Labour 2018 conference after 1 year in Government

Labour is having their annual conference in Dunedin this weekend. In part they will be celebrating their first year in Government under the leadership of Jacinda Ardern. She will give a big speech tomorrow.

From their website:  Year That Was: 365 days in Government!

One whole year. And what a year it’s been.

We’ve certainly achieved a whole lot.

Right off the starting block, we were keen to get stuck in and make some real positive change for New Zealand.

They list a lot of their successes (and not surprisingly no failures). Ardern has something to say:

More from her tomorrow with her Leader’s Speech – New Zealand Labour Party Annual Conference 2018

Join Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern for her first ever Annual Conference speech as the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. Celebrate this special occasion with us at the Dunedin Town Hall on Sunday 4 November at 1.30pm.

If I could I would have had a look (I’ve been to ACT and NZ First conferences in Dunedin in the past) but I have other commitments tomorrow.

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  1. robertguyton

     /  November 3, 2018

    Good effort, people like us.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 3, 2018

    Let’s Do This (if that’s what their slogan was) was a knockoff of :’Just Do It’ which was taken in turn from a condemned man’s recorded last words.

    Doesn’t the PM own a hairbrush ?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2018

      I would have thought the ownership rate was less of an issue for you than the usage rate, Kitty, tbh?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 3, 2018

        Well, yes, it looks sloppy and unprofessional to have straggly, messy hair going in all directions.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 3, 2018

          It does. She totally looks the business when she scrubs up nice; but the current look is an appeal for the 18-30 year old female vote and it seems that this is successful, so I think there’s little reason or need for her to change it.

          Whacking on a smart suit and top at Question Time, as she did recently – is a step up in the arena and I think she should keep that up. She looked as good or better in a stylish business suit than the fitter looking blokes, and it certainly looked smarter than some of the jaw-dropping style-crime abominations the women on the Opposition first two benches have horrified QT viewers with.

          When she is attending formal affairs and dresses for them she looks very atractive in the right outfit and makeup. I think Jacinda is showing she is learning how to dress for the occasion and it will become a notable feature of her appeal.

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  4. High Flying Duck

     /  November 3, 2018

    There’s no doubt it will be a fairly up-beat conference. They have managed to survive the first year in pretty good shape, and have been getting runs on the board for their supporters.
    A few hiccups, including the ongoing ILG issue, but it’s not like National have been in serene waters, so it hasn’t hurt them.
    Year two will be more telling as they will be under their own steam and will be held more responsible when things go wrong.
    Jacinda has definitely been the best thing to happen to Labour since Clark and has an innate ability to smooth over any issues very well.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 3, 2018

      Smoothing over won’t cure anything. She can’t accept the praise when things go well and brush off criticism over things like the free booze for underage drinkers at a Labour camp. Or the assault by a minister and the rest of the things.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2018

      I think that’s a good summary HFD. This is pretty much how I see things.

      National will struggle in Opposition because Oppositions always struggle when there’s just been a change of government. It seems impossible for Oppositions not to come across as negative and carping, and JLR’s exploding a hand-grenade in National’s dunny has made things 15.2 times more difficult for them.

      However they can take heart from the fact that, shit-splattered as they have been, with this Czech criminal and thug residence instead of deportation fiasco they have exposed they have scored a big splash in one loo in Labour’s dunny – before it had been flushed.

      Bridges is wobbly, & I expect him to be rolled, but we’ll see. He hasn’t done too badly to semi-recover after his own “horror month”.

      The last poll showed the Government has still got enough goodwill in the bank to maybe make it unscathed through at least the next election. It will all depend on the metrics and outcomes – if they can sell the message they have actually delivered on any of their promises without countervailing negative unforeseen consequences, and their poll support remains high, the swing voters will see no reason to replace them with the front two benches of the current Opposition.

      They have the disadvantage also of not being able to come up with and tout any policy initiatives to better Labour’s because if any of them actually looked good, the coalition can steal them.

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  5. High Flying Duck

     /  November 3, 2018

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  6. robertguyton

     /  November 3, 2018

    “I’ve never been to a conference that felt this upbeat.

    Tonnes of policy ideas, no fights, lots of ambitious goals, polls skyrocketing, tonnes of cash to implement, opposition in disarray, a full card of delegates.”

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  7. robertguyton

     /  November 3, 2018

    “mickysavage 10.1
    3 November 2018 at 5:29 pm
    Spare a thought for righties everywhere who develop apoplexies at the thought that Jacinda’s baby may be seen with her.”
    Kitty? Apoplectic yet?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2018

      Hmm.
      . . . . . . . . . . .
      apoplexy
      /ˈapəplɛksi
      noun
      1. DATED
      unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral haemorrhage or stroke.
      “Browne died of apoplexy”
      2. INFORMAL
      extreme anger.
      “the decision has aroused apoplexy among environmentalists”
      . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      I would expect she is not. It seems from the above that apoplexy is more common among enviornmentalists.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 3, 2018

      Don’t be ridiculous, robert.

      I see it as a cynical attempt at showing off, attention-seeking and crowd-pleasing, and feel that this is not the right place for a small child. Look at what happened at the UN with the bawling baby having to be taken out. The man sitting in the seat in front looked unimpressed at the proceedings being interrupted and disturbed. It’s discourteous, if nothing else, to do this.

      I think that apoplectic has been used for a long time to express someone being in a real tizz-wozz….he was apoplectic with rage….he nearly had an apoplectic fit…it has a real ring to it 😀

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      • Gezza

         /  November 3, 2018

        Well, going by that above definition of apoplexy, the first one google helpfully found, you may simply have to accept that, as an environmentalist, robert is probably far more apoplectically experienced and qualified than you will ever be, Kitty. Sorry.

        But no one is good at everything, so don’t be downhearted.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 4, 2018

          I wonder if anyone has ever been so angry that they have had an apoplectic fit. I worry about the dog sometimes.

          It’s a marvellous image.

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