In response to Stuart Nash’s criticism in a post Stuart Nash has in a post at The Daily Blog at Greg Presland has posted Dear Stuart Nash.
It is an interesting post.
He talks about how the Labour Party is now more united and disciplined. Fair call. I am pleased to see that this is happening.
He talks about how winning is everything in politics. Again this is fair enough. Seven years of National’s current rule shows how important it is that a Labour Green government is elected.
He then criticises the party because more than one Labour member apparently said that they preferred Maryan Street to Nash as an MP. He concludes that some in the party think that winning is a sin. Unfortunately for Stuart he does not understand that his vainglorious success in Napier probably hurt the party’s prospects.
Vainglorious campaigns in an MMP environment where electorate seats are won and the party vote goes down are a waste of time.
Not very complimentary.
He then has a chip at this blog and calls it a bastardisation of a once proud Labour broadsheet.
Clearly he does not understand the importance of open debate and discussion. And he clearly does not understand that the discussions generated by the Standard represent a distillation of the thoughts of activists and progressives throughout the country.
And pushback on Nash’s strong criticism of The Standard not being loyal Labour preachers.
The Labour Party has a proud history of activism and the promotion of cutting edge radical policies. Mr Nash’s recipe of muted debate and bland third way triangulation of issues is a sure path to irrelevance.
It appears that Nash has responded in comments.
I have the energy, land information, forestry and statistics portfolios. I admit, I have done nothing with the statistics portfolio, but have been leading the charge around the ineptitude of the overseas investment office, and I have written three substantial policy discussion docs on forestry, energy and land information. I have also written and driven our provincial engagement strategy. I have also given more speeches in the House than any other Labour MP, and I finished my LLM this year. Believe me, I am not sitting on my arse doing nothing.
[fyi – Haven’t been able to verify the authenticity of these comments…this commenter may well not be Stuart Nash] – Bill
Update: [seem to be genuine after all]
There’s more response to Standardista comments.
dear me. imagine being in government. you obviously can’t but its why I am here.
For someone who has been around for so long – and under Helen – I am surprised at your apparent naivety. You just don’t get it do you. The interesting thing is that this is the first time I have actually read the Standard for months. I don’t know of a Labour MP who does (though no doubt there are some) because those I talk to tend to agree that this is a site mired in negativity and bile.
This site doesn’t represent the moderate left voter – or the aspirational Kiwi who is looking for an alternative to the current government; but rather the embittered left dreaming of a socialist utopia that has never existed anywhere in time or place.
Its an absolute disgrace to the proud broadsheet that used to be the Standard – and I should know, I have a whole heap of them at home. They trumpeted the Labour virtues, triumphs and achievements; not like this site that promotes a narrow biased view of the world that is totally irrelevant to the vast majority of thinking Kiwis.
I suspect that after tonight I won’t read this site for another 12 months. After all, why would I – it offers nothing I can’t get looking into a long drop in a DoC campsite.
Not a good look from Nash – but good that he has the freedom to speak his mind I guess.
Love it. That ‘American’ campaign manager was actually my birth father, and never ever once did I distance myself from Labour messages. In fact I was the first candidate who was open about the fact that a Labour candidate could not win Epsom.
Not too sure who you are, but you seem to forget that when I won the nomination for Epsom the LEC was broke, but I raised $15k for my campaign – spent $10k and left $5k in the coffers. The team and I (mainly Graham Lee) door knocked every house and the party vote for Labour in Epsom was the highest it has ever been.
Come on, be honest for a change and don’t hide behind a pseudonym. If you were on the Epsom LEC or my campaign 2005 campaign team then you know you are lying, and I don’t appreciate that.
[Nope. You don’t challenge the legitimate use of pseudonyms. Not here. There is nothing dishonest about employing them.] – Bill
But wait, there’s more.
Man, gotta love you guys. If think I don’t know what I was doing when I wrote the post on the Daily Blog, then you insult my intelligence.
The lack of political or strategic nous expressed in a number of the comments (and starting from the author of this post – sorry but take another look at the stats: holding electorate seats improves the party vote. The PV might have dropped in Napier, but I was not the MP, simply a candidate) just confirms my suspicion that this site is populated by the nutty fringe who really are quite divorced from political reality. You believe you influenced the outcome of the past tow leadership races? How did the Cunliffe campaign work out for you? Not too good right. Wow. How deluded is this!
I am just so relieved that very few actually take this site seriously. If they did, we really would be in trouble.
Good luck in future endeavours.
Oh, by the way, take a look at my election billboards: the vast majority simply said
None of this ridiculous other stuff that was floating about.
So, move away from the keyboard, go and raise some money, knock on doors, hold 150 street corner meetings, work hard for two years and you never know, you might win as well. But somehow I doubt that.
Just what Labour needs. Not.
Nash is entering into exactly what he had warned against – making Labour look bad on blogs.