Preumably Mahuta gets reward for her work in getting Maori to stick with Labour when many deserted the ship. Seems fair to me. Sio and Sepuloni also up there for Pasifika support.
I agree with you Russell that those policies are important and should be enacted. However, my impression (i.e. I can't back it up with any evidence) is that Andrew Little agreed with both those policies but did not want Labour to be losing votes for being the only partly to support them. Pragmatism or disingenuous? Everybody gets to decide.
Presumably, your dream result was team Gracinda who, to me, represent the same Labour caucus just taking turns at being the leader but representing the same losing team from the last two elections.
In Andrew Little I see somone with much less baggage who is not afraid to go biffo with Johnkey, and that's what I want to see.
And I want him to support CGT and super at 67+.
Fair call Andrew. It does fascinate me that even amongst the lefty liberals on PA that there is such a split about where Labour should be heading and who should be leading them.
The people who actually vote a party in (unions, communities) have said no to Grant Robertson and yes to Andrew Little. It makes a good change, I think, from the same 20-odd closeted Parliamentarians bickering over ABC or ABR or whatever their silly minds come up with next.
Andrew may now have to take on a bit of the John Key brutality and axe anyone who dissents, and quickly.
I'm really surprised at how negative you are Russell. They've gone through a process and that process has produced a leader that the whole party (yes it includes the unions) wants, not just the intellectual, closeted caucus.
To me he represents someone fresh, astute, smart and free of the baggage of the last 10+ years of Labour Party. He also represents some of the original flavour of Labour instead of the last six years of Labour leaders wishing they could be John Key and the party wishing it could be National-lite.
He will have to prove himself quickly and effectively or he will just get the same slow death from the MSM as the last few leaders.
I see it as positive and I look forward to him tearing into John and National.
The Labour Party can continue to sulk and wish it had been different (much like this thread on PA) or they can fight for a top position on the front bench and get out and kick some arse. That applies to you too Russell :-)
Thanks Jackson. Yes, he is the consumate front man and with the voice of an angel. Bones is still my favourite all time track of theirs so I was so excited when they played it as the second number of the night – a treat for me considering how many songs they have to choose from.
Is there anywhere else we can see/hear the Critic's Choice material. I'd love to hear what they presented? I went to Elbow on Saturday night which was outstanding. A real fan's show with lots of sing alongs and general enthusiasm, and the Powerstation was perfect for seeing what is a stadium act anywhere else in Europe.
Which is where Dylan is coming from . . . just cos we can't see it, doesn't mean it's not happening and doesn't make Nicky immune from investigation. We shall see . . .
I think there is a difference between the right to protect your sources and immunity from investigation but that’s making assumptions about other people’s posts so I’ll stop there.
The other possibility about the police activity is that they are doing nothing about the other allegations and are doing this vindictively – it could swing either way.
I do love that you are playing devil’s advocate and hope you’re not feeling too ganged up on.
I'm not sure that anyone has actually said that Nicky should be immune to police action in respect of the complaint from Cameron Slater. You've twice said that is the case but I think that the argument throughout the thread is over the prioritising of Nicky Hager for a house search and the scale (perhaps) of the team. It's entirely reasonable to investigate Nicky with respect to the theft accusation but we see no action, thus far, on other equally (more?) serious allegations. And that smells funny to me.