DPF is very, very concerned about how Labour is selecting its Invercargill candidate. Where was that concern back in 2008?
I don't really know anything (and I guess I really should stop this post right there) ...
The challenges faced by Labour in opposition here and in the UK are similar. Both face an economy that is entering a modest cyclical upswing, and right-wing governments wanting to claim it as their recovery.
In my (paywalled) Listener column this month I focused on National and Labour’s competing economic themes in election year.
It’s time for the tolerant, open and compassionate left to stand up to vilification and abuse when it is practised by sections of the left.
The left should not be defined by political aggression, intolerance and bullying; it should be defined by decency, inclusion, ideas and respect for people.
Of six by-elections since 2008, only one, Mt Albert, looks anything like Christchurch East in the scale of the Labour result.
It's no coincidence those two seats had similar results: They were planned and run on the same organisational template. None of the other by-elections were.
When you look at election campaigns, you can always tell the difference between the old pros and the amateurs. The amateurs usually talk about messaging strategy and images. The pros pay most attention to the nuts and bolts: How many people were working in the campaign? How many signs did they put up? How much paper did they deliver?