb their hair and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first; remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
Some don'ts. Don't greet him with problems or complaints.
Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night.
Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Don't ask him about his actions or question his judgment or integrity.
Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise this with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. A good wife always knows her place.