Labour lagging online

The biggest announcement in what is touted as game changing policy for Labour doesn’t even feature on their website.

Labour announced three parts to their housing policy over the last few days, with the biggest announcements in an Andrew Little speech yesterday.

The first two policies feature on Labour’s website, but yesterdays big announcements are absent.

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Are party websites not important any more?

Ok, they are promoting their policy announcements on Facebook at it has a link to Our Comprehensive Housing Package

But their home page makes no mention of this and has no link to it. And it still shows ‘Latest Policy’ as their Working Futures Plan.

Maybe someone forgot about the basics of website maintenance.

I see that while their Facebook page also features their 100th birthday:

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But no sign of that on the homepage on their website either. That’s slack.

There’s no excuse for being laggardly online, especially with what is supposed to be a game changer policy – or at least needs to be a game changer, if their housing policy flops then Labour will struggle to get any traction.

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  1. Gezza

     /  11th July 2016

    Quite a hole in the Comms department, in view of these comments on Q&A …
    https://yournz.org/2016/07/10/qa-little-ukiraq-and-children/#comment-115921

    I go there too PG when he’s made a speech to see the full text & sometimes it’s not even there. I have to read whatever excerpts the news outlets print.

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  2. Their online presence has always been below par. (Red Alert). Is it that they’re broke, does it reflect their lack of cohesion, their factionalism and their inability to be “on any sort of message”, or is it a combination?

    Questions:

    Does anyone here understand why they would persist with McCarten at the helm in the backroom?

    Was McCarten instrumental in the MOA of the Labour/Greens?

    Will his position with activists help them?

    Is there the mood for, or can anyone envisage a Momentum type campaign by Labour?

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  3. Blazer

     /  11th July 2016

    Labour need to be bold.No sitting on the fence….here is the plan to make housing affordable,does not need numbers or cost of,,just needs addressing the obvious drivers of demand.We oppose the TPPA…clear enough.We oppose 3 billion in tax cuts.We oppose cuts to health and education.We do not want NZ used as a tax haven.We need to put a lid on immigration.

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    • Dougal

       /  11th July 2016

      Let me just address those points Blazer;

      Oppose the TPPA: How many people in NZ actually oppose that? I would suggest a lot less than 50% of the total voting population in fact based on the February Colmar Brunton Poll only 33% believe it will have negative impact.

      Oppose $3B in tax cuts: Of that $3B were you aware that a significant portion would be to reduce the threshold for lower to middle income workers? It’s not the windfall for high income earners that Labour would have everyone believe. Do you not think it is a good thing that lower to middle income earners get a little more money each week?

      Oppose cuts to health and education: This is where you and I probably agree. I don’t think cuts in health or education are a good thing. I would rather see some incentive to promote private health schemes through employers or affordable insurance and services provided by PPP’s. Education should be given extra funding in areas where students need extra tuition and identify areas where outcomes are generally down on the national average.

      You and I have thrown a few jibes at each other for a while now. I may seem like a heartless righty but we do share some common ground Blazer.

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      • Gezza

         /  11th July 2016

        Oppose $3B in tax cuts: Of that $3B were you aware that a significant portion would be to reduce the threshold for lower to middle income workers? … Do you not think it is a good thing that lower to middle income earners get a little more money each week?

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        • Gezza

           /  11th July 2016

          Sorry – posted that instead of putting in quotes and adding to it. For low income workers reducing tax is virtually useless. They got so little (compared to big earners) from it it was obviously not intended to boost their incomes. Can’t remember how many there’ve been but the last one delivered $10 extra a week. Useless.

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      • Blazer

         /  11th July 2016

        Fair enough.Most right leaning voters are at least reasonable ,decent people.The cluster of extreme right wingers seem to concentrate on decrying what they call ‘socialism’ and championing what they percieve to be ‘capitalism’.Usually deluded on both counts.2017 is not the time for tax cuts.Paying down debt is a better option.The average voter knows very little about the TPPA because of how it is sold as a free trade agreement.It is looking more likely that it is doomed anyway with widespread opposition in the U.S,thankfully.

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        • Corky

           /  11th July 2016

          There’s a simple way to test your theory of me being deluded about capitalism, Blazer. Let capitalist drivers like trade and industry take a break for six months.
          The social collective can take over…. who knows, by the time a collective workers agreement is hammered out, we may get a run of grass skirts to cloth you before the six months is up.

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          • Dougal

             /  11th July 2016

            CUBA

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            • Blazer

               /  11th July 2016

              The invasion to restore usury in casinos and exploitation of locals flopped(Bay of Pigs),so default position 2 was enacted.Sanctions to strangle the Cuban economy…and ‘teach them a lesson’…..it lasted over 40 years….our way or the highway.

          • Blazer

             /  11th July 2016

            Trade and industry exist in all societies.The real measure would be halt,manufactured consumer ‘wants’ like fashion ,and just allow real’ needs’ and I’m sure you and many would be very surprised at the result.Endless consumerism ,endless growth,endless interest on endless debt serves who…exactly?

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  4. To a degree Labour needs to keep their powder dry. They put all their plans out there and the govt just rips them apart and cones up with better ones. Their dilemma is do they look like people who go to parliament to whine, moan and eat their free lunches or do they keep coming up with social programmes that can force change, despite the Nats pushing back. I think if they really are serious about changing society they need to show us that.

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  5. Zedd

     /  11th July 2016

    It constantly sounds like the MSM are comparing Little to a ‘mirror image’ of Key. (why isn’t he doing similar things) I’m glad he is not trying to be a Labour’s version of Key !

    He is trying to return ‘traditional Labour’ to their grassroots & change the Govt.
    “Good onya Andrew” present an ALTERNATIVE image for PM 🙂

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    • Gezza

       /  11th July 2016

      How you come across on TV, contrary to Andrew’s belief that it doesn’t matter, is vital to get right. If he’s learned to speak to TV cameras first, and mostly, in positive sound-bytes & sometimes smile, or look concerned instead of angry, when appropriate – it makes a huge impression. He needs training for that – it doesn’t come naturally.

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  6. PDB

     /  11th July 2016

    Zedd: “He is trying to return ‘traditional Labour’ to their grassroots…”

    No he isn’t – the majority of ‘workers’ have moved on from Labour, it shows in the polls and the voting breakdowns of the last election – nothing Little has championed of late is going to win them back.

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    • Corky

       /  11th July 2016

      And it would seem, young folk. I was honestly shocked at the type of people attending the Labour conference. Most seemed elderly to me. And even when Andy wound himself up and mentioned the word ‘bloody’ the response from the crowd had the power of wet kindling. I don’t know if that was because they weren’t emotionally infused with Andy, or they just weren’t capable of clapping louder.

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